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2022 Awards and Recognition

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2022 Entomology Faculty Awards and Recognition
TypeRecipientsDescriptionDetails
Award Dr. Julie Peterson Conservation Resarch Award Dr. Julie Peterson was recognized with a Conservation Research Award by the Nebraska chapter of the International Soil and Water Conservation Society. 
ESA Award Dr. Joe Louis P-IE Recognition award in Entomology from Entomological Society of America (ESA). Dr. Joe Louis was awarded the ESA's 2022 P-IE Recognition Award in Entomology and will be recognized at this year's international ESA conference in Vancouver, Canada.
Award Dr. Leslie Rault Layman Seed Program Award from UNL. Dr. Leslie Rault was awarded a 2022 Layman Seed Program award for her project, "Molecular marker development for mosquito species census in pollinator gardens." More details are on the UNL News website
Award Dr. Doug Golick Distinguished Achivement Award in Teaching. Dr. Doug Golick received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching from the Entomological Society of America (ESA) North Central Branch. 
Award Dr. Justin McMechan Junior Faculty Award from UNL. Dr. Justin McMechan was named the 2022 recipient of the UNL Harold and Esther Edgerton Junior Faculty Award. 
Award Dr. Joe Louis Dr. Louis was appointed as the Eberhard Professor of Agricultural Entomology on Jan. 1, 2022.  Dr. Joe Louis was named to the Eberhard Professor of Agricultural Entomology. The professorship is named after the late Harold and Alice Eberhard and their family. 
Publication Erin Bauer Erin Bauer, Entomology, and Larry Barksdale, Forensic Science, published a Forensic Science manual for Nebraskans. The manual is called "Death Scene Insect Succession in Nebraska: A Guidebook," and is designed for both students studying forensics and law enforcement personnel investigating crimes.
2022 Entomology Postdoc Awards and Recognition
TypeRecipientsDescriptionDetails
Award       Lise Pingault Dr. Lise Pingault was named the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2021 Outstanding Postdoc Award winner by the UNL Office of Graduate Studies. Dr. Pingault was named the UNL 2021 Outstanding Postdoc Award winner by the UNL Office of Graduate Studies. Pingault is part of the Plant-Insect Interactions Lab, lead by Dr. Joe Louis, in the Entomology Department. 
2022 Entomology Graduate Student Awards and Recognition
TypeRecipientsDescriptionDetails
Award Araceli Gomez Villegas National Military Fish & Wildlife Association Scholarship and travel scholarship.  Araceli Gomez received the National Military Fish & Wildlife Association Scholarship and travel scholarship to attend the "Protecting Pollinators in Urban Spaces" conference Oct. 10-12, 2022, in Athens, Georgia. 
Award Molly Darlington Lillian & Alex Feir Graduate Student Travel award from the Entomological Society of America (ESA). Lillian & Alex Feir Graduate Student Travel award from the Entomological Society of America (ESA).
Award Heena Puri ESA P-IE Kenneth & Barbara Starks Plant Resistance to Insects Graduate Student Award from the Entomological Society of America (ESA). Heena Puri, mentored by Dr. Joe Louis, was named the ESA 2022 P-IE Kenneth & Barbara Starks Plant Resistance to Insects Graduate Student Award. ESA is the Entomological Society of America. 
Award Edith Ikuze Cooper-Sharpless Fellowship Edith Ikuze, master's student mentored by Dr. Joe Louis, received the Cooper-Sharpless Fellowship. 
Award Natasha Umezu Earl & Bertha Ramsey Memorial Fellowship Natasha Umezu, M.S. student mentored by Dr. Justin McMechan, received the Earl & Bertha Ramsey Memorial Fellowship.
Award Shianne Lindsay Charles Murphy Memorial Fellowship and Dr. Ron Johnson & Dr. Mark Beck Graduate Student Fellowship for Nature Conservation. Master's student Shianne Lindsay received both the Charles Murphy Memorial Fellowship and Dr. Ron Johnson & Dr. Mark Beck Graduate Student Fellowship for Nature Conservation. Shianne is mentored by Dr. Autumn Smart. 
Award April LeBaron Chancellor's Fellowship April LeBaron received the UNL Chancellor's Fellowship. She is mentored by Dr. Tom Weissling. 
Award Heena Puri Fred Clute Scholarship & Widaman Distinguished Graduate Fellowship. Heena Puri, mentored by Dr. Joe Louis, received the both the Fred Clute Scholarship & the Widaman Distinguished Graduate Fellowship.
Award Rogan Tokach Pam-Costco Ph.D. Scholar M.S. student, Rogan Tokach, was selected as a Pam-Costco Ph.D. Scholar. He is mentored by Dr. Judy Wu-Smart and Dr. Autumn Smart.
Award Gabriela Carmona Outstanding Graduate Student Award winner The Gamma Sigma Delta society named Ph.D. candidate Gabriela Carmona (mentored by Justin McMechan) as the 2021 Outstanding Graduate Student Award winner at its award reception on March 27, 2022. 
Award Heena Puri Graduate Student Scholarship This $500 graduate student scholarship was presented by the Entomological Society of America (ESA) North Central Branch at the branch's meeting in Minneapolis, MN, March 20-23, 2022.
Award Andrea Rilakovic 1st place poster winner at 10th International IPM symposium. Andrea Rilakovic (mentored by Dr. Julie Peterson) received 1st Place for her poster at the 10th International IPM symposium held Feb. 28-March 3, 2022, in Denver, CO. Her winning poster is online at https://ipmsymposium.org/2022/Documents/Posters/P91.pdf.
Recognition Luis Ochoa Cadena Recognized in the IANR Global Engagement Student Spotlight Luis Ochoa Cadena was recognized in the IANR Global Engagement Student Spotlight. He is workin gon a sunflower pest management project under the supervision of Drs. Gary Brewer, Jeff Bradshaw, and Autumn Smart.   
Award       Heena Puri Ph.D. student with Dr. Joe Louis was awarded a Life Sciences Graduate Fellowship Award for the Spring 2022 semester.  This $2,500 fellowship is for graduate students enrolled in a Life Science program in the Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources Ag. Research Division (IANR/ARD) at UNL. The fellowship is made possible through an endowment to the University of Nebraska Foundation.  
2022 Entomology Undergraduate Student Awards and Recognition
TypeRecipientsDescriptionDetails
Recognition Ace Cuevas Congratulations to Ace Cuevas who has been hired by the Lancaster County Health Department to create a series of three sculptures related to litter and polution in some way. She chose the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle, a Monarch butterfly, and a few eastern Nebraska native plants. Ace chose to represent the litter and polution of Nebraska by depicting Nebraska's endangered insects and plants, with the goal of creating a dialogue about the potential future in which their habitats are filled with trash and empty of insect life. 
Award Nia Kaufmann QuickTrip Scholarship Nia Kaufman was awarded a QuickTrip Scholarship.
Award Claire Klein Hixson Memorial Scholarship, Insect Science Scholarship & Charles Murphy Memorial Scholarship Claire Klein was awarded the Hixson Memorial Scholarship, Insect Science Scholarship & the Charles Murphy Memorial Scholarship.
Award Edith Ikuze (ESA) P-IE Undergraduate Student Achievement Award in Entomology. Ikuze was awarded the Entomological Society of America's (ESA) 2022 P-IE Undergraduate Student Achievement Award in Entomology. Now an M.S. student in Entomology, she is mentored by Dr. Joe Louis.
Award Fiona Callahan Callahan was selected as a finalist in this year's Student Research Days SLAM! Callahan will give a presentation April 13 communicating her work in short, dynamic, engaging presentations, with a winner to be decided by the audience. The Slam competition will run from noon-1 p.m.
Recognition Bennett Grappone Grappone, a dual microbiology and insect science major, was recognized for earning an Undergraduate Experiential Learning grant through the Center for Transformative Teaching. He is using his grant to classify insects (specifically all species of caddisflies in the order Trichoptera) He earned an experiential-learning grant from the Center for Transformative Teaching
 Recognition Claire Klein Klein was featured in the CASNR Change Maker Spotlight at https://ianrnews.unl.edu/casnr-change-maker-spotlight-claire-klein.
Klein is a Change Maker Scholarship recipient from Los Angeles, CA. She is working to reduce plastic water bottle use and promote the use of filtered water bottles. 
2022 Entomology Alumni Awards and Recognition
TypeRecipientsDescriptionDetails
Award Dr. Thomas Perring Congratulations to departmental alumnus, Dr. Thomas Perring, who was named the recipient of the 2022 Department of Entomology Alumni Recognition Award. Dr. Thomas Perring was selected by the Bruner Club Education Committee to be the 2022 Distinugished Alumni Award Winner. He was nominated by Dr. Shripat Kamble, emeritus professor. Dr. Perring graduated with a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1983.
Recognition Jennifer Weisbrod IANR Faculty Spotlight Jennifer Weisbrod was featured in the Faculty Spotlight by IANR MediaWeisbrod graduated with her Masters of Science degree in Entomology from UNL in 2020. She was mentored by Dr. Judy Wu-Smart.
2022 Entomology Department-wide and Lab-wide Awards and Recognition
TypeRecipientsDescriptionDetails
4-H Award UNL Bee Lab "Heart of 4-H" Award  The UNL Bee Lab named winner of the "Heart of 4-H" Award by the Lancaster County 4-H group for July 2022.
Challenge Match during "Glow Big Red" Fundraiser Insect Science Scholarship Fund Joe and Chris Stone challenged the department's friends, alumni, and colleagues to get 20 donors to unlock a $1,000 donation. The department added more than $2,500 to the Insect Science Scholarship Fund, moving the fund closer to making it an endowed scholarship. 

2021 Awards and Recognition

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2021 Entomology Faculty Awards and Recognition
TypeRecipientsDescriptionDetails
Recognition Dr. Tiffany Heng-Moss Dr. Tiffany Heng-Moss was recognized for her accomplishments by the Food Systems Leadership Institute during the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) annual meeting in December, 2021. Dr. Tiffany Heng-Moss, dean of the UNL College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and professor of Entomology, was named a Leadership Fellow for her accomplishments by the Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI) during the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) annual meeting in December, 2021. The FSLI is a 2-year program designed for experienced leaders in academia, government, and industry.
Recognition Judy Wu-Smart Entomologist Dr. Judy Wu-Smart was selected to serve as an Entomological Society of America Science Policy Fellow. Dr. Judy Wu-Smart, an Extension & Research Entomologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was selected to serve as an ESA Science Policy Fellow.  She was selected because she pursues research questions and extension programs focused on better understanding pollinator health stressors in managed and wild bee communities.

Recognition Jody Green Green is featured in a Nebraska Today article about her unusual career as an urban entomologist.  Jody Green, an extension educator covering Douglas and Sarpy counties and an adjunct professor, is a go-to expert on insect- and arachnid-related questions for more than 750,000 Nebraskans. See the Nebraska Today article at: https://entomology.unl.edu/green-stays-busy-summer-insects.
Award Julie Peterson Award of Excellence in Integrated Pest Management Associate Professor Julie Peterson won the Award of Excellence in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at the North Central Branch meeting of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). Congratulations Julie!
Grant Dr. Doug Golick Received a $19,259 grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust Dr. Doug Golick, associate professor of Entomology, received a $19,259 grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) in April. He received one of 23 grants that were awarded to faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Golick will study Milkweed as a teaching tool in the classroom.
Recognition Dr. Autumn Smart Runner-up in the 2019-20 Readers' Choice Award for the Journal of Economic Entomology The Economics of Honey Bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) Mgt. & Overwintering Strategies of Colonies Used to Pollinate Almonds,” co-authored by Dr. Autumn Smart, was chosen as a runner-up in the 2019-20 Readers' Choice Award for the Journal of Economic Entomology. Congratulations Autumn!
Recognition Joe Louis and Jody Green Promotions Congratulations to Dr. Joe Louis on being promoted to full Professor and to Dr. Jody Green on being promoted to Associate Extension Educator! They were among 109 faculty members at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln who were promoted this year.
Award John Ruberson and Thomas Weissling Family and Friends Recognition Award The award recognizes faculty and staff who have made a significant difference in students’ lives. Tom has now been recognized twice with this award! Congratulations!
Recognition Dr. Jeff Bradshaw President-elect of the North Central Branch of the Entomology Society of America Bradshaw is an associate professor of Entomology, extension specialist, and interim director of the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff.
Recognition Dr. Judy Wu-Smart Media attention for work on environmental contaminants Received considerable media attention for her outstanding work with the environmental contaminants associated with the AltEn ethanol facility in Mead, NE. Her careful and patient work has been pivotal in bringing about very significant change. There has been coverage of the situation as far away as the UK, but an excellent article about it is in the Lincoln Journal Star. Great work Judy!
2021 Entomology Graduate Student Awards and Recognition
TypeRecipientsDescriptionDetails
Award Sanket Shinde

Chancellor's Fellowship

Sanket Shinde, Ph.D. student in Entomology, received the Chancellor's Fellowship from UNL Graduate Studies. He is mentored by Dr. Joe Louis.
Award Hannah Stowe

Othmer Fellowship

Hannah Stowe, Ph.D. Entomology student, mentered by Dr. Julie Peterson, was awarded the Othmer Fellowship from the Office of Graduate Studies. 
Awards Heena Puri

1. Milton E. Mohr Fellowship
2. Hardin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship Award
3. Othmer Fellowship

Heena Puri, Ph.D. student in Entomology mentored by Joe Louis, was awarded the Milton E. Mohr Fellowship; the Hardin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship; and the Othmer Fellowship.  The Mohr Fellowship is from the UNL Center for Biotechnology. The Hardin Fellowship is from the Agricultural Research Division (ARD) within the Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources (IANR). The Othmer Fellowship is from the Office of Graduate Studies. 
Award Gabriela Inveninato Carmona Shear-Miles Fellowship Gabi Carmona, Ph.D. candidate, received the Shear-Miles Fellowship for $2,000. She is advised by Dr. Justin McMechan. This award is given by the Agricultural Research Division (ARD) within the Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources (IANR). 
Award Vilma Montenegro Charles Glenn Murphy Memorial Scholarship Vilma Montenegro, M.S. student mented by Dr. Justin McMechan, received the $730 from the Charles Glenn Murphy Memorial Scholarship. This is award is from the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources (CASNR) and the University of Nebraska Foundation.
Award Sajjan Grover ESA Student Activity Award for 2021 Sajjan Grover, Ph.D., received the 2021 Student Activity Award from the Entomological Society of America (ESA)!  Sajjan graduated with his Ph.D. in May 2021 and was mentored by Dr. Joe Louis. 
Recognition Annie Krueger IANR Student Spotlight Annie Krueger, Ph.D. candidate in Entomology, was featured in the IANR Student Spotlight this week. Annie is from Stevensville, MD, and plans to graduate this August. She is mentored by Dr. Troy Anderson
Award Matt Greiner Awarded 1st place in the student paper competition at the recent Ozark-Prairie SETAC meeting. MS student Matt Greiner (mentored by Dr. Ana Vélez) was awarded 1st place in the student paper competition at the recent Ozark-Prairie SETAC meeting. The victory will provide him with funds to attend the national SETAC meeting in November. Way to go, Matthew!
Recognition Dr. Kristin Lewis Retirement from Civil Service Congratulations to Dr. Kristin Lewis, one of our online MS in Entomology students, on her retirement from Civil Service on March 27! In this picture, she is being presented an Award for Civilian Achievement by Lt. Col. Mary C. Yelnicker (left). Lewis served as a Training Development Element Chief, 381st Training Support Squadron, 82nd Training Group, 82nd Training Wing, Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, from April 24, 2014-March 27, 2021. Her nominator wrote that Lewis's "efforts ensured continuation of the Basic Instructor Course during Coronavirus pandemic restrictions, meeting Community College of the Air Force accreditation requirements for 53 instructors and zero mission impacts to training. The distinctive accomplishments of Dr. Lewis reflect credit upon herself and the United States Air Force." Kristin is advised by Tom Weissling & Erin Bauer.
Recognition Jordy Reinders IANR Student Spotlight Ph.D. candidate Jordy Reinders was featured in the IANR Student Spotlight recently. Jordy will be graduating in May 2021 with a degree in Entomology. Reinders is advised by Dr. Lance Meinke.
Recognition Samantha Daniel KODY radio interview Graduate student Samantha Daniel did an awesome job being interviewed by KODY radio about overwintering insects (middle of the page)! Samantha is a master's student mentored by Dr. Julie Peterson and will be graduating in May.
Recognition Vilma Montenegro featured in the "IANR is Global" spotlight series Vilma Montenegro, Entomology master's student, was featured in the "IANR is Global" spotlight series. Montenegro presented an online seminar via Zoom on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Her topic was "Research Challenges in Latin America: A Forensic Entomology Perspective. Montenegro is advised by Dr. Justin McMechan
2021 Entomology Undergraduate Student Awards and Recognition
TypeRecipientsDescriptionDetails
Graduation Earl Agpawa,
B.S. in Insect Science & Biochemistry
December 2021 Graduation Congratulations to the December graduates and thanks to everyone who attended the virtual Graduation Celebration on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021.
Award Rachel Abbott

Insect Science Scholarship

Rachel Abbott was awarded the Insect Science Scholarship for $300 for Fall 2021. 
Awards Earl Agpawa

1. Warren & Una Emerson Scholarship
2. Charles Glenn Murphy Memorial Scholarship

Earl Agpawa received $1,000 from the Emerson Scholarship and $730 from the Murphy Memorial Scholarship. Both are through the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources (CASNR) and the University of Nebraska Foundation. 
Award Skyler Gubbels Ephriam & Veallon Hixon Scholarship Skyler Gubbels received $550 from the Ephriam & Veallon Hixon Scholarship through the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources (CASNR) and the University of Nebraska Foundation. 
Award Sierra Laverty Earl & Bertha Ramsey Scholarship Sierra Laverty received the Earl & Bertha Ramsey Scholarship. This is through the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources (CASNR) and the University of Nebraska Foundation.
Award Mariah Robinson Subject of a prize-winning photograph Mariah Robinson from the UNL Bee Lab was the subject of this prize-winning photograph by UNL's Craig Chandler. The photograph won June's Best of Show award from the UPAA (University Photographer's Association of America). Congrats everyone!
Recognition Courtney Wallner Featured in Nebraska Today Insect Science student Courtney Wallner was featured in a Nebraska Today article about becoming a veterinarian for bees. Wallner is graduating in May and plans to attend vet school at Tufts University, Medford, MA. Great work Courtney!
2021 Entomology Alumni Awards and Recognition
TypeRecipientsDescriptionDetails
Recognition Justine LaViolette and Erin Bauer Featured in Nebraska Today Alumna Justine LaViolette and graduate lecturer Erin Bauer were featured in a Nebraska Today article about adding creativity in science by using puppetry, songs, and humor.
Recognition Jennifer Weisbrod New Pesticide Safety Education Program coordinator Entomology Alumna Jennifer Weisbrod was selected as the new Pesticide Safety Education Program coordinator in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture. Weisbrod graduated with her master's degree in Entomology in 2020 and is taking the reins from her predecessor Clyde Ogg, emeritus extension educator.
Recognition Kait Chapman New urban entomology extension educator for Lancaster County. 2020 Entomology Department alumna, was hired as an urban entomology extension educator for Lancaster, York, Seward, Cass and Otoe Counties in Nebraska. She will primarily focus on programs related to insects affecting plants, food, and humans. While a graduate student, Chapman assisted with teaching, and developing science literacy and informal outreach programs.
Recognition Kait Chapman Interviewed by Channel 10/11 Kate Chapman, extension educator, was interviewed by Channel 10/11 about tick season in Nebraska. The peak season for ticks in Nebraska is May and June, according to Chapman. See Kate's video interview on the 10/11 website.
Award Dr. Silvana Paula-Moraes 2021 Department of Entomology Alumni Recognition Award Congratulations to departmental alumna Dr. Silvana Paula-Moraes who was recently named the recipient of the 2021 Department of Entomology Alumni Recognition Award.
2021 Entomology Department-wide Awards and Recognition
TypeRecipientsDescriptionDetails
Graduation Celebration December 2021 Graduates Congratulations to the December graduates and thanks to everyone who attended the virtual Graduation Celebration on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. Congratulations graduates!
Entomology Virtual Celebration via Zoom. December Graduates are:
  • Ph.D. - Blessing Ademokoya and Ellis Johnson
  • M.S. - Alex Lehmann and Nikki Luhr
Graduation Celebration August 2021 Graduates Congratulations to the August graduates and thanks to everyone who attended the virtual Graduation Celebration on Friday, Aug. 13, 2021. Congratulations to our Summer 2021 graduates:
  • Ph.D. - Annie Krueger
  • Dr. of Plant Health - Lindsay Overmyer
  • M.S. - Julia Campos, Timothy Dang, Diane Gallagher, and Daniel Seckman. 
Portfolio Show Scientific Illustration Course (ENTO 828) The Scientific Illustration Course (ENTO 828) is proud to present its 2021 Student Portfolio Show. The Scientific Illustration Course (ENTO 828) is proud to present its 2021 Student Portfolio Show. Taught by Lana Johnson, this course blends the creativity of art and the discipline of science in developing observation and drawing skills. Using traditional art techniques, students recorded and visually communicated scientific concepts and natural history objects and organisms for publication, presentation and teaching. Artists in this class are usually students in STEM fields with little or no formal art training.
Graduation Celebration May 2021 Graduates Thanks to everyone who attended our virtual Graduation Celebration on Friday, May 14, 2021. Congratulations graduates!
Entomology Virtual Celebration via Zoom. May 2021 Graduates are:
  • Ph.D. - Sajjan Grover and Jordy Reinders
  • M.S. - Jenna Chappell, Samantha Daniel, Kathlyne Rog, Josh Shoemaker, Chris Tankersley, and Timothy Wucherer
  • B.S. in Insect Science - James Schacht and Courtney Wallner
Award2021 UNL Department of Entomology Seven Seals Award by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) The UNL Department of Entomology was awarded the Seven Seals Award by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). This is presented in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission, to include the efforts of the more than 4,500 volunteers who carry out ESGR’s mission across the nation on a daily basis. The Entomology Department was nominated by Courtney Brummel and Sheldon Brummel. The department is pleased to support these two in their service to our country. Thanks for the nomination, Courtney and Sheldon!