ESA Archived Webinars

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June 1, 2016

Considering Non-Traditional Careers in Entomology.

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! 


April 27, 2016

Getting Your Foot in the Door: How to Write the Best Cover Letter. 

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. Spoiler alert: The cover letter is not about you, it's about them.


November 11, 2015

There is No R in Entomology, But There is One in Reproducible

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!"


October 14, 2015

How to Conduct a Great Scientific Presentation

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.


September 2, 2015

Time Management Strategies: Survival Stories from Academia and Industry

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!


July 8, 2015

Proposal Development: Learn the Process and the Writing Strategies to Get the Funding You Need.

Dr. Robin Walker, head of the Grad Student Progress System at the University of Missouri, offers valuable insight on internal and external funding streams, the effective habits of successful investigators, and specific proposal writing skills and strategies.


April 29, 2015

How to Take Better Insect Photos with Any Camera

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


Networking at the 2016 International Congress of Entomology.

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.

Making the Most of Your Statistical Analysis.

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.


Job Hunting Series 200

Citizen Science.

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.  


Inside of the Journal of Integrated Pest Management

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 will cover JIPM's four different categories and information about how to submit articles, plus an overview of the benefits of publishing in the journal.


Communicating with a non-scientific community.

Jeff Bradshaw will discuss some thoughts, tools, and approaches concerning communication with non-scientific audiences and will provide some examples of communication workflows.


You have been selected for an interview, now what?

Even the smartest and most qualified job seekers need to prepare for job interviews. Now that you have an interview, what are some of the things you need to do to prepare? Interviewing is a learned skill, and there are no second chances to make a great first impression. Dr. Natalie Hummel provides you ways to enhance your interview skills. 


Approaching the Unapproachable: Tips and Tricks for Field Photography of Wary Insects

Learn 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 from Ted MacRae. 


ESA Webinar on Congressional Visits

Julie Palakovich Carr discusses how to improve your communication skills, tips for conducting a successful meeting with an elected official, and information about the importance of federal funding for biological research.


How to Write a Good Scientific Paper presented by Dr. Tom Sappington. During this webinar, will show you how a well-structured paper allows the reader to understand: The general subject matter, background known about this topic, overall question/problem of interest and many other instructional guidance for the delivery of a good scientific paper.  

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How to Efficiently and Effectively Review a Journal Manuscript presented by Dr. Raymond Cloyd. 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.

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Creating Scientific Posters presented by Lana Johnson. 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. 

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Professional Networking presented by Tiffany Heng-Moss, Ph.D. and Robert K. D. Peterson, Ph.D. This webinar on professional networking features experts in the entomological field who provide helpful tips in order to help you build confidence and answer your questions. 

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Grant Writing 101 presented by Terri Fayle, Senior Grant Specialist, Kansas State University's College of Agriculture, Agricultural Experiment Station, and Cooperative Extension Service.This is the workshop you have been waiting for on grant writing. Grant Writing 101 will provide beginning researchers with some basic information. 

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Improve Your Data Presentation presented by Dr. Roger Moon. 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. 

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