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  • Hello everyone! I will be doing insect/ arachnid education/ presentations for K-6th in AZ. I’m working on developing lesson plans for each grade. If anyone has any recommended resources or input for each grade level, I would be grateful.
  • Hello all! I was recruited by a dear friend to do an online introduction to entomology for 2nd graders. Before I start from scratch, I thought I would start here. Any and all ideas are welcome - Thank you!
  • Arthropod Genomics (i5k) session at Biodiversity Genomics meeting (5-9 Oct, virtual!)

    Dear All,

    Please forward this invite to your members.

    You are all warmly invited to attend this year's Arthropod Genomics (i5k) session in the Biodiversity Genomics meeting, being held in a virtual format from wherever you are! We are inviting talk and virtual poster submissions from students and early career researchers for all types of insect genomics projects. From 5-9 October, we will have thematic sessions on genomics grouped around “Regional, National and International Projects”, “Taxon-focussed Projects”, “Systems Approaches” and “Technology Advances”. Each will have a dedicated or shared workshop session, and a dedicated poster session and meeting room. The final program will be posted on the website soon.

    Registration is for access to the meeting; there is no fee.

    Full details and the registration link are available at:

    Key Dates and Deadlines

    Meeting registration open: NOW
    Poster and talk abstract submission open: NOW
    Talk abstract submission close: 1 September 2020
    Notification of speaker choices: 10 September 2020
    Poster abstract submission close: 20 September 2020
    Registration to attend closes: 2 October 2020
    Meeting starts: 15:00 BST, 5 October 2020


    Each day of the meeting will have a similar flow. We will open an hour in advance (15:00 GMT) with poster and social rooms. We will also organise discussion fora with panels discussing Diversity and Inclusion, Earth Biogenome project in Lower and Middle income Nations, Early Careers issues and Funding. The days’ formal activities will start at 16:00 GMT with a 1 hr plenary session, broadcast to all. This will be followed by two sets of 1 hr themed workshop sessions. The meeting will finish each day with a social and poster session from 19:00 to 20:00 GMT. More information about the web-based tools to use for discussions and video conferencing will be posted on the website soon.

    We already have many registered participants and hope to see you there for lively discussions on the latest advances in arthropod genomics!

    Best wishes,
    Dorith Rotenberg and Surya Saha
    On behalf of the organizing committee
  • Dear fellow entomologists/ insect trivia enthusiasts,
    Here is an opportunity to fill out this quick survey (less than a minute) of just 8 questions and a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. we are conducting market research about a mobile version of an insect trivia quiz bowl. If you would also forward this to other insect trivia enthusiasts, that would be great. #entomology #bugtrivia #insecttrivia
    Thanks in advance.

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  • Hello Jennifer. Are you aware of the Citizen Science website SciStarter ? If it's not a hard requirement that they design the experiment, this may be worth looking into. There's at least one survey project currently listed that would cover taxonomy & ecology. With guidance, the second quarter could transition into answering an independent research question.
    Never Home Alone: The Wild Life of Our Homes - SciStarter
    In studying life, scientists have overlooked many regions. Some regions have not been studied because they are so remote. Others because they are so…
  • I will be teaching a 12th grade Independent Research course during the 2020-2021 school year that will be embedding in entomology. With the pandemic still raging here in New York and the very real possibility that I will be teaching a good portion of the course online, I need to think about how can my students design and conduct a research project from home and no access to labs. For context, these students will have had a biology, chemistry and physics class and some introduction to genetics through their biology course. They will be getting a primer on insect biology, taxonomy and ecology in the first quarter, before they start any research. These are highly motivated and smart 12th graders who would take up anything I threw their way. Do anyone have any ideas?
    • Is the project open inquiry? Can they get outside to collect data, and if so, are they urban, suburban, rural? Is the data collection second quarter? Does it have to be on insects. or could it be a lichen project?

      I'm an entomologist and a teacher in Wisconsin, and I'm considering what to do for my students.
    • How about insect population sampling/diversity studies/insect conservation with trapping and collecting. Are they all doing individual projects? If not you could probably even publish their findings if you help them standardize their methods and they co-author a paper.
    • Being in NY, I see the main issue will be dealing with the weather. This will limit access to many insects unless the students have understanding parents allowing them to keep insects at home. There is more than enough material available for them to work with fruitflies for some genetic work inside and other insects which may need some getting use to such as roaches and ants which may be more locally available than the parents want to admit.
      You might need to order the material for them since there are some limitations on what they will be able to purchase for shipping to their homes. Both Carolina and VWR(Wards) have a variety of material to choose. Fisher has an education branch as well.
      The first thing I would do is ask the students what they have around their homes, inside and out which they could make use. Things like a detached, heated garage or attic. Hobbies which they might rethink for alternate use, available tools and skills. Do they have a 3D printer, access to power tools - maybe a parent does wood working or electronics as a hobby.
      Get them to think outside the box (School Lab) and give you some insight into some of the limitation the students may need to work with. Then discuss with them the areas you think are possible projects for them to work on given their inventory of options they have at home. Motivated students would hopefully have at least one motivate parent willing to provide assistance with supplies if not tolerance of what they might be doing at home. Confounding issues may be siblings, single parent household, renting vs own home. My impression is that home schooling is a new issue which most parents and students will need to learn along with the teachers.
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Teachers Workshop in Orlando

Please share this with any school teachers you might know who live near Orlando, Florida: Teachers Invited to Workshop on Zika Prevention and Using Insects in the Classroom Annapolis, MD; August 24, 2016 – School teachers from Florida and other states are invited to attend a workshop on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida (Rooms W2224…

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When to introduce Orders?

Hi all,I'm teaching Entomology 101 for the first time.  While I've worked with General Education classes and insects, done outreach talks, and helped out students from time to time, this is the first time solo.  When does everyone begin talking about the various Orders and how quickly do you bring them on?  Do you deal with integument and organ systems first?  Just trying to be sure not to overwhelm the students before they can gain interest in the subject (for those who are general bio majors…

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New Entomology Outreach Website

Class Insecta is a free website, designed and maintained by me, that lets young scientists upload photos of insects to a digital collection, where the insects are identified by current and former members of Cornell University's undergraduate entomology club, Snodgrass and Wigglesworth. Our identifiers do their best to provide an ID and either a short life history or an interesting fact about the insect. Our aim is to provide the taxonomic information, while keeping kids interested and informed…

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International links in academics/Research, External thesis examiner of PhD students, Research paper Review & Publication etc

Introductory page of Dr. Bilal Saeed Khan (Entomologist/ Acarologist) Pakistan       Respected Member, ESASubject: International links in academics/Research, External thesis examiner of PhD students, Research paper Review & Publication etcHoping you fine and doing best in your kind profession of teaching & research. I have intensely looked your kind profile & here sending you my complete teaching/ research statistics (CV) Curriculum vitae in an attached file with the suggestion/ request of…

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