April 13, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS: The next faculty meeting will be April 24th at 11:00 PM in FSHN 164.  AMS# is 5708316   You are invited to join us in celebrating the completion of another successful year and we’re having a BBQ from 11:30-1:30 on May 1, 2015 on the area between the FSHN & Clark Hall Bldgs. This… » More ...

April 6, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America meetings are next week April 12-15 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort in Coeur d’Alene, ID.

 

Next faculty meeting will be April 24th at 1:00 PM in FSHN 164.  AMS# is 708316

 

Congratulations to Adam Strong who passed his PhD exam on Wednesday, April 8, 2015. Adam was advised by Jeb Owen.

 

Congratulations Natalie Boyle who passed her PhD on Friday, April 10, 2015.  Natalie was advised by Doug Walsh.

 

Final and Preliminary exams have been scheduled for:

Cami Jones, Monday, April 13, 2015.  AMS# 5708196

Seminar is at 12:00 PM in FSHN 354 followed by the exam at 1:00 PM in FSHN 164.

 

Joseph Schwarz, Friday, April 17, 2015. AMS# 5708315.

Research proposal seminar is at 1:00 PM in FSHN 354 followed by the preliminary exam at 2:00 PM in FSHN 164.

 

Samantha Whiteside, Monday, April 20, 2015.  AMS#5708519

        Seminar is at 10:00 AM in FSHN 354, followed by exam in FSHN 164 at 11:00 AM.   

Copies of student theses are available for perusal on the Entomology SharePoint Announcements/Calendar page.  Just click on the paperclip link.  A hard copy is available in the Entomology Office. 

 

Parking Permit Renewal Phase 2 April 11 through April 15

The parking permit online renewal will move into Phase 2 on April 11.  Phase 2 is for current permit holders who are NOT SATISFIED with their current zone permit choice and wish to request a different permit zone and be placed on a waiting list.  To request a different permit zone, please go to http://www.transportation.wsu.edu   and click on “Request a Different Permit Zone”.

After all the permit requests have been processed, you will be notified by email to return to the web to purchase your permit during Phase 3 which begins on April 17, 2015.  Note: Based on availability, your new permit choice may or may not be available to purchase.  However, you will still have the option to renew your current permit in Phase 3 and remain on a waiting list for your requested permit.

 

zzusis Use Notification Message:  Enterprise Systems, in collaboration with the security team within WSU Information Services, will be updating the zzusis sign-on page to show an acceptable use notification message. This use notification message will be static text end users can review and will not require any additional steps to sign-on to zzusis. The message will include a link to the ITS and WSU Computing Policies web page, where end users will be able to access and review the policies, regulations and procedures related to WSU computing and network resources. The message will begin to appear starting on Friday, April 10th and will be a permanent fixture on the sign-on page going forward.  The addition of the acceptable use message on the zzusis sign-on page is part of the university efforts to provide information related to the policies that govern access and utilization of university resources. Over the coming months, WSU Information Services will be migrating a consistent use notification message to the sign-on pages used to access other university systems.

 

Missed the Graduation Fair? Students planning to walk in one of Pullman’s Spring Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, May 9, who are off campus or missed the Grad Fair can register to walk on-line at https://commencement.wsu.edu/ceremony-registration/ Order your cap and gown on-line through Jostens https://secure.jostensonline.com/wsu/.   The last day to register to walk will be Friday, April 17.

 

 

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EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Entomologist, EPA, Arlington, VA
  2. Insect Collection Curator, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
  3. Extension Agent, Texas A&M, Muleshoe, TX

 

The Academic Success & Career Center is hiring tutors for the fall 2015. If you think you would be a great tutor for Entomology or science disciplines contact Alicia Petersen directly at Alicia.petersen@wsu.edu.

 

 

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IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW:

The last day to schedule Spring 2015 final MS/PhD exams is April 10.  The last day to conduct final exams is April 24, 2015. Spring interim dates are April 27-May 15, 2015.

 

Please save the date of Friday, April 17, 2015, for the second Student Affairs Symposium.  The theme of the Symposium is ‘Transformative Engagement,’ and it will be an all-day event.

 

Faculty meeting will be April 24th at 11:00 AM in FSHN 164.  AMS# is 708316

 

New Graduate Students: Registration for Graduate School Orientation (for August 18) is now open. Please go to this website to register: http://gradschool.wsu.edu/1681-2/.  Use this link to see the flyer http://gradschool.wsu.edu/documents/2015/04/2015-orientation-flyer.pdf

 

 

Skylight survey users should download their data by Feb 28 (Deadline extended) March – May 31, 2015

  • Access to your Skylight surveys will be by request only. Email atl@wsu.eduto initiate request.
  • Allow five to seven business days to process your request.
  • June 2015: Skylight decommissioned.  No archive will be available.
  • Surveys in 2015:  WSU has a license in place for faculty and staff to use Qualtricsfor surveys.  See surveys.wsu.edu for more information.

 

 

 

End of year celebration, May 1, noon time – as a BBQ potluck style as in years past (family guest welcome)

March 30, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS: The EGSA Insect Expo is scheduled for Saturday April 4 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Ensminger Pavilion.  This is a great family friendly community event that our students put a lot of work into.  Pass the word on to your friends with children.   Congratulations to Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris who successfully passed… » More ...

March 23, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The next Entomology Dept. faculty meeting will be April 24th at 11:00 AM.

 

 

A memorial service for Herma Amalia will be at the Ensminger Pavilion on April 9th from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, more information will be forth coming.

 

 

 

Congratulations to James Hust who passed his MS final exam on March 24, 2015.

 

Exams have been scheduled for:

  1. Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Her seminar will be given at 12:10 (Entomology Seminar time) AMS # is  5706538.

The  AMS# for her PhD exam is 5708092

  1. Adam Strong on Wednesday, April 8, 2015
  2. Natalie Boyle on Friday, April 10, 2015
  3. Cami Jones Monday, April 13, 2015
  4. Joseph Schwarz will be taking his preliminary exam on Friday, April 17, 2015

 

 

A big congratulations to Robbie Zinna who won 2nd place in the campus wide 3 Minute Thesis competition that was held on Thursday, March 26th.   He was the winner of the CAHNRS competition. A very nice monetary award comes with this recognition.  This is the second year for this competition at WSU. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. Ph.D. students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. 3MT is not an exercise in trivializing or ‘dumbing-down’ research, but challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.

 

 

 

 

The EGSA Insect Expo is scheduled for Saturday April 4 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Ensminger PavilionThis is a great family friendly community event that our students put a lot of work into.  Pass the word on to your friends with children.

 

 

 

 

Reminder:  March 30 will be the deadline for our 2015 “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions.   These two awards will be respectively supported by the Robert and Mary Lou Harwood and Howard and Hermina Hallgarth scholarship endowments.  The “Student of the Year” award will be given in recognition of the student’s academic achievements and scholarly service contributions. The “Paper of the Year” be awarded in recognition an exceptional manuscript with a student as lead author. For consideration of this award, the paper must be accepted for publication or has appeared in print over the 12 months preceding the March 30 application deadline. Application for this award includes an additional requirement:  A copy of the manuscript, along with a copy of the letter (email) from the journal indicating the paper has been accepted for publication.  Starting this year, there will be two graduate fellowship research awards supported by the Errett Deck Fellowship ($2,500 each).  Errett and Evelyn Deck created this fellowship to advance excellence in graduate research to “protect and promote production agriculture through effective pest control.”  These fellowships will support expansion of a student’s research project.

 

 

This year’s E. Paul Catts Lecture will be given by guest speaker Dr. Claire Kremen, Professor & Faculty member at the University of California Berkeley and is Co-Director of the Berkeley Food Institute Environmental Sciences Policy & Management.  Her presentation is titled A Bee’s Eye Perspective on Sustainable Agriculture Please join the department on April  9, 2015 for the events:  Reception: in CUE* 518, 5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m.; Lecture:  in CUE* 203 6:00p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Dinner at Banyans with Dr. Kremen, and Entomology colleagues, 7:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.  Dinner is $30.00 per person Send inquiries and RSVP requests to entomology.office@wsu.edu by April 3, 2015 for confirmation.  Dr. Kremen will also be giving a special lecture in the Entomology Department at noon on Friday, April 10, in FSHN 354.   The E. Paul Catts Memorial Lecture honors Dr. Paul Catts who was revered as an excellent teacher, public speaker and artist. The lectureship was endowed in 2001; major contributors included Ann B. Catts, Elizabeth Beers, Frank Peryea, and John and Ruth Brown. See the attached  flyer for more information about the event.  For more information about Dr. Kremen go to:  http://nature.berkeley.edu/kremenlab/

 

Save the date:  We are planning on May 1 for our end of the year celebration event.  More details to come. 

 

SUBLEASER NEEDED – Pullman, WA – One Bedroom/One Bath Apartment is available for immediate move in. The apartment is located on Terre View Dr. at the Campus Commons North building. It is a top floor apartment, with a deck and dishwasher.  Rent is $640 a month with amenities such as free tanning, rec room, gym, and indoor/outdoor pools. It is a safe and friendly neighborhood! Contact Chandra Reynolds at (206) 227- 6053 or chandra_reynolds@hotmail.com  for more details.  Chandra is leaving us to relocate to the west side.

 

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EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  • Research Associate, Entomology, Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Vineland Research & Innovation Centre, Vineland Station, Ontario, Canada
  • Environmental Scientist III, Commonwealth of Kentucky, Franklin, KY
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Entomology & Plant Pathology, Univ. of Tennessee, Jackson
  • Research Scientist II/Urban Entomologist, Eurofins Co., Mebane, NC

 

 

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IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW:

 

A WSU OGRD Graduate Grant Writing Workshop will be held on March 28 (Saturday) between 9 am – 5 pm. To sign up, please visit the website. Once students arrive at the website they need to sign up at the bottom of the workshop description. Students can also set up one-on-one meetings with Hannah Merley with assistance in funding searches, proposal editing, and an explanation of the submission process.

 

March 30 will be the deadline for our 2015 “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions.

 

EGSA Insect Expo, Saturday April 4 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Ensminger Pavilion. See attached flyers.

 

 

 

A memorial service for Herma Amalia’s will be at Ensminger Pavilion April 9th from 11-1 pm, more information will be forth coming.

 

 

 

  1. Paul Catts Memorial Lecture events are on April 9, 2015:

Reception in CUE* 518, 5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m.; Lecture:  in CUE* 203 6:00p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Dinner at Banyans with Dr. Kremen, and Entomology colleagues, 7:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.

* Smith Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE) Building

 

The last day to schedule Spring 2015 final MS/PhD exams is April 10.  The last day to conduct final exams is April 24, 2015. Spring interim dates are April 27-May 15, 2015.

Skylight survey users should download their data by Feb 28 (Deadline extended) March – May 31, 2015

  • Access to your Skylight surveys will be by request only. Email atl@wsu.eduto initiate request.
  • Allow five to seven business days to process your request.
  • June 2015: Skylight decommissioned.  No archive will be available.
  • Surveys in 2015:  WSU has a license in place for faculty and staff to use Qualtricsfor surveys.  See surveys.wsu.edu for more information.

 

Mom’s Weekend is April 10-12, 2015.

 

Please save the date of Friday, April 17, 2015, for the second Student Affairs Symposium.  The theme of the Symposium is ‘Transformative Engagement,’ and it will be an all-day event.

 

LAST DAY to take a final exam & graduate with May 2015 Class:  Friday, April 24, 2015.

 

The next Entomology Dept. faculty meeting will be April 24th at 11:00 AM.

March 16, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Our hearts were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Herma Amalia on March 16, 2015. Herma apparently drowned in the surf on Waikiki beach.  There are no words adequate to express our loss.  Herma’s smiling countenance was known to all and her friendship to many in Entomology was a blessing.  We will provide further information as it becomes available.  WSU provided the following information: The Employee Assistance Program is available to current faculty and staff, including graduate students on assistantship, and offers individual and group counseling. There is a local EAP office located on the Pullman campus and can be reached at 509-335-5759. For employees not located in Pullman, they can utilize the Washington Department of Personnel Employee Assistance Program. To access EAP, employees can call 1-877-313-4455. EAP can also come in and do a group session if desired just let us know. Note that the Pullman EAP office is closed for spring break but will reopen March 23rd. http://www.staradvertiser.com/news/breaking/20150318_Medical_examiner_identifies_Waikiki_drowning_victim.html?id=296763941

 

 

This year’s E. Paul Catts Lecture will be given by guest speaker Dr. Claire Kremen, Professor & Faculty member at the University of California Berkeley and is Co-Director of the Berkeley Food Institute Environmental Sciences Policy & Management.  Her presentation is titled A Bee’s Eye Perspective on Sustainable Agriculture Please join the department on April  9, 2015 for the events:  Reception: in CUE* 518, 5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m.; Lecture:  in CUE* 203 6:00p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Dinner at Banyans with Dr. Kremen, and Entomology colleagues, 7:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.

Dinner is $30.00 per person Send inquiries and RSVP requests to entomology.office@wsu.edu by April 3, 2015 for confirmation.

Dr. Kremen will also be giving a special lecture to the Entomology Department at noon on Friday, April 10, in FSHN 354.

The E. Paul Catts Memorial Lecture honors Dr. Paul Catts who was revered as an excellent teacher, public speaker and artist. The lectureship was endowed in 2001; major contributors included Ann B. Catts, Elizabeth Beers, Frank Peryea, and John and Ruth Brown. See the attached  flyer for more information about the event.  For more information about Dr. Kremen go to:  http://nature.berkeley.edu/kremenlab/

 

 

2015 WSU President’s Award nominations now open

Nomination and application forms are now open for the 2015 WSU President’s Award for Leadership

Since 1996, the President’s Award has been an honor bestowed annually to students and others who advance leadership and engagement at WSU and beyond. Recipients of this prestigious award demonstrate exceptional leadership and service to the university and the community or support leadership development and engagement of WSU students. The 2015 award categories are student, student group, faculty or staff, and community organization.  To select the awardees, a committee of faculty, staff and students will review applicants by considering each within the framework of the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, specifically with respect to these qualities: consciousness of self, congruence, commitment, collaboration, common purpose, controversy with civility, citizenship, and change.  Award recipients will be honored at the Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction (LEAD) event on April 23, 2015 at 5 PM. In addition to the presentation of the President’s Award, the LEAD program will feature the inauguration of the next year’s ASWSU and GPSA officers, a gallery of student leadership, a reception with light refreshments, and a guest speaker. All are welcome to attend the annual event. The LEAD event and President’s Award are presented in partnership by Student Involvement and the Center for Civic Engagement. Student nominations were due March 8, 2015. Student applications and nominations for student groups, community organizations and faculty or staff are due March 22, 2015.  Visit lead.wsu.edu to learn more, and click here complete a nomination or application.

 

Natural Resource Conservation Endowment Fund 2015 graduate student competition

2015 Natural Resource Conservation Endowment Fund (NRCEF) provides seed money for supporting research and projects related to, but not limited to, energy, small-scale agricultural concepts, community education, wildlife conservation and/or recovery, related psychological and sociological studies, domestic and international studies, and other projects related to conservation of renewable and non-renewable natural resources, including biotic and abiotic ecological components. The work should be oriented toward practical application of theory rather than strictly theory-oriented research to provide public uses or participants with a maximum opportunity to benefit. Currently enrolled graduate students in good standing with the Graduate School are eligible as an individual or graduate students group may apply.  Interdisciplinary and collaborative proposals in such areas as education, psychology, sociology, environmental engineering, sciences, agriculture and veterinary sciences are encouraged. Deadline:  5 p.m., Friday, April 10.  For more information and application guidelines go to http://www.ogrd.wsu.edu or contact Nancy Shrope at nshrope@wsu.edu or Hannah Merley at hannah.merley@wsu.edu.

 

The Genomics Core at WSU, Spokane announces a pilot grant competition program sponsored by Illumina, Inc.  This grant is intended to support researchers’ next-generation sequencing projects.  All independent investigators across WSU campuses are eligible to apply.  Winners will be awarded a free library prep kit of their choices, a value ranging from $500 to $10,000.  Please visit the core’s website for detailed information at:   http://labs.wsu.edu/genomicscore/Proposals are due April 10, 2015 and award notifications will go out on April 24, 2015.The newly established Genomics Core is now ready to provide sequencing-related services to WSU researchers.  Please contact us for free consultations about your sequencing projects. For more info contact:  Ben Liu, Ph.D., WSU Spokane College of Medical Sciences, 509-368-6741, yiyong.liu@wsu.edu

 

 

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EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Research position, Asian citrus psyllid monitoring & management, UC-Riverside, Riverside CA
  2. Extension Educator-Vegetable Specialist, Univ. Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  3. Soybean Doctoral Fellowship, Mississippi State Univ., Starkville, MS
  4. Entomologist/Honeybee Scientist, Land O’Lakes Corp., Gray Summit, MO
  5. Entomology Post-Doctoral Associate, Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  6. Professor & Department Head, Entomology, Commonwealth of Virginia, Montgomery, VA

 

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IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW:

 

3RD ANNUAL CAHNRS HONORS A night among the stars:  THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2015 at the SEL Event Center – 5:00 PM Reception and Silent Auction; 6:00 PM DinnerThe address for  the SEL Event Center is 1825 Schweitzer Drive, Pullman, WA.

Register by March 10 at www.go.wsu.edu/cahnrs-honors. Additional guests are welcome or contact Janet McGough    509-335-8010 – mcgough@wsu.edu.  $25/Adults • $10/Children.

 

A WSU OGRD Graduate Grant Writing Workshop will be held on March 28 (Saturday) between 9 am – 5 pm. To sign up, please visit the website. Once students arrive at the website they need to sign up at the bottom of the workshop description. Students can also set up one-on-one meetings with Hannah Merley with assistance in funding searches, proposal editing, and an explanation of the submission process.

 

Graduation Fair on Wednesday & Thursday, March 25-26, 2015 from 9 AM to 5 PM at Lewis Alumni Center.

 

March 30 will be the deadline for our 2015 “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions.

 

  1. Paul Catts Memorial Lecture events are on April 9, 2015:

Reception in CUE* 518, 5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m.; Lecture:  in CUE* 203 6:00p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Dinner at Banyans with Dr. Kremen, and Entomology colleagues, 7:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.

* Smith Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE) Building

 

The last day to schedule Spring 2015 final MS/PhD exams is April 10.  The last day to conduct final exams is April 24, 2015. Spring interim dates are April 27-May 15, 2015.

Skylight survey users should download their data by Feb 28 (Deadline extended) March – May 31, 2015

  • Access to your Skylight surveys will be by request only. Email atl@wsu.eduto initiate request.
  • Allow five to seven business days to process your request.
  • June 2015: Skylight decommissioned.  No archive will be available.
  • Surveys in 2015:  WSU has a license in place for faculty and staff to use Qualtricsfor surveys.  See surveys.wsu.edu for more information.

 

Mom’s Weekend is April 10-12, 2015.

 

Please save the date of Friday, April 17, 2015, for the second Student Affairs Symposium.  The theme of the Symposium is ‘Transformative Engagement,’ and it will be an all-day event.

 

LAST DAY to take a final exam & graduate with May 2015 Class:  Friday, April 24, 2015.

Can Mushrooms Save the Honey Bee?

February 17, 2015 By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences PULLMAN, Wash. – Research by a Washington State University bee scientist and a mushroom farmer indicates that extracts from the fungus might help honey bees fight off disease and parasites. One experiment involves a prototype beehive made from mushrooms. Read the complete… » More ...

March 9, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

There will be no Wednesday Seminar on March 18 because of Spring Break.

 

Congratulations to Robbie Zinna who won $1000 for winning the 3 Minute Thesis Competition in CAHNRS today!  He will represent CAHNRS at the University level in two weeks.

 

Congratulations to Si-Pei Liu who completed her non-thesis MS program.  She is headed to Germany to enter a PhD program at Friedrich-Schiller University Jena to work on a wingless insect evolution project.

 

Our Apiculture Lab is looking for a honey bee research assistant/beekeeper for this season.  Duties are to:  Assist with all aspects of honey bee field research.  Build equipment with power tools.  Clean and stack equipment.  Check colonies.  Feed bees.  Move hives on and off trucks.  Mow and weed whack grass.  Process honey. Work during the spring is inside and out depending on weather.  Work during the summer is mainly outdoors in the field all day. Work during the winter is mainly inside the bee building, but may include short trips to the hives to check and feed or move hives to other locations. Requirements:  Able to work with live honey bees (stinging insects).  Able to lift 30-40 lbs repeatedly.  Ability to get to bee building at the end of Grimes Way (Laboratory Animal Resources Bldg).  Hours:  Part- or full-time during summer; M-F hours variable. Part-time during semester; M-F during business hours.   Apply through Couglink.org.  Starting wage $10.50.   Please pass the word to those of you working with students who may be looking for summer work.  Contact Kinkade Sunderland-Herrin at k.sunderland-herrin@wsu.edu if you have questions.

 

Industry representatives from CHS invited CAHNRS to compete with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at University of Idaho for their annual food drive (see attachment).  Members of the CAHNRS Student Senate will be collecting food to donate to local food banks until March 20th.  This is a friendly competition with three rewards for participation: 1) We as a collective have an opportunity to support our communities; 2) Students join together across campuses in a servant leader effort; 3) the campus that donates the most food gets bragging rights on the Palouse.   Please support this great cause by bringing donated food items to the following locations.

If you have questions please contact the Jenica Hagler (jenica.hagler@wsu.edu), the CAHNRS Student Senate Coordinator for this event.  Bring food donations to the boxes in the Entomology Office or Food Science Office by next Thursday March 19.

 

Reminder! Call for Photo Salon Entries!

2015 PBESA Annual Meeting – April 12-15, 2015 – Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Deadline for photo salon entries: March 22, 2015

Must be an ESA member, but meeting attendance not required! 

It’s time to get cameras out, unload those memory cards, show off your best bug photos and WIN SOME CASH! It’s the 2015 PBESA Photo Salon!  Every year after the show, we hear people say “Oh man! I should have submitted the photo of…” Well, now’s the time! If you’ve got images, we want ‘em!  The photo salon is not all about competition – it’s about showing other entomology folks your photos from the past year! (see attachment)

 

Spring 2015 Graduation Fair

Students planning to walk in one of the Pullman Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, May 9th should plan to attend the Grad Fair at the Alumni Centre.  It will be held on Wednesday & Thursday, March 25-26, 2015 from 9AM to 5PM.  The Grad Fair is an opportunity for all potential graduates to check degree applications, register to walk, pick up a cap and gown, order announcements, purchase a class ring or diploma frame, register with the Alumni Association and visit with other WSU offices such as; Financial Aid, Student Accounts, and International Programs. Rental prices are as follows: Bachelor’s $47.94, Master’s $74.92, Doctoral $97.00.

If you are unable to attend the Grad Fair or are off campus you may order your cap and gown directly on-line at Jostens beginning Friday, March 27th through April 7th. The cost will increase to include shipping.

 

WSU Student Involvement is inviting you to nominate your student organization for the 2015 Presidential LEAD Awards. Your organization has accomplished many things this year and deserves recognition. Applications are due next Sunday, March 22 and can be filled out here: https://orgsync.com/36888/forms/134962

Your organization would be a great fit for one of the following categories:

-Cultural Impact

-Educational and Community Impact

-Outstanding Event

-Collaboration Award

-Outstanding Advisor

Please let Milly Gagnon know if you have any questions.  Go Cougs!

Molly Gagnon

WSU Marketing Coordinator, Student Involvement

P: (509) 335-1359 | molly.gagnon@wsu.edu | CUB 320 Pullman, WA 99164-7204

 

 

The Cub Scout Day Camp is looking local help with a presentation on flying insects.   The theme this year is Take Flight and we are looking at things that fly from rockets to planes to insects.  I am wondering if anyone has a presentation of flying insects that might be interested in spending the day talking about them and hopefully, showing them some.  It would be a full day of it as we have stations set up with rotations and I would have the insects be one of our rotations.   The rotations are 45 mins. each and there would be 6 of them throughout the day.  If the presentation did not go for 45 mins., there are other activities that I can also add to that rotation.  We usually plan on around 140 boys ages 7 – 10. Would you please let me know as soon as possible if this is something that might possibly be doable?  The date would be either Wed. or Thurs., June 17th or 18th, whatever might work with someone’s schedule.  Contact Candy Field at candy.field@hotmail.com if you are willing to do a presentation.

 

If you were a 2014 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) participant and still have funds remaining in your 2014 account, you have until March 15 to incur expenses to claim for last year’s account. Who’s Eligible? If you are enrolled in a Classic or Value medical plan for 2015, or waived your WSU medical coverage for the 2015 plan year, you are eligible to make claims during this grace period. If you elected to enroll in a CDHP/HSA for 2015, you are NOT eligible for the annual grace period and you had until December 31, 2014 to use your 2014 FSA funds. How Do I Participate? To participate in the annual grace period, you must submit all eligible expenses accrued between January 1, 2014 and March 15, 2015 for 2014 FSA reimbursement no later than March 31, 2015. After that date, any funds left in your 2014 account will be forfeited to the plan administrator.  To submit your claim(s), you may 1) use the 2014 Flex-Plan Services claim form or, 2) logon to your account and submit your claim online at http://pebb.flex-plan.com/home/default.aspx, or 3) utilize your Flexi-Card. If using the Flexi-Card, Flex-Plan Services will first apply charges to any funds left in your 2014 account before using the 2015 account, provided you enrolled in an FSA again this year. If you have any questions, please contact Flex-Plan Services at 800-669-3539 and speak to a PEBB Customer Service Representative or visit the above mentioned website. Human Resource Services, 509-335-4521, hrs@wsu.edu.

 

 

How to series….publish high-quality research Workshop

The probability of getting published rests on three kinds of quality: 1) the quality of the ideas at the heart of the manuscript; 2) the quality of the methods and empirical findings supporting those ideas; 3) and the quality of the initial submission and subsequent promotion. To help academics gain success, this workshop will offer a systematic approach to conducting and reporting high-quality research that maximizes chances of getting published in the top journals of the field, including a process model for publishing high-quality research with implications for graduate training.  Facilitator: Dr. Jeff Joireman, Associate Professor of Marketing at Washington State University and co-author of How to Publish High-Quality Research. Registration Link: http://www.ogrd.wsu.edu/workshops.asp

When: Wednesday, March 25   Time: 12:00-1 p.m.   Where: OGRD, Neill Hall, ETC, Room 416

 

 

 

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EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Professor & Head, Dept of Entomology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA  24061
  2. Postgraduate Researcher, Biological Control of Asian Citrus Phyllid, UC-Riverside, Riverside, CA
  3. Postdoctoral Researcher, Dept. of Entomology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  4. National Program Leader (Specialty Crops, USDA/ARS, Beltsville, MD
  5. Postdoctoral Researcher, Insect evolution and Integrated Pest Management, South Dakota Univ, Brookings, SD
  6. Assistant Professor: Biology (Entomology Invertebrate zoology, Univ. of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD

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IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW:

 

 

THE 2015 PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP APPLICATIONS & NOMINATIONS are due March 22, 2015

 

3RD ANNUAL CAHNRS HONORS A night among the stars

THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2015 – 5:00 PM Reception and Silent Auction       6:00 PM Dinner

SEL Event Center,    1825 Schweitzer Drive, Pullman, WA 99163

Register by March 10 at www.go.wsu.edu/cahnrs-honors. $25/Adults • $10/Children. Additional guests are welcome.

Or Contact Janet McGough    509-335-8010 – mcgough@wsu.edu

 

A WSU OGRD Graduate Grant Writing Workshop will be held on March 28 (Saturday) between 9am – 5pm. To sign up, please visit the website. Once students arrive at the website they need to sign up at the bottom of the workshop description. Students can also set up one-on-one meetings with Hannah Merley with assistance in funding searches, proposal editing, and an explanation of the submission process.

 

Graduation Fair on Wednesday & Thursday, March 25-26, 2015 from 9AM to 5PM at Lewis Alumni Center.

 

March 30 will be the deadline for our 2015 “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions.

 

The last day to schedule Spring 2015 final MS/PhD exams is April 10.  The last day to conduct final exams is April 24, 2015. Spring interim dates are April 27-May 15, 2015.

Skylight survey users should download their data by Feb 28 (Deadline extended) March – May 31, 2015

  • Access to your Skylight surveys will be by request only. Email atl@wsu.eduto initiate request.
  • Allow five to seven business days to process your request.
  • June 2015: Skylight decommissioned.  No archive will be available.
  • Surveys in 2015:  WSU has a license in place for faculty and staff to use Qualtricsfor surveys.  See surveys.wsu.edu for more information.

 

Mom’s Weekend is April 10-12, 2015.

 

Please save the date of Friday, April 17, 2015, for the second Student Affairs Symposium.  The theme of the Symposium is ‘Transformative Engagement,’ and it will be an all-day event.

 

LAST DAY to take a final exam & graduate with May 2015 Class:  Friday, April 24, 2015.

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February 16, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Our Wednesday seminar speaker on February 25th will be Todd Murray.  Todd is a WSU Extension Educator & Director of the Skaminia County Extension Program.  Todd graduated with a master’s degree from WSU Entomology in 1996.  His seminar is titled:   For more information on Todd Murray go to: http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Todd-Murray/92731982. Do a WSU website search, or a google search, for Todd Murray and you will find numerous publications by him and news articles about him.

 

The work of Steve Sheppard and Paul Stamets was featured in a WSU news article on Feb. 17, 2015 titled: Can Mushrooms save the honey bee? To read the complete article go to:  http://crosscut.com/2015/02/can-mushrooms-save-honeybee/.

 

Liquidation of Compensatory Time
Business Policies and Procedures Manual 60.59 requires unused compensatory (comp) time be paid in cash at the end of the biennium unless an exception is approved by the appointing authority. Employees should liquidate unused compensatory time by June 30, 2015. Cash payment of accrued compensatory time will be processed through Payroll Services using time report forms. Refer to BPPM 60.59 for more information regarding overtime eligible employees or contact Human Resource Services at 335-4521.

 

CAHNRS Dean Ron Mittelhammer announced that Chris Johnson will be joining CAHNRS as the new CAHNRS Finance Director, beginning Monday, March 16, 2015. As CAHNRS Finance Director and chief financial officer, Chris will advise and assist in the planning, integration, and control of all College’s financial resources, with special emphasis on the development of appropriate strategies to implement key components of the CAHNRS strategic plan.  Chris comes to WSU with an MBA, Bachelors of Arts in International relations, and over 16 years of leadership and fiscal experience. He has worked as the Deputy Executive Director at the Port of Anacortes, in various leadership positions within the Washington State Auditor’s Office, and as an adjunct faculty at Western Washington University.

 

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 President’s Award for Leadership
Award categories include: student | student group | faculty or staff | community organization
March 8, 2015: Student nominations due
March 22, 2015: Student applications and all other nominations due
Since 1996, the President’s Award has been an honor bestowed annually to students and others who advance leadership and engagement at WSU. Recipients of this prestigious award demonstrate exceptional leadership and service to the university and the community and/or support leadership development and engagement of WSU students. Award recipients will be honored at the Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction (LEAD) event on April 23, 2015

 

PULLMAN, Wash. – Information Technology Services (ITS) will implement a new email protection service provided by ProofPoint on Tuesday, Feb. 24. ProofPoint Targeted Attack Protection (TAP) will check email messages for malicious URLs and/or attachments as they come into the Washington State University central email system.  For more info go to:  https://news.wsu.edu/2015/02/18/new-email-protection-service-to-be-implemented-feb-24/#.VOUzUP10xD8

 

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EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Global Technical Manager-Pest Management, Syngenta Corp., Basel, CH Switzerland
  2. Assistant Professor, Oregon State Univ. Central Point Research & Extension Center, Central Point, OR
  3. Entomologist III, State of Hawaii, Hilo, HI
  4. Research Molecular Biologist/Research Entomologist, ARS, Manhattan, KS
  5. Entomologist/Honeybee Scientist, Land O’Lakes Inc, Gray Summit, MO
  6. Extension Agent I-III, Univ. of Florida, Jackson, FL

 

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IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW:

2015 Wiley Research Exposition Friday, February 20, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Compton Union Building, Pullman.

 

Skylight survey users should download their data by Feb 28 (Deadline extended)

March – May 31, 2015

  • Access to your Skylight surveys will be by request only. Email atl@wsu.eduto initiate request.
  • Allow five to seven business days to process your request.
  • June 2015: Skylight decommissioned.  No archive will be available.
  • Surveys in 2015:  WSU has a license in place for faculty and staff to use Qualtricsfor surveys.  See surveys.wsu.edu for more information.

 

The Office of International Programs and the Office of Research would like to announce the Third Annual International Research Travel Award application process is now open for 2015.  All proposals are due by March 1, 2015.

 

Dave Crowder and Elias Bloom will be presenters at an Extension Webinar on March 10, 2014.  For more info and to register go to: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/281474113

 

3RD ANNUAL CAHNRS HONORS A night among the stars

THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2015 – 5:00 PM Reception and Silent Auction       6:00 PM Dinner

SEL Event Center,    1825 Schweitzer Drive, Pullman, WA 99163

Register by March 10 at www.go.wsu.edu/cahnrs-honors. $25/Adults • $10/Children. Additional guests are welcome.

Or Contact Janet McGough    509-335-8010 – mcgough@wsu.edu

 

A WSU OGRD Graduate Grant Writing Workshop will be held on March 28 (Saturday) between 9am – 5pm. To sign up, please visit the website. Once students arrive at the website they need to sign up at the bottom of the workshop description. Students can also set up one-on-one meetings with Hannah Merley with assistance in funding searches, proposal editing, and an explanation of the submission process.

 

The last day to schedule Spring 2015 final MS/PhD exams is April 10.  The last day to conduct final exams is April 24, 2015. Spring interim dates are April 27-May 15, 2015.

 

Mom’s Weekend is April 10-12, 2015.

February 13, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

March 30 will be the deadline for our 2015 “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions.   These two awards will be respectively supported by the Robert and Mary Lou Harwood and Howard and Hermina Hargarth scholarship endowments.  The “Student of the Year” award will be given in recognition of the student’s academic achievements and scholarly service contributions. The “Paper of the Year” be awarded in recognition an exceptional manuscript with a student as lead author. For consideration of this award, the paper must be accepted for publication or has appeared in print over the 12 months preceding the March 30 application deadline. Application for this award includes an additional requirement:  A copy of the manuscript, along with a copy of the letter (email) from the journal indicating the paper has been accepted for publication.

Starting this year, there will be two graduate fellowship research awards supported by the Errett Deck Fellowship ($2,500 each).  Errett and Evelyn Deck created this fellowship to advance excellence in graduate research to “protect and promote production agriculture through effective pest control.”    These fellowships will support expansion of a student’s research project.

In all cases, applications will have three components, which should be emailed to Adam (adam.williams@wsu.edu):

  1. A 500 word (or less) essay from the student concisely explaining why they deserve the award. In the case of  the Deck research fellowship, for example, the student should describe specifically what component the funds will add to their research program. In the case of the Hargarth “Paper of the Year” award, the student should describe why the work is an important contribution to the literature.
  2. The student’s updated CV.
  3. A 250 word (or less) memo from the major advisor describing why they feel their student is deserving of the award.

Last year’s honored recipients were:

Rebecca Schmidt (Beers) received the Robert and Mary Lou Harwood “Student of the Year” Award, in honor of her research on predatory mites, involvement in serving the Entomological Society of America, and student leadership for the Department of Entomology.

Ivan Milosavljevic (Crowder/Pike) received the Entomology Support Fund “Research” Award, in support of his continuing work on the impact of wire worms in PNW agricultural production.

Rebecca Schmidt (Beers) received the Howard and Hermina Hallgarth “Paper of the Year” Award, for her recent review “Leaf structures affect predatory mites (Acari: Phytoseiidae) and biological control: review” in Experimental and Applied Acarology. (62) 1-17 (2014).

Our seminar speaker on Wednesday March 4 will be Sarah Bush, University of Utah.  Dr. Bush is an assistant professor in the Biology Dept. and Adjunct Curator-Vertebrate Zoology, Natural History Museum of Utah.   

For more info on Dr. Bush go to:  http://darwin.biology.utah.edu/PeopleHTML/BushCV_2013.pdf.  Title of the talk soon.  All seminars are in FSHN 354 and start at 12:10 PM.  The AMS dial in # is 5706538. 

 Alix Whitener won first place at the 2015 Wiley Expo in the Agricultural & Natural Sciences poster division.   Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris also participated in the poster competition in the Agricultural & Natural Sciences section.  Herma Amalia, Natalie Boyle and Paul Chisholm participated in Oral Presentation session. Herma and Natalie were in the Agricultural & Natural Sciences section and Paul was in the Medical & Life Sciences section.

Faculty Appreciation Day at the Bookie is Wednesday, March 4th from 10 AM – 3:00 PM.  Faculty can meet publisher representatives, Bookie textbook managers and learn more about Faculty Enlight.  There will be free food throughout the day.

For students scheduled to defend for their MS or PhD degree in Spring 2015 – This is a reminder that PhD and MS students are to provide a near final copy of their dissertation to their graduate committee at least 20 working days prior to their defense.  This gives the committee 10 working days for review and the dissertation…which is then made available for the departmental faculty to review for 10 working days prior to the defense.  While the timeline regarding the committee is somewhat flexible (see language below) – the 10 working days requirement for the department is not.  Below is the relevant section from the graduate student handbook that is prominently posted on our website.  Please advise your students of this timeline:  “9. Thesis Timeline. The student is expected to work closely with their major advisor to revise and edit the thesis before sending it to the advisory committee for approval. The advisory committee should get a minimum of 10 working days to review the thesis, although this is at the discretion of the advisory committee. After the thesis has been reviewed and approved by the advisory committee, students must submit their approved thesis to the department chair and the department’s graduate coordinator at least 10 working days prior to the final scheduled thesis defense (this is a graduate school requirement). The graduate coordinator will make the thesis available on the Department’s SharePoint site so that all faculty can review the thesis prior to the final defense.”

Faculty regalia for spring commencement:  Get your academic regalia now.  Faculty planning to attend one of the Spring Commencement Ceremonies can purchase or rent university specific regalia through the Bookie now through March 26.   After this date you will only be able to get basic black regalia and the WSU standard hood. Use the on-line order form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vC9d3Vrs6AziCvnmw-8frii0_6ml-H3IcA1duPUiDK8/viewform?c=0&w=1.  Contact the Bookie (509)332-2537 or 800-937-4978 or wsubookie.graduation@gmail.com.

The Washington State University Office of International Programs and Office of Research are co-sponsoring the Third Annual International Research Travel Award (IRTA). Current, full-time WSU faculty members are eligible (includes faculty members with clinical and tenure-accruing appointments as defined by the Washington State University Faculty Manual; adjunct, post-doc and instructor positions are not eligible for the award). The International Travel Award is being offered to assist research faculty in strengthening international collaborative linkages and to enhance significant scholarly and research impact aligned with WSU’s strategic priorities. These awards are to assist faculty in achieving tangible outcomes e.g. joint publications or research proposals. The awards are intended for research related activities that will advance the faculty member’s scholarly program.The deadline for applications is March 1. Questions about the proposal and award process can be submitted to ip.irta@wsu.edu up until Feb. 20. Attached are a Request for Proposal and a Frequently Asked Questions sheet.

Congratulations to Past Winners.  See attachments for FAQ and RFP.

2013 – Cory Bolkan, Will Hamlin, Jean-Saben McEwen, Hubert Schwabl, Dr. Feng Zhao

2014 – Andrew Duff, Ali Mehrizi-Sani, Tahira Probst, Haluk Resat, John Saunders, Viveka Vadyvaloo

Online Career Fair Hosted by the WSU Alumni Association will be next week on Thursday, March 5th from 2-4 PM.  The location is your own computer.  Are you looking for a dream job? Whether you are a seasoned professional or looking for your first job, connect with company recruiters and directly apply for open positions. During the event, you’ll enter booths which are occupied by a variety of employers. Your time in each booth will be limited to ensure you can make numerous connections using a chat-room approach within this unique FREE two-hour job fair. Unlike live job fairs, you can “wait in line” at multiple booths at once, and network when it’s your turn! All your conversations will be saved and available to you after the event, to make follow-up convenient.   This is a great opportunity for employers and WSU students and alumni to network, all from the convenience of your desk.  To register and upload your resume click here.

In March we will be interviewing three candidates for the North Central Washington Regional Extension Tree Fruit Specialist position formerly held by Tim Smith (Emeritus Professor, retired).  This position is a tenure-track faculty position that will be in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension program unit and it will be located at WSU TFREC in Wenatchee.  Attached are the candidate itineraries.  The dates are firm but minor details are subject to change.  Please feel free to join us in person or by AMS.  Seminars will be recorded.  We will be interested to receive your feedback as we seek to fill this essential position for the tree fruit industry.  Contact is Des Layne, Search Committee Chair, WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center.

Would you like to earn a $125 Wellness Incentive?  As a current WSU employee, you will have the chance to earn the 2016 Wellness Incentive by participating in SmartHealth 2015.  If you are enrolled in a PEBB medical plan, and are NOT enrolled in Medicare, you are eligible to participate by taking the following steps:

Step 1) Log in to http://www.smarthealth.hca.wa.gov/ to create your account.

Step 2) Take the SmartHealth Well-being Assessment.  This will earn you 800 points, and is a required step to be able to earn the incentive.  Bonus: if you complete your assessment before March 31, 2015, you will earn an extra 100 points.

Step 3) Participate in activities from the SmartHealth website that interest you, and keep track of your progress.

Once you have reached 2,000 points total, you will qualify for the incentive!  Deadline for completion is June 30, 2015.  For more information, please visit http://hrs.wsu.edu/WellnessIncentive, http://www.hca.wa.gov/pebb/Pages/wellness.aspx, or call the Human Resources office at 509-335-4521

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EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. PhD assistantship, Oklahoma St. Univ. Entomology Dept., Stillwater OK.
  2. Associate Scientist-Entomology, Marrone Bio Innovations, Davis, CA
  3. Biological Science Lab Tech., USDA/APHIS, Brighton, MI
  4. Executive Director, Prairie Res. Inst., Univ. of Illinois, Champaign, IL

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 IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW:

3RD ANNUAL CAHNRS HONORS A night among the stars

THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2015 – 5:00 PM Reception and Silent Auction       6:00 PM Dinner

SEL Event Center,    1825 Schweitzer Drive, Pullman, WA 99163

Register by March 10 at www.go.wsu.edu/cahnrs-honors. $25/Adults • $10/Children. Additional guests are welcome.

Or Contact Janet McGough    509-335-8010 – mcgough@wsu.edu

A WSU OGRD Graduate Grant Writing Workshop will be held on March 28 (Saturday) between 9am – 5pm. To sign up, please visit the website. Once students arrive at the website they need to sign up at the bottom of the workshop description. Students can also set up one-on-one meetings with Hannah Merley with assistance in funding searches, proposal editing, and an explanation of the submission process.

The last day to schedule Spring 2015 final MS/PhD exams is April 10.  The last day to conduct final exams is April 24, 2015. Spring interim dates are April 27-May 15, 2015.

Skylight survey users should download their data by Feb 28 (Deadline extended) March – May 31, 2015

  • Access to your Skylight surveys will be by request only. Email atl@wsu.eduto initiate request.
  • Allow five to seven business days to process your request.
  • June 2015: Skylight decommissioned.  No archive will be available.
  • Surveys in 2015:  WSU has a license in place for faculty and staff to use Qualtricsfor surveys.  See surveys.wsu.edu for more information.

Mom’s Weekend is April 10-12, 2015.

Please save the date of Friday, April 17, 2015, for the second Student Affairs Symposium.  The theme of the Symposium is ‘Transformative Engagement,’ and it will be an all-day event.