Alumni News

Jessica Miller Conquered Bug Phobia, Today Teaches ‘Insects We Like’ Classes at Tiny Diner

Jessica Miller[8/29/2015] Jessica Miller (M.S. 2014, Ferrington) has been sharing her passion for insects with the community through 'Insects We Like' classes this summer. By getting kids and parents out in to the Tiny Diner Farmhouse garden, Jessica has been able to show them first hand just how important insects are to our environment. Thanks for inspiring the next generation of entomologists, Jessica!

Bhadriraju Subramanyam, Kansas State University, receives 2013-2014 Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award

Bhadriraju Subramanyam (Subi), and Don Wilbur Sr. Professor of postharvest protection in the department of grain science and industry was selected to receive the 2013-2014 Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award for his outstanding scholarly achievements and contributions to graduate education at Kansas State University. The award comes with a $2,500 honorarium and is supported by the William T. Kemper Foundation and the Commerce Bancshares Foundation.

"For nearly 20 years, Commerce Bank and the William T. Kemper Foundation have teamed up with Kansas State University to support the Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate Faculty Awards," said Tom Giller, community bank president of Commerce Bank, Manhattan. "Exceptional instruction leads to student success, and we are proud to help the university honor faculty members who excel in research as well as teaching and mentoring Kansas State University students."

Subramanyam conducts research, education and technology transfer programs in the management of insect pests associated with stored raw grains, food/feed processing facilities, warehouses and retail environments using alternatives to pesticides.

Since coming to K-State in 1999, Subramanyam has published 66 peer-reviewed research papers, four books, 15 book chapters, 30 papers in conference proceedings and 43 extension/popular articles. He has given 128 invited oral presentations and 127 other oral and poster presentations at domestic and international conferences. He has been the principal or co-investigator on grants totaling more than $10 million while at K-State. He has advised or co-advised 21 master’s and 11 doctoral students, and actively engages undergraduates in his research program. He has also supervised 11 postdoctoral research associates and hosted 23 visiting scientists at K-State.

In 2004, Subramanyam received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award for his research and educational programs on the use of elevated temperatures for management of insects in food processing facilities. He was the recipient of the 2012 Andersons Cereals and Oilseeds Award of Excellence for outstanding research accomplishments and the 2012 Award of Excellence in IPM Research from the ESA Foundation.

Subramanyam earned his M.S. and PhD. in Stored-product Entomology from the University of Minnesota (Dr. Phil Harein) and his B.S. in agriculture from Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University in India. In 2010, he also received the Dept. of Entomology’s Hodson Alumni Award – the highest honor bestowed by the department.

Subramanyam received the award at the Graduate School commencement ceremony at December 13, 2013 in Bramlage Coliseum. He presented a public lecture to the campus community on March 3, 2014 in the Big 12 Room, K-State Union, and the title of his presentation was, “Management of stored-product insects in grain and grain-processing facilities using pesticide alternatives.”