Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Betsy Beers is the recipient of funding from the Fresh Pear Commission in the amount of $121,474 to work on

“Integrated Fruit Production for Pears.” (5/31/2017)

  • David Crowder and Betsy Bears are the recipients of funding from the Fresh Pear Commission in the amount of $52,761 to work on “Acoustically Based Mating Disruption of Winterform Psylla.” (5/31/2017)
  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of funding from the Washington Alfalfa Seed Commission in the amount of $34,000 to work on “Pest Control on Seed crops.”  (5/31/17)
  • David James is the recipient of funding from the Washington Wine Commission in the amount of $10,000 to work on “New Mites in Washington Grapes: Distribution, Abundance and Significance. (5/31/2017)
  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of funding from the USDA/ARS/APRI in the amount of $10,520 to work on “Alfalfa Pollinator Research Initiative.” (5/18/2017)

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

Jeb Owen was featured in a June 2, 2017 Spokesman Review story titled “Attack of the Black Flies.”

The work of Steve Sheppard and Paul Staments was highlighted in an article in the June 5, 2017 edition of Forbes Magazine titled “Can A Mushroom Save Honey Bees?”   Here’s the link:  https://www.forbes.com/sites/grrlscientist/2017/06/05/can-a-mushroom-save-honey-bees/#7e5592d35322

Nominations for 2017-18 faculty awards are being accepted through September 29th.  See the attached memo for the call and the awards available. Also, please let me know who is being nominated and for what so we can keep an inventory of the submissions to make sure CAHNRS is well represented. Contact Lisa Johnson janowski@wsu.edu if you have questions.

As you have likely heard, WSU ITS is in the migration stage for moving our Exchange mailboxes to Office 365.  This will happen during the months of May and June 2017.  The schedule and additional information for these moves is located at  the O365 Outlook Migration web page (see URL image below).

https://its.wsu.edu/wp-content/uploadso365-outlook-migration/

Please look there to see when your area is anticipated to move.  Your mailbox will actually be migrated the night before this date to allow everything to be in place when you start work that day.  When you first try to access your email after the migration, Outlook will give you the pop-up box noted in the PDF documentation referenced below and you will simply need to restart Outlook, possibly more than once.   For many users, this will be the extent of what is needed to complete the migration.  Other information that may apply to you after the migration, depending the devices and applications you use, is located at the PDF file web page (see URL image below).

https://its.wsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/221/2017/05/migration-information-5-8-17.pdf

If for some reason, you run into an issue or have a question that is not covered in the documentation or the FAQs online, please contact your local IT support or CougTech at 335-4357 or  cougtech@wsu.edu.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

The next Entomology Faculty Meeting is tentative planned for Friday, June 30, 2017.

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EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

 

  1. Plant Health Specialist 1, St. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  2. Entomologist I, New Orleans, LA
  3. Postdoc Research Associate, Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX
  4. Postdoc Researcher, Louisiana St. Univ.,
  5. Collection Manager, UNH Insect Collection, Durham, NH
  6. Area Extension Agent, Colorado St.  Univ., Delta County, Delta, CA
  7. Postdoc Research Associate, Texas A&M, Weslaco, TX
  8. Postdoctoral Fellow-Entomology, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
  9. Assistant  Prof-Pollination Ecologist, Entomology & Nematology Dept, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, F

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Important Dates and Deadlines

Starting Right with Bees Shortcourse on June 9-10, 2017 in the Food Science classroom/kitchen , Pullman, WA.

Rearing High Quality Queens Workshop will be on June 11, 2017 Ensminger Pavilion, Pullman, WA.

June 10: Tri-Cities Wine and Music Festival

Registration is now open for July 29 Hardhat Classic Golf Tournament.  For more information or to register see the Hard Hat Classic website.

Norm Ehmann Urban Pest Management Award  –  July 2017 RFP

Deadline: Proposals will be accepted until August 31, 2017. Submit one electronic or written copy of the proposal to Walter S. Sheppard, Department of Entomology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 99164-6382 (shepp@wsu.eduentomology@wsu.edu). The applicants will notified of the selection committee choice by October 1, 2017.

Norm Ehmann Urban Pest Management Award  –  July 2017 RFP     

Request for proposals: Researchers or educators involved with urban pest management problems which occur in the Pacific Northwest are invited to apply. Research may be conducted outside the Northwest if it involves pests that also occur in the Northwest, like bed bugs.

            Purpose: This endowment was developed through donations from the Oregon and Washington Pest Management Associations, the Pacific Northwest Pest Management Conference and a variety of pest control industry suppliers. It is intended to support research and extension and/or educational activities relevant to Urban Pest Management issues.

            Funding: Proposals are welcome from all Urban Pest Management researchers and extension educators, but we do expect the proposed research and training to include pests that are located in the Pacific Northwest. The amount of each grant has not been established, but we are planning for a total amount of up to $30,000 to be made available for this funding period (January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018). It is expected that one or more projects will be funded. The selection committee encourages applicants to seek matching funds from supporting agencies, such as the Washington State Commission on Pesticide Registration and the Pacific Northwest Pest Management Conference.

            Evaluation and Selection Criteria: Research and Extension Proposals addressing all Urban Pest Management issues will be accepted, with priority placed on those addressing pests in the Pacific Northwest such as:

• Odorous house ants, carpenter ants and other pestiferous ants

• Bed bugs

• Subterranean termites, anobiid beetles, and other wood-destroying organisms

• Yellowjackets and other wasps

• Arthropod pests of all stored products

• Mosquitoes and other medically important arthropods

• Rodents

• Training workshops or programs for Pest Control technicians

            Proposal format: Proposals are limited to 5 pages with 12-point font size and one-inch margins. Applicants should include a two-page vitae as an addendum.

            Rationale and Significance: Each proposal should contain a detailed description of the pest problem and its impact on the affected industry and/or stakeholders.

            Project Description: Provide a detailed description of the project including objectives, procedures (including statistical design parameters and analysis when appropriate), time line, matching funds and personnel.

            Deadline: Proposals will be accepted until August 31, 2017. Submit one electronic or written copy of the proposal to Walter S. Sheppard, Department of Entomology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 99164-6382 (shepp@wsu.eduentomology@wsu.edu). The applicants will notified of the selection committee choice by October 1, 2017.

            Budget: A budget narrative and totals must be provided for salaries and benefits, hourly wages, required travel, equipment, and other related expenses. Indirect or overhead costs are not permitted.

            Reporting: Mid-term and final progress reports are required for funded projects (June 30, 2018 and January 15, 2019, respectively). At the request of the Norm Ehmann Urban Pest Management Award Committee, the researcher may be asked to make a presentation at the annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Pest Management Association. Funding to attend this meeting will be provided by the Association and should not be included in the proposal.

 

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.

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:

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.

The prices on our Entomology Apparel have been reduced.  We still have many items in stock ready for you to purchase.