2013 Newsletter Archive

December 13, 2013

The Department of Entomology at Washington State University recently has been approved by the ARCS Foundation’s National and Seattle Chapter boards for Annual Fellowship funding. These Fellowships are directed towards high caliber scientists and researchers entering into their PhD graduate program and are awarded for three years in addition to assistantship support. The ARC Foundation Seattle Chapter was founded in 1978 and currently supports 121 PhD candidates between the University of Washington and Washington State University. The ARCS national foundation recognizes the Department of Entomology as a leading institution producing elite scholars meeting the standards of their fellowship. It is an honor to be among the limited funded department nationally, and have our top PhD student recognized for their contributions to their fields.   For more information go to: 

  1. the Entomology home page and click on the ARCS link
  2. http://www.seattlearcsfoundation.org/universities/aboutWSU.html
The Entomology Office will be closed from December 24-through January 1.  As will nearly all of the WSU campus. We are nearing the last stages of the Entomology Plant Faculty Insect Search, and top the candidate has been invited back for a second visit to Pullman and Washington State. At this point we should consider it WSU and the department’s turn to show our attributes and benefits to the candidate, from a recruiting perspective more than interviewing. If you are interested in meeting or meal time with the candidate please contact me by this Friday the 13th.  Adam will be setting these up on a first come, first serve basis as equitable as possible while including HR policy considerations.   At this point the candidate’s tentative schedule will be, note this is a draft with all possibilities not to be considered the final options, rather to collect Department availability: Wednesday 12/18 Prosser and Tri-Cities Campus:
  • Professor Meeting
  • Lunch
  • Tri-Cities Meeting 
Thursday 12/19 Pullman Campus:
  • Breakfast
  • Morning Meeting
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Meeting
  •  Dinner 
Friday 12/20 Pullman Campus (OR other WA site visit):
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Meeting
  • Dinner
Publications for Dr. Robert Kimsey (UC Davis) the Student’s Choice Speaker who is coming in February can be found on the Entomology SharePoint site by clicking on the Graduate Students tab at the top of the page, and then the ENT Club tab.  In the interest of building security and energy conservation Facilities Operations will not be unlocking any campus buildings from Dec. 24 through Jan. 1, 2014. We will resume unlocking buildings on Jan. 2, 2014. For Library hours please check the Libraries webpage at http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/hours. If you have a scheduled event that requires a building to be unlocked on one of these dates please e-mail Tom Parrish at parrish@wsu.edu or call 335-9023 no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18. The Cougs are playing in the GIldan New Mexico Bowl on December 21 at 11:00 AM Pacific time.  This is the first game of the college football preseason.  For more information go to:  Bowl shirts area available at the Visitor Center.  The Brelsford WSU Visitor Center has t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts and crew neck sweatshirts! To view the shirt design, visit our website at http://visitor.wsu.edu/inside.html. Shirts can be purchased at the Visitor Center during regular business hours, Monday – Friday 7am – 5pm or Saturday 9am – 2pm, while supplies last. These bowl shirts were created by College Hill Custom Threads, a local Pullman business founded by WSU Alumnus, Tony Poston. Even better, 9 out of the 10 full time employees at College Hill Custom Threads are also WSU Alumni. Learn more about this Cougar based business at www.collegehillcustomthreads.com. www.visitor.wsu.edu – visitor@wsu.edu – 509-335-INFO EMPLOYMENT:  
  1. Department Chair, Texas Tech Univ, Lubbock, TX
  2. Postdoc Interdisciplinary: Research Ecologist/Entomologist/Botanist/Agronomist, USDA Morris, MN
  3. Forest Health Specialist, Wisconsin DNR Div of Foredstry, Spooner, WI
  4. Insect Physiology/Toxin Engineering postdoc (2 positions), Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  5. Research Medical Entomologist, Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton,OH
Events - Save the Dates: 73rd ANNUAL PACIFIC NORTHWEST INSECT MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE January 6 & 7, 2014, Hilton Hotel , 921 SW 6th Ave , Portland, OR 97204-1296. See attachment for full details.  Students are encouraged to participate.  Academic Showcase abstracts accepted through Jan. 28 PULLMAN, Wash. – Abstracts will be accepted through Tuesday, Jan. 28, for the 2014 Academic Showcase. It is part of the annual Showcase celebration of original scholarship, research and creative expression by members of the WSU community. Showcase will be Friday, March 28, on the Pullman campus. Continue reading 

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December 6, 2013

Announcements: Final grades are due by 5 PM on Dec. 17thFaculty are responsible for submitting grades for their students research credits ENTOM 700 & 800.  See the attachments for a reminder of how to do this.  If you are unsure as to what your section is contact Dory who will look it up for you.  CAHNRS Holiday Party will be 12 at 3:30-6:00 PM in the Ensminger Pavillion.  Please bring food items for the annual food drive.  We will have a collection box in the Office until then.  Hors d’Oeuvers, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.  As part of the WSU closure the Entomology Office will be closed from December 24 through January 1.  Beginning Dec. 4, sweet treats and caffeine are available at the CUB Information Desk to  ASWSU, GPSA and the CUB provide free coffee and cookies during the CUB’s 24 hours of operation, starting at 10 p.m. during dead and finals weeks. Cookies are served while supplies last. Coffee is served from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. The CUB’s 24 hours of operation runs Dec. 4-13. The Registrar’s Office will beclosed from December 24th through January 1st in observance of Washington State University’s closure of all non-essential business operations.  During this time, the Online Transcript Ordering System (transcripts.wsu.edu) will be available for students to submit transcript requests.  The EGSA has chosen Dr. Robert Kimsey from UC Davis as our Student Choice Speaker for the year. He will be in Pullman from February 10-13. If you would like to meet with him for a half hour or go to dinner there is a sign up sheet in the Entomology Office on Dory’s counter. If you have questions contact Rebecca Schmidt , rebecca.schmidt@ wsu.edu.  Faculty please encourage your students to meet with him while he is here.  Rebecca is working on developing a sharepoint site or something similar so that interested people can read some of his prior work before he arrives.  For more information about Dr. Kimsey, please see the links below:

The following employees have receive length of service recognition this fall:  Jay Brunner (35 yrs); Jane Lepage, FEQL, (10 yrs); Dory Lohrey-Birch (35 yrs); Wendy Sue Wheeler (5 yrs).  President Elson S. Floyd and Interim Provost Daniel J. Bernardo invite all faculty, staff, graduate students, and professional students to present original research, scholarship, or artistic expression at the 2014 Academic Showcase.  Abstracts can be submitted now through Tuesday, Jan. 28.Accepted work will be displayed for the WSU community and friends during the Academic Showcase on Friday, March 28, 9:00 a.m.-noon. To submit an abstract or learn more, visit WSU Showcase at http://showcase.wsu.edu/. March 27-28 Showcase events include the Distinguished Faculty Address on Thursday afternoon; Academic Showcase on Friday morning; SURCA (Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities) on Friday afternoon; and the Celebrating Excellence recognition banquet on Friday evening. NOTE: Undergraduate student applications for the SURCA competition is open and will close Monday, Feb. 17 at 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit http://surca.wsu.edu).  The deadline to submit abstracts is January 18, 2014.  Direct Deposit — Travel/Accounts Payable If you have a Bank of America you should be aware, Bank of America has sold several branches to Washington Federal throughout Washington . There have been several notices concerning payroll direct deposit changes. Any change made for payroll DOES NOT CHANGE direct deposit for Travel/Accounts Payable. These are separate. Travel/Accounts Payable Direct Deposits are for travel reimbursements, stipends, non-service fellowship payments and personal reimbursements. To change your Travel/Accounts Payable Direct Deposit do the following:
  • Go to the Travel Services web page, www.wsu.edu/travel/index.html
  • Scroll down and click on “Direct Deposit” located at the bottom on the right hand side of the page.
  • On the next screen, click on Self Service Direct Deposit Authorization Form
  • On the next screen, log in on the Unified Sign In
  • On the next screen enter the information requested and click on Continue.
You are done—the update is live. If you have questions, please contact Travel Services at 335-2034. EMPLOYMENT
  1. Small Farms Advisor, UC of California, Fresno, CA
  2. Post-doctoral (Jr Researcher), macadamia felted coccid ecology and management, Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa
  3. Research Assistant, IPM program, North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC
  4. Research Project Coordinator, IPM program, North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC (located at Salinas, CA)
  5. Chemical Ecologist, Entomology & Nematology Dept., UC-Davis
Events - Save the Dates: WSU Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM the Beasley Coliseum.   Line-up is scheduled for 9:30 AM.  For more info go to http://commencement.wsu.edu/fall/schedule/. Unwrapped CAHNRS Sharing Tree gifts need to be returned by Dec ember 11th to Hulbert 101 . The gift wrapping party is at 12:00 p.m. in Hulbert 323J with pizza to be provided. 73rd ANNUAL PACIFIC NORTHWEST INSECT MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE January 6 & 7, 2014, Hilton Hotel , 921 SW 6th Ave , Portland, OR 97204-1296. See attachment for full details.  Students are encouraged to participate.  Payroll Services is publicizing their new procedure for online grad payroll deductions.  Graduate students will receive emails tomorrow to announce and invite them to use the new procedure. This upcoming spring semester, students will no longer come to Payroll Services to sign an authorization for payroll deduction but will submit an online request through zzusis.  The zzusis link will be ready to use tomorrow. The new online request allows the student to log into zzusis and submit a request in many cases BEFORE their appointment is in DEPPS.  The request form, authorized by the student’s electronic signature via network ID, will be printed out that night and sent to Payroll Services.  Payroll will maintain an appointment database updated daily with appointment information from DEPPS.  Once the student’s appointment is in place with proper funding, we will post payroll deductions to the student’s account Advantages of the online grad deduction authorizations:
  • The student can submit their authorization anywhere they have internet access.
  • No more lines or waiting at Payroll Services
  • They don’t have to wait for their appointment to be updated in HEPPS
  • In most cases, correct tuition rates and fees are automatically presented on the form depending on the campus in which they were admitted.
  • No more need to fax or email forms to branches or research stations
  • Staff hours are saved in Payroll Services since we will no longer be helping over 700 students each semester
Students planning to participate in the Pullman December Commencement Ceremony still have time to register and order their cap and gown. The last day to order and therefore the last day to register to walk will be November 15, 2013. The RFA for the Western IPM Center's Competitive Grants Program is open. The RFA can be accessed by registering at  http://projects.ipmcenters.org/Western/ Applications are due by 5:00 PM PST, December 18, 2013. Two webinars are being offered to help with your questions on planning the evaluation for your project — Wednesday, November 6 at 1:00 PM PST and Tuesday December 3rd at 1:00 PM PST.  The training will be conducted by Dr. Al Founier, University of Arizona.  Please see the home page of our web site for further details http://www.wrpmc.ucdavis.edu/index.html .  Please RSVP for the webinars by emailing Carla Thomas cthomas@ucdavis.edu and specify which date(s) you plan to attend.  WEBINAR LOGISTICS: The address for both webinars is http://uc-d.adobeconnect.com/rfaevaluation/ You may review the material ahead of time by visiting http://ucanr.edu/sites/McRoberts/
  • The presentation will be delivered over your computer speakers, there is no conference line for this call. 
  • Participants will be able to ask the Presenter questions by typing them into the chat box on the screen.
The Western IPM Center has moved and is now located at the new UC Agriculture & Natural Resources Building at 2810 Second St., Davis, CA  95618-7774. The new phone number is: 530-750-1271.  While the site is down, if you need to download the 2014 Center Grants RFA, please log into the project management website at http://projects.ipmcenters.org/Western/ to access it. The 8th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah USA from March 23-26, 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Headquarters hotel will be the Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown.  Bookmark the website and visit often for updated information: http://www.ipmcenters.org/ipmsymposium15/. Call for program proposal abstracts will be open in early 2014.[/textblock][/column][/row][/section]

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November 25, 2013

Students should check their enrollment for Spring 2014 to make sure that if you are on an assistantship you must be signed up for at least 2 credits of ENTOM 700 or 800.  Be sure to register for your major advisor’s assigned section.     ANNOUNCEMENTS: Student Alumni Ambassadors for the 26th annual Holiday Celebration! Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Lewis Alumni Centre for pictures with Santa Claus and Santa Butch, as well as holiday craft making, music and refreshments. The event will also feature a silent auction and ugly sweater contest. Participants are asked to bring a donation of canned food to the event, which will be delivered to the Pullman Food Bank.  Jamie Callison, executive chef for WSU’s Hospitality Business Management program, will make a special appearance at the event to sign copies of his new cookbook, “The Crimson Spoon.” Cookbooks will also be available to purchase–the perfect gift for that special Cougar cook in your life! If you took a tag from the FSHN Bldg sharing tree, the unwrapped gifts need to be returned by December 11 to Hulbert 101.  EMPLOYMENT:  

  1. Postdoc researcher – Spatial Analysis of Urban Invasive Insects, Univ. California-Riverside
  2. Postdoc researcher – Coffee Berry Borer Management, Univ. of Hawaii at Manoa
  3. Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Medical Entomology, Entomological Society of America, Anywhere, USA
Events - Save the Dates: The next Entomology Colloquium will be on December 4th, 12:10-1.  WECN #:  5706970. Our speaker will be Elinor Lichtenberg, WSU Post-Doc in the Crowder Lab.  The title of her presentation is:  “Eavesdropping, Foraging, and Dominance in Keystone Neotropical Pollinators: Stingless Bees.” For more info on Dr. Lichtenberg go to:  http://wsu.academia.edu/ElinorLichtenberg EGSA Honey Sale is Dec. 5th  from 9-12 at Lighty Atrium.   Prices are $5 for 1# jars and $10 for 2# jars.  The only pre-orders this year are for Entomology Department members so if you want honey contact Cami Jones or Rebecca Schmidt before Dec  5th WSU Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM the Beasley Coliseum.   Line-up is scheduled for 9:30 AM.  For more info go to http://commencement.wsu.edu/fall/schedule/. Unwrapped CAHNRS Sharing Tree gifts need to be returned by Dec ember 11th to Hulbert 101 . The gift wrapping party is at 12:00 p.m. in Hulbert 323J with pizza to be provided. Entomology Graduate Student Association (EGSA) meeting are scheduled for every other Tuesday beginning August 27.  The WECN dial number is: 5706857 The Entomology Colloquium this semester will be on Wednesdays at noon in FSHN 354.  The WECN dial in for all sites is:  5706970.  This number will be the same for all colloquium presentations. 73rd ANNUAL PACIFIC NORTHWEST INSECT MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE January 6 & 7, 2014, Hilton Hotel , 921 SW 6th Ave , Portland, OR 97204-1296 503-226-1611 or 800-445-8667 See attachment for full details.  Students are encouraged to participate. 

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November 15, 2013

If you are on an assistantship for the Spring 2014 semester please get registered today so that your paperwork can get completed. 

  • Tara Piraneo will be taking her final MS oral exam on Nov. 19 (Tuesday) at 10:30 AM.  The WECN dial #: 5708523.  Her seminar was done on Oct. 30.  A draft copy of her thesis will be available on the Entomology Sharepoint site. 
  • Carmen Castillo Carrillo is scheduled to take her PhD preliminary exam on November 20 (Wednesday) beginning at 1:00 PM in FSHN 164.  (WECN info to come)
  • Ryan Rayl will be taking his final MS oral exam on Nov. 21 (Thursday).  His seminar is at 2:00 PM in FSHN 354 and his exam will begin at 3:00 PM in FSHN 164.  (WECN info to come)
Payroll Services is publicizing their new procedure for online grad payroll deductions.  Graduate students will receive emails tomorrow to announce and invite them to use the new procedure. This upcoming spring semester, students will no longer come to Payroll Services to sign an authorization for payroll deduction but will submit an online request through zzusis.  The zzusis link will be ready to use tomorrow. The new online request allows the student to log into zzusis and submit a request in many cases BEFORE their appointment is in DEPPS.  The request form, authorized by the student’s electronic signature via network ID, will be printed out that night and sent to Payroll Services.  Payroll will maintain an appointment database updated daily with appointment information from DEPPS.  Once the student’s appointment is in place with proper funding, we will post payroll deductions to the student’s account Advantages of the online grad deduction authorizations:
  • The student can submit their authorization anywhere they have internet access.
  • No more lines or waiting at Payroll Services
  • They don’t have to wait for their appointment to be updated in HEPPS
  • In most cases, correct tuition rates and fees are automatically presented on the form depending on the campus in which they were admitted.
  • No more need to fax or email forms to branches or research stations
  • Staff hours are saved in Payroll Services since we will no longer be helping over 700 students each semester
  ANNOUNCEMENTS: The Entomology Colloquium on Wednesday, Nov. 20 will be Jeremiah Busch, Asst. Prof., Sch. of Biological Sciences.  His talk is titled:  The Evolution of Floral Traits When Cross-Pollination is Costly.  For more information about Dr. Busch go to:  http://sbs.wsu.edu/faculty/?faculty/148 or http://sbs.wsu.edu/labs/buschlab.html .  The Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR) Biologically-Intensive Agriculture and Organic Farming (BIOAg) program is soliciting grant proposals.  Please view the whole RFP HERE. Proposals are being accepted for project grants, planning grants, and outreach/extension curriculum grants.  Applications will be accepted by electronic submission. The goal of this proposal solicitation is to engage a broad, interdisciplinary spectrum of WSU faculty in projects that further the development, understanding, and use of biologically intensive and/or organic principles, practices, and technologies to improve the sustainability of agriculture and food systems in Washington State.  In addition, BIOAg funding is used to meet three objectives: to stimulate new research initiatives, to augment critical gaps in existing areas of knowledge, and to move existing, game-changing research out into the real world. Please view RFP for deadlines, additional information, instructions and application forms.  Letters of Intent for project grants are requested by Nov. 22. We are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for SARE Professional Development Program (PDP) mini-grants for hosting ($800 max) or attending ($500 max) professional development events.  For hosted events, the primary audience must be Extension educators or other agriculture professionals.  For more information about the SARE PDP program and for application instructions, please view our PDP page at: http://csanr.wsu.edu/pages/SARE_PDP.   Applications will be screened Dec. 15, Apr. 15, and Aug. 15, or until funds are exhausted. The Registrar’s Office will beclosed from December 24th through January 1st in observance of Washington State University’s closure of all non-essential business operations.  During this time, the Online Transcript Ordering System (transcripts.wsu.edu) will be available for students to submit transcript requests.  Dangerous malware CryptoLocker holds personal data ranson A nasty new strain of malware, CryptoLocker, is circulating on the Internet. The dangerous, malicious computer software encrypts your personal data files (word, PowerPoint, pictures, music, videos, etc.), rendering them useless and inaccessible. The only recovery option has been to pay a fee or ransom for a key to unencrypt the files and return the machine to full functionality. Information Services at Washington State University emphasizes that this malware is not known to have infected any university resources. This announcement is designed to help avoid potential infection(s). For more information please go to: http://news.wsu.edu/2013/11/08/dangerous-malware-cryptolocker-holds-personal-data-ransom/#.Un08xJHTmfA or contact Jim Buscher buscher@wsu.edu

 

EMPLOYMENT:  
  1. Sustainable Agroecosystems Entomologist, Univ. of Maryland, College Park
  2. Asst. Prof - Extension Entomologist, Texas A&M, Corpus Christi, TX
  3. Postdoctoral Research & Extension Assoc., Univ. of Florida, Immokalee,FL
  4. Associate Entomologist, SC Johnson Insectary, Racine, WI
Events - Save the Dates: WSU Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM the Beasley Coliseum.   Line-up is scheduled for 9:30 AM.  For more info go to http://commencement.wsu.edu/fall/schedule/. Entomology Graduate Student Association (EGSA) meeting are scheduled for every other Tuesday beginning August 27.  The WECN dial number is: 5706857 The Entomology Colloquium this semester will be on Wednesdays at noon in FSHN 354.  The WECN dial in for all sites is:  5706970.  This number will be the same for all colloquium presentations. 73rd ANNUAL PACIFIC NORTHWEST INSECT MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE January 6 & 7, 2014, Hilton Hotel , 921 SW 6th Ave , Portland, OR 97204-1296 503-226-1611 or 800-445-8667 See attachment for full details.  Students are encouraged to participate.  [/textblock][/column][/row][/section]

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November 8, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENTS: There will be no colloquium speaker on Nov. 13. 73rd ANNUAL PACIFIC NORTHWEST INSECT MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE January 6 & 7, 2014 Hilton Hotel , 921 SW 6th Ave , Portland, OR 97204-1296 503-226-1611 or 800-445-8667 See attachment for full details.  Students are encouraged to participate.  The RFA for the Western IPM Center's Competitive Grants Program is open. The RFA can be accessed by registering at  http://projects.ipmcenters.org/Western/ Applications are due by 5:00 PM PST, December 18, 2013. Two webinars are being offered to help with your questions on planning the evaluation for your project — Wednesday, November 6 at 1:00 PM PST and Tuesday December 3rd at 1:00 PM PST.  The training will be conducted by Dr. Al Founier, University of Arizona.  Please see the home page of our web site for further details http://www.wrpmc.ucdavis.edu/index.html .  Please RSVP for the webinars by emailing Carla Thomas cthomas@ucdavis.edu and specify which date(s) you plan to attend.  WEBINAR LOGISTICS: The address for both webinars is http://uc-d.adobeconnect.com/rfaevaluation/

  • You may review the material ahead of time by visiting http://ucanr.edu/sites/McRoberts/
  • The presentation will be delivered over your computer speakers, there is no conference line for this call. 
  • Participants will be able to ask the Presenter questions by typing them into the chat box on the screen.
The Western IPM Center has moved and is now located at the new UC Agriculture & Natural Resources Building at 2810 Second St., Davis, CA  95618-7774. The new phone number is: 530-750-1271.  While the site is down, if you need to download the 2014 Center Grants RFA, please log into the project management website at http://projects.ipmcenters.org/Western/ to access it. The 8th International Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Symposium will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah USA from March 23-26, 2015 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. Headquarters hotel will be the Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown.  Bookmark the website and visit often for updated information: http://www.ipmcenters.org/ipmsymposium15/. Call for program proposal abstracts will be open in early 2014. EMPLOYMENT:  
  1.  Assistant Professor: Molecular Basis of Arthropod-Vectored Human Disease, UC-Riverside
  2. Assistant or Associate Professor, Arthropod Symbiont Interactionsm, UC-Riverside
  3. Assistant Professor of Entomology - Arthropod Systematics and Biodiversity. Texas A&M-College Station
  4. Area Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Advisor, Sacramento Valley, CA  and Surrounding Areas
  5. Research Scientist, DuPont Pioneer, Johnston, IA
Events - Save the Dates: WSU Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM the Beasley Coliseum.   Line-up is scheduled for 9:30 AM.  For more info go to http://commencement.wsu.edu/fall/schedule/. Students planning to participate in the Pullman December Commencement Ceremony still have time to register and order their cap and gown. The last day to order and therefore the last day to register to walk will be November 15, 2013. Entomology Graduate Student Association (EGSA) meeting are scheduled for every other Tuesday beginning August 27.  The WECN dial number is: 5706857 The Entomology Colloquium this semester will be on Wednesdays at noon in FSHN 354.  The WECN dial in for all sites is:  5706970.  This number will be the same for all colloquium presentations.   

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November 1, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENTS: There is a Faculty Meeting on tentatively scheduled for Friday, November 7, at 11:00 AM.  If you cannot attend email Adam as this is a very important meeting.  A WECN connection will be scheduled. It was announced in a WSU News Highlights article on Oct. 28 that Vincent Jones, professor of entomology at the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, has been named director of the Tree Fruit Decision Aid System (DAS). Rich Zack was featured in a WSU News Highlights article on Oct. 28.  The title of the article is:  “Scary Story: Maggots Help Us.”  To read the article go to http://news.wsu.edu/2013/10/28/scary-story-maggots-help-us-scientist-says/#more-108159 The annual Employee Benefits Fair is Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 12-3 PM in CUB 212.  There will also be presentations on Flexible Spending Account from 12:00-12:30 in the CUB Jr. Ballroom and Health Savings Account from 1:00-1:30 also in the Jr. Ballroom.  For other locations throughout the state go to: http://www.hca.wa.gov/pebb/Pages/fairs.aspx. Open enrollment to make changes to your medical/dental plan is from Nov. 1-30, 2013.  For more info go to:  http://hrs.wsu.edu/openenrollment2014. This week’s Entomology Colloquium speaker is Luke Harmon, Assistant Professor at the University of Idaho Dept. of Biological Sciences.  The title of his talk is “Detecting the Signature of Species Interactions in the Tree of Life.” The WECN dial # is 5706970.  The presentation begins at 12:10 PM in FSHN 354 on Wednesday, Nov. 6.  For more information about Dr. Harmon go to:  http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~lukeh/people.html Insect Taxonomy will be offered this coming spring semester.  Dr. Sheppard is still working out the logistics (i.e.: who will teach, day & time).  It will be taught at WSU. ENTOM 539 should show up in the class schedule on Nov. 5.  Priority registration for Graduate and Professional Students begins on Nov. 4. 

EMPLOYMENT:
  1. Assistant Professor, Fruit & Vegetable Entomologist, Univ of Minnesota, St. Paul
  2. Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis
  3. PhD Assistantship, Insect Microbiology, Univ of Florida, Lake Alfred
  4. Full or Associate Professor of Invertebrate Zoology & Entomology, Qatar University, Doha
Events - Save the Dates: There is a Faculty Meeting next week on Friday, November 1, at 1:30 PM.  If you cannot attend email Adam as this is a very important meeting.  A WECN connection will be scheduled. WSU Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM the Beasley Coliseum.   Line-up is scheduled for 9:30 AM.  For more info go to http://commencement.wsu.edu/fall/schedule/ . Entomology Graduate Student Association (EGSA) meeting are scheduled for every other Tuesday beginning August 27.  The WECN dial number is: 5706857 The Entomology Colloquium this semester will be on Wednesdays at noon in FSHN 354.  The WECN dial in for all sites is:  5706970.  This number will be the same for all colloquium presentations. CV Workshop Part 2 will be held on November 5, 1:30-2:30, in FSHN 164 (Entomology conference room).  This is a great opportunity for workshop participants to provide feedback on each other’s CVs.  Plan to attend this informative workshop.  The WECN Dial # is:  5708375

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