Entomology Colloquium:  There will be no colloquium presentation on Monday February 20, 2017 due to the President’s Day holiday for the students.

Congratulations to Rachel Olsson on passing her PhD Preliminary Examination on February 17, 2017

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Beverly Gerdeman who received a grant in the amount of $163,931 from the Washington Red Raspberry Commission for the Caneberry Pesticide Degradation Study.  (2/16/2017)   And a grant from Specialty Seed Growers of Washington and Oregon in the amount of $7,500 for general research.  (2/9/2017)
  • Bill Snyder and Carmen Blubaugh who received a grant in the amount of $147,496 from USDA/NIFA/AFRI Foundation Program for the study: Are herbivore induced volatiles relevant to biocontrol of crop pests? (2.14.2017)

For more info go to:  http://informer.or.wsu.edu/RecentFacultyAwards.aspx

CAHNRS 3MT (3 Minute Thesis) has been scheduled for Monday, February 27. It will take place in the afternoon, exact time TBD, depending upon the number of student entries.

We would like for each department to send the information for their 3 top students being considered for the competition. We will accommodate as many students as possible, keeping in mind fair representation and keeping the competition to a reasonable amount of time. There was discussion of each department holding their own competition – this may or may not be necessary depending upon how many students in your department are interested in competing.

CAHNRS Eligibility

  • PhD candidates pursuing a degree within CAHNRS. PhD students must be post-preliminary exam by the proposal deadline.
  • Master’s level students, pursuing degrees within CAHNRS. Master’s level thesis students should be third semester or later. Non-thesis students are not eligible. Master’s students are not eligible for the university competition.
  • CAHNRS will host the competition on a single day with separate judging for PhD candidates and Master’s level students.
  • Entrants located on the Pullman campus must present face-to-face.
  • Entrants located on branch campuses or at R&E centers are allowed to videotape their presentation. In keeping with the same requirements set forth for Pullman campus presentations, these must be taped in front of an audience, to be determined by student and Academic Programs Office. Videos must be received 3 business days prior to the face to face competition in order to be judged. If a student off campus wins the CAHNRS 3MT competition, they musttravel to Pullman to take part in the university-wide competition on March 28, 2017.

Our office will need the following information by, Monday, February 20:

  1. Completed Cover Form (attachment 1).
  2. Slide that will be used during the CAHNRS 3MT competition. Only one slide is permitted in the competition.
  3. Photograph (mug shot) to be displayed on the CAHNRS 3MT competition website.
  4. Completed release form: http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/academics/college-awards/student-release-form/. Or hard copy (attachment 2).

For more information about the 3MT, you can visit their website here: http://threeminutethesis.org/.

Contact Alanna Ellis if you have questions at 509-335-9115 or acellis@wsu.edu / http://academic.cahnrs.wsu.edu/

A presentation will be made available via AMS here in Pullman on the requirements of the updated Worker Protection Standards regulations for employees who work with pesticides or in areas where pesticides are used.  Tom Hoffman with the Washington State Department of Agriculture will be giving the presentation on:

  • Thursday, February 23rd from 1:00 – 3:00
  • received via AMS in Pullman, Hulbert Hall Room 409

This presentation will also be recorded for future use.  For additional information on the WPS changes, see the attached chart. refer to the attached email.

Please have those planning to attend here in Pullman email me.

Dixie Kearney, CAHNRS Operations, 509-335-9825 | dixie.kearney@wsu.edu


Pat Strong, our FSHN custodian, has been approved for shared leave.

John “Jack” Niedbala, (MS Entomology 2013/WSU Crops & Soils Sci employee) has been approved for shared leave.

You may use accumulated annual leave, sick leave or personal holiday. You will need to know your current balances for annual leave or sick leave.  If you want to give shared leave for either or both of these gentlemen see Dory for the form to fill out.  Questions about the procedures to donate earned leave to any approved individual can be directed to Sally Wickizer (wickizer@wsu.edu) at Human Resource Services.

3rd to Last Apple and Pear Sale Feb 17:  Apples and pears for sale Friday February 17 from 12:00 to 6:00pm at the WSU Tukey Orchard.  Our last Friday sale for this unusually long season will be March 3 so only 3 more sales to go.  Cash or check only please.  Stock up if you can so you have your own fresh fruit at home as long as possible.  See our website for more details http://horticulture.wsu.edu/orchard. Thanks for your continued support!!  Deb Pehrson (MS Entomology 2004,) Farm Manager

2017 WSU President’s Award Nominations and Applications Now Open!:  Do you know a Cougar LEADER? Complete a nomination or application for the 2017 President’s Award for Leadership today! President’s Award winners are eligible to apply for the $1,000 Virginia E. Thomas scholarship and are honored at the annual Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction (LEAD) ceremony on April 18, 2017 at 5 PM. This is a great way to build your resume, or honor an individual or group, that has been a positive influence at WSU!  Since 1996, the President’s Award has been an honor bestowed annually to students and others who advance leadership and engagement at WSU and beyond. Recipients of this prestigious award demonstrate exceptional leadership and service to the university and the community or support leadership development and engagement of WSU students. The 2017 award categories are student, student group, faculty or staff, and community organization. Student nominations are due February 20, 2017. Student applications and nominations for student groups, community organizations, and faculty or staff are due by March 10, 2017.  The LEAD event and the President’s Award are presented in partnership with Student Involvement, the Center for Civic Engagement, GPSA and ASWSU. Visit lead.wsu.edu to learn more, and click here complete a nomination or application.

WSU undergraduates and graduate students are encouraged to apply for an Alexander A. Smick Scholarship in Rural Community Service and Development. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote student engagement with an applied course of study in the field of rural community service and development. Successful applicants will outline a specific activity in rural community service and development that will be supported by the scholarship and conducted during the 2017 calendar year under the direction of a WSU faculty member who has relevant academic credentials in community service and development.  Information about the scholarship can be found here: http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/academics/scholarships/2017/alexander-a-smick-scholarship-due-22817/ or see the documents attached to this message.  The deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 28, 2017.  If you have any questions about the scholarship, please do not hesitate to contact me at jgoldberger@wsu.edu.  Jessica Goldberger, Chair, Smick Scholarship Committee. See attachment for info and forms.

Call for Nominations: Association for Faculty Women Outstanding Graduate Student Awards 2016-17:  The Harriet B. Rigas Award (for PhD candidates) and AFW Founders’ Award (for Master’s students).  The Association for Faculty Women’s Outstanding Graduate Student Awards recognize the academic achievements and professional potential of WSU’s graduate students completing their degrees in Fall 2016, or Spring or Summer 2017.  The Harriet B. Rigas Award is presented to an outstanding doctoral student. The AFW Founders’ Award is presented to an outstanding Master’s student. Both full-­? and part-­?time students are eligible. Professional and non-­?thesis Master’s degree students are not eligible for these awards.

Graduate School’s Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award (for doctoral candidates)

The Graduate School is committed to providing scholarships and fellowships for outstanding graduate students admitted to its academic programs. The scholarships and fellowships provide a valuable structure of financial support to ensure students can enjoy the benefits of a superior academic experience.

The Karen P. DePauw leadership Award is open to all doctoral students in good standing who have successfully passed their preliminary examination and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students must be enrolled either full-­? or part-­?time to be eligible for the award. Students cannot receive this award more than once. Priority is given to applicants with demonstrated leadership components in their research, training, or service contributions.

Nomination and Application:  You may nominate an eligible student for only one of these awards. To nominate, please go to the Association for Faculty Women Awards page (https://afw.wsu.edu/awards/) to  complete and submit the Nominator Form. The deadline for receipt of the complete application is Monday, February 27, 2017. There is no deadline for your nomination, but please let the nominee know as early in the process as possible so adequate time is available to collect application materials before the deadline.  The completed Nominator Form can be submitted to Diane Scott (scottdj@wsu.edu). Please forward this Call for Nominations to the nominee so she or he can follow the link to the Awards page and complete the application. Indicate which award you are nominating the nominee for.

Awardees will be notified in March, and will receive their award at a special recognition ceremony in early April.  Please direct any questions to Kathleen Rodgers (rodgersk@wsu.edu) or Patricia Glazebrook  (patricia.glazebrook@wsu.edu)

GPSA Research Expo Call For Judges:  Nearly three decades ago, the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) of Washington State University (WSU) hosted the first annual Graduate Student Research Exposition. This competitive event provides an opportunity for graduate and professional students to present diverse, cutting-edge research that takes place at WSU. To make the GPSA Research Exposition a success, we need the expertise of faculty (including emeritus), staff, postdoctoral fellows, and alumni to select those students with exemplary scholarship and research. The GPSA asks for the support of faculty who would like to volunteer their time to help select graduate and professional students of high merit. Presentations will be delivered in poster format and judges are needed for a wide swath of categories including: (1) Medical & Life Sciences, (2) Engineering & Physical Sciences, (3) Agricultural & Natural Sciences, (4) Social Sciences, (5) Liberal Arts & Humanities, (6) Visual Arts & Design, and (7) Administrative & Information Sciences. Students who win their sections will be awarded scholarships that total $10,000.   Time commitment for judges is approximately five hours, spanning from 8 a.m. to noon on the day of the event, March 31, 2017. Those who volunteer will be reimbursed for their time with two meals (breakfast and lunch). If you are interested in joining the GPSA as a judge for the 2017 Research Exposition, please follow this link to the Judge Participant Form. For additional information on the GPSA Research Expo, please click here. The GPSA sincerely appreciates the support of the Washington State University community!  Thank You.  Elias H. Bloom, Director of the GPSA Strategic Plan and Research Exposition

For Extension People:  Great opportunity to learn about extension and applied research projects in urban and metropolitan areas in the US (lots of presentations by WSU).  Also, as a heads up, it is very likely that WSU will be hosting the 2019 National Urban Extension conference in Seattle (decision to be announced at the May conference).  The National Urban Extension Conference is less than three months away! Have you registered? Early bird pricing is available through March 17th.  If you have not yet registered, you can do so here: z.umn.edu/urbanext2017.  Keep the momentum going and join the Facebook group to learn more about what we’re planning!  We’re looking forward to seeing you in May!  Brad Gaolach Ph. D., Conference Co-Chair, Director, WSU Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension & Director, Western Center for Metropolitan Extension & Research.   Associate Professor; Community & Economic Development, Washington State University Extension,  WSU North Puget Sound at Everett,  2000 Tower Street – MS 45, Everett, WA  98201-1390 (MAP)  (o): 425.405.1734 (f): 425.405.1601   gaolach@wsu.edu


EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Scientist/Sr. Scientist, Primary Industries’ Plant Health & Environment Lab, Auckland, NZ
  2. Extension Asst/Assoc Prof. of Tree Fruit Entomology, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  3. Plant Health Specialist, State of Minnesota, Duluth, MN
  4. Public Health Entomologist/Scientist, Univ.  of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  5. Asst. Extension Professor of Plant Pathology, Univ of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  6. Natural Resourses  Planner I, St. of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
  7. Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA
  8. Entomology Educator, Cornell University, New York, NY
  9. Insect Collection Manager-Illinois Natural History Survey, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL


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


Important Dates and Deadlines


The Northwest Scientific Association announced that abstract proposals for oral and poster presentations for the 2017 Student Research Grants are due are due February 16, 2017.  The theme for the 88th NWSA conference is Understanding & Managing Diversity: From the Landscape to the Gene.  This year’s conference will be on the campus of Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon on March 29-April 1, 2017.  For more information about NWSA visit their website at:  http://www.northwestscience.org/

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!  Also, please check back in the coming days for addition event details including keynote presentation information. Tara Zimmerman, Associate in Research, 206-770-6073

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

WSU colleagues at the 2017 Academic Showcase and GPSA Research Exhibitions.  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.