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Written By: Nancy Harding
In December 2018 the Entomology Department conducted an educational outreach event that provided hands-on experience with insects and other arthropods to 7thand 8thgrade students along with their teachers: Karen McCabe, Phyllis Porter and John Roach from Pocomoke Middle School of Pocomoke City MD. Students were provided with an overview of some of the innovative and important research currently being conducted in the department. Anna Noreuil, Ph.D.student (Fritz lab) provided a presentation and hands-on activity regarding the northern house mosquito; Rachel Kuipers, Lab Assistant (vanEnglesdorp lab) gave an overview of research to further understand the loss in honey bee colonies in the United States. Alexander Forde, Ph.D.student (Gruner lab), and Todd Waters, Agricultural Technician Supervisor and caretaker of the department’s insect zoo, gave the students an opportunity to look at and hold native and exotic arthropods. Nancy Harding, Research Assistant, (Shrewsbury lab) set up and coordinated the visit from Pocomoke Middle School. Feedback from the students and teachers was extremely positive. The event was extremely educational and enjoyable for all the attendees.