The next Entomology Faculty meeting will be on Friday, May 24th at 11:00 AM. The AMS dial number is 5703442.


EGSA Speaker 2017The next Colloquium will be by the EGSA student choice speaker, 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 at 2:10 pm, 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.  For more info on Dr. Barbercheck go to:


The CAHNRS Honors Awards Celebration will be on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at the Schweitzer Event Center (at 1825 Schweitzer Dr).  The reception and Silent Auction begins at 5:00 PM with the dinner and program at 6:00 PM.  This event honors the students and supporters of CAHNRS. Register online by March 20th.  If you have questions contact Alanna Ellis at<  For more info go to:

The WSU Celebrating Excellence event will be on Friday, March 31, 2017.  The social hour begins at 5:30 PM, followed by the banquet at 6:30 PM. The reservation deadline to attend the Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet is this Friday, March 17thCelebrating Excellence honors the outstanding achievements of WSU faculty and staff.  The newest recipients of:

  • the Eminent Faculty Award
  • the V. Lane Rawlins Distinguished Lifetime Service Award
  • the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Awards
  • the President’s Employee Excellence Awards
  • the President’s Distinguished Teaching Awards for Non-Tenure Track Faculty
  • the Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Award
  • the Faculty Diversity Award
  • the Association for Faculty Women Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award and
  • the presenter of the Distinguished Faculty Address are honored at this banquet.

This year’s newly tenured and promoted faculty, and new patent awardees are also honored during this special evening. Price is $45/person. Please plan to attend and support your colleagues.  Reservations can be made online at through Friday, March 17. Please contact University Events at 509-335-4737 or with any questions.

David James was featured in a Northwest 4 news article in the March 6th  edition of the Yakima Herald-Republic.  The title of the article is “Expert from WSU to offer butterfly program at Yakima Arboretum.”  A copy of the article is attached.

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Betsy Beers who received a grants totaling $49,134 from Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission for research on 1) Insecticide Resistance of SWD in Sweet Cherry and 2) Spotted wing drosophila management in stone fruit.  Betsy also received funding from Nichino America in the amount of $18,000 for research support concerning Insect Control on Tree Fruit. (3/6/2017)

For more info go to:

Sir Doug WalshIt was announced this week that Doug Walsh is this year’s recipient Sahlin Faculty Excellence for Outreach and Engagement.   As the statewide director of integrated pest management for WSU Extension, he researches sustainable protection for crops and their insect pollinators. His work over the past 15 years has reduced farmers’ use of certain pesticides by 100,000 pounds per year in the Pacific Northwest. Crops and industries that have benefited include wine grapes, hybrid poplars, vegetables, dry beans and alfalfa for livestock. Walsh has received national and state awards for integrated pest management and extension service. He averages two extension presentations per month to stakeholders such as the Washington Mint Association, Hope Research Council, Pacific Northwest Vegetable Growers Association and more. Learn more about him at  Doug will one of the honoree’s at the Celebrating Excellence event.

Join your fellow entomologist at the PB-ESA Fun Run on Sunday April 2nd starting at 10:00 AM, at the Peace Memorial Park in Portland, OR.  See the flyer for more information.

This year’s E. Paul Catts Memorial Lecture events will take place on April 20 & 21.  The guest speaker is Mark Brown, Professor, Univ. of Georgia.  Dr. Brown received his Masters of Science in Entomology degree at WSU in 1981.  The scheduled events are:

  • Scientific Lecture: “Hormonal regulation of mosquito development and reproduction”

April 20, 2017 | 2pm | Location FSHN Building – T101

  • Insect Cinema Cult Classic (ICCC): “Mesquite” 1995 & TBA

April 20, 2017 | 6pm | Location TODD Building – 276

  • Public Lecture: “Mosquitoes have hormones too: why bother?”

April 21, 2017 | 5pm | Location CUE Building – 203

For event details visit

RSVP for the Celebration Program & Dinner on April 21, 2017 at 6pm  before April 16th, with the online form:

Faculty, students and researchers are invited and encouraged 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 and some of you are already members.  To get more information and

to join our group go to: and click on Join this Department.  There is no cost to join ResearchGate.


EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Assistant/Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
  2. Scientist, Applied Entomology, Plant & Food Res. Applied Ent Group, Te Puke, New Zealand
  3. Bio-statistician/Epidemiologist/Toxicologist in Honey Bee Health, Dept of Entomology, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD.


The prices on our Entomology Apparel have been reduced.  We still have many items in stock.


Important Dates and Deadlines


For Extension People:  Great opportunity to learn about Extension and applied research projects in urban and metropolitan areas in the US (many presentations by WSU).  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:  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

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.