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Check out these alumni award opportunities available to Entomology alumni. (Newly added: Distinguished Alumnus Award)

News of alumni and retirees

Dora Carmona (MS, Landis) of Balcarce, Argentina, has been selected to be the chief coordinator of the Integrated Agronomy Area of INTA, Mar del Plata University and CONICET. Carmona wrote it is an honor to be selected by the chief head of INTA, but also there was a vote by all the people—professionals, technicians and the farm workers—which she especially values. She will lead 270 people in research, teaching and extension.

Lt. Col. Jamie A. Blow (PhD 1998, Walker) received a promotion to the rank of Colonel in the U.S. Army at a ceremony at the American Legion in Frederick, Maryland, Feb. 3. Blow serves as the military deputy to the Principal Assistant for Research and Technology at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) in Frederick. As the Army’s medical materiel developer, USAMRMC focuses on medical research, development and acquisition, and medical logistics management.

Rob MorrisonRob Morrison (PhD, Szendrei) was awarded the ESA’s Henry & Sylvia Richardson Research Grant for postdoctoral ESA members who have at least one year of promising work experience, and have demonstrated a high level of scholarship. He is currently a postdoctoral research entomologist at USDA-ARS working at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia.

Brett Blaauw (PhD, Isaacs) is an assistant professor and peach entomologist at the University of Georgia. 

Tom Dudek, senior Extension educator, will retire in December from MSU Extension. Dudek’s Extension career began in 1978. He has worked with vegetable growers and most recently, the nursery and greenhouse industries in west Michigan. Dudek has been the recipient of many honors and awards, including the prestigious MSU Distinguished Academic Staff Award in 2011.

Ashley Bennett (Postdoc, Isaacs) is New Mexico State University’s new urban and small farm integrated pest management specialist.

Jason GibbsJason Gibbs (Postdoc, Isaacs) is an assistant professor in Insect Taxonomy and Systematics at the University of Manitoba.

Yuzhe “Kathy” Du is now employed as an entomologist with the USDA’s biological control of pests research unit in Stoneville, Mississippi. In her letter of resignation, she noted, “I am very thankful for the amazing opportunities at MSU and the great people like Ke Dong, Suzanne Thiem, Zachary Huang, Larry Gut and William Ravlin who have supported me over the years.”

Ashley Leach (BS, 2013) was honored with the ESA’s Larry Larson Graduate Student Award for Leadership in Applied Entomology. She is currently in her second year of an MS degree at Cornell University’s Department of Entomology.

Ed Caswell-Chen (MS 1982, BS 1979) was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Nematology Award by the Society of Nematologists. He has been a member of the Department of Nematology at the University of California, Davis since 1989, and is known for his enthusiasm, dedication, high-quality instruction and keen interest in helping his students understand and appreciate nematology—from the undergraduate level to the graduate level and beyond.

Dan LawsonDan Lawson is the recipient of our department’s first Distinguished Alumni Award and will accept his award and present a seminar on campus Oct. 24, 2016. Read more about Dan Lawson in the Alumni Profiles section.

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