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Graduate Student wins the Larry Larson Award for Leadership in Applied Entomology

September 7, 2010
By TurfFiles Webmaster and Rick Brandenburg

Sponsored by Dow AgroSciences

Diane Silcox, a graduate student in Dr. Rick Brandenburg's turfgrass entomology program has been notified that she is the 2010 recipient of the Larry Larson. The Larry Larson award is named in honor of Larry Larson, longtime leader and pioneer at Dow AgroSciences. The annual national award evaluates a student's demonstrated leadership skills, technical knowledge, communications skills, creativity, professionalism, and problem-solving abilities. Diane will receive the award this December at the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America in San Diego. In addition to a cash award, Diane will also be invited on a trip to Dow AgroScience's corporate headquarters to meet key personnel and present a seminar.

This Entomological Foundation fund recognizes Dr. Larry Larson's role as a leader and pioneer in insect management and carries that legacy to the next generation of leaders in applied entomology. Gifts in honor and memory of him are a tribute to his tireless and lasting contributions to the science and practice of entomology. For more than 28 years, Dr. Larson served Dow AgroSciences in a number of roles within discovery and field research and development. He was highly recognized both inside and outside of the company for his passion for science and his outreach to the scientific and local communities, including his commitment to young people. His contributions included serving as president of ESA and counselor and member of the Board of Directors for the Entomological Foundation, and helping Dow AgroSciences introduce new methods of pest management that won Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards, given by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The award, which is presented at the ESA Annual Meeting, consists of an amount that varies depending on the interest earned from the endowment and a trip to dow agroscience's corporate headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. The trip includes a tour of the facilities, the opportunity to meet key personnel, and a small gift commemorating the occasion.