April 6, 2018

Department Announcements

Calling all social butterflies! We are excited to announce we are on multiple social media platforms. Stay connected to us on our channels below:

Send in any cool photos, news stories, or upcoming events to Christina Rede at Christina.rede@wsu.edu for our social media channels.  Please submit by Thursday noon to Christina or our SmartSheet notification page at:

https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=b7c943ec39084d74a98410f50b4db935.

The 22nd Annual Insect Cinema Cult Classic will be TONIGHT Friday, April 6th in Todd Hall Room 276, beginning at 5:30 PM.  Do your kids BUG you? Join the WSU Entomology Department for the 22nd Insect Cinema Cult Classic as we showcase insects on the big screen like you’ve never seen them before! This event is FREE and open to everyone.  Movies showing will be:

The Deadly Mantis” I1957) A giant prehistoric praying mantis, recently freed from the Arctic ice, voraciously preys on American military at the DEW Line and works its way south. 1 hr 19 min.

The Thaw” (2009) A research expedition to the Arctic discovers that a melting polar ice cap has released a deadly prehistoric parasite. 1 hr 30 min.

Palm Rot” (2015) A research expedition to the Arctic discovers that a melting polar ice cap has released a deadly prehistoric parasite. 8 min.

There will also be live arthropods to view and interact with, as well as popcorn, door prizes, and a raffle.

The 2018 Insect Expo is scheduled for April 7th, 10 AM-2 PM at the Ensminger Pavilion on the WSU campus. WSU’s Entomology Graduate Student Association (EGSA) hosts this FREE annual family-friendly event with activities for all ages. Activities include: facepainting, living arthropods displays and handling, fossil making, etc. and visitors have the chance to take home a mealworm and watch it metamorphose into an adult beetle! Come learn about how insects and other arthropods impact your life while having a fun time!

Dr. Mike Strand is the Entomology Colloquium speaker on Monday, April 9th beginning at 12:10 PM.  Dr. Strickland is a Microbial Ecologist at the University of Idaho in the Department of Soil & Water systems.  His presentation is “Ecosystem Processes in the Age of Antibiotics.” For more information about Dr. Strickland go to: https://www.stricklandlab.com/.  The AMS dial # is 772402

Mark your calendars to attend the E. Paul Catts Lecture events on April 19 & 20, 2018.  This year’s speaker is, Dr. Rufus Isaacs. He is a faculty member in the Entomology Department at Michigan State University. The public lecture will be on Thursday, April 19, 2018, 5-6:30 PM at the 1912 Center (412 E. 3rd St. in Moscow, ID).  The title of this presentation is Bees and Blooms for Bigger Blueberries.  The dinner will be at 6:30 at the Hunga Dunga Brewing Company (333 N Jackson St, Moscow, ID 83843). Tickets for the dinner may be purchased by going here: https://store.entomology.cahnrs.wsu.edu/e-paul-catts-dinner-registration. Dr. Isaacs will be giving a scientific talk on Friday, April 20, 2018, at 11:00 AM in FSHN T101. The title of this presentation is Rebuilding IPM Programs After Invasive Pests Disrupt.   To learn more about Dr. Isaack go to:  http://www.canr.msu.edu/people/rufus_isaacs. We hope to see you there.

The Entomology, Food Science and Animal Science Spring Potluck BBQ will be on Friday April 20 beginning at 12:00 noon following Dr. Isaacs presentation in FSHN T-101.  We will be outside of T101 between Clark Hall and the FSHN Building.  Your invitation is attached.  Please register online by clicking here to go to our SignUpGenius page or click on the Register block on the invitation.

Ben Lee’s PhD Preliminary Exam is scheduled for Monday, April 16, 2018 in FSHN 354 at 8:00 AM.  The AMS dial # is 774336.

Abigail Cohen’s PhD Preliminary Exam is scheduled for April 18, 2018 in FSHN 164 at 12:00 PM.

Congratulations to Adekunle Adesanya for taking first place for the 2018 GPSA Research Expo in Agriculture & Natural Sciences.

The next Entomology Faculty Meeting will be on April 27, 2018 at 10:00 AM in FSHN 164.  The AMS dial # is 774330.

The All Entomology Faculty Retreat is scheduled for August 16th and 17th in Pullman this year.

The Entomology Store is having a clearance sale.  All items are discounted up to 48%.  Check out the on-line store at store.entomology.cahnrs.wsu.edu.  You can also reach the Entomology Store from the new Entomology first item on front page banner.  We are now accepting credit card payments.

Applications for the ESA Science Policy Fellows Program are due by June 1, 2018.  If you are interested in a program that teaches entomologists the skills needed to successfully advocate for the discipline (and science-based decisions in general), I encourage you to look at the program description, past cohorts, and the application process, all linked from this page: https://www.entsoc.org/sci-pol/SPFs  If you have students or post-docs who might also have an interest, please share this email with them. IMHO, there is no downside to stronger linkages between scientists and policy-makers.  For more info contact Catherine Daniels cdaniels@wsu.edu  or visit the ESA webpage at https://www.entsoc.org/about/awards-honors.   The application deadline for the ESA Awards, Entomological Foundation Awards, ESA Certification Corporation Awards, Science Policy Fellows also have the June 1, 2018 deadline.  You may nominate  yourself or a colleague for any of these awards.

The 2018 Honey Bee Rearing and Bee Breeding Workshops will be on June 15th & 16th on the Pullman Campus.  Instructors will be Susan Cobey, Jennifer Han, Brandon Hopkins, Melanie Kirby, Tim Lawrence, Nick Naeger and Steve Sheppard. We will also have an outstanding guest speaker from abroad, Jeri Wright from UK to discuss bee nutrition and Gennaro Di Prisco from Italy to present his breeding project in Italy.  Ready to take beekeeping to the next level? For those of you who already have a working foundation in beekeeping, the WSU bee team is offering an event to introduce you to fundamental tools for stock improvement.  The Honey Bee Rearing workshop is designed to improve your understanding of queen rearing, bee breeding systems and selection methods though a combination of presentations and hands-on demonstrations. The Bee Breeding Workshop will also introduce you to the more advanced techniques of instrumental insemination and cryopreservation.  For more information and to register go to:  http://bees.wsu.edu/queen-rearing-and-bee-breeding-workshop/.

University Announcements

Spring is here and it’s time to think about all of those home projects needing attention. Need an extra hand? Contact Rent a rower to do the work for you!  Only one weekend remaining: April 14 & 15 Visit row.wsu.edu and click on “Rent-a-Rower.”  It’s just $15/hour per rower. All money goes to supporting the Cougar Rowing Team.  Thank you and Go Cougs!  For more info go to:  http://53398.orgsync.com/org/cougarcrew/RentARower.

Be aware that WSU Departments will no longer be doing the Van Driver Training for it’s employees.  Drivers need to get a driving record abstract from the Department of Licensing. This can be done on-line at http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/requestyourrecord.html.   Pam Merryweather is the instructor for the Coaching the Van Driver Training.  In this training program you will learn about conducting a vehicle inspection, safe driving skills and driving environments. Additional driving concerns and collision reporting procedures are also discussed. This program is highly recommended for all drivers of WSU cargo or passenger vans, and is required if you plan to rent a full-sized van from Motor Pool. Training must be repeated at least every two years. Upcoming dates for the trainings are:  April 4, May 3, June 7, July 5. August 2, 2018.   Go here to register for the training:  http://hrs.wsu.edu/ and click on the training  link https://hrs.wsu.edu/training/  and log-in to the WSU’s  Training website.  On the left-hand side under “Upcoming Events” select, “Instructor Led Training,” then “Session Schedule.” At this screen you can view the list of offerings by date, or click on “Course Title” to see the list alphabetically with the training dates.  Click on the Actions link and select Enroll in the Session.  Because we have a large number of summer employees we could see if Pam would be willing do a special training for us.  Let Dory know if you would like her to pursue this.

Registration and regalia orders for students participating in the Spring 2018 Commencement ceremony closes on Friday, April 13, 2018.  The link to register for commencement is https://commencement.wsu.edu/register-to-walk/.

APAC’s Spring Professional Development Seminars: The professional development seminars offer a range of training opportunities for WSU staff and faculty. We encourage you to attend.
Please click on the event links below to register.

May 2                  3:30–5:00 PM    Proven Keys to Career Building & Recovering from Self Inflicted Wounds,  Mike Worthy, Regent, Washington State University

May 17                TBA Servant                      Leadership

Robin Blanchard, CEO of Blanchard Consulting LLC

AMS sites are scheduled.   Sponsored by the Office of the President.

Quarterly lobbying reports must be filed online by Friday, April 13, 2018, covering WSU employee activities between January 1, 2018, and March 31, 2018. For your convenience, you can report your lobbying activities through our online submission form. The reports will be reviewed and forwarded to the state Public Disclosure Commission and proper federal agencies. Note that you do not need to file a “no activity” report online if you did not lobby this quarter.  Not every meeting, event, and interaction you have with elected officials is considered lobbying. Visit our lobbying page for points of clarification on what you should and should not necessarily report. In the future, to help you facilitate interaction with elected officials, it is best that WSU employees consult with Government Relations staff in advance of any lobbying activity to ensure that we send a coordinated message from our institution. Meetings of this nature can be multilayered and touch many parts of the WSU community, therefore communicating with Government Relations can provide for a more organized legislative outcome. Additionally, Heather and Michele on our Government Relations staff are available to help you determine appropriate and legal ways to communicate with public officials and external stakeholders on political issues: FEDERAL RELATIONS   Michele McCarver: 509-335-5756 ,  STATE RELATIONS   Heather Dykstra: 360-534-2330.

Employment

  1. Staff Entomologist, Braman Termite & Pest Elimination, Agawarm MA
  2. Faculty Research Assistant, Oregon State University, Aurora, OR
  3. Lecturer, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  4. Project Management & Research Operations Director, FMC, Newark, DE
  5. Strawberry Entomologist, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA
  6. US Site Director, Research PhD, Castle Consulting, Kansas City, MO
  7. Biologist/Entomologist/Plant Pathology/Agronomist, EPA, Arlington, VA

Cougs Rise is an initiative of the Office of the Provost funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The program offers low-income and first-generation students from five Washington high schools college preparation programming and mentorship designed to boost their chances of earning a college degree. Our program is searching for students to serve as Peer Mentors for our 2018 Summer Bridge Program.  These students will then continue serving as mentors, working an average of 15hrs/wk. during the academic year for high school juniors and seniors. If any of your students is looking for a job this summer and continuing next year, please refer them to the application link below:  https://wsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3OQLJqnjkwHB5PL.  Contact Ray Acuna-Luna at Ray ray.acuna@wsu.edu for more info.

If you know of any undergraduates that may be looking for a summer job working with honey bees and at a Farmer’s Market, please share this information with them:  I have a small honey and beekeeping business in Seattle, and am looking for an employee for the summer.  The main job would be running our farmer’s market booth in the University District, but I’d love to find someone who would also be interested in working with the bees.  The beekeeping side would vary significantly based on the person.  If you have anyone who’s going to be in the Seattle area this summer and is looking for 8-12 hrs/week of work, I’d love to talk to them.  You can find the job description here.  I can be flexible with the start and end dates, and potentially with some vacation time as well. Peter Nolte, Beekeeper/Owner, Rainy Day Bees.

Meetings: Regional, National, International

Pacific Branch ESA meeting in Reno, NV, June 10-13, 2018 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, NV.  Meeting registrations opened in February. Register before April 16, 2018, to take advantage of the Early Bird reduced rates at https://www.entsoc.org/pacific/registration.  For information about the Student Competition go to:  https://www.entsoc.org/pacific/student-competition.  The deadline for hotel reservations is Monday, May 14, 2018.

The Annual Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting is in New Orleans, LA, August 5-10, 2018 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  The theme of the meeting is “Extreme events, ecosystem resilience and human well-being.”

Entomological Society of America Pacific Branch Annual Meeting is in Vancouver, BC, Nov 11-15, 2018.  This year’s theme is “Crossing Borders: Entomology in a Changing World.”  Submissions for papers and posters will open in mid-April for the Lunch and Learns and Functions.  For more info go to:  https://esa.confex.com/esa/2018/cfp.cgi

 

March 30, 2018

 

Department Announcements

Mark your calendars to attend the E. Paul Catts Lecture events on April 19 & 20, 2018.  This year’s speaker is, Dr. Rufus Isaacs. He is a faculty member in the Entomology Department at Michigan State University. The public lecture will be on Thursday, April 19, 2018, 5-6:30 PM at the 1912 Center (412 E. 3rd St. in Moscow, ID).  The dinner will be at 6:30 at the Hunga Dunga Brewing Company (333 N Jackson St, Moscow, ID 83843). Tickets for the dinner may be purchased by going here: https://store.entomology.cahnrs.wsu.edu/e-paul-catts-dinner-registration. Dr. Isaacs will be giving a scientific talk on Friday, April 20, 2018, at 11:00 AM in FSHN T101.  To learn more about Dr. Isaack go to:  http://www.canr.msu.edu/people/rufus_isaacs. We hope to see you there.

The Entomology, Food Science and Animal Science Spring Potluck BBQ will be on Friday April 20 beginning at 12:00 Noon following Dr. Isaacs in T-101.  We will be outside of T101 between Clark Hall and the FSHN Building.  Watch your email for more details and an RSVP with dish sign-up going out next week.

Megan Asche successfully defended her MS thesis “Comparison of pollination behavior and health of three Apis mellifoera strains” on 3/19/2018 to graduate this spring with her Masters in Entomology. She is continuing her education pursuing a PhD in Entomology at WSU with Dr. Zack. Megan is advised by Dr. Walter S. Sheppard, with Drs. Crowder and Jones serving on her committee.

Alix Whitener successfully defended her PhD dissertation “Behavior and integrated pest management of Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae) in Washington state sweet cherry.” on 3/26/2018 to graduate this spring semester with her PhD in Entomology. She already has a position lined up with industry in the Wenatchee area. Alix is advised by Dr. Elizabeth Beers, with Drs. Lavine, Crowder, and Felsot serving on her committee.

James Hepler successfully passed his PhD Preliminary Examination in Entomology on 3/27/2018. He is pursuing a dissertation on “Landscape ecology of brown marmorated stink bug in the arid PNW” under the advisement of Dr. Elizabeth Beers, with Drs. Crowder, Zamora (SOE), and Cooper (USDA) serving on his committee.

Abigail Cohen’s PhD Preliminary Exam is scheduled for April 18, 2018 at 12:00 PM.

Congratulations to Adekunle Adesanya for taking first place for the 2018 GPSA Research Expo in Agriculture & Natural Sciences.

The next Entomology Faculty Meeting will be on April 27, 2018 in FSHN 164.

The All Entomology Faculty Retreat is scheduled for August 16th and 17th in Pullman this year.

The 22nd Annual Insect Cinema Cult Classic will be on Friday, April 6th in Todd Hall Room 276, beginning at 5:30 PM.  Do your kids BUG you? Join the WSU Entomology Department for the 22nd Insect Cinema Cult Classic as we showcase insects on the big screen like you’ve never seen them before! This event is FREE and open to everyone.  Movies showing will be:

The Deadly Mantis” I1957) A giant prehistoric praying mantis, recently freed from the Arctic ice, voraciously preys on American military at the DEW Line and works its way south. 1 hr 19 min.

The Thaw” (2009) A research expedition to the Arctic discovers that a melting polar ice cap has released a deadly prehistoric parasite. 1 hr 30 min.

Palm Rot” (2015) A research expedition to the Arctic discovers that a melting polar ice cap has released a deadly prehistoric parasite. 8 min.

There will also be live arthropods to view and interact with, as well as popcorn, door prizes, and a raffle.

For Graduate Students

FREE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS AND POSTDOCS.  Washington State CAHNRS is hosting a Palouse Region Invasive Species and Exotic Pest Workshop on April 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM at the Ensminger Pavilion. At this workshop, we will be talking about priority pests significant to the region such as feral swine, northern pike, spotted wing drosophila, key weed species, exotic wheat pests and pathogens. The workshop is co-hosted by the Washington Invasive Species Council, and is funded by the US Department of Agriculture. Certified Pesticide Applicators and crop advisors may earn up to 5 Washington or Idaho re-certification credits (pending approval).  THIS EVENT IS FREE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS AND POSTDOCS.

Registration: http://bit.ly/2EJBKiI or Registration: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3341950

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1877789158961069/

Flyer: https://invasivespecies.wa.gov/documents/palouse-and-panhandle-flyer.pdf.

Questions? Contact Todd Murray tmurray@wsu.edu  or Justin Bush.

University Announcements

Effective April 1, 2018, sales tax rates for several areas are changing. This may affect many departments of the University who sell items across the State. The rate table can be found at in the A – Z index of the WSU home page under Sales Tax-Charged or https://genreceivables.wsu.edu/salesTaxDest.html.  If you have any questions regarding Sales Tax changes please contact Karen Breese in General Accounting at 335-2056.

School of the Environment Graduate Seminar on Monday April 2nd at 12:10 PM in the Spark Bldg 233Presenting will  be Dr. Cynthia Chang, University of Washington- Bothell.  Her presentation is titled: Patterns of plant succession across a disturbance gradient at Mt. St. Helens, Washington.

Play with your food and your words during Washington State University Libraries’ third annual Edible Book Festival on Friday, April 6, part of WSU Mom’s Weekend activities.  Registration for entries closes March 31. To register and for more information, visit the library guide at http://libguides.libraries.wsu.edu/ediblebooks. Participants can register individually or as a group. Entry rules are simple: Submissions must be made from edible materials and somehow relate to a book. Edible book festivals take place around the country and world to celebrate books, art, food and culture. They got their start with the first International Edible Book Festival on April 1, 2000. Since then, organizations and universities have served up their own versions of the popular event.  WSU’s festival begins with public viewing and judging at 2:30 p.m. in the Terrell Library atrium, with winners announced at 3:30 p.m. Awards will be given for people’s choice, best visual presentation and punniest/funniest. Light refreshments also will be available.

 

 

Women in STEM You are invited to WSU’s inaugural Week of Women in STEM April 2–6. It is a week to celebrate, acknowledge, and inspire women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Events this week are aimed to encourage students as well as bring them together with professionals for networking, mentoring, and professional development.
Visit the WiSTEM web page »

TO REGISTER FOR:           Keynote              Panel/Dinner     Salary Negotiation Workshop

 

Each year the Administrative Professional Advisory Council (APAC) recognizes Administrative Professional employees for their contributions to WSU and their area or unit.  The award recognizes exceptional contributions, defined as beyond the expected or required performance; making a unique difference; or having a far reaching or compelling impact to the work area.  Please submit your nomination by April 1, 2018.  Winners will be announced on May 10 during APAC’s monthly meeting. To learn more and submit a nomination go to https://wsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1GQNIX77iKqgiFf

Quarterly lobbying reports must be filed online by Friday, April 13, 2018, covering WSU employee activities between January 1, 2018, and March 31, 2018. For your convenience, you can report your lobbying activities through our online submission form. The reports will be reviewed and forwarded to the state Public Disclosure Commission and proper federal agencies. Note that you do not need to file a “no activity” report online if you did not lobby this quarter.  Not every meeting, event, and interaction you have with elected officials is considered lobbying. Visit our lobbying page for points of clarification on what you should and should not necessarily report. In the future, to help you facilitate interaction with elected officials, it is best that WSU employees consult with Government Relations staff in advance of any lobbying activity to ensure that we send a coordinated message from our institution. Meetings of this nature can be multilayered and touch many parts of the WSU community, therefore communicating with Government Relations can provide for a more organized legislative outcome. Additionally, Heather and Michele on our Government Relations staff are available to help you determine appropriate and legal ways to communicate with public officials and external stakeholders on political issues: FEDERAL RELATIONS   Michele McCarver: 509-335-5756 ,   STATE RELATIONS   Heather Dykstra: 360-534-2330

Employment

  1. Faculty Research Assistants, Oregon State University, Pendleton, OR
  2. Research Scientist, BASF Corp., Research Triangle Park, NC
  3. Agricultural Pest Control Manager, St. of Hawaii
  4. Assistant Professor-Tenure System, Michigan St. Univ., East Lansing, MI
  5. Postdoc Research Associate, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
  6. Lab Assistant, S&S Professional Svc., Research Triangle Park, NC
  7. Entomologist, US Fed Gov., Arlington, VA
  8. Plant Pathogist, Dept of Ag., Missoula, MT

Cougs Rise is an initiative of the Office of the Provost funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The program offers low-income and first-generation students from five Washington high schools college preparation programming and mentorship designed to boost their chances of earning a college degree. Our program is searching for students to serve as Peer Mentors for our 2018 Summer Bridge Program.  These students will then continue serving as mentors, working an average of 15hrs/wk. during the academic year for high school juniors and seniors. If any of your students is looking for a job this summer and continuing next year, please refer them to the application link below:  https://wsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3OQLJqnjkwHB5PL.  Contact Ray Acuna-Luna at Ray ray.acuna@wsu.edu for more info.

If you know of any undergraduates that may be looking for a summer job working with honey bees and at a Farmer’s Market, please share this information with them:  I have a small honey and beekeeping business in Seattle, and am looking for an employee for the summer.  The main job would be running our farmer’s market booth in the University District, but I’d love to find someone who would also be interested in working with the bees.  The beekeeping side would vary significantly based on the person.  If you have anyone who’s going to be in the Seattle area this summer and is looking for 8-12 hrs/week of work, I’d love to talk to them.  You can find the job description here.  I can be flexible with the start and end dates, and potentially with some vacation time as well. Peter Nolte, Beekeeper/Owner,  Rainy Day Bees.

 

 

 

March 23, 2018

 

Department Announcements 

Mark your calendars to attend the E. Paul Catts Lecture events on April 19 & 20, 2018.  This year’s speaker is, Dr. Rufus Isaacs. He is a faculty member in the Entomology Department at Michigan State University. The public lecture will be on Thursday, April 19, 2018, 5-6:30 PM at the 1912 Center (333 N. Jackson St, in Moscow, ID).  The dinner will be at 6:30 at the Hunga Dunga Brewing Company (412 E. 3rd St. in Moscow, ID). Tickets for the dinner may be purchased by going here: https://store.entomology.cahnrs.wsu.edu/e-paul-catts-dinner-registration. Dr. Isaacs will be giving a scientific talk on Friday, April 20, 2018, at 11:00 AM in FSHN T101.  To learn more about Dr. Isaack go to:  http://www.canr.msu.edu/people/rufus_isaacs. We hope to see you there.  See that attached flyer for more info.

Congratulations to Megan Asche will be giving her MS seminar successfully passed her final exam on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

At the CAHNRS Honors event on March 22, 2018 Beekeepers Erick and Sue Olsen were recognized for their very generous gifts to the Entomology Department’s Apiculture program and to other WSU programs.  This is an honor very well deserved

Did you know that Entomology has a new online store where all our products and services are going to be available for sale by credit card: https://store.entomology.cahnrs.wsu.edu/.

The 2018 Honey Bee Rearing and Bee Breeding Workshops will be on June 15th & 15th on the Pullman Campus.  Instructors will be Susan Cobey, Jennifer Han, Brandon Hopkins, Melanie Kirby, Tim Lawrence, Nick Naeger and Steve Sheppard. We will also have an outstanding guest speaker from abroad, Jeri Wright from UK to discuss bee nutrition and Gennaro Di Prisco from Italy to present his breeding project in Italy.  Ready to take beekeeping to the next level? For those of you who already have a working foundation in beekeeping, the WSU bee team is offering an event to introduce you to fundamental tools for stock improvement.  The Honey Bee Rearing workshop is designed to improve your understanding of queen rearing, bee breeding systems and selection methods though a combination of presentations and hands-on demonstrations. The Bee Breeding Workshop will also introduce you to the more advanced techniques of instrumental insemination and cryopreservation.  For more information and to register go to:  http://bees.wsu.edu/queen-rearing-and-bee-breeding-workshop/.

Upcoming student seminars and exams:

Alix Whitener will be giving her PhD seminar and taking her final exam on Monday, March 26, 2017, beginning with the seminar at 12:10 PM followed by her Final Exam in FSHN 164.  Her thesis is titled “Behavior and Integrated Pest Management of Drosophila Suzukii (Diptera:Drosophilidae) in Washington State Sweet Cherry. Here committee members are Betsy Beers, Laura Lavine, David Crowder and Allan Felsot. The official announcement is attached.

James Hepler’s PhD Preliminary Exam is scheduled for March 27, 2018 at 12:00 PM. The official announcement is attached.

Abigail Cohen’s PhD Preliminary Exam is scheduled for April 18, 2018 at 12:00 PM.

University Announcements

Be aware that WSU Departments will no longer be doing the Van Driver Training for it’s employees.  The Risk Management program and Human Resource Services will be doing all training.  This will ensure that those driving university vans are given the most up-to-date information and be in compliance with the State of Washington requirements.  Those taking the training need to get a driving record abstract from the Department of Licensing. This can be done on-line at http://www.dol.wa.gov/driverslicense/requestyourrecord.html.    Pam Merryweather is the instructor for the Coaching the Van Driver Training.  In this training program you will learn about conducting a vehicle inspection, safe driving skills and driving environments. Additional driving concerns and collision reporting procedures are also discussed. This program is highly recommended for all drivers of WSU cargo or passenger vans, and is required if you plan to rent a full-sized van from Motor Pool. Training must be repeated at least every two years. Upcoming dates for the trainings are:  April 4, May 3, June 7, July 5. August 2, 2018.   Go here to register for the training: http://hrs.wsu.edu/ and click on the training  link https://hrs.wsu.edu/training/ then  log-in to the WSU’s  Training website. On the left-hand side under “Upcoming Events” select, “Instructor Led Training,” then “Session Schedule.” At this screen you can view the list of offerings by date, or click on “Course Title” to see the list alphabetically with the training dates.  Click on the Actions link and select Enroll in the Session.

Because we have a number of summer employees for the field season Pam is willing to do a special session for the Entomology Department.  We will need to set a day and time for a group.  All trainings will be at the Risk Management Office.

The Molecular Plant Sciences Grad Student Organization is hosting a   Plant Science Day on Saturday, March 24 at 11:00-2:00 PM at the WSU Pullman Campus at the Vogel Plant Science Building 1st floor.  This is a Kid’s Hands-on Science  Activity Day.  Participants will make liquid nitrogen ice cream, and get to extract DNA from plants.

The 2nd Annual WSU Plant Science Symposium:  Diversity in Agriculture: Faces of Plant Science – Friday, March 30, 2018 , at the  Ensminger Pavillion, WSU Pullman.  Registration is free, including light breakfast, lunch, and social mixer.  Register at: http://plantsciencesymposium.wsu.edu/registration/.  Industry and international scientists will speak on topics including crop diversity, pest resistance, plant biotechnology, and career migration. Diversity is inherent to plant breeding, not only in the germplasm and environments we study, but also regarding the people, techniques, and ideas. If you were not able to attend this symposium you can register to watch the live-stream of the entire event from the comfort of your own desk.  Don’t miss out on hearing from this incredible group of speakers!  Register at http://plantsciencesymposium.wsu.edu/registration/.  For more information about the speakers and the program go to http://plantsciencesymposium.wsu.edu/speakers/ and http://plantsciencesymposium.wsu.edu/program/.

WSU Printing is offering special pricing for posters for the WSU Showcase on March 29th and SURCA event on April 2, 2018.  To get the special pricing mention the code:  SURCA30 is 30% below the regular costs.

APAC’s Spring Professional Development Seminars: The professional development seminars offer a range of training opportunities for WSU staff and faculty. We encourage you to attend.
Please click on the event links below to register.

  • May 2 3:30–5:00 PM                    Proven Keys to Career Building & Recovering from Self Inflicted Wounds,  Mike Worthy, Regent, Washington State University
  • May 17 TBA Servant                       Leadership

Robin Blanchard, CEO of Blanchard Consulting LLC

AMS sites will be scheduled.   Sponsored by the Office of the President.

 

Employment

Assistant Professor (Grain Forage, Commercial Turf Entomology), Auburn Univ., Auburn, AL

Extension Associate, Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater, OK

Extension Educator (Horticulture), Penn St. Extension

Assistant/Associate Professor-Medical Entomology, Extension, Univ of Florida, Vero, FL

Research Assistant Scientist, Univ. of Florida Medical Entomology Lab., Indian River, FL

If you know of any undergraduates that may be looking for a summer job working with honey bees and at a Farmer’s Market, please share this information with them:  I have a small honey and beekeeping business in Seattle, and am looking for an employee for the summer.  The main job would be running our farmer’s market booth in the University District, but I’d love to find someone who would also be interested in working with the bees.  The beekeeping side would vary significantly based on the person.  If you have anyone who’s going to be in the Seattle area this summer and is looking for 8-12 hrs/week of work, I’d love to talk to them.  You can find the job description here.  I can be flexible with the start and end dates, and potentially with some vacation time as well. Peter Nolte,  Beekeeper/Owner,  Rainy Day Bees.

 

Safety

If you supervise the work of others, plan to take an upcoming “Supervisor as Safety Manager” Training. For more information and to register go to: https://wsu.skillport.com/skillportfe/main.action#summary/ILT/CDE$27427:_ss_ilt:scwsu/ilt_wsu_MGMT_334. The next session is April 18 – I hope to see you there.  Additionally, WSU is offering “Hostile Intruder Training” April 25 and July 25. Register here: https://wsu.skillport.com/skillportfe/main.action#summary/ILT/CDE$34396:_ss_ilt:scwsu/ilt_wsu_SFTY_637   March marks Workplace Eye Wellness Month and National Poison Prevention Week. As I have opportunity to walk through the many and varied workplaces that make up CAHNRS, it is apparent that eye protection and poison prevention are indeed important topics.

  • Safety glasses, goggles, helmets, and face shields can protect employees from the hazards of flying fragments, large chips, hot sparks, and splashes, as well as particles, sand, dirt, mists, dusts, and glare. If you need eye protection, le t your supervisor know!
  • Some poisons may be harmful if they come into direct contact with your eyes or skin. Others may be toxic if you breathe or swallow them. Poisons can be solids, liquids, sprays and gases. You may encounter poison ivy or oak, mistake edible berries for poisonous ones, or be exposed to carbon monoxide from using gasoline or diesel powered tools, etc. A poison is anything that can harm someone if it is used in the wrong way, used by the wrong person, or used in the wrong amount.  If an accident happens with chemicals, medicine or household items, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for help from a local poison expert.

 

March 16, 2018

Department Announcements

Calling all social butterflies! We are excited to announce we are on multiple social media platforms. Stay connected to us on our channels below:

Send in any cool photos, news stories, or upcoming events to Christina Rede at Christina.rede@wsu.edu for our social media channels.

You can also send your news and events to our SmartSheet page by Thursday noon to be included in the Friday News.

Submit your info to our SmartSheet notification page at: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=b7c943ec39084d74a98410f50b4db935.

Grants and Awards

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • David Crowder who is the recipient of a $165,000 grant from the USDA/NIFA Foundational Program to work on the effects of tri-trophic interactions on transmission of a legume plant pathogen.  (3/14/18)

For more info go to:  https://orso.or.wsu.edu/

Upcoming student seminars and exams

Megan Asche will be giving her MS seminar and taking her final exam on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.  Beginning at 12:10 PM with her seminar followed by the exam.  Her thesis is titledA Comparison of Hygienic and Flight Behavior Among Different Strains of Honey Bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae).”   Her committee members are Steve Sheppard, David Crowder and Vince Jones.  A copy of her thesis is available at the Entomology Department SharePoint site.   The official announcement is attached.  The AMS dial # is 773087.

Alix Whitener will be giving her PhD seminar and taking her final exam on Monday, March 26, 2017, beginning with the seminar at 12:10 PM followed by her Final Exam in FSHN 164.  Her thesis is titled “Behavior and Integrated Pest Management of Drosophila Suzukii (Diptera:Drosophilidae) in Washington State Sweet Cherry. Here committee members are Betsy Beers, Laura Lavine, David Crowder and Allan Felsot. The official announcement is attached.

James Hepler’s PhD Preliminary Exam is scheduled for March 27, 2018 at 12:00 PM.  The official announcement is attached.

Abigail Cohen’s PhD Preliminary Exam is scheduled for April 18, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Mark your calendars to attend the E. Paul Catts Lecture events on April 19 & 20, 2018.  This year’s speaker is, Dr. Rufus Isaacs. He is a faculty member in the Entomology Department at Michigan State University. The public lecture will be on Thursday, April 19, 2018, 5-6:30 PM at the 1912 Center (333 N. Jackson St, in Moscow, ID).  The dinner will be at 6:30 at the Hunga Dunga Brewing Company (412 E. 3rd St. in Moscow, ID). Tickets for the dinner may be purchased by going here: https://store.entomology.cahnrs.wsu.edu/e-paul-catts-dinner-registration. Dr. Isaacs will be giving a scientific talk on Friday, April 20, 2018, at 11:00 AM in FSHN T101.  To learn more about Dr. Isaack go to:  http://www.canr.msu.edu/people/rufus_isaacs. We hope to see you there.

The 22nd Annual Insect Cinema Cult Classic will be on Friday, April 6th in Todd Hall Room 276, beginning at 5:30 PMDo your kids BUG you? Join the WSU Entomology Department for the 22nd Insect Cinema Cult Classic as we showcase insects on the big screen like you’ve never seen them before! This FREE event is open to everyone and will feature the screening of two classic insect films. (Titles yet to be determined) There will also be live arthropods to view and interact with, as well as popcorn, door prizes, and a raffle.

The 2018 Insect Expo is scheduled for April 7th, 10 AM-2 PM at the Ensminger Pavilion The 2018 Insect Expo is scheduled for April 7th, 10 AM-2 PM at the Ensminger Pavilion on the WSU campus. WSU’s Entomology Graduate Student Association (EGSA) hosts this FREE annual family-friendly event with activities for all ages. Activities include: facepainting, living arthropods displays and handling, fossil making, etc. and visitors have the chance to take home a mealworm and watch it metamorphose into an adult beetle! Come learn about how insects and other arthropods impact your life while having a fun time!

Students planning to walk in one of the Pullman Spring Commencement ceremonies should attend the Grad Fair http://commencement.wsu.edu/grad-fair/ to be held on Wednesday and Thursday, March 21 & 22 from 8 AM to 6 PM at the Lewis Alumni Center. Student registration will open and they can pick up regalia directly at the Grad Fair. Registering to walk is different than applying to graduate and there is no fee to register to walk except to rent their academic regalia. After students register to walk they will have an RTW student indicator in their records.  Off campus students can register and order regalia starting on Friday, March 23 https://commencement.wsu.edu/register-to-walk/. Registration and regalia orders for students will close on Friday, April 13th.

Spring 2018 graduating students should plan to attend the Grad Fair on March 21st or 22nd (at 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM both days) at the Lewis Alumni Centre.  This is where can confirm your graduate application status, register to walk in commencement, rent your cap and gown, and order any commencement related products for sale.  For more complete information go to: https://graduations.wsu.edu/.  Faculty members planning to participate in commencement can also order their regalia during this time.  Be watchful for messages from our Graduate Center concerning graduation info.

Last chance to Register & Submit Abstracts for the 2nd Annual WSU Plant Science Symposium:  Diversity in Agriculture: Faces of Plant Science – Friday, March 30, 2018   Location: Ensminger  Pavillion, WSU Pullman.  Registration is free, including light breakfast, lunch, and social mixer.  Register & apply at:

http://plantsciencesymposium.wsu.edu/registration/  Industry and international scientists will speak on topics including crop diversity, pest resistance, plant biotechnology, and career migration. Diversity is inherent to plant breeding, not only in the germplasm and environments we study, but also regarding the people, techniques, and ideas.

WSU Printing is offering special pricing for posters for the WSU Showcase on March 29th and SURCA event on April 2, 2018.  To get the special pricing mention the code:  SURCA30 is 30% below the regular costs.  For more info see the attached flyer.

APAC’s Spring Professional Development Seminars: The professional development seminars offer a range of training opportunities for WSU staff and faculty. We encourage you to attend.
Please click on the event links below to register.

James Bledsoe, Senior Career Coach, Academic Success and Career Center

  • May 2 3:30–5:00 PM                    Proven Keys to Career Building & Recovering from Self Inflicted Wounds,  Mike Worthy, Regent, Washington State University
  • May 17 TBA Servant                       Leadership

Robin Blanchard, CEO of Blanchard Consulting LLC

AMS sites will be scheduled.   Sponsored by the Office of the President.

Consider joining the WSU Administrative Professional Advisory Council.  APAC provides institutional-level advocacy in support of administrative professional staff by serving as a liaison with WSU Senior Administration. APAC members also communicate matters of interest to APs, solicit feedback from APs, provide professional development opportunities, and help make WSU a great place to work.  NOMINATIONS FOR APAC POSITIONS – https://apac.wsu.edu/about-apac/nomination-for-apac-positions/ : Nominations are open for positions on the APAC Council. Council terms are 3-year terms, although some terms may be to fulfill an existing vacancy and may not be a full 3-year term.

Council Positions Open

(6) Pullman Council Positions

(1) Tri-Cities Council Position

(1) Extension Council Position **Extension would include, but not limited to Puyallup, WSU West, Wenatchee TFRC, and Prosser.

We are also seeking nominations for the position of liaison between APAC and the National Coalition for Professionals Staff (NCPS), this is a 2 year term.

Alternate Positions Open

(2) Pullman Alternate Positions
(5) All Other Campus and Non-Campus Locations Alternate Positions

**Note, locations are by employee’s appointment location.**   Applications are due March 14, 2018

2018 ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONAL CONTRIBUTION AWARD:  The Administrative Professional Advisory Council is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 11th annual Administrative Professional Contribution Award that will recognize an Administrative Professional employee’s exceptional contributions to WSU, the employee’s area or unit.  Exceptional is defined as beyond the expected or required performance; or have made a unique difference; or had far-reaching, impelling or compelling impact to their work area. Nominations can highlight contributions made by the employee that address (but not limited to): productivity; innovative problem solving; positive working relationships; and/or university or community service.  The winner will be announced during the May 10, 2018 APAC meeting.  The nomination form can be found on the APAC website at https://wsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1GQNIX77iKqgiFf

Application materials required: Nominator Letter, 2 Letters of Support. The deadline to submit your nomination is March 23, 2018.  For further information, contact Gayle Anderson at anderson53@wsu.edu or 335-8350

The 22nd Annual Insect Cinema Cult Classic will be on Friday, April 6th in Todd Hall Room 276, beginning at 5:30 PM.  Do your kids BUG you? Join the WSU Entomology Department for the 22nd Insect Cinema Cult Classic as we showcase insects on the big screen like you’ve never seen them before! This FREE event is open to everyone and will feature the screening of two classic insect films. (Titles yet to be determined) There will also be live arthropods to view and interact with, as well as popcorn, door prizes, and a raffle.

The 2018 Insect Expo is scheduled for April 7th, 10 AM-2 PM at the Ensminger Pavilion The 2018 Insect Expo is scheduled for April 7th, 10 AM-2 PM at the Ensminger Pavilion on the WSU campus. WSU’s Entomology Graduate Student Association (EGSA) hosts this FREE annual family-friendly event with activities for all ages. Activities include: facepainting, living arthropods displays and handling, fossil making, etc. and visitors have the chance to take home a mealworm and watch it metamorphose into an adult beetle! Come learn about how insects and other arthropods impact your life while having a fun time!

CAHNRS Awards Event is on Wednesday April 18, 2018.

Spring Semester Finals Week is April 30 – May 4, 2018.

CAHNRS Announcements

Washington State University College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences is hosting a Palouse Region Invasive Species and Exotic Pest Workshop on April 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM at the Ensminger Pavilion. At this workshop, we will be talking about priority pests significant to the region such as feral swine, northern pike, spotted wing drosophila, key weed species, exotic wheat pests and pathogens. The workshop is co-hosted by the Washington Invasive Species Council, and is funded by the US Department of Agriculture. Certified Pesticide Applicators and crop advisors may earn up to 5 Washington or Idaho re-certification credits (pending approval).

Registration: http://bit.ly/2EJBKiI or Registration: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3341950

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1877789158961069/

Flyer: https://invasivespecies.wa.gov/documents/palouse-and-panhandle-flyer.pdf and attached.

Questions? Contact Todd Murray tmurray@wsu.edu  or Justin Bush.

Employment

  1. Assistant Professor-Field Crop Entomologist, Univ. of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR
  2. Research Technologist in Evolutionary Genomics, Entomology Dept, University Park, PA
  3. Assistant Professor, Agric Tech Inst, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  4. Entomologist, US Federal Government
  5. Asst/Assoc Professor: Plant Interactions/Crop IPM, Dept of Entomology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  6. Assistant Professor-Grain, Forage, & Commercial Turf Entomology, Auburn St. Univ., Auburn, AL

Safety

If you supervise the work of others, plan to take an upcoming “Supervisor as Safety Manager” Training. For more information and to register go to: https://wsu.skillport.com/skillportfe/main.action#summary/ILT/CDE$27427:_ss_ilt:scwsu/ilt_wsu_MGMT_334. The next session is April 18 – I hope to see you there.  Additionally, WSU is offering “Hostile Intruder Training” April 25 and July 25. Register here: https://wsu.skillport.com/skillportfe/main.action#summary/ILT/CDE$34396:_ss_ilt:scwsu/ilt_wsu_SFTY_637   March marks Workplace Eye Wellness Month and National Poison Prevention Week. As I have opportunity to walk through the many and varied workplaces that make up CAHNRS, it is apparent that eye protection and poison prevention are indeed important topics.

  • Safety glasses, goggles, helmets, and face shields can protect employees from the hazards of flying fragments, large chips, hot sparks, and splashes, as well as particles, sand, dirt, mists, dusts, and glare. If you need eye protection, le t your supervisor know!
  • Some poisons may be harmful if they come into direct contact with your eyes or skin. Others may be toxic if you breathe or swallow them. Poisons can be solids, liquids, sprays and gases. You may encounter poison ivy or oak, mistake edible berries for poisonous ones, or be exposed to carbon monoxide from using gasoline or diesel powered tools, etc. A poison is anything that can harm someone if it is used in the wrong way, used by the wrong person, or used in the wrong amount.  If an accident happens with chemicals, medicine or household items, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for help from a local poison expert.

Meetings: Regional, National, and International

Pacific Branch ESA meeting in Reno, NV, June 10-13, 2018 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, NV.  Meeting registrations opened in February. Register before April 16, 2018, to take advantage of the Early Bird reduced rates at https://www.entsoc.org/pacific/registration.  For information about the Student Competition go to:  https://www.entsoc.org/pacific/student-competition.  The deadline for hotel reservations is Monday, May 14, 2018.

The Annual Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting is in New Orleans, LA, August 5-10, 2018 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  The theme of the meeting is “Extreme events, ecosystem resilience and human well-being.”

Entomological Society of America Pacific Branch Annual Meeting is in Vancouver, BC, Nov 11-15, 2018.  This year’s theme is “Crossing Borders: Entomology in a Changing World.”  Submissions for papers and posters will open in mid-April for the Lunch and Learns and Functions.  For more info go to:  https://esa.confex.com/esa/2018/cfp.cgi

4/6/18

EGSA Minutes                                                          Meeting #13 April 6, at 9:00am

AMS Dial-in: 772416

Phone Dial-in (509) 358-7935 meeting ID: 2416

Adrian, Robert, Megan, Jim, Dane, Abbey, Alix, Josh, Joseph, Olivia, Liesl, Ben, Kunle, Abigail

Events:

ICCC: Tonight Todd Hall 276 @ 5:30pm – 4:30-5 to help set up, there will be popcorn!

Insect Expo: Tomorrow @ 9:00am-3:00pm, Ensminger Pavilion – look for an email reminder, Abbey + Megan will get key and bring everything over, setup at Ensminger at 9am, cleanup at 2pm

  1. Paul Catts: Dr. Rufus Isaacs (MSU) April 19th @ 5:30pm (Moscow) and April 20th @11:00am (FSHN Pullman) – see flyer in email

Entom Prom: April 21st dinner at Black Cyprus 6:00pm and dancing in Etsi Bravo @ 7:30pm – UI students are invited, some may come! Non-club members may pay a small fee. Dress formally, like a bug, or like a formal bug!

Officer Reports

President (Adrian)

  • Opening nominations for officers as well as new faculty advisor at googledoc below. Will close in one week.
  • https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LiLGCMGH7A7lbSLZY8nYeFMWKSzcYUdGhve-R1JJisU/edit?usp=sharing
  • If there are multiple nominations, write up a small bio
  • Faculty advisor: Currently Jeb Owen, maybe ask for a stronger relationship with the faculty via the Faculty Liaison and Advisor? At next meeting, ask anyone who is interested in a more robust role with our club.
  • Committee shuffle! Let Adrian know which committees you’re interested in!

Vice President (Ben)

Treasurer (Joseph)

  • We’re have approximately $5000
  • We have a good deal of fundraising with our merch, honey sales, everything has been very stable
  • Joseph will bring a year-end report for the last few years to see where we typically stand financially, then we will make a decision on how much to provide for the Herma Memorial. We need $5000 total for the bench.

Secretary (Alix) – see above with Joseph’s report

GPSA (Kunle) – GPSA is meeting with the University President soon, if you have issues that need to be voiced talk to your representatives by 5pm on Monday. GPSA proposed a budget to the president, including an overall cut of 2.5% + 10% with athletics – there is also a reduction in childcare funding (but was alleviated slightly, could have been a higher cut).  Transportation increase. Vote!

Faculty Liason (Rachel) – Next faculty meeting?

Communications Director (Abbey)

  • Community Garden Fair in Pullman May 12th
    • Pollinator education and advertise for bee hotels

Primary Committee Reports

  • Advertising (Rachel: Megan): See flyers all over! They look great! It’s also free! ? Christine’s facebook posts are a hit, photos each Friday
  • Merchandise (Abigail: Robert): Seed packets are on the docket
  • Social (Olivia, Leisl): Entom Prom! Coffee-Donut hour while Rufus Isaacs is here would be nice, working on the date. April Happy Hour for Bowling at Zeppos the 28th of April.

Committee Reports

  • Herma Memorial (Alix: Rachel, Jessa): See above
  • Library Team (Olivia: Ben): G
  • Linnaean Games (Jim): Linnaean Games Question Bank – there isn’t one! Make your own! Could digitize the binder/garbage bag questions (THANK YOU MEGAN!). 5 Linnaean Games team members: 4 competitors and one alternate – alternate should record questions.
  • Meta-analysis (Olivia): Going well but slightly behind. Will submit to Nature Sustainability. Next year: enhance current data set and look at local diversification yield impacts
  • Prelim study (Olivia): Done for the year!
  • Writing Club (Alix): Email crilly@wsu.edu if you want links to manuscripts

Good of the Order

Last night’s event: Inclusiveness and Diversity – Publishing – Blog is a nice opportunity for students – Wanted more information on SAC involvement – Volunteer opportunities hard to get for pacific coast people

Doug Walsh has a student visiting soon – Kunle will communicate

African night Saturday night! During ICCC but starts at 4pm!

Next meeting: Monday April 20th at 9am

3/23/18

EGSA Agenda                                                     Meeting #12 March 23, at 9:00am

AMS Dial-in: 772416

Phone Dial-in (509) 358-7935 meeting ID: 2416

Adrian, Alix, Jim, Abigail, Liesl, Rachel, Megan, Abbey, Olivia, Melanie, Ben

Events:

ICCC: April 6th Todd Hall 276 – Update from Dane: Doors open at 5:30pm, film starting at 6pm. ‘The Deadly Mantis’ (1957 – supposedly family friendly?) followed by ‘The Thaw’ (2009 – Recent Movie). Advert is covered, we’re all set! Word of mouth to UI and others. Radio Station advertisement KQQQ and NPR. Museum opening that same night.

Insect Expo: April 7th 9:00am-3:00pm, Ensminger Pavilion – Poster for Insect Expo (Joint Marketing for Insect Expo and ICCC). Signup sheet: 9-12pm signed up, but other slots are open. 12-3pm empty. During the local elementary school spring break, but send info to Jeb to advertise to local schools. Peach Jar: Pullman School District posts flyers (free!). GPSA Approved our event.

  1. Paul Catts: Dr. Rufus Isaacs (MSU) April 19th @ 5:00pm (Moscow – 1912 Center) and April 20th @11:00am (FSHN Pullman) – Dinner at Hunga Dunga at 6:30 April 19th – Lunch with Graduate Students on April 20th.

Entom Prom: April 21st in Etsi Bravo @ 7:30pm – Update from Olivia: 20 people. Dress up (like fancy insects or just fancy).

Officer Reports

President (Adrian)

  • Opening nominations for officers at next meeting as well as new faculty advisor

Vice President (Ben)

Treasurer (Joseph)

  • Mini Grants (Olivia) – 3 per semester, winners are on the awards panel for the following year. $100 each, but $600 per year. Application in email from Olivia – based on: dissertation or side project? If you’re funded or not. Scholarly merit.
  • $1000 asked for this round – for honey jars, cavity nests for bees in the fall

Secretary (Alix)

GPSA (Kunle)

Faculty Liaison (Rachel) – See notes from Rachel’s email. Discussion on budgets – buildings getting up to code. Christina Rede is our social media person, facebook twitter and Instagram – collect social media profiles so stories can be linked, plus #bugfactfriday. We have a store on the website for department merchandise (shirts, other merch). E. Paul Catts registration is on the store, see budget code from your advisor. If you’re interested in the Faculty Liaison position next year, see Rachel. Faculty Retreat is in Pullman this year and joint with UI. New Chair position is delayed – but a decision should be out soon. Spousal hire to our department for teaching insect ecology and some other courses.

Communications Director (Abbey)

Primary Committee Reports

  • Advertising (Rachel: Megan):
  • Merchandise (Abigail: Robert): Seed Packets to come
  • Social (Olivia, Leisl): 4th April 9am donuts! May coffee hour may move – TBD. Happy hour 24th 10 am Mimosa Brunch!!! Sunday 25th – egg coloring + Moscow Mules (with peeps!) at 3pm at Olivia’s.
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Committee Reports

  • Herma Memorial (Alix: Rachel, Jessa): Update next week as far as how much our club will donate.
  • Library Team (Olivia: Ben): All books but one in the bookshelf on 2nd Will move to the 3rd floor in the big graduate office or live arthropod room.
  • Linnaean Games (Jim): Meetings are happening with good attendance, team is: Abbey, Dane, Jim, Megan, Adrian and Liesl.
  • Meta-analysis (Olivia): Analysis is going well
  • Prelim study (Abigail): Practices are helpful, a few more coming up. Ben’s on Tuesday.
  • Writing Club (Alix): Email crilly@wsu.edu if you want to be the contact person for this

Good of the Order

Congratulations to Megan!!!

Next meeting: Monday April 6th at 9am

2/23/18

EGSA Feb 23, 2018

Attendees: Adrian, Jimmy, Robert, Abigail, Ben, Dane, Abbey, Kunle, Olivia, Joseph, Megan, Liesl

EVENTS

SCS itinerary

–He comes a week from Monday

–Link to a googledoc to sign up for meetings and meals https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cB-ZbP7LRjQnB6BE8ax9aZogiN-BLjTycm6OiguoNI4/edit

–Feel free to sign up to slots to double-up student meetings

–Dinner can have 5 attendees

ICCC

–Date: Friday April 6 (day before Insect Expo; a ‘big bug weekend’

–Location: Todd Hall 276

Expo

–Sign-up sheets soon

–10 to 2 PM Emsminger

–activities: face painting, coloring, roach racing, grow your own beetle, NEW-fossil making,

Officer Reports

Adrian: nothing

Ben: PBESA is worried about meeting attendance because it during field season. They have increased the student travel awards to incentivize attendance. Perhaps there will be student drink tickets too. Ben with others is planning student career event. Event will be 5 minute spiels by people with jobs, followed by questions. If you know someone with a job who is going, it is not a big commitment and you could ask them to present at it.

Joseph: we are not paying for SCS hotel because Dr. Zack is hosting. Planning to get purchase orders for meals with students. If you want to buy anything, such as terrariums, we can buy it.

Alix: not present

Kunle: most of GPSA news is in our common emails from WSU or Dept. It costs a lot of money to maintain buildings. Kunle is disappointed that research stations do not get new buildings, have old buildings. There will be a vote during GPSA elections to make undergrads pay $5 a year to pay for Daily Evergreen. GPSA needs 15,000$ to keep 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM hours ??? Volunteers needed for GPSA research expo. Apply to run for GPSA.

Committee Reports

Ads:

Faculty Liason: Faculty received a “Hyde endowment” which will pay for our fees, starting next year. This may save use a couple thousand dollars a year.

Merch: we could sell things /giveaway things at Insect Expo and ICCC.

Outreach

Socialization:

  • gambling, bowling, and surprisingly good food at Zeppo’s. Broad support for Zeppo’s.
  • University of Idaho has a social movie night, request info from Abbey.
  • Donuts March 7 (first Wednesday of March)
  • EntomProm: Saturday of E. P. Catts. Probably will rent upstairs of Etsy Bravo again, and dinner.

Herma

Library

  • Ben is busy, and studying, so minimal progress. Olivia and Joseph volunteered to take over and order books.

Linnaean Games

  • There was a doodle poll. Dr. Zack will be coach. Thurs 1-2PM will be the time.
  • Megan will get the list of questions from Dr. Zack so we can “extract” it when Dr. Zack can’t attend
  • Kunle suggests creation of a digital database of practice materials

Meta-Analysis

  • Going pretty well. Moving from data collection to statistical analysis and writing of things which can be written. Goal to finish draft by end of semester

Prelim Study

  • Sessions continue.

Writing club

–email alix.crilly@wsu.edu and share your manuscripts for group review

Arthropod Collection

–We have primarily arachnids

–Madagascar hissing roaches

–Salticids

–Tarantulas

–Europygids

–Scorpions

–Desert Millipede

–Desert scorpion

–Belostomatid

–Reduviid

–More

 

–Would like crustaceans

Good of the Order

Kunle: Debate team for ESA. Kunle is helping to organize. Think about if you want to be on the team.

Kunle: SCS could be a good event to get closer to University of Idaho. We should include them in coffee hour, talks, etc.

Kunle: suggests that a student close to graduating join the hiring committees for new faculty to gain valuable experience. Rachel brought this up at faculty meeting.

Future Events

–next meeting Monday March 9, 9AM

–March, outreach event

–Idea: collaborate with Idaho to make solitary bee nesting boxes and sell them / charge to have a workshop where people build them. Timing: spring?

Action Items

–Dane will request giant rolls of tickets from Dr. Sheppard

–Dane will look into putting ad in Mom’s day weekend flyer for ICCC

March 9, 2018

Grants

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Betsy Beers who is the recipient of a $45,048 from the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission to work on Integrated Pest Management of SWD in Sweet Cherry. (3/2/2018)

For more info go to:  http://informer.or.wsu.edu/RecentFacultyAwards.aspx

Seminars and Exams

Megan Asche will be giving her MS seminar and taking her final exam on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.  Beginning at 12:00 PM with her seminar followed by the exam.  Megan’s thesis is titled “A Comparison of Hygienic and Flight Behavior Among Different  Strains of Honey Bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae).”   Her ommittee members are Steve Sheppard, David Crowder and Vince Jones.

James Hepler is scheduling his PhD Preliminary Exam for March 27, 2018 at 12:00 PM.

Abigail Cohen is scheduling her PhD Preliminary Exam for April 18, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Upcoming Events

The 22nd Annual Insect Cinema Cult Classic will be on Friday, April 6th in Todd Hall Room 276, beginning at 5:30 PM.  Do your kids BUG you? Join the WSU Entomology Department for the 22nd Insect Cinema Cult Classic as we showcase insects on the big screen like you’ve never seen them before! This FREE event is open to everyone and will feature the screening of two classic insect films. (Titles yet to be determined) There will also be live arthropods to view and interact with, as well as popcorn, door prizes, and a raffle.

The 2018 Insect Expo is scheduled for April 7th, 10 AM-2 PM at the Ensminger Pavilion The 2018 Insect Expo is scheduled for April 7th, 10 AM-2 PM at the Ensminger Pavilion on the WSU campus. WSU’s Entomology Graduate Student Association (EGSA) hosts this FREE annual family-friendly event with activities for all ages. Activities include: facepainting, living arthropods displays and handling, fossil-making, etc. and visitors have the chance to take home a mealworm and watch it metamorphose into an adult beetle! Come learn about how insects and other arthropods impact your life while having a fun time!

Spring 2018 graduating students should plan to attend the Grad Fair on March 21st or 22nd  (at 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM both days) at the Lewis Alumni Centre.  This is where can confirm your graduate application status, register to walk in commencement, rent your cap and gown, and order any commencement related products for sale.  For more complete information go to: https://graduations.wsu.edu/.  Faculty members planning to participate in commencement can also order their regalia during this time.  Be watchful for messages from our Graduate Center concerning graduation info.

Last chance to Register & Submit Abstracts for the 2nd Annual WSU Plant Science Symposium:  Diversity in Agriculture: Faces of Plant Science – Friday, March 30, 2018 Location: Ensminger Pavillion, WSU Pullman

Registration is free, including light breakfast, lunch, and social mixer.  Register & apply at:

http://plantsciencesymposium.wsu.edu/registration/  Industry and international scientists will speak on topics including crop diversity, pest resistance, plant biotechnology, and career migration. Diversity is inherent to plant breeding, not only in the germplasm and environments we study, but also regarding the people, techniques, and ideas.

WSU Printing is offering special pricing for posters for the WSU Showcase on March 29th and SURCA event on April 2, 2018.  To get the special pricing mention the code:  SURCA30. The discount is 30% below the regular cost.  For more info see the attached flyer.

CAHNRS Announcements

Washington State University College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences is hosting a Palouse Region Invasive Species and Exotic Pest Workshop on April 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM at the Ensminger Pavilion. At this workshop, we will be talking about priority pests significant to the region such as feral swine, northern pike, spotted wing drosophila, key weed species, exotic wheat pests and pathogens. The workshop is co-hosted by the Washington Invasive Species Council, and is funded by the US Department of Agriculture. Certified Pesticide Applicators and crop advisors may earn up to 5 Washington or Idaho re-certification credits (pending approval).

Registration: http://bit.ly/2EJBKiI or Registration: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3341950

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1877789158961069/

Flyer: https://invasivespecies.wa.gov/documents/palouse-and-panhandle-flyer.pdf and attached.

Questions? Contact Todd Murray tmurray@wsu.edu  or Justin Bush.

Community Involvement

Outreach Opportunity:  The Franklin Elementary Science Fair offers a unique, memorable and educational event for students to talk about their projects to real scientists.  This year they have a bumper crop of 4th and 5th graders and are in need of more volunteers to help review projects for the science fair on March 20-22.  This is a one hour commitment.  The student will make a short presentation, followed by about five minutes of discussion and questions.  You will then write a few comments on a card.  You will have the opportunity to talk with about 5-6 young scientists.  The students and the reviewers both have a good time.  If you are able to help review, that would be appreciated.  The dates and times when reviewers are needed are:

  • Tuesday, March 20, 12:45-1:45 pm
  • Wednesday, March 21, 1-2 pm
  • Thursday, March 22, 2-3 pm

Please contact Franklin Science Fair chair Anna Rector at annrector@gmail.com if you are able to help.

University Announcements

GPSA Research Expo Call for Judges:  Nearly three decades ago, the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) of Washington State University (WSU) hosted the first annual Graduate Student Research Exposition. This competitive event provides an opportunity for graduate and professional students to present diverse, cutting-edge research that takes place at WSU. To make the GPSA Research Exposition a success, we need the expertise of faculty (including emeritus), staff, postdoctoral fellows, and alumni to select those students with exemplary scholarship and research. The GPSA asks for the support of faculty who would like to volunteer their time to help select graduate and professional students of high merit. Presentations will be delivered in poster format and judges are needed for a wide swath of categories including: (1) Medical & Life Sciences, (2) Engineering, Physical Sciences & Environmental Science, (3) Agricultural & Natural Sciences, (4) Social Sciences, (5) Arts, Humanities & Design, and (6) Administrative & Information Sciences. Students who win their sections will be awarded scholarships that total $10,000.  Time commitment for judges is approximately four and half hours, spanning from 7:30 a.m. to noon on the day of the event, March 29, 2018. Breakfast and refreshments will be provided.  If you are interested in joining the GPSA as a judge for the 2018 Research Exposition, please follow this link to the Judge Participant Form. Please complete this form at your earliest convenience. We will keep the application open until we have enough judges. For additional information on the GPSA Research Exposition, please click here. Please also help the GPSA forward this email to faculty in your department. The GPSA sincerely appreciates the support of you!  Thank You,

Jing Sun, Director of Strategic Planning & Scholarship, Graduate & Professional Student Association

Washington State University   gpsa.strategic@wsu.edu

APAC’s Spring Professional Development Seminars: The professional development seminars offer a range of training opportunities for WSU staff and faculty. We encourage you to attend.
Please click on the event links below to register.

James Bledsoe, Senior Career Coach, Academic Success and Career Center

  • May 2 3:30–5:00 PM                    Proven Keys to Career Building & Recovering from Self Inflicted Wounds,  Mike Worthy, Regent, Washington State University
  • May 17 TBA Servant                        Leadership

Robin Blanchard, CEO of Blanchard Consulting LLC

AMS sites will be scheduled.   Sponsored by the Office of the President.

Consider joining the WSU Administrative Professional Advisory Council.  APAC provides institutional-level advocacy in support of administrative professional staff by serving as a liaison with WSU Senior Administration. APAC members also communicate matters of interest to APs, solicit feedback from APs, provide professional development opportunities, and help make WSU a great place to work.  NOMINATIONS FOR APAC POSITIONS – https://apac.wsu.edu/about-apac/nomination-for-apac-positions/ : Nominations are open for positions on the APAC Council. Council terms are 3-year terms, although some terms may be to fulfill an existing vacancy and may not be a full 3-year term.

Council Positions Open

(6) Pullman Council Positions

(1) Tri-Cities Council Position

(1) Extension Council Position **Extension would include, but not limited to Puyallup, WSU West, Wenatchee TFRC, and Prosser.

We are also seeking nominations for the position of liaison between APAC and the National Coalition for Professionals Staff (NCPS), this is a 2 year term.

Alternate Positions Open

(2) Pullman Alternate Positions
(5) All Other Campus and Non-Campus Locations Alternate Positions

**Note, locations are by employee’s appointment location.**

Please fill out the form below to apply. Applications are due March 14, 2018

The Office of Emergency Management conducted the spring semester test of the WSU Alert System on Tuesday, March 6th. The test reached 16,280 students, faculty and staff within five minutes via text, phone and email. The campus-wide electronic door locking test was also a success. WSU tested its electronic locks on doors associated with the Cougar Card and Veterinarian Medicine system, locking roughly 3300 electronic door locks. Manual door locks were not included as part of this test. An all clear message was sent at 12:00 p.m. indicating the test was over and normal operations were to resume on the Pullman campus.  During an actual emergency like a hostile intruder, you should assess your situation:

  • Run to a safe place (Get away if it is safe to do so)
  • Find a space with a lockable door (classrooms and offices)
  • Lock the door
  • Cover the windows as well as possible
  • Silence all audio devices (phones)
  • Turn off lights
  • Quietly form a plan to attack if an intruder enters your space with hostile intent

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.  WSU Police regularly conduct Hostile Intruder trainings. For more information on receiving this training, please call 335-8548. If you would like additional offsite training, Vivid Learning Systems has a free, online hostile intruder training available at https://vividlearningsystems.com/active-shooter-preparedness.  If you feel as though you should have received an emergency notification today, please check to make sure your contact information is correct in the Emergency Contact link found at myWSU. If you would like to receive emergency notifications, please visit myWSU and access that link to complete your registration. To view current alerts, please visit http://alert.wsu.edu and see oem.wsu.edu for emergency preparedness tips. Lastly, we encourage your feedback in completing a short survey about the WSU Alert notification system, and what can be done to improve the safety of WSU. Please follow the link below to provide your much appreciated feedback.  https://wsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1NXDwWP96cn3I0t

Office of Emergency Management, Washington State University,  emergencymanagement@wsu.edu

Awards

2018 ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONAL CONTRIBUTION AWARD:  The Administrative Professional Advisory Council is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 11th annual Administrative Professional Contribution Award that will recognize an Administrative Professional employee’s exceptional contributions to WSU, the employee’s area or unit.  Exceptional is defined as beyond the expected or required performance; or have made a unique difference; or had far reaching, impelling or compelling impact to their work area. Nominations can highlight contributions made by the employee that address (but not limited to): productivity; innovative problem solving; positive working relationships; and/or university or community service.  The winner will be announced during the May 10, 2018 APAC meeting.  The nomination form can be found on the APAC website at https://wsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1GQNIX77iKqgiFf

Application materials required: Nominator Letter, 2 Letters of Support. The deadline to submit your nomination is March 23, 2018.  For further information, contact Gayle Anderson at anderson53@wsu.edu or 335-8350

Employment Opportunities

  1. Insect Microbione Postdoc, Penn State University, University Park, PA
  2. Staff Research Associate III, Univ. of California, Riverside, CA
  3. Plant Pest Specialist, State of North Carolina
  4. Biological Science Technician, USDA Dept. of Ag-WSU TFR&E Center, Wenatchee, WA
  5. Adjunt Faculty, Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
  6. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Univ of Maryland, Entomology Dept., College Park, MD
  7. Research Assistant, North Caroline State University
  8. Research Specialist III, Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  9. Entomologist, Dept. of the Navy, Pearl Harbor, HI

Neill Public Library is looking for a summer intern to help with STEM events. For more information, email Samantha.croney@wsu.edu.

Safety

If you supervise the work of others, plan to take an upcoming “Supervisor as Safety Manager” Training. For more information and to register go to: https://wsu.skillport.com/skillportfe/main.action#summary/ILT/CDE$27427:_ss_ilt:scwsu/ilt_wsu_MGMT_334. The next session is April 18 – I hope to see you there.  Additionally, WSU is offering “Hostile Intruder Training” April 25 and July 25. Register here: https://wsu.skillport.com/skillportfe/main.action#summary/ILT/CDE$34396:_ss_ilt:scwsu/ilt_wsu_SFTY_637   March marks Workplace Eye Wellness Month and National Poison Prevention Week. As I have opportunity to walk through the many and varied workplaces that make up CAHNRS, it is apparent that eye protection and poison prevention are indeed important topics.

  • Safety glasses, goggles, helmets, and face shields can protect employees from the hazards of flying fragments, large chips, hot sparks, and splashes, as well as particles, sand, dirt, mists, dusts, and glare. If you need eye protection, le t your supervisor know!
  • Some poisons may be harmful if they come into direct contact with your eyes or skin. Others may be toxic if you breathe or swallow them. Poisons can be solids, liquids, sprays and gases. You may encounter poison ivy or oak, mistake edible berries for poisonous ones, or be exposed to carbon monoxide from using gasoline or diesel powered tools, etc. A poison is anything that can harm someone if it is used in the wrong way, used by the wrong person, or used in the wrong amount.  If an accident happens with chemicals, medicine or household items, call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for help from a local poison expert. For more info see that attached flyer.

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Spring Break is March 12-16, 2018

The CAHNRS 3MT (3 Minute Thesis) is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20. It will take place in the afternoon, exact time TBD, depending upon the number of student entries.  We would like for each department to send the information for their 3 top students being considered for the competition (3 PhD, and 3 Master’s level students are permitted).

Spring 2018 Commencement registration opens on March 21, 2018.  Commencement is at 3:00 PM on Saturday, May 5th at the Beasley Coliseum.

Nominees for the Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines are due on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 to Alanna Ellis (acellis@wsu.edu) 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.  See previous newsletters for list of scholarships.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Scholars Program prepares eligible undergraduates for their future doctoral studies.  Preparation activities include faculty-mentored research experiences, travel to research conferences, specialized coursework, and academic and career counseling.  Applications for the 2018-2019 McNair Cohort are now being accepted.  Please visit mcnair.wsu.edu for more information.   The application deadline is 11:45 PM on March 23, 2018. 

WSU Showcase call for Abstracts – Celebrating How new ideas change THE WORLD:  Leverage the power of your ideas by sharing them with WSU colleagues at the 2018 Academic Showcase and GPSA Research Exhibitions. Sharing them with WSU colleagues at the 2018 Academic Showcase and GPSA Research Exhibitions.  SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT of up to 250 words and your contact information no later than Monday, January 22.  Detailed information about, Academic Showcase, the GPSA Research Exhibition, and Abstract submission guidelines can be found Academic Showcase, the GPSA Research Exhibition, and Abstract Submission Guidelines  can be found online. Academic Showcase and the GPSA Research Exhibition are celebrations of original scholarship, research, and creative expression by members of the WSU community and will be held Thursday, March 29, 2018, at WSU Pullman.

Mark your calendars to attend the E. Paul Catts Lecture events the week of April 16, 2018.  Our speaker is, Dr. Rufus Isaacs from Michigan State University. More details to come.

Student nominations for the LEAD Awards closed Monday, February 19. All other nominations close Friday, March 9.   Award Categories:  Student, Student Organization, Faculty, Staff, and Community Organization.  Honorees will be recognized during the LEAD Ceremony on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, on the Pullman campus.  Learn more about the President’s Awards and the LEAD Ceremony at lead.wsu.edu.

CAHNRS Awards Event is on Wednesday April 18, 2018.

Spring Semester Finals Week is April 30 – May 4, 2018.

Meetings: Regional, National, International

Pacific Branch ESA meeting in Reno, NV, June 10-13, 2018 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, NV.  Meeting registrations opened in February. Register before April 16, 2018, to take advantage of the Early Bird reduced rates at https://www.entsoc.org/pacific/registration.  For information about the Student Competition go to:  https://www.entsoc.org/pacific/student-competition.  The deadline for hotel reservations is Monday, May 14, 2018.

The Annual Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting is in New Orleans, LA, August 5-10, 2018 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  The theme of the meeting is “Extreme events, ecosystem resilience and human well-being.”

Entomological Society of America Pacific Branch Annual Meeting is in Vancouver, BC, Nov 11-15, 2018.  This year’s theme is “Crossing Borders: Entomology in a Changing World.”  Submissions for papers and posters will open in mid-April for the Lunch and Learns and Functions.  For more info go to:  https://esa.confex.com/esa/2018/cfp.cgi