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Our department publishes a (mostly) biennial newsletter that includes information on professors, students, postdocs, and alumni, as well as notable events and occurrences around the department. The most recent newsletters are listed below and are free for download. More recent newsletters may be larger files (>5MB) and require a long load time. Older newsletters are archived on a separate page and may be reached by the link below.

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11/10/2017: Congratulations to the following students who won prizes for their 10-minute talks at the annual ESA meeting Entomology 2017: Aron Katz - 2nd place, Rachel Skinner - 2nd place, Selina Ruzi - 2nd place, and Dajia (Krisa) Ye - 1st place.
Adam Dolezal 11/1/2017: The entomology department at UIUC warmly welcomes the newest addition — Dr. Adam Dolezal! Dr. Dolezal joined the department at the beginning of November. His research investigates the interaction between environmental stressors, such as pesticides, parasites, and nutritional deficits, and honey bee health. His work combines elements of physiological development, transcriptomics, and insect behavior. He is also interested in collaborating will local bee keepers to improve practices and promote honey bee health.

News Image 9/18/2017: Expressions of appreciation of Stanley Friedman, who was the Head of the Entomology Department from 1975-1992, were conveyed from current and past faculty and students as well as family members and others in attendance during a Celebration of Life service in his honor in the Charles G. Miller Auditorium (B102 Chemical and Life Sciences Building). Remembrances from those who could not attend can be read here.
News Image 6/19/2017: Thanks everyone for helping us celebrate National Pollinator Week in Champaign-Urbana from June 19th through the 26th with events organized by the Entomology Graduate Student Association. Free events included: kids activities at the Farmer's Market, a BeeBlitz with BeeSpotter, Trivia Night, and Balloon Insects at the Orpheum Children's Museum. Remember to look out for our events next year by liking us on Facebook.
4/22/2017: A big thank you to everyone who participated the Champaign-Urbana March for Science on Saturday, April 22nd. This event was headlined by an amazing speech delivered by our own department head, May Berenbaum.
News Image 3/22/2017: The rusty patched bumblebee, Bombus affinis, will now be protected after being formally recognized as an endangered species. Its addition to the federal list of endangered species was made possible, in part, by the work of Dr. Sydney Cameron and her 2010 survey of bumble bees published in PNAS. She was recently interviewed by CBS regarding the decline of B. affinis.
News Image 3/17/2017: 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 2/25/2017: 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.
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)