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News Archive


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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12/16/2010: Department head May Berenbaum promotes her new cookbook, "Honey, I'm Homemade" and demonstrates a recipe on TV (WGN-TV).
11/17/2010: Dr. Sydney Cameron discusses the bumble bee decline in North America (Nature News).
News Image 10/2010: Department head May Berenbaum and the U of I Press have published "Honey, I'm Homemade", a dessert cookbook featuring honey-based recipes donated by our students, staff, alumni, and other sources worldwide. Sales of the book benefit the University of Illinois Pollinatarium, the first freestanding science outreach center in the nation devoted to flowering plants and their pollinators. The department celebrated the release with a launch party and cooking competition featuring recipes from the book. Images of the elegant (and delicious) entries are available online, courtesy of photographer Alex Wild.

News Image 9/28/2010: The University of Illinois has the highest ranked entomology doctoral program nationwide, according to an analysis conducted by the National Research Council. The data were obtained from a variety of statistics from the 2005-6 academic year, including faculty publications, grants, student GRE scores, financial support, program size, and time to degree. For more information and to view the data, visit the National Academies Press and view the free download options.
9/15/2010: Dr. Andrew Suarez is named as one of six University Scholars at the University of Illinois.
7/27/2010: Department head May Berenbaum discusses this past year's Insect Fear Film Festival and a few of her favorite insect films (PCT Magazine).
6/21/2010: The genome of the human body louse is published by a consortium of scientists including U of I professors Barry Pittendrigh, May Berenbaum, and Hugh Robertson, postdoc Weilin Sun, and recent department alum Reed Johnson (PNAS).
News Image 6/2010: The fourth annual National Pollinator Week took place during June 21-27, 2010! The Department of Entomology helped celebrate on June 26th at our pollinator discovery center, The Pollinatarium. Events included photography workshops, a guided nature walk, bee box building, kids activities, and an art show with live music in the evening. Visit Champaign-Urbana's National Pollinator Week website for more details!

News Image 6/2010: The Department of Entomology was pleased to offer IB 496: Introduction to Beekeeping during Summer Session II of 2010. Students in this course learned the skills to manage small apiaries for honey production. Additional lecture topics included bee biology, genetics, social evolution, pests & diseases, native pollinators, and a history of apiculture. Please visit the course website for more information, or contact course instructor Alex Wild.

6/6/2010: If you haven't already read May Berenbaum's recent book, The Earwig's Tail, have a look at the preview published in Google Books!
4/27/2010: The Robinson lab contributes to a study that indicates a conserved genetic basis for division of labor in social Hymenoptera (Proc. R. Soc. B).
1/15/2010: Drs. Hugh Robertson, James Whitfield, and May Berenbaum contribute to the publication of three genomes of the parasitic wasp genus Nasonia (Science).
News Image 2/2010: The Department of Entomology's 27th annual Insect Fear Film Festival, "Prehistoric Insects," was a huge success! For this year's theme we went back millions of years in Earth's history to take a look at some spectacular and bizarre prehistoric creatures. This year our insect petting zoo featured popular "pets" like cockroaches, moths and grasshoppers as well as live horseshoe crabs and a display of insect fossils! For more information, check out the official IFFF website.

1/1/2010: Members of the Hanks lab review the causes and consequences of cannibalism in non-carnivorous insects (Annu. Rev. Entomol).