Emeritus Faculty Member Passes Away

Dear Colleagues, ¬† It is with sadness that I pass along the news of the passing of one of our own, Dr. Bob Harwood. Among Bob's many accomplishments, he served as Chair of the WSU Department of Entomology from 1969-1980. Below is a copy of the obituary we received from his daughter, Jennifer. ¬†Information regarding… » More ...

A Mechanism of Extreme Growth and Reliable Signaling in Sexually Selected Ornaments and Weapons

August 17, 2013 | Science Magazine Many male animals wield ornaments or weapons of exaggerated proportions. We propose that increased cellular sensitivity to signaling through the insulin/insulin-like growth factor (IGF) pathway may be responsible for the extreme growth of these structures. We document how rhinoceros beetle horns, a sexually selected weapon, are more sensitive to… » More ...

Industrial Chemicals Benefiting Public Health, Food Supply

January 18, 2012, OnPoint Do the benefits of pesticide use outweigh the health risks? During today's OnPoint, Allan Felsot, a professor of environmental toxicology at Washington State University, explains why he believes that despite the controversy surrounding pesticides, they play a crucial role in protecting food supply and public health. He also weighs in on… » More ...