Archived Webinars

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Entomology Advocacy Week 2020-2022

Join the ESA President: Jessica Ware, former president: May Berenbaum, 2023 President-Elect: Marianne Alleyne, and the former NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy to participate in our Entomology Advocacy Week discussions. 
Listen to special guest Senator Angus King (I-ME) and ESA Vice President-Elect Marianne Alleyne as they discussed entomology advocacy and why to get involved.
This webinar discussed the next Federal Farm Bill.  For access to this webinar, please reach out to us here    
Here, you can view the recording of our EAW2020 Webinar discussing insect biodiversity loss and what can be done to address it.
In this webinar Political Strategist, and Screenwriter Shawn Otto discusses the intersection of science and politics. Watch the webinar below.
Learn more about work being done to combat Locust Crises globally. Watch the webinar below.
Learn more about two of the CDC Regional Centers of Excellence for Vector Borne Diseases and their ongoing work from their directors Watch the webinar below.

Learning and Educational Webinars

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic ESA hosted a webinar, presented by Dr. Craig Coates and Dr. Adrienne Brundage geared towards highlighting resources and best practices for educators that have moved to a virtual classroom. The Webinar can be viewed here

Ever wanted to enjoy the outdoors without the prospect of tick bites and tick-borne diseases? You’re not alone! With an up-“tick” in tick-borne disease cases, it is important to understand tick biology and ecology in order to manage your risk. Sponsored by the Eastern Branch, this webinar featured a panel of tick experts to share their current research on tick biology, ecology, and control. Our panel also answered audience questions on how you can protect yourself from tick bites while outdoors.

Webinar attendees will develop intuition for how best to visualize their data (e.g., optimal chart types and color schemes), will learn about novel visualization strategies that can be adapted for scientific data, and will gain familiarity with software that will allow them to generate scientific figures both through writing code and through point-and-click interfaces that require no programming knowledge.

In this informative and interactive webinar, presenters Erika Machtinger, PhD, CWB®, Keith Machtinger detail the benefits of interdisciplinary instruction and draw connections across disciplines. Attendees will gain an understanding of the planning foundations for an interdisciplinary course and discover potential resources and techniques. The presenters will also share their insights into the challenges and opportunities associated with interdisciplinary courses. Dr. Jerrod Penn and Dr. Hannah Penn, will then display how economics and surveys complement entomology.

We explored the range of forms that leadership may take for you and your colleagues within ESA and in the larger scientific community. During a brief panel, four ESA members shared stories about their own paths to leadership experiences and how they continue to develop as a leader.

Join our panelists to talk about climate change, food systems, security, and equity and the impact it has on our world over two webinars to answer questions such as: What is the role of entomology in creating equity and sustainable food systems? Whether in the area of vector-borne disease or food production, can entomology work to lessen inequity caused by climate change locally and globally? 

How can teachers and educators use entomology research to communicate important scientific concepts? Using papers published in Insect Systematics and Diversity, a group of panelists will discuss how their research can be used in a classroom to teach key concepts and methods, from ecology and conservation to evolution and taxonomy.

In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic ESA hosted a webinar, presented by Dr. Craig Coates and Dr. Adrienne Brundage geared towards highlighting resources and best practices for educators that have moved to a virtual classroom. The Webinar can be viewed here

The Continental Dialogue is convened by The Nature Conservancy and the Entomological Society of America’s “Grand Challenges Agenda for Entomology,” as a short series of webinars focused on the current strategic and planning needs in forest health. These webinars spanned from the prevention of the introduction of new pests, through detection and management, all the way to reforestation and biological control organisms. 

Join Carly Tribull and Michael Skvarla as they present some of the challenges and potential solutions for teaching a collection-based entomology class mostly isolated from students.

The highly anticipated emergence of the Great Eastern Brood, Brood X of the 17-year periodical cicadas in 2021, with a large footprint in the northeastern US, was the focus of widespread research and education by entomologists. What did we learn? Who and how many did we reach? What questions remain? This webinar, sponsored by the Eastern Branch, reviewed early findings, outreach activities, and new questions from our fellow entomologists, and provide an opportunity for discussion of a range of topics on the cicada emergence.

Join presenter Jim Benton for an hour-long classroom experience of experimenting with translating the writing of poetry to writing more effectively in any genre. Participants will write, share their writing, share responses with each other, revise and edit, and discover an effective writing process.
Part 1 of 2 of an interactive ARM (Agriculture Research Management) certification training. The training covered all aspects of ARM including Planning an experiment, conducting a trial, analyzing data, and reporting results.
Part 2 of 2 of an interactive ARM (Agriculture Research Management) certification training. The training covered all aspects of ARM including Planning an experiment, conducting a trial, analyzing data, and reporting results.

Invasive Species Webinar Series: Part I - The Entomological Society of America P-IE Section Invasive Species Wildly Important Goals team worked with USDA APHIS to develop a four-part webinar series that took place October to December 2021. The first part of this webinar series was presented on October 6th at 12pm ET by Dr. Rebecca Stankiewicz Gabel (Acting Director of Imports, Regulations, and Manuals, APHIS PPQ) and Ricardo Valdez (National Policy Manager, USDA APHIS PPQ Pest Evaluation and Response).

Invasive Species Webinar Series: Part II - The Entomological Society of America P-IE Section Invasive Species Wildly Important Goals team worked with USDA APHIS to develop a four-part webinar series that took place from October to December 2021. The second part of this webinar series presented on November 10th at 2pm ET by Dr. Brian Kopper (Assistant Director, USDA APHIS Plant Pest Risk Analyst Unit), Dr. Yilmaz Balci (Assistant Director, USDA APHIS PPQ Plants for Planting Policy Program), and Dr.

Invasive Species Webinar Series: Part III - The Entomological Society of America P-IE Section Invasive Species Wildly Important Goals team is working with USDA APHIS to develop a four-part webinar series that will take place from October to December 2021. The third part of this webinar series was presented on November 16th at 2pm ET by John Crowe (National Policy Manager, USDA APHIS PPQ), Michelle Gray (Assistant Director, USDA APHIS PPQ Plant Pest Risk Analyst Unit), and Dr. Jesse Hardin (Assistant Director, USDA APHIS PPQ Pest Information and Data Management).

Invasive insects are devastating in agricultural, natural, and urban environments around the world. The Entomological Society of America is positioned to be a leader in developing a collaborative invasive species mitigation and management roadmap.

Invasive Species Webinar Series: Part IV -  The Entomological Society of America P-IE Section Invasive Species Wildly Important Goals team is working with USDA APHIS to develop a four-part webinar series that will take place from October to December 2021. This presentation focused on USDA APHIS communication regarding invasive species, research collaborations with USDA APHIS, as well as jobs at USDA APHIS for those interested in working to detect, regulate, assess the risk of, or communicate about invasive species. 

Presentation Tips & Tricks for ESA's Annual Meeting

Dr. Laramy Enders (UNL) and Dr. Sarah Zukoff (KSU) outline the many ingredients required to deliver a truly great scientific presentation. In the first half, Laramy focuses on the dos and don’ts of presenting at an annual meeting such as ESA’s, Entomology 2015. In the second half, Sarah focuses on presenting to the public in an extension capacity. Combined, they offer valuable advice for entomologists and scientists in any stage of their career.

Have a great idea for a symposium topic for the Joint Annual Meeting? Unsure where to get started? Join members of the Joint Annual Meeting Program Committee for a conversation on how to submit a successful symposium proposal. We will cover the differences between types of symposia, what makes a strong proposal, and key considerations for developing your submission. Join us to discuss your ideas and find collaborators to build a successful submission.

Have a great idea for a symposium topic for the Annual Meeting? Unsure where to get started? Join the Entomology 2021 Program Chairs for a conversation on how to submit a successful symposium proposal. We will be covering the differences between types of symposia, what makes a strong proposal, and key considerations for developing your submission. Join us to discuss your ideas and find collaborators to build out a successful submission.

Dr. Laramy Enders (UNL) and Dr. Sarah Zukoff (KSU) outline the many ingredients required to deliver a truly great scientific presentation. In the first half, Laramy focuses on the dos and don’ts of presenting at an annual meeting such as ESA’s, Entomology 2015. In the second half, Sarah focuses on presenting to the public in an extension capacity. Combined, they offer valuable advice for entomologists and scientists in any stage of their career.

Communicating Your Science

During our second webinar we will discuss different ways for generating the best solutions that will address the problem you defined using the tools from the first seminar. We will show how ideation methods such as bodystorming, mindmapping and sketching can help you to come up with the broadest range of possible ideas (not necessarily with the “right” idea). The goal of these creativity tools is to look beyond the obvious, to harness your team’s expertise and to uncover unexpected solutions.

Drs. Jody Green (UNL), Jonathan Larson (UK), and Michael Skvarla (PSU) discussed their journey in science communication including how they communicate their interests in entomology, how they started their podcast, and other venues in which they practice science communication. They are currently affiliated in Extension programs at their respective universities, but they are also co-hosts of “The Arthro-Pod Show,” a podcast dedicated to all things insects and other arthropods! Learn more about our presenters, science communication, and how to do it successfully!

During the first webinar of the four-part Design Thinking Series, we will discuss how important it is to truly understand the problem your product or service is trying to solve. You will learn how to develop personas and empathy for the potential users, which can be incorporated into a more successful design. You will be exposed to tools that will help you to observe, engage, watch and listen to the potential user, to get a realistic understanding of the end user’s experiences.
Dr. Laramy Enders (UNL) and Dr. Sarah Zukoff (KSU) outline the many ingredients required to deliver a truly great scientific presentation. In the first half, Laramy focuses on the dos and don’ts of presenting at an annual meeting such as ESA’s, Entomology 2015. In the second half, Sarah focuses on presenting to the public in an extension capacity. Combined, they offer valuable advice for entomologists and scientists in any stage of their career.
Dr. Laramy Enders (UNL) and Dr. Sarah Zukoff (KSU) outline the many ingredients required to deliver a truly great scientific presentation. In the first half, Laramy focuses on the dos and don’ts of presenting at an annual meeting such as ESA’s, Entomology 2015. In the second half, Sarah focuses on presenting to the public in an extension capacity. Combined, they offer valuable advice for entomologists and scientists in any stage of their career.

The third step in the design process is to bring your creative ideas to be. In the third seminar we discussed different prototyping methods, with a focus on low and medium fidelity prototypes, that can help you ideate, problem-solve, communicate and cheaply test multiple design solution possibilities. We also discussed how to best test your design solution and the prototypes. Testing will help you refine your design, teach you more about the user, and will help you validate your own point of view of the problem and the solution.

Funding/Grant Writing

Join NSF Program Officers to learn about new and ongoing NSF funding opportunities of relevance to entomologists at all career stages. This session covered how NSF funds research, the grant proposal process, and funding opportunities through Biology core programs and current special solicitations. Overviews of Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) opportunities, the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB), the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER), and the Mid-Career Advancement (MCA) program will be provided.
Learn the difference between internal and external funding streams, three effective habits of successful investigators, specific proposal writing skills and strategies, and more. Dr. Robin G. Walker, head of the Grad Student Progress System at the University of Missouri, presented this webinar and offered an insider's look at the proposal development, writing, and evaluation process.

Insect Photography

Alex Wild, a renowned insect photographer, discusses how anyone can utilize any camera (even an iPhone!) to produce great insect photos in this webinar. He offers five simple tips to improve your insect photographs, discussing topics ranging from camera lighting and positioning to dealing with often-uncooperative subjects.

Looking to up your insect photography game? Join us for a 90 minute webinar with advice and tips for mastering the art of insect macrophotography. Insect photography experts will share their know-how on equipment, technique, and composition to help you get better insect shots—whether for your own use or for contribution to an ESA publication.

Job Search and Preparation

The North Central Branch Early Career Professionals Committee and the national ESA Early Career Professionals Committee organized a webinar series focused on careers in entomology. 
This webinar looked at the types of jobs for entomologists available at the EPA and present perspectives from different experience levels and different divisions. Panelists talked about the types of experiences and qualifications looked for in these roles.
Are you fully prepared to enter the job market? Join ESA and Dr. Karen Kelsky, founder of ‘The Professor is In’ for a free virtual workshop series designed to provide insight into the Academic and non-Academic job markets. The interactive workshops will explore current conditions of the job market, what search committees look for, how to build a competitive record, how to articulate that record in job applications and interviews, and how to effectively negotiate when offered a position.
Are you interested or curious about entomology? Do you want to explore the intersection of entomology and health equity? Do you want to engage in social justice work and science? Would you like to learn about Public Health Entomology as a profession and learn applied entomological strategies to prevent and control vector-borne diseases? Attend this webinar to learn about the PHEFA Internships and Fellowships for MSI students and recent graduates.
In this second part of the two part webinar series, participants will learn more about getting involved with committees, judging panels, and the editorial process; volunteering at the ESA Annual Meeting; and how to give your best presentation at your next meeting.
Join NSF Program Officers to learn about new and ongoing NSF funding opportunities of relevance to entomologists at all career stages. This session covered how NSF funds research, the grant proposal process, and funding opportunities through Biology core programs and current special solicitations. Overviews of Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) opportunities, the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB), the Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER), and the Mid-Career Advancement (MCA) program will be provided.
While tenure track academic jobs are often heralded as the traditional career path, most MS and PhD’s are finding employment in other fields. What are these other alternative career options and how do you find out about them? This webinar introduces three attractive options, county extension and 4-H, USDA-APHIS and the world of regulatory agriculture, and faculty positions at a teaching institution with opportunities for world travel. The presenters will also talk about how to find more information about alternative career options and what you can do to prepare for the job of your future!
Invasive insects are devastating in agricultural, natural, and urban environments around the world. The Entomological Society of America is positioned to be a leader in developing a collaborative invasive species mitigation and management roadmap.

Job Application and Interview

Do cover letters give you writer’s block? You’re not alone. Not only can job ads can be overwhelming, many describe such an “ideal candidate” that you get discouraged and decide not to apply. In this session, I will give you step-by-step instructions for writing powerful cover letters.
Are you interested or curious about entomology? Do you want to explore the intersection of entomology and health equity? Do you want to engage in social justice work and science? Would you like to learn about Public Health Entomology as a profession and learn applied entomological strategies to prevent and control vector-borne diseases? Attend this webinar to learn about the PHEFA Internships and Fellowships for MSI students and recent graduates.
You've found the perfect job to apply for, but what do you do next? Tailoring your resume to the position or drafting the perfect teaching statement can be daunting. Learn what to include in your job application package and how you can make yourself look great on paper, impressing your future potential employers no matter which direction your career goes. Our panel will touch on select topics including tips when writing a teaching statement and how to apply for a position within the USDA.
This webinar looked at the types of jobs for entomologists available at the EPA and present perspectives from different experience levels and different divisions. Panelists talked about the types of experiences and qualifications looked for in these roles.
Learn from recruiters and from those who have recently gone through the interviewing and hiring process on how to best prepare for job interviews. In part two of this webinar series, our panelists will discuss interviewing skills in the context of government and industry entomological positions.
Learn from recruiters and from those who have recently gone through the interviewing and hiring process on how to best prepare for job interviews. In part one of this webinar series, our panelists will discuss interviewing skills in the context of academia and non-traditional entomological positions.

Professional Development

This virtual meeting of the Continental Dialogue was convened by The Nature Conservancy and the Entomological Society of America’s “Grand Challenges Agenda for Entomology,” as a short series of webinars focused on the current strategic and planning needs in forest health. These webinars spanned from the prevention of the introduction of new pests, through detection and management, all the way to reforestation and biological control of organisms.

You are responsible for managing people, but how do you juggle getting the job done, inspiring your mentees, and empowering your grad students to be the best they can be? You will learn how to be a good leader, traits to look for in mentees, how to tailor your mentoring to each individual, and more.

We explored the range of forms that leadership may take for you and your colleagues within ESA and in the larger scientific community. During a brief panel, four ESA members shared stories about their own paths to leadership experiences and how they continue to develop as a leader.

Dr. Drew Tyre, a wildlife population ecologist at the University of Nebraska, discusses and demonstrates how entomologists and other scientists can use R and RStudio as an end-to-end solution for data management, visualization, and analysis. He focuses on the tools that enable the paradigm of "reproducible research" because, as Dr. Tyre says, "Your most important collaborator is yourself in 6 months, and your past self doesn't answer emails!"
This webinar looked at the types of jobs for entomologists available at the EPA and present perspectives from different experience levels and different divisions. Panelists talked about the types of experiences and qualifications looked for in these roles.
Drs. Julie Peterson, Jen White, and Kelly Tindall share many helpful insights on the crucial role that time management and organization have played, and continue to play, in their lives. They provide tips and tricks for managing a demanding academic, research, or work schedule (or maybe all three!); dealing with an extension appointment; and searching for and getting your first real job - all while enjoying your life and maintaining sanity!

Have you thought about getting more involved in ESA leadership opportunities but were unsure where to get started? This webinar covered what opportunities are available at the national level and hear from current and past leaders about what they have found most valuable from the experience!

Looking to get more involved with ESA? Please join one of the many ESA committees shaping the various programs and activities of the Society. Even if you are on the fence about increasing your engagement with ESA, please consider this interactive webinar. Hopefully it will answer your questions: Why should I consider serving on a committee? What do committees do anyway? What positions are open? What is the process for joining a committee?

Statistics

Dr. Drew Tyre, a wildlife population ecologist at the University of Nebraska, discusses and demonstrates how entomologists and other scientists can use R and RStudio as an end-to-end solution for data management, visualization, and analysis. He focuses on the tools that enable the paradigm of "reproducible research" because, as Dr. Tyre says, "Your most important collaborator is yourself in 6 months, and your past self doesn't answer emails!"