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Purdue Emeritus Faculty passed away, David L. Matthew Jr., 86
Journal & Courier
December 12, 2006

David L. Matthew Jr., 86, of Montrose, N.Y., a founder of Lafayette Urban Ministry, died Dec. 7, 2006, in New York State Veterans Home, in Montrose. [More...]

It’s Man vs. Pest at the Academy, and the Winner Is ...
Purdue Alum BS '77, MS '80, PhD '95
The New York Times
December 5, 2006

Robert M. Corrigan is one of the nation’s foremost experts in rodent control, but it is a different species that riles him up the most. [More...]

Ash quarantine to encompass entire state of Indiana
Ag Communications
By Jennifer Stewart
November 29, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Areas of Indiana where the presence of emerald ash borer have not yet been confirmed must now comply with a statewide quarantine to help slow the spread of the invasive beetle, said Purdue University experts. [More...]

Congratulations to 2006 OVEA winners
By: Steve Yaninek
Department of Entomology
Monday, November 20, 2006

A caravan of 3 vehicles and 15 people traveled from West Lafayette to Northern Kentucky University this past Friday to represent Purdue University [More...]

Entomology Alum, Dr. Eric Smith, honored by VPMA
PCT Online
Wednesday, November 8, 2006

LYNCHBURG, Va. - Dr. Eric Smith, director of technical services with Dodson Pest Control, was recently named the recipient of the Virginia Pest Management Industry Stewardship Award.

What's eating aphids? Two bugs farmers should know
By Steve Leer
Ag Communications
November 10, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Farmers could save $10-$12 per acre on insecticide treatments for soybean aphids by turning to a control method that money can't buy, said a Purdue University entomologist. [More...]

Gary Bennett: Major League Mentor
By Marty Whitford
Pest Control
October 1, 2006

Kathy Heinsohn, staff entomologist for the National Pest Management Association (NPMA), was well down the path of becoming a marine biologist before Gary Bennett did what he had done so many times before [More...]

Honeybee genome
By Steve Yaninek
Purdue Entomology
October 27, 2006

The honey bee genome was published today in the journal Nature. "A special Nature web focus* celebrates the publication of the honeybee genome with exclusive video interviews and news analysis of the primary research papers alongside a comprehensive archive of all matters Apis mellifera. Selected articles are FREE ACCESS." [More...]

There are many ways to keep Asian lady beetles from being a house guest
By Chelsea Carter
Ag Communications
October 26, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A Purdue University expert says there are several ways to protect homes from being infested with Asian lady beetles. [More...]

Emerald ash borer makes way to Porter County
By Jennifer Stewart
Ag Communications
October 20, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced this week that an infestation of emerald ash borer has been confirmed in Porter County near Burns Harbor, Ind. [More...]

Entomology graduate to become state chemist
By Marty Benson
October 18, 2006

Robert Waltz, who has served as state entomologist and director of the DNR Division of Entomology and Plant Pathology since 1988, has been appointed state chemist by Gov. Mitch Daniels. [More...]

Fifth-graders get a bug day
Journal and Courier
October 11, 2006

Tom Turpin, a Purdue University professor of entomology, was having some difficulty calling up the magic for his magic show at Tuesday's annual "Insectaganza" affair. [More...]

Insects Limited Celebrates 25th Anniversary

WESTFIELD, Ind. - Insects Limited, Inc. and Fumigation Service & Supply, Inc. celebrated their 25th anniversary on Oct. 1, 2006. Their primary interests are in fumigants and pheromones; however, these two companies work together to help solve pest problems in stored products. [More...]

Purdue Web site takes aim at West Nile
Journal & Courier
October 9, 2006

With two recently reported deaths in Indiana attributed to West Nile virus Purdue entomologists launched a Web site to help people protect themselves against this and other insect-borne diseases. [More...]

Purdue University, College of Agriculture, Scholarship Banquet
Department of Entomology

October 1, 2006

Scholarship Awards of Excellence
Katharine Denise Buckley
Alicia Joy Kelley
Amy C. Lockwood


Web site offers resource in wake of West Nile virus
By Jennifer Stewart
Ag Communications
September 27, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The latest human case of West Nile virus in Clinton County makes 30 in the state, according to the Indiana State Department of Health, and Purdue University entomologists have information to help people protect themselves. [More...]


The International Congress on Insect Neurochemistry and Neurophysiology (ICINN) Student Recognition Award

Omprakash Mittapalli is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Entomology at Purdue University. He acquired a M.S. from the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada and his B.S. from the College of Agriculture in Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, India. [More...]

Emerald ash borer confirmed in White County campground
By Jennifer Stewart
Ag Communications
September 1, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Homeowners in White County need to be on the lookout for emerald ash borer, an Asian beetle that kills ash trees, after the Indiana Department of Natural Resources announced this week that an infestation had been confirmed in Monticello's Indiana Beach campground. [More...]

Purdue Entomologists make cover of Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (MPMI)

Gene-for-Gene Defense of Wheat Against the Hessian Fly Lacks a Classical Oxidative Burst. M.P. Giovanini, D.P. Puthoff, J.A. Nemacheck, O. Mittapalli, K.D. Saltzmann, H.W. Ohm, R.H. Shukle, and C.E. Williams. Pages 1023-1033. [More...]

Virgil Knapp (BS '41), passed away September 1, 2006

Virgil Knapp, a former Purdue University Department of Entomology graduate, and former Associate State Entomologist and Acting State Entomologist, passed away September 1, 2006.  His funeral was in Zionsville today September 6, 2006.  He was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery, in Indianapolis.  I was privileged to serve as one of his pall bearers.  I also served as a bearer for B. Elwood Montgomery. [More...]

Presentation to honor women pioneers through Purdue's history
By Christy Jones
Purdue News Service
Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Congratulations to Professor Virginia Ferris who was honored Wednesday, August 30 as one of 15 Women Pioneers of Purdue University by the Council on the Status of Women. The ceremony was part of a luncheon hosted by Patti Jischke at Westwood.[More...]

Nisus Awards Annual $2,500 Urban Pest Control Scholarship
PCT Online
Tuesday, August 15, 2006

ROCKVILLE, Tenn. - Nisus Corporation, in conjunction with the Professional Women in Pest Management, is pleased to award their Annual $2500 Scholarship to Margaret Schwinghammer, a Ph.D. candidate in entomology at Purdue University. [More...]

Field day emphasizes pest resistance and management strategies
By Julie Douglas
Ag Communications
Wednesday, August 16, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University Cooperative Extension will hold a field day for farmers, agribusinesses and certified crop advisers Aug. 21 at the Southeast Purdue Agriculture Center in Butlerville, Ind. [More...]

Entomologist: Corn pest an earful of bad news for farmers
By Steve Leer
Purdue Exponent
August 4, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - An insect that attacks maturing corn could make life more difficult for Eastern Corn Belt farmers in the years to come. [More...]

Professor uses Envision Center to stimulate, teach students
By Sheryl Israel
Purdue Exponent
July 14, 2006

In the spring of 2007, the Envision Center will be bugging Jeffery Holland's students.

Holland, assistant professor of entomology, and affiliates of the Purdue Envision Center have been working to create a virtual reality program to model an ecological simulation. [More...]

Butterfly count brings out hardy nature lovers
By Tanya Brown
Journal & Courier
July 16, 2006

Yining Chen, a West Lafayette resident, braved temperatures in the high 90s on Saturday to do some butterfly-watching. [More...]

Beetles launch annual attack; gardeners fight back
By Tanya Brown
Journal & Courier
July 12, 2006

Master gardener Esther Chosnek loves the beauty of summer gardens, but now that July is here, she's losing much of that beauty to a tiny winged intruder.

Japanese beetles, first introduced to the East Coast of the United States around 1920, have been making their way steadily westward ever since.[More...]

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When it comes to solving the most frustrating pest mysteries, Stoy Hedges has written the book-literally. Take Advantage of this special offer and have one of the best "private eyes" in the pest industry working for you. Order ANThology: The Best of Stoy Hedges for only $29.95. [More...]

Homeowners play key role in discovery of emerald ash borer
By Jennifer Stewart
Ag Communications
Monday, June 19, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - As the emerald ash borer continues to be found in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and now Illinois, homeowners are playing a crucial role in identifying infested trees. [More...]

Participants to learn mid-season crop-diagnostic techniques
By Jennifer Stewart
Ag Communications
Thursday, June 15, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center will host a mid-season diagnostic workshop July 13 at 8 a.m. [More...]

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Illinois
June 13, 2006
Illinois Department of Agriculture

GENEVA, Ill. – A destructive, non-native pest that feasts on ash trees has been detected in northern Illinois. The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced today that a beetle found in the yard of a Kane County home east of Lily Lake is an emerald ash borer (EAB). [More...]

Crop specialists get hands-on experience at training day
By Julie Douglas
Ag Communications
Monday, June 12, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - "Training from the Ground Up," is the theme for the 2006 crop diagnostic training day to be held June 20 at the Northeast Purdue University Agricultural Center. [More...]

Crop diagnostic training day to be held in southeastern Indiana
By Julie Douglas

Ag Communications
Friday, June 9, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A pest and crop training day provides hands-on experience and continuing education to southeastern Indiana on June 22. [More...]

Pest Control Announces 2006 Hall of Fame Class
Pest Control Buzz Online Newsletter
Friday, May 19, 2006

Pest Control announced the members of its 2006 Hall of Fame class, which will be inducted into the prestigious group as part of NPMA's PestWorld show on Oct. 24 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. [More...]

Flight risk: Flies a health concern for beef cattle, specialist says
By Steve Leer
Ag Communications
Tuesday, June 6, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - What's the buzz around cattle pastures these days? The same that it always is when the weather turns warm: flies. [More...]

Volunteers needed for annual butterfly count
By Jennifer Stewart

Ag Communications
Wednesday, May 31, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Volunteers are needed to assist in the annual Tippecanoe County Butterfly Count from 1-4:30 p.m. on July 15 at the Lilly Tippecanoe Laboratories Wildlife Habitat Area in Lafayette. [More...]

Dangerous Asian beetles threaten Midwest ash trees
By Sheryl Israel
Purdue Exponent
Friday, May 26, 2006

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has declared May 21-27 Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week but Indiana residents can prevent the spread of this deadly insect all year round. [More...]

Time to manage mosquitoes:
Draining standing water halts breeding, prevents virus spread
By Dan Shaw
Journal & Courier
Thursday, May 25, 2006

Forrest Feuer says he doesn't worry about contracting the West Nile virus.

"It's about as scary as the bird flu," said the Purdue University student while walking outside West Lafayette's Wabash Landing on Wednesday. "It doesn't exist until I get it." [More...]

Randy Higgins (BS '76), an alum, friend of many, passed away.
Friday, May 12, 2006

Randall "Randy" A. Higgins, 51, of Manhattan, KS, died Friday, May 12, 2006.

He was born on June 2, 1954, in Greencastle, IN, the son of Robert M. & Gloria (English) Higgins. Randy graduated from Danville High School (IN) in 1972, and earned his B.S. from Purdue University, and his M.S. and two Ph.D.s from Iowa State University. On June 28, 1975, [More...]

Tree falls, killing Entomology Alum
By Kevin O'Neal
Indy Star
Wednesday, May 3, 2006

A tree that fell precisely as a motorist drove by killed an agricultural research scientist early Tuesday morning on the Northwestside. [More...]

Purdue Agriculture recognizes outstanding achievements
By Natalie Federer
Ag Communications
Thursday, April 27, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue University College of Agriculture honored outstanding students, faculty and staff at its spring awards reception on April 9. [More...]

State parks ban firewood from emerald ash borer infested areas
By Beth Forbes
Ag Communications
Monday, April 24, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - This camping season all Indiana state parks, forests, reservoirs and recreation areas are off-limits to firewood brought in from areas of the state known to be infested with emerald ash borer, an invasive pest that destroys ash trees. [More...]

Database provides pesticide information
By Julie Douglas
Ag Communications
Monday, April 10, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Spring means tending yards and gardens as well as crops, and along with these activities comes the task of keeping pests out. [More...]

Chocolate-covered cravings
By Kevin Cullen
Journal and Courier
Sunday, April 9, 2006

Eleven-year-old Brent Cothran may still have an odd taste in his mouth after what happened Saturday at Purdue University's 16th annual Bug Bowl.

Let's just say that his first encounter with a chocolate-covered cricket didn't go too well. [More...]

Ready, set, GO!: We don't want to hear you say "There's nothing to do"
By Journal & Courier
Friday, April 7, 2006

Bug Bowl
Saturday and Sunday:
With Tom Turpin moving on to different responsibilities, the Bug Bowl, one of the highlights of the annual Purdue University Spring Fest, has a new face. Meet Mike Mullis, the new outreach coordinator for Purdue's entomology department. He has taken over dozens of features that make up Bug Bowl. [More...]

Emerald ash borer event details quarantines, treatment options

By: Kay Hagen
Ag Communications
Tuesday, March 21, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Hoosiers concerned about what emerald ash borer might mean for their trees and neighborhoods can get information about the state's plans and various [More...]

Purdue releases 'most unwanted' pest list for Indiana
By: Kay Hagen
Ag Communications
Tuesday, March 21, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Specialists at Purdue University, with help from state and federal agencies, have taken the concept of a most wanted list one step further and developed a most unwanted list of invasive species in Indiana. [More...]

Purdue Entomologists Set the Stage for National Workshop

Doug Richmond and Tim Gibb are the Program Co-chairs for the 2006 National Turfgrass Entomology Workshop.

A longstanding tradition among turfgrass entomologists, the workshop attracts academic and industry entomologists from across the U.S. and Canada and provides them with a [More...]

Boiler Bug Barn to provide insect outreach year round
By Tom Campbel
January 24, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Bug Bowl, Purdue University's wildly popular, one-weekend-in-spring tribute to all things creepy and crawly, now has a year-round home. The Boiler Bug Barn officially opened its doors inside Smith Hall last week. [More...]

Specialist: Soybean aphid might break with tradition in 2006
By Steve Leer
Department of Agricultural Communications
January 13, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A tiny insect with a history of causing problems every other year for soybean growers could become a troublemaker two years in a row, said a Purdue University Extension entomologist. [More...]

Welcome home, creepy crawlies
By Emilie Bauer
Journal & Courier
Thursday, January 26, 2006

Venu Margam is impressed with not only the sites of Purdue University's new Boiler Bug Barn, but the recorded chirping as well. [More...]

DNR issues quarantines to fight ash borer

By Curt Slyder
Wednesday, January 25, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Local tree experts are getting a bit nervous about an insect that could wipe out Indiana's ash tree population. [More...]

EAB eradication program shifts focus, Hoosiers affected

By Kay Hagen
Friday, January 20, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Indiana Department of Natural Resources recently announced a change in the state's emerald ash borer eradication program that may have far-reaching effects for Hoosier homeowners who have ash trees in their landscape. [More...]

Entomology Bug Museum: A Labor of Love
Pest Control Buzz Online Newsletter
Wednesday, January 11, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - I've discovered the secrets behind the locked door of Room 124 in Smith Hall. My undercover operation into the bowels of Purdue University's entomology department began when I ran into Michael Weisburger of Weisburger Insurance Brokerage in the lobby of Memorial Union. [More...]

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Purdue Honors John Osmun at 70th Pest Management Conference
PCT Online News
Monday, January 16, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - As part of the celebration of the 70th Annual Purdue Pest Management Conference, the university, friends and colleagues recognized John Osmun during a special reception on Jan 11. Osmun is considered one of the most universally respected educators in the pest control industry. [More...]

Indiana's Green Industry Finds Opportunities in Costa Rica
Indiana State Department of Agriculture
Thursday, January 12, 2006

SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA - Andy Miller, Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, sees promising opportunities for the state's diverse agriculture industry.  He is currently in Central America as part of Indiana's trade mission. [More...]

Resurgence of Bed Bugs, Cockroaches Takes Center Stage at Purdue Conference
The Associated Press
Tuesday, January 10, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Purdue Pest Management Conference, a milestone causing many people to reflect on the pest control industry's storied past. [More...]

ESA National Meeting - Student Competition Ten-Minute Papers and Display presentations

Congratulations to Casey Bulter who won first place for his oral presentation in his section, and Shujuan Li who was runner up for her poster presentation in her section. [More...]

Kathy Heinsohn, Ph.D. to Join NPMA as Staff Entomologist

National Pest Management Association (NPMA) is pleased to announce that Kathy Heinsohn, Ph.D., will join the NPMA family as Staff Entomologist effective January 3, 2006.  Previously, the position was held by Dr. Harold Harlan, who recently left NPMA to work with the U.S. military as a consultant entomologist.