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.
The Champaign Urbana Pollinator Awareness Network (CUPAN), in conjunction with the Department of Entomology, planned a celebration of National Pollinator Week during June 22-28, 2008. Activities kicked off with an opening ceremony at the Plant Biology Conservatory on the University of Illinois campus, and featured a pollinator art exhibit, pollinator-themed tours of the conservatory and greenhouses and information on how the public can participate in pollinator conservation. The week's activities also included children's discovery programs, workshops on bee identification and the BeeSpotter monitoring program, events at the Farmer's Market, and many other opportunities to observe and appreciate pollinators in our community.
Analytics has released the results of their 2006-07 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index.
This index measures departments in several areas, including faculty publications, other
works citing these publications, grants awarded, and many others. This year our department took
the #3 spot among Entomology departments nationwide, and ranked first in the subcategories
of grants and awards per faculty. For more information, please see a description of the
survey's methods here.
The Department of Entomology hosted the 25th Annual Insect Fear Film Festival, "Animated Social Insects," on Saturday, February 23rd. This year's feature, Bee Movie, shook up our usual film roles and pitted bees against a villainous honey industry bent on bee subjugation. Following that, we were proud to host Simon Smith, director of Bee Movie, who discussed his work on the film and answered questions from the audience! We wrapped up the evening with an ant's quest for individuality in 1998's animated film Antz. We also featured a live insect petting zoo, an active, observation bee hive, interactive electron microscopy, insect artwork, and exotic insect displays from around the world!