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News Image RNAi in Aphids

Entomology professor Allison Hansen along with entomology graduate student Margaret Thairu were featured by the U. of I. News Bureau for their work on RNA interference in three diferent species of aphids. Along with collaborators they have developed a new method of RNAi delivery that involves aerosolizing siRNA. This new method improves uptake of siRNA in comparison to older methods. You can read about their work here, or read the paper in Insect Molecular Biology.

News Image Insect Fear Film Festival

The 34th Annual Insect Fear Film Festival took place on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 in Foellinger Hall. The theme this year was "Paul Hertzberg: Class of 1971!" The movies shown that evening were Caved In (2006) and 2 Lava 2 Lantula (2015). As always, a big thank you to all of our volunteers and art contest entrants! You can read about the festival on Smile Politely or listen to Environmental Almanac. More information on previous years and the art contest is found on the Entomology Graduate Student website or on Facebook.

News Image Trap-Jaw Ants in  the Media

Recent graduate student Fredrick Larabee from the Suarez lab published a paper on the ability of trap jaw ants to launch themselves out of sand pits dug by predators (PLOS ONE). This paper saw a great amount of press, including by articles in National Geographic and Wired UK. Adrian Smith (previously a post-doc in the Suarez lab) also made an award winning video on the paper which can be seen here.

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In other news

8/4/2016: Professor Allison Hansen and graduate students Dohyup Kim and Margaret Thairu have published a review on epigenetics and small RNAs in insect-microbe interactions. (Frontiers in Plant Science)
11/18/2015: Congratulations to undergraduate Shuyang Jin and graduate students Tanya Josek, Rafael Achury, and Allie Gardner for winning student awards at the Entomological Society of America meeting.
10/14/2015: Andrew Suarez, Marianne Alleyne, and graduate student Tanya Josek were featured in an article on the I-STEM website for an outreach event on bioinspiration.
4/27/2015: Professor Brian Allan has been named an Early Career Fellow of the Ecological Society of America.
4/16/2015: Congratulations to graduate student Mark Demkovich who has been awarded the 2015 William H. Luckmann Award for Research in Applied Biology!

See more in the news archives.