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  • Congratulations Maria Gonzalez and Jamora Hamilton for winning NC State Graduate School Diversity Enhancement Grant Awards.
  • See Gizmodo article about our lab, by Ed Cara, photos by Jeff Camaratti of Getty Images: Blood Feasts and Roach Vacuums: The Life of an Urban Pest Scientist.
  • Congratulations Maria Gonzalez for receiving a Pi Chi Omega Scholarship award.
  • Congratulations to Eduardo Hatano for winning 3rd place at the NCALS Research Competition that included a 2-minute presentation accompanied by a single slide.  Photo
  • Congratulations to Colin Funaro for winning the W. M. Keck Center for Behavioral Biology 2019 Robert and Margaret Grossfeld Award in recognition of the best publication of 2018: Funaro C.F., Böröczky, K., Vargo, E.L. and Schal, C. 2018. Identification of a queen and king recognition pheromone in the subterranean termite, Reticulitermes flavipes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1721419115. (see the paper and media coverage at Publications)
  • Congratulations Jamora Hamilton for passing the written and oral PhD qualifying exams.
  • Congratulations to Jamora Hamilton and Mauri Hickin for being selected as part of a group of 18 students from the College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Graduate School to participate in the 2019-2020 Graduate Peer Mentoring Collaborative, designed to train select PhD students in the skills of mentoring and supporting them to design a mentoring initiative for their departments/programs.
  • Congratulations Maria Gonzalez for winning a DoD Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) graduate fellowship for her research on bed bugs: $38,000 annual stipend for 3 years. Way to go, Maria!
  • Zach DeVries accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Urban Entomology at the University of Kentucky. CONGRATULATIONS!
  • Kudos to Maria Gonzalez for winning 1st place in the PhD Poster Competition at the Southeastern Branch Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Mobile, Alabama.
  • Congratulations to the NC State Team for winning the South Eastern Branch, Entomological Society of America, Linnaean Games!  NC State triumphed over Arkansas (90–35), Clemson (100–50), and, in the finals, against Florida (150–60). They will go on to compete at the national level in St. Louis at the annual meeting in November. Team members are left to right, Samantha McPherson, Meredith Spence Beaulieu, Maria Gonzales and Laura Kraft. The team is coached by Matt Bertone.
  • Congratulations Mauri Hickin for winning 2nd place in the 10 min oral presentation competition of the Entomology Graduate Student Symposium.
  • Congratulations Samantha McPherson for passing the oral and written PhD qualifying exams.
  • Happy Valentine’s Day: Coby Schal in Five reasons to fall in love with the cockroach
  • Zach DeVries‘s paper on Total Release Foggers in BMC Public HealthLink   NCSU Press Release  Science  UPI   Science Daily   EurekAlert   Fox News   New York Post   Business Standard   Yahoo News   Foreign Affairs   Tech Times   Gizmodo   PCT Magazine  C&EN  Boing Boing  Beyond Pesticides   FairWarning   The Doctor will See you Now   The Medical News   Tucson Sentinel   NC Health News   Science Magazine  Natural History Magazine  ABC Raleigh (2:40 min video)  WRAL Raleigh (3:30 min video)
  • Congratulations to Samantha McPherson for receiving the 2019 North Carolina Pest Management Association Graduate Student Scholarship during the NCPMA 69th annual Pest Control Technicians’ School. More than 1,000 attended this event, the largest State association meeting in the world! Patricia Alder, Mike Waldvogel and Samantha McPherson provided pesticide applicator certification training for 120 pest management employees preparing for the pesticide applicator exams for household and wood-destroying pests as well as structural fumigation. Maria Gonzalez presented a research update, and Coby Schal conducted P-phase training.
  • NCSU’s Urban Structural Entomology Program teamed up with the NC Pest Management Association for the first annual NCSU Hands On Training (“HOT”) program held at the training facility. Patricia Alder, Mike Waldvogel and Samantha McPherson ran the HOT class.





  • Jeremy Heath awarded 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship from USDA-NIFA.
  • Jamora Hamilton awarded IMSD Pre-doctoral Fellowship.
  • Eduardo Hatano arrived as a new postdoc in chemical ecology.
  • Madhavi Kakumanu arrives as a new postdoc in microbial ecology.
  • Rick Santangelo and Zach DeVries in the Technician: NCSU Student Newspaper.
  • Johanna Elsensohn was member of the Overall Best Debate Team. Student Debates at Entomological Society of America. Topic: “With the development of tools like RNAi, in the future we may be capable of eradicating species. If we can eradicate a species, should we?” Con position.
  • Johanna Elsensohn was selected Science Policy Fellow, Entomological Society of America.
  • Ayako Wada-Katsumata paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on gut bacteria and aggregation pheromones: Link  NCSU   Science   Scientific American   The Scientist   Smithsonian   German Public Radio   Science Codex   EurekaAlert   C&EN      Daily Mail   Inverse   Motherboard  PCT
  • Coby Schal awarded Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence, highest faculty award at NCSU.
  • Coby Schal awarded Recognition Award in Urban Entomology, Entomological Society of America.
  • Zach DeVries awarded $3,000 John V. Osmun Memorial Scholarship from Pi Chi Omega.
  • Yvonne Matos awarded $1,500 Scholarship from the North Carolina Pest Management Association.
  • Zach Devries awarded $2,000 Foundation for Toxicology and Agromedicine Supplementary Scholarship.