2017 Entomological Society of America National Award Winners

At the November 5-8 annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Denver CO several UNL Entomology faculty and students were recognized.

Dr. Susan Weller, NU Museum Director and Professor of Entomology, was the 2017 President of the Society. Dr. Julie Peterson, Assistant Professor of Entomology and Extension Specialist, West Central Research and Extension Center, North Platte, was co-chair of the 2017 Program committee for the meeting.

Several UNL graduate students received awards for their poster and paper presentations, including:
Blessing Ademokoya
Blessing Ademokoya – 1st place poster, PhD
“Attraction of Paratelenomus saccharalis, an egg parasitoid of Megacoptera cribraria, to host associated olfactory cues.” Co-authors, Rammohan Rao Balusu, Toluplope Morawo and Henry Fadamiro.
Débora Goulart Montezano
Débora Goulart Montezano – 1st place poster, PhD
“Effects of Bt maize expressing Cry1F and VIP 3A on Striacosta albicosta immature stages.” Co-authors, Thomas Hunt, Pricila Columbo Da Luz and Julie Peterson.
Sajjan Grover
Sajjan Grover – 2nd place poster, PhD
“Sorghum-fall armyworm interaction: Identifying novel sources of insect resistance.” Co-authors, Scott Sattler and Joe Louis.
Ellis Johnson
Ellis Johnson - P-IE Undergraduate Student Achievement Award
P-IE Undergraduate Student Achievement Award
Elliot Knoell
Elliot Knoell – 2nd place paper, MS
“Field corn as a green bridge host for the wheat curl mite and its associated viruses.” Co-authors, Gary Hein.
Mariana Sanchez
Mariana Sanchez – 2nd place paper, MS
“CO2 receptor genes as potential targets for Diabrotica virgifera virgifera control.” Co-authors, Arnubio Valencia, Joe Louis, Blair Siegfried and Ana Velez.
Dariane Souza
Dariane Souza – 2nd place paper, PhD
“Effect of adult western corn rootworm pyrethroid resistance on performance of soil insecticides.” Co-authors, Julie Peterson, Robert Wright and Lance Meinke.
Suresh Varsani
Suresh Varsani – 1st place poster, PhD
“Mir1-CIP mediated maize resistance against corn leaf aphid.” Co-authors, Saumik Basu and Joe Louis.
Carter Westerhold
Carter Westerhold – 1st place poster, MS
“Do native plants attract more bees than non-natives?” Co-authors, Kim Todd, Sam Wortman and Douglas Golick.

The Entomological Society of America (entsoc.org) is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and individuals in related disciplines. Founded in 1889, ESA has over 6,000 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government