Perspectives Change While Themes Persist at Different Points Along the Career Path

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Editor’s Note: This is the next installment in the “Behind the Science” series by Laurel Haavik that peeks into the lives of scientists. See other posts in the series. By Laurel Haavik The length of a career could be compared to a marathon—an event more about stamina than speed. Yet the starting point for scientists, […]

How Fast Does Emerald Ash Borer Kill Trees in Our Forests?

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By Laurel Haavik Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire, a shiny green beetle from Asia commonly known as the emerald ash borer (EAB), has taken North America by storm. Assisted mostly by people, but also by its own wings, EAB is rapidly spreading across urban and forested areas alike. EAB-killed ash trees in urban areas are noticeable and […]

Ken Raffa Shares His Passion for Working with People to Understand Insects as Agents of Change

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Editor’s note: This is the third installment in the “Behind the Science” series by Laurel Haavik that peeks into the lives of scientists. See other posts in the series. By Laurel Haavik Ken Raffa has had a storied career. His research has made great strides in advancing current understanding of how insect populations can rapidly […]

How Does Research Environment Shape Science and Life Outside of Science?

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Editor’s note: This is the second installment in the “Behind the Science” series by Laurel Haavik that peeks into the lives of scientists. See other posts in the series. By Laurel Haavik All scientists try — or should try — their best to adhere to the scientific method. They pose a curious and contemporarily relevant […]

Interviews from the Women in Entomology Breakfast at ICE 2016

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Laurel Haavik attended the Women in Entomology Breakfast at the 2016 International Congress of Entomology and interviewed other breakfast attendees. The breakfasts began in 1989 and have evolved into a strong part of annual meetings of the Entomological Society of America. Watch the video below: Laurel Haavik is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of […]

Entomologists Talk about Why They’re Attending ICE 2016

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The 2016 International Congress of Entomology began yesterday, and in this video, Laurel Haavik, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Kansas, asks attendees why they are attending ICE 2016, the largest gathering of insect scientists in history. The video was shot during the ICE 2016 Welcome Reception. The meeting will run until Friday, September […]

Ash and Emerald Ash Borer: How Do Trees Defend Themselves from a Deadly Beetle?

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Editor’s note: This is the first installment in the “Behind the Science” series by Laurel Haavik that peeks into the lives of scientists. See other posts in the series. By Laurel Haavik You have probably heard about a tiny green beetle from Asia that is blazing across North America, leaving millions of ash trees in […]

A Female Entomologist’s Perspective on Science and the Tenure System

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Editor’s note: If you are a scientist (MS or PhD), please help the author by taking the survey mentioned below. By Laurel Haavik I am a postdoc. I’ve been one for nearly six years. Like many other postdocs, I have been working for over a decade towards my goal: a tenure-track position at a research-intensive […]