Congratulations to our WSU students and faculty ESA competition winners:

WSU’S Student Debate team won their debate and won the overall competition. The team is made up of Adekunle Adesanya, Abigail Cohen, Adrian Marshall, Jim Hepler, Ben Lee and Abbey Hayes. They will receive an engraved trophy and a $500 prize.

Adrian Marshall won 10-min talk session, and both Robert Orpet and Abigail Cohen won second place in their sessions! First place winners receive one free year of ESA membership, a certificate, and a $75 cash prize. Second place winners receive one free year of ESA membership and a certificate.

Alix Whitener was awarded the Student Activity Award, a $5000 scholarship from Monsanto. She also served this year as the Student Affairs Committee Chair, organizing the Student Debates, Student Reception, and the Student Symposium.

Adekunle Adesanya won second place in the Poster Competition for “Insect vector and Resistance Management.”  Kunle also served as Pacific Branch Student Representative to the Student Affairs Committee and he helped moderate the Student Symposium.

Betsy Beers was awarded the Excellence in IPM award (the first time this was awarded to a woman) and Carol Black was awarded the Excellence Extension Award.

Our very own former faculty member Carol Anelli delivered the memorial lecture honoring Anna Botsford Comstock.  (Carol’s talk was recorded and will be posted on YouTube in the next few weeks.  As soon as I know it has been posted I will send the link out to everyone).

Our Linnaean Games team, Adrian Marshall, Jim Hepler, Robert Orpet, Alix Whitener and Rachel Olsson did not win their competition but did receive funding from ESA and the Pacific Branch to help represent the Pacific Branch at the meeting.

Have you gotten suspicious emails with the subject line showing USER and the first line of the message that reads “This is an Email Service Alert from Service Desk?”  If so forward it (and any other suspicious emails) on the WSU Security Operations Center at  See the attachment for more information that gives some practical ways to prevent harmful emails.

The next Entomology Colloquium will be on Monday, November 27, 2017.  Our speaker will be Dr. Fang (Rose) Zhu.  Rose is a faculty member in the WSU Department of Entomology. The title of her talk is yet to be announced.  All colloquium presentations are held in FSHN 354, (the Entomology Department classroom) and begin at 2:10 PM.  The AMS dial in number is 771155.

Safety and you at WSU: Whether you are a student, staff, or faculty member, your safety is of the utmost importance. We’re committed to safety and we know you are too. Join us at WSU’s Safety, Health, and Security Fair + Awards Ceremony to recognize those who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in health, safety, and security at Washington State University.  MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

November 28    10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.   CUB Senior Ballroom      #BeSafeCougs
We look forward to seeing you there. Stacy Pearson, Vice President for Finance and Administration, and
Chris Keane, Vice President for Research

Four finalists for the CAHNRS Dean position have been identified.  The first finalist will visit Pullman be on November 27 & 28.  See that attachment for all of the candidate’s detailed schedules.

Winter parking for state vehicles: Our state vehicles now have a dedicated parking lot to park at by the Yellow 1 lot behind the indoor practice facility. With the new parking zones further limiting options and availability near FSHN for paying employees and students we do not want to block these spots when state vehicles when they are not actively in use. Importantly, during the winter months (November through March), many parking lots around campus do not allow overnight parking to accommodate snow removal. Most of our state vehicles will need to be moved, except the departmental van and truck which receive an exception as they primarily assist with transporting students to class at U of I. However during periods where there is no courses (Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and Spring Break) they will also need to be moved to the dedicated state vehicle Exempt lot to allow heavy equipment the opportunity to remove snow. See the attachment for the images of dedicated state vehicle parking lot that lab vehicles need to start utilizing, and the black No Overnight Parking Sign that is now posted around campus to avoid during the next months.

American Entomologist Seeks Cover Photos—ESA’s membership magazine, American Entomologist, is seeking dynamic, beautiful, and interesting photos of insects to appear on its cover. Photos should be of living insects, in sharp focus, and in portrait orientation. It is preferred that the insect be in a natural setting, with no human presence visible; in addition, it is preferred that the full insect to be visible in the image, with no parts cropped out. The insect or other elements of interest should not appear in the top 30 percent of the photograph, to allow space for the American Entomologist masthead. All photos must be at least 300 dpi in resolution at a width of at least 8.5 inches.  Because American Entomologist is a quarterly publication and we wish to feature a variety of photographers’ work, we can only accept two photos per photographer as part of this call for photos.  By submitting your photo, you agree to give ESA permission to use your image on a future cover of American Entomologist. You will not be asked to transfer copyright in your photo to ESA. ESA will not use your photo in any other way without requesting your permission for that specific use.  Please submit your photos by December 1, 2017, to, along with a caption and photo credit information to be used if the image is published. Please include “American Entomologist call for cover photos” in your subject line or the body of your email to ensure that your photo is properly directed. Thank you for your interest in contributing the next great image for the cover of American Entomologist.

Are you looking to recruit excellent scholars to your graduate program for Fall 2018? Consider nominating students for the Graduate School’s Research Assistantships for Diverse Scholars (RADS), which are intended to increase access and opportunities to graduate education for U.S. students from underrepresented/underserved communities and to increase graduate student diversity in our degree programs and Washington State University. Applications for RADS are due Friday, February 2nd, 2018 at Noon.

As an additional incentive, the Campus Visitation Program provides RADS nominees with a unique opportunity to visit WSU and meet with departments and communities on campus. The Campus Visitation Program has served as a powerful recruiting incentive for prospective WSU graduate students. Only students who are nominated for RADS and have been admitted by the prospective department, will be eligible to participate in the Campus Visitation Program.  The campus visit will take place on the Pullman campus, March 4th– 7th, 2018.

***Please Note:

  • Nominations for the RADS and Campus Visit use the same form
  • Please limit nominations to a maximum of 3 per Department/Program

For more information about guidelines and eligibility, and the RADS/ Campus Visitation Program nomination form, please visit our website:  and feel free to send questions 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: Be aware that the deadline for most of the listed fellowships are in November and December.


EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Postdoctoral Researcher (Invertebrate Molecular Ecology), Entomology Dept., Louisiana St. Univ., Baton Rouge, LA
  2. Lab Manager, PSES University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
  3. Area IPM Advisor, Salinas, Monterey County, CA
  4. Biology Residential Faculty, Maricopa Co. Community College Dist., Phoenix, AZ
  5. Plant Pest Specialist, State of North Carolina, North Carolina Dept of Ag and Consumer Services
  6. Research Associate, North Carolina St. Univ., Raleigh, NC


Important Dates and Deadlines:

November 1-31, 2017 is the open enrollment period for medical and dental plans.  This is the one time of the year you can make changes to, and enroll in certain benefits for the upcoming year. To see the medical insurance premium changes go to:

The Graduate School’s Imagine Beyond Initiative is designed to help prepare our undergraduate students for graduate school. The next workshop will be on November 29, 2017 and is titled “Statement of purpose and letters of recommendation.”  The website is located at forward to your students who may be interested in graduate school.

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:

The November Professional Development Initiative workshops are:  (1) Navigating health Care for Graduate Students presented by Sara Wynne, Health Educator on Monday Nov 6th, 10 AM in CUB L60 (Butch’s Den); (2) Stress Relief and Mindfulness Workshop presented by Anne Cox, Assoc Professor in the Kinesiology Program, on Thursday, Nov. 16th at 2:00 PM in CUB L60 Butch’s Den.

All of these workshops are free for WSU faculty, staff, graduate and professional students.

The Graduate School recently announced several scholarships and fellowship awards for outstanding graduate students. Full descriptions and eligibility requirements for each award are provided here:   Please nominate deserving graduate students from your unit for these awards. Nominees for each scholarship should be sent directly to Alanna Ellis ( in the Academic Programs Office. CAHNRS deadline for nominees for all but the Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines is Thursday, December 7, 2017Rich Zack, Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs will make final selections for the college and submit nominations by the Graduate School deadline.  Nominees for The Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines are due on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 to Alanna Ellis ( in the Academic Programs Office.  This is a rare opportunity to acknowledge excellence among the graduate cohort at WSU, and we are well aware that there are many extraordinary graduate students in CAHNRS.  Please review the 8 graduate student awards currently being offered by the Graduate School:

  1. The Richard and Constance M. Albrecht Scholarship: Open to all active doctoral students enrolled either full- or part-time during the fall 2018 semester, in good standing who have successfully passed their preliminary examination, and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students cannot receive this award more than once.
  2. Ann Chittenden Holland Master’s Thesis Award for Graduate Student Excellence: Open to all graduate students in good standing in STEM disciplines who have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA, have completed a WSU master’s thesis in the past year and are currently enrolled in a doctoral program at WSU.
  3. The Charles Allen Master’s Thesis Award: Open to all graduate students in good standing in the arts, humanities and social sciences who have completed a WSU master’s thesis in the past year and are currently enrolled in a doctoral program at WSU and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students must be enrolled either full- or part-time during the fall 2018 semester. Students cannot receive this award more than once.
  4. Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award: This is a fellowship, open to all doctoral students who have successfully passed their preliminary examination, and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students must be enrolled full- or part-time during the fall 2018 semester. Students cannot receive this award more than once. (Please note this award has a separate nomination process – additional details found here:
  5. Arnold and Julia Greenwell Memorial Scholarship for Social Sciences and Humanities: Open to all doctoral graduate students who are conducting research/scholarship in the social sciences or humanities and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students must be enrolled full- or part-time during the fall 2018 semester. Students cannot receive this award more than once.
  6. Anne and Russ Fuller Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research/Scholarship: This is a fellowship, open to all doctoral graduate students who are conducting interdisciplinary research/scholarship and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students must be enrolled full- or part-time during the fall 2018 semester.
  7. The Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines: Open to all doctoral applicants to WSU in a STEM discipline.
  8. The Graduate School Dissertation Year Fellowship: Open to all doctoral candidates in good standing with an approved dissertation proposal who have passed their preliminary exam and expect to complete and defend their dissertation during the nine-month period in which the award is offered. In addition, the candidate must be a legal Washington State resident, they must have enrolled full time prior to the fellowship period and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above.

Pacific Branch ESA meeting in Reno, NV, June 10-13, 2018.

Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC, Nov 11-15, 2018