Middle school student earns honorable mention during UK entomology symposium

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By The Staff

An Anderson County Middle School student received an honorable mention for his presentation during a University of Kentucky symposium on invasive species.
Tanner Carlson, 12, a seventh grader, competed in a poster contest against undergraduate college students during the event, held last week in Lexington.
Carlson’s presentation was on the emerald ash borer, which has invaded a number of counties in Kentucky, including Anderson, and kills ash trees.
Carlson focused on public education as a means of stopping the bug from spreading into other areas, including educational presentations to students and local government officials.
An aspiring entomologist, Carlson attended the two day conference during which he answered questions from those viewing his poster and the website he created.
He received a certificate during the awards presentation.
“We’re so happy that Tanner attended the conference, and thrilled that he took the time and effort to make a professional contribution to the program content,” said Lynne K. Rieske-Kinney, a professor of forest entomology in the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology.
“The points he raised were thoughtful and contributed to further discussion. We’re very much interested in his work, and hope that his experience was positive enough to maintain his momentum as a developing scientist.
“As Tanner’s interests in entomology and invasion biology develop I hope he keeps UK in mind. There are many, many opportunities for someone with his interests and his motivation to contribute to ongoing research.”
Carlson is a son of Ben and Cyndie Carlson of Lawrenceburg.