Nav: Home

UC Riverside graduate students are national champions of collegiate competition in entomology

December 01, 2008

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Graduate students from UC Riverside's Department of Entomology became the national champions of the Entomological Society of America's Linnaean Games at the society's annual meeting in Reno, Nev., that took place Nov. 16-19, 2008.

The Linnaean Games, named in honor of taxonomist Carl Linnaeus and played between university-sponsored student teams, are a lively question-and-answer, college bowl-style competition on entomological facts.

The UCR team, comprised of Casey Butler, Jennifer Henke, Jason Mottern, Rebeccah Waterworth and Deane Zahn, defeated teams from the University of Nebraska, Texas A & M, and the University of Florida to reach the championship round against North Carolina State University on Nov. 18.

Members of the UCR team each received a medal; the team received an engraved plaque.

The championship round was highly competitive, with the winners being determined by a tie-breaking question.

In preparation for the national competition, the UCR students first had to win the competition at the Entomological Society of America's Pacific Branch meeting held in March 2008.

The students were coached and quizzed by Darcy A. Reed, an administrative specialist in the Department of Entomology. They studied various areas of entomology, including medical and veterinary entomology, physiology, morphology, and toxicology, taxonomy and systematics, ecology, agricultural and applied entomology as well as various aspects of cultural entomology, including poetry, literature and music. They also had to be up-to-date with current events and be well-versed with the histories of entomology and the Entomological Society of America.

"This year's success is greatly due to the students' diligence in studying not only for the games but also for their Ph.D. qualifying exams since all current team members are Ph.D. graduate students," Reed said. "The knowledge and experiences of team members who received their undergraduate and master's degrees from elsewhere in the United States were highly beneficial as many of the questions pertained to insect pests in the Midwest. Each team member brought his or her own unique abilities and expertise to the competition."

Next up for the UCR team: preparation for next year's competition at the Entomological Society of America's Pacific Branch meeting (San Diego; March 2009) and a chance to defend their title at the next annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America (Indianapolis, Ind.; December 2009).
-end-
The University of California, Riverside is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment of about 17,000 is expected to grow to 21,000 students by 2020. The campus is planning a medical school and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Graduate Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion. To learn more, visit www.ucr.edu or call (951) UCR-NEWS.

University of California - Riverside

Related Competition Articles:

Can aromatherapy calm competition horses?
Although studies suggest that inhaling certain scents may reduce stress in humans, aromatherapy is relatively unexplored in veterinary medicine.
When peaceful coexistence suddenly turns into competition
Biologists agree that climate change reduces biological diversity. The specific processes that ultimately cause species to go extinct have, however, been little studied so far.
UT student wins competition at Beltwide Cotton Conference
Shawn Butler, a doctoral candidate at UT CASNR, recently won first place in a student oral paper competition at the 2017 Beltwide Cotton Conference.
Artificial fingertip that 'feels' wins international robotics competition
An open-source 3-D-printed fingertip that can 'feel' in a similar way to the human sense of touch has won an international Soft Robotics competition for its contribution to soft robotics research.
2016 winners of FASEB BioArt competition announced
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology is pleased to announce the winners of the fifth annual BioArt competition.
Want to exercise more? Get yourself some competition
New research from the Annenberg School for Communication at Penn compared different ways that exercise programs motivate people to hit the gym.
Chimpanzees choose cooperation over competition
Tasks that require chimpanzees to work together preferred five-fold, despite opportunities for competition, aggression and freeloading.
Captain T cell succeeds at OneStart competition
Berlin researchers win at the OneStart life sciences & healthcare accelerator with their project 'Captain T Cell'.
Women's preference for smaller competition may account for inequality
When applying for a job or to college, women seek positions with fewer applicants than men, according to a new University of Michigan study.
International technology-based competition associated with more exercise
A competition that used technology to encourage and track physical activity was effective at helping participants lose weight and exercise more in both developed and developing countries, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology's 65th Annual Scientific Session.

Related Competition Reading:

Competition Demystified: A Radically Simplified Approach to Business Strategy
by Bruce C. Greenwald (Author), Judd Kahn (Author)

Competition Math for Middle School
by J. Batterson (Author)

On Competition (Harvard Business Review Book)
by Harvard Business Review Press

Understanding Michael Porter: The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy
by Harvard Business Review Press

Outthink the Competition: How a New Generation of Strategists Sees Options Others Ignore
by Wiley

No Contest: The Case Against Competition
by Mariner Books

International Business: The Challenge of Global Competition, 13th Edition
by Donald A Ball (Author), Michael Geringer Professor (Author), Michael S Minor Chair Dept. of Management Marketing and International business (Author), Jeanne M. McNett Assoc. Prof of Mgmt; Chair Bus Studies Dept (Author)

Fifty Lectures for Mathcounts Competitions (1)
by Jane Chen (Author), Sam Chen (Author), Guiling Chen (Author), Yongcheng Chen (Author)

Handloading for Competition Making the Target Bigger.
by Glen D. Zediker (Author)

American Mathematics Competitions (AMC 8) Preparation (Volume 1)
by Sam Chen (Author), Yongcheng Chen (Author)

Best Science Podcasts 2018

We have hand picked the best science podcasts for 2018. Sit back and enjoy new science podcasts updated daily from your favorite science news services and scientists.
Now Playing: TED Radio Hour

Hacking The Law
We have a vision of justice as blind, impartial, and fair — but in reality, the law often fails those who need it most. This hour, TED speakers explore radical ways to change the legal system. Guests include lawyer and social justice advocate Robin Steinberg, animal rights lawyer Steven Wise, political activist Brett Hennig, and lawyer and social entrepreneur Vivek Maru.
Now Playing: Science for the People

#495 Earth Science in Space
Some worlds are made of sand. Some are made of water. Some are even made of salt. In science fiction and fantasy, planet can be made of whatever you want. But what does that mean for how the planets themselves work? When in doubt, throw an asteroid at it. This is a live show recorded at the 2018 Dragon Con in Atlanta Georgia. Featuring Travor Valle, Mika McKinnon, David Moscato, Scott Harris, and moderated by our own Bethany Brookshire. Note: The sound isn't as good as we'd hoped but we love the guests and the conversation and we wanted to...