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

April 20, 2018

Department Announcements

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the E. Paul Catts Lecture events on April 19 & 20, 2018.  Your attendance at the lectures and all those who assisted with this event are what made it a success.

Thanks also to the School of Food Science and Entomology staff and Dr. Rich Zack who worked to make the BBQ so enjoyable.  A special thanks to Animal Sciences who donated the Cougar Smoky Sausage and everyone who brought food for this event.  We could not have done it without you.

Congratulations to Ben Lee who successfully passed his PhD Preliminary Exam on April 16, 2018.   He is pursuing a dissertation on “Exploring non-consumptive effects of predators on a vector-borne pathogen” under the advisement of Drs. Dave Crowder (Chair), William Snyder, Jeb Owen and Sanford Eigenbrode.

Congratulations to Abigail Cohen who successfully passed her PhD Preliminary Exam on April 18, 2018.  She is pursuing a dissertation on “Effects of host plant and environmental stress on B. cockerelli population dynamics and behavior” under the advisement of Drs. David Crowder (Chair), William Cooper, William Snyder and Vincent Jones.

The speaker for the Monday, April 23rd, Entomology Colloquium will be Carrie FossCarrie is the Urban IPM Coordinator located at the WSU Puyallup R&E Center.  The title of her presentation isIPM Implementation in Urban Settings.”  To learn more about her go to: http://entomology.wsu.edu/blog/2011/06/20/foss/.  The AMS dial-in number is:  772402.

The next Entomology Faculty Meeting will be on April 27, 2018 at 10:00 AM in FSHN 164.  The AMS dial # is 774330.

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.

Community Announcements

STEM Supply Drive going until April 30th.  It all started with a question: How can we help students in our community learn about STEM? The answer from many local educators was access to more science materials. Dr. Universe wants to make sure kids (our future scientists and engineers) have the materials they need to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math. See the attachment for information on what items are needed and other details about the supply drive. Washington State University and the Palouse STEAM Coalition are the co-sponsors.  Contact Rachel Webber at rcwebber@wsu.edu if you have questions.

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                TBA Servant                      Leadership

Robin Blanchard, CEO of Blanchard Consulting LLC

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

University Announcements

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)

Volunteer judges are needed for the annual Washington FFA State Convention, set for May 10-12 on the WSU Pullman campus.  Each year, nearly 3,000 FFA members from high schools across the state travel to Pullman to showcase their hard-earned skills in communication, science, business, and professionalism. The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences helps coordinate the event but volunteers from throughout the WSU community are needed to lend their guidance and expertise for the convention’s Career and Leadership Development competitions.

Topics in need of judges include:

  • Media and Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Parliamentary Procedure
  • Interviews and Resumes
  • Education
  • Veterinary Science
  • Business Management & Economics
  • Spanish-speakers

It’s also an opportunity to help showcase WSU to future Cougs. Volunteers can sign up online.

For general convention and registration questions, contact Abbie DeMeerleer with Washington FFA.

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.

CAHNRS Awards Event is on Wednesday April 18, 2018.

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

Employment

  1. Forest Ecologist, Dept of the Interior, Annada, MO
  2. Plant Protection Specialist, Kansas Dept of Agriculture, Saline County, KS
  3. Assistant Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
  4. Extension Assistant Prof or Professional Practice Extension Assistant Professor, Utah St. Univ., Salt Lake County, UT
  5. Assistant Scientist III, Iowa St. University, Ames, IA
  6. Curatorial Assistant I-Entomology, California Academy of Science, San Francisco, CA
  7. Assistant Research Scientist, Univ. of AZ, Tucson, AZ
  8. Fellow Post Doctoral, Univ. of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO
  9. Asst/Assoc Agent, Urban Horticulture, Phoenix, AZ
  10. Senior Research Scholar, N. Carolina State University, Raleigh, 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

April 13, 2018

 

Department Announcements

Rufus+Isaacs+2_edit 2018Mark your calendars to attend the E. Paul Catts Lecture events on April 19 & 20, 2018.  This year’s speaker is, Dr. Rufus Isaacs. He is a faculty member in the Entomology Department at Michigan State University. The public lecture will be on Thursday, April 19, 2018, 5-6:30 PM at the 1912 Center (412 E. 3rd St. in Moscow, ID).  The title of this presentation is Bees and Blooms for Bigger Blueberries.  The dinner will be at 6:30 at the Hunga Dunga Brewing Company (333 N Jackson St, Moscow, ID 83843). Tickets for the dinner may be purchased by going here: https://store.entomology.cahnrs.wsu.edu/e-paul-catts-dinner-registration. Dr. Isaacs will be giving a scientific talk on Friday, April 20, 2018, at 11:00 AM in FSHN T101. The title of this presentation is Rebuilding IPM Programs After Invasive Pests Disrupt.   To learn more about Dr. Isaack go to:  http://www.canr.msu.edu/people/rufus_isaacs. We hope to see you there.

The Entomology, Food Science and Animal Science Spring Potluck BBQ will be on Friday April 20 beginning at 12:00 noon following Dr. Isaacs presentation in FSHN T-101.  We will be outside of T101 between Clark Hall and the FSHN Building.

Ben Lee’s PhD Preliminary Exam is scheduled for Monday, April 16, 2018 in FSHN 354 at 8:00 AM.  The AMS dial # is 774336.

Thank you to the Entomology Graduate Students for their efforts in putting on the Insect Cinema Cult Classic.  The event was well attended by community members as well as those from the Entomology Department.

The next Entomology Faculty Meeting will be on April 27, 2018 at 10:00 AM in FSHN 164.  The AMS dial # is 774330.

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.

Community Announcements

STEM Supply Drive going until April 30th.  It all started with a question: How can we help students in our community learn about STEM? The answer from many local educators was access to more science materials. Dr. Universe wants to make sure kids (our future scientists and engineers) have the materials they need to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math. See the attachment for information on what items are needed and other details about the supply drive. Washington State University and the Palouse STEAM Coalition are the co-sponsors.  Contact Rachel Webber at rcwebber@wsu.edu if you have questions.

University Announcements

Be aware that WSU Departments will no longer be doing the Van Driver Training for it’s employees.  Drivers 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 Session.  Because 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                 TBA Servant                       Leadership

Robin Blanchard, CEO of Blanchard Consulting LLC

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

Volunteer judges are needed for the annual Washington FFA State Convention, set for May 10-12 on the WSU Pullman campus.  Each year, nearly 3,000 FFA members from high schools across the state travel to Pullman to showcase their hard-earned skills in communication, science, business, and professionalism. The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences helps coordinate the event but volunteers from throughout the WSU community are needed to lend their guidance and expertise for the convention’s Career and Leadership Development competitions.

Topics in need of judges include:

  • Media and Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Parliamentary Procedure
  • Interviews and Resumes
  • Education
  • Veterinary Science
  • Business Management & Economics
  • Spanish-speakers

It’s also an opportunity to help showcase WSU to future Cougs. Volunteers can sign up online.

For general convention and registration questions, contact Abbie DeMeerleer with Washington FFA.

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.

CAHNRS Awards Event is on Wednesday April 18, 2018 at 5:00 PM at the Ensminger Pavillion.

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

Employment:

  1. Biologist-Entomologist, SpringStar, Inc., Woodinville, WA
  2. Research Scientist-Seed Treatment & Soil Applied Insecticides, BASF Corp., Research Triangle Park, NC
  3. Research Specialist Lab Asst., Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
  4. Lands Resource Specialist, Forest Management, Idaho Dept. of Lands, Boise, ID
  5. Post Doctoral Fellow, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Cougs Rise is an initiative of the Office of the Provost funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The program offers low-income and first-generation students from five Washington high schools college preparation programming and mentorship designed to boost their chances of earning a college degree. Our program is searching for students to serve as Peer Mentors for our 2018 Summer Bridge Program.  These students will then continue serving as mentors, working an average of 15hrs/wk. during the academic year for high school juniors and seniors. If any of your students is looking for a job this summer and continuing next year, please refer them to the application link below:  https://wsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3OQLJqnjkwHB5PL.  Contact Ray Acuna-Luna at Ray ray.acuna@wsu.edu for more info.

If you know of any undergraduates that may be looking for a summer job working with honey bees and at a Farmer’s Market, please share this information with them:  I have a small honey and beekeeping business in Seattle, and am looking for an employee for the summer.  The main job would be running our farmer’s market booth in the University District, but I’d love to find someone who would also be interested in working with the bees.  The beekeeping side would vary significantly based on the person.  If you have anyone who’s going to be in the Seattle area this summer and is looking for 8-12 hrs/week of work, I’d love to talk to them.  You can find the job description here.  I can be flexible with the start and end dates, and potentially with some vacation time as well. Peter Nolte, Beekeeper/Owner, Rainy Day Bees. 

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 6, 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.

The 22nd Annual Insect Cinema Cult Classic will be TONIGHT Friday, April 6th in Todd Hall Room 276, beginning at 5:30 PM.  Do your kids BUG you? Join the WSU Entomology Department for the 22nd Insect Cinema Cult Classic as we showcase insects on the big screen like you’ve never seen them before! This event is free and open to everyone.  Movies showing will be:

The Deadly Mantis” I1957) A giant prehistoric praying mantis, recently freed from the Arctic ice, voraciously preys on American military at the DEW Line and works its way south. 1 hr 19 min.

The Thaw” (2009) A research expedition to the Arctic discovers that a melting polar ice cap has released a deadly prehistoric parasite. 1 hr 30 min.

Palm Rot” (2015) A research expedition to the Arctic discovers that a melting polar ice cap has released a deadly prehistoric parasite. 8 min.

There will also be live arthropods to view and interact with, as well as popcorn, door prizes, and a raffle.

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

Dr. Mike Strand is the Entomology Colloquium speaker on Monday, April 9th beginning at 12:10 PM.  Dr. Strickland is a Microbial Ecologist at the University of Idaho in the Department of Soil & Water systems.  His presentation is “Ecosystem Processes in the Age of Antibiotics.” For more information about Dr. Strickland go to: https://www.stricklandlab.com/.  The AMS dial # is 772402

Mark your calendars to attend the E. Paul Catts Lecture events on April 19 & 20, 2018.  This year’s speaker is, Dr. Rufus Isaacs. He is a faculty member in the Entomology Department at Michigan State University. The public lecture will be on Thursday, April 19, 2018, 5-6:30 PM at the 1912 Center (412 E. 3rd St. in Moscow, ID).  The title of this presentation is Bees and Blooms for Bigger Blueberries.  The dinner will be at 6:30 at the Hunga Dunga Brewing Company (333 N Jackson St, Moscow, ID 83843). Tickets for the dinner may be purchased by going here: https://store.entomology.cahnrs.wsu.edu/e-paul-catts-dinner-registration. Dr. Isaacs will be giving a scientific talk on Friday, April 20, 2018, at 11:00 AM in FSHN T101. The title of this presentation is Rebuilding IPM Programs After Invasive Pests Disrupt.   To learn more about Dr. Isaack go to:  http://www.canr.msu.edu/people/rufus_isaacs. We hope to see you there.

The Entomology, Food Science and Animal Science Spring Potluck BBQ will be on Friday April 20 beginning at 12:00 noon following Dr. Isaacs presentation in FSHN T-101.  We will be outside of T101 between Clark Hall and the FSHN Building.

Ben Lee’s PhD Preliminary Exam is scheduled for Monday, April 16, 2018 in FSHN 354 at 8:00 AM.  The AMS dial # is 774336.

Abigail Cohen’s PhD Preliminary Exam is scheduled for April 18, 2018 in FSHN 164 at 12:00 PM.

Congratulations to Adekunle Adesanya for taking first place for the 2018 GPSA Research Expo in Agriculture & Natural Sciences.

The next Entomology Faculty Meeting will be on April 27, 2018 at 10:00 AM in FSHN 164.  The AMS dial # is 774330.

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.

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/.

University Announcements

Spring is here and it’s time to think about all of those home projects needing attention. Need an extra hand? Contact Rent a rower to do the work for you!  Only one weekend remaining: April 14 & 15 Visit row.wsu.edu and click on “Rent-a-Rower.”  It’s just $15/hour per rower. All money goes to supporting the Cougar Rowing Team.  Thank you and Go Cougs!  For more info go to:  http://53398.orgsync.com/org/cougarcrew/RentARower.

Be aware that WSU Departments will no longer be doing the Van Driver Training for it’s employees.  Drivers 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:  April 4, 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 Session.  Because 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.

Registration and regalia orders for students participating in the Spring 2018 Commencement ceremony closes on Friday, April 13, 2018.  The link to register for commencement is https://commencement.wsu.edu/register-to-walk/.

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

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

May 17                TBA Servant                      Leadership

Robin Blanchard, CEO of Blanchard Consulting LLC

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

Quarterly lobbying reports must be filed online by Friday, April 13, 2018, covering WSU employee activities between January 1, 2018, and March 31, 2018. For your convenience, you can report your lobbying activities through our online submission form. The reports will be reviewed and forwarded to the state Public Disclosure Commission and proper federal agencies. Note that you do not need to file a “no activity” report online if you did not lobby this quarter.  Not every meeting, event, and interaction you have with elected officials is considered lobbying. Visit our lobbying page for points of clarification on what you should and should not necessarily report. In the future, to help you facilitate interaction with elected officials, it is best that WSU employees consult with Government Relations staff in advance of any lobbying activity to ensure that we send a coordinated message from our institution. Meetings of this nature can be multilayered and touch many parts of the WSU community, therefore communicating with Government Relations can provide for a more organized legislative outcome. Additionally, Heather and Michele on our Government Relations staff are available to help you determine appropriate and legal ways to communicate with public officials and external stakeholders on political issues: FEDERAL RELATIONS   Michele McCarver: 509-335-5756 ,  STATE RELATIONS   Heather Dykstra: 360-534-2330.

Employment

  1. Staff Entomologist, Braman Termite & Pest Elimination, Agawarm MA
  2. Faculty Research Assistant, Oregon State University, Aurora, OR
  3. Lecturer, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  4. Project Management & Research Operations Director, FMC, Newark, DE
  5. Strawberry Entomologist, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA
  6. US Site Director, Research PhD, Castle Consulting, Kansas City, MO
  7. Biologist/Entomologist/Plant Pathology/Agronomist, EPA, Arlington, VA

Cougs Rise is an initiative of the Office of the Provost funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The program offers low-income and first-generation students from five Washington high schools college preparation programming and mentorship designed to boost their chances of earning a college degree. Our program is searching for students to serve as Peer Mentors for our 2018 Summer Bridge Program.  These students will then continue serving as mentors, working an average of 15hrs/wk. during the academic year for high school juniors and seniors. If any of your students is looking for a job this summer and continuing next year, please refer them to the application link below:  https://wsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3OQLJqnjkwHB5PL.  Contact Ray Acuna-Luna at Ray ray.acuna@wsu.edu for more info.

If you know of any undergraduates that may be looking for a summer job working with honey bees and at a Farmer’s Market, please share this information with them:  I have a small honey and beekeeping business in Seattle, and am looking for an employee for the summer.  The main job would be running our farmer’s market booth in the University District, but I’d love to find someone who would also be interested in working with the bees.  The beekeeping side would vary significantly based on the person.  If you have anyone who’s going to be in the Seattle area this summer and is looking for 8-12 hrs/week of work, I’d love to talk to them.  You can find the job description here.  I can be flexible with the start and end dates, and potentially with some vacation time as well. Peter Nolte, Beekeeper/Owner, Rainy Day Bees.

Meetings: Regional, National, International

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

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

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

 

March 30, 2018

 

Department Announcements

Mark your calendars to attend the E. Paul Catts Lecture events on April 19 & 20, 2018.  This year’s speaker is, Dr. Rufus Isaacs. He is a faculty member in the Entomology Department at Michigan State University. The public lecture will be on Thursday, April 19, 2018, 5-6:30 PM at the 1912 Center (412 E. 3rd St. in Moscow, ID).  The dinner will be at 6:30 at the Hunga Dunga Brewing Company (333 N Jackson St, Moscow, ID 83843). Tickets for the dinner may be purchased by going here: https://store.entomology.cahnrs.wsu.edu/e-paul-catts-dinner-registration. Dr. Isaacs will be giving a scientific talk on Friday, April 20, 2018, at 11:00 AM in FSHN T101.  To learn more about Dr. Isaack go to:  http://www.canr.msu.edu/people/rufus_isaacs. We hope to see you there.

The Entomology, Food Science and Animal Science Spring Potluck BBQ will be on Friday April 20 beginning at 12:00 Noon following Dr. Isaacs in T-101.  We will be outside of T101 between Clark Hall and the FSHN Building.  Watch your email for more details and an RSVP with dish sign-up going out next week.

Megan Asche successfully defended her MS thesis “Comparison of pollination behavior and health of three Apis mellifoera strains” on 3/19/2018 to graduate this spring with her Masters in Entomology. She is continuing her education pursuing a PhD in Entomology at WSU with Dr. Zack. Megan is advised by Dr. Walter S. Sheppard, with Drs. Crowder and Jones serving on her committee.

Alix Whitener successfully defended her PhD dissertation “Behavior and integrated pest management of Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae) in Washington state sweet cherry.” on 3/26/2018 to graduate this spring semester with her PhD in Entomology. She already has a position lined up with industry in the Wenatchee area. Alix is advised by Dr. Elizabeth Beers, with Drs. Lavine, Crowder, and Felsot serving on her committee.

James Hepler successfully passed his PhD Preliminary Examination in Entomology on 3/27/2018. He is pursuing a dissertation on “Landscape ecology of brown marmorated stink bug in the arid PNW” under the advisement of Dr. Elizabeth Beers, with Drs. Crowder, Zamora (SOE), and Cooper (USDA) serving on his committee.

Abigail Cohen’s PhD Preliminary Exam is scheduled for April 18, 2018 at 12:00 PM.

Congratulations to Adekunle Adesanya for taking first place for the 2018 GPSA Research Expo in Agriculture & Natural Sciences.

The next Entomology Faculty Meeting will be on April 27, 2018 in FSHN 164.

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

The 22nd Annual Insect Cinema Cult Classic will be on Friday, April 6th in Todd Hall Room 276, beginning at 5:30 PM.  Do your kids BUG you? Join the WSU Entomology Department for the 22nd Insect Cinema Cult Classic as we showcase insects on the big screen like you’ve never seen them before! This event is free and open to everyone.  Movies showing will be:

The Deadly Mantis” I1957) A giant prehistoric praying mantis, recently freed from the Arctic ice, voraciously preys on American military at the DEW Line and works its way south. 1 hr 19 min.

The Thaw” (2009) A research expedition to the Arctic discovers that a melting polar ice cap has released a deadly prehistoric parasite. 1 hr 30 min.

Palm Rot” (2015) A research expedition to the Arctic discovers that a melting polar ice cap has released a deadly prehistoric parasite. 8 min.

There will also be live arthropods to view and interact with, as well as popcorn, door prizes, and a raffle.

For Graduate Students

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

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

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

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

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

University Announcements

Effective April 1, 2018, sales tax rates for several areas are changing. This may affect many departments of the University who sell items across the State. The rate table can be found at in the A – Z index of the WSU home page under Sales Tax-Charged or https://genreceivables.wsu.edu/salesTaxDest.html.  If you have any questions regarding Sales Tax changes please contact Karen Breese in General Accounting at 335-2056.

School of the Environment Graduate Seminar on Monday April 2nd at 12:10 PM in the Spark Bldg 233Presenting will  be Dr. Cynthia Chang, University of Washington- Bothell.  Her presentation is titled: Patterns of plant succession across a disturbance gradient at Mt. St. Helens, Washington.

Play with your food and your words during Washington State University Libraries’ third annual Edible Book Festival on Friday, April 6, part of WSU Mom’s Weekend activities.  Registration for entries closes March 31. To register and for more information, visit the library guide at http://libguides.libraries.wsu.edu/ediblebooks. Participants can register individually or as a group. Entry rules are simple: Submissions must be made from edible materials and somehow relate to a book. Edible book festivals take place around the country and world to celebrate books, art, food and culture. They got their start with the first International Edible Book Festival on April 1, 2000. Since then, organizations and universities have served up their own versions of the popular event.  WSU’s festival begins with public viewing and judging at 2:30 p.m. in the Terrell Library atrium, with winners announced at 3:30 p.m. Awards will be given for people’s choice, best visual presentation and punniest/funniest. Light refreshments also will be available.

Women in STEM You are invited to WSU’s inaugural Week of Women in STEM April 2–6. It is a week to celebrate, acknowledge, and inspire women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Events this week are aimed to encourage students as well as bring them together with professionals for networking, mentoring, and professional development.
Visit the WiSTEM web page »

TO REGISTER FOR:           Keynote              Panel/Dinner     Salary Negotiation Workshop

 

Each year the Administrative Professional Advisory Council (APAC) recognizes Administrative Professional employees for their contributions to WSU and their area or unit.  The award recognizes exceptional contributions, defined as beyond the expected or required performance; making a unique difference; or having a far reaching or compelling impact to the work area.  Please submit your nomination by April 1, 2018.  Winners will be announced on May 10 during APAC’s monthly meeting. To learn more and submit a nomination go to https://wsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1GQNIX77iKqgiFf

Quarterly lobbying reports must be filed online by Friday, April 13, 2018, covering WSU employee activities between January 1, 2018, and March 31, 2018. For your convenience, you can report your lobbying activities through our online submission form. The reports will be reviewed and forwarded to the state Public Disclosure Commission and proper federal agencies. Note that you do not need to file a “no activity” report online if you did not lobby this quarter.  Not every meeting, event, and interaction you have with elected officials is considered lobbying. Visit our lobbying page for points of clarification on what you should and should not necessarily report. In the future, to help you facilitate interaction with elected officials, it is best that WSU employees consult with Government Relations staff in advance of any lobbying activity to ensure that we send a coordinated message from our institution. Meetings of this nature can be multilayered and touch many parts of the WSU community, therefore communicating with Government Relations can provide for a more organized legislative outcome. Additionally, Heather and Michele on our Government Relations staff are available to help you determine appropriate and legal ways to communicate with public officials and external stakeholders on political issues: Federal regulations   Michele McCarver: 509-335-5756 ,   State regulations  Heather Dykstra: 360-534-2330

Employment

  1. Faculty Research Assistants, Oregon State University, Pendleton, OR
  2. Research Scientist, BASF Corp., Research Triangle Park, NC
  3. Agricultural Pest Control Manager, St. of Hawaii
  4. Assistant Professor-Tenure System, Michigan St. Univ., East Lansing, MI
  5. Postdoc Research Associate, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
  6. Lab Assistant, S&S Professional Svc., Research Triangle Park, NC
  7. Entomologist, US Fed Gov., Arlington, VA
  8. Plant Pathogist, Dept of Ag., Missoula, MT

Cougs Rise is an initiative of the Office of the Provost funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The program offers low-income and first-generation students from five Washington high schools college preparation programming and mentorship designed to boost their chances of earning a college degree. Our program is searching for students to serve as Peer Mentors for our 2018 Summer Bridge Program.  These students will then continue serving as mentors, working an average of 15hrs/wk. during the academic year for high school juniors and seniors. If any of your students is looking for a job this summer and continuing next year, please refer them to the application link below:  https://wsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3OQLJqnjkwHB5PL.  Contact Ray Acuna-Luna at Ray ray.acuna@wsu.edu for more info.

If you know of any undergraduates that may be looking for a summer job working with honey bees and at a Farmer’s Market, please share this information with them:  I have a small honey and beekeeping business in Seattle, and am looking for an employee for the summer.  The main job would be running our farmer’s market booth in the University District, but I’d love to find someone who would also be interested in working with the bees.  The beekeeping side would vary significantly based on the person.  If you have anyone who’s going to be in the Seattle area this summer and is looking for 8-12 hrs/week of work, I’d love to talk to them.  You can find the job description here.  I can be flexible with the start and end dates, and potentially with some vacation time as well. Peter Nolte, Beekeeper/Owner,  Rainy Day Bees.