August 17, 2018

Department Announcements

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

Send in any cool photos, news stories, or upcoming events to Christina Rede at Christina.rede@wsu.edu for our social media channels.  Please submit by Thursday noon to Christina or our SmartSheet notification page at:  https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=b7c943ec39084d74a98410f50b4db935.
https://twitter.com/MCAsche

Please plan to attend the Doctoral Examination for Matthew S. Jones.  This will be on August 23, 2018, FSHN 354 (Entomology Classroom) beginning at 2:00 PM.  The title of his thesis is:  On-Farm Biodiversity As a Tool to Supress Foodborne Human Pathogens.  Matt’s committee members are: Bill Snyder (Major Advisor), John Reganold, David Crowder and Thomas Beezer.

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Brandon Hopkins and Waled Suliman, who are the recipients of a $24,000. Grant from the WSU Office of Research to work on the B-detox technology for saving the honey bees.  (7/11/2018)
  • John Stark and Anand Jayakaran who are the recipients of a $50,000 grant from Kitsap County to work in Low Impact Development Education for Builders and Developers. (7/16/2018)
  • Betsy Beers is the recipient of a $125,811 grant for work on the Integrated Fruit Production for Pears. (8/1/2018)

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

In the News:

Josh Milne was featured in a WSU Insider post on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.  The article is titled “Tiny Samurai Wasps Deployed to Fight Stink Bug Invasion.” A copy of the items are attached but to see the article with photos go to:

https://news.wsu.edu/2018/08/15/tiny-samurai-wasps-deployed-fight-stink-bug-invasion/

John Stark was featured in a WSU Insider article on Thursday, August 16, 2018.  The title of his article is “WSU Scientist joins CDC Group in Battling In Insect Borne Diseases.”  A copy of the item are attached but to see the article with photos go to: https://news.wsu.edu/2018/08/16/wsu-scientist-joins-cdc-group-in-battling-insect-borne-diseases/

The WSU Apiculture Program was in a featured video is titled “WSU Bees Are Getting Ready to Get Back to Work For the Spring.”  The article highlights Brandon Hopkins and Steve Sheppard.  To watch the video go to:  https://cahnrs.wsu.edu/ .  The link is on the right sidebar.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Did you know that this Saturday, August 18th, is National Honey Bee Day? 

So to celebrate sip some mead, enjoy some honey on your muffin, in your tea, or in your morning oatmeal.  You’ll be glad you did.

The annual National Lentil Festival returns to the streets and parks of downtown Pullman this Friday and Saturday. The festival, co-sponsored by Washington State University, highlights the little legume of the Palouse, while also celebrating the farmers, workers and agricultural industries that make farming on the Palouse possible.

The ever-popular festival highlights many activities, including:

  • More than 350 gallons of Lentil Chili, free while it lasts from 5 p.m.–8 p.m. Friday.
  • Live music in Reaney Park and Spring St. all weekend.
  • National Lentil Festival Parade, 11 a.m. Saturday.
  • Live cooking demos in Reaney Park all day Saturday.
  • A fun run.
  • Tour de Lentil Bike Ride.
  • 3-on-3 basketball.
  • Beer and wine garden.
  • Games for kids.

More information, including parking and schedule of events, can be found on the National Lentil Festival website.

CAHNRS Faculty Awards Program and Call for Nominations:  The Provosts Office has announced that the Faculty Awards Program for academic year 2018-19 nominations are now open.  The nominations deadline is September 14, 2018. 

WSU I-Corps program is currently accepting applications for its fall 2018 cohort: I-Corps is an NSF funded program that serves to train scientists and engineers the business basics that can inform their technology development efforts. The program provides both training and funding for teams to engage in a process of refining their understanding how their solution fit’s in the marketplace. The effort serves to sharpen the focus of development efforts and improves the prospects of attracting funding. In the 1.5 years the program has been running at WSU, graduates of the program have obtained over 1.2M in funding for technology development.   If you are interested in learning more about the program more information can be found here(https://research.wsu.edu/icorps/about/), or you can contact the site leader Brian Kraft at (bkraft@wsu.edu) for more information. Applications are due by September 1st.

University Announcements

CAHNRS Operations is changing the process for scheduling events in the Hulbert and Vogel laboratory spaces.  The change in scheduling will not impact the scheduling of academic classes, nor their priority to the rooms.  However, it does change how non-academic events will be scheduled.  Please review the full details of this change on our website at https://it.cahnrs.wsu.edu/2018/08/17/changes-to-hulbert-and-vogel-lab-scheduling/ and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  Bill Bonner,  Operations & IT,  WSU CAHNRS

Graduate Student Prestigious Fellowship Workshops:  Are you applying for a prestigious fellowship, such as an NSF, NIH or USDA pre-doctoral fellowship? The PDI is hosting a two-part workshop series to provide guidance in putting together a competitive application package that will improve your success in winning these external funds to support your graduate studies. These events are free for WSU undergraduate and graduate students.

Graduate Student Prestigious Fellowship Workshop I

When: August 27, 2018, 3:10 – 5:00 pm                  Where: CUB 210 Junior Ballroom East

Beverages will be served at this event

Speaker: Dr. Michael Kahn, Institute of Biological Chemistry

In this workshop, Dr. Kahn will walk you through the process of applying to the major prestigious fellowships. In addition to improving success in applying for these fellowships, this workshop provides students with valuable proposal writing and editing experience and information about additional funding opportunities.

Graduate Student Prestigious Fellowship Workshop II

When: September 12, 2018, 2:10 – 4:00 pm          Where: Chinook 150 (Event Space)

Register HERE    Beverages will be served at this event

Speaker: Dr. Michael Kahn, Institute of Biological Chemistry

In this workshop, you will receive individualized attention to help you with your application. Students should bring copies of a draft of each essay. For detailed instructions visit our website

Graduate Student Prestigious Fellowship Workshop VIDEO

  • Before attending the Graduate Student Prestigious Fellowship Workshops, we encourage you to watch the following video. This video will help you: Prepare for the Graduate Student Prestigious Fellowship Workshops
  • Get you thinking about applying for a fellowship
  • Present information about applying for a fellowship
  • Give you ideas about how to improve your chances between now and when you apply

Visit our website  (https://gradschool.wsu.edu/pdi/ ) for more information on our Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 events!

The 2018 CAHNRS Fall Festival is right around the corner! This year’s event will take place on Thursday, September 13, 4:00PM – 6:00PM. If your department of club is interested in reserving a table, please contact the Academic Programs Office at cahnrs.majors@wsu.edu or by phone at 509-335-4562.

University administration recently revised Executive Policy #38, which defines the university’s policy regarding intellectual property, technology transfer and commercialization. This executive policy addresses disclosure, inventorship, ownership, management and disposition of intellectual property (IP) created using university resources, which includes, without limitations, employee time and the university’s preexisting IP. The full policy can be found on the Office of Procedures, Records and Forms website.

CougarCopies gets a new name, look:  More than 20 years after opening a store in the CUB, CougarCopies has changed its name to CougPrints Plus to better reflect the evolving products and services provided to the Cougar community.

In addition to full service printing and binding, CougPrints Plus offers shipping and mailing services, online poster printing, departmental copier consultation and placement, and support for CougPrints self-service student printing.

Future CougPrints Plus plans include CougarCard payment for online orders, expanded printing services for campuses outside of Pullman, and student business card ordering. CougPrints Plus is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. during regular sessions and from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during summer session, with online ordering available 24/7 all year long. For further information call 509-335-1647, or visit cougprintsplus.wsu.edu or our main location on the ground floor of the CUB on the Pullman campus.

Graduate Student Assistantship Benefits update: Dental benefits for the 2018-2019 insurance plan have increased from 80% to 90% for preventive and diagnostic care! This is for Class 1 covered treatments which include exams, cleaning, fluoride, x-rays, and sealants. Remember, your insurance coverage for the 2017-18 plan year doesn’t end until August 15, 2018, so you’re covered over the summer! If you use the Health & Wellness Services Pharmacy, please don’t forget to fill your prescriptions before you leave for the summer.  Email student.insurance@wsu.edu with any questions.

Employment

  1. Research Technologist (Research Tech) Penn St Univ., Biglerville, PA
  2. Fish Biologist, USDA, Dept of Interior, Challis, ID
  3. Director Western IPM Center (WIPMC Academic Coordinator III), Div of Ag & Nat Resources (UC ANR), UC Davis, CA
  4. Lab Research Tech-Entomology and molecular Biology, Pebble Labs USA. Los Alamos, NM
  5. Ecologist/Research Biologist, US Dept. of Interior, Seattle, WA
  6. Research Coordinator II, Dept of Entomology/Plant Path, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

Meetings: Regional, National, International

Entomological Society of America 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

August 10, 2018

Department Announcements

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

Send in any cool photos, news stories, or upcoming events to Christina Rede at Christina.rede@wsu.edu for our social media channels.  Please submit by Thursday noon to Christina or our SmartSheet notification page at:  https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=b7c943ec39084d74a98410f50b4db935.

Plan to attend the Doctoral Examination for Matthew S. Jones.  This will be on August 23, 2018, FSHN 354 (Entomology Classroom) beginning at 2:00 PM.  The title of his thesis is:  On-Farm Biodiversity As a Tool to Supress Foodborne Human Pathogens.  Matt’s committee members are: Bill Snyder (Major Advisor), John Reganold, David Crowder and Thomas Beezer.

Did you know that next Saturday, August 18th, is National Honey Bee Day? 

So to celebrate sip some mead, enjoy some honey on your muffin, in your tea, or in your morning oat meal.  You’ll be glad you did.

 

Congratulations

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Brandon Hopkins and Waled Suliman, who are the recipients of a $24,000. Grant from the WSU Office of Research to work on the B-detox technology for saving the honey bees. (7/11/2018)
  • John Stark and Anand Jayakaran who are the recipients of a $50,000 grant from Kitsap County to work in Low Impact Development Education for Builders and Developers. (7/16/2018)
  • Betsy Beers is the recipient of a $125,811 grant for work on the Integrated Fruit Production for Pears. (8/1/2018)

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

Brandon Hopkins was the resource person for a  ‘Ask Dr. Wendy Sue Universe’ article in the August 4, 2018 Moscow-Pullman Daily News where he answered a question from Annalisa, a 10 year child from Middletown, NJ. Her question was ‘Where do bees sleep?’  This was also picked up and appeared in the August 8, 2018 WSU Insider announcement.  Read the article go to: http://dnews.com/life/dr-universe-where-do-bees-sleep/article_182e324d-09e6-5cd1-b02b-35e364718e90.html

 

University Announcements

WSU I-Corps program is currently accepting applications for its fall 2018 cohort: I-Corps is an NSF funded program that serves to train scientists and engineers the business basics that can inform their technology development efforts. The program provides both training and funding for teams to engage in a process of refining their understanding how their solution fit’s in the marketplace. The effort serves to sharpen the focus of development efforts and improves the prospects of attracting funding. In the 1.5 years the program has been running at WSU, graduates of the program have obtained over 1.2M in funding for technology development.   If you are interested in learning more about the program more information can be found here(https://research.wsu.edu/icorps/about/), or you can contact the site leader Brian Kraft at (bkraft@wsu.edu) for more information. Applications are due by September 1st.

Graduate Student Prestigious Fellowship Workshops:  Are you applying for a prestigious fellowship, such as an NSF, NIH or USDA pre-doctoral fellowship? The PDI is hosting a two-part workshop series to provide guidance in putting together a competitive application package that will improve your success in winning these external funds to support your graduate studies. These events are free for WSU undergraduate and graduate students.

Graduate Student Prestigious Fellowship Workshop I

When: August 27, 2018, 3:10 – 5:00 pm         Where: CUB 210 Junior Ballroom East

Register HERE       Beverages will be served at this event

Speaker: Dr. Michael Kahn, Institute of Biological Chemistry

In this workshop, Dr. Kahn will walk you through the process of applying to the major prestigious fellowships. In addition to improving success in applying for these fellowships, this workshop provides students with valuable proposal writing and editing experience and information about additional funding opportunities.

Graduate Student Prestigious Fellowship Workshop II

When: September 12, 2018, 2:10 – 4:00 pm                 Where: Chinook 150 (Event Space)

Register HERE       Beverages will be served at this event

Speaker: Dr. Michael Kahn, Institute of Biological Chemistry

In this workshop, you will receive individualized attention to help you with your application. Students should bring copies of a draft of each essay. For detailed instructions visit our website

Graduate Student Prestigious Fellowship Workshop VIDEO

  • Before attending the Graduate Student Prestigious Fellowship Workshops, we encourage you to watch the following video. This video will help you: Prepare for the Graduate Student Prestigious Fellowship Workshops
  • Get you thinking about applying for a fellowship
  • Present information about applying for a fellowship
  • Give you ideas about how to improve your chances between now and when you apply

Visit our website  (https://gradschool.wsu.edu/pdi/ ) for more information on our Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 events!

Washington State Employee Assistance Program, Aug 18.  Topic: Mindefulness:  In today’s go-go-go constantly checking our smart phones society, it seems we’re rarely alone with our thoughts. While mindfulness is not new—the practice has origins dating back 2,500 years or more—it is the realization of today’s continual “busy-ness” that is no doubt helping fuel the growing mindfulness movement. Research shows that the practice can decrease negative thoughts, reduce stress, boost memory, improve focus, increase emotional intelligence, and enhance relationship satisfaction. For more information see the attachment.

The 2018 CAHNRS Fall Festival is right around the corner! This year’s event will take place on Thursday, September 13, 4:00PM – 6:00PM. If your department of club is interested in reserving a table, please contact the Academic Programs Office at cahnrs.majors@wsu.edu or by phone at 509-335-4562.

University administration recently revised Executive Policy #38, which defines the university’s policy regarding intellectual property, technology transfer and commercialization. This executive policy addresses disclosure, inventorship, ownership, management and disposition of intellectual property (IP) created using university resources, which includes, without limitations, employee time and the university’s preexisting IP. The full policy can be found on the Office of Procedures, Records and Forms website.

CougarCopies gets a new name, look:  More than 20 years after opening a store in the CUB, CougarCopies has changed its name to CougPrints Plus to better reflect the evolving products and services provided to the Cougar community. In addition to full service printing and binding, CougPrints Plus offers shipping and mailing services, online poster printing, departmental copier consultation and placement, and support for CougPrints self-service student printing. Future CougPrints Plus plans include CougarCard payment for online orders, expanded printing services for campuses outside of Pullman, and student business card ordering. CougPrints Plus is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. during regular sessions and from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during summer session, with online ordering available 24/7 all year long. For further information call 509-335-1647, or visit cougprintsplus.wsu.edu or our main location on the ground floor of the CUB on the Pullman campus.

Graduate Student Assistantship Benefits update: Dental benefits for the 2018-2019 insurance plan have increased from 80% to 90% for preventive and diagnostic care! This is for Class 1 covered treatments which include exams, cleaning, fluoride, x-rays, and sealants. Remember, your insurance coverage for the 2017-18 plan year doesn’t end until August 15, 2018, so you’re covered over the summer! If you use the Health & Wellness Services Pharmacy, please don’t forget to fill your prescriptions before you leave for the summer.  Email student.insurance@wsu.edu with any questions.

 

Employment

Continue for employment opportunities >> more here

  1. Postdoctoral Scholar, Entomology Dept., Penn State Univ., Univ. Park, PA
  2. Research Entomologist/Research Plant Pathologist ( Assoc), Dept. of Ag, Parlier, CA
  3. Plant Protection Specialist, St. of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK
  4. Research Entomologist, Dept of Ag., Davis, CA
  5. Postdoctoral Fellow, Begomovirus Evolution, Auburn University Faculty, Auburn, AL
  6. Postdoctoral Spotted Wing Drosophilia Research, Univ. Minnesota, Minneapolis St. Paul, MN
  7. Interdiscplinary Biological Scientists (2), USDA Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection, Miami, FL
  8. Extension Associate, North Carolina St. Univ., Raleigh, NC
  9. Research Assistant, USDA/APHIS/PPQ/Science & Technology, Beltsville, MD
  10. Staff Research Associate, Plant Sciences Dept., Rick Tomato Genetics Resource Center, UC-Davis, Davis, CA
  11. Research Assistant, Entomology Dept., Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX
  12. Biological Science Tech (Insects and Disease), USDA Forest Service, Missoula, MT

 

Important Dates and Deadlines

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

Norm Ehmann Urban Pest Management Award July 2018 RFP:  Request for proposals: Researchers or educators involved with urban pest management problems that occur in the Pacific Northwest are invited to apply. Research may be conducted outside the Northwest if it involves pests that also occur in the Northwest, like bed bugs. Purpose: This endowment was developed through donations from the Oregon and Washington Pest Management Associations, the Pacific Northwest Pest Management Conference and a variety of pest control industry suppliers. It is intended to support research and extension and/or educational activities relevant to Urban Pest Management issues. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2018. See the attachment for more details.

CAHNRS Faculty Awards Program and Call for Nominations:  The Provosts Office has announced that the Faculty Awards Program for academic year 2018-19 nominations are now open.  The nominations deadline is September 14, 2018. 

 

Meetings: Regional, National, International

Entomological Society of America 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

July 27, 2018

Department Announcements

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

Send in any cool photos, news stories, or upcoming events to Christina Rede at Christina.rede@wsu.edu for our social media channels.  Please submit by Thursday noon to Christina or our SmartSheet notification page at:  https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=b7c943ec39084d74a98410f50b4db935.

Congratulations

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of a $34,000 grant from the Washington Alfalfa Seed Commission to work on IPM and Pollinator Protection on Alfalfa Produced for Seed (7/3/2018); and $24,976 from USDA/ARS for work on Enhancing and Protecting Populations of Alfalfa Seed Pollinators (7/12/2018)

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

David  James was featured in a WSU Insider article on July 20, 2018 titled Sagebrush hospitality: a home for good bugs can save the vineyards.  To read the article go to:  https://news.wsu.edu/2018/07/20/sagebrush-a-home-for-good-bugs/?utm_source=WSUNews-enewsletter&utm_campaign=wsunewsenewsletter

University Announcements

WSU Driver Safety Training: The Driver Safety Training class is designed to increase driving safety and reduce losses. It provides a grounding on WSU rules and requirements for drivers, on filling out required forms, setting up seats and mirrors before you drive, and what if you don’t obey the Move Over Law. This course takes place Monday, July 30, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Register Here for WSU Driver Safety.

Interested in other training opportunities? Visit the WSU Training Website

University administration recently revised Executive Policy #38, which defines the university’s policy regarding intellectual property, technology transfer and commercialization. This executive policy addresses disclosure, inventorship, ownership, management and disposition of intellectual property (IP) created using university resources, which includes, without limitations, employee time and the university’s preexisting IP. The full policy can be found on the Office of Procedures, Records and Forms website.
Phishing Email Update from Information Technology Services:  WSU and other public universities are intensive targets of malicious emails designed to bypass security networks and collect personal information and/or cause maximum possible damage. By falsely presenting themselves as valid internal communications, these hackers are successful in confusing recipients and causing unnecessary harm.
Hackers are determined and dynamic, changing their approaches faster than the information technology industry can respond. These sophisticated messages often include fraudulent web links and/or attachments containing malware. Clicking on such links and attachments immediately exposes recipients to very serious cyber threats.

As part of the WSU community, you can aid in protecting yourself and others in your community by not only forwarding suspicious emails to abuse@wsu.edu, but also by strengthening your passwords.  Here are a few tips to help block these hackers from successfully accessing your account and disrupting your ability to work and study:

  1. Think length over complexity – passwords with at least 12 to 15 alpha characters can be more effective than short, complex alpha-numeric combinations
  2. Keep it weird – Common is less effective, and 111111111111 is not going to stop a hacker for long.  Avoid sports and pop culture phrases, look for something no one else would use (ideally, a random string).
  3. Don’t bunch up special characters – Many people capitalize at the beginning and add special characters to the end, losing the added benefits of these elements. Spread them out across the password and make a hacker’s job much more difficult.
  4. Don’t double dip – Using the same password on your WSU account and other personal/business accounts provides hackers access to all of those accounts, once they obtain your information from one site.  The best password will not save you from this.  Use a different password for each site that you access.

Information Technology Services (ITS) is aware of email user frustrations and the inconvenience this causes for all who rely on WSU communications. We are always working to ebb this constant assault on our university community.
As appropriate measures are implemented, ITS continues to monitor all phishing emails that are forwarded to abuse@wsu.edu. If you believe you may have already clicked on a malicious link or attachment in a phishing email, please report the situation to abuse@wsu.edu immediately and contact CougTech at (509) 335-4357. Please do not continue to use your computer until you have communicated with CougTech. We appreciate you taking the time to assist us in these critical security efforts. You can also like and follow our ITS Facebook page (@itswsu) for updates regarding network, security, and other timely IT issues important for our WSU community.
Sasi K. Pillay, Ph.D., Vice President & CIO Information Technology Services

WSU is seeking 350 volunteers for Move-In 2018 on Saturday, August 11 & Wednesday August 15.  Moving 4,000 students into their residence Hall takes a lot of Coug Spirit.  Move-In is an exciting time for our newest Cougs and their families. Your participation is crucial during this transition, whether it’s helping students find their way around campus, moving things to their residence hall, or providing support to families. You can make the day memorable and stress-free!  Volunteers will get a free Cougar shirt provided as a uniform.  Volunteer for two shifts and you will get a hearty lunch.  As always, interested WSU faculty and staff can coordinate with their appropriate department administrator regarding scheduling. WSU Human Resource Services (HRS) has approved up to three hours of release time for move-in participation, contingent upon supervisor approval. Contact HRS with questions regarding comp time, flexing schedules, and other options. To register go to: https://wsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1z9mpgiG6v73WV7?utm_source=email&utm_medium=form&utm_campaign=movein18

CAHNRS Faculty Awards Program and Call for Nominations:  The Provosts Office has announced that the Faculty Awards Program for academic year 2018-19 nominations are now open.  The nominations deadline is September 14, 2018.  Washington State University has more than 2,000 highly talented and dedicated faculty who, on a daily basis, enrich the lives of our students through high quality instruction while making tremendous contributions to our state, nation, and world in the areas of research, public service, scholarship, and arts. In establishing university awards, Washington State University seeks to recognize the truly outstanding accomplishments and exceptional individual achievements of its faculty. The awards are designed to honor those faculty members who epitomize the highest levels of excellence in the pursuit of the university’s mission and goals. I am seeking your support in nominating outstanding faculty members whose performance clearly distinguishes them from their colleagues for these university-level awards. The faculty award nominations for are:

  • Distinguished Faculty Address
  • Faculty Diversity Award
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award
  • Outstanding Department Chair/School Director
  • President’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Instructors and Clinical Faculty
  • Sahlin Eminent Faculty Award
  • Sahlin Faculty Excellence Awards – Instruction
  • – Leadership
  • – Outreach and Engagement
  • – Research, Scholarship and Arts
  • V. Lane Rawlins Distinguished Lifetime Service Award

See the attachment for more info and nomination instructions.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Norm Ehmann Urban Pest Management Award July 2018 RFP. Click here for further details and application instructions.

Request for proposals: Researchers or educators involved with urban pest management problems which occur in the Pacific Northwest are invited to apply. Research may be conducted outside the Northwest if it involves pests that also occur in the Northwest, like bed bugs. Purpose: This endowment was developed through donations from the Oregon and Washington Pest Management Associations, the Pacific Northwest Pest Management Conference and a variety of pest control industry suppliers. It is intended to support research and extension and/or educational activities relevant to Urban Pest Management issues. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2018. See the attachment for more details.

Employment

Continue for employment opportunities >> more here.  

  1. Vector Control Biologist, County of Alameda, Oakland, CA
  2. Extension Educator, University of Illinois, Jackson County, IL
  3. Postdoctoral Scholar, Entomology Dept., Penn State Univ., Univ. Park, PA
  4. Native Bee Researcher, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  5. Stream Macroinvertebrate Jr. Specialist, UC-Davis, Davis, CA
  6. Entomologist (Direct Hire), Center for Disease Control & Prevention, Ft. Collins, CO
  7. Extension Educator-Fixed IPM, Berrian County Region, Michigan State University,
  8. Assistant Professor-Vegetable Horticulturist, Univ of Florida, Immokalee, FL
  9. Plant Disease and Insect Diagnostician, Bartlett Tree Experts, Charlotte, NC
  10. Program Specialist Senior, New Mexico State University, Valencia, NM
  11. Supervisory CBP Agriculture Specialist (1st Line), Customs and Border Protection, Long Beach, CA
  12. Western IPM Center Director, UC-Davis, Div of Ag & Natural Resources, Yolo County, CA
  13. Research Specialist I, Texas A&M Univ., AgriLive, College Station, TX
  14. Postdoctoral Research Assoc., Univ of Arizona, Dept of Ecology & Evolutionary Biol., Tucson, AZ

Meetings: Regional, National, International

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.”

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

Entomological Society of America 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

July 13, 2018

Department Announcements

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

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

Please submit by Thursday noon to Christina or our SmartSheet notification page at:  https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=b7c943ec39084d74a98410f50b4db935.

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Betsy Beers is the recipient of grants from Dow Chemical totaling $24,100 to work on Pest Control in Tree Fruit. (6/28/2018)
  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of a $9,358 grant from the Washington Mint Commission for Weed Research in Mint. (6/26/2018)
  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of a $21,302 grant from the Washington Wine Commission for work on Quantifying Grape Mealybug’s Efficiency as a Vector of Grapevine of Leaf Roll Associated viruses  (GVLRaVs). (6/26/2018)
  • David James is the recipient of a $10,635 grant from the Washington Wine Commission for work on Leafrollers: Identifying the Threat and Solutions. (6/26/2018)
  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from Dow Chemical for work on Research Concerning Grape Residues. (6/22/2018)

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

University Announcements

Motor Pool daily rate change:  Motor Pools’ daily A Plan rates will increase July 1. New rates are listed on the website.  Long term rentals B Plan rates will stay the same for the 2019 FY. If you would like a copy of these or need any further explanations please feel free to contact Kathie Jahn 335-9085 or kathie.jahn@wsu.edu

July 14-29: Network capacity to increase 10 fold on Pullman campus:  It will be life in the fast — or at least faster — lane on the WSU Pullman campus starting Saturday, July 14, when Information Technology Services begins transferring all data and voice network services from its current decade-old, 10-gigabit-per-second equipment to its new 100-gigabit-per-second infrastructure. A 10-fold increase in capacity, which ITS compared to going from driving on a single-lane road, to a 10-lane highway. WSU Pullman’s network cabling equipment provides data transportation via emails, voice network services and more. However, with increasing data demands, the university’s aging cable system poses potential data traffic issues.

The plan is to roll the transfer out in four phases, July 14-29. It is estimated that this 10-fold increase in network capacity is necessary to support the next seven to ten years of network applications, data growth and equipment updates. The process will be done according to the following schedule and could result in brief network service interruptions:

  • July 14 – Food Science Human Nutrition distribution (northeast side of campus), tentative start time, 8 a.m. Sloan distribution (southwest part of campus), tentative start time, 1 p.m.
  • July 21 – Neill distribution (southeast part of campus), tentative start time, 8 a.m. Information Technology Building distribution (central campus), tentative start time, 1 p.m. Holland distribution (northwest side of campus), tentative start time, 5 p.m.
  • July 28 – Feeds for ResCore (residence halls), ITB/Sloan data centers and wireless distribution routers will be cut to new equipment, tentative start time, 8 a.m.
  • July 29 – Final Ancila Project close-out and follow-up of unexpected contingencies, tentative start time, 10 a.m.

WSU is seeking 350 volunteers for Move-In 2018 on Saturday, August 11 & Wednesday August 15.  Moving 4,000 students into their residence Hall takes a lot of Coug Spirit.  Move-In is an exciting time for our newest Cougs and their families. Your participation is crucial during this transition, whether it’s helping students find their way around campus, moving things to their residence hall, or providing support to families. You can make the day memorable and stress-free!  Volunteers will get a free Cougar shirt provided as a uniform.  Volunteer for two shifts and you will get a hearty lunch.  As always, interested WSU faculty and staff can coordinate with their appropriate department administrator regarding scheduling. WSU Human Resource Services (HRS) has approved up to three hours of release time for move-in participation, contingent upon supervisor approval. Contact HRS with questions regarding comp time, flexing schedules, and other options. To register go to:https://wsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1z9mpgiG6v73WV7?utm_source=email&utm_medium=form&utm_campaign=movein18

CAHNRS Faculty Awards Program and Call for Nominations:  The Provosts Office has announced that the Faculty Awards Program for academic year 2018-19 nominations are now open.  The nominations deadline is September 14, 2018.  Washington State University has more than 2,000 highly talented and dedicated faculty who, on a daily basis, enrich the lives of our students through high quality instruction while making tremendous contributions to our state, nation, and world in the areas of research, public service, scholarship, and arts. In establishing university awards, Washington State University seeks to recognize the truly outstanding accomplishments and exceptional individual achievements of its faculty. The awards are designed to honor those faculty members who epitomize the highest levels of excellence in the pursuit of the university’s mission and goals. I am seeking your support in nominating outstanding faculty members whose performance clearly distinguishes them from their colleagues for these university-level awards. The faculty award nominations for are:

  • Distinguished Faculty Address
  • Faculty Diversity Award
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award
  • Outstanding Department Chair/School Director
  • President’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Instructors and Clinical Faculty
  • Sahlin Eminent Faculty Award
  • Sahlin Faculty Excellence Awards ? Instruction

? Leadership

? Outreach and Engagement

? Research, Scholarship and Arts

  • V. Lane Rawlins Distinguished Lifetime Service Award

See the attachment for more info and instructions.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Norm Ehmann Urban Pest Management Award – July 2018 RFP

Request for proposals: Researchers or educators involved with urban pest management problems which occur in the Pacific Northwest are invited to apply. Research may be conducted outside the Northwest if it involves pests that also occur in the Northwest, like bed bugs. Purpose: This endowment was developed through donations from the Oregon and Washington Pest Management Associations, the Pacific Northwest Pest Management Conference and a variety of pest control industry suppliers. It is intended to support research and extension and/or educational activities relevant to Urban Pest Management issues. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2018.   See the attachment for more details

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

Employment:

  1. Structural Pest Control Inspector, St. of North Carolina, Wake County
  2. Extension Educator, Horticulture/4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma St. Univ. – Norman, OK 73071
  3. Assistant Research Scientist,  Texas A&M AgriLife – College Station, TX
  4. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Texas A&M AgriLife – College Station, TX
  5. Assistant Professor & Extension Spec., Texas A&M, Lubbock, TX
  6. Research Geneticist (Plants), Dept of Agriculture, Prosser, WA
  7. Invasive Species Specialist, Plant Industry Spec 13, St. of Michigan, Lansing, MI
  8. Research Entomologist, USDA/ARS, Temperate Tree Fruit & Vegetable Research, Wapato, WA
  9. Postdoctoral Researcher (Intraguild Competition), Entomology Department, Louisiana St. Univ., Baton Rouge, LA
  10. Assistant Professor-Plant Nematologist, Dept of Entomology & Plant Path, N. Carolina St. Univ., Raleigh, NC
  11. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept of Arizona, Univ of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  12. Biological Science Lab. Tech., Dept of Agriculture, Newark, DE
  13. Insect Outreach Display Curation Assistant Temp., N. Carolina St. Univ., Raleigh, NC
  14. Research Associate (Entomology Branch), General Dynamics Corp., Silver Springs, MD

Meetings: Regional, National, International

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 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

June 29, 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 Christina.rede@wsu.edu  for our social media channels.

 Please submit by Thursday noon to Christina or our SmartSheet notification page at:  https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=b7c943ec39084d74a98410f50b4db935.

 On behalf of the WSU Sheppard Bee Lab, we would like to thank you all for your participation and support!  The presentations and demonstrations were superb, the food was delish, the mead exquisite, and the camaraderie genuine.  We appreciate all the administrative support, Cougar publications, graduate students, post docs, crew members, professors and researchers, caterers, mazers and assistants. This event was a success, and definitely due to your participation. We are grateful for the collaborations. It takes a community to share the wonders of bees. We are glad you are a part of our hive community.

 

Congratulations

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of grants funding totaling 134,356 from the Washington Hop Commission to support research on hops. (6/7/2018)
  • Steve Sheppard is the recipient of a $48,000 grant to the Thurber Fund for honey bee research. (6/11/2018)

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

We were pleased to see a front page article on the Moscow-Pullman Daily News on June 23, 2018 telling  about the  generous gift from the James Hyde EstateRich Zack was interviewed and he explained how this gift will be used to benefit student scholarships, the M.T. James Museum and the James Hyde Speaker Series.  To read the article go to:  http://dnews.com/local/million-for-the-bugs/article_5f0e1764-ba52-595c-8d24-df2a8b54cd0e.html.

 

Upcoming Events and Deadlines 

WSU is seeking 350 volunteers for Move-In 2018 on Saturday, August 11 & Wednesday August 15. 

Moving 4,000 students into their residence Hall takes a lot of Coug Spirit.  Move-In is an exciting time for our newest Cougs and their families. Your participation is crucial during this transition, whether it’s helping students find their way around campus, moving things to their residence hall, or providing support to families. You can make the day memorable and stress-free!  Volunteers will get a free Cougar shirt provided as a uniform.  Volunteer for two shifts and you will get a hearty lunch.  As always, interested WSU faculty and staff can coordinate with their appropriate department administrator regarding scheduling. WSU Human Resource Services (HRS) has approved up to three hours of release time for move-in participation, contingent upon supervisor approval. Contact HRS with questions regarding comp time, flexing schedules, and other options.  To register go to: https://wsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1z9mpgiG6v73WV7?utm_source=email&utm_medium=form&utm_campaign=movein18

CAHNRS Faculty Awards Program and Call for Nominations:  The Provosts Office has announced that the Faculty Awards Program for academic year 2018-19 nominations are now open.  The nominations deadline is September 14, 2018.  Washington State University has more than 2,000 highly talented and dedicated faculty who, on a daily basis, enrich the lives of our students through high quality instruction while making tremendous contributions to our state, nation, and world in the areas of research, public service, scholarship, and arts. In establishing university awards, Washington State University seeks to recognize the truly outstanding accomplishments and exceptional individual achievements of its faculty. The awards are designed to honor those faculty members who epitomize the highest levels of excellence in the pursuit of the university’s mission and goals. I am seeking your support in nominating outstanding faculty members whose performance clearly distinguishes them from their colleagues for these university-level awards. The faculty award nominations for are:

  • Distinguished Faculty Address
  • Faculty Diversity Award
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award
  • Outstanding Department Chair/School Director
  • President’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Instructors and Clinical Faculty
  • Sahlin Eminent Faculty Award
  • Sahlin Faculty Excellence Awards ? Instruction
    • Leadership
    • Outreach and Engagement
    • Research, Scholarship and Arts
  • V. Lane Rawlins Distinguished Lifetime Service Award

See the attachment for more info and instructions.

June is National Safety Month.  Visit the links for each week below, print and post on your bulletin boards to share tips with everyone in your workplace.

  • Week 1: Emergency Preparedness
  • Week 2: Wellness
  • Week 3: Falls
  • Week 4: Driving

Have You Met Safety Training Requirements?

University supervisors are responsible for providing initial safety training and periodically reviewing applicable safety procedures with their employees. The Safety Orientation Checklist may be used as a guide for this purpose.

The WSU Safety Policies and Procedures Manual lists the following general training as required. You may click on the links below to access the online versions of the training developed by WSU Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and CAHNRS Operations to assist supervisors in maintaining compliance with requirements.

General Training Topics

  • Back injury prevention and ergonomics
  • Prevention of slips and falls (included in CAHNRS Workplace Safety Overview online training)
  • Employee emergency plans
  • Fire prevention
  • Fire extinguisher operation – online training, 3 minutes (online training required annually, in-person training required every other year – contact me to arrange)
  • Use and care of personal protective equipment, as applicable
  • Office safety (see SPPM 2.78) (included in CAHNRS Workplace Safety Overview online training)
  • Asbestos awareness training – click-through online training

Specialized Training Topics

Additionally, performance of some duties require more specialized training, such as hazardous chemicals or pesticide handling, lab safety, agriculture or shop training, heat stress prevention, forklift training, etc. CAHNRS, EHS, and the Office of Research will have or will coordinate with you to provide, specialized training for these duties. Visit the EHS website or the CAHNRS Safety website for more information.

  • 1st Aid, CPR, and AED Training
  • Supervisors are responsible for making sure that personnel trained in first aid are available to provide quick and effective first aid to employees (SPPM 2.40). EHS provides the training at $45 per person if they have at least 8 participants. This is still less expensive than the rate UREC charges. I am keeping a waitlist of people that are interested and will coordinate with EHS to set up training dates as needed. Contact me at safety@wsu.edu if you are interested. EHS will need attendees to send an IRI for $45.

Upcoming WSU Safety Training

June 15: Pullman Farm Users Safety Demonstration Morning, Instructor Led Training, 9:00 – 11:30

June 21: Supervisor as Safety Manager – Instructor Led Training, 10:00 – 11:30

Blood Borne Pathogens – Click-through training available online – Contact cahnrs.safety@wsu.edu or EHS to schedule an Instructor Led Training.

Hazard Communication – Contact cahnrs.safety@wsu.edu or EHS to schedule an Instructor Led Training.

Schedule Fall Lab or Research safety training – The beginning of the academic year is the perfect time to ensure your new (or returning) employees get the training they need to do their jobs safely. EHS and the Office of Research can provide training for your unit, department or work group on hazard communication, chemical handling and storage, and many other topics. I am happy to assist by coordinating training – send an email to cahnrs.safety@wsu.edu with the type of training you would like, approximate dates/times and how many need training.  Take care CAHNRS, and be safe out there!   Dixie Kearney CAHNRS Operations , Cahnrs.safety

Norm Ehmann Urban Pest Management Award July 2018 Request for proposals: Researchers or educators involved with urban pest management problems which occur in the Pacific Northwest are invited to apply. Research may be conducted outside the Northwest if it involves pests that also occur in the Northwest, like bed bugs. Purpose: This endowment was developed through donations from the Oregon and Washington Pest Management Associations, the Pacific Northwest Pest Management Conference and a variety of pest control industry suppliers. It is intended to support research and extension and/or educational activities relevant to Urban Pest Management issues. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2018.

 

Employment:

  1. Assistant Prof. of Entomology, Univ. of Florida, Hillsborough County, Florida
  2. Plant Inspection Program. Specialist, Pennsylvania  Dept of Agriculture, Harrisburg, PA
  3. Research Entomologist,  California Dept of Ag, Parlier, CA
  4. Western Crop Research Manager, Wilbur-Ellis Co., Sacramento, CA
  5. Senior Scientist, HX5 Company, Vicksburg, MS
  6. Senior Superintendent of Agriculture, UC-Davis, Davis, CA
  7. Assistant Dean  III, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  8. Principal Executive/Manager D(IPPM Program Manager), State of Oregon, Salem, OR
  9. Postdoc Research Associate, Dept of Entomology & Plant Path, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  10. Manager & Curator of Historic Gardens, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Charlottesville, VA
  11. Research Specialist, Univ. of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, WI
  12. Assist/Assoc  Professor (Field Crops Entomologist), Louisiana St. Univ., Alexandria, LA
  13. Post Doc Research Scholar, North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC
  14. Research Scholar, North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC
  15. Extension Prog. Assistant III, Dept of Entomology and Plant Path., Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  16. Research Entomologist, USDA Dept of Agriculture, Newark, NJ
  17. Natural Resource Specialist (Entomologist), State of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Continue for an extended list of job postings >> more here.

 

Meetings: Regional, National, International

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.”

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

Entomological Society of America 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

June 15, 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:

With our annual 2018 WSU Queen Rearing & ? Breeding Workshop going on we thought it was the perfect time to partner up with Messer Creations to showcase our favorite pollinators. Click on the image to see how this amazing artwork was accomplished.

Inspiration by: Megan Asche     https://twitter.com/MCAsche

Send in any cool photos, news stories, or upcoming events to Christina Rede at Christina.rede@wsu.edu for our social media channels.  Please submit by Thursday noon to Christina or our SmartSheet notification page at:  https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=b7c943ec39084d74a98410f50b4db935.

 

Congratulations

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WSU ENTOMOLOGY WINNERS AT PBESA!!!

Congratulations to our Entomology graduate students who made quite an impression at the awards banquet at the PBESA 2018 meeting in Reno, NV earlier this week. We have reason to be very proud of our award winning Entomology Graduate Students who won so many competitions:

Our Linnean Game Team (Jimmy Hepler, Dane Elmquist, Abbey Hayes, Megan Asche, and Adrian Marshall) will be competing at the national ESA meeting in November. Our team beat the UC Riverside team in the first match, then came in 2nd during a sudden death tie breaker to a combination UC Davis & UC Berkeley team.

Master’s paper  1st to: Dane Elmquist and 3rd to Liesl Oeller

Master’s poster 1st to: Megan Asche, 2nd to: Josh Milnes

PhD poster 1st to: Adrian Marshall

Texting competition 1st to: Jimmy Hepler, 2nd to: Adrian Marshall

Elevator Talk 1st to: Jimmy Hepler, 3rd to: Dane Elmquist

Comstock Award: Kunle Adesanya (Doug Walsh gave Kunle’s  acceptance speech as Kunle  was accepted into the Borlaug Institute on Food Security at Purdue University for the summer!

Also a shout-out to our friends over at U Idaho, Carter Westerhold (Eigenbrode Lab) won 2nd place in the PhD poster competition!

Brandon Hopkins was interviewed recently to answer a question posed to Dr. Universe:  “How to bees make honey?” this question was asked by Nisi, a 10 yr old from Nampa, ID.  Read the attachment for his answer or go to https://askdruniverse.wsu.edu/2018/06/01/bees-make-honey/?utm_source=WSUNews-enewsletter&utm_campaign=wsunewsenewsletter&utm_medium=email

 

 Upcoming Events and Deadlines

CAHNRS Faculty Awards Program and Call for Nominations:  The Provosts Office has announced that the Faculty Awards Program for academic year 2018-19 nominations are now open.  The nominations deadline is September 14, 2018.  Washington State University has more than 2,000 highly talented and dedicated faculty who, on a daily basis, enrich the lives of our students through high quality instruction while making tremendous contributions to our state, nation, and world in the areas of research, public service, scholarship, and arts. In establishing university awards, Washington State University seeks to recognize the truly outstanding accomplishments and exceptional individual achievements of its faculty. The awards are designed to honor those faculty members who epitomize the highest levels of excellence in the pursuit of the university’s mission and goals. I am seeking your support in nominating outstanding faculty members whose performance clearly distinguishes them from their colleagues for these university-level awards. The faculty award nominations for are:

  • Distinguished Faculty Address
  • Faculty Diversity Award
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award
  • Outstanding Department Chair/School Director
  • President’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Instructors and Clinical Faculty
  • Sahlin Eminent Faculty Award
  • Sahlin Faculty Excellence Awards – Instruction
    • Leadership
    • Outreach and Engagement
    • Research, Scholarship and Arts
  • V. Lane Rawlins Distinguished Lifetime Service Award

See the attachment for more info and instructions.

 

Norm Ehmann Urban Pest Management Award July 2018 RFP

Request for proposals: Researchers or educators involved with urban pest management problems which occur in the Pacific Northwest are invited to apply. Research may be conducted outside the Northwest if it involves pests that also occur in the Northwest, like bed bugs. Purpose: This endowment was developed through donations from the Oregon and Washington Pest Management Associations, the Pacific Northwest Pest Management Conference and a variety of pest control industry suppliers. It is intended to support research and extension and/or educational activities relevant to Urban Pest Management issues. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2018.   See the attachment for more details

Facilities Services, Motorpool fuel billing and statement changing:  Billings for fuel purchases at Facilities Services Motorpool are changing this month. You will notice the fuel transactions hit your budget statements differently beginning in June. Rather than multiple billings occurring throughout the month, we will post one billing at the end of each month. Our Statements will also go through some changes. Please expect to see your June fuel billing statement arrive via email around July 16.  If you have any questions about these changes, please contact the following individuals:  Kelly Cornish, 335-9101, kelly.cornish@wsu.edu

Access to the myWSU website was turned off on Thursday, May 31, as Information Technology Services transitioned to a new, mobile friendly myWSU homepage design.  The new site, designed by ITS, launched on June 1, with new custom features for students, faculty and staff universitywide. To fully enjoy the benefits of the new design, visitors should clear their Web browser cache when logging into myWSU. Along with the changes, noted below for each user group, ITS will provide how-to videos via the ITS project updates webpage prior to the slated rollout date.

 

Employment:

  1. Bioinformatician, Montana St.  Univ., Bozeman, MT
  2. Research Entomologist, Dept of Ag, Tucson, AZ
  3. Entomologist, Commonwealth Sciences, Boston, MA
  4. Research Entomologist (Post Doc Res. Assoc.), Dept of Ag., Stoneville, MS
  5. Extension Crops Entomology Specialist, Univ. of Maine, Presque Isle, ME
  6. Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS, Parlier, CA
  7. Postdoctoral Associate in Insect Biotechnology, Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  8. Extension Crops Entomology Specialist, Univ of Maine, Presque Isle, MD

 

Meetings: Regional, National, International

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.”

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

Entomological Society of America 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

June 1, 2018

Department Announcements

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

Send in any cool photos, news stories, or upcoming events to Christina Rede at Christina.rede@wsu.edu for our social media channels.  Please submit by Thursday noon to Christina or our SmartSheet notification page at:  https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=b7c943ec39084d74a98410f50b4db935.

We are pleased to announce that David Crowder was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor.

On May 30, 2018, CAHNRS News featured Adekunle (Kunle) Adesanya’s research and his being named the 2018 John Henry Comstock Awardee from the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America.  He will receive his award at the 2018 Pacific Branch ESA meeting in Reno, NV, June 12.  Kunle will be recognized at the national ESA meeting this November in Vancouver, B.C. To read the article go to:  http://news.cahnrs.wsu.edu/article/voracious-pest-leads-to-award-winning-research/.

Join us on Monday, June 4, 2018, 12:00 PM for a lecture by Dr. Geraldine Wright titled Ambrosia and Royal Jelly: How Bees Meet Their Nutritional Needs.  Dr. Wright is a professor of Insect Neuroethology at the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University, Newcastle, UK.  See the attached flyer for more information about Dr. Wight and her research.  This event is hosted at the Mt. Vernon Research and Extension Center and will be broadcast to the R&E centers.  The AMS dial # is 774756.  We will be showing this in the Entomology conference room (FSHN 164).

It is the faculty and lab manager’s responsibility to get all keys returned from their temporary employees who will not be with us after May 5thPlease make sure that your employees keys are turned in to the Entomology Office before leaving Pullman.  This will help us so that we will not have to use faculty budgets to have new keys made

Students who will be leaving for one of the research stations, and not be returning to Pullman in the fall need to:  (1) return their  keys in to the Entomology Office; (2) make sure to remove the items in your office area; and (3) take your trash out to the dumpster before you leave Pullman.  We just don’t have the man power to clean up after others.

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

 

Congratulations

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of grants from the Mint Industry Research Council: $16,023 for Monitoring and Management of Mint Root Borer; and $5,532 to work on Multi-State Weed Research in Mint. (5/21/2018)
  • Walter Sheppard, Lori Carris, Jennifer Han & Nicholas Naeger are recipients of a $259,998 from the Whittier Trust Co/WWW Foundation to work on the Development of Novel Strains of the Fungus Metarhizium for Varroa Mite Control. (5/8/2018)
  • David Crowder, Robert Schaeffer & Karen Sowers are the recipients of a $73,356 grant from Western SARE/USDA/NIFA  to work on Exploring Interactions Between Pollinators and Canola on the Palouse. (5/9/2018)
  • Brandon Hopkins & Steve Sheppard are the recipients of a $100,000 grant from the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission to work on Using Cold Storage to Increase the Stability of Honey Bee Supply. (5/19/2018)
  • Betsy Beers & David Crowder are recipients of a $98,947 to work on Optimize Sterile Ins Rel Cod Moth in WA. (5/19/2018)
  • Vince Jones is the recipient of grants from the Washington Tree Fruit and Research Commission: $81,565 to work on  Optimizing Control for Leafrollers and Western Tentiform Leafminer ; and  $69,032 to work on Developing and Validating Models for Tree Fruit. (5/19/2018)
  • Vince Jones, David Crowder & Ute Chambers are recipients of a $85,049 to work on Evaluating and Improving Biological Control of WAA. (5/19/2018)

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

 

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Norm Ehmann Urban Pest Management Award July 2018 RFP

Request for proposals: Researchers or educators involved with urban pest management problems which occur in the Pacific Northwest are invited to apply. Research may be conducted outside the Northwest if it involves pests that also occur in the Northwest, like bed bugs.

Purpose: This endowment was developed through donations from the Oregon and Washington Pest Management Associations, the Pacific Northwest Pest Management Conference and a variety of pest control industry suppliers. It is intended to support research and extension and/or educational activities relevant to Urban Pest Management issues.

The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2018.

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

We are pleased to announce that the James and Marilyn Hyde Estate has made substantial gifts to the Entomology Department for the support of insect education and research.  The Hyde family was recognized by WSU President Schultz and CAHNRS at a reception hosted by the Foundation for their gift to Entomology. To see the full story click here: https://news.wsu.edu/2018/05/18/1-4m-hyde-gift-to-wsu-entomology/

Access to the myWSU website was turned off on Thursday, May 31, as Information Technology Services transitioned to a new, mobile friendly myWSU homepage design.  The new site, designed by ITS, launched on June 1, with new custom features for students, faculty and staff universitywide. To fully enjoy the benefits of the new design, visitors should clear their Web browser cache when logging into myWSU. Along with the changes, noted below for each user group, ITS will provide how-to videos via the ITS project updates webpage prior to the slated rollout date. For more information go to:  https://news.wsu.edu/2018/05/21/turn-off-mywsu-site-launch-update /

 

Employment:

  1. Post-Doctoral Research Associate/Project Manager, Beers Lab, WSU-TFREC, Wenatchee, WA
  2. Assistant Entomologist, St. Paul Metropolitan Mosquito Control Dist., St. Paul, MN
  3. Research Scientist, St. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  4. Assistant Research Professor, Entomology Dept., Penn State Univ., Univ. Park, PA
  5. Biological Scientist, Dept of Ag., Washington, DC
  6. Interdisciplinary Deputy Chief, Dept of Commerce, Woods Hole, MA
  7. Honey Bee Health & Landscape Ecology Internship (paid), UBEES Precision Beekeeping, Davis, CA
  8. Postdoc Research Scholar, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC & Salinas, CA
  9. Extension Educator (Pesticide Education Spec.), Penn St. Univ., University Park, PA
  10. Research Associate (Field Crops Entomology, Louisiana St. Univ., Baton Rouge)
  11. Post Doc Researcher (Microbial Control of Sweet Potato Weevil), Louisiana St. Univ.
  12. Natural Resource Scientist 3, Dept of Agriculture, St. of Washington, Olympia, WA

 

Meetings: Regonal, National, International 

Applications for the ESA Science Policy Fellows Program are due by June 1, 2018.

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 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 was 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.”

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

Entomological Society of America 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

 

May 18, 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:

The FSHN building elevator will be shut down all day this coming Monday and Tuesday (May 21 & 22). They will be replacing parts and an L&I inspection. For more info go to:  https://myfacilities.wsu.edu/notices/SearchEventNotices.aspx?event=8554

We are pleased to announce that the James and Marilyn Hyde Estate has made substantial gifts to the Entomology Department for the support of insect education and research.  The Hyde family was recognized by WSU President Schultz and CAHNRS at a reception hosted by the Foundation for their gift to Entomology. To see the full story click here: https://news.wsu.edu/2018/05/18/1-4m-hyde-gift-to-wsu-entomology/

It is the faculty and lab manager’s responsibility to get all keys returned from their temporary employees who will not be with us after May 5th.  Please make sure that your employees keys are turned in to the Entomology Office before leaving Pullman.  This will help us so that we will not have to use faculty budgets to have new keys made

Students who will be leaving for one of the research stations, and not be returning to Pullman in the fall need to:  (1) return their  keys in to the Entomology Office; (2) make sure to remove the items in your office area; and (3) take your trash out to the dumpster before you leave Pullman.  We just don’t have the man power to clean up after others.

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

 

Congratulations

Congratulations Joseph Taylor who successfully passed his PhD Preliminary Examination on May 7, 2018.  He is pursuing a dissertation on Creation of more efficient and less invasive solutions for farmers resulting in a healthier and more reliable food supply for the world under the advisement of Drs. Bill Snyder (Chair), Dave Crowder, R. David Evans, Erin Wilson Rankin.

Congratulations to Richard Zack, Professor of Entomology and Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs in the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences was recently honored by the Associated Students of Washington State University with an award for Exceptional Usage of Open Educational Resources.  This award was made for Rich’s efforts to find materials that could be used in his courses that lessened the cost to students taking his courses. Rich has, and continues to serve the university in a variety of capacities as it tries to control and lessen the costs of materials for students.  For more info go to: https://www.facebook.com/WSUENT/

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • John Stark and Tanyalee Erwin are recipients of a $141,252 grant from the City of SeaTac and Washington St. Dept of Ecology for the 2019 Washington Statewide Municipal Stormwater Conference.  (4/26/2018)
  • Dave Crowder, Robert Schaeffer and Karen Sowers are recipients of a $73,356 from Western SARE/USDA/NIFA for work on Exploring Interactions Between Pollinators and Canola on the Palouse.  (5/9/2018)
  • Steve Sheppard, Nicholas Naeger, Jennifer Han and Lori Carris are recipients of a $259,998 from the Whittier Trust/WWS Foundation to work on Development of novel strains of the fungus Metarhizium for Varroa mite control. (5/8/2018)
  • Vince Jones is the recipient of a $75,032 grant from the Washington Tree Fruit Commission to work on Development and Validation of a Precision Pollinator Model. (5/3/2018)
  • Betsy Beers is the recipient of a $93,000 grant from the Washington Tree Fruit Commission to work on Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Control in Washington. (5/3/2018)

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

 

University Announcements

Controlled Environment Agriculture: Requirements for Success seminar:  Dr. Richard Rosen CEO of American Ag Energy will be giving a seminar on Wednesday, May 23rd at 2:00 PM in the PACCAR Bldg, Rm 202.  This talk is sponsored by CEREO, Few Earth and WSU Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources.

Prof. Lindsey du Toit (Crops & Soils Sciences) is offering a course for Field Plant Pathology (Pl P 525) this coming Summer Session. This is a 3 credit course.  The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the diversity of fruit, vegetable, grain, forestry, and ornamental crops grown in Washington State, the nature and diagnosis of diseases affecting these crops, and diverse aspects of field plant pathology and extension. The dates of the course are June 11-15, and July 9-13, 2018.  If you are interested, email lavine@wsu.edu the date, location, and time you would like to attend.

 

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

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

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

For you with children the 2018 Cougar Kids Camp starts on June 18-July 27.  This is for kids ages 5-12 and offers opportunities for kids to swim, climb, play, hike and more.  There are half-day, full day and extended hours options.  There will also be after camp swim lessons, overnight adventures.  Discounts are available for early registration,multiple sessions and UREC members.  For more info or to register go to https://urec.wsu.edu/cougarkids/cougar-kids-camp/.

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

Employment:

  1. Organic Farming Instructor, Sustainable Food Systems, Univ. of Idaho, Moscow, ID
  2. Research Specialist, Dept of Entomology & Plant Pathology, North Carolina St. Univ., Raleigh, NC
  3. Assistant Div. Director, New Mexico of Agriculture, Las Cruces, NM
  4. Assistant Professor/Lecturer, New Mexico St. Univ., Las Cruces, NM
  5. Curatorial Associate, Entomology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  6. Research Ecologist/Research Forester, Dept of Ag., Anchorage, AK
  7. Post Doc Fellow, Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, KS
  8. Extension Asst. Professor or Prof Practice Extension Asst. Professor, Utah State University, Northern Region
  9. Plant Protection and Quarantine Officer (Plant Health), Dept of Agriculture, Easton, PA
  10. Natural Resources Tech-Entomologist/Pollinator Specialist, State of Utah, Natural Guard Environmental Office.
  11. Strawberry Entomologist, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA
  12. Managing Entomologist, WSDA, Olympia, WA
  13. Assistant Professor-Insect Biologist, Dept of Entomology, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

 

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

 

 

May 4, 2018

Department Announcements

Joseph Taylor will be taking his PhD Preliminary Examination on May 7, 2018 at 12:00 PM in FSHN 164.  The dial in # is 774611

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • John Stark and Tanyalee Erwin are recipients of a $141,252 grant from the City of SeaTac and Washington St. Dept of Ecology for the 2019 Washington Statewide Municipal Stormwater Conference.  (4/26/2018)

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

Please note that during the summer we will be sending out the Entomology News every 2 weeks.  The next Entomology News will be going out on Friday May 18th.

It is the faculty and lab manager’s responsibility to get all keys returned from their temporary employees who will not be with us after May 5th.  Please make sure that your employees keys are turned in to the Entomology Office before leaving Pullman.  This will help us so that we will not have to use faculty budgets to have new keys made

Students who will be leaving for one of the research stations, and not be returning to Pullman in the fall need to:  (1) return their  keys in to the Entomology Office; (2) make sure to remove the items in your office area; and (3) take your trash out to the dumpster before you leave Pullman.  We just don’t have the man power to clean up after others.

Thank you to all of our 2018 Spring Colloquium presenters and to Bill Snyder who was the organizer this semester.

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

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

University Announcements

Pullman Campus has a Rainy Day Commencement (May 5th) Backup Plan.  Even though the ceremony is held inside the Beasley Coliseum, students and faculty line up outside before filing into the building for the processional, when thousands of audience eyes are upon them.

Prof. Lindsey du Toit (Crops & Soils Sciences) is offering a course for Field Plant Pathology (Pl P 525) this coming Summer Session. This is a 3 credit course.  The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the diversity of fruit, vegetable, grain, forestry, and ornamental crops grown in Washington State, the nature and diagnosis of diseases affecting these crops, and diverse aspects of field plant pathology and extension. The dates of the course are June 11-15, and July 9-13, 2018.  If you are interested, email lavine@wsu.edu the date, location, and time you would like to attend.

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

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.

May 17     9:00-11:30 Servant Leadership:  Three Truths a Servant Leader Should Live By.

Robin Blanchard, CEO of Blanchard Consulting LLC

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

Washington State University Transportation Services will offer annual campus parking permit renewals for current annual permit holders for 2018-19 on the web beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1 through May 15, 2018.

  1. All vehicle information must be up to date: Accurate vehicle and license plate information will be required before you renew your permit, please make sure all information for vehicles you want associated with your permit have up to date information in your parking account.  If any information is outdated, contact Transportation Services with the correct vehicle information so we can ensure your account is accurate.  If you need to make any updates to the vehicles on your permit, please contact Transportation Services by email at transportation@wsu.edu, or by phone at 509-335-PARK (7275), or you may come into the office in person. See the attachment for complete details.

WSU Transportation Services would like to inform you of an updated timeline of the Plant Sciences Project.  The Green 1/5 lots between Johnson Hall and Biotechnology Life Sciences will be available for parking up until May 4th.  The contractor will be mobilizing their trailers on April 25th but a majority of the lot will still be available. On May 7th, the contractor will begin to fence the lot off and these lots will no longer be unavailable for parking. Please see our campus parking map at the following URL for the location of additional Green 1 parking: https://transportation.wsu.edu/Map.html.  If you have questions or concerns contact WSU Transportation Services,

transportation@wsu.edu, 509-335-PARK (7275)

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

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

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

For you with children the 2018 Cougar Kids Camp starts on June 18-July 27.  This is for kids ages 5-12 and offers opportunities for kids to swim, climb, play, hike and more.  There are half-day, full day and extended hours options.  There will also be after camp swim lessons, overnight adventures.  Discounts are available for early registration,multiple sessions and UREC members.  For more info or to register go to https://urec.wsu.edu/cougarkids/cougar-kids-camp/.

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

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

Employment:

  1. Extension Asst Professor, North Carolina St. Univ., Raleigh, NC
  2. Integrated Pest Management Specialist, Plenty Farm, Laramie, WY
  3. Extension Assistant Professor, NC State Univ., Raleigh, NC
  4. Insect Detection Specialist II, County of San Diego, San Diego, CA
  5. Asst. Division Director, New Mexico State University, Dona Ana, NM
  6. Asst Professor –Insect Vector Biologist/Insect Physiologist, Univ. Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  7. Asst Professor (Agronomy), Prairie View A&M Univ., Prairie View, TX
  8. Extension Asst Prof position or Professional Practice Extension Asst Professor, Utah St. Univ., Logan, UT

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

April 27, 2018

Department Announcements

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Beverly Gerdeman is the recipient of a $8,777 grant from the NW Agriculture Research Foundation to work to “Prevent Lodging and Yield Loss from Cabbage Maggot in Cabbage for Seed & Protect Pollinators”; and a $12,662 grant from the Washington Red Raspberry Commission to work on “Factors Affecting Spider Mite Outbreaks in PNW Red Raspberry”; and along with Chris Benedict and Donald McMoran received a $$5,567 grant from the NW Agricultural Research Foundation to work on “Distribution of BMSB in Skagit and Whatcom Counties.” (4/2/2018)
  • David Crowder and Rachel Olsson are recipients of a $95,000 grant from the USDA/NIFA/AFRI Foundational Program to work on “Reciprocal Interactions Between Canola Crop Plants and Bee Pollinators.” (4/3/2018)
  • Richard Zack is the recipient of a $24,997 from the USDA/ARS Applied Research to work on “Chemical Attractants for Trapping and Baiting Paper Wasps.” (4/4/2018)
  • Brandon Hopkins and Steve Sheppard are recipients of a $3000 grant from the California State Beekeepers Association to work on: “Long-term Above Storage of Semen Via In-Vitro Culture of Honey Bee Spermathecas”; a $11,600 grant to work on “Commercial Scale Mid-Season Induction of Broodlessness for Improving Mite Control”; and a $7,800 grant from the Idaho Honey Industry Association to work on: “Commercial Scale – Spring Season Induction of Broodlessness for Improving Management and Mite Control.” (4/06/2018)
  • Betsy Beers is the recipient of a $15,016 from the Oregon Sweet Cherry Commission to work on “Integrated Pest Management of Spotted Wing Drosophila in Sweet Cherry.” (4/19/2018)
  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of a $111,000 grant from the USDA/ARS/Basic and Applied Research fund to work on “Breeding Disease Resistant Hop Cultivars.” Doug along with Rick Boydston received a $7,000 grant from ADAMA to work on “Mint/Nematode Trial. “  (04/20/2018)

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

Thank you to all of our 2018 Spring Colloquium presenters and to Bill Snyder who was the organizer this semester.

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

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

University Announcements

Pullman Campus has a Rainy Day Commencement (May 5th) Backup PlanEven though the ceremony is held inside the Beasley Coliseum, students and faculty line up outside before filing into the building for the processional, when thousands of audience eyes are upon them.

Prof. Lindsey du Toit (Crops & Soils Sciences) is offering a course for Field Plant Pathology (Pl P 525) this coming Summer Session. This is a 3 credit course.  The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the diversity of fruit, vegetable, grain, forestry, and ornamental crops grown in Washington State, the nature and diagnosis of diseases affecting these crops, and diverse aspects of field plant pathology and extension. The dates of the course are June 11-15, and July 9-13, 2018. If you are interested, email lavine@wsu.edu the date, location, and time you would like to attend.

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

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.

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     9:00-11:30 Servant Leadership:  Three Truths a Servant Leader Should Live By.    

Robin Blanchard, CEO of Blanchard Consulting LLC

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

Washington State University Transportation Services will offer annual campus parking permit renewals for current annual permit holders for 2018-19 on the web beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1 through May 15, 2018.

  1. All vehicle information must be up to date: Accurate vehicle and license plate information will be required before you renew your permit, please make sure all information for vehicles you want associated with your permit have up to date information in your parking account.  If any information is outdated, contact Transportation Services with the correct vehicle information so we can ensure your account is accurate.  If you need to make any updates to the vehicles on your permit, please contact Transportation Services by email at transportation@wsu.edu, or by phone at 509-335-PARK (7275), or you may come into the office in person.

WSU Transportation Services would like to inform you of an updated timeline of the Plant Sciences Project.  The Green 1/5 lots between Johnson Hall and Biotechnology Life Sciences will be available for parking up until May 4th.  The contractor will be mobilizing their trailers on April 25th but a majority of the lot will still be available. On May 7th, the contractor will begin to fence the lot off and these lots will no longer be unavailable for parking. Please see our campus parking map at the following URL for the location of additional Green 1 parking: https://transportation.wsu.edu/Map.html.  If you have questions or concerns contact WSU Transportation Services,transportation@wsu.edu, 509-335-PARK (7275)

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

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

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

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

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

Employment

  1. Senior Research Scholar, North Carolina St. University-Raleigh, NC
  2. Postdoctoral Scholar (Plant-Herbivore), Penn St. University University Park, PA
  3. Lecturer, Pest Management & Biosecurity, Entomology & Namatology, Univ of Fl, Gainesville, FL
  4. Assistant Professor (Apiculturist) (Extension), Univ. of Tennessee, Jackson, TN
  5. Extension Agent – IPM, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Svc., Ballinger, TX
  6. Strawberry Entomologist Research Fellow, Cal Poly State University., San Luis Obispo, CA
  7. Research Assistant, Entomology Dept., No. Carolina State, Waynesville, NC

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