January 17, 2017

The next Entomology Department Faculty Meeting will be on Friday, January 27 at 1:00-2:00 PM.  The AMS dial #is 5702017.

Entomology Colloquium:  The speaker for January 23th presentation is Dr.  Bill Snyder. The title of his presentation is “Biodiversity as a Buffer Against Pests & Pathogens.”  To learn more about Dr. Snyder go to: http://entomology.wsu.edu/directory/faculty/william-e-snyder/. All colloquium presentations will be held in FSHN 354, the Entomology Department classroom and begin at 2:10 PM.  The AMS dial # is 5701680. 

Call for Abstracts to Faculty, Staff, Graduate & Professor Students for the 2017 Academic Showcase.   Leverage the power of your ideas by sharing them with WSU colleagues at the 2017 Academic Showcase and GPSA Research Exhibitions.  Submit your abstract of up to 250 words and your contact information no later than Monday, January 23.  Detailed information about Academic Showcase, the GPSA Research Exhibition, and Abstract Submission Guidelines can be found online.  Academic Showcase and the GPSA Research Exhibition are celebrations of original scholarship, research, and creative expression by members of the WSU community and will be held Friday, March 31, 2017, at WSU Pullman.

Announcing the CAHNRS Dean’s Excellence Scholarship.  We will be awarding $2000 per year, $1000 for an undergraduate student and $1000 for a graduate student.  Please find attached a nomination form with additional information and criteria.  Send your nominations to Britta Nitcy, nitcy@wsu.edu, by February 28, 2017.

Volunteer judges needed for SURCA:  Faculty, staff and post-doctorates are sought to volunteer by the March 1 deadline to help judge the sixth annual Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (SURCA) at Washington State University. The event on Monday, March 27, in the CUB ballroom will include works by approximately 250 students from all majors, grades and campuses. Learn more at https://surca.wsu.edu. Sign up to be a judge at https://SURCA.wsu.edu/judges.  Topics of students’ posters will span eight categories. Judges will receive in advance the titles of the 2-4 posters assigned to them and will have online access to those students’ research abstracts.

On the day of SURCA, the general schedule (subject to change) will be:
2-2:45 p.m. – Judges examine posters without students present.
2:45-3:45 p.m. – Students discuss their work with judges.
3:45 p.m. – Judges’ evaluations (with preset guidelines) are due.
4:45-5:30 p.m. – Awards ceremony.

SURCA is hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research, part of WSU Undergraduate Education. SURCA is the kickoff event for WSU Showcase Week, a university tradition celebrating the excellence of faculty, staff and students.

The 2017 BIOAg Symposium poster session is scheduled for March 1st from 2pm to 5pm in Ensminger Pavilion on the WSU campus in Pullman, WA.  Posters on relevant topics are welcome from students, faculty, and others.  The poster content should relate to the idea of biologically intensive agriculture (farming practices and systems that rely on biological processes which are renewable, non-polluting, and mutually beneficial to both farmers and society) or to organic farming.  The BIOAg Poster Session is meant to share information, build teamwork, and to help the BIOAg program refine future priorities. Special Note to Students and Faculty Advisors:  Student posters (graduate and undergraduate) will be eligible for a Best Student Poster Award in the form of a $500 scholarship.  Please encourage students to submit a poster!  To present a poster, please submit a poster title, list of authors, and short abstract (<250 words) to Tara Zimmerman goldsmitht@wsu.edu by Feb. 13th. Authors will be notified of acceptance by Feb. 17th.  Please see poster instructions for further details.  Also, please check back in the coming days for addition event details including keynote presentation information. Tara Zimmerman, Associate inResearch, 206-770-6073

Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources                 goldsmitht@wsu.edu                https://www.facebook.com/CSANR

IMPORTANT MESSAGE From Facilities Operations:  We have been experiencing very cold weather lately, and next week, it is anticipated to warm up, thaw, and even rain heavily.  This has the potential to flood and cause other significant damage.  If possible, please take some time today to assess your building(s), ensure all the windows are closed and secured  tightly.  Our building mechanics will also be assessing most of the main campus facilities, but your help would be greatly appreciated.  I have a feeling it is going to be a big mess next week outside of our buildings, lots of slush so please encourage your folks to be careful.  Thanks Craig Cole, Director of Construction Services, Operations.  If you have concerns contact Adam Williams who will forward them on to Facilities Operations.

CAHNRS Student Senate is excited to announce the call for nomination packets for the CAHNRS Superior Club of the Year Award for 2016-2017. Please visit the following link for more information on how CAHNRS clubs can apply: http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/academics/superior-club-award/. Packets are due to Alanna Ellis (acellis@wsu.edu) by February 1, 2017.  If you are involved in a CAHNRS club, please pass this information along.

The prices on our Entomology Apparel have been reduced.  See the attachment for available items with the new prices.


EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Extension Agent, Douglas County Colorado State Univ., Castle Rock, CO
  2. Assistant Professor of Ag Entomology, Univ. of Delaware, Georgetown, DE
  3. Program Mgr., Global Locust Initiative, Arizona St. Univ., Tempe, AZ
  4. Entomologist, US Army Med. Dept., Tampa, FL
  5. Research Scientist, Valent USA Corp, Seymour IL
  6. Postdoctoral Res  Assoc in Bee Ecology, Michigan St. Univ., Entomology Dept., East Lansing, MI


Important Dates and Deadlines

USDA NIFA announces funding for Organic Ag Research, Education & Extension Projects: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $17.6 million for research and outreach activities to support the organic agriculture sector. The grants are funded through NIFA’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.  “The organic industry is the fastest growing segment of U.S. agriculture, with sales growing by $4.2 billion last year to reach a record $43.3 billion,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “Over the past seven years, USDA has invested nearly $261 million in research to improve the productivity and success of organic agriculture, including seed-breeding. The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative is one of the many ways USDA is helping this sector meet growing consumer demand.”  OREI funds high-priority research, education and extension projects that enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic products. Eligible entities include Land-Grant and other research universities, federal agencies, national laboratories, state agricultural experiment stations, and research foundations and other private researches. Applications are due January 19, 2017.  See attachment for complete announcement.


The Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting this year will take place on April 2-5, 2017 in Portland Oregon at Hilton DoubleTree Hotel. You are encouraged to attend and to spread the word to colleagues and students about this meeting. Registration for the meeting has just opened on line: http://www.entsoc.org/pacific/2017-pacific-branch-annual-meeting. There you will also find information about submitting talks, posters and nominations for awards. Thanks to the work of program chairs Laura Levine and Erik Wenninger, and those who have stepped up to organize symposia, the program is going to be full and exciting. Portland, of course, is a perennial favorite location for PBESA meetings.


Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting will be November 5-8, 2017 in Denver, CO. Program Symposia and Workshop submissions are now open.  http://www.entsoc.org/events/annual-meeting.