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UNL entomology graduate students receive national awards


Neil A. Spomer of Lincoln was presented the 2008 Jeffrey P. LaFage Graduate Student Research Award at the Entomological Society of America's annual meeting in Reno, Nev. Spomer is a doctoral student majoring in entomology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Spomer's doctoral program, in urban entomology under the supervision of UNL entomology professor Shripat Kamble, emphasizes environmental toxicology and soil chemistry impacting subterranean termite management. He is specifically focusing on soil chemistry affecting the behavior of new generation, non-repellent termiticides. He currently has five peer-reviewed articles published and one under review. Neil also is a Board Certified Entomologist-Intern.

This grant is awarded to a graduate student who proposes innovative research that advances or contributes significantly to the knowledge of the biology or control of pests in the urban environment, especially termites or other wood-destroying organisms. It was established as a tribute to the late Jeffery P. LaFage, a professor of urban entomology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge who specialized in the study of the biology and control of termites.

Two UNL entomology graduate students won awards for their oral presentations at the ESA annual meeting. Mitchell Stamm of York received a Runner-up Award in the Student Competition for the President's Prize for his talk, "Dose-response relationships of neonicotinyl insecticides to Blissus occiduus and B. leucopterus hirtus." The talk was co-authored with UNL entomology professors Tiffany Heng-Moss, Fred Baxendale and Blair Siegfried.

Laura Campbell of St. Louis received a Runner-up Award in the Student Competition for the President's Prize for her talk, "Reproductive isolation between Diabrotica barberi and Diabrotica longicornis." The talk was co-authored with UNL Entomology professor Lance Meinke.

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Date: 1/30/09

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