Honey Bee Research Facility

WSU Honey Bee Research Facility Brochure sm

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

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

WSU Honey Bee Research Facility Brochure sm (4)

WSU Honey Bee Research Facility Brochure sm

WSU Honey Bee Research Facility Brochure sm (3)


EGSA Meeting Minutes 21 April 2015 Student Choice Speaker Wrap Up Suggested for next year to make it clear in the invitation that all expenses are paid Mary Gardiner Lunch Thursday at 12:30 in conference room – please email Alix by Wednesday at noon to RSVP Talk Thursday at 3:30pm in T101 – flyer sent… » More ...

October 19, 2015

State of the University Address “Successes and Next Steps: Positioning for the Future” will be in the CUB Auditorium on Tuesday, October 27th at 3:00 PM. There will be a reception following at 4:00 PM.
Interim President Dan Bernardo will discuss progress on WSU’s strategic initiatives and outline next steps as the university prepares for a new president.

Our next Lunch & Learn will be at noon on Friday October 30th. Our presenter will be Hannah Merley with the office of Grant and Research Development aka OGRD. She will explain the services OGRD offers grad students and faculty. I am working on getting someone from Student Health to talk to us to explain their services and plan information for grad students and on the services the WSU Libraries offer to students, faculty and staff. Dates to be determined.

The next WSU Entomology Colloquium will be on Friday, October 30, 2015, FSHN 354 – 2:10-3:00. Robert Orpet (PhD student in the David Crowder Lab and is an ARCS Scholar ) will be presenting his PhD research proposal. The title of his presentation is: Woolly Apple Aphid (Eriosoma lanigerum) Population Dynamics in Relation to Soil, Earwigs and Grower Perceptions. For more information on Robert Orpet go to: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Robert_Orpet. The dial up number for all sites for this event is 5702332.

You are invited to attend a Plant Pathology Seminar given by Dr. Yu-Ming Ju, Academia Sinica, Taipei,Taiwan
“A Termitomyces mushroom-growing termite and cultivars of the mushroom: at 10:10 am, Thursday, October 29, 2015 in 343 Johnson Hall. Dr. Jack Rogers, rogers@wsu.edu is hosting this event.

Betsy Beers was mentioned in a WSU News article on October 22, 2015. The article titled: New ’Alien’ Wasp Discovered in Washington State. To read the article go to: https://news.wsu.edu/2015/10/22/new-alien-wasp-discovered-in-washington-state/ This article was picked up and was also in several local newspapers.

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

If you have not changed your password since August 20th please change it before October 27th. It is possible that those who have not changed their password by the above deadline could experience a service disruption. See the attachment for instructions on how to change passwords and further information.

WTFRC 2016 Apple Crop Protection Research Review
1) Pre-proposal are due at the ARC by November 6th, 2015 at 4:00pm. ARC will forward all pre-proposals to WTFRC by the deadline date of November 11, 2015 at 5:00pm. This day is a holiday, so please submit your proposals early. Send your pre-proposal(s) to Carrie Johnston via email at arcgrants@wsu.edu. NOTE: Pre-proposal submission guidelines have changed. All submissions must be submitted using the “Pre-proposal form” which can be found on WTFRC website at http://treefruitresearch.org/proposals-reports/pre-proposals. Complete the required information and submit to me by the deadline date. PLEASE DO NOT USE LAST YEAR’S FORM.
2) Pre-proposal approval notification(s) will be sent by December 2, 2015. Note: pre-proposal submissions are for new proposals only. Continuing and final reports do not require pre-proposal submission.
3) Approved new proposals and continuing proposals are due at ARC by December 22, 2015. This early due date is necessary because of the 52nd week University closure. Send them to Carrie Johnston electronically at arcgrants@wsu.edu. NOTE: Have your budgets approved before submitting your proposal to ARC.
Approved new proposals and continuing proposals are due at WTFRC by 4 PM on January 5, 2016. NOTE: ARC will be submitting the proposals to WTFRC. Again the formatting has changed. Please check out WTFRC website for the latest forms.
4) The 2016 Apple Crop Protection research review will be at the Confluence Technology Center in Wenatchee, January 28 – 29th.
Note: Final Reports should be sent directly to WTFRC. See attachment for the ACP research priority list.

On behalf of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, you are invited to nominate a WSU alumna of distinction in exceptional leadership qualities for the 2015 CAHNRS Women’s Leadership Award. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to showcase a woman you know who has made a meaningful impact in her career, community, or the common good. Please nominate a woman whom you believe has:
· exhibited leadership skills in their field of expertise;
· contributed their time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in their community;
· actively assisted others, particularly women, in realizing their full leadership potential;
· demonstrated qualities of teamwork, integrity and dedication; and
· proven qualities of determination, resiliency and the ability to overcome adversity.
Nominations do not have to come from an academic unit and we encourage anyone that has worked with outstanding WSU graduates to nominate those individuals. Nominations will be accepted until November 13, 2015. The winner will be recognized at the 2016 CAHNRS Honors in the spring. Find more about the nominations and submit forms here.

New Vehicle Accident Reporting Procedures: Washington State’s Office of Risk Management now requires use of their on-line State Employee Vehicle Collision Report Form (SF137). Link to this form is: https://etort.des.wa.gov/incidentreport. Use of this form is effective immediately and paper versions are no longer accepted by the state or WSU Risk Management. Please continue to stock the paper version of the SF137 in your vehicle glove boxes. Drivers can use this form as a template for capturing necessary information, as the automated report requires the same data. Drivers are required to print a PDF copy of the report and provide it to their supervisor. Supervisors will forward a copy to the WSU Office of Risk Management Services via email. The State’s Administrative and Accounting Manual, Chapter 12, Transportation, and WSU Safety Policies and Procedure Manual 7.20, Motor Vehicle Accidents, requires all traffic accidents be reported within 48 hours, regardless of how minor. If you have any questions about these procedures, or the form, please contact:
Pam Merryweather
WSU Office of Risk Management Services (509) 335-3682, pamerrywx@wsu.edu


Remember to turn your clocks back on Nov. 1.

WSU will be closed Nov. 11 for Veteran’s Day.

Nov. 26 for Thanksgiving Day and Nov. 27 for Native American Heritage Day.

ESA Annual Meeting is November 15-18, 2015 in Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN. Theme is Synergy in Science: Partnering for Solutions.

ESA Pacific Branch meetings are April 3-6, 2016 in Honolulu, HI at the Pacific Beach Hotel.

Students: Be sure to check out the WSU Grad School Scholarship page for a list of scholarships. Most have a submittal date of Dec 15, 2015. The link is: http://gradschool.wsu.edu/Scholarships-2016/#Richard

WSU will be closed December 24 & 25, 2015 for the Christmas Holiday and will be closed December 28-31 except for essential operations.

2016 International Congress of Entomology, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL. Website: http://ice2016orlando.org/
To get the latest news in the world of Entomology here are some interesting websites:
Entomology Today http://entomologytoday.org/category/entomology-news/
Entomology News http://www.topix.com/science/entomology
LA Times http://articles.latimes.com/keyword/entomology
The Conversation http://theconversation.com/us/topics/entomology
SciTechDaily http://scitechdaily.com/tag/entomology/

Have you visited the WSU Entomology Facebook page Entomology at https://www.facebook.com/wsuentomology?fref=ts? This page was created for the James Entomology Museum activities, but we can all like and post to the page


EGSA Meeting Minutes - October 14, 2015 Dial in:  5709990 for all sites Phone: (509) 335-9445, Meeting ID 09990   Upcoming Events Honey bottling updates Stay alert. This could happen at any time. BUGSS Fall 2015 – TOMORROW! Talk in FSHN T101 at 4pm – reception at the Hilltop to follow One open meeting spot left. If… » More ...


EGSA Meeting Agenda Minutes for Sept 30 meeting, typed up October 1 by Megan Asche Dial in:  5709990 for all sites Phone: (509) 335-9445, Meeting ID 09990   Upcoming Events Potluck – October No updates Honey bottling Jake is working on it. PCEI Insects of the night – October 30th at 5pm Robbie let them know… » More ...


EGSA Meeting Agenda Minutes for Sept 16 meeting, typed up Sept 17 by Megan Asche Dial in:  5709990 for all sites Phone: (509) 335-9445, Meeting ID 09990   In attendance Pullman: Robbie, Rachel, Jake, Megan, Karol, Joseph, Courtney, Jenny, Adrian, Emily, Jonathan and Adekunle Wenatchee: Alix, Robert   Vote on starting at 4 start time The… » More ...


EGSA Meeting Agenda Minutes for Sept 2 meeting, typed up Sept 3 by Robert Orpet   Introductions   Welcome, new students Megan, Adrian, Joseph, and Emily. (There are two new mystery students that did not attend).   Meeting time?   The meeting time will be “re-evaluated”   Overview of Events for New Students CAHNRS Fall… » More ...

October 5, 2015


If any of you have news to share or have upcoming events please send by Thursday noon to dory.lohrey-birch@wsu.edu.




Alix Whitener’s PhD Preliminary Exam is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13th at 9:00 AM in FSHN 164 (Entomology Conference Room).  The AMS dial # is:  5701602.


Our next Entomology Department Colloquium will be on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. The presenter will be Dr. Joanna Kelley, WSU School of Biological Sciences. She is also a participating faculty member with the WSU Center of Reproductive Biology.  The topic of her presentation is “Genomics in Extreme Environments: From Antarctic Midges to Hydrogen Sulfide Adapted Fish.”   For more info about Dr. Kelley go to:  http://sbs.wsu.edu/faculty/?faculty/161Colloquium presentations are each Wednesday at noon in FSHN 354 and the AMS dial # is 5709215.


Everyone is invited to attend the 16th Annual BioResearch Product Faire is on Wednesday, October 14th at 10:00 – 2:30 PM in the CUB Jr. Ballroom.  There is a free food buffet, special drawings, t-shirts and other fun gifts.  Some of the vendors attending are:  Caliber ID, Cryoport Systems, Inc., GOLDBIO.COM, ibidi USA, Inc., Integrated DNA Technologies, Patterson Scientific, Transnetyx, VICI Metronics, Inc. For more info go to: http://www.biotech-calendar.com/showinfo/detail.php?showCode=WSU15.


The first BUGGS* Presentation of the year will be on October 15, at 4:00 PM in FSHN T101.  The speaker will be Dr. Wyatt Hoback.  Dr. Hoback is with the Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology at Oklahoma State University.  The title of his seminar is “Ockham’s Razor and the Importance of Testing Assumptions in Entomological Research.”  For more info see the attached flyer.  (*Bi-University Guest Speaker Series)


Bill Snyder was featured in a WSU News article on October 5 titled WSU Received $2.7 million to research costly potato threat.  You can read the article by going to https://news.wsu.edu/2015/10/05/wsu-receives-2-7-million-to-research-costly-potato-threat/.


The next Entomology Faculty meeting will be on Friday, October 23rd.  More details to come.



EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Research Associate, Entomology Dept., Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  2. Asst. Prof., Arthropod Evolution/Ecology, Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CN
  3. Research Entomologist, USDA/ARS Pollinating Insects Res. Unit. , Logan, UT
  4. Research Associate, Entomology, North Carolina St. Univ., Raleigh, NC
  5. Research Scientist 2, Pesticide Registration, St. of Minnesota Agriculture Dept, St. Paul, MN
  6. Forest Lands Resource Specialist, Dept of Lands, St. Maries, ID
  7. Research Entomologist, USDA/ARS, Baton Rouge, LA





The Entomological Society of Washington (D.C.) student competition is for papers through the period of July 2015 through July 2016.  The recipient of the award will be notified by Sept. 30, 2016 by Committee Chair Robert Kula (Robert.Kula@ars.usda.gov).  For more info on the competition go to:  http://www.entsocwash.org/pdf/ESW_Student_Award.pdf.  For more info on the Entomological Society of Washington (D.C.) go to:  http://entsocwash.org/.


The Bookie Instructor Appreciation Day date is set for October 21st this year.  More details to come.


Students: Be sure to check out the WSU Grad School Scholarship page for a list of scholarships.  Most have a submittal date of Dec 15, 2015.  The link is:  http://gradschool.wsu.edu/Scholarships-2016/#Richard


2016 International Congress of Entomology, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL.  Website: http://ice2016orlando.org/



To get the latest news in the world of Entomology here are some interesting websites:

Entomology Today          http://entomologytoday.org/category/entomology-news/

Entomology News           http://www.topix.com/science/entomology

LA Times                            http://articles.latimes.com/keyword/entomology

The Conversation            http://theconversation.com/us/topics/entomology

SciTechDaily                     http://scitechdaily.com/tag/entomology/


Have you visited the WSU Entomology Facebook page Entomology at https://www.facebook.com/wsuentomology?fref=ts?  This page was created for the James Entomology Museum activities, but we can all like and post to the page