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

with insects or other arthropods in the broad areas of physiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology to affiliate with ESA's Physiology, Biochemistry, and Toxicology Section and to attend the ESA Annual Meeting or an International Congress of Entomology. Brittany F. Peterson is a PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Life Science Program (PULSe) and the Department of Entomology at Purdue University. She received both her BS and MS degrees in biology from Western Illinois University. Currently, under the direction of Dr. Michael Scharf, she is investigating how the gut microbiome of the termite Reticulitermes flavipes impacts host digestion and immunocompetence. The goal of her dissertation is to generate a better understanding of the broad physiological importance of prokaryotic symbionts in the termite gut. Using antimicrobial treatments, she has shown that the bacterial community significantly impacts the efficiency of lignocellulose degradation in the R. flavipes gut. Brittany has also generated and sequenced a clone library from each antimicrobial treatment in an effort to pinpoint how these treatments impact gut biodiversity. Moving forward, her project will focus on how gut symbionts impact disease resistance and the tradeoffs between nutrition and immunity.

SHRIPAT KAMBLE URBAN ENTOMOLOGY GRADUATE STUDENT AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE RESEARCHThe Entomological Foundation recognizes the contributions of Dr. Shripat Kamble in urban entomology and his services to entomology, the Entomological Society of America, and to the ESA Certification Program. This award is provided to a doctoral student who is currently conducting research which demonstrates innovative and realistic approaches to urban entomology. Garima Kakkar is a PhD candidate in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida under the guidance of Dr. Nan-Yao Su. After obtaining her bachelor's degree from the University of Delhi, India, Garima earned an MS in entomol
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