Entomologists with biology connections represented Luther College well at the 2012 North Central Branch (NCB) meetings of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) in Lincoln, Nebraska. Award winners with Luther entomology connections include Amy Morey ('06 biology alumus), Dr. Kirk Larsen, Professor of Biology, and Nikki McDermond-Spies ('13) a current biology major.
Amy was winner of both the NCB-ESA graduate student scholarship and the NCB-ESA oral presentation competition award. Amy is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Entomology at the University of Minnesota in the lab of William Hutchison. Dr. Larsen was honored for his teaching efforts in entomology with the 2012 NCB-ESA Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, based on a nomination from former students who are now entomologists and members of the ESA. Nikki McDermond-Spies ('13), a senior biology major was awarded runner-up in the Plant-Insect Ecosystem student poster competition. Nikki presented the "effect of management on butterfly and ground beetle diversity in simple and diverse plantings in a reconstructed prairie", results from a collaborative student faculty research project carried out on campus in Anderson Prairie during the summer of 2011.