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UK Entomology Wins Big at ESA-NCB 2015
June 8, 2015 - UK Entomology students walked away with several awards at the 2015 North Central Branch (NCB) meeting of the Entomological Society of Amerca (ESA) in Manhattan, KS. Congratulations to the winners! The list of winners included:
  • Amanda Skidmore: 3rd place for a PhD Poster
  • Kelly Jackson: 2nd place for a Masters Talk
  • Josh McCord: 1st place for a Masters Talk
  • Kelly Jackson & Hannah Penn: NCB Student Travel Award winners
  • Jennifer Gordon: NCB Graduate Student Scholarship winner
HarwoodAMCA Names Kyndall Dye Young Professional of the Month
Apr 15, 2015 - The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) named U.K. Entomology graduate student and laboratory technician Kyndall Dye their Young Professional of the Month for April 2015. Congratulations, Kyndall!
HarwoodHarwood Nominated by National Academy of Sciences
Mar 25, 2015 - The U.S. National Academy of Sciences has nominated University of Kentucky Entomology professor Dr. James Harwood to serve on its organizing committee for the third Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering and Medicine symposium. Read more about his nomination at UK Ag News.
YearganDr. Rieske-Kinney Receives Multiple Awards
Dec 19 , 2014 - UK Department of Entomology professor Dr. Lynne Rieske-Kinney has been honored with two important awards. The first is for the Campus Tree Initiative, awarded by the UK Office of Sustainability and Tracy Farmer Center for Sustainability thanks to the work of Dr. Lynne Rieske-Kinney and colleagues from UK Forestry. Read moe about the Campus Tree Initiative here. The second award is the AD Hopkins Award for outstanding contributions to forest entomology.

Dr. Ken Yeargan
Left Image: Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday cangratulating team members MAry Arthur, Nic Williamson, and Lynne Rieske-Kinney at the Sustainability Research Showcase and Award Ceremony on December 1, 2014. Team members not pictured include: Mercedes Murphy, Mariah Lewis, and Jerry Hart.
Right Image: Lynne Rieske-Kinney receiving AD Hopkins Award for outstanding contributions to forest entomology.


GordonJennifer Gordon Wins at ESA Meeting
Dec 4 , 2014 - Jennifer Gordon received the Shripat Kamble Urban Entomology Graduate Student Award for Innovative Research at the recent Entomological Society of America’s Annual Meeting.  Dr. Kamble of the University of Nebraska established this award to recognize a doctoral graduate student who is conducting research that is both innovative and practical.
YearganDr. Yeargan Named Legend of Entomology
Oct 13, 2014 - UK Department of Entomology professor Dr. Ken Yeargan has been named a Legend of Entomology for 2014 by the Plant-Ecosystems Section of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). Dr. Yeargan will receive this well earned title at a ceremony during this year's ESA national meeting in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Ken Yeargan
Dr. Ken Yeargan Receiving 2014 Legends of Entomology Award


DreyerDr. Dreyer Selected as an ESA Science Policy Fellow
Oct 12, 2014 - UK Department of Entomology post-doctoral scholar Dr. Jamin Dreyer has been selected as an Entomological Society of America (ESA) Science Policy Fellow. Participants are involved in workshops and trainings that are geared to teach the Fellows about how science policy decisions are made at a national level. You can read more about the program here.
StamperCaitlin Stamper Featured in Kentucky Teacher Article
Sept 8, 2014 - UK Department of Entomology graduate student Caitlin Stamper recently spent a day teaching middle school students about insects during UK Girls STEM day. Caitlin shared her experiences as a grad student in the sciences and spoke about careers in entomology. The middle schoolers also got a lesson in Critters 101: Caitlin brought live insects and spiders for the students to meet up close. Read the full article in Kentucky Teacher here.
SaeedAbiya Saeed Wins ESA M.S. Student Award
Aug 24, 2014 - University of Kentucky Entomology staff member Abi Saeed has won the Plant-Insect Ecosystems Legends of Entomology Award for Masters Student Achievement. The award consists of $1500 to fund participation to the ESA (Entomological Society of America) annual meeting. The award will be presented at the P-IE Networking meeting of ESA (Nov. 17, 2014). It is awarded to a student who has demonstrated significant achievement in entomology through: 1) a graduate research project; 2) creative approaches to teaching; and/or 3) creative achievements in outreach.  

Abi Saeed
Abi Saeed Receiving 2014 Legends of Entomology Award


St. Fair4-H Entomology St. Fair Winners 2014

Aug 13, 2014 - The St. Fair winners in the 4-H insect collection contest have been chosen for 2014. The winning collections are on display in the Cloverville section of the Kentucky St. Fair at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville from August 14-24, 2014. Learn more about how to compete in the insect collection contest by contacting your local county 4-H agent. Congratulations to this year's winners!


4-H Insect Collection (Lot 6026)

1st Year (Class 687): David Tidei, Anderson County

2nd Year (Class 688): Jared Feitl, Boone County

3rd Year (Class 689): Louis Fritz, Boone County

4th Year (Class 690): Cody Hart, Metcalfe County

5th Year (Class 691): Sandra Brock, Harrison County


Grand Champion: Cody Hart, Metcalfe County

Reserve Grand Champion: Sandra Brock, Harrison County

PalliDr. Palli Named ESA Fellow
Aug 8, 2014 - University of Kentucky Entomology Professor Dr. Subba Reddy Palli has been named a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). ESA members award this distinction to colleagues who have made outstanding contributions in research, teaching, extension and/or administration. Read more about this honor at UKnow.
CrawleyCrawley To Receive ESA Scholarship
Jul 30, 2014 - Sydney Crawley, a graduate student in Dr. Ken Haynes' laboratory, will receive a 2014 Medical, Urban, and Veterinary Entomology Section Student Scholarship. She and nine other students will receive the award at the Entomological Society of America’s meeting in Portland Oregon.
GordonGordon Wins at Urban Entomology Conference
May 26, 2014 - University of Kentucky Entomology graduate student Jennifer Gordon finished first in the student paper competition at the National Conference on Urban Entomology in San Antonio, Texas. Her talk was entitled “Danger on the horizon: Neonicotinoid resistance in the bed bug.”
UK Entomology Graduates May 2014
May 12 , 2014 - Congratulations  to Jon Larson (PhD) and Abi Saeed (MS), who both graduated with degrees from the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology's graduate program during the May 2014 commencement.


Recent Graduates
Abi Saeed and Jon Larson. Congratulations!


DobsonMosquitoTech Win UK Venture Challenge

3/11/2014 - The undergraduate team Shouter and graduate team MosquitoTech were the winners of the third annual UK Venture Challenge student entrepreneur competition. UK Entomology professor Dr. Stephen Dobson serves as the coach for the MosquitoTech team. Read more at this UKnow article.


UK Entomology Judges at Science Fair 2014
Feb 14 , 2014 - Thanks to all those from the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology who served as judges and helped to encourage the 650 young scientists (4th to 12th grades) who participated in Saturday’s (Feb 9) Fayette Co. Public Schools Science Fair. UK Entomology had 14 volunteer judges, the most from any academic department at UK. 


Science Fair
2014 Science Fair Volunteers from UK Entomology


ObryckiObrycki Named AAAS Fellow

1/14/2014 - UK Entomology's Department Chair Dr. John Obrycki was recently named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest scientific organization. Read more about this prestigious honor in the UKnow article written by Katie Pratt.


WenteUKAg Undegrad Interns with Disney Insect Program

12/11/2013 - Rebecca Wente has worked for the past two years in the Harwood Laboratory in UK's Department of Entomology. Now, she is headed to Disney World. Not for a vacation, though. Instead, she will be working as an intern in Disney's Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program at the Epcot Center. Read more about Rebecca and her new adventure in this UK AgNews story by Katie Pratt.


PalliPalli and Son

12/3/2013 - UK Entomology professor Dr. Subba Palli and his son Roshan are both making an impact at the University of Kentucky. Check out this video by UKnow reporters Kody Kiser and Amy Jones-Timoney.


DobsonUK Collaborates to Test Biological Control of Mosquitoes

10/10/2013 - UK Entomology professor Steve Dobson is collaborating with MosquitoMate, a small company in Lexington, Ky, to study the biological control of Asian tiger mosquitoes. Read more about this project and watch the video at UKnow.


LarsonPotter Lab Investigates Native Bee Conservation

9/12/2013 - UK Entomology graduate student Jon Larson, a member of Dr. Dan Potter's research program, is investigating the connections between the timing of pesticide applications and the effects on populations of native bees. Read all about his project in this article in UK AgNews, written by Katie Pratt.


PalliReddy Palli Receives ESA Award

9/11/2013 - UK Entomology professor Dr. Reddy Palli is among the winners of the 2013 Entomological Society of America Professional Awards.


From the ESA website: "RECOGNITION AWARD IN INSECT PHYSIOLOGY, BIOCHEMISTRY, AND TOXICOLOGY—This award, which is sponsored by Apex Bait Technologies, Inc., was established in 1996 to recognize and encourage innovative research in the areas of insect physiology, biochemistry, and toxicology in the broad sense. Dr. Subba Reddy Palli received his doctorate from the University of Western Ontario and postdoctoral training at the University of Washington. Upon graduation, he worked as a research scientist at the Canadian Forest Service’s Great Lakes Forestry Centre and later at Rohm and Hass Company as the senior research scientist and group leader. Dr. Palli joined the University of Kentucky’s Department of Entomology as an assistant professor in 2002 and was promoted to associate professor and professor in 2005 and 2008, respectively. He has received several prestigious awards at UK, including a University Research Professorship, the Thomas Poe Cooper Research Award, the Bobby Pass Excellence in Grantsmanship Award, the High Impact Research/Extension Award, and the Wethington Award. Dr. Palli also serves as the co-director of the Center for Arthropod Management Technologies, a recently established National Science Foundation Industry and University Cooperative Research Center. His research focuses on hormonal regulation of gene expression in insects with a goal of identifying proteins that play key roles in signal transduction of ecdysteroids, juvenile hormones, and other hormones to use them for developing novel, environmentally safe pest management methods. He has published 125 peer-reviewed journal articles, 20 book chapters, and co-edited a book. He holds four patents and has nine patent applications under consideration. He has organized and chaired several symposia at ESA Annual Meetings and at international conferences. Dr. Palli also served as President of the ESA Physiology, Biochemistry, and Toxicology Section. He currently serves on the editorial boards of nine journals and has served on the grant review panels of the NSF, the USDA-National Research Initiative, and the National Institutes of Health." 


KajitaKajita Works with Young Scientists
8/19/2013 - During the Spring and Summer of 2013, Dr. Yukie Kajita (a former UK entomologist who has just accepted a new position at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga), worked with a group of young men from Fayette County who are associated with the Carter G. Woodson Academy Eco Club and the Black Males Working Academy. The middle-schoolers planted their own garden and then conducted experiments which examined the effects of insect predators on potatoes and fava beans. This project was a part of a fellowship that Dr. Kajita received from the National Science Foundation. Read more in the UKnow article here.


UK Entomology Participates in BugFest 2013
June 1, 2013 - UK Entomology graduate students Jon Larson and Katelyn Kowles, along with UK Entomology staff member Blake Newton, presented at this year's BugFest in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. BugFest draws thousands of visitors each year, and includes insect body-art, bug-tasting, and a live bug petting zoo (courtesy of UK Entomology!). BugFest happens at the Cincinnati Museum Center, which is housed in the majestic Union Terminal. This year's event also coincided with a showing of Flight of the Butterflies, an Omnimax movie that follows the migration of Monarch butterflies. Northern Kentuckians and Buckeyes: keep an eye on your calendar for next years' BugFest!


BugFest 2013
Jon Larson and Katelyn Kowles at BugFest 2013



M. PotterUK Graduate Battles Mosquitoes
May 23, 2013 - UK Entomology graduate Dr. Zhiyong Xi is currently working with a team of scientists at Michigan State University to fight malaria-carrying mosquitoes. Their research focuses on Wolbachia, a bacteria which can be carried by some mosquitoes. When mosquitoes carry Wolbachia, they are resistant to malaria and cannot spread it to humans. Wolbachia research has been going on for several years, including here in Dr. Dobson's lab at the University of Kentucky, where Dr. Xi earned his degree. You can read more about Dr. Xi's work in this article from NPR.


M. PotterDr. Michael Potter Honored as Distinguished Service Professor
Apr 15, 2013 - Extension Entomology Professor Dr. Michael Potter was selected as a Distinguished Service Professor by the University of Kentucky Office of the Provost. Selection is based on achievement in all areas of responsibility as well as service to the University and to the public. The term of appointment lasts for three years. You can read more about the award and Dr. Potter's accomplishments in the UKnow story by Keith Hautala.


bed bugUK Bed Bug Research Featured on LEX18 News
Apr 11, 2013 - WLEX-TV, Lexington Kentucky's NBC affiliate, produced a video segment on a joint project between University of Kentucky and University of California bed bug scientists. The project involves bean leaves, whose sticky surfaces can trap and kill bed bugs. The research is in its early stages, but may lead to new directions in bed bug management. Click here to see the full story and to watch the video segment.


HarperCarl Harper Featured on Farm Bureau's "Across Kentucky" Program
Apr 2, 2013 - Carl Harper, a Senior Nursery inspector in Kentucky's Office of the State Entomologist, is featured in the April 2, 2013 edition of Farm Bureau's "Across Kentucky" radio segment and podcast. Carl talks about his work with insect trapping programs involving gypsy moth, the emerald ash borer, and other invasive pests that threaten Kentucky. You can hear the podcast here.


bed bugUKnow: Insecticide Resistance in Bed Bugs

Mar 14, 2013 - The work of Dr. Zhu and Dr. Palli, both professors in the UK Entomology Department, are featured in a UKnow article. The article highlights their work with pesticide resistance in bad bugs. Read the article by Katie Pratt here.


Dr. Harwood To Organize Symposium at ESA 2013
Mar 13, 2013 - At the upcoming Entomological Society of America (ESA) annual meeting, November 10-13, 2013, UK's Dr. James Harwood will organize a symposium entitled "Impacts of Global Change on Biodiversity and Biological Control." Dr. Harwood's co-organizer is Dr. David Crowder of Washington State University. Read more about ESA 2013 here.


UK Students Present at the Capitol

HarwoodFeb 21, 2013 - Two undergraduate students from Dr. James Harwood's Invertebrate Ecology Lab, Sarah Barney and Rebecca Wente, presented posters at the 2013 Posters-at-the-Capitol event in Frankfort, KY. Both students have been working on research projects in Harwood's lab, and presented their results at this competitive event. Read more at this UKnow article by Jenny Wells.


bed bug UK Bed Bug Research: In the News

Several local news-media outlets have covered the University of Kentucky's ongoing research with bed bugs. Check out the stories at,, and


UK Entomologists Win Big at ESA 2012

12/1/2012 - Graduate students from the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology picked up a number of awards and honors at the 2012 Entomological Society of America (ESA) national meeting in Knoxville, TN. Among the winners were our debate team, which won the title of Best Debate Team. The debate team consisted of Sydney Crawley, Abi Saeed, Meghan Curry, Bethany Hunt, and Megha Kalsi. This was the first time that our debate team had competed at ESA, and they managed to walk away with the top prize.


Deabte Team 2012
Deabte Team 2012: National Winners! Bethany Hunt, Abi Saeed, Sydney Crawley,
Meghan Curry, Megha Kalsi, along with outgoing ESA President, UK's Dr. Grayson Brown.


There were a number of individual prize winners as well (listed below). Congratulations!

  • President's Prize, 10 minute student paper competition: Jennifer Gordon
  • President's Prize Runner-Up, 10 minute student paper competition: Sydney Crawley
  • President's Prize Runner-Up, 10 minute student paper competition: Chris Strohm


UK Entomologists Win at OVEA 2012
11/2/2012 - Recently, the Ohio Valley Entomological Association (OVEA) held its 25th Annual Forum for student papers, presided over by Jonathan Larson, OVEA President (and UK Entomology graduate student). Forty-four students (11 undergrads, 16 MS, 17 PhD) from 7 universities, including 11 students from the University of Kentucky,  presented their research. Three of our students (Sydney Crawley, Abiya Saeed, and Jennifer Gordon) took home prizes in their respective divisions. Shelby Stendenfeld, another UK entomology student, was elected 2013 OVEA President. Congratulations to all of our participants.   


Potter Inducted into PMP Hall of Fame
10/16/2012 - UK's Extension Entomologist Dr. Mike Potter was recently ionducted into the Pest Management Professional (PMP) Magazine's Hall of Fame. Read about Dr. Potter and his accomplishments in the pest management industry at the PMP Hall of Fame Website.

Deabte Team 2012


KajitaKajita Receives NSF Grant
9/24/2012 - UK entomologist Dr. Yukie Kajita, a Research Scientist in Dr. John Obrycki's laboratory, recently received a grant to study the long-term impacts of biological control agents that have been released in the United States. The National Science Foundation named Yukie Kajita as a Fellow in their Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability program. The research award provides her with more than $424,500 for the three-year study. Kajita is the only UK researcher to receive this award, and she is one of only a handful of researchers to receive such a distinction in 2012. Read more in the AgNews article here.


Congratulations, Entomology Graduates!

5/25/2012 - Congratulations to several UK entomology students who received their degrees in recent months. Dr. Craig Keathley (Dec 2011) and Dr. Julie Peterson (May 2012) are pictured below in the May 2012 commencement. Also receiving degrees in May 2012 were Dr. Josh Adkins and Dr. Jimmy Mains

New UK Entomology Graduates, Dr. Julie Peterson and Dr. Craig Keathley.
New UK Entomology Graduates, Dr. Julie Peterson and Dr. Craig Keathley.


UK Entomologists Win at NCB 2012

3/9/2012 - Three members of the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology picked up honors at the recent annual meeting of the North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America (NCB-ESA). Congratulations!

  • C.V. Riley Award: Dr. Kenneth Haynes
  • John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Award: Julie Peterson (Harwood Laboratory)
  • ESA Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension: Dr. Doug Johnson


HaynesHaynes Interviewed in Scientific American
1/25/2012 - UK Entomology professor Dr. Ken Haynes was interviewed in the Feb 2012 issue of Scientific American. In the article, Dr. Haynes discusses practical tips for avoiding bed bugs at home and abroad. Read the article here.


Haynes Named AAAS Fellow
12/6/2011 - Each year, the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) Council names to the rank of Fellow those members whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.” UK's Dr. Kenneth Haynes has received this honor for 2012, and will be inducted as an AAAS Fellow in February 2012 in Vancouver. Read more about this honor in the UKnow article by Katie Pratt and Carl Nathe.


UK At The Half: Dr. Mike Potter
11/30/11 - During the recent UK vs. Portland men's college basketball game, Carl Nathe (voice of UK football) presented a "UK at the Half" segment which featured bed bug expert Dr. Mike Potter from the University of Kentucky department of Entomology. Download the audio clip here (mp3 format). Visit Carl Nathe's media page at


PCT Magazine Covers UK Pest Control Workshop
11/7/2011 - The 41st Annual University of Kentucky Pest Control Short Course--a conference and workshop for pest-control professionals--was covered in a recent PCT (Pest Control Technology) article. Find the article here.


UK Entomologists Win at OVEA 2011
11/1/2011 - Four students from the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology picked up honors at the recent 2011 Ohio Valley Entomological Association (OVEA) meeting. Winners were Bethany Hunt (1st place, Undergraduate competition), Jonathan Larson (1st place, Masters competition), Ignazio Graziosi (2nd place, PhD competition) and Logan Minter (3rd place, PhD competition).


Dr. Mike Potter Receives NPMA Highest Honor
10/31/11 - The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) presented Dr. Michael Potter with its 2011 Pinnacle Award. The Pinnacle Award is NPMA’s highest honor. Read the complete news story here.

Potter REceives NPMA Award


UK Entomology: Bedbug Symposium and Reception at ESA 2011
10/18/11 - At this year's Entomological Society of America (ESA) in Reno, NV, University of Kentucky's Department of Entomology will host a symposium on Bed Bugs on Tuesday, November 15, beginning at 8 AM in Room E1-E3 of the Reno-Sparks Convention Center (details below). A poster session and a reception will follow the symposium on Tuesday, November 15 from 5 to 7 PM in Room E1-E3, First Floor of the Convention Center. At the reception, we will also be celebrating our 120th Anniversary.
  • Basic Science to Application for Management of Bed Bug Populations I
    Tuesday, November 15, 2011: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Room E1-E3, First Floor (Reno-Sparks Convention Center)
    Organizers: Kenneth F. Haynes, Subba R. Palli, Michael F. Potter & James D Harwood
  • Basic Science to Application for Management of Bed Bug Populations II
    Tuesday, November 15, 2011: 1:30 PM-5:00 PM
    Room E1-E3, First Floor (Reno-Sparks Convention Center)
  • Basic Science to Application for Management of Bed Bug Populations III (Posters and Reception)
    Tuesday, November 15, 2011: 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
    Room E1-E3, First Floor (Reno-Sparks Convention Center)


UK At The Half: 120 Years of Entomology
9/16/11 - Carl Nathe, the voice of University of Kentucky football, helped us to celebrate our 120th Anniversary with a "UK At The Half" audio segment during the Sept 16, 2011, varsity football match-up with arch rivals the University of Kentucky Cardinals. Download the audio clip here (mp3 format). Visit Carl Nathe's media page at


ObryckiChair Obrycki Elected to ESA Governing Board

8/24/11 - UK Entomology department chair Dr. John Obrycki was recently elected to the Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) as the representative of the ESA North Central Branch (NCB). Election to this post includes automatic election to the Board of Directors of the ESA Certification Board. Dr. Obrycki will serve a 3-year term in the post.


PetersonJulie Peterson Wins Biological Control Award

8/20/11 - UK Entomology PhD graduate student Julie Peterson, a member of Dr. James Harwood's Invertebrate Ecology Laboratory, is the recipient of the 2011 Robert J. O’Neil Outstanding PhD in Biological Control Award in recognition of her current thesis project, "Delineating the influence of genetically modified crops and non-prey food resources on generalist predator food webs." In support of this award, Julie will be giving the lead talk and accepting the award at the IOBC-NRS (Nearctic Regional Section) symposium at the 2011 Entomological Society of America meeting in Reno this November. Read more about Julie's research at her homepage.


2011 Graduate Student Orientation
8/19/2011 - On Friday, August 19, our new graduate students for Fall 2011 were officially welcomed to the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology with a catered lunch and a tour of the facilities. Shown below are some highlights from the afternoon.

2011 Grad Students
2011 Graduate Student Orientation


FoxFox Receives 2011 RES Journal Award

5/20/2011 - University of Kentucky Department of Entomology faculty member Dr. Charles Fox has been honored by the Royal Entomological Society with a 2011 RES Journal Award in the category of Physiological Entomology for his article, “Diet affects female mating behaviour in a seed-feeding beetle." The article appeared in Physiological Entomology (2009), 34, pages 370-378, and was co-authored by Jordi Moya-Larano. You can read more about the RES Awards here.


UK Entomology Undergrads Receive Student Excellence Awards

4/20/2011 - Two University of Kentucky undergraduate students who are enrolled as entomology majors have just received Student Excellence Awards from the College of Agriculture Student Council. Murphey Coy received an Outstanding Senior Award ($100) and Zachary Cornett picked up an Outstanding Junior Award ($75). Read more about the College of Agriculture Student Council.


LucasPatty Lucas Receives 2011 Friends of IPM Award

12/3/2010 - Patty Lucas, a member of the University of Kentucky IPM Program, is the recipient of the 2011 Friends of IPM Award in the category of IPM Implementer. This is a competitive award of the Southern Region IPM Center, that comes with recognition in the form of an article in the Southern Region IPM Center newsletter, a public presentation of a plaque honoring her, and a $2000 monetary award which she may use to support any IPM activity of her choosing. Congratulations to Patty!


UK Entomologists Win at OVEA 2010

11/1/2010 - Three students from the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology picked up honors at the recent 2010 Ohio Valley Entomological Association (OVEA) meeting.  Winners were James Baulding (3rd place — Undergraduate), Jonathan Larson ( 1st place – Masters), and Julie Peterson (2nd place – PhD).


Kowles & HarwoodHonors for UK Entomologists at American Arachnological Society Annual Meeting

6/21/2010 - Katelyn Kowles, graduate student in the Harwood laboratory at the University of Kentucky, was a prize winner in the best student poster competition at the Annual Meeting of the American Arachnological Society held in Greenville, NC. Katelyn’s poster, describing her Ph.D. research, was entitled “Biological control of insect pests in winter wheat: potential role of spiders in reducing transmission of Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus” and was co-authored by Doug Johnson and James Harwood.


In addition, James Harwood was elected as one of the Directors of the American Arachnological Society. During this three year term, he will serve on the Executive Committee of the Society.


Reiske-Kinney & Palli Dr. Rieske-Kinney & Dr. Palli Featured in UK Odyssey Magazine

5/7/2010 - University of Kentucky Entomology professors Dr. Rieske-Kinney & Dr. Palli were featured in the Spring 2010 issue of UK Odyssey Magazine. The article Little Hemlock Horror details efforts by the Rieske-Kinney lab and the UK Invasive Species Working Group to control the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid, an invasive insect that threatens Kentucky's forests.  In the same issue, Subba Reddy Palli: Big Discoveries from Tiny Creatures details Palli's efforts to use laboratory techniques to manage resistance in insect-pests.


Houtz Philip Houtz Named the 2010 Beckman Scholar

5/4/2010 - University of Kentucky agricultural biotechnology junior Philip Houtz has been named the 2010 Beckman Scholar at UK, and will be given $19,300 over 14 months to support his own scientific research project under faculty mentorship.  Read more about Philip and the Beckman Scholarship at UKKNOW.


Vanek Receives Outstanding M.S. Student Award

Sarah J. Vanek received the UK College of Agriculture Outstanding M.S. Student Award at the annual Gamma Sigma Delta Awards Banquet, April 6, 2010.  Sarah was recognized for her innovative research in biological control, her leadership in organizing a scientific symposium and giving several invited scientific presentations, extension teaching for the horticultural industries, and her outreach and service to youth education and the community.  



Sarah Vanek
Sarah Vanek at the annual Gamma Sigma Delta Awards Banquet, April 6, 2010


UK Entomology Students: Winners at 2010 ESA-NCB Meeting

Graduate students from the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology picked up several awards at the recent 2010 annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, North Central Branch (ESA-NCB).  Poster and presentation winners from UK Entomology included: Logan Minter, Cristina Brady, Elizabeth Andrews, Itai Opatovsky, and Craig Keathley.


2010 ESA-NCB Winners
2010 ESA-NCB Winners (l-r): Craig Keathley, Cristina Brady, Logan Minter, and Elizabeth Andrews.


UK Entomology Department Hosts 2010 ESA-NCB Meeting

March 14-17, 2010: The University of Kentucky Department of Entomology hosted the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, North Central Branch (ESA-NCB). The meeting was held at the historic Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville, KY. Symposia covered a variety of topics, including forensic entomology, entomology in organic agriculture, and youth entomology (discussed here on our blog). The entire program can be viewed here.


ESA-NCB Banner
ESA-NCB Banner


2009 ESA Winners
ESA-NCB Poster Session


2009 ESA Winners
ESA-NCB, Tuesday Award Luncheon


Entomology Department Receives National Ranking

On Feb 19, 2010, the Kentucky Kernel campus newspaper at the University of Kentucky recognized the UK Entomology Department and its accomplishments as a Top 10 program among entomology departments in the United States. Read the article here at the Kentucky Kernel online, and read more about our Top 10 status in this article from the University of Kentucky news service.


K. KowlesUK Entomologists Study Biological Control of Wheat Pests

UK Department of Entomology PhD student Katelyn Kowles and her advisor Dr. James Harwood are in the first year of a study to examine the structure of food webs in winter wheat, focusing on predators that feed on a variety of pest species.  Their study focuses on major pests of Kentucky wheat such as slugs and a variety of aphid species, including species that vector the barley yellow dwarf virus. Read more about this research in the official press release from UK College of Ag News.


bed bug UK Bed Bug Resistance Research in Insect Journal

Entomologists at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture found the majority of bed bugs in the United States appear to have developed genetic mutations making them resistant to some the most commonly used insecticides in the pest control industry. Their findings will be published in an upcoming issue of the Archives of Insect Physiology and Biochemistry. Read more about this research in this article at UKNow.


Conservation Conversation on Bees Comes to UK
On Feb 24, 2010, there will be a special seminar at the University of Kentucky campus, "Conversations on Conservation." This will occur in in Room 230 of the University of Kentucky Student Center and is a part of the new author-lecture seminar series sponsored by the Gaines Center for the Humanities. The event will feature Dr. Tammy Horn, author of Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation & a member of EKU’s Environmental Research Institute. The presentation is free and open to the public. Read more about the upcoming event in this article at UKNow.


Dr. D. PotterUK at the Half: Dr. Potter to Receive Green Section Award

University of Kentucky Entomology professor Dr. Dan Potter was featured on the February 9, 2010, edition of UK at The Half which aired during the UK vs. Alabama men's basketball game.  Click here to listen to the audio clip (mp3 format).  During the piece, Carl Nathe interviews Dr. Potter about a recent announcement: the United States Golf Association (USGA) recently named Dr. Potter as the recipient of the 2010 Green Section Award.   This annual award recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions and dedication to the game of golf through their work with turfgrass. For more than 30 years, Potter has worked to manage insects on golf courses in ways that are environmentally friendly and sustainable. The USGA helped to fund much of his turfgrass research.   The Green Section Award is presented annually by the USGA to recognize individuals who exemplify outstanding contributions and dedication to the game of golf through their work with turfgrass. The award will be presented to Potter on Feb. 12, 2010, at the USGA Green Section Education Program in San Diego, Calif., in conjunction with the Golf Industry Show. Read more in the official UK College of Ag press release, and in these news stories from and the USGA.


Dr. Eric Chapman Works to Control Coffee-Berry Borer

Dr. Eric Chapman, a post-doctoral scholar in the Harwood Laboratory in the UK Entomology Department, has helped to identify a new thrips species that feeds on the eggs and larvae of the coffee berry borer, Hypothenemus hampei, the most widespread coffee pest.  Read more in the official UK College of Ag press release, coverage from Carl Nathe at UKNow, and in this official press release from Springer .


UK Entomology Students Win Big at ESA

At the recent 2009 Entomological Society of America (ESA) national meeting in Indianapolis, graduate students from the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology brought home more awards than students from any other institution.  Elizabeth Andrews, Mark H. Goodman, Cristina Brady, Craig Keathley, Joshua Adkins, and Sarah Colvin each received awards for their displays or oral presentations.

2009 ESA Winners
ESA Winners: Josh Adkins, Sarah Colvin, Liz Andrews, and Cristina Brady.
Not pictured are Craig Keathley and Mark Goodman.


UK Entomology Students Organize Symposium at 2009 ESA Meeting

Sarah Vanek and Andrea Bixby, current entomology graduate students, organized and will moderate and speak in a Symposium entitled “Building Sustainable Urban Landscapes” for the upcoming 2009 national meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). The symposium, which focuses on integrating host plant resistance and conservation biological control, includes speakers from seven different universities who are leaders in urban landscape IPM. The symposium is Wednesday morning, December 16, 2009. Click here to read more about the session.

Bixby & Vanek
U.K. Entomology Graduate Students Andrea Bixby & Sarah Vanek


ESA Early Career Innovation Award: James Harwood

Brown and PalliRecently, UK Entomologist Dr. James Harwood received the Entomological Society of America (ESA) Early Career Innovation Award.  This award honors young professionals working within the field of entomology who have demonstrated innovation through contributions within any area of specialization (research, teaching, extension, product development, public service, etc.). This year’s awardee, Dr. James D. Harwood, is an assistant professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Harwood received his B.Sc. in biology (1997) and Ph.D. in insect ecology (2001) from Cardiff University and, after a postdoctoral position at the University of Kentucky, accepted a position within the department where he assumed research and teaching responsibilities in insect ecology, molecular ecology, and biological control. His research program, supported by multiple USDA and regionally competitive grants, seeks to understand mechanisms of foraging by generalist predators and to identify their roles in biological control through the integration of molecular techniques, behavioral studies, and ecological field experiments. These approaches are being used, in parallel, to delineate trophic connectivity and to measure the intensity of specific predator-prey interactions. Understanding the factors that regulate the abundance of these important natural enemies is ultimately providing information that discerns the role of prey biodiversity and habitat management on biological control. His teaching responsibilities include a graduate course in insect ecology and participation in the undergraduate Agricultural Biotechnology program. He is currently mentoring two postdoctoral research associates and advising three Ph.D and two M.S. students.


Dr. Harwood also serves as Chair of the ESA International Affairs Committee, which was responsible for developing the framework for establishing the International Branch of the Society earlier this year. Additionally, he has been active within IOBC-NRS, serving as a member-at-large (2006-2008), and the American Arachnological Society, where he is currently chair of the Marketing Committee.


Brown and Palli2010 ESA Officers: Grayson Brown and Subba Reddy Palli
UK Entomology Professors Grayson Brown and Subba Reddy Palli have been elected as officers of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) for 2010.  Dr. Brown has been elected vice-president to the ESA Governing Board and Dr. Palli has been elected vice-president of the Integrative Physiological and Molecular Insect Systems Section.  They will begin their terms at the ESA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana on Wednesday, December 16, 2009.  ESA is the primary professional organization for entomologists in the U.S.  Read more here.


EABEmerald Ash Borer Confirmed In Kentucky, Quarantines Established
8 July, 2009 - The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive pest of ash trees, was found for the first time in Kentucky in Shelby and Jessamine counties in May 2009.  This story is covered in detail in an official College of Agriculture News release here.  In July 2009, quarantines were established to help slow the spread of the insect.  Read the full story about EAB quarantines here.  And read all the details about this highly destructive pest at the Kentucky EAB page.


UK Entomology Alumni: ESA Leaders

UK Entomology Alums Dr. Larry Godfrey, Dr. Alvin Simmons, and Dr. Kristine Braman have been elected to serve as President of their respective branches of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) since 2007.  Read the whole story».

U.K. alumni, Drs. Alvin Simmons and Kristine Braman
U.K. alumni, Drs. Alvin Simmons and Kristine Braman


Eastern Tent Caterpillar Hatch Underway For 2009, and Numbers are Up
University of Kentucky entomologists have determined that Eastern Tent Caterpillars, the insects associated with the Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) outbreak of 2001, have begun feeding on trees in Central Kentucky and their populations have been up for the past three years.  Read more in this article from College of Ag correspondent Holly Wiemers.


University of Kentucky Entomology Students Win at 2009 North Central Branch Meeting

Students from the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology received multiple awards at the recent 2009 North Central Branch (NCB) meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) in St. Louis.  Pictured below are winners Luke Dodd (2009 NCB Graduate Student Scholarship Award), Mark Adams (B.S. Student competition presentation), Logan Minter (M.S. Student Competition Presentation), Sarah Colvin (M.S. Student Competition Presentation), Sarah Vanek (M.S. Student Competition Presentation), and Julie Peterson (PhD Student Competition Presentation).

2009 NCB Winners
2009 NCB Winners (l-r): Mark Adams, Sarah Vanek, Julie Peterson,
Sarah Colvin, Logan Minter, and Luke Dodd


Derrick HammonsUK Entomology graduate-student research published by National Academy of Sciences
A study by Derrick Hammons was recently published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  Derrick is a doctoral student in Dr. Dan Potter's horticultural entomology research program, and his research concerns the impacts of Japanese beetle damage to grapes.  Read more in this story by UK College of Agriculture news correspondent Katie Pratt.


UK Entomology Students Win Honors at 2008 ESA National Meeting

In December 2008, University of Kentucky Entomology Graduate Students (pictured below) brought home awards from the Entomological Society of America (ESA) National Meeting in Reno, Nevada.  In the 10-minute Oral Presentation category, Hua Bai, Tonja Fisher, and Julie Peterson placed 1st in their respective topics.  Alvaro Romero and Juliane Deacutis both received 2nd-place awards in the Display Presentation category.

2008 ESA Winners
2008 ESA Winners (l-r): Hua Bai, Juliane Deacutis, Tonja Fisher, Julie Peterson, and Alvaro Romero.


The University of Kentucky Linnaean Team (pictured below) also competed at the 2008 ESA national meeting.  The UK team won their first round match against UC Davis and lost the next match to North Carolina State (who advanced to the finals, where they lost to UC Riverside).  The Linnaean Games are entomology-themed, college bowl-style competitions for student members of ESA.  Read more about the Linnaean Games at the official website.


2008 ESA Linnean Team
2008 ESA Linnaean Team (l-r): Ray Fisher, Sarah Vanek, Kacie Johansen, Julie Peterson,
Sarah Colvin, Logan Minter, Bekah Hassell, and Coach Dr. Ric Bessin.


Stephen DobsonEntomologist Dobson Featured in Lee Todd's State of the University Address

The Gates Foundation-funded research program of U.K. Entomologist Dr. Stephen Dobson was highlighted in the recent (9.19.08) State of the University Address by University of Kentucky President, Dr. Lee Todd.  Stephen Dobson's mosquito-control research is the first winner in of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant (a $5.3 million award) in the State of Kentucky.  The video can be viewed online here.   Dr. Dobson is discussed at the 25:40 mark.


Dan & Mike Potter Featured in College of Ag Magazine

University of Kentucky Entomologists Mike and Dan Potter (who happen to be brothers!) were featured in the Fall 2008 UK College of Agriculture Magazine.  Their current research is discussed along with the influences and inspirations that led them both into entomology.  Read the online article, "Potter and Potter, Insect Experts," here.

Dan & Mike Potter
UK Entomologists Dan and Mike Potter


Staff Service Honored at 2008 Entomology Luncheon

Five University of Kentucky Department of Entomology staff members received service awards at the 2008 Fall Luncheon. Read more and see pictures from the luncheon here.


Derrick HammonsHammons Receives SARE Grant

Congratulations to Derrick Hammons, Entomology PhD student, who recently was awarded a USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Graduate Student Research Grant for his proposal “Sustainable Management for Scarab Pests Impacting Grape Production in the Southern Region.” Derrick’s project is one of only 14 funded by the competitive USDA-SR SARE program in 2008.


New Entomology Grad Students, Fall 2008

Five new graduate students joined the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology in Fall 2008. Front Row (below, from left to right): Elizabeth Andrews (Dobson Lab), Mark Goodman (Haynes Lab), Kelton Welch (Harwood Lab). Back Row: Philip Crain (Dobson Lab), Jason Wulff (White Lab).

Fall 08 Entomology Students


Dr. D. PotterDr. Dan Potter Selected as ESA Fellow

Dr. Daniel A. Potter has been selected as an Entomological Society of America (ESA) Fellow. Dr. Potter will be recognized at the ESA Annual Meeting in Reno, Nevada in November 2008. This award marks the second year in a row that a faculty member from the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology has been selected as a Fellow of the ESA. Dr. Ken Yeargan was named an ESA Fellow at the San Diego meeting in 2007.


Sarah ColvinSarah Colvin Builds Display for National Fish Hatchery

In May 2008, UK Entomology student Sarah Colvin designed and built an insect display for the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery in Jamestown, KY. Read more and see pictures of the display here.


UK Linnaean Team UK Linnaean Team Places at NCB ESA

The UK Entomology Linnaean Games team finished 2nd at the recent North Central Branch Entomological Society of America (ESA) meeting in Columbus, Ohio.  The team will represent the University of Kentucky at the competition at the national ESA meeting in Reno in November, 2008. 


The members of the team are Sarah Colvin, Sarah Mack, Logan Minter, Julie Peterson, Ray Fisher, and Kacie Johansen.  UK Entomology professor Dr. Ric Bessin is the coach. The Linnaean Games are entomology-themed, college bowl-style competitions for student members of ESA.  Read more about the Linnaean Games at the official website.  


PetersonJulie Peterson Wins Student Paper Competition

At the recent North-Central Branch ESA meeting, UK Entomology graduate student Julie A. Peterson won first place in the PhD student paper competition for her paper:  Quantifying exposure pathways in Carabid food webs: Uptake of Bt-endotoxins from multiple transgenic events. Co-authors on the paper were John J. Obrycki and James D. Harwood.


PalliPalli Receives Cooper Research Award

UK Entomology professor Dr. S. Reddy Palli has been selected to receive the 2008 T. P. Cooper Research Award from the College of Agriculture.  Dr. Palli received this award at the annual Gamma Sigma Delta banquet in March 2008.


Dr. D. PotterDr. Dan Potter awarded endowed professorship

UK Entomology professor Dr. Daniel Potter is the first recipient of the Bobby C. Pass Research Professorship.  In a recent ceremony, Potter was recognized by his colleagues, his family, and UK administrators.  Read the complete online article here.


Hua BaiUK Entomologist Hua Bai Receives Fellowship

University of Kentucky Department of Entomology Graduate student Hua Bai has been awarded a 2008-09 Dissertation Year Fellowship from the Graduate School at the University of Kentucky.  Hua was one of nine students who received this UK Fellowship. Selection for the Fellowship is based on outstanding scholastic and scholarly achievement.


UK Entomology Receives Honors at 2007 ESA National Meeting

University of Kentucky Department of Entomology Graduate students Cynthia Khoo, Barb Sharanowski, Michael Eskelson, Susan Moser, Alvaro Romero, and Julie Peterson received honors at the 2007 ESA (Entomology Society of America) National Meeting.  Details»


UK Entomology Professor named 2007 ESA Fellow

University of Kentucky Entomology professor Ken Yeargan was named a 2007 Entomology Society of America (ESA) Fellow.  ESA Fellows are selected for outstanding contributions in research, teaching, extension, or administration.  Read more at the official ESA website:


UK "Water Pioneers" Present at NAAEE National Meeting

Along with members of the University of Kentucky's Extension Entomology and Forestry programs, four Kentucky high school sophomores, all enrolled in the UK's Robinson Scholars "Water Pioneers " Program, recently traveled to Virginia Beach to present at the North American Association of Environmental Educators (NAAEE) annual meeting.  These students (who were the only non-adults that attended the conference) presented the results of water-stewardship projects that they designed in each of their home counties.  Read more about their community projects and their visit to Virginia Beach in this article from Carol Spence and the College of Agriculture News and Information Service:


October 07 News Article: Harwood Lab Studies Predators of the Soybean Aphid
The Harwood laboratory at the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology is studying ways to combat the soybean aphid, a new threat to Kentucky agriculture.  Read more in the online article at:


UK Entomology: a Top 10 Graduate Program
In 2007, the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology was ranked as a top-ten graduate program on the National Faculty Scholarly Activity Index.  This prestigious ranking is based on faculty productivity.  Read the complete article on the University of Kentucky news page:


June 07 News Article: Kentucky Forest & Entomology Leadership Program
Each summer, UK's Forestry and Entomology departments join forces for the Kentucky Forest and Entomology Leadership Program.  This week-long, overnight program gives high-school students an intensive (and fun!) introduction to Forestry, Entomology, and other natural resource study-areas, with an emphasis on the interaction between these disciplines.  Read more about the program in a June 2007 article by Carol Spence from UK's College of Agriculture Communications:


Stephen Dobson's Program Featured in Fall '06 UK Odyssey Magazine

Dr. Stephen Dobson's mosquito research program is featured in the Fall '06 issue of UK Odyssey magazine.  Read the full article online at:


Announcing 51st Annual Livestock Insect Workers' Conference and 9th International Symposium on Ectoparasites of Pets

The University of Kentucky Department of Entomology will be co-hosting this year's Livestock Insect Workers' Conference and International Symposium on Ectoparasites of Pets.  The event will be will be held June 10-14, 2007, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Lexington, KY.  Visit the official conference website for more details:


Entomology Youth Programs Featured in Spring '07 College of Ag Magazine

The Department of Entomology Youth Program was mentioned in the Spring 2007 edition of the UK College of Agriculture Magazine.  The article, "Turning the Classroom Inside Out," by Martha Jackson (Agriculture Communications), focuses on 4-H/K-12 Extension programs that take place in the outdoors.  Featured were two Entomology projects: the Community-Based Science program, a collaboration with the Tracy Farmer Center for the Environment, and the Kentucky Forest and Entomology Leadership Program, a collaboration with the UK Forestry Department.  Read the article online here.


Entomology Graduate Student Alvaro Romero Finalist in Bayer Environmental Science "Young Scientist of the Year"
Graduate Student Alvaro Romero was named a finalist in the Bayer Environmental Science "Young Scientist of the Year" contest.  A panel of university and industry professionals determined the final awards.  Alvaro received a $1,500 scholarship in recognition of his bed bug research.  One thousand dollars was also donated to the general scholarship funds at the University of Kentucky.  The Bayer Environmental Science "Young Scientist of the Year" contest is a scholarship and grant program for graduate students to acknowledge and financially support exceptional research that advances the pest management industry.


Entomologist Daniel Potter awarded Distinguished Achievement Award in Horticultural Entomology by the Entomological Society of America

The 2006 ESA Awardees were recently announced in the November issue of the ESA Newsletter (vol. 29, no. 11) and Dr. Daniel Potter has received The Distinguished Achievement Award in Horticultural Entomology.  This award, sponsored by the American Nursery and Landscape Association, honors any entomologist who has contributed to the American horticulture industry.  Congratulations, Dr. Potter!


Urban Extension Entomologist Mike Potter Quoted in New York Times

The October 15, 2006 issue of the New York Times newspaper featured an extensive article on the emerging problem of bed bug infestations in apartments.  Dr. Michael Potter was was quoted in the article as saying that "[bed bugs] will be the pest of the 21st century".


Entomologist Lynne Rieske-Kinney Leads Field Course in Australia in 2007

Join Dr. Lynne Rieske-Kinney on a field trip to Australia in 2007!  Focus will be on the biological, ecological, and economic effects of invasive species. (Flyer is in Adobe PDF format.)

Extension Entomologist Lee Townsend and Entomologist Lynne Rieske-Kinney Featured in Video Article on Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in Kentucky
The College of Agriculture's monthly television program, Extension Today: on the Air, features two members of the Department of Entomology, Lee Townsend and Lynne Rieske-Kinney, as they traveled to Harlan County to educate county extension agents, foresters, and community members about the hemlock woolly adelgid, a severe pest of hemlocks newly-discovered in Kentucky in 2006.