LSU Entomology Faculty, Students Earn Honors from Entomological Society of America Southeastern Branch
BATON ROUGE – Three current LSU graduate and faculty members in the LSU Department of Entomology and the LSU AgCenter recently received major awards during the 2012 joint meeting of the Southeastern & Southwestern branches of the Entomological Society of America, or ESA, held March 4-7 in Little Rock, Ark.
Associate Professor Linda Hooper-Bui received the ESA Southeastern Branch Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching. Since joining the department in 1982, Bui has been active in educating undergraduates from many departments as well as entomology graduate students. She has developed, co-developed or taught 14 respective classes during that time. In addition to classroom teaching, Bui has mentored undergraduate researchers, often time by obtaining university grants to support work which has won numerous awards.
“Dr. Bui introduced service-learning to her entomology class, and both she and her students have been awarded for their projects,” an ESA Southeastern Branch release reads. “She is willing to take risks and try new methods for teaching, and her insect ecology class has been certified as a ‘communication intensive’ course, earning special designation on student transcripts.”
Gregg Henderson, the department’s first Paul K. Adams Professor of Urban Entomology, received the 2012 Recognition Award in Urban Entomology. Henderson conducts research on termites, ants, cockroaches, bed bugs, ticks and fleas that includes developing baits, monitors and new insecticides. In addition, he also devotes significant time to outreach projects that include presentations, home inspections and insect identification. A dynamic speaker, Henderson has been invited to present at 33 professional meetings, several universities and more than 200 trade and professional meetings. He has published more than 100 referred papers, four book chapters and more than 75 non-referred articles. The topics of these papers range from insect-fungus interactions to the chemistry of plant derivatives to termite ecology, behavior, nutrition and control.
“Dr. Henderson takes an ecological approach to his work, which has led him to be involved in the area-wide control of termites and recognizing the need for a partnership between industry, government and people,” the ESA release reads. “His spirit of cooperation has involved him in a project to stabilize levees for flood mitigation using vetiver grass. His work has resulted in 20 patents, and he has been awarded more than $6.5 million in grants.”
Recent LSU entomology doctoral graduate and current LSU AgCenter post-doctoral researcher Julien Beuzelin received the Southestern Branch’s 2012 John Henry Comstock Award, given to the branch’s outstanding Ph.D. student. A native of France, Beuzelin worked with LSU Entomology Austin C. Thompson Distinguished Professor T.E. Regan in assessing on-farm efficacy of reduced-risk insecticides and aspects of biological control for sugarcane borer management in sugarcane and rice. His dissertation research under Reagan focused on ecology and pest management of stem borers of sugarcane and rice, and involved extensive stakeholder interactions with farmers and extension agents.
May 2011 entomology master’s graduate and current graduate assistant Blake Wilson received the Southeastern Branch’s Kirby L. Hays Award for Outstanding Master of Science Student. Under the guidance of Reagan, Wilson conducted the majority of his thesis research working with sugarcane growers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley during 2010. His thesis research involved greenhouse and field studies evaluating insecticidal management, larval behavior and host plant resistance to the Mexican rice borer in sugarcane. Wilson has also been active in extension activities, participating in sugarcane field days, grower meetings and county agent training sessions. His work is already having a positive impact on sugarcane growers in Texas and Louisiana, and he continues to conduct research in sugarcane entomology at LSU.
Quernado, Texas native Jessica Moore Parker, a 2011 master’s degree recipient in entomology at LSU and current research associate specialist with the LSU AgCenter, received the Southeaster Branch’s 2011 Outstanding Master of Science Oral Paper Presentation Award. Parker’s paper was titled, “Developing a no-choice feeding field protocol to assess stink bug injury to soybean seed.” She is currently working with B. Rogers Leonard, the Jack B. Hamilton Regents Chair in Cotton Production in the LSU AgCenter, on research to characterize the pod and seed damage produced by stink bug species of economic importance in soybean. The goal of this project is to improve soybean integrated pest management, or IPM, tactics in Louisiana.
Leonard was also honored during the meeting, receiving the 2012 Southeastern Branch ESA Recognition Award in Entomology. Leonard has been an active research with the LSU AgCenter for more than 22 years. While his initial appointments were associated with cotton IPM, Leonard broadened his work to include research and an extension appointment on all field crops in northeast Louisiana. His research accomplishments in cotton IPM and demonstrations of leadership prompted his promotion to the Hamilton Regents Chair. Leonard is known for his grantsmanship, number of invited presentations, number of students advised and mentored and his research.
For more information on the 2012 ESA Southeastern & Southwestern Branches joint meeting, visit http://entsoc.org/entomology2012.
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