Before you bug out for winter break, we invite you to look back at Fall 2022 with us. DYK, that a new club has #InsectTerp population on the rise? Or that today’s lab-raised honey bees have shorter life spans? Or that, we have a new faculty member starting soon - Dr. Niranjana Krishnan? These are just a few of the stories mentioned in the Fall 2022 newsletter. Content also includes news on publications, awards, defenses and much more.
PhD student Anthony Nearman and Associate Professor Dennis vanEngelsdorp discovered that life spans of lab-kept honey bees are 50% shorter than they were in the 1970s. The College talks to Anthony about this latest paper:
“When I plotted the lifespans over time, I realized, wow, there’s actually this huge time effect going on,” Nearman said. “Standardized protocols for rearing honey bees in the lab weren’t really formalized until the 2000s, so you would think that lifespans would be longer or unchanged, because we’re getting better at this, right? Instead, we saw a doubling of mortality rate.”
Check out the full AGNR press release for more about the study and implications of the findings.
We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Niranjana Krishnan will joining the Department of Entomology as an Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist this coming Spring 2023. Niranjana joins us from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Her work focuses on invertebrate toxicology and risk assessment. In her current research project Niranjana employs the adverse outcome pathway (AOP) principle to estimate the risk of pesticide exposures to insects, particularly species of conservation concern. This is being undertaken via three research themes that incorporate in vitro, in vivo, and in silico methods - AOP development from molecular initiating events to organismal effects, AOP development from organismal to population level effects and AOP employment to inform interspecies extrapolation. When not in the lab Niranjana enjoy reading and writing about toxicology (check out her blog EnTox Simplified), visiting National Parks, hiking on trails with her husband & dog and volunteering for initiatives that help teach science and promote diversity and inclusion. Please join us in welcoming Niranjana to the Department!
It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of Bill Katsereles effective Dec. 31, 2022. Bill has served in public higher education for 42 years with the University of Maryland (even more yrs. if we count his undergrad!). Bill Katsereles received his B.S. degree in accounting in 1980 from the University of Maryland, College Park. After graduating, Bill worked as an Accountant here at the University of Maryland’s Agricultural Experiment Station. A few years in (and a couple of cow purchases later) Bill was promoted to Business Manager at Wye Research & Education Center. In 1993, Bill started in the Department of Entomology where he has been instrumental in the financial administration and development of the department for the past 29 years.