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Author: Zsofia Szendrei

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This podcast is created by the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University. Its hosted by multiple co-hosts and its goal is to introduce the person behind the scientist. You will hear conversations with entomologists and scientists to learn more about their lives, what inspires them and what interests them outside of work. Follow the podcast on Twitter or Instagram @bugtalkpodcast. You can direct message us on Twitter if you'd like to reach out to us. You can also follow us on YouTube on the Bug Talk channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYJf8hS87OdcxZT9K1BqKhQ/videos. Artwork illustrated by Elisabeth Darling.
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We talked to Jessica Ware and Megan Wilson, both part of the #entopoc team. Check out Episode  29 for an earlier podcast with 3 other members of this organization to find out more about who they are and how they were created. In this episode Zsofia talked with Jessica and Megan about how they paired 40 students with mentors for the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America and how #entopoc provides support for the best meeting experience for these students. We also talked about their recent publication in American Entomologist about "Why diversity matters among those who study diversity". This article is about the state of diversity in entomology, if you don't have access to it and would like to read it, please email entopoc@gmail.com for a copy. We also chatted about Jessica's role as the current vice-president and future president of the Entomological Society of America. Please follow #entopoc on Twitter and Instagram @entopoc and if you have a job opening for an entomologist at any career level, consider posting the ad on their website.*Thanks to Jason Roedel, audio engineer, for improving the sound quality and for Matt Grieshop for the music!
If you are interested in graduate school and are considering joining our department, this episode will provide you with a wealth of information about where to start this process. Dr. Anthony Cognato (Graduate Program Director) and Heather Lenartson (Administrative Assistant to the Chairperson and Academic Programs) talk about topics related to admission to graduate school and what you should expect. You can find resources on the MSU Entomology department website about finding a major professor, funding and the application process. Thanks to Jason Roedel for improving the sound quality, Matt Grieshop for the music and Ellie Darling for designing the Bug Talk logo!  *Contact us @bugtalkpodcast on Instagram or Twitter. *Visit us on our YouTube channel.
Dr. Anthony Cognato (Graduate Program Director) and Heather Lenartson (Administrative Assistant to the Chairperson and Academic Programs) talked about this year's new grad student orientation, the new Student Information System that replaces much of the physical paperwork for both PhD and MS students and allows them and their committee members to track their progress online, different types of MSU fellowship, application process for those interested in being considered for MSU fellowships/assistantships, graduate guidance committee composition, etc. We will be back with another episode about details of the application process to graduate school.Thanks to Jason Roedel for improving the sound quality, Matt Grieshop for the music and Ellie Darling for designing the Bug Talk logo!  *Contact us @bugtalkpodcast on Instagram or Twitter.*Visit us on our YouTube channel.
Ep. 67: Henry Mochida

Ep. 67: Henry Mochida

2021-07-2135:27

Zsofia talks to Henry Mochida (mochidah@msu.edu), Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Communications Manager at Michigan State University. Henry works to strategically elevate MSU’s diversity, equity, and inclusion policies, practices, and programming with staff in University Communications and the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.  We talked about his cultural heritage,  growing up in Hawaii, his film making career, interest in economics and his current position at MSU.  Watch Henry's films: Blue Tarp City (master’s thesis / award winner – native Hawaiian homelessness in Waianae)Place of Hope (community mobilizing / raised $25k+ – impact of 2011 earthquake on potter community in Japan)Hula in the Zane ʻOhana (hula culture - wait for the Kamehameha butterfly!)Say No to Pipelines (advocacy / award winner – activism to stop the building of the Kindermorgan pipeline)What is IGR? (institutional storytelling / award winner – video production series)MSU Juneteenth Celebration (Juneteenth – institutional remarks)You can follow Bug Talk on Twitter and Instagram @bugtalkpodcast. Subscribe to our Youtube channel to see videos of some of the conversations with guests. Thanks to Jason Roedel, audio engineer, for improving sound quality, Matt Grieshop for the music, and Ellie Darling for designing the Bug Talk logo!
In this episode Andrea Glassmire and Kayleigh Hauri talk with a collaborative research group from Louisiana State University and the LSU Ag Center – Rodrigo Diaz, James Cronin, Laura Meyerson, Tracy Meyerson, Xuelian Meng, John Nyman, Ana Salgado, and Joshua Snook. They are collaborating on a project examining the mechanisms causing the die-off of an important wetland grass system, Phragmites australis, that stabilizes the Louisiana coastline. The Phragmites die-off is a multi-faceted problem, and each collaborator is investigating different aspects of this die-off. The restoration of Phragmites is an applied ecological challenge that will be important for stabilizing the Louisiana coastline, and the only way to accomplish this is using basic research to understand what the mechanisms are.The Phragmites research team includes additional scientists studying the role of plant pathogens, soil microbes, plant volatiles, and Asian parasitoids. For a glimpse, please see the research topics covered here: https://www.lsuagcenter.com/topics/environment/invasive%20species/roseau%20cane%20die-off/researchersYou can follow Bug Talk on Twitter and Instagram @bugtalkpodcast. Subscribe to our Youtube channel to see videos of the conversations with guests. Thanks to Jason Roedel, audio engineer, for improving sound quality, Matt Grieshop for the music, and Ellie Darling for designing the Bug Talk logo!
In this episode Andrea Glassmire talks with Dr. Walter Carson and graduate students, Cheyenne Moore and Castilleja Olmsted, from the University of Pittsburgh on tips for applying to graduate school in ecology and evolutionary biology. They co-authored a paper in the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America that lays out a step-by-step guide on applying to graduate school and how to succeed by choosing the right advisor and program for you. This episode covers how to prepare for graduate school, how to choose a program, the criteria for gaining admission into graduate school, selecting an advisor, selecting a program if you are a parent, and finding an equitable, inclusive, and welcoming graduate program.Please check out their accepted paper in a forthcoming issue of the Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America for more information on this topic:Advice on applying to graduate school in ecology and evolutionary biology: how to prepare and a step-by-step guide (2021). WP Carson, SE Kuebbing, TL Betras, AS Campbell, EW McQueen, CL Moore, CF Olmsted, LB Roberts, and NN Washington. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America.You can follow Bug Talk on Twitter and Instagram @bugtalkpodcast. Subscribe to our Youtube channel to see videos of the conversations with guests. Thanks to Jason Roedel, audio engineer, for improving sound quality, Matt Grieshop for the music, and Ellie Darling for designing the Bug Talk logo!
Zsofia and two guest co-hosts, Julianna Wilson (Entomology DEI committee chair) and Elizeth Cinto Meija (representative of Entomology Department on the CANR DEI committee), talked with Drs. Jabbar Bennett (MSU’s Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Professor of Medicine in the College of Human Medicine) and Quentin Tyler (Associate Dean and Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Director of MSU Extension), two leaders at MSU. We asked them about their current positions, their take on what it means to be a good leader, what the pandemic taught them about leadership, how to move forward after the lockdown, balancing personal views with the larger vision of an institution, their views on the future of the university, their mentors and people who inspire them and, what they think the future will bring. If you'd like to find out more about Dr. Bennett, take a listen here and watch this video to learn more about Dr. Tyler.You can follow Bug Talk on Twitter and Instagram @bugtalkpodcast. Subscribe to our Youtube channel to see videos of the conversations with guests. Thanks to Jason Roedel, audio engineer, for improving sound quality, Matt Grieshop for the music, and Ellie Darling for designing the Bug Talk logo!
Ariana, Jen, Natalie and Zsofia chatted with Jenna Walters about the Entomology Research and Outreach Fellowship (EROF). We chatted about how Jenna (Twitter: @Jenna_M_Walters) was inspired by Insects for Inclusion to start this program, what activities had been undertaken by the EROF committee over the last year, funding the program, recruiting and interviewing fellows and finally offering 7 fellowships for this summer. You can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram @erof_msu. You can follow Bug Talk on Twitter and Instagram @bugtalkpodcast. Subscribe to our Youtube channel to see videos of the conversations with guests. Thanks to Jason Roedel, audio engineer, for improving sound quality, Matt Grieshop for the music, and Ellie Darling for designing the Bug Talk logo!
Ep. 58: Harit Bal

Ep. 58: Harit Bal

2021-05-1925:35

This week Ariana and Jen chatted with Dr. Harit Bal. Harit is the Senior Research Entomologist in Regulatory Sciences at Bayer Crop Science. They discussed what sparked her interest in agricultural work,  and her research and experiences in graduate school. Harit also talked about the importance of networking and building soft skills while in graduate school and beyond. They also discussed Harit's hobbies outside of work and her favorite cuisines. You can follow Bug Talk on Twitter and Instagram @bugtalkpodcast. Subscribe to our Youtube channel to see video of the conversations with guests. Thanks to Jason Roedel, audio engineer, for improving sound quality, Matt Grieshop for the music, and Ellie Darling for designing the Bug Talk logo!
Dr. Amanda Lorenz is the undergraduate advisor in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University. In this episode, Natalie, Ariana and Zsofia chatted with her about our undergraduate program, current recruitment strategies, employment opportunities and courses for entomology undergraduates. Amanda described the demographic of our undergraduate students and strategies used to increase diversity. We also talked about how graduate and undergraduate students interact in our department. Amanda is our Bug House coordinator and she talked about what an important outreach tool this has been. Take a virtual tour of the Bug House! If you are interested in our undergraduate program and have questions, please feel free to send an email to Amanda (lorenzam@msu.edu). You can also find out more about our undergraduate program and how to apply to MSU on our department's website.You can follow Bug Talk on Twitter and Instagram @bugtalkpodcast. Subscribe to our Youtube channel to see video of the conversations with guests. Thanks to Jason Roedel, audio engineer, for improving sound quality, Matt Grieshop for the music, and Ellie Darling for designing the Bug Talk logo!
In this episode, Olivia and Zsofia chatted with outgoing MSU Entomology postdocs Andrea Glassmire and Eli Bloom. They shared the challenges of the pandemic-era job market and what they’ll remember fondly about the MSU Entomology community. Andrea is starting a new position working in the Cronin Lab at Louisiana State University and can be found online at aglassmire.com. Eli is on Twitter at @susta1nabeelity and on the Szendrei lab website. You can follow Bug Talk on Twitter and Instagram @bugtalkpodcast. Subscribe to our Youtube channel to see video of the conversations with guests. Thanks to Jason Roedel, audio engineer, for improving sound quality, Matt Grieshop for the music, and Ellie Darling for designing the Bug Talk logo!
In this episode Andrea Glassmire and Kayleigh Hauri talk with Drs. Kevin Steffey and Zsofia Szendrei, who are the co-editors in chief of American Entomologist. Kevin and Zsofia talked about how they got involved in science communication, the importance of storytelling in scientific writing and making research accessible to broad audiences, especially to those who are not in science. We talked about how social media can be an important method of communicating science to large audiences. This episode is only audio.You can follow Bug Talk on Twitter and Instagram @bugtalkpodcast and find out more about the podcast on the entomology department website. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see the conversations with guests.*Thanks to Jason Roedel, audio engineer, for improving the sound quality, Matt Grieshop for the music and Ellie Darling for designing the Bug Talk logo!
In this episode, Olivia talked with recent MSU Entomology Seminar speaker Dr. Marianna Karageorgi. Marianna is a postdoc at Stanford University and studies insect adaptation to host plant toxins. We discussed her path into the fascinating world of insect behavior, differences between the US and European academic systems, and what scientific research has in common with dancing the tango. You can follow Marianna on Twitter @m_karageorgi, follow Bug Talk on Twitter and Instagram @bugtalkpodcast, and find out more about the podcast on the entomology department website. Thanks to Jason Roedel, audio engineer, for improving sound quality, Matt Grieshop for the music, and Ellie Darling for designing the Bug Talk logo!
Ariana and Zsofia talked with Jackie Perkins about fieldwork safety guidelines and how we approach field work this upcoming field season. Jackie developed a document that contains best practices on traveling to and working at field sites while doing research. It is designed to provide information for existing employees and their supervisors, and new employees that may not have much experience working in remote locations. The document provides useful information on preparing for fieldwork, traveling, and emergencies. It includes a section on Safe Fieldwork For All, informed by the recent Demery & Pipkin article. You can follow Jackie on Instagram @msuberrybugs and follow the Isaacs Lab on Twitter @IsaacsLab.You can follow Bug Talk on Twitter and Instagram @bugtalkpodcast and find out more about the podcast on the entomology department website. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see the conversations with guests.*Thanks to Jason Roedel, audio engineer, for improving the sound quality, Matt Grieshop for the music and Ellie Darling for designing the Bug Talk logo!
Bug Talk is 1-year-old, so our podcast team celebrated with answering listener submitted questions. If you are interested in seeing photos of our pets, head over to our Instagram account.You can follow Bug Talk on Twitter and Instagram @bugtalkpodcast and find out more about the podcast on the entomology department website. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see the conversations.*Thanks to Jason Roedel, audio engineer, for improving the sound quality, Matt Grieshop for the music and Ellie Darling for designing the Bug Talk logo!
Ep. 50: Sheila Colla

Ep. 50: Sheila Colla

2021-03-2440:10

Dr. Sheila Colla is an assistant professor at York University in Toronto, Canada. Her lab focuses on researching native pollinators, especially bumble bees. In this episode, Sheila talked about her undergrad research experiences that led her to study bumble bees, and the  people who influenced her most in her career. We also talked about pollinator conservation more broadly, the advantages of working in an interdisciplinary department, funding for research in Canada, and community science programs. You can find Sheila on her lab's website, on Instagram @findingflowersmedia and on Twitter @SaveWildBees.You can follow Bug Talk on Twitter and Instagram @bugtalkpodcast and find out more about the podcast on the entomology department website. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see the conversations with guests.*Thanks to Jason Roedel, audio engineer, for improving the sound quality, Matt Grieshop for the music and Ellie Darling for designing the Bug Talk logo!
Ep. 49: Carlos Blanco

Ep. 49: Carlos Blanco

2021-03-1746:15

In this episode, Andrea and Zsofia talked with Carlos Blanco, research entomologist at the USDA-APHIS. Carlos told us about how he got interested in agriculture, moving from Mexico to the U.S. to get a graduate education and being in an ecology graduate program balancing his interests in applied research and the department's focus on basic research. He told us about his experiences working in extension and industry, in Mexico and in the U.S. He shared with us some important tips about applying for USDA jobs, in particular he gave some pointers for how to prepare job application materials if you are interested in government research jobs. If you have specific questions about this, please email Carlos (carlos.blanco1206@gmail.com).You can follow Bug Talk on Twitter and Instagram @bugtalkpodcast and find out more about the podcast on the entomology department website. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see the conversations with guests.*Thanks to Jason Roedel, audio engineer, for improving the sound quality, Matt Grieshop for the music and Ellie Darling for designing the Bug Talk logo!
Ep. 48: Julie Lesnik

Ep. 48: Julie Lesnik

2021-03-1046:13

On this episode, Jen and Ariana chatted with Dr. Julie Lesnik, an associate professor of Anthropology at Wayne State University in Detroit. She studies the evolution of humans eating insects and has even wrote a book on it called Edible Insects and Human Evolution. We chatted about how humans evolved to eat insects, her time studying chimpanzees in Africa, and she gave some advice to graduate students in STEM. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @JulieLesnik. To watch this episode on YouTube with closed captioning, click here.You can follow Bug Talk on Twitter and Instagram @bugtalkpodcast and find out more about the podcast on the entomology department website. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see the conversations with guests.*Thanks to Jason Roedel, audio engineer, for improving the sound quality, Matt Grieshop for the music and Ellie Darling for designing the Bug Talk logo!
In this podcast Jen and Zsofia talked to Rebecca Tonietto, assistant professor of biology at the University of Michigan-Flint. Rebecca is a pollination ecologist, who got her start with Ann Fraser's entomology course at Kalamazoo College. She then worked with Rachael Winfree as a research assistant on  melon pollination in New Jersey where her interest in pollinators began. She is a native of Michigan and has found her way back to the Flint area after going to graduate school at Northwestern University where she worked - among other things - on pollinators on roof gardens. Rebecca gave some really nice examples from her life of how following your gut and staying open to opportunities can land you in the 'right' place. Follow Rebecca on Twitter @beckytonietto. You can follow Bug Talk on Twitter and Instagram @bugtalkpodcast and find out more about the podcast on the entomology department website. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see the conversations with guests.*Thanks to Jason Roedel, audio engineer, for improving the sound quality, Matt Grieshop for the music and Ellie Darling for designing the Bug Talk logo!
Ep. 46: Jaree Johnson

Ep. 46: Jaree Johnson

2021-02-2443:13

In this episode Jen, Olivia, Andrea and Zsofia chatted with MSU alumna, Jaree Johnson. She is a medical-veterinary entomologist in the military and she talked to us about growing up in Indiana, getting into entomology, working in industry, getting an M.S. from the MSU Entomology Department and then going to work in the military. She also chatted about what her life is like living in different countries, her love for travel and food, and hobbies. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @AllIKnowAreBugs. To watch this conversation on YouTube, click here.Here is a link to a previous conversation with Jaree on YouTube.You can follow Bug Talk on Twitter and Instagram @bugtalkpodcast and find out more about the podcast on the entomology department website. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see the conversations with guests.*Thanks to Jason Roedel, audio engineer, for improving the sound quality, Matt Grieshop for the music and Ellie Darling for designing the Bug Talk logo!
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Super interesting podcast!

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