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.
: 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.
: 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)