The Salt Institute had a strong showing at the Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting in Portland, OR. Amy took the President’s Prize (1st place) for her 10-minute paper presentation, as well as Amanda for her poster presentation. Former Salt contributor Anthony also won the President’s Prize in his section for his Ph.D research. Theresa, Erica, Marissa, and Andrea also presented research.
In other awards news, Amy also received a University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship and the ESA Monsanto Research Grant Award. She will be using the funds from the Monsanto Grant to study protein-level variation in an enzyme system that has been linked to variation in insect cold tolerance.
As we begin to wrap up the summer, we’re taking advantage of some of our last warm days to talk about — what else, but — winter! Insects and winter, that is. The University of Minnesota Department of Entomology will have its very own booth at the Minnesota State Fair this year. You’ll be able to catch some of us from the Salt Institute manning the table on occasion, but even if we aren’t there, we will have our very first outreach publication available! Featuring some common Minnesota insects and a few big-name invasive species, this fact sheet is a quick introduction into how insects in Minnesota spend the winter. The Minnesota State Fair runs from August 22 – September 2. Hope to see you there!
If you’re on the UMN Saint Paul Campus on August 29, the entomology graduate student group Frenatae will have a table set up for College Day. This booth will mostly focus on bee research, but a few of us from Salt will be there if you have any questions.
Huddled in parkas during yet another frigid Minnesota winter, one question plagued a group of student scientists: How do insects manage to survive these crazy winters? Guided by our fearless leader, Dr. Rob Venette, we began a journal club and began digging into the scientific literature for answers. Now that we are well-versed in the literature, many of us have begun our own cold hardiness research and want to share what we’ve learned. We hope to use this site as a way to share this knowledge, our research, outreach publications, and try to answer some common questions.