At the 2007 ESA (Entomology Society of America) national meeting in San Diego, several members of the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology received awards and other honors.
UK Entomology professor Ken Yeargan was named a 2007 ESA Fellow during the meeting. From the official ESA website: "Selection as an ESA Fellow acknowledges outstanding contributions in research, teaching, extension, or administration. Honorary Membership acknowledges those who have served the ESA for at least 20 years through significant involvement in the affairs of the Society that has reached an extraordinary level." Read more at the ESA website:
In addition, five UK Entomology graduate students received honors for their research. The student presentations and honors that they received are listed below.
University of Kentucky Graduate Students (l-r): Alvaro Romero, Susan Moser, Michael Eskelson,
Julie Peterson, Cynthia Khoo, and Barb Sharanowski.
Alvaro Romero: 2007 Jeffery P. LaFage Graduate Student Research Award (sponsored by The Entomological Foundation). This grant encourages research by graduate students in the field of the biology and control of termites or other insect pests of the urban environment. Romero received this award in recognition of his ongoing research with bed bugs. Read more about his award at the official Entomological Foundation website:
Susan Moser: "Larval feeding on transgenic corn by predacious coccinellids." The co-authors for this presentation were J.D. Harwood and J.J. Obrycki. President Prize (runner-up) in Section C, Session Ca1.: Biological Control, Oral Presentation.
Michael Eskelson: "Tracking the role of generalist predators in biological control of slugs in strawberry crops." The co-authors on this poster along with Mike were J.D. Harwood, J.J. Obrycki, & D.D. Archbold. First place in President’s Prize Display Presentations in Section C, Session Ca: Biological Control.
Julie Peterson: "Uptake of Bt-endotoxins by generalist predators (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in transgenic corn fields." The co-authors were J.J. Obrycki and J.D. Harwood. Runner-up in President's Prize Display Presentations in Section C, Session Ca: Biological Control.
Cynthia Khoo: "Characterization of intracellular bacteria Wolbachia pipientis infection in Asian tiger mosquitoes, Aedes albopictus." President Prize (1st. place) in Section D: Medical and Veterinary Entomology, Oral Presentation.
Barb Sharanowski: "Hymenopteran phylogenomics: bees, trees, and ESTs." President's Prize (first place) for presentation.