October EGO Meeting Minutes– Tuesday October 5, 2004
Thank you to the Department of Entomology for providing us Pizza for lunch!
Luke Jacobus Craig Roubos Al Fournier Alisha Johnson
Jody Aleong Casey Butler Philip Morton Jami Guenther
Wan-Tien Tsai Hong-Mei Li Shujuan Li Kate Girsch
Margaret Schwinghammer Matt Tarver
• Future courses in Entomology
• Committee Updates and Reports
o Seminar Series
o Grad Symposium
o Seminar Series
o Student Affairs
o Teaching & Curriculum
• Upcoming Events
o IPM in Schools Online
o Grad Student Workshops
o Social Events
• Additional Information
o Handouts regarding new courses in entomology
GUEST SPEAKERS: Future Courses in Entomology
Dr. Virginia Ferris and Dr. Jeff Stuart
Dr. Ferris discussed the new course ENTM 692X, “Insect Molecular Genetics, Phylogeny and
Evolution”. This is a course that explores discussion of up-to-date journal articles. It is a 2
credit, 2 hour a week course, with no lab portion that will be offered spring semester 2005. There
is a handout that outlines in detail the course taught by both Dr. Ferris and Dr. Stuart who each
teach 8 weeks.
Dr. Larry Murdock
Dr. Murdock and Dr. Edwards introduce a new course ENTM 595A, “Case Studies in
International Pest Management: Nuts, Bolts and Bailing Wire”. This course uses the real life
experiences of faculty members who will share stories of their international travels, research,
trials and tribulations of being in a foreign land. It is a 1 credit, 2 hour a week class (1st hr -
presentation, 2nd hr discussion), that will be offered spring semester 2005. Evaluation is based
mainly on student participation. There is a handout with the synopsis of ideas for this course
which will be taught by seven faculty members (Edwards, Murdock, Foster, Yaninek, O’Neil,
Dr. Hunt emailed the grad students regarding a new course course entitled "Genes and
Behavior" (ENTM 692G, or something like that). It will probably be Mondays from 12:30 to
1:20. Since this is the first time it will be offered, it will just be a one-credit class. However, I
think that participants will get a lot out of it because it is a complex area. It is also pretty
controversial because we will be talking about such topics as nature versus nurture in regards to
IQ, drug addiction, schizophrenia, sexual orientation etc. However, there will be a heavy
emphasis on insects and especially honey bees.
Please look below minutes for additional information about new courses for spring from the
GRAD STUDENT AGENDA: Committee Updates and Reports
Survival Skills Seminar
Mike Meyers said that the program is slowly materializing. The next topic is about post
doctorate positions. If there are any questions, comments, or ideas please contact Mike.
Ohio Valley Entomology Association (OVEA)
Al Fournier reports that there are eight Purdue students presenting at the meeting October 29 in
Hanover, IN. Al Fournier will email grad students the information regarding a possible practice.
Graduate Student Symposium
Craig Roubos has the entomology grad student symposium ready to go for November 4 and 11.
Four students will present during session 1 (Nov.4): Shujuan Li, Omprakash, Mitapalli, Wan-
Tien Tsai, and Justin Vitullo. Three students will present during session 2 (Nov.11): Rajat
Aggarwal, Venu Margam (new PhD student in the department), and Kris Wyckhuys. Casey
Butler and Kris Wyckhuys will also be presenting posters at session 2. In addition to written
feedback which the audience can provide, the option for videotaping the presentations is being
Department Seminar Series
Schedule can be found at http://www.entm.purdue.edu/Entomology/news/seminar.html. Note
there is a change on October 28. Dr. Charles Whitfield from the University of Illinois UC will
be here to present “Hereditary and environmental influences on gene expression in the brain and
division of labor in honey bees”.
Information Technology (IT) committee
Al Fournier said there is a meeting will take place October 13. Stay tuned for updates in
Casey Butler said the graduate student board is discussing the issue of International Students and
parking The issue of parking was then discussed among the entomology grad students. Student
vehicles are not allowed on campus and in loading zones, even though grad students are doing
most of the loading in this building. There were discussions regarding C parking and future of
phasing out of vehicles on campus all together.
Margaret Schwinghammer said the meeting is October 12. Stay tuned for updates in Novemeber.
Teaching and Curriculum Committee
Luke Jacobus reported changes in required credits in Life Science for undergraduate. Scientific
illustration has changed numbers from a 500 level course to a 300 level class. Graduate student
enrollment might be an issue. The question was posed: Would the number of course (300 level)
discourage you from taking it as a graduate student?
Integrated Pest Management in Schools: On-line training course
Photos are still missing for the website that will be put together by Tim Gibb, Fred Whitford and
Al Fournier together with Ag Communcation. Requests for the following photos: 1)
Contaminated food, 2) Animals fighting over food, 3) Field work such as scouting out in
agricultural fields. If you have any of these photos please contact Al.
PGSG – Academic and Professional Committee
Hong-Mei is on the committee that cooperates with the graduate school to bring us seminars and
workshops to improve our skills as grad students. Check http://web.ics.purdue.edu/~pgsg/ for
upcoming schedule of events. This Thursday there is workshop called The Robert Lowman
Proposal Writing Workshop/ The Twelve Keys to Success in Grant Writing”. Jody will be in
attendance if you need information or notes.
Jenny Franklin says she has enough volunteers to help out with Insectaganza and thanks all who
• Canadian Thanksgiving is Monday October 11. There will be a thanksgiving celebration at
The Green’s beginning at 6:30pm. Please R.S.V.P. to Jody so we know how many birds to
• The Morton’s (Philip) and The Green’s are planning a Halloween party on Saturday October
30. Planning is still in the works so let the costume hunting begin!
• There will be a paintball excursion on Sunday November 7th from 10am -2pm for anyone who
is interested. Cost will be approximately $25 for the day. This is the third year the entomology
group has gone out to play at the Paintball Barn in Attica. Contact Jody for more information.
Insect Molecular Genetics, Phylogeny, and Evolution
J. J. Stuart and V. R. Ferris
ENTM 692X (2 credits)
Prerequisite: AGRN 320 or equivalent in Genetics
(This proposed course replaces ENTM 692A, Insect Genetics, and ENTM 692 F, Molecular
Systematics, both of which, offered on alternate years, often have low course enrollments. 692X
would be offered annually. It utilizes a model similar to that explored by each of us recently, in
which many new concepts are introduced via current significant journal publications, and the
students themselves lead the discussions about these papers. It is our view that this structure
facilitates student interest, participation, and learning. Note: the journal articles used will be
updated frequently, as new publications appear.)
Part 1: Insect Genetics (8 weeks – J. J. Stuart)
week 1 – Readings from selected texts: Review of general genetics and molecular biology.
Concepts: Central dogma, nucleic acid structure and function.
week 2 – Readings from selected texts: Genetic analysis
Concepts: Insect chromosomes, alleles, cell cycles (including anomalous cycles, ,
complementation and recombination analyses sex determination.
week 3 – Article: Genomics in pure and applied entomology. Heckel, DG. 2003. Ann. Rev.
Concepts: Insect genomes, transcriptomes, proteomes, hybridization techniques
including arrays and micro-arrays, model organisms and not-so-model organisms.
week 4 - Article: Mapping unexplored genomes: a genetic linkage map of the Hawaiian cricket
Laupala. Parsons, YM and KL Shaw. 2003. Genetics 162:1275-1282. Concepts:
Molecular markers (RFLPs, RAPDs, AFLPs, microsatallites, ESTs, STSs), linkage
groups, mapping software (e.g. MapMaker)
week 4 - Article: Evolution of the integral membrane desaturase gene family in moths and flies.
Knipple, DC, R Claire-Lise, R Nielsen, KM You, and SE Jeong. 2002. Genetics
Concepts: gene function and evolution, gene sequence similarities, genetic homologies,
RT-PCR, degenerate primers.
week 5 - Article: The Y chromosome of Drosophila melanogaster exhibits chromosome-wide
imprinting. Maggert, KA and KG Golic. 2002. Genetics 162:1245-1258.
Concepts: Chromosome imprinting; paternal effects, maternal effects, chromosome
balancers, P-element transformation.
week 6 – Article: A genetic screen for suppressors and enhancers of the Drosophila Cdk1-Cyclin
B identifies maternal factors that regulate microtubule and microfilament stability. Ji, J-
Y, M Haghnia, C. Trusty, LSB Goldstein and G Schubiger. 2002. Genetics
Concepts: genetic screens, deficiency mapping, Drosophila embryogenesis, bioassays,
week 7 – Article: Identification of genes that protect the C. elegans genome against mutations
by genome wide RNAi. Pothof, J., G. van Haaften, K Thijssen, RS Kamath, AG Fraser, J
Ahringer, RHA Plasterk, M Tijsterman. 2003. Genes Dev. 17:443-448.
Concepts: Mutagenesis screens, RNAi, functional and structural analyses.
week 8 – Review and exam
Part 2 – Molecular Systematics and Phylogeny (8 weeks – V. R. Ferris)
week 9 – Text chapters: The language and concepts of molecular systematics and evolution Ch 1,
Moritz & Hillis, and ch. 7, Palumbi (in: Hillis et al., 1996, Molecular Systematics,
Concepts: Links between molecular evolution, systematics, population genetics, and
phylogenetics; molecules vs. morphology; methods of analysis, homology and similarity;
gene trees and species trees; PCR and design of primers.
week 10 – Text chapters: Inferring evolutionary relationships -- Excerpts from Ch. 6 of Page,
2003, and ch. 2 of Stormo, 2003 (in Current Protocols in Bioinformatics, Wiley.)
Concepts: Visualizing trees; multiple sequence alignments and Clustal X; Neighbor
Joining and distance-based methods; PAUP*; Maximum Likelihood; Bayesian methods.
week 11 – Article: Loss and recovery of wings in stick insects. Whiting et al. 2003. Nature
Concepts: Molecular data and phylogenetic analysis; character mapping; evolution of
week 12 – Article: Hybridization and the Evolution of Reef Coral Diversity. Vollmer & Palumbi,
2002. Science 296:2023 – 2025.
Concepts: Molecular data and phylogenetic analysis; study of hybridization in nature and
its detection; fate of hybrids; haplotypes.
week 13 – Article: On ant farm, a threesome coevolves. Currie et al. 2003. Science 299:386 –
388. (also news and views article, same issue, on topic)
Concepts: Phylogenetic reconstruction of co-evolution, symbiosis, host switching.
week 14 – Text chapters: Using Biological databases -- Excerpts from Ch. 1 of Baxevanis, and
Ch. 2, Stormo, 2003 (In Current Protocols in Bioinformatics, Wiley.)
Concepts: Searching NCBI databases; browsing genomic sequence data.
week 15 – Articles: Evo-Devo, Pennisi, 2002. Science 298:953-955 and Challenges for
taxonomy. Godfray, 2002, Nature 417:17-19 (& follow-up letters).
Concepts: developmental pathways that lead to species change; micro and macro-
evolution; is a technology fix for taxonomy possible?
week 16 – Review and exam
Case Studies in International Entomology: Nuts, Bolts, and Bailing Wire DRAFT
Organizers -- C. Richard Edwards and Larry Murdock
(i) To give graduate students an opportunity to learn about the trials, tribulations, joys and
professional rewards of research in international pest management;
(ii) To help students to think innovatively and creatively about specific international pest
management challenges that have been researched by Purdue faculty;
(iii) To share the experiences and lessons learned by participating faculty – and thereby to get
better acquainted with those faculty and profit from their experience.
Seven faculty will present their research experiences in international pest management and lead
subsequent discussions. Two class hours will be given to each topic. There will be a total of
seven topics. During the first hour for each topic the presenter/discussion leader will introduce
the subject matter. He will define the international pest management issue, provide historical
background, socio-economic information, tell about the importance and role of the crop, provide
a political perspective on the country or region, talk about partners such as Non-Governmental
Organizations (NGO’s) and National Agricultural Research Programs (NARS) as well as
International Agricultural Research Centers (IARC’s) and share other appropriate information
with the students. The students will be challenged to develop their own ideas about how to
address the problem at hand. During the second hour there will be an interactive, active
discussion covering how the students might have approached the problem as well as how the
discussion leader actually approached it. Lessons learned will be discussed.
The students will develop a Scope of Work, including projected budgets for an proposed
international pest management project. Length is expected to be several pages.
Readings may be assigned by individual presenters.
Attendance and Grades
Class attendance and participation are essential. Grades will depend upon class participation and
evaluation of the written Scope of Work prepared by the students.
International Pest Management Topics
Specific topic titles have not yet been developed. Areas to be explored include: C.R. Edwards –
on management of corn rootworm in eastern Europe; L.L. Murdock – technologies for post-
harvest storage of cowpea grain in West Africa; Rick Foster – IPM of vegetable pests in Mali.
Additional faculty participants are: Prof’s. Steve Yaninek, Bob O’Neil, Jeff Stuart, and Jess
Lowenberg-DeBoer (Ag Economics).
Genes and Behavior Class: 1 credit
This class will be an introduction to genes and signaling pathways that influence behavior, primarily by taking
examples from current literature. Since the scope of the class is broad, it will be considered as a brief
introduction to this area of study. Topics will range from classical behavioral ecology of insects to examples
from human diseases. Examples from mice, C. elegans and Drosophila will be used, but many examples will
come from social insects and especially the honey bee. Particular topics will include genetic assumptions in
behavioral ecology, group selection and social behaviors in honey bees, microarray studies, intra-genomic
conflict and imprinting, neural signaling components and mapping behavioral genes as quantitative trait loci.
The organization of the course will be as a journal club. Papers will be provided each week as PDFs. Students
will take turns leading discussions.
Topics: What is behavior? Are there genes for behavior?
Discussion of behavioral ecology and the adaptationist approach. Intro to QTL mapping.
The “social gene” of C. elegans.
Drosophila behavioral genetics.
Signaling pathways, molecules and behavior. Discussion of neurotransmitters, neuromodulators, second
messengers and receptors.
QTL mapping in mammals.
Role of Inheritance in Behavior
The Genetic Basis of Complex Human Behaviors.
The Maddening Hunt for Madness Genes
QTL studies for reading disability and sexual orientation.
Genetic markers for schizophrenia.
The genetics of drug addiction in people, rats and flies.
Behavioral genetics of honey bees.
How haplodiploidy influences evolution of social behavior and polyandry.
Division of labor.
Foraging choices that are under genetic constraints.
The “foraging gene” in flies and bees.
Aggressive/defensive behavior of bees.
Genetics of the rate of behavioral development in bees – microarray and QTL data.
Learning in flies and bees: Genes identified in flies, QTLs in bees, motivational states.
Imprinting and behavioral traits.
The kinship theory of genomic imprinting and how haplodiploidy influences imprinting.
Complexity and phenotypic plasticity of behavior.