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NDSU scientists help create special Rangelands issue

Published in It's Happening at State, July 29, 2011

Several NDSU faculty and graduate students contributed to a special issue of Rangelands, a Society for Range Management journal published six times per year.

The issue, released in June, was about pollination in rangelands.

Jason Harmon, assistant professor in the entomology department, and Amy Ganguli, assistant professor in the range science program, served as guest editors and wrote the introduction. They and Michelle Solga, graduate research assistant in the range science program, also wrote one of the articles, “An Overview of Pollination in Rangelands: Who, Why, and How.”

Marion Harris, interim associate dean for academic programs in the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources and a professor in the entomology department; Steven Travers, assistant professor in the biological sciences department; Gerald Fauske, research specialist in the entomology department; Andrew Ross, graduate student in the biological sciences department; and Kristina Fox, graduate student in the entomology department, collaborated on an article for the issue, titled “The Hidden Benefits of Pollinator Diversity for the Rangelands of the Great Plains: Western Prairie Fringed Orchids as a Case Study.”

Solga also wrote an article, titled “Buzzing the Literature.”

Rangelands features scientific articles, book reviews and Society for Range Management news. The journal also provides a forum for readers to obtain scientifically correct information in a user-friendly, nontechnical format. It is intended for a wide range of audiences, including educators, students, rangeland owners and managers, researchers and policymakers. It is available online at

College names interim associate dean

Published in It's Happening at State, July 15, 2011 

Marion Harris has accepted the position of interim associate dean for academic programs in the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources.

Harris is a professor of entomology and, for the past three years, served as the entomology program leader in NDSU’s School of Natural Resource Sciences.

“Dr. Harris’ exceptional qualifications will allow the college to continue its very positive momentum to enhance academic standards and offerings,” says Ken Grafton, dean of the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources and director of the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station.

Harris earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., in 1977, a master’s in entomology from Michigan State University in 1982 and a doctorate in entomology from Michigan State in 1986.

Harris joined NDSU as an associate professor in 2000 and became a full professor in 2007.

“Over the past few years, I have become more and more interested in making sure that NDSU graduates have the requisite skills to be intelligent citizens and competitive job seekers,” she says. “This new position gives me the opportunity to join with CAFSNR faculty to create new and exciting ways to deliver critical content to students while also achieving higher-level outcomes, such as critical and creative thinking.”

Harris replaces Jim Venette, who recently retired after 35 years of service to NDSU.

A national search for a permanent dean will begin soon, Grafton says.

Entomology graduate students compete and present at conference

Published in It's Happening at State, March 31, 2011

A team of NDSU entomology graduate students competed in the “Linnaean Games” entomological college quiz bowl competition at the 66th annual North Central Branch meeting of the Entomological Society of America. The conference was held March 13-16 in Minneapolis.

NDSU entomology has a reputation for performing well in the competition, having won the regional championship three times since 2002. At this competition, NDSU defeated the University of Kentucky (70-45) in the preliminary rounds, and fell to Michigan State University in the semifinals (30-80). “We were encouraged by the team’s performance this year, and we’re very optimistic about next year because we have a very young team. All of our team members were early-career students, competing against teams mostly comprised of Ph.D. students from large departments. The experience and knowledge our students gained this year will bring a lot of strength to the 2012 team,” said Mark Boetel, associate professor of entomology

Team members included Samantha Brunner (captain), Kondwani Msango Soko, Joseph Stegmiller and Rebecca Whalen. Jessica Fibelstad, an undergraduate zoology major, and Kiran Ghising served as alternates. The team was coached by Boetel and Gerald Fauske.

At the same conference, two graduate students from the entomology department placed in the President’s Prize for scientific presentations. 

Msango Soko took second place in the master’s competition with his oral paper, “Oviposition Preference and Larval Host Range of the Sugarbeet Root Maggot (Diptera: Ulidiidae).” Msango Soko is advised by Boetel. Ghising, earned third place in the poster competition for his presentation, “Impact of Rag1 Aphid-resistant Soybeans on Binodoxys communis (Gahan) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), a Parasitoid of Soybean Aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae).” Ghising is co-advised by Janet Knodel and Jason Harmon.

Each award consisted of a cash prize and a certificate from the society in recognition of their achievements.

Harris and Pearson receive FORWARD Leadership Development Awards

Published in It's Happening at State, March 5 2009

Marion Harris, professor of entomology, and Judy Pearson, professor of communication, have been awarded the first FORWARD Leadership Development grants. FORWARD's Leadership Development program promotes the advancement of talented, tenured women faculty by providing financial support to attend leadership training. The Leadership Development program is open to tenured women faculty with the rank of associate professor or professor.

Harris will use the funds to attend LEAD21, a training program that develops leaders in land-grant institutions and their strategic partners who link research, academics and Extension in order to lead more effectively in an increasingly complex environment.

Pearson will use the funds to attend Greenleaf Center's annual Conference on Servant Leadership.

Employees honored at Staff Recognition Luncheon

Published in It's Happening at State, April 13 2009

NDSU employees were honored for years of service and excellence on the job during the 2009 NDSU Staff Recognition Luncheon on April 9.

A total of 186 employees with five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service, along with 12 retirees, were recognized.

Receiving Employee Recognition Awards in the professional band were Patrick Beauzay, research specialist in entomology; Jackie Schluchter, associate director of orientation and student success; and Sara Tanke, director of advancement in the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences. Bonnie Erickson, administrative assistant in the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis; Jean Hagen, administrative secretary in aerospace studies; and Nancy Mueller, student service coordinator in orientation and student success were honored in the office support band. Todd Emarine, systems mechanic, was recognized from the crafts and trades band, and the recipients from the service band were custodians Larry Doll and Dan Krogen.

The 2009 Team Award went to Heidi Bills, Robert Dirk and Connie Eggers in the College of Human Development and Education.

President Joseph A. Chapman gave remarks, and awards were presented by Craig Schnell, provost and vice president for academic affairs; D.C. Coston, vice president for agriculture and university extension; Evie Myers, vice president for equity, diversity and global outreach; John Adams, vice president for finance and administration; Jeff Gerst, associate vice president for information technology and chief information officer; Phil Boudjouk, vice president for research, creative activities and technology transfer; Prakash Mathew, vice president for student affairs; Keith Bjerke, vice president for university relations and Vance Olson, president of Staff Senate. Najla Ghazi Amundson, media relations director, was the master of ceremonies.

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Last Updated: Thursday, August 11, 2011 9:18:24 AM