Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Brandon Hopkins and Walter Sheppard are the recipients of a $13,000 grant from USDA/APHIS/Plant Quarantine to conduct Honey Bee surveys (9/26/2017).
  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of a: $35,000 grant from the National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance for work on Integrated Pest Management and Pollinator Protection on Alfalfa Produced for Seed (9/22/2017); $13,963 from the Western Alfalfa See Growers to work on Alfalfa Seed IPM (09/22/2017); $7,000 from the Washington Hop Commission for Hop Entomology Research (9/13, 2017); and $13,200 from UC-Davis IR-4 to study the Magnitude of Pesticide Residue Trials (9/12/2017).

For more info go to:


owen2010The next speaker at the Fall 2017 Entomology Colloquium will be Dr. Jeb Owen, faculty member in the WSU Entomology Department.  The title of his presentation is ” You’re a Meatsack and It’s Okay: Lessons from Parasite Immunology and Art.”  This presentation will be at 2:10 PM on Monday, October 2, in FSHN 354. The AMS dial-in number is 4806116. For more information about Dr. Owen go to:


CAHNRS Career & Internship Networking Night is on Monday, October 2, from 5-7 p.m. in Ensminger Pavilion. There will be over 30 companies participate and over 150 students participated in 2016.  This exciting networking opportunity provides students the opportunity to meet with organizations one-on-one to talk about internships and careers in agricultural, economic, and natural resource sciences.  If you’re interested in more information about the event or would like to learn more about the companies attending, please visit:


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). Below are active links that hold the current agenda and candidate materials.

  • Lauren Diepenbrock

o        October 11th

  • Tobin Northfield

o        October 18th

  • Ikkei Shikano

o        October 25th

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.


Wednesday, October 4 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM you will have an opportunity to have to attend the first Coffee with a Cop event at the McDonald’s at 1620 So. Grand Avenue in Pullman.  This event is brought for you by the Pullman Police Advisory Board.



The 2017-2018 WSU Annual Security and Fire Report is now available on line at


SciPhD: Path from scientist in academia to impressive & competitive candidate for industry. Unsure how to enter the biotech industry after years of academia? Worried you don’t have the experience that the industry wants? SciPhD is here to help you!  This half-day workshop will show you how to navigate the path from scientist in academia to impressive and competitive candidate for industry!  Learn how to:

  • Market yourself and build your industry identity
  • Translate your academic skills into highly sought-after skills in industry
  • Efficiently extract critical information from job ads to tailor your resume
  • Network effectively to expand your opportunities and make you more

competitive in the job market

  • Much more!!

Don’t miss out on this essential workshop from SciPhD!  Take advantage of this unique face-to-face workshop to learn the critical skills that PhDs need to advance their careers!

Date: October 4, 2017     Time: Noon – 5:00PM     Location: CUB Junior Ballroom

Lunch is provided.  Seating is limited. Register and RSVP at


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 5pm 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

  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.



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 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  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:


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:


The Graduate School’s Imagine Beyond Initiative is designed to help prepare our undergraduate students for graduate school. The first workshop is on September 29th. The website is located at  Please forward to your students who may be interested in graduate school. Thank you!  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.



EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.


  1. Supervisory Museum Specialist, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Inst., Washington, DC
  2. Biological Science Technician, Dept of the Interior, Arcata, CA
  3. Apiculture Lecture & Distance Education Coordinator, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  4. Assistant Professor (Ecology of Invasive Insects), Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  5. Postdoc Assist. Collections Mgr. in Entomology, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, L.A. County Museum
  6. Research Physiologist, Dept of the Navy, Panama City, FL
  7. Postdoc Scholar, Penn State Univ., University Park, PA



Important Dates and Deadlines:


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:


Tidal Leadership Certificate Training for Working Professionals started on September 5, 2017.  This training, offered through Washington State University’s Center for Transformational Learning & Leadership and the WSU Global Campus, is designed for working professionals who are eager to learn readily-applicable skills for working with diverse personalities, views, and conflict styles while developing personal awareness, courage, and clarity. For more information go to:



Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting will be November 5-8, 2017 in Denver, CO. Program Symposia and Workshop submissions are now open.


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