The 2023 RCAP Summer Internship Program is part of our Resilience CAP grant, and includes students from four universities this summer. The program hosts various meetings and workshops, while students perform independent research in their host lab. The Lamp Lab is pleased to host three enthusiastic students for the program, including Fiona Rioux, Shannon Hu, and Felicia Shectman. Fiona is working with Robert Salerno on our SARE agricultural ditch project, Shannon is working with Amanda Brucchieri on her farm pond/Odonata project, and Felicia is working with Jenna Kraemer on the Farm Insect Biodiversity project. We enjoy their activity and help in both the field and the lab this summer.
We are excited to have Jenna join our lab as our next Lab Manager for 2023-24. Jenna received her B.S. degree at Maryland in Microbiology, spending part of her time working in Karen Rane's Plant Diagnostic Lab. She brings new expertise on molecular methods to the lab. She plans to continue her training as a graduate student in microbiology in the future. We look forward to working with her.
Although we miss Helen as our Lab Manager for 2022-23, we are pleased to have her transition within the Lamp Lab as a Master's graduate student starting fall, 2023. Helen received her B.S. degree in Ecology and Evolution, with a minor in Sustainability, from the University of Maryland in May, 2022. She has broad interests in entomology and sustainability, and is considering a project involving reducing methane production in dairy cows by including insects as feed. We look forward to her start as the lab's last graduate student.
Two years ago, as president of the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America, Bill initiated the development of a field-oriented, informal meeting of students and professional entomologists that we call "EntoQuest." Over a weekend in September, 2022 at a 4-H camp in Virginia we met to collect insects, hold workshops, and discuss our research and interests in entomology. To describe the meeting broadly to members of the ESA, Helen Craig, our lab manager, and Bill, with a colleague at Virginia Tech (Kelly McIntyre), wrote a short article in American Entomologist about its development and how it provides members with a new way to learn about entomology as a profession. See the article attached. It includes a link at the end of a video of EntoQuest 2022. Also see the photo of 7 attendees from University of Maryland. We will hold EntoQuest 2023 at a camp near Lewes, Delaware on 15-17 September this fall. Registration opens soon!
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