Hexapod Haiku 2017 – runners-up (poet over 13)

We saw parallels between the worlds of model organisms (e.g., Drosophila melanogaster) and model graduate students: untold millions of flies sacrifice their lives daily to provide data, while untold thousands of students sacrifice their (social) lives to interpret and disseminate those data. In this scene the student becomes the studied… the researcher, the researched. We wonder how people can get rid of flies using such cruel methods. Congratulations to Martha Love, one of our first repeat winners (2010), for writing such a delightful, thought-provoking poem.


ENT 502 collection exemplars

We’re in the process of imaging some of the student collections from last semester’s iteration of ENT 502. This is the foundational entomology class for graduate students, Insect Biodiversity and Evolution, which requires a fairly substantial collection as part of the grade. Students have written multiple times in their evaluations how useful it’d be to see collections from previous classes: the ranges of specimen numbers, morphospecies numbers, curation levels, labeling schemes, etc. What does a great collection look like? What…

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