The Student Entertainment Board presents Carnival Night, Oct 13th, from 9 PM – 12 AM and is in the CUB Sr. Ballroom.  Come to Carnival Night in the CUB today! There will be acrobats, a roaming magician, a mechanical bull, and more! Free Subway, cotton candy, and popcorn with your name on it. Get there tonight for free food and a good time.


edwindavisThe October 16, 2017 Entomology Colloquium speaker will be Dr. Edwin Davis. His presentation will be at 2:10 PM in FSHN 354 (the Entomology Classroom). Dr. Lewis is the department head and professor in the Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Nematology at the University of Idaho. He is also the Co-Director of the Center for Health in the Human Ecosystem at UofI. The title of this week’s presentation is “Movement and infection behaviors of insect-parasitic nematodes: The Story of the Slithering Herd.” For more information about Dr. Davis go to:…/Edwin-Lewis-CV.ashx  or to  Please note that the new AMS dial up number for all sites to dial for this event is 771155.


Come join us for good food, drink and to learn about the transformative research that is happening at WSU.

Monday October 16th, 5:30pm in PACCAR Town Hall.  As part of WSU’s ongoing effort to support innovation and research engagement, multiple groups are collaborating to host events focused on connecting research at WSU to people and resources to support translational research. This represents an institution-wide effort to embrace a culture of entrepreneurship that celebrates working across boundaries, creativity in research and efforts to apply our academic work to problems in the world. This event is focused on providing exposure to the ongoing research projects and connections to individuals looking to help develop and deploy translational efforts. This event is part of a series of team-building events that aim to connect WSU students and University community members with an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship. The goals for these events are to build grassroots level teams around novel ideas that can make a tangible impact in the world. It is expected that such events will spur collaborations to generate resources in order to translate the research outcomes into the world. Information on the funding and support opportunities available to WSU faculty and students will be provided at these events.  Please join us and be ready to tell us: What’s your problem?

RSVP Here:  For more info contact Bruce Williamson Benavides, Molecular Plant Sciences program,


Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of a $76,211 grant from the USDA/ARS for the Evaluation and Development of Hop Germplasm for the Washington State Hop Growing Region (9/28/2017).
  • David Crowder and Robert Orpet are recipients of a $17,875 grant from Western SARE/USDA/NIFA to work on Assessment of the Positive and Negative Effects of Earwigs in Apple Orchards (10/2/2017).
  • Betsy Beers is the recipient of grants from Syngenta Crop Protection in the amount of $13,300 (10/4/2017).
  • John Stark is the recipient of a $143,574 from the Dept. of the Interior to work on Biological Effectiveness of Green Stormwater Infrastructure (10/6/2017).
  • Doug Walsh; Elizabeth Beers; Carrie Foss; Brandon Hopkins; Drew Lyon; Carol Miles; Michelle Moyer; Kim Patten; Timothy Waters are the recipients of a $272,998 grant from USDA/NIFA for the Washington State IPM Extension Implementation Program 2017-2020 (10/6/2017).
  • For more info go to:


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).  View each candidates agenda and access information through their link below, including the current agenda, seminar access details, and candidate materials.

o        October 11th at 11:15 AM

o        October 18th at 11:15 AM

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 candidate evaluation survey can be found at: Please fill out for all candidates evaluations by October 26, 2017.  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 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.


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: Be award that the deadline for most of the listed fellowships are in November and December.




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


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. Extension Coordinator, WSU Extension, Chehalis, WA
  2. Research Specialist, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  3. Agricultural Stewardship Specialist, Cornell Univ., New York State.
  4. Assist/Assoc Professor of Arthropod Molecular Systematics, Univ. of Idaho, Moscow
  5. Postdoc Scholar, Penn St. Univ, University Park, PA
  6. Postdoc Research Associate, Entomology & Plant Pathology, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  7. Research Assist., Texas A&M AgriLife, College Station, TX
  8. Technician III, Texas A&M AgriLife, College Station, TX



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 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:


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