Program: Entomology (MS)
Date: Sat Oct 11, 2014 - 11:36:05 am
1) Below are your program's student learning outcomes (SLOs). Please update as needed.
1. Acquire and demonstrate competency/skills as a biologist.
2. Acquire and demonstrate entomological knowledge necessary for professional success.
3. Acquire and demonstrate communication and literacy skills.
2) Your program's SLOs are published as follows. Please update as needed.
Student Handbook. URL, if available online: http://www.catalog.hawaii.edu/courses/departments/peps.htm
Information Sheet, Flyer, or Brochure URL, if available online:
UHM Catalog. Page Number:
Course Syllabi. URL, if available online:
3) Select one option:
- File (03/16/2020)
4) For your program, the percentage of courses that have course SLOs explicitly stated on the syllabus, a website, or other publicly available document is as follows. Please update as needed.
5) Did your program engage in any program assessment activities between June 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014? (e.g., establishing/revising outcomes, aligning the curriculum to outcomes, collecting evidence, interpreting evidence, using results, revising the assessment plan, creating surveys or tests, etc.)
No (skip to question 14)
6) For the period between June 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014: State the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goals. Include the SLOs that were targeted, if applicable.
7) State the type(s) of evidence gathered to answer the assessment question and/or meet the assessment goals that were given in Question #6.
Number of presentations made;
Number of publications produced;
List of awards;
8) State how many persons submitted evidence that was evaluated. If applicable, please include the sampling technique used.
Sampling was conducted by polling all entomology graduate students by email.
9) Who interpreted or analyzed the evidence that was collected? (Check all that apply.)
Ad hoc faculty group
Persons or organization outside the university
Advisors (in student support services)
Students (graduate or undergraduate)
10) How did they evaluate, analyze, or interpret the evidence? (Check all that apply.)
Used professional judgment (no rubric or scoring guide used)
Compiled survey results
Used qualitative methods on interview, focus group, open-ended response data
External organization/person analyzed data (e.g., external organization administered and scored the nursing licensing exam)
11) For the assessment question(s) and/or assessment goal(s) stated in Question #6:
Summarize the actual results.
Conference presentations: Twenty three papers were presented by MS Entomology students at National and regional meetings of the Entomological Society of America, and other professional research meetings. These are listed below.
Peer-reviewed publications: 8. Student in bold.
Acebes, A. L. & R. H. Messing. 2013. Host range of a newly introduced parasitoid, Binodoxys communis (Gahan) among common aphid species in Hawaii. BioControl 58: 635-644.
Acebes, A. L. & R. H. Messing. 2013. Comparative susceptibility to hyperparasitism of Binodoxys communis and Aphidius colemani, primary aphid parasitoids introduced to Hawaii. Biological Control 65: 286-292.
Mason, M., M. Aihara-Sasaki, and J. K. Grace. 2013. Teacher characteristics and perceptions of pest management curricula: clues to adoption and continuation. Insects 4(2): 177-184; doi:10.3390/insects4020177; http://www.mdpi.com/2075-4450/4/2/177/.
Mason, M., M. Aihara-Sasaki, and J. K. Grace. 2013. Measuring the impact of termite prevention curricula in Hawaii public schools in an area-wide extension program. Journal of Extension 51(6): Article 6RIB5 (9 pp.).
Mason, M., M. Aihara-Sasaki, and J. K. Grace. 2012. Optimizing pest management curricula for use in K-12 classrooms. Proceedings of the 2012 National Conference on Urban Entomology (D. R. Suiter, Ed.), Atlanta, Georgia. Pp. 39-42.
Mason, M., M. Aihara-Sasaki, and J. K. Grace. 2013. Optimizing pest management curricula for adoption in K-12 classrooms. American Entomologist 59(4): 246-248.
Martin, S.J.; Hardy, J.; Villalobos, E.; Martin-Hernández, R.; Nikaido, S.; Higes, M. 2013. Do the honeybee pathogens Nosema cerane and deformed wing virus act synergistically? Environ. Microbiol. Reports 2013, 1–4.
Meyer M.M., Gary D.A., Dirks C., Yeung N.W., Leung K., Leon J.A., Ressler D.T.B., Curry P., and Hayes K.A. (in press) Native arboreal land snails have similar plant preferences in a Natural Area Reserve, Mt. Kaala, Oahu, Hawaii: implications for conservation. Journal of Molluscan Studies.
Bhandari B. and Z. Cheng, 2014. Trunk injection of systemic insecticides to control stem and leaf gall wasps, Josephiella species (Agaonidae, Hymenoptera) on Ficus microcarpa in Hawaii, poster presentation at 14th Annual Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii (LICH) Conference and Trade Show, Honolulu, Hawaii
Bhandari B. and Z. Cheng, 2014. Effectiveness of systemic insecticide delivered through trunk injection to control lobate lac scale on Weeping banyan in Hawaii, poster presentation, CTAHR research symposium, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Bhandari B. and Z. Cheng, 2014. Stem and leaf galling wasp control on Chinese banyan in Hawaii, poster presentation 39th Tester Symposium, 2014, University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Cheng Z. and B. Bhandari, 2014. Controlling stem and leaf galling wasps on Chinese banyan in Hawaii, oral presentation, 98th Annual Pacific Branch Meeting, Entomological Society of America, Arizona.
Ocenar, J. (2014) Hawaii’s Inconspicuous Hymenopteran Intruders. Pacific Branch meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Tuscon AZ, 6-8 Apr 2014, oral presentation.
Ocenar, J. & Wright, M.G. (2013) Modeling endemic parasitic wasp elevational range shift as a result of climate change. Annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Austin TX, 11 Nov 2013, oral presentation.
Inskeep , J, Spafford, H., Shelley, T. Preliminary field trials of zingerone, a novel phytochemical lure of fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) in Hawaii Poster presentation at 98th Pacific Branch meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Tuscon, AZ , April 6-9, 2014.
Inskeep , J, Spafford, H., Shelley, T. Preliminary field trials of zingerone, a novel phytochemical lure of fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) in Hawaii Poster presentation at 6th annual CTAHR student research symposium, University of Hawaii at Manoa , April 11-12, 2014.
Winner of the Gamma Sigma Delta award for MS student poster presentation
Jablonski, E. and Spafford H. Increasing awareness of and education about bed bugs, Cimex lectularius, as a public health issue in Hawai’i. Entomological Society of America National Meeting, Austin Texas November 2013
Runner-up Masters Student Oral Presentation.
Leung K, Yeung N.W, and Hayes, K.A (July 9, 2014) The Phylogenetics, Conservation Status, and Distribution of the Imperiled Hawaiian Helicinidae land snails. Island Biology Conference (oral)
Leung K., Yeung N.W, and Hayes, K.A (April 12, 2014) The Phylogenetics and Conservation of the Hawaiian Helicinidae. Best PEPS MS oral presentation. CTAHR/COE research symposium.
Leung K., Yeung N.W, and Hayes K.A. (Jan 12, 2014) Beyond Curiosity: Museums, Genetics, and the Curious Case of the Hawaiian Land Snails. Chicago Shell Club Lecture (oral)
Leung K., Yeung N.W, and Hayes K.A. (Jan 9, 2014) Systematics and Conservation Status of the Hawaiian Land Snails. Field Museum of Natural History Special Seminar (oral)
Leung K., Yeung N.W, and Hayes K.A. (Nov. 1, 2013) The Phylogenetics and Conservation of the Hawaiian Helicinidae: a highly imperiled land snail family. Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation Biology Luncheon (oral)
Leung K., Yeung N.W, and Hayes K.A. (July 26, 2013) A Preliminary Phylogeny and Biodiversity Estimate of the Hawaiian Helicinidae. World Congress of Malacology (oral)
Yeung N.W., Leung K., Gary D.A., Ressler D.T.B., Cowie R.H., Hayes K.A. (July 24, 2013) Hawaiian Land Snail biodiversity: Systematics, phylogenetics, and conservation status of a vanishing fauna. World Congress of Malacology (poster)
Leung K., Yeung N.W, and Hayes K.A. (April 19, 2013) A preliminary phylogeny of the Hawaiian Helicinidae. Albert L. Tester Memorial Symposium (oral)
Tester Symposium: Prevalence and potential impact of Varroa mite infestation on honeybee (Apis mellifera) brood survival, March 2014.
CTAHR Symposium: Management of Insect Pests on Chinese Wax Gourd Using UV Reflective Mulch, April 2013.
Western IPM Center: Protecting Beneficials in Hawai‘i and the American Pacific: A Workshop on the Conservation of Pollinators and Other Beneficial Species, Farming with Bees, April 2012.
Western Apiculture Society Annual Conference, Invasion of the Small Hive Beetle in Hawaii, September 2011.
Tong, Reina. 109th American Wood Protection Association Annual Meeting: Monitoring termite alate flight phenology with citizen scientists on Oahu, Hawaii. (2013)
Oureach activities: Five outreach events were presented by entomology fgraduate students.
12) State how the program used the results or plans to use the results. Please be specific.
We will monitor the progress of students using not only traditional measures such as completion of courses, but using their outputs demonstrating development in the field of entomology.
The current data we have show that our students are achieving our SLOs, in that they actively contribute to scientific meetings, publish their work and communicate science to the general public. Our programs (MS and PhD in entomology combined) average around 14 students per year; the output reported here is good for a small program.
13) Beyond the results, were there additional conclusions or discoveries?
This can include insights about assessment procedures, teaching and learning, program aspects and so on.
14) If the program did not engage in assessment activities, please explain.
Or, if the program did engage in assessment activities, please add any other important information here.
We are trying to make a better effort at assessment fo our graduate programs.