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2021 Awards and Recognition

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2021 Entomology Faculty Awards and Recognition
TypeRecipientsDescriptionDetails
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 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 fromStevensville, 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
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 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 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
Award 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!