October 26, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Don’t forget to turn your clocks back on Nov. 1.

Thank you to all who helped with this year’s ENTOM 101 Bug Buffet on Oct 28.

Newsletter

Jake Asplund, Eli Bloom, Kunle Adesanya, Robbie Zinna, Megan Taylor, Karol Krey, Courtney Grula, Jenny Finitzer, Megan Asche & Emily Wine.  Not pictured are Joseph Taylor, Rachel Olsson, Lizz D’Auria & Adrian Marshall.

Grad Students can begin registering for Spring 2016 classes on November 9th.

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of a $16,000 grant from DOW (10/23/2015)
  • William Snyder, David Crowder, et al., are the recipients of a $2,688,111 grant from USDA/NIFA/Specialty Crops (10/6/2015)

 

You are cordially invited you to participate in the events and sign up for a time to meet with Allen Moore. Dr. Allen J. Moore is Distinguished Research Professor & Department Head of the Department of Genetics at the University of Georgia. He will be at WSU November 3-6, 2015. Dr. Moore will be presenting at the Ecolunch in the School of Biological Sciences in Abelson 306 on November 3, at 12:00 pm, the Entomology Colloquium on November 4, at 12:10 pm, and the ADVANCE at WSU luncheon on Thursday, November 5, where he will be discussing supporting success for women in STEM as an administrator. The location for the ADVANCE at WSU luncheon Thursday November 5, 2015 is still to be determined. His schedule is below. Please email me and let me know when you would like to meet with him. Feel free to forward this email to anyone (especially your lab group members) you think might be interested in meeting with Allen. He is an accomplished scientist and an incredible advocate for women and diversity in science, I think you will enjoy meeting with him.  The AMS dial in # for the Entomology Colloquium on Nov. 3 is 5709215Note, Laura Lavine is hosting a reception for him at her home on Thursday, November 5, you are more than welcome to attend and to bring a guest or two. Please just RSVP to Laura Lavine. This special event is hosted by the ADVANCE at WSU PRO-NET speaker program.

 

As you know Jay Brunner plans to retire December 31st, after 37 years of contributions to WSU.  There is a retirement dinner planned Thursday, November 5, 2015 at the Wenatchee Golf and Country Club.  Tickets are available for $15 per person and space is limited.  RSVP’s need to be received by this Friday by calling 509-663-8181.  For those of you who can’t attend or would like to contribute to his retirement gift please contact me at 335-3590 or stop by Hulbert 423 and I will coordinate it to be sure it is taken to Wenatchee.  Lisa Johnson, 509-335-4561 | janowski@wsu.edu

2016 Open Enrollment Benefit Fairs for PEBB eligible employees

 The 2016 Open Enrollment Benefit Fairs for WSU campuses are scheduled for:

  • Pullman: November 3, CUB Junior Ballroom, 9 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

The “For Your Benefit” newsletter and Open Enrollment website will provide locations for other statewide Benefit Fairs. Questions can be directed to HRS Benefit Services at 509.335.4521 or email hrs@wsu.edu

The open enrollment period to change your medical and dental plan runs from November 1-30, 2015. 

Town Hall Meeting with CAHNRS Administration is on November 4, 2015 at 3-5 PM in FSHN T101 and via AMS to statewide locations. This event is open to all CAHNRS faculty, staff, and students.  The AMS number for all sites to dial for this event is 5702148. If you are attending by phone, please call (509) 335-9445. When prompted, enter the meeting ID 02148. Locations can be found here.  Please mark your calendar to attend.

Please join CAHNRS Acting Dean Kim Kidwell and Associate Deans Rich Koenig and Jim Moyer for discussions on:

  • Presidential Search Update
  • CAHNRS Dean Search Update
  • Budget Realities for CAHNRS
  • Budget Re-allocation Process
  • Grand Challenges
  • Business Centers

Come, hear updates on these topics and more, so bring your questions and concerns. Your input is welcome and needed! For the most thorough responses and answers, please submit questions in advance.  To submit a questions go to:  http://townhall.cw.wsu.edu/#gf_1

Open to all CAHNRS faculty, staff, and students.

Save the Date for the upcoming Active Shooter Defense Training:  APAC is sponsoring an Active Shooter Defense Training on Friday, November 6, 2:15 – 3:30 p.m. in FSHN T101 (Food Science Health Nutrition Building) on the Pullman campus.  This training is also available via AMS and everyone is invited to attend.  This training is being presented by Lieutenant Larsen from the WSU Police Department. AMS locations: Everett: GWH-105; Spokane: SAC 401A; Vancouver: VECS 125; Tri-Cities: TBA If you would like to attend, but do not see your site listed, please contact the APAC office to request your site be added.

The CAHNRS Office of Research Office is accepting Emerging Research Issues for Washington Agriculture 2015 Grant proposals until November 16th.  A Unified Industry-Based Agriculture Initiative funded by the Washington Legislature provides an internal competitive grants program to address emerging issues facing Washington’s agricultural industries. The program funded $1.7 million dollars of research from 2007-2010; abstracts of the funded proposals are available at http://arc.wsu.edu/info/eri/summaries.html and http://arc.wsu.edu/info/eri/summaries-2013.html. The grants program was structured to provide greater responsiveness to emerging research and outreach needs of state agricultural industries. As one measure of its success, projects related to the funded proposals were successful in attracting over $22 million of external support for related projects, over $11 million of which has been or will be spent in Washington.  Over time the intent still remains to address emerging issues in Washington Agriculture, however, it has become increasingly important to attract federal support for these issues that complements support from commissions.  See attachment for more information.

Nilsa Bosque-Perez wanted to let you all know about this Dissertation Defense seminar at UI that may be of interest to some of you: UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF LAND USE CHANGE ON BEE POPULATIONS AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES IN THE SEASONALLY DRY TROPICS: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH, by Sara M. Galbraith, Ph.D. Candidate in Entomology, Monday November 9th 2015 at 8:30 AM PST at UI in Ag Sci 62.

For those of you who use the Vogel Bldg for your labs or meetings:  Please welcome Brian Jackson to the CAHNRS Computing and Web Resources unit. His primary responsibility will be managing the Hulbert labs, Vogel classrooms and AMDT lab. The Spring 2016 schedules are posted from the myWSU Curriculum Management site for the Hulbert labs and VPBS classrooms.

Hulbert Labs: http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/academics/lab/hulbert/

VPBS Classrooms: http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/academics/lab/vogel/

Please review the schedules for each room that pertains to classes you have scheduled.

Let him know if you see any conflicts, missing classes, or discrepancies.

We will continue to monitor the myWSU Curriculum Management page for changes and update the CAHNRS web page schedules through the beginning of the Spring 2016 semester.

IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW:

  • WSU will be closed Nov. 11 for Veteran’s Day.
  • WSU will be closed on Nov. 26 for Thanksgiving Day and Nov. 27 for Native American Heritage Day.
  • ESA Annual Meeting is November 15-18, 2015 in Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN.  Theme is Synergy in Science: Partnering for Solutions.
  • ESA Pacific Branch meetings are April 3-6, 2016 in Honolulu, HI at the Pacific Beach Hotel.
  • CAHNRS Christmas Holiday Party, December 10th in the Ensminger Pavilion from 4-6 PM.
  • Students: Be sure to check out the WSU Grad School Scholarship page for a list of scholarships.  Most have a submittal date of Dec 15, 2015.  The link is:  http://gradschool.wsu.edu/Scholarships-2016/#Richard
  • WSU will be closed December 24 & 25, 2015 for the Christmas Holiday and will be closed December 28-31 except for essential operations.
  • Remember, March 1, 2016 will be the deadline for our 2016 Research scholarship applications: “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions.
  • 2016 International Congress of Entomology, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL. Website: http://ice2016orlando.org/

 

Honey Bee Research Facility

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In June 2016, WSU kicked off a campaign to fund a new state-of-the-art facility to support vital teaching, research, and outreach in honey bee and pollinator science. This fundraising effort aims to strengthen and expand the program by building laboratories, classrooms, and habitat with a state-of-the-art building. The new WSU Honey Bee + Pollinator Research Facility will create greater opportunities for research with improved laboratories, increased hands-on training, and critical new habitat for honey bee and pollinator nutrition.

Architectual rendering of the new Honey Bee Research Facility. Currently we are in the fundrasing stage of this project. If you would like to donate to this project click here.

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October 19, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENTS: The next Entomology Faculty meeting will be on Friday, October 23rd at 11:00 AM.  The AMS dial # is: 5702199   Our next Entomology Department Colloquium will be on Wednesday, October 21, 2015. The presenter will be Dr. Carmen Blubaugh.  She is a postdoctoral scientist with the Snyder Lab in the WSU Dept of… » More ...

Beekeepers are now ‘farmers’ in Washington State

By Linda Weiford, WSU News PULLMAN, Wash. – A new law that defines Washington’s commercial beekeepers as farmers will enable the state to better reap the benefits of healthy bee populations while boosting a critical profession, according to a bee expert at Washington State University. “Beekeepers’ work is similar in concept to managing tiny livestock,”… » More ...

Short Course Syllabus

WSU Honey Bee Field Day Agenda July 10, 11, 2015 WSU Campus - Ensminger Pavilion and Apiaries Registration and open for meet and greet Ensminger Pavilion 3 p.m… Poster set-up (all associations invited to produce a poster about their club activities/bee forage and locales—see note below) Honey exchange – all participants invited to bring 2… » More ...

The Art of Queen Rearing – Syllabus

THE ART OF QUEEN REARING WSU COURSE SYLLABUS Sunday July 12, 2015 122 Clark Hall (Animal Sciences Building), WSU Pullman   8:00 – 8:30 Coffee, Snacks and Introductions 8:30 - 9:30 Lecture - Principals of Queen & Drone Rearing 9:30 – 11:00 Field - Setting Up Cell Builders- Queen-Less & Queen-Right Systems 11:00 – 12:00… » More ...

May 26, 2015

ENTOMOLOGY NEWS May 26-June 5, 2015

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Congratulations to Samantha Whiteside who got a job with the Allen Institute of Brain Science in Seattle, WA.

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Betsy Beers was awarded a $16,000 grant from Nichino America (5/8/15)
  • Vince Jones was awarded a $78,000 grant from the Washington Tree Fruit Commission (4/27/15)
  • Laura Lavine who was awarded a $200,000 grant from NSF/IOS (5/21/15)
  • Steve Sheppard was awarded a$140,000 grant from COSTCO (5/14/15)
  • John Stark was awarded $5,000 grant from the Greater Tacoma Commission (5/12/15)
  • Doug Walsh was awarded grants of $6,794 & $8,253 from the Washington Mint Commission (5/14/15)

 

Assistant Research Professor Candidate Interview on Friday, June 12, 2015:

Dr. Fang “Rose” Zhu

  1. Student/Staff/Open Lunch with Candidate (Lunch Provided)    12:00 – 1:00 PM  (FSHN 164 & AMS Upon Request)
  1. Dr. Fang “Rose” Zhu’s will be giving a seminar titled: Deciphering the molecular basis of pesticide resistance to support smarter pest control, in FSHN T101 at 1:00-2:30 PM.  The AMS dial # is 5709308

Please contact Adam Williams (adam.williams@wsu.edu) if you would like to schedule a separate time, as available, with the candidate.

EGSA message from Robbie Zinna: 

FIRST– We have an event in Pomeroy on Tuesday the 16th. This event will require a bit of driving (2 hrs from Pullman), but you will be paid for the driving, given free food, and you can even stay in a cabin if you want. IF YOU ARE ABLE TO GO TO THIS EVENT, EMAIL ME ASAP WITH A YES OR A NO response. Even if you are OUT OF TOWN in a field site. I need a head count.

SECOND– We have an event the same week on Thursday the 18th. This takes place in the evening, in Moscow, so there is no compensation or anything for mileage and probably not any food. IF YOU ARE ABLE TO GO TO THIS EVENT EMAIL ME ASAP WITH A YES OR NO RESPONSE. Even if you are out of town in a field site or extension center.

Once again- I need two “yes or no” answers from everybody.

“Can you go to an event in Pomeroy, WA on Tuesday June 16th, all day, yes or no?”

“Can you go to an event in Moscow, ID, on Thursday June 18th, in the evening, yes or no”

Respond to Robbie by the end of the day at:  robert.zinna@wsu.edu

 

USDA Yakima Agricultural Research Laboratory Summer 2015 Seminar Series

Potato metabolites: Role in human nutrition and plant disease

Presented by:  Roy Navarre, Research Geneticist

Wednesday, June 17th, Noon, at the USDA/YARL facility in the large conference room

For more info call:  (509) 454-6550

If you would like an AMS connection let Dory know by next Wednesday, June 17th.

 

Rich Zack was interviewed by Inland 360 for a June 3, 2015, article titled:  Summer dare: Eat a bug and floss your teeth with the legs.  To read the article go to:  http://inland360.com/top-headlines/2015/06/eat-a-bug-and-floss-your-teeth-with-the-legs/

 

Important information about Alcohol Stores requisitions:

Reminder: University Stores is going to convert all Alcohol Stores accounts over to our regular University Stores accounts. Since the state of Washington relinquished control over the sale of alcohol, it is no longer necessary for us to have separate requisition accounts for alcohol. Starting June 1st, the requisition accounts that you are currently using for alcohol will be deleted. You will then be able to use your University Stores requisitions for alcohol purchases. If you would like a separate requisition set up so your department can track your alcohol purchases, contact Carrie Johnson c.johnson@wsu.edu 335-3781 and she will create that requisition for you. Or you can put your alcohol purchases on to any of your existing University Stores requisitions, it is your choice.

 

Summer Graduate Proposal Writing Series

DATES: June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29

TIME: 1-4pm

LOCATION: TBD

SIGN-UP: http://www.ogrd.wsu.edu/workshops.asp#404

The Summer Graduate Proposal Writing Series will relay the same information normally disseminated during the OGRD’s once-a-semester Graduate Grant Writing Series. Specifically, it will cover searching for and identifying funding opportunities, contacting sponsors, developing a fundable idea, proposal organization and writing style, and the review process. The writing series will also provide students with a chance to receive in-person advice and editing support for their current proposal projects.

The first hour and a half of each session will cover the topic of the day and give graduate students a chance to practice what they learn. The second hour and a half will be spent working on individual proposal projects. Students do not have to be currently working on a proposal to register for and attend the writing series.

As this is the pilot session of the Summer Graduate Proposal Writing Series, it will be offered free-of-charge to all interested graduate students, with extra incentives for students to stay and help evaluate the program. Specifically, students who attend at least three complete sessions will receive all of the slides from the once-a-semester Graduate Grant Writing Workshops free of charge. All attendees will also receive a packet of handouts from the workshop. Refreshments will be provided at each session.

Students who are experienced proposal writers are also encouraged to attend and to help evaluate the program. The structure of the program will give them will plenty of opportunities to share their knowledge with others, and the atmosphere of social facilitation will provide motivation to work on their current projects.

June 24 Finding Funding Opportunities and Creating Timelines

  • Types of funding opportunities and opportunity timeline creation
  • 30 minutes of searching and timeline creation
  • Writing and Editing Help

July 1 The Request for Proposal and the Program Director

  • The Request for Proposal and contacting the sponsor
  • 30 minutes to review the RFP and program director contact
  • Writing and Editing Help

July 8 Idea Development and Creating a Review Network

  • How to determine whether your idea has been funded
  • 30 minutes searching for previously funded ideas and putting together a review network
  • 15 minutes writing and 15 minutes reviewing
  • Writing and Editing Help

July 15 Proposal Writing Style

  • Proposal writing style basics
  • Special tips and tricks
  • Writing exercises- 2 sentence challenge
  • Writing and Editing Help

July 22 Proposal Organization

  • Major parts of the proposal- executive summary, narrative, other proposal components
  • Stephen Russell GWSW books
  • Writing and Editing Help

July 29 The Agency Review Process

  • Understanding and writing to your reviewers
  • 30 minutes to research the agency review process
  • Writing and Editing Help

This year’s Beekeeping Workshops are scheduled for July 10-12, 2015.

The Beekeeping Short Course will begin with registration and social on Friday July 10th.  The next day’s events will start at 8:00 AM.  The course will cover bee biology, pest/disease identification, colony management, honey bee IPM, and gloveless beekeeping. The format is a combination of instruction and hands on demonstration. Bring a bee veil, comfortable protective clothing, and lots of questions. Instructors are Steve Sheppard, Susan Cobey & WSU Bee Lab. graduate students.  Registration fees $125 Click here for a registration form.

Sunday, July 12, 2015 will be the Queen Rearing workshop.   This workshop emphasize hands on instruction in queen rearing methods, with lecture and demonstrations. Students will be involved in various steps including: setting up cell builders, grafting, and establishing mating nuclei. Both queen right and queen-less systems will be demonstrated. Participants should bring a bee veil and comfortable protective clothing. Instructors are Steve Sheppard, Susan Cobey & WSU Bee Lab. graduate students. Registration fees $175 Click here for a registration form.

For additional information go to:  http://entomology.wsu.edu/blog/event/specialized-beekeeping-courses/

 

EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Postdoc Research Assoc., Entomology/Insect Ecology, Montana St. Univ., Conrad, MT
  2. Area Citrus Advisor, UC Ag & Natural Resources, UC-Davis, Davis CA
  3. Insectary Production Assistant, ARBICO Organics, Tucson, AZ
  4. Research Entomologist/Research Chemist, USDA/ARS, Gainesville, FL
  5. Postdoc Res Associate/Entomology & Plant Pathology, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  6. Assistant Prof of Entomology-Arthropod Systematics & Biodiversity, Texas A&M, College Station, TX
  7. Assistant Extension Professor of Entomology, Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY  40598
  8. Research Assistant Prof in Entomology, Tuskegee Univ., Tuskegee, AL
  9. Assistant Professor of Pollinator Health, Dept. of Entomology, Pennsylvania  State Univ., University Park, PA

 

IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW:

Students intending to do their final exams during the summer should be aware of these important deadlines:

Application for degree must be submitted by May 29, 2015.

Final Exam Scheduling form must be submitted by July 17, 2015

The last day to conduct final exams is July 31, 2015

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

The Entomology Annual Meeting will be August 13 – 14, 2015 in Leavenworth, WA.

 

May 11, 2015

ENTOMOLOGY NEWS May 11-22, 2015

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

In honor of Memorial Day on Monday, May 25th, all WSU buildings will be closed.  Enjoy the long weekend.          

David James was the subject of a May 10, 2015, WSU News article titled:  Vineyard Natural Habitats Assist with Butterfly Comeback.  To read the article go to:  https://news.wsu.edu/2015/05/11/vineyard-natural-habitats-assist-with-butterfly-comeback/.

Three ways to attend Blackboard workshops

With Angel scheduled to go off-line in August, faculty are encouraged to start preparing their Blackboard Learn course spaces for fall semester. To assist, WSU’s eLearning Services is offering two workshops this week. Faculty can attend in person, online or in videoconference rooms at the branch campuses.

  • Content at 9 a.m. May 20 (Van Doren 108 and by video conference)
  • Communities at 11 a.m. May 21 (webinar)

To sign up for this or future Blackboard workshops, visit the Global Campus eLearning site. If none of these viewing options suits your needs, please contact Nick Webster for alternatives.

For more training options, including the drop-in lab and in-office assistance, please visit the LMS Transition website at lmstransition.wsu.edu. And you can always get fast answers by emailing migrationhelp@wsu.edu.

 

EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Postdoc , USDA-ARS Bee Research Lab., Beltsville, MD
  2. Assistant Professor Arthropod Vector Biology, University of Maine, Orono, ME
  3. Area Extension Specialist/Crop Protection, North  Dakota St., Minot, ND
  4. Research Scientist – Insect Trait Development, DuPont Pioneer, Johnston, IA
  5. Assistant Prof./Nematology, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL

 

IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW:

Course evaluations are due no later than May 8 in zzusis.

Deadline to Submit Final Grades via zzusis Tuesday May 12, 2015 by 5 PM.  See above for instructions.

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

Students intending to do their final exams during the summer should be aware of these important deadlines:

Application for degree must be submitted by May 29, 2015.

Final Exam Scheduling form must be submitted by July 17, 2015

The last day to conduct final exams is July 31, 2015

This year’s Beekeeping Workshops are scheduled for July 10-12, 2015.

The Beekeeping Short Course will begin with registration and social on Friday July 10th.  The next day’s events will start at 8:00 AM.  The course will cover bee biology, pest/disease identification, colony management, honey bee IPM, and gloveless beekeeping. The format is a combination of instruction and hands on demonstration. Bring a bee veil, comfortable protective clothing, and lots of questions. Instructors: Steve Sheppard, Susan Cobey & WSU Bee Lab. graduate students.  Registration fees $125 Click here for a Registration Form.

Sunday, July 12, 2015 will be the Queen Rearing workshop.   This workshop emphasize hands on instruction in queen rearing methods, with lecture and demonstrations. Students will be involved in various steps including: setting up cell builders, grafting, and establishing mating nuclei. Both queen right and queen-less systems will be demonstrated. Participants should bring a bee veil and comfortable protective clothing. Instructors: Steve Sheppard, Susan Cobey & WSU Bee Lab. graduate students.  Registration fees $175 Click here for a Registration Form

The Entomology Annual Meeting will be August 13 – 14, 2015 in Wenatchee.

April 27, 2015

Congratulations to our 2015 Entomology Graduates   Doctoral graduates will be hooded, and Master’s graduates will be acknowledged, at the WSU commencement at 3:00 PM on May 9th at the Beasley Coliseum.  They have all worked very hard to reach this accomplishment and we wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors.  … » More ...