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UNL entomology faculty, students win awards at regional meeting

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Several University of Nebraska-Lincoln entomology department members won awards at the North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America annual meeting in St. Louis, March 15 to 18.

W. Wyatt Hoback, UNL courtesy professor of entomology, received the 2009 ESA-NCB Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching.

Hoback, Robert Wright, UNL entomologist and Matt Brust, past UNL graduate student and now an assistant professor of biology at Chadron State University, received an Entomology Educational Project Award presented by the Board Certified Entomologists of Mid-America for the UNL Extension publication "The Grasshoppers of Nebraska."

UNL entomology graduate student Abby Stilwell received a third place award for a doctorate paper presentation "Utilizing remote sensing to track wheat streak mosaic virus in wheat." The paper was co-authored by Gary Hein, UNL entomologist, and Don Rundquist, professor, School of Natural Resources.

UNL entomology graduate student Sean Whipple received a third place award for a doctorate paper presentation "Rangeland grasshopper numbers and species composition in Nebraska: A comparison of fields, fences, and roadside ditches." The paper was co-authored by Brust and Hoback.

The UNL Linnaean Team won second place and will compete at the ESA National meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., this December. The Linnaean Games are a college bowl-style competition on entomological facts played between university-sponsored student teams.

The team consisted of UNL entomology graduate students Tim Husen, Erica Lindroth, Mitch Stamm, Ken Miwa and Abby Stilwell. Ken Pruess, emeritus professor of entomology at UNL, and Wright coached the team.



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