Midsouth Entomologist Volume 9 (2) now online

Volume 9, issue 2 of the Midsouth Entomologist is now available online at http://midsouthentomologist.org.msstate.edu/Volume9/Volume9_2TOC.html.

For citations, please note this is the November 2016 issue, even though it was uploaded in 2017.

This issue features an interesting paper on genetic diversity, pathogens and parasites of feral honey bees in Mississippi; a note describing a case of purpura resulting from chigger bites; the abstracts of the 63rd MEA conference; and a special feature by J. MacGown detailing the 2016 William H. Cross Expedition (read more about other expeditions here: http://mississippientomologicalmuseum.org.msstate.edu//museumsites/CrossExpeditions.html).

Thanks to Editor Kristine Edwards for her work, and to the various authors for their submissions. For any  questions about viewing these papers online, contact Joe MacGown, web editor (jmacgown@entomology.msstate.edu), and for questions about formatting, etc. contact Kristine Edwards (kt20@msstate).

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Christmas Lunch 2016- Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Entomology, and Plant Pathology, Mississippi State


We just finished up our annual luncheon for the Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Entomology, and Plant Pathology Department (MSU) held in the lobby of the Clay Lyle Building. We had a huge crowd this year!  Little Dooey’s BBQ catered the lunch, and other folks brought a wide assortment of desserts.

Following the lunch, the Entomology and Plant Pathology student group gave out awards for outstanding graduate students with Tyler Towles winning the Masters division and Santos Portugal winning the PhD division! Congrats.

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Meet Jeff Dean, the MEA Executive Vice President

Dr. Jeff  Dean is the current Head of the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University and the Executive Vice President of the Mississippi Entomological Association. He holds a PhD in Biochemistry from Purdue University, and pursued postdoctoral research at the USDA-ARS Plant Hormone Laboratory at Beltsville, MD. Prior to coming to Mississippi State in 2014, Dr. Dean spent 24 years at the University of Georgia where he held a number of faculty and administrative positions in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, and the Institute of Bioinformatics. His past research focused mostly on the growth and development of vascular tissues in plants and the effect of biotic and abiotic stresses on wood-forming tissues in trees. In recent years he has used molecular and genomic approaches to study peptide effectors produced by insects that modulate plant responses. His Twitter stream @BCHEPPDeptHead compiles information related to his research interests, the department and Mississippi State University, higher education, global agriculture, and a bit of humor.


Dr. Jeff Dean, head of the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology,  Entomology,  and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University and Executive Vice President for MEA. 

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2016 MEA Award Winners!!

There are many great reasons for researchers and students to become active in the MEA, but the many cash awards for student presentations, posters, and scholarships should be reason enough for entomology students in this region to attend the annual meetings. The MEA gave out ten scholarships this year, each one worth $1,000, to masters and PhD students and cash prizes for winners in the various presentation categories!

A list of award winners is given below, with photos below that (all photos by Kat Lawrence). Congrats to all!


MEA Scholarship: Christi Jaeger

Mitchell Scholarship: Ty Smith & Whitney Crow

Wilson Scholarship: Matthew Thorn & Santos Portugal

Pat and Linda Harris Scholarship: John North, Adam Whalen, Tina Nations, Sara McInnis, and Ellie Moen


Masters Paper Sec 1
1st,Chelsie Darnell; 2nd, Ty Smith

Masters Paper Sec 2
1st, Tyler Towles; 2nd; Sara McInnis

PhD Paper
1st, Ben Thrash; 2nd, Nick Bateman

Undergraduate Poster
1st, James Clements

Masters Poster
1st, Ellie Moen; 2nd, Matt Thorn

PhD Poster
1st, Santos Portugal; 2nd, Whitney Crow


MEA Merit Awards: Jennifer Seltzer, Jenny Bibb, Terry Schiefer, & Jeff Harris

MEA Distinguished Service Awards: Blake Layton & Fred Musser

Outgoing Presidential Award: Jeff Harris

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2016 MEA Conference concluded

The 63rd annual meeting of the MEA concluded today with a sumptuous feast at noon in the Bost  Building on the MSU campus in Starkville, MS.


MEA attendees enjoying a wonderful lunch provide by “Mr. Charlie”! 

Following this fantastic spread of smoked chicken, ribs, and side dishes, a large  number of awards were given to graduate students and researchers. A total of ten $1,000 scholarships were handed out today!! WOW!

Following the awards presentation, the incoming president Katherine Parys gave outgoing President Jeff Harris a special plaque for his service.

Overall, the conference was well attended and during planning meetings we discussed ways to further increase attendance and participation of students from our university and others.

Award winners will be listed soon!

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63rd Annual Conference of the Mississippi Entomological Association

The 63rd annual Mississippi Entomological Association Conference is currently underway at the Bost Extension Building on the Mississippi State campus. This two day meeting finishes up tomorrow, Tuesday, 18 October 2016. Today’s talks were primarily by various grad students competing for cash awards.

As always, we will have an industry sponsored steak supper Monday night.  Tomorrow will feature talks by professors and other researchers in the field of entomology. A concurrent poster session is up for the duration of this two day meeting. An awards banquet/luncheon will be held at noon on Tuesday.

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