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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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12/23/2008: The Robinson lab contributes to a study describing the effects of cocaine on honey bees (J. Exp. Biol).
11/19/2008: Congratulations to all who presented at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America! Honors went to grad students Ann Ray and Emilie Bess for their presentations in the Student Competition. A further congratulations goes to Dr. Kevin Steffey, who was named as a Fellow of the ESA.
11/18/2008: Department head May Berenbaum and professor Gene Robinson lend their scientific expertise to Hollywood filmmakers as part of the National Academy of Sciences' new Science & Entertainment Exchange.
11/7/2008: Professor Gene Robinson leads a review on the interactions between genes and social behavior (Science).
8/29/2008: The J. Whitfield lab discovers an unprecedented diversity in the Microgastrinae, a group of parasitic wasps (PNAS). Click here to view a narrated slideshow on microgastrine diversity.
7/1/2008: The Schuler lab identifies a key protein involved in DDT resistance of Anopheles mosquitoes (PNAS).
News Image 6/2008: 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.

4/3/2008: Karen Pruiett, manager of the department's Bee Research Facility, receives the Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence award.
3/25/2008: The Berenbaum and DeLucia labs discover that elevated CO2 levels can sabotage plant chemical defenses, subsequently increasing their appeal and susceptibility to insect pests (PNAS).
News Image 3/2008: Academic 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.

2/25/2008: Amro Zayed and Charlie Whitfield demonstrate that invasive honey bees adaptively exploit the genetic diversity of preexisting populations (PNAS).
News Image 2/2008: 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!
1/30/2008: The Berenbaum lab investigates the recent reassociation of parsnip webworm with parsnip in New Zealand, after a separation of over 100 years (PNAS).