Thursday, November 17, 2011

Award-winning YouTube Videos

For the last three years, the ESA (Entomological Society of America) conducts a "YouTube Your Entomology" contest for members called the Stinger Award. There are several categories (research, extension and open) to submit 3-minute videos about insects. I have been fortunate enough to have my videos win in 2009 and 2010. My first video was about my young niece, Chloe, and her love of monarchs. Last year, I made an extension video about using a sweep net in soybean. This year, I made an extension video about Japanese beetle management in corn and soybean. I also partnered up with Brian McCornack and Wendy Johnson at Kansas State University, to do a spoof video in the open category. We talked about how Speed Scouting, a sampling plan for soybean aphid, is going paperless with a web-based tool called SoyPod DSS. I ended up winning in both categories this year!

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