2/23/18

EGSA Feb 23, 2018

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

EVENTS

SCS itinerary

–He comes a week from Monday

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

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

–Dinner can have 5 attendees

ICCC

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

–Location: Todd Hall 276

Expo

–Sign-up sheets soon

–10 to 2 PM Emsminger

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

Officer Reports

Adrian: nothing

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

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

Alix: not present

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

Committee Reports

Ads:

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

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

Outreach

Socialization:

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

Herma

Library

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

Linnaean Games

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

Meta-Analysis

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

Prelim Study

  • Sessions continue.

Writing club

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

Arthropod Collection

–We have primarily arachnids

–Madagascar hissing roaches

–Salticids

–Tarantulas

–Europygids

–Scorpions

–Desert Millipede

–Desert scorpion

–Belostomatid

–Reduviid

–More

 

–Would like crustaceans

Good of the Order

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

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

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

Future Events

–next meeting Monday March 9, 9AM

–March, outreach event

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

Action Items

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

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

March 9, 2018

Grants

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

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

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

Seminars and Exams

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

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

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

Upcoming Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CAHNRS Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

Community Involvement

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

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

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

University Announcements

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

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

Washington State University   gpsa.strategic@wsu.edu

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

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

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

Robin Blanchard, CEO of Blanchard Consulting LLC

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

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

Council Positions Open

(6) Pullman Council Positions

(1) Tri-Cities Council Position

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

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

Alternate Positions Open

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Awards

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

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

Employment Opportunities

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

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

Safety

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

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

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Spring Break is March 12-16, 2018

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

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

Nominees for the Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines are due on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 to Alanna Ellis (acellis@wsu.edu) in the Academic Programs Office.  This is a rare opportunity to acknowledge excellence among the graduate cohort at WSU, and we are well aware that there are many extraordinary graduate students in CAHNRS.  See previous newsletters for list of scholarships.

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

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

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

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

CAHNRS Awards Event is on Wednesday April 18, 2018.

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

Meetings: Regional, National, International

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

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

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

 

March 2, 2018

Department Announcements

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

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

If any of you have news to share please send by Thursday noon to our SmartSheet notification page at:

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

Congratulations to Emily Wine who successfully passed her MS Final Exam on last Friday.

Seminars and Colloquium

The entomology colloquium on March 5th will be presented by  Dr. Jose Monzon, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala City.  He will be speaking on “The Genus Chrysina in Guatemala.”  This presentation is at 12:10 PM in FSHN 354.  The AMS dial number for all sites is 772402.

Dr. Monzon will be giving the 2018 Student Choice Guest Lecture also on March 5th in FSHN T101 from 4:30-5:50 PM and the AMS dial # is 772853.  The title for this presentation is:  “Insect diversity of Guatemala.”

Everyone is welcome to attend both presentations!  For more info on Dr. Monzon’s research go to: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jose_Sierra3.

Upcoming Events

Registration is now open for the Summer 2018 Honey Bee Workshops.  Information is available at http://bees.wsu.edu/queen-rearing-and-bee-breeding-workshop/.)

The WSU Office of Emergency Management will be conducting the spring semester test of the WSU Alert system on the Pullman campus Tuesday, March 6 at 11:45 a.m. Faculty, staff and students associated with the Pullman campus who have signed up for emergency notifications will receive text messages, phone calls, emails, and desktop alerts on select computers which will be clearly identified as a test. See the Safety section for complete info about this test.**

My Facilities Notices:   Electric Power Shut Down Event Note on March 11, at 4-8 AM
The electric power will be temporarily interrupted in the areas noted. Please assess any critical office or laboratory equipment that may be impacted.   Contacts DAVE KIMBREL 335-9309 davek@wsu.eduWhy Event Occurrence:  WSU Facilities Services, in conjunction with Avista and an outside consultant, will be installing revised code into the automated power outage response system at East Campus Substation. Beginning at 4:00a.m., the newly installed code will be tested, resulting in intermittent power outages to the affected facilities until 8:00a.m.  This event will impact the FSHN Building and greenhouse areas and other areas on this side of Stadium Way.

Two candidates for the Postharvest Systems Endowed Chair faculty position will be interviewing in March.  They will be in Wenatchee, IAREC and Pullman during their visit.  Below is a synopsis of the candidates with seminar dates and times. Dr. Hannah James will be here March 12-14.  Dr. Carolina Torres will be her March 26-28.   Find attached the candidate’s detailed schedules, CVs, evaluation forms, and Notice of Vacancy.

Free Movies at the CUB.  The Student Entertainment Board’s March free movie offerings are:
Lady Bird March 2-4, The Original Jumanji  March 22,  Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle March 23-25 , and Star Wars: The Last Jedi March 30-April 1.  Bring your friends to enjoy some of the best movies and free popcorn!  Show times are at 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Sundays.  Stay updated on the Facebook event page to learn what awesome giveaway prizes are given to students at every film weekend!

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

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

Important Dates and Deadlines

Regional Approaches to Women’s Leadership in STEMM Conference Saturday, March 3, 2018 9 AM-5 PM, St the WSU Spokane Academic Center.  See the attachment for information.

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

Spring Break is March 12-16, 2018

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

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

Nominees for the Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines are due on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 to Alanna Ellis (acellis@wsu.edu) in the Academic Programs Office.  This is a rare opportunity to acknowledge excellence among the graduate cohort at WSU, and we are well aware that there are many extraordinary graduate students in CAHNRS.  See previous newsletters for list of scholarships.

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

WSU Showcase call for Abstracts – Celebrating How new ideas change THE WORLD:  Leverage the power of your ideas by sharing them with WSU colleagues at the 2018 Academic Showcase and GPSA Research Exhibitions. Sharing them with WSU colleagues at the 2018 Academic Showcase and GPSA Research Exhibitions.  SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT of up to 250 words and your contact information no later than Monday, January 22.  Detailed information about Academic Showcase, the GPSA Research Exhibition, and Abstract Submission Guidelines can be found 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.

Save the date for the 22nd Annual Insect Cinema Cult Classic Film Festival on April 6, 2018 in Todd Hall 276, doors open at 5:30 PM (last film will end around 10:00 PM). More details to come.

Mark your calendars to attend the E. Paul Catts Lecture events the week of April 16, 2018, Our speaker is, Dr. Rufus Isaacs from Michigan State University. The public lecture and dinner will be on April 19th and the Scientific lecture will be on April 20th. More details to come.

CAHNRS Awards Event is on Wednesday April 18, 2018

Spring Semester Finals Week is April 30 through May 4, 2018

CAHNRS Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

University Announcements

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

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

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

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

Washington State University   gpsa.strategic@wsu.edu

 

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

Dr. Craig Parks, Assistant Vice Provost, Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President

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

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

Robin Blanchard, CEO of Blanchard Consulting LLC

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

Consider joining the WSU Administrative Professional Advisory Council.  Applications are accepted through March 14th.  APAC provides institutional-level advocacy in support of administrative professional staff by serving as a liaison with WSU Senior Administration. APAC members also communicate matters of interest to APs, solicit feedback from APs, provide professional development opportunities, and help make WSU a great place to work. Please visit apac.wsu.edu  and the attached flyer to learn more.

 

Community Involvement

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

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

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

 

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

Safety:

**This test will include the campus outdoor warning sirens, which are designed to warn people on campus to take shelter and seek further information from other WSU Alert resources such as alert.wsu.edu. WSU Pullman will also be testing electronic door locking capabilities with a 15 minute door locking test beginning at 11:45 a.m. This will be a full activation of the lockdown function, and may take some time to fully initiate. Most doors will lock completely, allowing first responder access only. Interior and exterior doors will unlock at noon. Please note- people will not be locked inside buildings and if you need to exit a building, you may still do so at any time.  During the test, please consider the actions you might take in a real emergency. During a real event, WSU will activate appropriate components of the system to alert people that they should be Aware of the situation, Assess their individual circumstances, and Act to take appropriate safety precautions.  Washington State University places the safety and security of its students, employees, and visitors as its highest priority. WSU has developed the WSU Alert System to disseminate official information via email, text messages, telephone, loudspeakers, Alert Website, and other means to notify the campus population of emergencies or threatening situations.  Your consideration, cooperation and patience of students, faculty and staff during the test is greatly appreciated. Information about the March 6 test is available online at https://oem.wsu.edu/resources/semester-test-faqs/. Questions can be directed to the WSU Office of Emergency Management at  emergencymanagement@wsu.edu. All WSU students, staff and faculty can subscribe to WSU Alerts. Visit myWSU to register/update your emergency contact information. See alert.wsu.edu for more information.

Employment Opportunities

  1. Senior Resource Educator Commercial Horticulture, Cornell Univ, New York State.
  2. Collection Manager, UNH Insect Collection, Durham, NHS
  3. Agronomist/Biologist/Entomologist/Horticulturist/Plant Pathologist, US Federal Gov., Arlington, VA
  4. Research Associate-Fixed Term, Dept. of Entomology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  5. Research technologist 1 (Insectary Assistant), Penn State Univ., University Park, PA
  6. Field Scientist, The Dow Chemical Co., Fresno, CA

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

February 23, 2018

Department Announcements

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

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

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.   

The elevator in the Food Science and Human Nutrition building will be shut down at 10:00 AM on February 27 until 4:00 PM on February 28, 2018.  This is for repairs and a Labor & Industries inspection.  Please plan accordingly.

Seminar and Colloquium

The next presentation on will be on February 26th, in FSHN T101 11 a.m. to noon.   Our speaker will be Claudio Gratton, Department of Entomology at the University of Wisconsin.  His presentation is titled: “Can We Design Sustainable Bioenergy Landscapes? Balancing our Needs for Production and Biodiversity.” After the talk Claudio will join an informal pizza lunch in 164 FSHN, and at 3 that afternoon he will join a roundtable discussion of the U Wisconsin graduate program in agroecology, in 104E Johnson – there is interest in proposing a similar program at WSU. The AMS call-in is 772402.   Claudio is free for individual meetings from 1-3 on Monday, and on Tuesday morning. He also is available for dinner Sunday and Monday. Please let me know if you’d like a chance to meet with Claudio. To learn more about Dr. Gratton go to: http://gratton.entomology.wisc.edu/ An abstract of  his talk is attached.

Grants and Awards

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • John Stark and Tanyalee Erwin are the recipients of a $440,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology to support the Washington Stormwater Center CORE. (2/6/2018)

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

Important Dates and Deadlines

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

Spring Break is on March 12-16, 2018

CAHNRS Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

University Announcements

Midterm Grades are due by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, February 28th.

Electric Power Shut Down Event Note on March 11, at 4-8 AM:
The electric power will be temporarily interrupted in the areas noted. Please assess any critical office or laboratory equipment that may be impacted.      Contacts     DAVE KIMBREL 335-9309 davek@wsu.edu

Why Event Occurrence:  WSU Facilities Services, in conjunction with Avista and an outside consultant, will be installing revised code into the automated power outage response system at East Campus Substation. Beginning at 4:00a.m., the newly installed code will be tested, resulting in intermittent power outages to the affected facilities until 8:00a.m.  This event will impact the FSHN Building and greenhouse areas and other areas on this side of Stadium Way.

Community Involvement

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

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

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

 

Employment Opportunities

  1. Research Specialist/Lab Assistant, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  2. Assistant Professor-Grain, Forage & Commercial Turf Entomology, Dept of Entomology, Auburn Univ., Auburn, AL
  3. Assistant Professor-Citrus IPM, Univ. of Florida
  4. Postdoctoral Associate, Virginia Tech Univ., Suffolk, VA
  5. Entomological Diagnostician, North Dakota St. University, Fargo, ND
  6. Integrated Pest Management Specialist, Plenty Farms, Laramie, WY
  7. Assistant Professor of Entomology, University of Florida, Hillsborough County, FL
  8. Mosquito and Forest Pest Management Branch Chief, Prince William County, Manassas, VA
  9. Natural Resources Extension Educator, Univ of Wisconsin, Spooner, WI
  10. Research Assistant, North Carolina St. Univ., Plymouth, NC
  11. Research Assistant III, Michigan State Univ.

 

 

February 16, 2018

Department Meetings

The next Entomology Faculty Meeting will be on Wednesday, February 21, at 9:00 AM.  The AMS dial # is:772671.

Department Announcements

Emily Wine  has  scheduled  her  M.S. seminar and final exam for Friday, February 23, 2018, beginning at 10:00 AM.  The title of her thesis is “Long-Term Population Census and Nest Site Characterization of Managed Alkali Bee Population  in Alfalfa Seed Production in South Central Washington.”  Her committee members are  Doug Walsh, Steve Sheppard, Dave Crowder

Brandon Hopkins and Waled Suliman (a postdoc in Biological Systems Engineering) are the recipients of a $10,000 award from the Honey Bee Health Coalition’s first ever Bee Nutrition Challenge.  The title of the February 9th Daily Evergreen article titled “Researchers look to save collapsing bee colonies” showcases their work on a safe food supplement for honey bees.  A copy of the article is attached.  For more information about the Honey Bee Health Coalition go to:  https://honeybeehealthcoalition.org/about-the-coalition/.  To learn more about the Challenge go to: https://honeybeehealthcoalition.org/honey-bee-health-coalition-congratulates-winners-of-nutrition-competition/.

Nick Naeger, a postdoc  in the Sheppard Lab, was awarded $7,500 in this competition for his work on “Fungal Extracts for Honey Bee Health.”

Dave Crowder is teaching a class on scientific writing with Kim Campbell. Every year there is a “round-table” where students prepare questions to ask of faculty/postdocs about writing grants and papers. This has always been a fun and informative class for the students, as they get a bit of perspective from folks other than Kim or I. We are planning on having this round table on Feb. 21st. The class is from 10:10-11:50 AM. If we can get 1-2 volunteers (postdocs or faculty) that would be willing to share insight on how you approach writing papers and grants we would be most appreciative. Please let me know if you can do this – we are set up over AMS so we can accommodate folks off campus.

University Announcements

Cyber Security Reminder  –  Phishing email tips:

REMEMBER: WSU Does NOT request credentials (username and password) via email.

  1. Never click the “CLICK HERE” links in suspect email messages.
  2. Phishers often make links look like they go to one site, but actually send you to a different site.
  3. Be cautious about viewing attachments or downloading files from emails you receive, regardless of who sent them.
  4. Never send your passwords, personal, or financial information via email.
    If you get a suspicious email please forward it on to abuse@wsu.edu so they can take action to block them and see where the threats are coming from.

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

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

Dr. Craig Parks, Assistant Vice Provost, Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President

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

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

Robin Blanchard, CEO of Blanchard Consulting LLC

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

Awards

President’s Awards for Leadership:  Honoring those who advance leadership and engagement at WSU and beyond. Student nominations close Monday, February 19. All other nominations close Friday, March 9.

Nominations from all WSU campuses are welcome.

Award Categories:  Student, Student Organization, Faculty, Staff, and Community Organization.  Honorees will be recognized during the LEAD Ceremony on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, on the Pullman campus.  Learn more about the President’s Awards and the LEAD Ceremony at lead.wsu.edu. 

Employment Opportunities

  1. Extension Specialist Veterans’ Liaison/Agriculture Entomology, Michigan St. Univ., East Lansing, MI
  2. Field Station Manager, Pacific Ag Research, Salinas, CA
  3. Extension Assist/Assoc Professor-Tree Fruit Entomology, University of Mass, Amherst, MA
  4. Research Assistant, Entomology & Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University , Raleigh, NC
  5. Assistant Project Scientist in Molecular Entomology, UC-Riverside, Riverside, CA
  6. Posdoctoral Scholar (insect electophysiologist), Penn State, University Park, PA

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

Important Dates and Deadlines:

A former CAHNRS colleague passed away:  Many of you may have heard, Shane Barrett recently lost his life to brain cancer.  Many of you worked with Shane either through CAHNRS IT or Central IT.  His wife has given us the below information.  Randy Cross.

From Kim:  Join us for the Shane Barrett Memorial.  There will be a gathering in memory of Shane Barrett who recently went to be with our Savior after a brave battle with cancer.  Please join us if you are able on February 17, 2018, 2:00pm – 5:00 pm, at the Lions Hall, Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett, WA 98201.  Shane and his brother, Tim, used to play in this park as children. We will celebrate his life, so please bring your “Shane stories” to share with others.  If you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation to the Shane Barrett memorial fund.  https://www.gofundme.com/shane-barrett-memorial-fund.  Kim Barrett

February 9, 2018

Department Meetings

The next Entomology Faculty Meeting will be on Wednesday, February 21, at 9:00 AM.  The AMS dial # is: 772671

Congratulations

Congratulations to Rachel Olsson who learned this week that she is the recipient of a USDA AFRI Fellowship.  She will be working on “Reciprocal interactions between canola crop plants and bee pollinators.”

Grants

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of a $6000 grant from the Washington Hope Commission to work on “Bioassay on a Hop Miticide.” (1/25/2018)
  • Betsy Beers is the recipient of a $15,467 grant from the Washington Tree Fruit Commission.” (1/26/2017)
  • John Stark is the recipient of a $500,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology to work on Storm Water Center Water Quality – Governor’s Budget 2018. (2/1/2018)

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

Seminar and Colloquium

The Entomology Colloquium speaker will be Dr. Robert Clark.   His presentation is titled: “Integrating Mutualism, Facilitation, and Vector Biology into Food Web Ecology: Insights from Forest Caterpillars and Pea Aphids.”  Dr. Clark is a postdoctoral scientist with the Dave Crowder Lab.  He is working on studying how host plant variation and predator effects impact aphid-virus vector biology in legumes.  The presentation is at 12:10 PM in FSHN 354.  The AMS dial number is 772402.

Department Announcements

Dave Crowder is teaching a class on scientific writing with Kim Campbell. Every year there is a “round-table” where students prepare questions to ask of faculty/postdocs about writing grants and papers. This has always been a fun and informative class for the students, as they get a bit of perspective from folks other than Kim or I. We are planning on having this round table on Feb. 21st. The class is from 10:10-11:50 AM. If we can get 1-2 volunteers (postdocs or faculty) that would be willing to share insight on how you approach writing papers and grants we would be most appreciative. Please let me know if you can do this – we are set up over AMS so we can accommodate folks off campus.

It’s not too late to get WSU EGSA calendars and patches.  The calendars are marked down to $8.00 and feature photos taken by our Grad Students and the patches are just $3.00.  For more info see the attachment or to place your order contact abigial.cohen@wsu.edu.  All profits will go to the WSU EGSA for their activities.

University Announcements

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

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

Michael Heim, SSC Technology Coordinator, Academic Success and Career Center

Dr. Craig Parks, Assistant Vice Provost, Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President

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

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

Employment Opportunities

  1. Biological Scientist II, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  2. Department Head, Entomology Dept., Univ. Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
  3. Associate Biologist/Entomologist, Durham, NC
  4. Plant Quarantine Inspector, St. of Hawaii, Hawaii
  5. Research Specialist, Univ. of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI
  6. Production Scientist, VMRD, Pullman, WA

Safety:  Be SAFE this February!

February brings National Burn Awareness Week.  As part of working and learning in CAHNRS, students and employees may be exposed to hazardous chemicals, flames, hot surfaces, cryogenics and other substances that can cause burns.  It is important to be aware of burn hazards, how to avoid them and how to treat burns.

QUICK REMINDERS

  • Be Responsible — Provide initial, refresher and hazard communication training for employees working with potential burn hazards. Take training when it is offered/required of you.  Wear appropriate protective gear and/or clothing every time.
  • Be aware — Read and heed labels, cautions, hazard signs and symbols.
  • Thermal Burns — Avoid open flames, hot objects, cryogenic liquids and solids, and explosions. Take care when operating stoves, ovens, microwaves, and dishwashers. Watch out for scalding liquids and steam. Use personal protective equipment when handling cryogenics.
  • Chemical Burns – Use effective exposure controls, including work practices and personal protective equipment.
  • Electrical Burns — Avoid contact with water while near electricity, stay away from live wires and don’t overload electrical outlets.
  • Sun/Wind Exposure Burns — Dress appropriately and use sunscreen, lip balm, etc.

IF A BURN ACCIDENT OCCURS:

  1. Remove yourself from the situation, ask for assistance, and get first aid.
  2. Call 9-1-1 if the burned area is blackening, bleeding or blistering, as these are often signs of a more serious, multiple degree burn. Some chemical burns may require immediate medical attention, understand the hazards associated with the chemicals you are using, read the Safety Data Sheets.
  3. Promptly complete an incident report and let your immediate supervisors know for investigation.
  4. Report related hazards to WSU Environmental Health and Safety at (509) 335-3041.

FIND OUT MORE

 

February 2, 2018

Department Announcements

It’s not too late to get WSU EGSA calendars and patches.  The calendars are marked down to $8.00 and feature photos taken by our Grad Students and the patches are just $3.00.  For more info see the attachment or to place your order contact abigial.cohen@wsu.edu.  All profits will go to the WSU EGSA for their activities.

Seminars and Colloquium

The speaker for the Entomology Colloquium on February 5, 2018, will be Dr. Betsy Beers .  The title of her presentation is “The Acarine Bermuda Triangle: Mites, Resistance, and Non-Target Effects” To learn more about Dr. Beers go to: http://www.tfrec.wsu.edu/pages/ebeers.

The presentation is at 12:10 PM in FSHN 354.  The AMS dial number is 772402.

CAHNRS Announcements

Hello! The CAHNRS 3MT (3 Minute Thesis) has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 20. It will take place in the afternoon, exact time TBD, depending upon the number of student entries.  We would like for each department to send the information for their 3 top students being considered for the competition (3 PhD, and 3 Master’s level students are permitted). We will accommodate as many students as possible, keeping in mind fair representation and keeping the competition to a reasonable amount of time. There was discussion of each department holding their own competition – this may or may not be necessary depending upon how many students in your department are interested in competing.

CAHNRS Eligibility

  • PhD candidates pursuing a degree within CAHNRS. PhD students must be post-preliminary exam by the proposal deadline.
  • Master’s level students, pursuing degrees within CAHNRS. Master’s level thesis students should be third semester or later. Non-thesis students are not eligible. Master’s students are not eligible for the university competition.
  • CAHNRS will host the competition on a single day with separate judging for PhD candidates and Master’s level students.
  • Entrants located on the Pullman campus must present face-to-face.

Entrants located on branch campuses or at R&E centers are allowed to videotape their presentation. In keeping with the same requirements set forth for Pullman campus presentations, these must be taped in front of an audience, to be determined by student and Academic Programs Office. Videos must be received 3 business days prior to the face to face competition in order to be judged. If a student off campus wins the CAHNRS 3MT competition, they must travel to Pullman to take part in the university-wide competition on March 28, 2018. Completed Cover Form

  1. Slide that will be used during the CAHNRS 3MT competition. Only one static slide is permitted in the competition.
  2. Photograph (mug shot) to be displayed on the CAHNRS 3MT competition website.
  3. Completed release form: http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/academics/college-awards/student-release-form/. Or hard copy

For more information about the 3MT, you can visit these websites here: http://threeminutethesis.org/,

https://3mt.wsu.edu/ .  Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you, Alanna

University Announcements

Career Expo is coming next Tuesday, February 6, 2018:  Great internship and career candidates come from WSU. Recruiters across the nation said Cougars are among the best prepared to hit the ground running in a “Top 25” ranking of universities published the Wall Street Journal. WSU’s Academic Success and Career Center (ASCC) plays a major role in students’ success. Its budget stretches to pay the $30,000 annual subscription to an online job-connections database used by 9,500 students and over 9,850 employers. ASCC also pays to host the twice-yearly Career Expo.  And it offers career counseling, testing, and for-credit courses; etiquette dinners and industry tours; resume critiques and mock interviews; and on-campus networking events with prospective employers.   Students can view details about the Career Expo and see the list of visiting employers on Handshake at http://wsu.joinhandshake.com. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Beasley Coliseum on the Pullman Campus. For a complete list of employers who have registered for the Spring Career Expo, click here.  Employer registration for the Spring 2018 Career Expo is open on Handshake. For more information about the event, review our employer information pages or email employer@wsu.edu.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 is the last day that a student may drop a course without penalty.  Drops will result in the course being removed from the student’s transcript. To drop a course, students will go to myWSU, select Student Center, click on Enroll, then choose the Drop tab.

Then they will take the following steps:

  • Select the class by clicking on the box to the left of the course and click “Drop Selected Classes.”
  • Click “Finish Dropping” to process request.
  • View the results of request. A green check mark under the status indicates success.

The drop will show throughout myWSU immediately, in real time.

Notes:

  • Deadline applies only to regular term (1/8/2018 – 4/27/2018) classes.
  • Some holds will prevent a student from dropping a class, but not all do. Select the details link to see what impact the hold has, and what action is needed. Students must contact the appropriate office to release the hold.
  • International Students
  • For Pullman Students: International Programs – Global Services located in Bryan Hall 108 must approve class drops for International Students.
  • For Urban Campus Students: The International Advisor on your campus must approve class drops for International Students.
  • After Tuesday, February 6, 2018 course withdrawals cost $5.00 each and are recorded on the student’s transcript as W’s.
  • After Tuesday, February 6, 2018 course withdrawals do not reduce tuition charges

The next  Professional Development Initiative event will be February 6th at 10:00 AM in CUB L60 (Butch’s Den). The presenter will be Krystal Beachum.  She is the author ofFor the Other 98%: An Entrepreneurial Guide for Students.” For more info about this author and this book go to: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/for-the-other-98-krystal-beachum/1126273971?ean=9781544913674&st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_New+Core+Shopping+Books_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP164972&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIiry3qun92AIVEJl-Ch3SmAwdEAYYASABEgLdavD_BwE

GPSA Research Expo Call for Judges:  Nearly three decades ago, the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) of Washington State University (WSU) hosted the first annual Graduate Student Research Exposition. This competitive event provides an opportunity for graduate and professional students to present diverse, cutting-edge research that takes place at WSU. To make the GPSA Research Exposition a success, we need the expertise of faculty (including emeritus), staff, postdoctoral fellows, and alumni to select those students with exemplary scholarship and research. The GPSA asks for the support of faculty who would like to volunteer their time to help select graduate and professional students of high merit. Presentations will be delivered in poster format and judges are needed for a wide swath of categories including: (1) Medical & Life Sciences, (2) Engineering, Physical Sciences & Environmental Science, (3) Agricultural & Natural Sciences, (4) Social Sciences, (5) Arts, Humanities & Design, and (6) Administrative & Information Sciences. Students who win their sections will be awarded scholarships that total $10,000.

Time commitment for judges is approximately four and half hours, spanning from 7:30 a.m. to noon on the day of the event, March 29, 2018. Breakfast and refreshments will be provided.  If you are interested in joining the GPSA as a judge for the 2018 Research Exposition, please follow this link to the Judge Participant Form. Please complete this form at your earliest convenience. We will keep the application open until we have enough judges. For additional information on the GPSA Research Exposition, please click here. Please also help the GPSA forward this email to faculty in your department. The GPSA sincerely appreciates the support of you!  Thank You,

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

Washington State University   gpsa.strategic@wsu.edu

APAC’s Spring Professional Development Seminars: The professional development seminars offer a range of training opportunities for WSU staff and faculty. We encourage you to attend.

Please click on the event links below to register.

Jaime Green, Director of Faculty Talent & Recognition, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Michael Heim, SSC Technology Coordinator, Academic Success and Career Center

Dr. Craig Parks, Assistant Vice Provost, Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President

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

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

Robin Blanchard, CEO of Blanchard Consulting LLC

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

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.

For Graduate Students

The Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute, UC Davis is hosting its fourth annual Bee Symposium on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Each year we host a graduate student poster competition with cash prizes awarded (First place-$1000, Second place-$750, Third place-$500, Fourth place-$250). Please forward this on to graduate students who are involved in pollinator-related research. The competition is open to any graduate student at any University. However, applicants must be present at the event to defend their poster. All graduate student participants will receive complementary seating to the 2018 Bee Symposium. Our lead speaker this year is Tom Seeley, Horace White Professor in Biology, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University, New York.

See the attachment for more details and Submission form HERE (also attached)   Send to Liz Luu at luu@caes.ucdavis.edu. Deadline is February 12, 2018.  For more information, please visit our website here: http://honey.ucdavis.edu/events/2018-bee-symposium   Elizabeth Luu UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center,  http://honey.ucdavis.edu/  Office: (530) 754-9301

Awards

KENNETH J. MORRISON EXTENSION AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE February 15, 2018:  The Kenneth J. Morrison Extension Award in Crop and Soil Sciences was established in 1987 by “Kenny” as he was affectionately called by his friends, for the purpose of recognizing an Extension faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to Washington state’s agriculture, especially in agronomic crop production and/or soil management. Kenny was an extension agronomist at Washington State University for over 35 years.  He was responsible for directing and coordinating extension activities for all major field crops grown in Washington, including small grains, forages, oilseed crops, pulses, grasses, and legumes. He taught farmers how to manage semi-dwarf wheat effectively, make the transition from dryland to irrigated cropping agriculture, appreciate the value of high-quality seed, and minimize pest losses through proper management. As a liaison among producers, processors, researchers, and county extension faculty, Kenny received credit for the excellent rapport that links scientists at Washington State University to growers and the agricultural industry. Through him, researchers obtained unique insights into grower and processor problems. His integrity and reputation as an tireless worker gained him the respect of the entire agriculture industry.  Washington State University Extension faculty are encouraged to apply and/or nominate individuals for this award.  Others — WSU faculty, growers, industry representatives, etc. — are also encouraged to nominate. Eligible candidate include WSU County Extension Faculty and Extension Specialists. The individual selected will receive a plaque and $750 cash award.   Application/nomination packet should include:

  • Nominee name
  • A ? two-page narrative describing the nominee’s contributions to Washington state agriculture in the areas of agronomic crop production and/or soil management, including:
    • Brief description of nominee’s position and role.
    • Extension approaches used by the nominee.
    • Evidence and description of impact of nominee’s programming on Washington state agriculture.
  • A one-page list of publications, articles, key presentations, and other notable career accomplishments.
  • Two letters of support addressing the nominee’s qualifications for the award (one from the nominator; one from another individual)

Submit application materials by Thursday, February 15, 2018 to:  Richard T. Koenig, Professor, Interim Chair, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and Department of Horticulture, Associate Dean, WSU Extension, CAHNRS, Washington State University, P.O. Box 646248, Pullman, WA  99164-6248,  509-335-2933 (p); 509-335-2926 (f)

The Association for Faculty Women’s Outstanding Graduate Student Awards (nomination deadline February 27) recognize the academic achievements and professional potential of WSU’s graduate students. Nominees need no affiliation with the AFW to be nominated, and women or men may be nominated.  The AFW Founders Award is presented to an outstanding Masters student. The Harriett B. Rigas Award is presented to an outstanding PhD student. The Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award is awarded in conjunction with the Graduate School, and is open to all doctoral candidates. See ‘Awards for Graduate Students’ at https://afw.wsu.edu/ for more information, nomination instructions, and the nomination form.

Employment Opportunities

  1. Extension Specialist, Agriculture and Agribusiness, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  2. Fellow (Postdoc), Kansas St. Univ., Manhattan, KS
  3. Plant Health Specialist I, St. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  4. Research Scientist 2 – Pesticide Registration, St. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  5. Extension Associate, NC State Univ., Raliegh, NC
  6. L. Bean Fly Fishing Instructor, Freeport, ME

Safety:  Be SAFE this February!

February brings National Burn Awareness Week.  As part of working and learning in CAHNRS, students and employees may be exposed to hazardous chemicals, flames, hot surfaces, cryogenics and other substances that can cause burns.  It is important to be aware of burn hazards, how to avoid them and how to treat burns.

QUICK REMINDERS

  • Be Responsible — Provide initial, refresher and hazard communication training for employees working with potential burn hazards. Take training when it is offered/required of you.  Wear appropriate protective gear and/or clothing every time.
  • Be aware — Read and heed labels, cautions, hazard signs and symbols.
  • Thermal Burns — Avoid open flames, hot objects, cryogenic liquids and solids, and explosions. Take care when operating stoves, ovens, microwaves, and dishwashers. Watch out for scalding liquids and steam. Use personal protective equipment when handling cryogenics.
  • Chemical Burns – Use effective exposure controls, including work practices and personal protective equipment.
  • Electrical Burns — Avoid contact with water while near electricity, stay away from live wires and don’t overload electrical outlets.
  • Sun/Wind Exposure Burns — Dress appropriately and use sunscreen, lip balm, etc.

IF A BURN ACCIDENT OCCURS:

  1. Remove yourself from the situation, ask for assistance, and get first aid.
  2. Call 9-1-1 if the burned area is blackening, bleeding or blistering, as these are often signs of a more serious, multiple degree burn. Some chemical burns may require immediate medical attention, understand the hazards associated with the chemicals you are using, read the Safety Data Sheets.
  3. Promptly complete an incident report and let your immediate supervisors know for investigation.
  4. Report related hazards to WSU Environmental Health and Safety at (509) 335-3041.

FIND OUT MORE

The University’s emergency communications alert program encompasses a robust system of assorted communication pathways including in-person contact, e-mail, phone and text messaging, an outdoor warning siren system, local alarm systems and social media. This letter is to familiarize you with the WSU Alert System and to encourage you to learn more about this system and enroll to receive emergency communications through WSU. To sign up, go to my.wsu.edu and enter your contact information under “Pullman Emergency Information.”

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.

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.

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

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

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

1/26/18

EGSA Minutes Meeting #8 26 January, 2018 at 9:00am

AMS Dial-in: 772416 Phone Dial-in (509) 358-7935 meeting ID: 2416

Upcoming events:

Student Choice Speaker – March 4th: Evening talk about naturalism of Guatemala, Tuesday hike + student meetings; Alix will cover expenses and get reimbursed

Insect Cinema Cult Classic: Liason to Dr. Sheppard: Dane and Melanie

Insect Expo – April 7th all day: Abbey has live-arthropod information, more info soon

E. Paul Catts Memorial Lecture: April 19/20

  • Dually hosted with UI, Speaker Rufus Isaacs
  • Public talk Thursday at 5:30 in 1912 Center in Moscow (dinner and drinks)
  • Entomology only talk Friday at 11am in Pullman T101

Officer Reports

Ben – library is coming along

  • Donations from faculty? Lending? USB Files for a borrowed drive

Treasurer report: We got $1500 in funding for our outreach events

Megan and Rachel will advertise for events

Faculty Meeting:

  • TFREC Faculty Position: Tobin will be joining the Wenatchee TFREC!
  • Search committee for systematics position has started, complete next year
  • Expect 30-min talks from faculty chair candidates sometime mid-February
  • Teaching opportunity in summer – see email from Rachel
  • Very few applicants for PhD and MS positions – encourage your friends and interested undergrads to come to WSU!

Merchandise

  • 57 Calendars purchased, only have 16 left! Will be for sale for $8 ($2 off)
  • Shirts – Jim Hepler has joined Merch Committee to make this happen
  • Patches! For sale for $3. They are COOL!

Donuts February 7th at 9am in FSHN 164

Committee Reports

  • Happy hour: February bowling
  • Meta-analysis Group: Data extracted by February 28th, meeting Wednesdays 3-4:15pm
  • Prelim Group: Tuesday at 9-10am FSHN 164
  • Linnaean Games: email Jim if interested
  • Writing Group: email Alix if you have manuscripts ready for feedback

Next meeting: Monday 12 February at 9am