February 27, 2017

Seminars and Colloquium

The speaker for Monday, March 6, is Dr. Brandon Hopkins. Dr. is the Apiary and Laboratory Manager for the WSU Apiary Program. The title of his presentation is Cold Cases: Cryopreservation and Refrigeration to Help Honey Bees.”  For more info about Dr. Hopkins go to:  http://entomology.wsu.edu/apis/people/   https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Brandon_Hopkins.  All colloquium presentations are held in FSHN 354, the Entomology Department classroom and begin at 2:10 PM.  The AMS dial # is 5701680.

Department Announcements

W.S. Wheeler TPSA AwardCongratulations to Wendy Sue Wheeler who received the Outstanding Member Contribution by The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA) at it’s annual conference in San Diego, California in February where three awards were presented. Wendy Sue jumped into service with TPSA from the start.  She was selected to serve on the Board of Directors and has served leadership roles for the 2016 and 2017 annual conference.  She is a person that gets things done and always does it with her engaging smile.  Ask her to do something and it will be tackled.  Her organizational skills have served her and TPSA well.

There are many unseen efforts provided by Wendy Sue throughout each year.  TPSA is lucky to have a relatively new member to take on such responsibilities.  She is an inspiration for others.  It takes a team to achieve success as an association and team player is one of her best attributes.  Wheeler serves as the Extension Coordinator for Washington State University located at Pullman, Washington. The other awards presented were:   Leadership in Product Stewardship – Private Industry or the Pizzy Award to Meister Media, Willoughby, Ohio; and Program Excellence award to Garnet Cooke, Pesticide Coordinator, OSHA, Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services  Please go to the TPSA web site for more information.

Sir Doug Walsh
Soon to be Sir Doug. Professor Doug Walsh will be knighted into the Order of the Hop this August at the International Hop Congress. The Order of the Hop was instituted by John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy and Count of Flanders in 1406. In 1971 the International Hop Growers Bureau re-established the Order of the Hop to honor great achievers in the hop industry.


Faculty, Students and Researcher are invited to join the Department of Entomology’s ResearchGate group to help make our profile more current and relevant.  ResearchGate  is a professional network for scientists and researchers.   Several of you are already members.    To get more information and to join our group go to: https://www.researchgate.net/institution/Washington_State_University/department/Department_of_Entomology and click on Join this Department.  There is no cost to join ResearchGate.

 Graduate Students

Call for 2017 Entomology Graduate Student Research Awards:  Graduate student Research Awards – Spring 2017.  The deadline for submission is 5pm on March 17th for our 2017 “Student of the Year,” “Paper of the Year,” and “Errett Deck Research Fellowship” award submissions. The “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” will be respectively supported by the Robert and Mary Lou Harwood and Howard and Hermina Hargarth scholarship endowments. The “Student of the Year” award is given in recognition of the student’s academic achievements and scholarly service contributions. The “Paper of the Year” will be awarded in recognition of an exceptional manuscript with a student as lead author. For consideration of this award, the paper must be accepted for publication or appeared in print over the 12 months preceding the application deadline. Application for this award includes an additional requirement: A copy of the manuscript, or a copy of the letter (email) from the journal indicating the paper has been accepted for publication.This year as appropriate, up to $9,000 total will be awarded to no more than two graduate students by the Errett Deck Fellowship. Errett and Evelyn Deck created this fellowship to advance excellence of graduates to “protect and promote production agriculture through effective pest control.” These funds will be awarded to students with research projects in agriculture or for research to develop agriculture practices that will protect and promote production agriculture through effective pest control so that Washington farmers can compete in world markets.

INSTRUCTIONS:  In all cases, applications will have three components, which should be emailed to Adam (adam.williams@wsu.edu):

  1. A 500 word (or less) essay from the student concisely explaining why they are deserving of the award. In the case of the Deck research fellowship, for example, the student should describe specifically what component the funds will add to their research program. In the case of the Hargarth “Paper of the Year” award, the student should describe why the work is an important contribution to the literature.
  2. The student’s updated CV.
  3. A 250 word (or less) memo from the major advisor describing why they feel their student is deserving of the award.

CAHNRS Announcements

CAHNRS now accepting Summer of 2017 CAHNRS internship proposals, but we’ll only have a limited amount of them funded.  From this time moving forward, we’ll need to adjust the amount of summer credits that CAHNRS will cover down to one credit at $500.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Call for Proposals for CAHNRS Undergraduate Internships for Summer and Fall 2017:

CAHNRS Academic Programs, the Agricultural Research Center, and Extension have pooled funding resources to create opportunities for CAHNRS undergraduate students to have an immersion-based teaching, research or extension internship experience with CAHNRS faculty located at the Pullman, Spokane, Vancouver, or Tri-Cities campus, at a Research and Extension (R&E) Center, or in a County Extension Office during the summer or fall of 2017. The goal of this program is to support students in gaining research or extension experience by having access to, and guidance from, a CAHNRS faculty mentor. This is an outstanding opportunity for students from communities in close proximity to one of the branch campuses, an R&E Center, or a WSU Extension office to become involved in research or extension activities, especially while living at home during the summer. Internships can also be executed on the Pullman, Spokane, Vancouver, or Tri-Cities campus during the semester. The college will provide up to $2500 in the summer or fall to each selected faculty mentor in partial support of these internship experiences. Summer interns will also receive additional funding for an internship credit at $500 up to 1 credit, with CAHNRS reimbursing the student through their my.WSU tuition account. Faculty desiring to mentor interns are required to submit a compelling internship title and experience description that includes overall project objectives that the internship will be associated with as well as specific contributions to be made by the intern and the skills and experiences/proficiencies to be acquired by the intern.

How should the proposal be formatted? This semester, to ensure consistency, please complete the attached CAHNRS Internship Proposal Application, for examples please see the CAHNRS Internship Faculty Proposals page.

What are the guidelines for funding consideration?

  1. The project must align with the CAHNRS mission (see http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/overview/).
  2. The project must expand beyond a time-slip or hourly worker experience. The intern is expected to have a mentored experience that expands their expertise in a discipline while strengthening their interest in a career in this area.
  3. Mentor must agree to manage the project and complete the assessment process as described in the CAHNRS Internship Handbook.
  4. Mentor must agree to provide additional resources for salary, supplies, etc. for the intern as needed.
  5. Mentor and interns must agree to participate in SURCA: The WSU Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities*. Abstracts are due in mid-February and the poster/oral presentation contest will be held in March of 2018 on the Pullman campus. Off-campus students may make virtual presentations (for details visit the SURCA website). *Interns are required to participate in SURCA the following spring, if the intern has not yet graduated.
  6. Only one internship project may be submitted per faculty member each funding cycle, and only one internship project per faculty member will be funded per year, for example: if you received funding for the Spring 2017/Summer 2017 cycle, you are not eligible for funding in the Summer 2017/Fall 2017 cycle.

What can the funding be used for? Funding will be placed in the faculty member’s operating account and resources may be used to provide salary for the intern, supplies required to execute the project, and/or for project related travel by the intern. Since funding is from state resources, it may not be used for student scholarships or applied directly to the student’s account. Funding must be expended by March 31, 2018. This deadline extends through the following spring to accommodate funding needs for participating in SURCA. More specific instructions on payment will be provided upon the acceptance of the faculty member’s proposal.

What are the requirements for a student to be considered for an internship?

  1. Students must be certified in a CAHNRS major with a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.75 to qualify for consideration.
  2. Students must have a record of consistent enrollment at WSU.
  3. Students must enroll in and pay for 2 internship credits or 2 credits in a special problems course (495, 499, etc.) during the time the internship experience occurs. Fall interns will be expected to enroll in fall credits, and summer interns will be expected to enroll in summer credits, etc. There will be no exceptions to this policy. Please note that if the student’s credit hour load exceeds 18 per semester, the student will incur additional credit fees. We discourage students from exceeding the 18-credit load limit per semester.
  4. Interns must agree to follow the guidelines, reporting and assessment processes outlined in the CAHNRS Internship Handbook.

What is the timeline for this process? (All deadlines are at 5 pm on the date listed unless otherwise noted.)

  1. March 2: Request for proposals distributed to CAHNRS faculty.
  2. March 17: Proposals due electronically at 11:59pm to Herb Lengel(herbert_lengel@wsu.edu)
  3. March 24: Faculty will be notified of outcome of proposal review process.
  4. March 27: Accepted proposals seeking interns will be posted on website for student review.
  5. April 14: Student applications must be submitted through the website by 11:59pm.
  6. April 17: Faculty will receive applications for qualified students interested in their position.
  7. May 5: Intern matching and selection process will conclude.
  8. May 8: Internship offers will be made by this date.

University Announcements

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 the Carey Senior Ballroom from 8:30-12:00PM.

Employment Opportunities

  1. Asst Professor of Entomology: Toxicology, Penn St. Univ., Univ. Park, PA
  2. Asst Professor of Public Health Entomology, Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  3. Irrigated Ag. Entomology Fellowship, Oregon State Univ., Hermiston, OR
  4. Asst Professor, Plant Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  5. Postdoc Researcher, Endosymbiont Ecology Lab, Dept of Entomology, Univ of Kentucky, Lexington, KY