Entomology Colloquium:  The speaker for Monday, February 27th is Dr. Steve Garczynski. Dr. Garczynski is a research geneticist (insects) at the USDA/ARS Wapato Research Laboratory at the Temperate Tree Fruit and Vegetable Research Center in Wapato, WA, and is an adjunct faculty in the Entomology Department. The title of his presentation is “Use of CRISPR/Cas9 Genome Editing to Determine Protein Function in Codling Moth.”  For more info about Dr. Garczynski go to:  https://www.ars.usda.gov/people-locations/person?person-id=39563.   All colloquium presentations are held in FSHN 354, the Entomology Department classroom and begin at 2:10 PM.  The AMS dial # is 5701680.

Joseph Taylor was one of the three WSU highlighted graduate students in a recent Seattle Times publication  titled “Advanced Degrees:  A critical Step to changing the world.” The other featured students were Emily (PhD student in Biological Sciences) and Ian Richardson (PhD in Material  Science and Engineering).  To read the article go to: http://www.seattletimes.com/sponsored/advanced-degrees-a-critical-step-to-changing-the world/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=article_left_1.1&_native


W.S. Wheeler V.P.Congratulations to Wendy Sue Wheeler who was elected as the 2017 Vice President/President Elect of The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA).  The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA), founded in 2000, is an organization of federal, state and local governmental agencies, educational and research institutions, public organizations, private corporations and individuals that are actively involved in different aspects of pesticide stewardship.  The goals of TPSA are to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and longevity of various pesticide stewardship efforts.  Check the TPSA web site for more information.


 Baby Lily

We are happy to learn that Fang (Rose) Zhu delivered her baby.  Her daughter Lily was born on February 11th at the Pullman Regional Hospital weighing in 6 lbs 4 oz.  Mother and baby are doing well and enjoying this very special time.




Pat Strong, our FSHN custodian and John “Jack” Niedbala, (MS Entomology 2013/WSU Crops & Soils Sci employee) have been approved for shared leave.  You may use accumulated annual leave, sick leave (up to  80 hrs) 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 individuals 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.


EGSA Speaker 2017

EGSA student choice speaker this year is Dr. Mary Barbercheck from Penn State. Her talk is titled: A Growing Concern: Women Farmers Sustaining Agriculture and the Environment. Her seminar will be during colloquium on March 20th, 2:10 pm, except will take place in FSHN T-101. We will send out her itinerary the week of February 20th for all to sign up for meetings.”  See the attachment of the flyer.


Join us in Seattle on March 29th at the Moore Theatre for an evening with Paul Staments and Louis Schwartzberg.  Paul Staments is the founder and president of Fungi Perfecti.  He is a mycology expert, TED speaker and developer of innovative mushroom technologies.  Louis Schwartzberg is an award-winning cinematographer whose work has appeared on National Geographic and DisneyNature.  Event speakers will also include Dr. W. Steve Sheppard and Dr. Brandon Hopkins.  Proceeds from this event will support the WSU Honey Bee + Pollinator Research Program.  To learn more see the attached flyer or go to http://bees.wsu.edu/seattle/ or http://bees.wsu.edu/.

Free Evergreen ads for student groups:  Belong to a registered student organization at WSU? The Daily Evergreen and the WSU Pullman Services and Activities Fees Committee have partnered to let you advertise your RSO event for free.  Ad options include any size print or online ad, and photo booth rental. All ad applications must be approved by the Advertising Fund committee. Preference is given to RSOs but any student group may apply for funding. Funding is limited, so apply early on CougSync.


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.


The Dean’s Office is happy to announce 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.


Poster contest:  We have organized a poster design competition open to all WSU students. The purpose of the poster competition is to try to increase diversity in computing by breaking down stereotypes and introducing students to the possibility of taking CptS 111, the UCORE [QUAN] programming course at WSU. There is a $150 Amazon gift card prize for the best poster!  The winning poster will be printed and posted around the campus to get more people excited about technology and computing.  The deadline for the competition is: 11:59 p.m. PST, Wednesday, March 15, 2017.For more detailed information please visit: http://bpc.eecs.wsu.edu/poster/.  For convenience I have attached a pdf of a flyer that can be forwarded to students and advisors.  Josh Whiting Ed. M., Director of Undergraduate Advising EECS, joshwhiting@wsu.edu     advise.eecs.wsu.edu


EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Research Assistant (Hops), Mt. Hort Res & Exten Center, North Carolina University, Mills River, NC
  2. Research Scholar, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
  3. Post Doctoral Fellow, Univ. of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
  4. Biological Sciences Res. Tech 3 (Honey Bee Program), Oregon State Univ., Madras, OR
  5. Post Doctoral Fellow, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
  6. Livestock and Field Crops IPM Coordinator, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  7. Research Scholar, North Carolina St. Univ., Waynesville, NC


The prices on our Entomology Apparel have been reduced. 


Important Dates and Deadlines


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.