Archived Webinars

ESA’s archived webinars feature everything from growing your professional development skills to taking better insect photographs to improving your scientific presentation to learning how to better communicate with other scientists as well as the non-scientific world around you. As an ESA member, you have free, any-time access to all ESA webinar archives to help you excel and grow in your field. Explore the categories of webinars below by clicking any category title to see the full list of archives. Then click on any webinar title to access the webinar video. 

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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.

Learn how to create scientific posters that your colleagues and advisors will not stop talking about. Our expert presenter helps you learn how to display your work with award-winning design. Your scientific poster is your opportunity to communicate your research and thoughts in a static visual medium, and allows you to show and discuss your work in an interactive format. This seminar will give you tips on how you can create an attractive and easy-to-read poster presentation so viewers can quickly discern your message. 

Improve Your Data Presentation provides three simple techniques that can be used to improve the effectiveness of data slides for use in spoken presentations. Authors should strive to simplify content, organize elements sensibly, and remove clutter that distracts viewer attention from the intended content. This webinar will demonstrate use of the three techniques to improve clarity of data tables and figures for easier and faster audience comprehension.

Communicating Your Science

The co-editors-in-chief of the Journal of Integrated Pest Management (Dr. Marlin Rice and Dr. Kevin Steffey), along with extension entomologist Dr. Jeff Bradshaw, talk about JIPM's four different categories and provide information about how to submit articles, plus an overview of the benefits of publishing in the journal.

Communicating effectively with non-scientists is becoming more and more reliant on more diversified platforms. Whether  through a press release, Twitter, or YouTube, our ability to transfer information to the public appears to be changing due to digital technologies. How do we communicate our scientific messages to our stakeholders and audiences most effectively? This webinar will discuss some thoughts, tools, and approaches concerning communication with non-scientific audiences and will provide some examples of communication workflows.

Presented by the American Institute of Biological Sciences and the Entomological Society of America, learn how to improve communication skills, conduct a successful meeting with an elected official, and the importance of federal funding for biological research.

Learn how to prepare a well-structured paper for a scientific journal. Good scientific writing takes the reader by the hand and leads him/her through the paper, no matter how technical and complicated, so that the reader does not get lost, but instead comes away understanding the logic, purpose, methods, results, and implications of your study. And it must be done in a way that leaves no room for misunderstanding about what you did or about what you learned. All of this requires tight sentence structure and unambiguous wording.

Learn how to create scientific posters that your colleagues and advisors will not stop talking about. Our expert presenter helps you learn how to display your work with award-winning design. Your scientific poster is your opportunity to communicate your research and thoughts in a static visual medium, and allows you to show and discuss your work in an interactive format. This seminar will give you tips on how you can create an attractive and easy-to-read poster presentation so viewers can quickly discern your message. 

Improve Your Data Presentation provides three simple techniques that can be used to improve the effectiveness of data slides for use in spoken presentations. Authors should strive to simplify content, organize elements sensibly, and remove clutter that distracts viewer attention from the intended content. This webinar will demonstrate use of the three techniques to improve clarity of data tables and figures for easier and faster audience comprehension.

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.

An overview of what citizen science is and what citizen scientists do. Citizen science can offer researchers and participants many things, but what goes into developing a citizen science project? What are the benefits and concerns? This session will provide insight into how citizen science is being used to meet research and education needs of both project leaders and collaborating participants, using projects established at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Department of Entomology as examples.

Funding/Grant Writing

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.

Grant Writing 101 will provide beginning researchers with some basic information on: terminology and definitions; costs involved for grant writing; how to review a request for proposal; and specific issues researchers should be aware of when working within a larger organization to submit a proposal.

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.

Learn some techniques from Ted MacRae, Senior Research Entomologist at Monsanto Company. Ted specializes in photographing tiger beetles in their natural habitats. These colorful beetles are fast runners and powerful fliers, making them among the more difficult insects to approach. Ted will describe some of the techniques that he uses to obtain close-up and macro photographs of these beautiful beetles and also techniques for field photography of other insects as well.

Job Search & Preparation

Did you know your next job interview begins before you even walk in the door or submit your CV for consideration? In part one of Standing Out from the Crowd, we will explore how to meet the right people, and get them to remember you; tips and tricks to leveraging your graduate program to build on your personal development; and the steps to take to become involved in outreach and community service programs.

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.

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!

Is there a difference between a CV and resume? Which format should be used for a job opportunity? During this webinar you will gain knowledge about resume, curriculum vitae, and portfolio preparation.  Receive great tips from Paula Beeher, Clemson University-Student Services Center, on how to market yourself correctly when looking for a job.

Job Application & Interview

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. 

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.

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.

Professional Development

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.

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!"

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!

Dr. Erin Blankenship from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln showcases 2-3 common analysis approaches for entomological data. For each one, she explains the appropriate statistical model, as well as the SAS code necessary to fit it.  She also discusses how to interpret the results of the analysis.

Do you either avoid or dread reviewing manuscripts for scientific journals? Reviewing journal manuscripts doesn't have to be a dreadful and timing consuming experience. In fact, it can be considered an opportunity to serve your society, learn what other researchers are doing, and enhance your critical thinking skills. This webinar will discuss how to efficiently and effectively review a journal manuscript by addressing factors associated with the manuscript submission and review process, decision to review, procedures affiliated with conducting an efficient and effective review of a journal manuscript, and the value of the manuscript review process. Finally, remember that someone is reviewing your manuscripts...so you should take the time and effort to perform a quality review in order to retain the integrity of our science.

We've all heard that networking is the key to finding your next position and being successful in your career. But networking can be a challenge for many people. Learn what networking is and why it's important; gain networking skills to use at future ESA meetings; and use networking skills to establish and maintain work relationships.  

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!"

Dr. Erin Blankenship from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln showcases 2-3 common analysis approaches for entomological data. For each one, she explains the appropriate statistical model, as well as the SAS code necessary to fit it.  She also discusses how to interpret the results of the analysis.

ESA Activities & Meetings

Whether this is your first professional scientific meeting, or you have attended meetings in the past, students planning to attend Entomology 2017 should participate in ESA's hour-long Know Before You Go webinar to learn about student events, and Annual Meeting happenings like 3-Minute Lightning Bug Talks, Workshops, and Lunch and Learns. Hosted by ESA's Student Affairs Committee, the four presenters will provide tips and tricks on ensuring you make the most of your time at the Annual Meeting, with topics such as networking tips, what to wear, what to bring, and more! 

Speakers from ESA, Lewis-Burke Associates, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) discuss the logistics of the March, best practices for non-partisan advocacy on behalf of science, and advice for productively engaging with the media during and after the March. For more information about ESA's activities in Support of the March for Science, click here.

You have made the commitment to go to ICE 2016, now ensure that you will have the best time possible. Tips on planning the best experience include: what not to miss; how to plan your schedule in advance; what to bring; what to wear; and how to take advantage of the networking opportunities available to meet the right people. This is a not-to-be-missed webinar event for ICE 2016 attendees!

This engaging panel discussion includes a brief history on the International Congresses of Entomology, the benefits of participating in ICE 2016 in Orlando, and advice on how to plan and prepare to maximize the value of the event. Panelists include Dr. David Denlinger, Ohio State University; Dr. George Hamilton, Rutgers University; Dr. Murray Isman, University of British Columbia; Mr. Travis Prochaska, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Ms. Debi Sutton, ESA Director of Membership and Marketing.