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NMSU Entomology Students Place Second in Contest

LAS CRUCES -- How many people in the United States had malaria in the 1930s? What is the origin of the Periplaneta americana -- American cockroach?

Six million malaria cases and the continent of Africa were the kinds of answers New Mexico State University students had to know at the recent Linnean games, an entomology-based question and answer competition.

The four-member team placed second in the games held during the Southwest Branch meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Feb. 9-12, in Corpus Christi, Texas. The team qualified for the national competition to be held in November in Las Vegas, Nev.

Team members Katie Elson, John Howie Koenig, Ramon Medrano and J. Chris Romero are students in NMSU's entomology, plant pathology and weed science department. They answered questions about medical and veterinary entomology, taxonomy, toxicology, biological control, integrated pest management and historical entomology. Their coach is Dave Richman, a science specialist with the department.

During the contest, each team was asked 16 questions by a moderator. For each question, team members could not consult each other, but any member could answer. If the answer was correct, team members then got a bonus question, which they could answer together. All questions were worth 10 points each.

The NMSU team competed against teams from Oklahoma State University, Texas Tech University and two teams from Texas A&M. The winning team was made up of doctoral students from Texas A&M.