Speaker - Tom Turpin

Dr. Tom Turpin is a native of Kansas. He received his undergraduate degree from Washburn University where majored in biology and played basketball and baseball. He received a PhD in entomology from Iowa State and has been a professor of entomology at Purdue University since 1971.

Dr. Turpin created Purdue's "Bug Bowl," a celebration of insect science that draws from 20,000-35,000 visitors annually and attracts media attention from around the world. He has been featured in numerous news stories including Time and People magazines. He has been quoted on many major TV and radio programs and has appeared on the Guinness World Record Show, Good Morning America, Prairie Home Companion, Whad’Ya Know and Across Indiana.

He also writes a bi-monthly column "On Six Legs" that appears in over 40 newspapers and for 15 years did a monthly call-in radio program on WBAA public radio. He has done presentations around the nation for the Smithsonian O. Orkin insect zoo that have taken him to over 30 major US cities. He has also been a regular featured speaker at the International Flower and Garden Show at Disney World.

His talk is titled Management 101: Insect Style. Wise King Solomon once admonished: “Go to the ant thou sluggard, consider her ways and be wise.” Can we learn anything about a successful human workplace based on how social insects function? Here’s how the social insects work. You decide.


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