LARRY LARSON GRADUATE STUDENT AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP IN APPLIED ENTOMOLOGYThis award, which is sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, recognizes Dr. Larry Larson's role as a leader and pioneer in insect management and carries that legacy to the next generation of leaders in applied entomology. Natalie Boyle is a graduate research assistant in the Department of Entomology at Washington State University. She joined the lab of Dr. Doug Walsh last year, and her dissertation research focuses on evaluating the impacts of pollinator-mediated gene flow in alfalfa seed production. Alfalfa is the first major perennial geneticall-engineered crop, and seed production is largely dependent upon the pollination services of the alfalfa leafcutting bee, Megachile rotundata. Surprisingly, little is known about the contribution that the alfalfa leafcutting bee makes to gene flow in alfalfa production regions. Based on her findings, Natalie hopes to develop best management practices for seed producers which would minimize undesired movement of transgenes into sensitive production regions. Natalie received her master's degree in entomology under Dr. Steve Sheppard at Washington State University, where she examined the influence of pesticide residues in brood comb on honey bee colony health and performance. She holds a BS degree in entomology from Western Washington University.
LILLIAN & ALEX FEIR GRADUATE STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD IN INSECT PHYSIOLOGY, BIOCHEMISTRY, OR MOLECULAR BIOLOGYThis award aims to encourage graduate students working
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