January 5, 2018

CAHNRS Announcements

Mark your calendar for the next Entomology Faculty Meeting will be on Wednesday, January 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM.  AMS dial number to come.

LEARN HOW TO SUPPORT STUDENTS’ GROWTH MINDSET

For ALL CAHNRS Teaching Assistants. Growth Mindset can support students’ persistence, resilience, and focus. Learn strategies for grading students’ work efficiently and effectively while also investing in your professional development as a TA. Through this short 2-hour workshop you will gain tools and skills to motivate students as you learn about expanding perspective to increase motivation, innovation, and productivity in your students and yourself.

Outcomes:

  • Constructive feedback tips and tricks
  • Knowledge and application of growth mindset
  • Practice communicating growth mindset

Registration:  To register go to http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/ctll/leadership/leadership-events/ Coffee and donuts will be provided.  See that attachment for more infoThis training will be on January 22 & 25, 2018, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM in the Honors Hall Lounge and is open to all teaching assistants.

University Announcements

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.

We experienced a slight power fluctuation today that affected feeders into both of our main substations coming onto campus.  The issue was on an outside Avista line, and they do not anticipate any more issues that would cause more surges or outages.  This incident knocked some of our HVAC systems into reset mode.  For the most part, the systems reset automatically, but some have not and we are getting to those manually.  If you or your researchers notice that their fume hoods, air supplies or other HVAC systems are not operating normally, please call 335-9000 and let us know so that we can reset those systems.  Usually our alarms provide us this information, but some of those did not go into trouble today, which we are also checking.  Thanks.  Craig Cole, Facilities Operations.

Beginning February 1st, CAHNRS will transition from the current hourly time keeping system of Timekeeper, to a centrally managed tool called Cougar Manager.  This change is precipitated by a confluence of events, which includes:

·   Washington State Initiative 1433 now prescribes the accrual of sick leave for hourly employees, necessitating changes to how hours worked are reported.

·   Flash, the technology on which the CAHNRS Timekeeper web interface was built, is being phased out of the market and will be increasingly cumbersome to enable and use for employees and supervisors.

·   Migrating to Cougar Manager will better position CAHNRS for the adoption of the new ERP.

The impact of this transition is on hourly employees, their supervisors, and the CAHNRS Business Center.  Hourly employees will have a new web interface to record their hours worked, and supervisors will have a new web interface to approve the hours worked.  One benefit of this migration is that the interface for recording and approving leave will be accessible on mobile devices, which should better facilitate approvals for busy supervisors. I will send out a follow up communication this Friday (1/5/17) with additional instructions and dates for training seminars, including online videos that you can watch on your schedule.  In the mean-time continue to use Timekeeper as normal. Bill Bonner, Operations & IT, Washington State University, College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences.

Reminder: Announcements moving to WSU Insider on Monday
Brenda Campbell The formal migration of the daily Announcements service to the WSU Insider begins Monday, Jan. 8.

Those who have signed up for the daily Announcements email also will begin receiving the WSU Insider email. Then, at the end of a two-week transition phase, the daily Announcements service will be discontinued, replaced with the WSU Insider.  That migration is expected to be complete on Jan. 22. The new WSU Insider is an online news and information source for faculty and staff. It provides a more comprehensive focus on WSU-related news, events and opportunities for employees throughout the University system and has been in beta testing since October. The new website is formally launching Monday. It features fresh postings each morning and is updated as needed throughout the day. It also will include a daily email option similar to the Announcements service for those who want news and other information delivered directly to their inboxes.  Meanwhile, the process for submitting Announcement-style notices for publication will remain largely unchanged during this phase but updates are planned for later.

The Motor Pool reminds Departments to schedule emissions tests and annual inspections for WSU department-owned vehicles. Emissions tests are required for all 1991 to 2009 WSU vehicles.  Annual inspections need to be done on all university-owned vehicles. Contact Chad Hansen at 335-9091, hansenc@wsu.edu; or Brad Hill at 335-9320, bwhill@wsu.edu.

Safety:

Inclement Weather Notice:  When it is determined that public safety, health, or property is jeopardized due to emergency conditions, WSU may elect to suspend operations in accordance with the University’s suspended operations procedure. A course is being offered that highlights the information especially pertinent to employees when operations are suspended. It is important to register in advance.  It is important to register in advance. To do so, click here

The 2017-2018 WSU Annual Security and Fire Report is now available on line at https://s3.wp.wsu.edu/uploads/sites/1265/2016/11/157456-security-and-fire-report-17-18-hr.pdf.

For Graduate Students

Are you looking to recruit excellent scholars to your graduate program for Fall 2018? Consider nominating students for the Graduate School’s Research Assistantships for Diverse Scholars (RADS), which are intended to increase access and opportunities to graduate education for U.S. students from underrepresented/underserved communities and to increase graduate student diversity in our degree programs and Washington State University. Applications for RADS are due Friday, February 2nd, 2018 at Noon.  As an additional incentive, the Campus Visitation Program provides RADS nominees with a unique opportunity to visit WSU and meet with departments and communities on campus. The Campus Visitation Program has served as a powerful recruiting incentive for prospective WSU graduate students. Only students, who are nominated for RADS and have been admitted by the prospective department, will be eligible to participate in the Campus Visitation Program.  The campus visit will take place on the Pullman campus, March 4th- 7th, 2018.

Please Note:

·         Nominations for the RADS and Campus Visit use the same form

·         Please limit nominations to a maximum of 3 per Program

For more information about guidelines and eligibility, and the RADS/ Campus Visitation Program nomination form, please visit our website: https://gradschool.wsu.edu/research-assistantship-for-diverse-scholars/  and feel free to send questions to gs.rads@wsu.edu.

Employment Opportunities

  1.  Assistant Professor-Insect Vector Biologist/Insect Physiologist, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  2. Junior Specialist-Postharvest, Univ. of California-Davis, Salinas, CA
  3. Assistant/Associate Professor Biology (Conservation Zoologist) St. Cloud St. Univ., Saint Cloud, MN
  4. Product Development VP in California, Stebbins & Associates are recruiting
  5. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Univ of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  6. Research Specialist – Dept of Crop Sciences, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  7.  Postdoctoral Research Associate-Biology-Bee Health and Ecology, Univ of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  8.   Asst/Assoc/Full Professor, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  9.  Integrated Pest Management Supervisor, ColorPoint, Paris, KY
  10.   Biological Science Tech (Insects), Dept. of Agriculture, Corvallis, OR
  11.  Assist Prof, Dept of Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics, Uniformed Services Univ. of the health Sciences, Bethesda, MD.

Important Dates and Deadlines:

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.

Detailed information about 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.

Meetings: Regional, National, International

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

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

 

If any of you have news to share or have upcoming events please send by Thursday noon to our SmartSheet notification page at: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=b7c943ec39084d74a98410f50b4db935

December 15, 2017

December 15, 2017

Department Announcements

Join us for a joint Entomology & Food Science White Elephant Gift Exchange and Potluck Luncheon on December 20th at 12:00  Noon in the Food Science Kitchen (FSHN 103-155).   If you would like to participate in the White Elephant gift exchange there is a $20 limit.  The Office Staff will be making soup for you to enjoy on a cold winter day.  Donations of bread, salads/sides and desserts will be much appreciated.  Please sign up by going to:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080544aeae2da2f49-food. If you plan on attending, sign up by Monday, December 18th.  If you are planning to participate in the gift exchange come by the office to get your numbered ticket. There is also an option to donate $5 in lieu of bringing a food item.

CAHNRS Announcements

ALL CAHNRS Teaching Assistants: Growth Mindset can support students’ persistence, resilience, and focus. Learn strategies for grading students’ work efficiently and effectively while also investing in your professional development as a TA. Through this short 2-hour workshop you will gain tools and skills to motivate students as you learn about expanding perspective to increase motivation, innovation, and productivity in your students and yourself.

Outcomes:

  • Constructive feedback tips and tricks
  • Knowledge and application of growth mindset
  • Practice communicating growth mindset

Registration: go to http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/ctll/leadership/leadership-events/ Coffee and donuts will be provided.  See that attachment for more info.  This training will be on January 22 & 25, 2018, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM in the Honors Hall Lounge and is open to all teaching assistants.

Grants

Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Doug Walsh and Lyndon Porter are the recipients of a grant in the amount of $32,000 from the US Dry & Lentil Council to work on the Evaluation of Combinations of Commercial Inoculations and Root Health Promoters on Nodulation, Root Diseases, Nitrogen and Phosphorous Uptake and Yield of Popular Green Dry Pea Cultivars.

University Announcements

Monday, December 18, is the last day to submit a temporary address change for the December 22 payday.  If you need your December 22nd payroll check sent to a temporary address, please complete and email the form in the link below to payroll@wsu.edu. You can also come to the Payroll Services window located in French 236 to complete or drop the form off.

The Washington State University football team has accepted an invitation to play in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, with the kickoff at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28. The Cougars will square off against the Michigan State Spartans from the Big Ten Conference. The Cougars are 2-5 all-time against Michigan State, with the last meeting coming in 1977, a 23-21 WSU win in East Lansing. Michigan State (9-3 overall and 7-2 Big Ten) currently is ranked No. 16 and WSU (9-3 overall and 6-3 Pac12) is ranked No. 18 in the College Football Playoff Rankings. For more information, see the WSU Cougars site and the WSU is Bowlbound site.  The game will be on TV and streaming: FS1 and FOX Sports Go

Webinar: Monday, Dec 18, 2017 (8:00-9:00 AM) Integrated Weed Management and Insect Pests in Dryland Cereal Systems by Ian Burke (WSU) and Sanford Eigenbrode (UI).  Click here for more information or to join this webinar up to 30 minutes before start time. No preregistration is required.

About the webinar series: In this series of webinars, scientists present timely information aimed at helping farmers and agricultural professionals interpret the results of recent research on dryland cereal systems in our region. This webinar series stems from the new book Advances in Dryland Farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest, a publication of the six-year Regional Approaches to Climate Change (REACCH project, aimed at increasing the sustainability of dryland farming. All times listed are PST.  Each webinar will be 1 hour long, including Q & A session. Archived versions of these webinars will be posted when available.  Order a copy of Advances in Dryland Farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest.  Archived versions will be available on the series webpage, following the live webinars.

WSU Surplus Stores is having a sale for the month of December. Save 50 percent on all Athletics gear and all file cabinets. Everything else is 20 percent off. University departments can shop at Surplus Stores throughout the week, Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bring a signed IRI.  Public sales are every Friday during December, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Graduate School wants to remind you of the importance that of submitting all grades before 5:00 PM on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.  If you have students who are planning to graduate in December, a missing grade will keep them from graduating.  This is a reminder regarding 700/702/800 credits in myWSU:  Faculty should set course requirements for each semester that a student is enrolled in research credits, and provide an S or U grade at the end of the semester based on the student’s performance in meeting those requirements.  In extenuating circumstances, faculty may use the “X” grade to indicate continuing progress toward completion of those requirements. The “X” grade should be changed when the faculty member determines that the student has successfully met the requirements for that semester; the X grades should be changed by faculty no later than the semester of the final defense.  Please also keep in mind when entering an “X” grade; Financial Aid views an “X” grade as not satisfactory progress towards the degree.  This means that an “X” grade will affect a graduate student’s financial aid status. For more detailed policy information see: grad-school. NOTE: The Registrar’s Office will be CLOSED from December 23rd – January 1st.  Therefore, the Registrar’s Office will not process grades during this period, but students will be able to view their grades and order transcripts.  We encourage you to submit grades by the deadline because missing or incorrect grades during the University’s Holiday Reduced Operations may create difficulties for students

For Graduate Students

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security

The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Program will hold its seventh annual Summer Institute on Global Food Security Sunday, June 3 – Saturday, June 16, 2018 on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. This two-week learning program is for graduate students who are interested in developing a holistic understanding of the conceptual challenges around global food security with a focus on cross-disciplinary problem solving of real-world development challenges. Applicants must have completed at least one semester of graduate study and be enrolled in a U.S. institution at the time of application.   Additional information and applications are available on the program website. U.S. citizenship is not required.   The application deadline is Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) U.S. Global Development Lab seeks a five year cooperative agreement with a Higher Education Institution (HEI) to establish and leverage a strong international network to help solve pressing development challenges through research. The resulting Long-term Assistance and Services for Research (LASER) network will work in partnership with USAID to engage academics and stakeholders in identifying and refining critical development research questions. LASER will fund research projects that address those questions so that the entire research system – from universities to policy-makers and civil society – can engage, educate, and contribute to the success of the research projects towards achieving development impacts. Additionally, LASER will increase the human and institutional capacity of higher education institutions in low and middle-income countries to become global leaders in research. The resulting LASER network will not only generate new knowledge for USAID, but also initiate long term, sustainable collaborations between U.S. and developing country institutions that are characterized by equitable university partnerships. Through LASER, USAID strives to engage with global university partners, leading to a connected global research network focused on development challenges, and stakeholders that are better equipped to use research to further their country’s development.

Eligibility:  Only HEIs are eligible to serve as the lead implementer, however consortium applications that include other organizations (e.g., NGOs, private sector) are welcome as long as the lead applicant is an HEI. USAID specifically seeks to support a university whose operations includes the creation, engagement, and/or growth of a large, international network of university researchers, centers, and institutes across disciplines that can: 1) independently identify and address new and impactful research questions with high relevance to the international development community, 2) partner with USAID Missions, Bureaus, and Independent Offices to address unique research needs identified by USAID and 3) provide opportunities to work with and build up individual and institutional capacity of HEIs and their communities in low and middle-income countries. Please submit all questions by December 20, 2017. Concept notes are due on January 24, 2018. Learn more: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=299303

Employment Opportunities

  1. Plant Protection Specialist, Kansas Dept. of Agriculture, Saline County, KS
  2. Coffee Berry Borer Quarantine Tech, CRP Response-Oahu, HI
  3.  Field Crops IPM, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  4.  Postdoctoral Fellow 2017-2018, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
  5.  Postdoctoral Fellow, Natural History Museum of L.A., CA
  6. Extension Pesticide Safety Educator, Virginia Tech Univ., Blacksburg, VA
  7.  Assistant Professor Applied Insect Chemical Ecologist, Cornell Univ., Geneva NY

December 22, 2017

December 22, 2017

Grants

Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Betsy Beers who is the recipient of $6,000. Grant from Arysa Lifescience  and a $8,000 grant from ADAMA to work on Support Concerning Insect Control on Tree Fruit.  (12/14/2017).
  • John Stark is the recipient of a WSU Foundation, Global Corporate Citizenship, Boeing grant of $95,000 to work on Bringing Science Home: Using Research to Create Effective Stormwater management programs- Phase 1.  (12/11/2017)
  • Walter Sheppard and Brandon Hopkins received $12,120 grant from the USDA/ARS to work on Honey Bee Surveys. (12/7/2017)
  • Jeb Owen, Bill Snyder and Rocio Crespo are the recipients of a $458,145 grant from USDA/NIFA  to work on An Ecological Approach to Disease Risk Management on Organic Poultry Farms. (11/29/2017)

University Announcements

December holiday reduced operations reminder:  WSU Pullman will be closed Monday, December 25, 2017, Tuesday, December 26, 2017, and Monday, January 1, 2018, in observance of University Holidays.  December Holiday Reduced Operations will be Wednesday, December 27, 2017 through Friday, December 29, 2017.  Most university operations and services will be unavailable during this time. Departments are encouraged to be as flexible as possible when determining schedules during the December Holiday Reduced Operations.

Please refer to the links below for information on the December Holiday Reduced Operations:

  • December Holiday Reduced Operations schedule through 2019
  • December Holiday Reduced Operations FAQs

Contact HRS with any questions regarding scheduling options.

The Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials shipping program will observe the December Holiday Reduced Operations from December 25, until January 2, 2018.

During the December closure, Mailing Services in Pullman has limited staffing. Departmental mail is available for pick-up in the Cooper Publications building from 9-11 a.m. via the back door on the loading dock.

The Washington State University football team has accepted an invitation to play in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, with the kickoff at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28. The Cougars will square off against the Michigan State Spartans from the Big Ten Conference. The Cougars are 2-5 all-time against Michigan State, with the last meeting coming in 1977, a 23-21 WSU win in East Lansing. Michigan State (9-3 overall and 7-2 Big Ten) currently is ranked No. 16 and WSU (9-3 overall and 6-3 Pac12) is ranked No. 18 in the College Football Playoff Rankings. For more information, see the WSU Cougars site and the WSU is Bowlbound site.  The game will be on TV and streaming: FS1 and FOX Sports Go

Even though the Registrar’s Office will be closed during the University’s Holiday Reduced Operation students will be able to view their grades and order their transcripts. Missing or incorrect grades can create difficulties for students, so we strongly recommend that you send all late grades and grade changes no later than December 20, 2017.  Please continue to send late grades and grade changes after the December 20, 2017, but we can’t guarantee that they will be processed before Post Enrollment Requisite Checking (PERC) is run on December 22, 2017.  An incorrect grade may cause students to be dropped from Spring 2018 classes because they do not meet the prerequisites, so we encourage you to send change of grades, as well as late grades by December 20, 2017.

The Motor Pool reminds Departments to schedule emissions tests and annual inspections for WSU department-owned vehicles. Emissions tests are required for all 1991 to 2009 WSU vehicles.  Annual inspections need to be done on all university-owned vehicles. Contact Chad Hansen at 335-9091, hansenc@wsu.edu; or Brad Hill at 335-9320, bwhill@wsu.edu.

Employment Opportunities

  1. Plant Protection Specialist, North Dakota St. Government, Bismark, ND
  2.  Research Analyst, Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  3. Associate Director of Research, Agricenter International, Memphis, TN
  4. Extension Agent, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  5. College Research Assistant Professor, New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces, NM
  6. Regional Entomologist, Entomological Society of America, Guam

12/11/17

EGSA Minutes: Meeting #7 December 11, at 9:00am

Event Updates:

Honey Sales

  • Sold out of honey! One bottle left – Adam’s!
  • Used Square and it was convenient
  • Two days are best – gives people a second chance in case they missed the first day

SCS

  • Alex Wild declined this year, but offered 2019 – working with Laura Lavine
  • José Sierra from Guatemala accepted! Working out details

Student Retreat

  • President’s Day Weekend – 8 people have confirmed
  • Location being figured out

Officer Reports

  • President (Adrian) – New committee heads: If anyone is interested in a committee head position please email Adrian over winter break.
  • Vice President (Ben) – na
  • Treasurer (Joseph) – na
  • Secretary (Alix) – na
  • GPSA (Kunle) – na

Primary Committee Reports

Advertising (Megan): Poster for advertising the Calendar

Faculty Liason (Rachel): Meeting coming up soon

Merchandise (Abigail: Robert): Calendars have been ordered and will be available soon! 33 pre-orders, 56 printed

Outreach (Abbey: Dane, Maggie): n/a

Social (Olivia and Leisl): Last Coffee-Donut hour was last Monday – doodle poll for next month – Happy Hour at Nectar with UI students and faculty

Ad Hawk Committee Reports

  • Debates Team (Kunle): –
  • Herma Memorial (Alix: Rachel, Jessa): Still waiting for Adam…
  • Library Team (Olivia: Ben): –
  • Linnaean Games (Alix): –
  • Meta-analysis (Olivia): Moving along, papers to be considered will be reviewed over break
  • Prelim study (Olivia): Reconvene after break
  • Student Retreat (Maggie): –
  • Writing Club (Alix): Email crilly@wsu.edu if you want links to manuscripts

Have a great winter break!!!

December 8, 2017

December 8, 2017

Department Meetings

The next Entomology Faculty Meeting is on Thursday 14, 2017 at 2:00 PM.  AMS # is 771967.

University Announcements

The WSU winter Commencement is this Saturday, Dec 9th, at 10:00 AM, at Beasley Coliseum.  This year, there are 726 undergraduates, 67 masters and MBA’s and 54 Ph.D.’s scheduled to walk in the commencement ceremony.  The ceremony can be viewed live online at https://www.experience.wsu.edu/. The video stream will be archived for later viewing at the same website.

Inclement Weather Notice:  When it is determined that public safety, health, or property is jeopardized due to emergency conditions, WSU may elect to suspend operations in accordance with the University’s suspended operations procedure. This course highlights the information especially pertinent to employees when operations are suspended. It is important to register in advance.  It is important to register in advance. To do so, click here 

To all technical and scheduling contacts for AMS video conference systems:

As you may have read in recent WSU Announcements, major upgrades are occurring to the videoconference network infrastructure. During Finals Week, starting December 12, we would like you to reserve your video conference room(s) for at least 15 minutes to update the system’s Primary Gatekeeper address and make a test call. This update will enable redundant gatekeepers to keep services active during peak usage or if there is a single gatekeeper failure. This is one of many infrastructure changes and overall, they will provide a better, more efficient experience for everyone.

If you have any questions or concerns as we work thru this process please feel free to reach out to us.

Please contact Mark MizoguchiRob Baker or Leslie Lightfoot if you have any questions.

Employment Opportunities

  1. Senior Analyst/Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Abt Associates, Bethesda, MD
  2.  Assistant Professor, Uniformed Services Univ. of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
  3. Applied Insect Chemical Ecologist, Cornell University, Geneva, NY
  4. Research Assistant, No. Carolina St. Univ., Raleigh, NC
  5. Postdoctoral Associate-Agronomy, Univ. of Florida, Santa Rosa, CA
  6. Extension Assistant, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

December 1, 2017

December 1, 2017

Department Meetings

The next Entomology Faculty Meeting is on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 2:00 PM.  AMS #  to com

Department Announcements

It’s Holiday Party Time on the Palouse:

Join us for a joint Entomology & Food Science White Elephant Gift Exchange and Potluck Luncheon on December 20th at 12:00  Noon in the Food Science Kitchen (FSHN 103-155).   If you would like to participate in the White Elephant gift exchange there is a $20 limit.  The Office Staff will be making soup for you to enjoy on a cold winter day.  Donations of bread, salads/sides and desserts will be much appreciated.  Please sign up by going to:  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080544aeae2da2f49-food

If you are planning to attend sign up by Monday, December 18th so we can know how many to plan for. If you are planning on participating in the gift exchange come by the office to get your numbered ticket. There is also an option to donate $5 in lieu bringing a food item.

CAHNRS Announcements

Four finalists for the CAHNRS Dean position have been identified.  Dr. Gregory Lardy visited campus on Nov. 27th and Dr. Andre-Denis Wright was here on Nov. 29th.  Dr. Gary Thompson will be here on Dec 4th and the final candidate John Kirby will be visiting on Dec 6th.  Finalists’ biographies and curriculum vitae as well as updated information pertaining to the public presentations can be found at: https://provost.wsu.edu/cahnrs.

The CANHRS Holiday Party will be on Thursday, December 14, 2017, from 4:30-6:30 PM and the Ensminger Pavilion. Once again we will be collecting food for the food drive up until the day of the party.  We have a box in the Entomology Office for you to put your food donations in.  All donations will be most appreciated.  Items of greatest need are: cereals (hot and cold), canned fruit, canned soup, canned tuna and peanut butter.   We have been challenged by the School of Food Science to see who has the most food collected by noon December 14th.   So lets fill our boxes up ASAP.

Grants

Entomology Department grant awardees:

Jeb Owen, Rocio Crespo, Bill Snyder who the recipients of a $458,145 grant from USDA/NIFA Organic Transitions to work on an “ecological approach to disease risk management on organic poultry farms (11/29/2017)

Doug Walsh and Lyndon Porter are the recipients of a $32,000 from the US Dry Pea & Lentil Council for work on Evaluation of Combinations of Commercial Inocluants and Root Health Promoters on Nodulation, Root Diseases, Nitrogen and Phosphorous Uptake and Yield of Popular Green Dry Pay Cultivars. (11/21/2017)

Doug Walsh is the recipient of a $55,000 grant from UC-Davis/USDA/NIFA for work on IR-R Magnitude of Pesticide Residue Trials (11/9/2017)

David James is the recipient of a $1000 grant from the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy to support his research. (11/13/2017)

University Announcements

Baby, it is cold outside! There is no better way to warm up this holiday season than by joining fellow Cougs at Cougar Gold and Mistletoe at Merry Cellars Winery on Saturday, Dec 9th at 12-3:00 PM, at Merry Cellars Winery (13 Henley Court) in Pullman. This year’s festive event will feature delicious wine and cheese tastings from Ferdinand’s, a commemorative wine glass, light appetizers, and unique WSU merchandise for purchase. This is a great opportunity to start your holiday shopping for the Cougs in your life!  Please bring a food-bank donation and be entered into a door-prize drawing. Items donated will go to the Community Action Center in Pullman. This is one holiday gathering you won’t want to miss!

You are invited to the Annual Holiday Celebration at the Lewis Alumni Centre on Tuesday December 5 at 6:00-8:00 PM at the Alumni Centre.  Join us for the annual Holiday Celebration at the Lewis Alumni Centre hosted by the Student Alumni Ambassadors, the WSUAA’s amazing student club! With an array of activities for the whole family to enjoy, it is the perfect way to start the holiday season. The event also includes holiday crafts, storytelling, music, and refreshments, and children are invited to have pictures taken with Santa Claus and Santa Butch! There is no cost to attend, but please consider bringing a donation of canned food to benefit the Pullman Food Bank.  For more information about the holiday event or to learn more about the Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA), please visit the WSU Alumni Association events page and check out the SAA Facebook page. Save the date for this classic holiday event!

EGSA will be had their Annual Honey Sale today at the Lighty Building Café There will be another sale on December 8th at the Lighty Building Café from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. Sales from this event help fund the Insect Expo, Entomology Student’s Choice Speaker event, and other community outreach events.  Pricing is $8/1 pound jar and $15/2 pound jars. EGSA accepts cash, check or card for payment.  If you have questions contact Rachel Olsson at rachel.olsson@wsu.edu

The EGSA are now accepting pre-orders for their club’s production of 2018 insect mating themed desktop calendars. For more information and a form for pre-ordering go to https://fs30.formsite.com/robertorpet/form18/index.html

Pre-orders will close Tuesday, December 5th.  For more info contact Robert Orpet at robert.orpet@wsu.edu.

Call for Abstracts: WSU Showcase:  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, 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. Which will be held Thursday, March 29th, 2018 at WSU Pullman

University Stores now has liquid nitrogen and dry ice available online.  University Stores is the sole provider for dry ice and liquid nitrogen for WSU Pullman campus. Our pricing is the lowest in the whole area and we offer FREE same day delivery. Standing orders for automatic delivery on a weekly or monthly basis is also available upon request. Catalog numbers and pricing are listed below:

Dry Ice I#12507   $1.10/lb, Liquid Nitrogen I#12506   $1.10/liter

Visit the website at http://supplymgmt.wsu.edu/ustores/ and click on “Online Catalog” to order.

If you have, any questions about placing orders contact the University Stores staff at 335-3781.

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

For Graduate Students

For those of you who were unable to attend Carol Anelli’s ESA Founder’s Memorial Award Lecture the YouTube link is:  https://youtu.be/2bNHDLePTtU.

The Graduate School wants to remind us that it is very important that all grades are received before 5:00 PM on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.  If you have students who are planning to graduate in December, a missing grade will keep them from graduating.

The Graduate School recently announced several scholarships and fellowship awards for outstanding graduate students. Full descriptions and eligibility requirements for each award are provided here:  https://gradschool.wsu.edu/scholarships-2016/. Please nominate deserving graduate students from your unit for these awards. Nominees for each scholarship should be sent directly to Alanna Ellis (acellis@wsu.edu) in the Academic Programs Office.

CAHNRS deadline for nominees for all but the Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines is Thursday, December 7, 2017.  Rich Zack, Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs will make final selections for the college and submit nominations by the Graduate School deadline.  Nominees for The Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines are due on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 to Alanna Ellis (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.  Please review the 8 graduate student awards currently being offered by the Graduate School:

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

Employment Opportunities

  1. Research coordinator II (Entomology & Plant Path), Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  2. Postdoc Researcher, Entomology, CRB Response, Hilo HI
  3. Postdoc Research Associate, Entomology & Plant Pathology, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  4. Asst/Assoc Professor, Medical Entomology (Extension), Univ of Florida, Indian River, FL
  5. Viticulture Extension Aide, Cornell University Coop Extension, New York
  6. Research Associate in Field Biology, Indiana Univ., Bloomington, IN
  7. Extension Educator-Community Environment (Dodge), Univ of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

Meetings- Regional, National, International

  • Pacific Branch ESA meeting in Reno, NV, June 10-13, 2018.
  • Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC, Nov 11-15, 2018

11/27/17

EGSA Minutes Meeting #6 November 27, 2017 at 9:00am

AMS Dial-in: 5706586 Phone Dial-in (509) 335-9445 meeting ID: 06586

Upcoming events:

Honey Sales: 10am set-up with an 11am start on December 1st

Joseph looking into labels for the honey bottles

Student Choice Speaker: March 5th selected as the date, invitation being sent to Alex Wild

Student Retreat: February 19th – a place with hot springs or other outdoor activities

Merchandise

  • The calendar is complete! Pre-orders until December 5th
  • Patches?

Other updates:

  • Meta-analysis group – Wednesdays from 1:15-2:15
    • Student authors have been assigned subtopics for the paper
  • Social fun things:
    • Happy Hour at Nectar – Wednesday 29 November at 5pm with UI students!
    • Donuts next Monday, 4 December
    • Holiday party for Entomology Thursday 14 December at 6:30pm
    • Our own holiday party with crafts on Friday 8 December?
    • Tuesday Art-Sci with Jeb
  • Good statistics course with R?
    • Ecological modeling in R with Jesse Brunner – check it out!

Next meeting: Monday 11 December at 9am

11/13/17

EGSA Agenda Meeting #5 November 13, at 9:00am

AMS Dial-in: 771545

Events:

Recap: ESA went great, WSU was well represented in the awards ceremony.

How was the insect feed? good attendance; most came during morning session

How was creatures of the night? 900 attendees!

U of I entomology booth complemented ours thanks to the separate rooms

Upcoming:

  • Honey bottling this week. Planning on Dec 1st and Dec 8th for selling dates. How much honey do we have? How much do we sell it for ($$/lb)?
  • May take 4-5hrs; 1:15-2:40pm Ben is in class; seem to have enough volunteers; need 4 total at a time; Last year we sold $8 per bottle or $15 for two; Need confirmation with environmental health and safety people; no idea about how much honey there will be; purchased glassware for 250 lbs
  • Need flyer (Megan and Rachel) and setup on Coug sync; we can accept cards; still waiting to decide on a date, preferably December 8th
  • Solidified student choice speakers; two talks; Speaker in February or March to avoid overlap with Cinema Cult Classic
  • Alex Wild 1st and….
  • Bill may be the contact for next year’s colloquium talks

Officer Reports

President (Adrian): Club is doing great, thank you all for volunteering for so many events.

Vice President (Ben)

  • honey
  • books; all new for $1600
  • Biocontrol book and group order

Treasurer (Joseph)

  • Need to talk to Adam for book funds
  • GPSA funding application in and awaiting response
  • Honey sales money will be directly available in a checking account; may have some restrictions for using it
  • Student grant or mini-grant system to fund anything related to research (travel, page charges, etc. w/ a student panel to read over and assess them); could give one out each semester; need to figure out more about how we pick the panel, how much we reward, etc.

Secretary (Alix): out of town

GPSA-funding report (Kunle):

New tax waiver where we may have to pay tax on our tuition waiver. GPSA has phone lines for us to contact our local representatives

Primary Committee Reports

  • Advertising (Rachel: Megan): Going to work on Honey advertisement in next few days (December 1st and 8th, while supplies last)
  • Faculty Liason (Rachel): Tomorrow is fiscal year planning meeting
  • Merchandise (Abigail: Robert): Patches: need to decide how much to order (200 for $300, cost use $1.50 and will sell for $3.00); Calendars (insect mating theme): want to send out template and final photo selection by Thanksgiving, Robert knows a guy for sharing mating photos with Arizona; close orders after a week or two to have them sent out by finals week, sell for $10 each
  • Outreach (Abbey: Dane, Maggie): Creatures of the Night went well; no plans until Insect Fest in April; Ben with USB full of lessons to Coug Sync; Waiting for Live Insect Zoo
  • Social (Olivia, Leisl): Today was our coffee and doughnuts; Metanalysis group going well; friendsgiving on Thanksgiving at Abigails (email her to RSVP; there will be turkey and ox-tail stew)

Ad Hawk Committee Reports

  • Debates Team (Kunle): Need to finish revisions; great job for winning first!
  • Herma Memorial (Alix: Rachel, Jessa): Waiting on Adam
  • Library Team (Olivia: Ben): Have book list
  • Linnaean Games (Alix): Texas A&M undergrads blew us out of the water; undergrads have more time; we should incorporate some undergrads in our group to provide them with opportunities to attend conferences and prep for grad school; mentorship program, but not necessarily with the students who work for us
  • Meta-analysis (Olivia): Doing well, collaborating with Christina
  • Student Retreat (Maggie): Looking for hot springs; maybe going to be during the first two months of Spring semester
  • Writing Club (Alix): Email crilly@wsu.edu if you want links to manuscripts
  • Career Fair: contact Ben for the networking opportunity

Next meeting: Monday November 27th at 9am

November 17, 2017

November 17, 2017

Seminars & Colloquium

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

Grants & Awards

Congratulations to our WSU students and faculty ESA competition winners:

  • WSU’S Student Debate team won their debate and won the overall competition. The team is made up of Adekunle Adesanya, Abigail Cohen, Adrian Marshall, Jim Hepler, Ben Lee and Abbey Hayes. They will receive an engraved trophy and a $500 prize.
  • Adrian Marshall won 10-min talk session, and both Robert Orpet and Abigail Cohen won second place in their sessions! First place winners receive one free year of ESA membership, a certificate, and a $75 cash prize. Second place winners receive one free year of ESA membership and a certificate.
  • Alix Whitener was awarded the Student Activity Award, a $5000 scholarship from Monsanto. She also served this year as the Student Affairs Committee Chair, organizing the Student Debates, Student Reception, and the Student Symposium.
  • Adekunle Adesanya won second place in the Poster Competition for “Insect vector and Resistance Management.”  Kunle also served as Pacific Branch Student Representative to the Student Affairs Committee and he helped moderate the Student Symposium.
  • Betsy Beers was awarded the Excellence in IPM award (the first time this was awarded to a woman) and Carol Black was awarded the Excellence Extension Award.
  • Our very own former faculty member Carol Anelli delivered the memorial lecture honoring Anna Botsford Comstock.  (Carol’s talk was recorded and will be posted on YouTube in the next few weeks.  As soon as I know it has been posted I will send the link out to everyone).
  • Our Linnaean Games team, Adrian Marshall, Jim Hepler, Robert Orpet, Alix Whitener and Rachel Olsson did not win their competition but did receive funding from ESA and the Pacific Branch to help represent the Pacific Branch at the meeting.

University Announcements

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

November 28    10:30am – 1:30pm.   CUB Senior Ballroom

We look forward to seeing you there. Stacy Pearson, Vice President for Finance and Administration, and Chris Keane, Vice President for Research

For Graduate Students

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

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

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

For more information about guidelines and eligibility, and the RADS/ Campus Visitation Program nomination form, please visit our website: https://gradschool.wsu.edu/research-assistantship-for-diverse-scholars/  and feel free to send questions to gs.rads@wsu.edu.

Employment Opportunities

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