The next speaker for the Fall 2017 Entomology Colloquium will be Dr. Doug Walsh, WSU Entomology faculty member located at the WSU Prosser Research & Extension Center. The title of his presentation is “Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management on Alfalfa Produced for Seed.”  This presentation will be at 2:10 PM on Monday, October 9, in FSHN 354. The AMS dial-in number is 4806116. For more information about Dr. Walsh go to:  http://entomology.wsu.edu/directory/faculty/douglas-b-walsh/  and

dancingCAHNRS presents Swing Dance for Hunger on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 9:00 PM-12:00 AM at the Moscow Moose Lodge (210 N. Main Street in Moscow).  Cost is $5.00 per entry with all proceeds going to Palouse Cares.  Join us for a night of dancing for a good cause!  No experience needed!!

This October, the three candidates interviewing for the Tree Fruit IPM Entomologist Tenure Track faculty position will be available for graduate students and staff to join for lunch in Pullman following their seminar in T0101 (calendar invite attached).  Attached is the information for the candidate seminars.  Below are active links that hold the current agenda and candidate materials.

  • Lauren Diepenbrock

o        October 11th at 11:15 AM

  • Tobin Northfield

o        October 18th at 11:15 AM

  • Ikkei Shikano

o        October 25th at 11:15 Am

Please be prepared for open discussion with the candidates to make most use of the time.

The search committee will ask for you feedback via a candidates evaluation survey – the link will be sent separately.  Also bear in mind the candidates will be spending half of their visit in Wenatchee, were you may be able to interact with them if your located outside of Pullman. Do pay attention to the agenda on each OneDrive link as all updates will be made there to keep a current version available for all to access.

Please do keep the candidate’s information secure.

 

 

 

We are opening the application period for this year’s endowment-funded travel award applications.  If you are planning on attending a professional meeting and making a presentation or preparing a poster, you should consider applying for one of these endowments.  Applications will be open until 5 PM on October 20th.  There are four travel awards, each tied to one of our endowments where the donor asked that their money be used to support student travel. The student that wins each award receives the entire yield of that endowment, which typically ranges from $200-600 depending on market conditions and the size of the original donation. The goal is to highlight the generous gifts made by each donor by tying each award to a specific endowment. Two endowments, Hastings and Telford, fund travel for “Early Career” students. This would include exceptional undergraduates, MS students, or students on a “straight to PhD” track that are early in their training. Two endowments, Getzin and Tamaki, fund travel for “Later Career” students. The faculty review committee will judge whether students qualify as early or later career, based on each year’s applicant pool. So, students don’t have to specify which type of award they are applying for.  In all cases, applications have three components, which should be emailed to Adam at adam.williams@wsu.edu:

  1. A 500 word (or less) essay from the student concisely explaining why you deserve the award. You might describe the significance of your presentation (is it an invited talk? is this a major national meeting? have you recently submitted or published particularly significant findings?), specific plans to build ties with possible postdoc advisors or other collaborators, etc. Travel awards can also be used to meet with collaborators outside of a national meeting; the need for this should be justified.
  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.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any of the committee members if you have questions. Research and recognition awards have a separate deadline in the spring and will be described in a future email.

The Student Awards Committee, Betsy, Laura, and Rich.

 

Prestigious Fellowships Workshops:  Applying for external fellowships and grants is an excellent way to fund your graduate education, and is also a professional development experience for many students who will be seeking academic career placement where grant funding is a necessity.  The Graduate School offers training to help students apply for a number of these prestigious fellowships. To read more about the fellowships and to register for the workshops go to: https://gradschool.wsu.edu/fellowships/

 

HEALTH & SAFETY:

 

The WSU Office of Emergency Management will be conducting the fall semester test of the WSUAlert system October 12 at 12:05 p.m. Faculty, staff and students associated with the Pullman campus who have signed up for emergency notifications will receive text messages, phone calls,and emails which will be clearly identified as a test. This test will also include the campus outdoor warning sirens and computer pop-up alerts. Washington State University places the safety and security of its students, employees, and visitors as its highest priority. WSU has developed the WSUAlert System to disseminate official information via email, text messages, telephone, loudspeakers, Alert Website, and other means to notify the campus population of emergencies or threatening situations. This can include inclement weather, violent actions, and gas leaks. When such events occur, WSU will activate appropriate components of the system to alert people that they should be Aware of the situation, Assess their individual circumstances, and Act to take appropriate safety precautions. WSU encourages students, faculty and staff to be personally aware of developing incidents, assessing each emergency individually, and taking actions to ensure the safety of all. All WSU students, staff and faculty can subscribe to WSUAlerts. Visit myWSU to register/update your emergency contact information. See alert.wsu.edu for more information.

 

 

The 2017-2018 WSU Annual Security and Fire Report is now available on line at https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/1265/2016/11/157456-security-and-fire-report-17-18-hr.pdf.

 

The CAHNRS Operations team has renewed our college-level safety committee to provide additional opportunity for communication for safety issues and support the University’s safety initiative.  College-level safety committee members act as points of contact for anyone within the college to bring forward their questions or concerns about safety. Additionally, the goals for this year’s committee will be developing and reviewing college-level safety projects such as creating a CAHNRS Accident Prevention Plan, updating the college by-laws and safety committee guidelines, and assisting with gathering and compiling information on department and unit safety committees. The following CAHNRS employees are currently serving on the college-level safety committee representing various departments by functional type.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to them about safety issues or concerns.  You may also contact cahnrs.safety@wsu.edu or 509-335-9825 to reach the CAHNRS Operations team.  Elizabeth Willems is the Food/Chem/Animal representative that Entomology falls under.  She can be reached at 335-1476 or by email at elizabeth.willems@wsu.edu.  She also represents Animal Sciences, Biological Systems Eng, Entomology, Inst. of Biological Chem, School of the Environ, School of Food Science and the WSU Creamery.  For more info go to: https://operations.cahnrs.wsu.edu/safety/.

 

 

 

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EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

 

  1. Department Head, Plant, Soils & Entomological Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
  2. Research Entomologist, Harris County, Houston, TX
  3. Assistant Professor Oregon St. University, Ontario, OR
  4. Research Assistant, Dept of Entomology, North Carolina St. Univ, Raleigh, NC
  5. Assistant Professor, Dept of Entomology, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD
  6. Research Analyst, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ
  7. Assistant Scientist II – Lab Mgr., Iowa St. Univ., Ames, AI
  8. Extension Educator 2 (Master Gardner & Master Watershed Coordinator, Penn St. Univ. Montgomery Co. PA

 

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Important Dates and Deadlines:

 

The Graduate School’s Imagine Beyond Initiative is designed to help prepare our undergraduate students for graduate school. The next workshop will be on October 16th and is titled “Components of a graduate application.”  The website is located at  https://gradschool.wsu.edu/imagine-beyond.  Please forward to your students who may be interested in graduate school.  See the attached flyer for more info.

 

Save the date for the 2nd Annual Cyber-Security Awareness Summit on October 25, 2017.  This event is hosted by the WSU Information Technology Services. The Keynote Speaker will be Agnes Kirk, State of Washington chief Information Security Officer.  More details to come.

 

 

The GPSA is offering several events this semester and next spring semester as part of the Professional Development Initiative.  For a list of upcoming PDI events go to:  https://gradschool.wsu.edu/pdi/2017-2018-pdi-event-calendar/

 

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.

 

Pesticide Registration Workshop on November 8, 2017 in Puyallup at the Allmendinger Center.