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Entomological Foundation announces 2013 Insect Science Award winners
Date:9/11/2013

Students usually enjoy the outdoors, and all types of learning of the scientific process occur as students map, analyze sampling areas and conditions, attempt to standardize sampling techniques, use keys to identify insects, and evaluate biodiversity. Her Junior IB Biology students were also challenged to analyze bacterial DNA from the endosymbionts found within sampled insects. A 13-year, second-career teacher, Joyce began teaching after 20 years in the medical laboratory field. She has received several student-selected teaching awards, and in 2009 was named an MIT Inspirational Teacher by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA.

STUDENT AWARDS

JEFFERY P. LAFAGE GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH AWARDThis grant, which was established by an endowment from donations by Rousell Bio, Dow AgroSciences, FMC, and the friends and family of Dr. Jeffery P. LaFage, 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. Brittany Delong is a graduate research assistant in the Department of Entomology at Virginia Tech. She received her BS degree in biology from a small college located in Georgia. Following graduation, she worked as a research technician at the UGA marine institute under Dr. Steve Pennings. While at the institute, she studied insect and crab herbivory of Iva plants in salt marsh communities located on a small island off the coast of Georgia. She also worked as a research assistant during the summer of 2010 on a rapid NSF grant investigating the impact of the Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill on insect communities along the Eastern seaboard. These research experiences led Brittany to graduate school at Virginia Tech, where she is currently a master's candidate investigating the role the bed bug eggshell plays in insecticide resistance. S
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