Congratulations to Adekunle (Kunle) Adesanya who passed his PhD Preliminary Exam.

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Beverly Gerdeman who received Washington Red Raspberry Commission grants in the amount of $3,983 from the Washington Red Raspberry Commission for the Survey for Egg Parasitoids of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, Halyomorpha Halys and  for WSU NWREC Raspberry Field Plot for Invasive Pests and Foliar/Fruit Disease Mgt Trials in the amount of $5,000

For more info go to:

The Insect Expo is this Saturday, April 1 in the CUE Atrium from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM.  Tell your friends.

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.  I you are attending the Portland PB-ESA meeting be sure to show your support for our Linnaean Games team Robert Orpet, Rachel Olsson, Adrian Marshall, Alix Whitener, and Jim Hepler who will be representing WSU Entomology in the Linnaean Games at PB-ESA in Portland, OR the week of April 2 – 5, 2017.  GO COUGS!!

2017 ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONAL CONTRIBUTION AWARD:  APAC is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 10th annual award that will recognize an Administrative Professional employee’s exceptional contributions to WSU/their area or unit.  Exceptional is defined as beyond the expected or required performance; or have made a unique difference; or had far-reaching, impelling or compelling impact to their work area. Nominations can highlight contributions made by the employee that address (but not limited to): productivity; innovative problem solving; positive working relationships; and/or university or community service.  The winner will be announced during the May 11, 2017 APAC meeting.  The nomination form can be found on the APAC website at

The deadline to submit your nomination is Friday, April 7, 2017.  For further information or to submit your nomination contact Gayle Anderson at or 335-8350.


Prestigious Fellowships Workshop: Learn about prestigious fellowship opportunities such as the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Ford Foundation, and USDA Fellowships, and how to be competitive in the application process.

WHO: Graduate students and undergraduates who are considering graduate school

When: April 10, 2017; 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.   Where: FSHN T101 & live-streamed


The Administrative Professional Advisory Council (APAC) is sponsoring the Leading Effective Teams workshop set for Wednesday, April 19th at 8:30 AM-10:30 AM in the CUB Jr. Ballroom.  It will be led by Kevin Parker (former WA St. Representative and adjunct faculty with Whitworth and Gonzaga Univ. MBA programs.  To register for this free seminar please RSVP to by April 12. This event is open to all WSU staff and faculty.  For WSU staff outside of Pullman, APAC will provide a partial travel award for staff who would like to participate in person. Travel awards will be given to the first 20 people who apply and capped at $100 per person. You must send your RSVP and indicate your desire for the travel award by April 7.

 April BBQ

Save the date, for the Entomology & Food Science End of Year BBQ Celebration on Friday April 21, 2017  (see attached flyer).



E. Paul Catts Newsletter picPaul Catts Memorial Lecture: It’s an important year for WSU Entomology. We have several retirements over the past few years (and ongoing) that the department will recognize with a special event. We have invited our emeritus and newly retired faculty to the 20th Anniversary of the E. Paul Catts Memorial Lecture. It will be an honor to celebrate their scholarly and scientific contributions at “A Celebration of WSU Entomology Past and Present.” As key members of our Department, past and present, the organizing committee (Steve Sheppard, Rich Zack, Adam Williams and myself) want to extend a special invitation to you.  Our guest speaker is Dr. Mark Brown, who himself is a WSU Entomology alumnus. The two-day extravaganza starts on Thursday April 20 at 2 pm with a scientific lecture by Dr. Mark Brown followed by the Department’s 21st annual “Insect Cinema Cult Classic” (see attachment) that same evening at 6pm. The main events will be on Friday April 21 starting at 4:00 pm with a reception for Dr. Mark Brown, followed by his public lecture at 5 pm and then dinner for the WSU Entomology department and its guests. We hope that you can make it! See the attached flyer with the details. Please RSVP to this link:

Looking forward to hearing from you and celebrating the incredible folks who have contributed so much to entomological science in Washington State, the nation and beyond. Laura Lavine.


2017 Earth Week Fair:  Please come and join us, on April 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM-2:00 PM, on the Terrell Mall, in educating the public at Washington State University about environmental awareness and stewardship by tabling during our annual Earth Week Fair. This event is hosted by the ASWSU Environmental Sustainability Alliance.  We would like to bring together different groups of people that are working on similar causes and make a statement about how many conscious individuals and groups truly care about the environment, and the differences we can all make together. If your organization is interested in joining us for this event, please follow this link to register: The deadline to sign up is noon on April 14th.  FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: KATHERINE FEE @KATHERINE.FEE@WSU.EDU OR (425) 750 – 3759.  Flyer is attached.


EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Lepidoptera Identification Center Biologist (Pest Biologist 2), WA St Dept of Ag, Olympia, WA
  2. Research Asst., Texas A&M, College Station, TX
  3. Fellow (Postdoc), Kansas St. Univ., Manhattan, KS
  4. Research Associate, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
  5. Assistant Scientist, Dept Ecology, Evolution & Organismal Biology, Iowa St. University, Ames, IA
  6. Entomology Field Resch Coordinator, Univ. of Nebraska, Mead, NE
  7. State Entomologist, St. of Vermont, Berlin, VT
  8. Vector-Borne Infectious Disease Asst., Assoc., or Full Professor, St. Paul, MN
  9. Asst. Project Scientist – Insect Endrocinology Research, Dept of Entomology, UC-Riverside


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: 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.


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:


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 7-11 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


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.

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