2016 Newsletter Archive

December 19, 2016

[section title="Page Section" bgcolor="" fullbleed="0" csshook=""][row layout="single" bgcolor="" textcolor="" padding="pad-top" gutter="gutter" csshook=""][column csshook="" bgcolor="" verticalbleed="0"][textblock ]Everyone in the Entomology Office wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Just a reminder that the Entomology Office (and all other non-essential WSU offices) will be closed from December 25, 2016 - January 2, 2017.  White Polo Red Polo The prices on our Entomology Apparel have been reduced. See the attachment for available items with the new prices.   The United States Postal Service has announced a rate change for first-class and non-profit mail categories effective January 22, 2017. Non-profit mail will be reduced from $.192 to $.184 and first class will increase from $.47 to $.49 per piece for a letter sized item.  Departments are encouraged to consider these new rates when budgeting for projects that will be mailed around January 22, 2017. Any questions regarding these rate changes can be directed to Joy Rich, Mailing Services supervisor at joyr@wsu.edu,  335-2365. Effective January 1, 2017, 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  in the A – Z index of the WSU home page under Sales Tax-Charged or http://genreceivables.wsu.edu/salesTaxDest.html.  If you have any questions regarding Sales Tax changes please contact Karen Breese in General Accounting at 335-2056. If you are wanting to ship anything on dry ice via FedEx you will need to have them to me at the Food Science Office (room 106) no later than 9:30 AM so that I can do my paperwork, and Hazardous Shipping can pick it up by 10:00 AM to do their paperwork, finish packaging the containers and get them to the pick-up point.  This is in effect until sometime the first week of January 2017.   DougAmber V. Walsh visited with his former student Dr. Amber Vinchesi (PhD 2014) in Colusa, CA on December 8. Amber is enjoying her new job with the University of California Cooperative Extension as the Regional Farm Advisor for vegetable crops the Sacramento Valley. Amber is pictured with a can of BIANCO DINAPOLI organic tomatoes. These tomatoes grown by Amber’s grower cooperators are marketed by Whole Foods and the cans include a bio of the certified organic tomato grower that grew the tomatoes.     The EGSA desk calendars are here and are available for sale.   The calendar features graduate student and professor’s photographs, in a clean, informative way, and is acceptable for both academic audiences and the broader community. The cost will be $10, and anyone that is interested can contact Abigail Cohen at:  abigail.cohen@wsu.edu. These will make nice gifts for anyone looking for a small present for friends or family, or a nice treat for yourself if you’d like an interesting display of beneficial insects and spiders year-round! Please, let Eli know if you have any questions at (402) 676-0138  or  elias.bloom@wsu.edu.   Eli Bloom is asking our help in collecting approximately 200 half-gallon waxed “milk” cartons. Since last year, he’s been using these cartons to make trap-nests for cavity-nesting bees. These nests are sent out with citizen scientists in the Seattle-area, who then install them in their urban gardens. He hopes to use these data for a paper on the efficacy of citizen science to monitor cavity-nesting bees, and having this second year of data should help to accomplish that goal. Attached is an image of the type of carton I’m looking for, and what the eventual nest box looks like. If you would like to help, please, collect these your cartons over the next few weeks. As you likely know, many types of beverages come in these cartons, including milk, orange juice, and eggnog!  If possible I’d like to have the cartons in-hand by January 16th, however, I will continue to need cartons up until the first week in February 2017. Cartons can be dropped by the Crowder Lab, FSHN building, room 360, at your convenience, and no number is too small (every carton makes a difference)! Moreover, if you would prefer that I come pick them up from you, please, write me directly at elias.bloom@wsu.edu.   Several hard-to-award scholarships are available for academic year 2017-18If you fit the criteria please apply by filling out the general WSU Scholarship application by January 31 at http://admission.wsu.edu/scholarships/ and also e-mail Britta Nitcy at nitcy@wsu.edu with your name and the scholarship(s) you fit and she’ll watch for your name in the applications.

  • The de Weerd Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Potato Research is for a graduate student who will be studying potatoes in the areas of plant science, plant pathology, economics, or marketing.
  • Lindahl Memorial Scholarship: For those full-time undergraduate and graduate students who will be working in a course of study relating to wheat research/grains.
  • R. C. McCroskey Scholarship: For a graduate student studying some problem connected with agriculture in the Palouse.
  • Rockie Family Scholarship: For students studying appropriate, nutritious and appealing food for hospitals and convalescent/nursing homes.
  • John and Maggie McDougell Scholarship: For a junior or senior studying agriculture who is planning to return to farming as a career.
  • Everett and Helen Kreizinger Scholarship: For graduate students planning to go into agricultural extension education
  Inclement Weather Reminder:  Winter is here!  Faculty and staff are encouraged to be aware of personnel processes during times of inclement weather and/or periods of suspended operations.  Information is available on the Human Resource Services website providing links to policies, procedures, and resources: http://hrs.wsu.edu/resources/inclement-weather/     Other useful websites include: Inclement Weather FAQs: http://hrs.wsu.edu/resources/inclement-weather/inclement-weather-faq/ Suspended Operations FAQs: http://hrs.wsu.edu/resources/inclement-weather/suspended-operations-faq/ Campus Alert information (including links for each campus): https://alert.wsu.edu/ Facilities Services winter snow removal information: http://facilitiesservices.wsu.edu/SnowRemoval.aspx Please contact Human Resource Services at 509-335-4521 or hrs@wsu.edu for additional information or if you have further questions. ***** EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.
  1. Research Scientist 2, St. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  2. Asst. Professor, Vector-Borne Disease Ecologist, Virginia Tech., Blacksburg, VA
  3. Entomologist (Identifier) Customs and Border Protection, Atlanta, GA
  4. Assistant Entomologist, Dept Public Health, Atlanta, GA
  5. Agricultural Operations Specialist, Penn State Univ., Univ. Park, PA
  6. Assistant Professor Insect Toxicology & Physiology, Entomology Dept., Virginia Tech., Blacksburg, VA
  7. Research Assistant Professor in Entomology, Central State Univ., Wilberforce, OH
  8. Asst. Scientist-Lepidoptera, Entomology Dept., Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  9. Museum Technician (Zoology), Smithsonian Inst., Washington, DC
***** Important Dates and Deadlines Effective January 2017, pesticide handlers and workers must be trained on an annual basis and training records must be kept. This is a big change from previous training intervals. For those who wish a copy of the new rules, you’ll find it here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-02/pdf/2015-25970.pdf  and the summary or new rules starts on page 67502.  Please make sure you review your training calendars, recordkeeping and content in order to be in compliance by January 1, 2017. For more info contact Catherine Daniels (cdaniels@wsu.edu)   The call for nominations for the 2017 Experiment Station Section Award for Excellence in Multistate Research is open.  The deadline is January 12 at 5 pm to lavine@wsu.edu. This is the ninth year of the award program and, as in past years, the intent of this award is to publicly recognize the high quality science being conducted through the Hatch Multistate Research Program and the impacts of that science on society.  In addition, it is intended to increase the visibility of the program within the higher education community with a formal presentation at the annual APLU meeting and notification of decision makers in Washington through news releases announcing the award winners. Nominations for the 2017 award will be made through the five regional SAES associations (NCRA, NERA, SAAESD, WAAESD, and ARD).  WSU is a member of the Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (WAAESD).  Any approved multistate project is eligible for the award.  Please submit your nominations to Laura Lavine, lavine@wsu.edu with a one page or less proposal detailing why this multistate project deserves the award by 5 pm on January 12, 2017.  Jim Moyer will review the proposals and submit only one from WSU to WAAESD. Each association will submit one nomination to be considered for the national award.  The regional nominations will be reviewed by the ESCOP Science and Technology Committee.  This Committee will make a recommendation for the national winner to the ESCOP Executive Committee who will make the final selection.  The winning project will receive $15,000 from the Hatch Multistate Research Funds. Do you think the project you are a member of deserves recognition and that will serve as an excellent example of the quality of research performed by the Land Grant system? Please submit a nomination!  The deadline is January 12 at 5 pm to lavine@wsu.edu.   USDA NIFA announces funding for Organic Ag Research, Education & Extension Projects: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $17.6 million for research and outreach activities to support the organic agriculture sector. The grants are funded through NIFA’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.  “The organic industry is the fastest growing segment of U.S. agriculture, with sales growing by $4.2 billion last year to reach a record $43.3 billion,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “Over the past seven years, USDA has invested nearly $261 million in research to improve the productivity and success of organic agriculture, including seed-breeding. The Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative is one of the many ways USDA is helping this sector meet growing consumer demand.”  OREI funds high-priority research, education and extension projects that enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic products. Eligible entities include Land-Grant and other research universities, federal agencies, national laboratories, state agricultural experiment stations, and research foundations and other private researches. Applications are due January 19, 2017.  See attachment for complete announcement. GPSA Research Expo will be on Friday, March 13, 2017, 8:30 AM -12:00 PM in the Senior Ballroom in the CUB.  Abstracts for Showcase/WSU 2017 are due by 5:00 PM on Monday, January 23.  For more info go to: https://showcase.wsu.edu/gpsa-research-expo/. Want to recruit excellent scholars to your program for Fall 2017? Consider nominating students for the Graduate School’s Research Assistantships for Diverse Scholars (RADS), which are intended to increase access and opportunities to graduate education for U.S. students from underrepresented/underserved communities and to increase graduate student diversity in our degree programs and Washington State University. Applications for RADS are due Monday, February 9th, 2017 at 5pm.  As an additional incentive, the Campus Visitation Program provides RADS nominees with a unique opportunity to visit WSU and meet with departments and communities on campus. The Campus Visitation Program has served as a powerful recruiting incentive for prospective WSU graduate students. Only students who are nominated for RADS or have been offered funding from the prospective department, will be eligible to participate in the Campus Visitation Program.  The campus visit will take place on the Pullman campus, March 5th- 8th, 2017.  For more information about guidelines and eligibility, and the RADS/ Campus Visitation Program nomination form, please visit our website: https://gradschool.wsu.edu/research-assistantship-for-diverse-scholars/ and feel free to send questions to gs.rads@wsu.edu.        [/textblock][list display_type="accordion" img_size="full" display_accordion="1" title="" tag="h2" headline_tag="h5" hide_excerpt="" hide_link="" posts_per_page="100" csshook="" bg_image="" source="feed" post_type="post" taxonomy="category" terms="Newsletter Archive" remote_posts_per_page="5"][/list][/column][/row][/section]

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December 5, 2016

The next faculty meeting will be on Tuesday, December 21, 2016, at 10:30 AM-11:30 AM.  The AMS dial # is: 5704304.  If you are wanting to ship anything on dry ice via FedEx you will need to have them to me at the Food Science Office (room 106) no later than 9:30 AM so that I can do my paperwork, and Hazardous Shipping can pick it up by 10:00 AM to do their paperwork, finish packaging the containers and get them to the pick-up point.  This is in effect until sometime the first week of January 2017.   The EGSA has been working onegsa-calendar-fundraiser a desk calendar as a fundraiser. EGSA has been working on a desk calendar as a fundraiser for our group. The calendar features graduate students and professors photographs, in a clean, informative way, and is acceptable for both academic audiences and the broader community.  If possible, we would like to advertise the sale of this calendar starting this week on Friday (12/9), and continuing through the end of January 2017. I’ve attached the front cover to give people a taste of what they would receive. The cost will be $10, and anyone that is interested can contact Abigail Cohen at:  abigail.cohen@wsu.edu. We hope that these will make nice gifts for anyone looking for a small present for friends or family, or a nice treat for yourself if you’d like an interesting display of beneficial insects and spiders year-round! Elias H. Bloom    (402) 676-0138                elias.bloom@wsu.edu   A new event notice has been posted to myFacilities for a campus facility/space that you subscribed to. Below is the summary detail for this notice. Please click the hyperlink below or copy into your browser for more information regarding this event. Event Title:   Shutdown of Supply Fan #3; Food Science and Human Nutrition building. Facility Involved:    FOOD SCIENCE/HUMAN NUTRITION BLDG Location of Work: All office spaces located in the FSHN building. Dates: Dec 13 2016 8:00AM - Dec 13 2016 4:00PM Detail:  https://myFacilities.wsu.edu/SearchEventNotices.aspx christmas-tree There are still several tags hanging on the CAHNRS Sharing Tree on the ground floor in the FSHN Lobby.  Represented agencies are Pullman Community Child Care Center, Latah Christmas for Kids and the Pullman Humane Society.  Gifts are to be turned in by Monday, Dec. 12 to Hulbert Hall 101.   Fall 2016 Course Evaluations for all campus based courses are now open for your students.  They will close on Friday, December 16, 2016. IMPORTANT: Students will access course evaluations through their myWSU Student Dashboard at:

  1. Students will login using their WSU network ID and password.
  2. Once logged in, they will see a link to their appropriate course evaluation(s).
We request that you do your very best to encourage students to participate in the course evaluation process.  Return rates are always a challenge so here are some way to enroll your students into participating in this important process.
  • Remind students more than once the course evaluations are open.
  • Explain to students how you have used student feedback in the past to improve your class.
  • Explain how course evaluations are used during the annual review process to monitor the quality of teaching.
  • Allow students to access their smartphones and/or computer for 15 minutes during lecture to complete the assessment.
  • Offer extra credit for completing the process (even 5 points will make a difference to students).
Instructors will be able to view a list of students who have completed the evaluation through your myWSU account on December 17.   The call for nominations for the 2017 Experiment Station Section Award for Excellence in Multistate Research is open.  The deadline is January 12 at 5 pm to lavine@wsu.edu. This is the ninth year of the award program and, as in past years, the intent of this award is to publicly recognize the high quality science being conducted through the Hatch Multistate Research Program and the impacts of that science on society.  In addition, it is intended to increase the visibility of the program within the higher education community with a formal presentation at the annual APLU meeting and notification of decision makers in Washington through news releases announcing the award winners. Nominations for the 2017 award will be made through the five regional SAES associations (NCRA, NERA, SAAESD, WAAESD, and ARD).  WSU is a member of the Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (WAAESD).  Any approved multistate project is eligible for the award.  Please submit your nominations to Laura Lavine, lavine@wsu.edu with a one page or less proposal detailing why this multistate project deserves the award by 5 pm on January 12, 2017.  Jim Moyer will review the proposals and submit only one from WSU to WAAESD. Each association will submit one nomination to be considered for the national award.  The regional nominations will be reviewed by the ESCOP Science and Technology Committee.  This Committee will make a recommendation for the national winner to the ESCOP Executive Committee who will make the final selection.  The winning project will receive $15,000 from the Hatch Multistate Research Funds. Do you think the project you are a member of deserves recognition and that will serve as an excellent example of the quality of research performed by the Land Grant system? Please submit a nomination!  The deadline is January 12 at 5 pm to lavine@wsu.edu. Several hard-to-award scholarships are available for academic year 2017-18If you fit the criteria please apply by filling out the general WSU Scholarship application by January 31 at http://admission.wsu.edu/scholarships/ and also e-mail Britta Nitcy at nitcy@wsu.edu with your name and the scholarship(s) you fit and she’ll watch for your name in the applications. The de Weerd Memorial Fellowship for Excellence in Potato Research is for a graduate student who will be studying potatoes in the areas of plant science, plant pathology, economics, or marketing. Lindahl Memorial Scholarship: For those full-time undergraduate and graduate students who will be working in a course of study relating to wheat research/grains.
  1. C. McCroskey Scholarship: For a graduate student studying some problem connected with agriculture in the Palouse.
Rockie Family Scholarship: For students studying appropriate, nutritious and appealing food for hospitals and convalescent/nursing homes. John and Maggie McDougell Scholarship: For a junior or senior studying agriculture who is planning to return to farming as a career. Everett and Helen Kreizinger Scholarship: For graduate students planning to go into agricultural extension education   Inclement Weather Reminder:  Winter is here!  Faculty and staff are encouraged to be aware of personnel processes during times of inclement weather and/or periods of suspended operations.  Information is available on the Human Resource Services website providing links to policies, procedures, and resources: http://hrs.wsu.edu/resources/inclement-weather/     Other useful websites include: Inclement Weather FAQs: http://hrs.wsu.edu/resources/inclement-weather/inclement-weather-faq/ Suspended Operations FAQs: http://hrs.wsu.edu/resources/inclement-weather/suspended-operations-faq/ Campus Alert information (including links for each campus): https://alert.wsu.edu/ Facilities Services winter snow removal information: http://facilitiesservices.wsu.edu/SnowRemoval.aspx Please contact Human Resource Services at 509-335-4521 or hrs@wsu.edu for additional information or if you have further questions.   Tree Fruit mini-Symposium Post-Harvest Systems: Needs and Opportunities for Future Research.  Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, 9-10:45 AM, at WSU TFREC 1100 N. Western Ave, Wenatchee and will be available in Pullman via AMS.  Speakers will be:  Dr. Chris Watkins (Cornell Univ.), Recent Advances in Post Harvest Systems in New York: Global Perspective of Needs and Opportunities for Future Research; Dr. Peter Toivonen (Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada) Recent Advances in Post Harvest Systems in British Columbia: Global Perspective of Needs and Opportunities for Future Research; Dr. Jim Mattheis (USDA-ARS), Washington Perspective Needs and Opportunities for Future Research.  The symposium will be followed by a stakeholder discussion (10:50-11:15 AM).  For more info contact Kate Evans at 509 630 6104 or    kate_evans@wsu.edu.   The Office of Emergency Management and Environmental Health & Safety sent an email out last month that said that all laboratories must have a power outage plan.  Power outages impact WSU buildings differently, based upon the back-up power systems available and the cause of the outage. In general, only the life-safety systems within a building, e.g. emergency lighting, exit signs, fire sprinkler systems, are assured emergency power. Back-up power to almost all other building systems is subject to the availability of limited back-up/emergency generator capacity. Do not assume your building has back-up power, even buildings or building systems with emergency generators may be subject to outages if the generator is down. Emergency power may not be immediately available. See the attachment for the complete email that outlines what systems are impacted by power outages and recommendations.   WSU’s Environmental Health and Safety Office has instituted a Mandatory Laboratory Signage Program to be in compliance with Washington State’s Hazard Communication (Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Rule, WA Administrative Code (WAC) Ch. 296-901.  The purpose of this program is an effort to improve worker protection, emergency response and security for labs using a laboratory notification and warning sign.  A copy of the WAC and WSU Policy pertaining to this program are attached.  We have been asked to be in compliance by the end of October 2016. Each Principal Investigator is responsible for making sure that their labs are in compliance with this program and can create the appropriate signs for their labs.   On September 23, 2016, an email went out to all faculty, lab managers, staff regarding the WSU Laboratory Signage Program with a deadline to have this done by the October 28th.  Subsequent notices were in the October newsletters.  Please let Dory and/or Adam know when you have completed this project in your lab.  In case you forgot a copy of the email with instructions is attached.    ***** EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.
  • Postdoc Res Assoc., Entomology Dept., Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
  • Program Administrator, Xerces Society, Portland, OR
  • Research Entomologist/Biologist, SpringStar, Inc., Woodinville, WA
  • Research Analyst, Malaria Elimination Initiative, UC San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • Program Manager, Ag & Env Services Div., New Mexico St. Univ., Las Cruces, NM
  • Program Specialist, Ag & Env Services Div., New Mexico St. Univ, Dona Ana, NM
  • Extension Educator 3, Pesticide Ed. Program/College of Ag., Penn State Univ., University Park, PA
***** Important Dates and Deadlines The 2017 BIOAg request for proposals is now available!  The RFP is available on the BIOAg Grant Program<http://csanr.wsu.edu/csanr-grants/bioag-grant-program/> webpage. Letter of intent are requested by Nov. 18th, and project proposals are due Dec. 14th.  For more info contact Tara Zimmerman (goldsmitht@wsu.edu). Washington State Commission on Pesticide Registration has released the call for 2017 Request Proposals. Proposals will be presented at the December 13 and 14, 2016 meeting in Ellensburg. See attachment for more details and application form. Effective January 2017, pesticide handlers and workers must be trained on an annual basis and training records must be kept. This is a big change from previous training intervals. For those who wish a copy of the new rules, you’ll find it here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-02/pdf/2015-25970.pdf  and the summary or new rules starts on page 67502.  Please make sure you review your training calendars, recordkeeping and content in order to be in compliance by January 1, 2017. For more info contact Catherine Daniels (cdaniels@wsu.edu) The Northwest Scientific Association announced that proposals for the 2017 Student Research Grants are due January 16, 2017.  The theme for the 88th NWSA conference is Understanding & Managing Diversity: From the Landscape to the Gene.  This year’s conference will be held on the campus of Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon on March 29-April 1, 2017.  Abstracts for oral or poster presentations are due February 16, 2017.  For more information about NWSA visit their website at:  http://www.northwestscience.org/ 2017 Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America meeting will be April 2-5, 2017 at the Hilton DoubleTree in Portland, OR. Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting will be November 5-8, 2017 in Denver, CO. Program Symposia and Workshop submissions are now open.  http://www.entsoc.org/events/annual-meeting *****  

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November 28, 2016

The next faculty meeting will be on Tuesday, December 21, 2016, at 10:30 AM-11:30 AM.  The AMS dial # is: 5704304.  Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Elizabeth Beers is the recipient of a grant in the amount of $6,000 from DOW Support Concerning Insect Control on Tree Fruits (11/22/2016)
  • Jay Brunner is the recipient of a grant from BASF in the amount of $15,000. Support Concerning Disease Control on Tree Fruits (11/22/2016)
For more info go to:  http://informer.or.wsu.edu/RecentFacultyAwards.aspx It was announced that Dr. John Stark will transition to full-time leadership of the Washington Stormwater Center (WSC) effective July 1, 2017.  Dr. Stark has been the Director of the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center since 2008 and assumed the additional work of serving as the WSC Director in 2010. The stormwater center was created in 2010 with the support and financial backing of the Washington State Legislature and several pivotal foundations, including the Boeing Company, Bullitt Foundation and Russell Family Foundation. John has been a tireless advocate for stormwater research and has been at the forefront of the national conversation about the effects of polluted stormwater on sentinel species including salmon and other aquatic organisms.  Under his leadership, the center added the new low-impact development (LID) research facility, where permeable pavements, bioretention systems, and rain gardens help researchers understand how runoff affects the urban environment. John also oversaw the addition of the new aquatic toxicology lab, and recruited faculty including Dr. Jenifer McIntyre, an aquatic ecotoxicologist who works to protect salmon from toxic runoff. As full-time director, John’s leadership is needed to guide a five-year, $3.5 million WSU Grand Challenge project developing green stormwater infrastructure to save energy and provide clean water for people and fish. WSU created the Grand Challenges in 2016 to focus the university’s research and innovation on critical national and global problems. Grand Challenge funding allows the center to seek designation as a Center of Excellence from the Environmental Protection Agency. The Stormwater Grand Challenge includes three permanent faculty positions, an ecosystem scholar, an Extension economist that works on water issues, and a biogeochemist and microbiologist who works on microbe communities that break down stormwater pollutants. John has a Ph.D. in Entomology/Pesticide Toxicology from the University of Hawaii and a M.S. in Entomology from Louisiana State University.  Recruitment and transition to a new director at the WSU Puyallup REC is expected to be complete by July 1, 2017. Tatum Weed, Associate Director of the Puyallup REC, will assist in Stark’s transition to the full-time Director of the Stormwater Center. A new assistant director will also be recruited to support the Stormwater Center.   Brandon Hopkins, in the Sheppard Lab, was featured in a 11/29/16 KREM TV segment titled “WSU researchers work to breed stronger honey bees.” To view the segment, go to: http://www.krem.com/news/wsu-researchers-work-to-breed-stronger-honey-bees/358380926 The work of Steve Sheppard’s Lab was featured in the WSU News article on Nov. 28, 2016.  To read the article go to:  https://news.wsu.edu/2016/11/28/researchers-feed-breed-protect-bees-survive-winter/#more-152828  A new event notice has been posted to myFacilities for a campus facility/space that you subscribed to. Below is the summary detail for this notice. Please click the hyperlink below or copy into your browser for more information regarding this event. Event Title:   Shutdown of Supply Fan #3; Food Science and Human Nutrition building. Facility Involved:     FOOD SCIENCE/HUMAN NUTRITION BLDG Location of Work: All office spaces located in the FSHN building. Dates: Dec 13 2016 8:00AM - Dec 13 2016 4:00PM Detail:  https://myFacilities.wsu.edu/SearchEventNotices.aspx   christmas-treeThe CAHNRS Sharing Trees have been set up on the 2nd floor in Johnson Hall, the ground floor in the FSHN Lobby and in Johnson Tower.  Represented agencies are Pullman Community Child Care Center, Latah Christmas for Kids and the Pullman Humane Society.  Gifts are to be turned in by Dec. 12 to Hulbert Hall 101.   Fall 2016 Course Evaluations for all campus based courses are now open for your students.  They will close on Friday, December 16, 2016. IMPORTANT: Students will access course evaluations through their myWSU Student Dashboard at:
  1. Students will login using their WSU network ID and password.
  2. Once logged in, they will see a link to their appropriate course evaluation(s).
We request that you do your very best to encourage students to participate in the course evaluation process.  Return rates are always a challenge so here are some way to enroll your students into participating in this important process.
  • Remind students more than once the course evaluations are open.
  • Explain to students how you have used student feedback in the past to improve your class.
  • Explain how course evaluations are used during the annual review process to monitor the quality of teaching.
  • Allow students to access their smartphones and/or computer for 15 minutes during lecture to complete the assessment.
  • Offer extra credit for completing the process (even 5 points will make a difference to students).
Instructors will be able to view a list of students who have completed the evaluation through your myWSU account on December 17.   honey-jarHey all! There is still honey left from our honey sale. Can everyone who wants honey reply to Rachel Olsson at rachel.olsson@wsu.edu and tell her how many bottles you would like to buy? I want us to have a chance to get what we want, and figure out if there will be enough honey to make it worth doing another sale, or if we can just sell the rest to the people within the building/department. If I can get responses on who would like honey and how much by Monday, that would be great. If it seems like we'll still have a bunch of honey, then I'll get the paperwork submitted to do the second sale on Dec 9, as discussed during the EGSA meeting. Note for Students outside of Pullman Campus: Off-campus students only--- Please reply to Debra Marsh (marshdj@wsu.edu) immediately if you have interest in this course being broadcast to the station(s).  No promises - just gathering interest.  This would be a good follow up to Dr. Crowder’s course for students interested in broader treatment of regression. It's complementary training. STAT 530 Applied Linear Models 3 (2-2) The design and analysis of experiments by linear models. Recommended preparation: One 3-hour 300-level STAT course. Inclement Weather Reminder:  Winter is here!  Faculty and staff are encouraged to be aware of personnel processes during times of inclement weather and/or periods of suspended operations.  Information is available on the Human Resource Services website providing links to policies, procedures, and resources: http://hrs.wsu.edu/resources/inclement-weather/       Other useful websites include: Inclement Weather FAQs: http://hrs.wsu.edu/resources/inclement-weather/inclement-weather-faq/ Suspended Operations FAQs: http://hrs.wsu.edu/resources/inclement-weather/suspended-operations-faq/ Campus Alert information (including links for each campus): https://alert.wsu.edu/ Facilities Services winter snow removal information: http://facilitiesservices.wsu.edu/SnowRemoval.aspx Please contact Human Resource Services at 509-335-4521 or hrs@wsu.edu for additional information or if you have further questions. Tree Fruit mini-Symposium Post-Harvest Systems: Needs and Opportunities for Future Research.  Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, 9-10:45 AM, at WSU TFREC 1100 N. Western Ave, Wenatchee and will be available in Pullman via AMS.  Speakers will be:  Dr. Chris Watkins (Cornell Univ.), Recent Advances in Post Harvest Systems in New York: Global Perspective of Needs and Opportunities for Future Research; Dr. Peter Toivonen (Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada) Recent Advances in Post Harvest Systems in British Columbia: Global Perspective of Needs and Opportunities for Future Research; Dr. Jim Mattheis (USDA-ARS), Washington Perspective Needs and Opportunities for Future Research.  The symposium will be followed by a stakeholder discussion (10:50-11:15 AM).  For more info contact Kate Evans at 509 630 6104 or    kate_evans@wsu.edu. ***** EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.
  1. Lab Manager, College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  2. Entomologist II, State of Mississippi, Sunflower County, MS
  3. Plant Protection Specialist, State of Oklahoma, Central Oklahoma
  4. Farm Manager, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  5. Insect Molecular Biologist, Univ. of Montana, Missoula, MT
  6. Research Associate, Univ Florida Topical Res. & Ed Ctr, Homestead, FL
  7. Bioinformatics Res. Assoc I, Entomology & Plant Path, Univ. Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  8. Research Assoc (Postdoc), Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research & Extension Center, Hood River, OR
New Student Programs is looking for current graduate students to help with our Summer Alive! program. We are specifically looking for students who are would like to enhance their leadership and supervisory skills. They must also be willing to work long hours and provide the best customer service to our incoming students and their families. If you know students who would be interested, please forward them our position description.  If they are interested, we just need a resume and cover letter emailed to me (a.morgan@wsu.edu) by Wednesday, December 7, 2016. The pay is $ 7,722.00 for the summer (May-July). Student-Athlete Development is looking to recruit students that might be interested in a tutoring Job beginning next semester (Spring 2017).  I am the Tutor Coordinator for Student-Athlete Development and I am looking for high achieving students that might want to share their knowledge with other students.  We have a multitude of different classes that will need tutoring, ranging from 100 level UCORE classes to upper division classes including many CAHNRS courses. Our main hours of tutoring are Mondays-Thursdays from 6:30pm-9:30pm.  We do have some daytime hours available between 9am and 6:30pm as well, but these are going to be determined based on the tutor and student’s schedule as we closer to the Spring semester.  These are 1 hour sessions and the pay is $11 per hour.  The tutors are required to attend 10 hours of Tutor Training and they are paid for attending it!  They come out of that training as a Nationally Certified Tutor through the College of Reading and Learning Association.  For more info contact: Leah Schultz, Tutor Coordinator/Academic Advisor, leah.schultz@wsu.edu, 509-335-9852. The Office of Multicultural Student Services is hiring student tutors.  Pay is $10/hr.  Applications are available in CUB 421C or on-line at www.mss.wsu.edu. ***** Important Dates and Deadlines The December deadline for submitting notices of our awards and accomplishments received by faculty and students is December 21st.  If you have anything to report please enter you information (published papers, news articles, presentations, professional, civic awards, etc.) via our Smartsheet system at https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=b7c943ec39084d74a98410f50b4db935 Please consider nominating deserving graduate students from your unit for these awards. Nominees for each scholarship should be sent directly to Alanna Ellis (acellis@wsu.edu) in the Academic Programs Office. CAHNRS deadline for nominees for all but the Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines is Thursday, December 8, 2016Rich Zack, Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs will make final selections for the college and submit nominations by the Graduate School deadline. The CAHNRS Holiday Party will be on Thursday, December 8th from 4-6 PM at the Ensminger Pavilion.  Washington State Commission on Pesticide Registration has released the call for 2017 Request Proposals. Proposals will be presented at the December 13 and 14, 2016 meeting in Ellensburg. See attachment for more details and application form. Want to recruit excellent scholars to your program for Fall 2017? Consider nominating students for the Graduate School’s Research Assistantships for Diverse Scholars (RADS), which are intended to increase access and opportunities to graduate education for U.S. students from underrepresented/underserved communities and to increase graduate student diversity in our degree programs and Washington State University. Applications for RADS are due Monday, February 9th, 2017 at 5pm.  As an additional incentive, the Campus Visitation Program provides RADS nominees with a unique opportunity to visit WSU and meet with departments and communities on campus. The Campus Visitation Program has served as a powerful recruiting incentive for prospective WSU graduate students. Only students who are nominated for RADS or have been offered funding from the prospective department, will be eligible to participate in the Campus Visitation Program.  The campus visit will take place on the Pullman campus, March 5th- 8th, 2017.  For more information about guidelines and eligibility, and the RADS/ Campus Visitation Program nomination form, please visit our website: https://gradschool.wsu.edu/research-assistantship-for-diverse-scholars/  and feel free to send questions to gs.rads@wsu.edu. *****  

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November 21, 2016

thanksgiving-pictureWe  wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.          The next faculty meeting will be on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at 10:30 AM-11:30 AM.  The AMS dial # is: 5704304.   Our November deadline for submitting notices of our awards and accomplishments received by faculty and students is due soon.  If you have anything to report please enter you information (published papers, news articles, presentations, professional, civic awards, etc.) via our Smartsheet system at https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=b7c943ec39084d74a98410f50b4db935. Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • John Stark and Tanyalee Erwin who are the recipients of a grant in the amount of $764,805 from the Washington Dept of Ecology/EPA.  Interagency Stormwater Strategic Initiative Team.   (11/17/2016)
  • Dave Crowder and Aaron Esser who is the recipients of a grant in the amount of a $324,983 from the USDA/NIFA/Crop Protection and Pest Management.  Improving integrated Pest Management of wireworms in cereal crops.  (11/17/2016)
For more info go to:  http://informer.or.wsu.edu/RecentFacultyAwards.aspx   amanda-edworthyOur next colloquium presentation will be on Monday, November 28th at 2:10 PM in FSHN 354.  The speaker will be Amanda Edworthy speaking on Parasitic Fly Larvae: An Emerging Threat to Island Bird Populations.   Amanda is a researcher in the Bill Snyder Lab.  For more info about Amanda Edworthy go to: http://www.amandaedworthy.com/   The CAHNRS Sharing Trees have been set up on the 2nd floor in Johnson Hall, the ground floor in the FSHN Lobby and in Johnson Tower.  Represented agencies are Pullman Community Child Care Center, Latah Christmas for Kids and the Pullman Humane Society.  Gifts are to be turned in by Dec. 12 to Hulbert Hall 101. Hey all! There is still honey left from our honey sale. Can everyone who wants honey reply to Rachel Olsson at rachel.olsson@wsu.edu and tell her how many bottles you would like to buy? I want us to have a chance to get what we want, and figure out if there will be enough honey to make it worth doing another sale, or if we can just sell the rest to the people within the building/department. If I can get responses on who would like honey and how much by Monday, that would be great. If it seems like we'll still have a bunch of honey, then I'll get the paperwork submitted to do the second sale on Dec 9, as discussed during the EGSA meeting.   Note for Students outside of Pullman Campus:   Off-campus students only--- Please reply to Debra Marsh (marshdj@wsu.edu) immediately if you have interest in this course being broadcast to the station(s).  No promises - just gathering interest.  This would be a good follow up to Dr. Crowder’s course for students interested in broader treatment of regression. It's complementary training.  STAT 530 Applied Linear Models 3 (2-2) The design and analysis of experiments by linear models. Recommended preparation: One 3-hour 300-level STAT course.   WSU’s Environmental Health and Safety Office has instituted a Mandatory Laboratory Signage Program to be in compliance with Washington State’s Hazard Communication (Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Rule, WA Administrative Code (WAC) Ch. 296-901.  The purpose of this program is an effort to improve worker protection, emergency response and security for labs using a laboratory notification and warning sign.  A copy of the WAC and WSU Policy pertaining to this program are attached.  We have been asked to be in compliance by the end of October 2016. Each Principal Investigator is responsible for making sure that their labs are in compliance with this program and can create the appropriate signs for their labs.   On September 23, 2016, an email went out to all faculty, lab managers, staff regarding the WSU Laboratory Signage Program with a deadline to have this done by the October 28th.  Subsequent notices were in the October newsletters.  Please let Dory and/or Adam know when you have completed this project in your lab.  In case you forgot a copy of the email with instructions is attached.  ***** EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions. -Postdoc Research Associate, Entomology & Plant Path., Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN -Jr. Researcher, Center of Tropical Ag, Plant and Environmental Sciences, UH Manoa, Honolulu, HI -Postdoc (Pathobiological Sciences), Sch. Of Vet Med, Louisiana St. Univ., Baton Rouge, LA -Asst Professor-Biological Control, Entomology Dept., Michigan St. Univ., East Lansing, MI -Postdoc in Veterinary Medicine, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil -The Office of Multicultural Student Services is hiring student tutors.  Pay is $10/hr.  Applications are available in CUB 421C or on-line at www.mss.wsu.edu. ***** Important Dates and Deadlines Please consider nominating deserving graduate students from your unit for these awards. Nominees for each scholarship should be sent directly to Alanna Ellis (acellis@wsu.edu) in the Academic Programs Office. CAHNRS deadline for nominees for all but the Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines is Thursday, December 8, 2016.  Rich Zack, Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs will make final selections for the college and submit nominations by the Graduate School deadline. The CAHNRS Holiday Party will be on Thursday, December 8th from 4-6 PM at the Ensminger Pavilion.  The 2017 BIOAg request for proposals is now available!  The RFP is available on the BIOAg Grant Program<http://csanr.wsu.edu/csanr-grants/bioag-grant-program/> webpage. Letter of intent are requested by Nov. 18th, and project proposals are due Dec. 14th.  For more info contact Tara Zimmerman (goldsmitht@wsu.edu). Washington State Commission on Pesticide Registration has released the call for 2017 Request Proposals. Proposals will be presented at the December 13 and 14, 2016 meeting in Ellensburg. See attachment for more details and application form.   ****

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November 14, 2016

The next faculty meetings will be on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at 10:30 AM-11:30 AM.  The AMS dial # is: 5704304.    Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardee:

  • Betsy Beers who is the recipient of grants from:
the Oregon Sweet Cherry Commission in the amounts of $10,000 and $13,720 for
  • Developing a Management Strategy for Little Cherry Disease and (2) Insecticide Resistance of SWD in Sweet Cherry (11/10/2016)
Bayer in the amount of $8000 for Support Concerning Insect Control on Tree Fruit Syngenta in the amount of $11,000 for Support concerning Insect Control on tree Fruit
  • Congratulations to John Stark and Tanyalee Erwin who are the recipients of a grant in the amount of $77,500 from the Bullitt Foundation for Intersections for Action: connecting stormwater management to urban growth and salmon recovery in Puget Sound through education & online resources. (11/2/2016)
For more info go to:  http://informer.or.wsu.edu/RecentFacultyAwards.aspx   The Northwest Scientific Association announced that proposals for the 2017 Student Research Grants are due January 16, 2017.  The theme for the 88th NWSA conference is Understanding & Managing Diversity: From the Landscape to the Gene.  This year’s conference will be held on the campus of Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon on March 29-April 1, 2017.  Abstracts for oral or poster presentations are due February 16, 2017.  For more information about NWSA visit their website at:  http://www.northwestscience.org/   Staying in Pullman for the Ththanksgiving-picture-2anksgiving Holiday?  You are invited to the WSU Creamery & School of Food Science Thanksgiving Holiday on Nov. 24th for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at 3:00 PM in the SFS Kitchen at (SFS 103/155). Those attending are asked to bring a side dish to share or pay $5.00.  RSVP to Dave Soler (dsoler@wsu.edu). There is a food sign-up sheet in the Entomology Office.  See the attached flyer for more info.   christmas-tree   The CAHNRS Sharing Trees will be set up on Nov. 21st on the 2nd floor in Johnson Hall, the ground floor in the FSHN Lobby and in Johnson Tower.  Represented agencies are Pullman Community Child Care Center, Latah Christmas for Kids and the Pullman Humane Society.  Gifts are to be turned in by Dec. 12 to Hulbert Hall 101.     Hey all! There are still 73 bottles of honey left from our honey sale. Can everyone who wants honey reply to Rachel Olsson at rachel.olsson@wsu.edu and tell her how many bottles you would like to buy? I want us to have a chance to get what we want, and figure out if there will be enough honey to make it worth doing another sale, or if we can just sell the rest to the people within the building/department. If I can get responses on who would like honey and how much by Monday, that would be great. If it seems like we'll still have a bunch of honey, then I'll get the paperwork submitted to do the second sale on Dec 9, as discussed yesterday during the EGSA meeting.   amanda-edworthy Our next colloquium presentation will be on Monday, November 28th at 2:10 PM in FSHN 354.  The speaker will be Amanda Edworthy speaking on Parasitic Fly Larvae: An Emerging Threat to Island Bird Populations.   Amanda is a researcher in the Bill Snyder Lab.  For more info about Amanda Edworthy go to: http://www.amandaedworthy.com/   Note for Students outside of Pullman Campus: Off-campus students only--- Please reply to Debra Marsh (marshdj@wsu.edu) immediately if you have interest in this course being broadcast to the station(s).  No promises - just gathering interest.  This would be a good follow up to Dr. Crowder’s course for students interested in broader treatment of regression. It's complementary training. STAT 530 Applied Linear Models 3 (2-2) The design and analysis of experiments by linear models. Recommended preparation: One 3-hour 300-level STAT course.   The Office of Emergency Management and Environmental Health & Safety sent an email out last month that said that all laboratories must have a power outage plan.  Power outages impact WSU buildings differently, based upon the back-up power systems available and the cause of the outage. In general, only the life-safety systems within a building, e.g. emergency lighting, exit signs, fire sprinkler systems, are assured emergency power. Back-up power to almost all other building systems is subject to the availability of limited back-up/emergency generator capacity. Do not assume your building has back-up power, even buildings or building systems with emergency generators may be subject to outages if the generator is down. Emergency power may not be immediately available. See the attachment for the complete email that outlines what systems are impacted by power outages and recommendations.   WSU’s Environmental Health and Safety Office has instituted a Mandatory Laboratory Signage Program to be in compliance with Washington State’s Hazard Communication (Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Rule, WA Administrative Code (WAC) Ch. 296-901.  The purpose of this program is an effort to improve worker protection, emergency response and security for labs using a laboratory notification and warning sign.  A copy of the WAC and WSU Policy pertaining to this program are attached.  We have been asked to be in compliance by the end of October 2016.  Each Principal Investigator is responsible for making sure that their labs are in compliance with this program and can create the appropriate signs for their labs.   On September 23, 2016, an email went out to all faculty, lab managers, staff regarding the WSU Laboratory Signage Program with a deadline to have this done by the October 28thSubsequent notices were in the October newsletters.  Please let Dory and/or Adam know when you have completed this project in your lab.  In case you forgot a copy of the email with instructions is attached.  ***** EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.
  1. Entomologist (Medical), Prince William County Government, VA
  2. Research Assistant, USDA/APHIS/PPQ Dept of Entomology & Plant Path, North Carolina St. Univ., Beltsville, MD
  3. Research Specialist, Mountain Horticultural Crops R&E Ctr., Mills River, NC
  4. Entomologist Tech Adv., Abt Associates, Bethesda, MD
  5. Entomology/Weed Sci/Plant Path position, Ag Development Group, Eltopia, WA
  6. Structural Pest Supervisor, North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture, Eastern North Carolina
  7. Invasive Bee Guide, Utah St. , Logan, UT
  8. Dept Chair/Head Dept of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Clemson Univ., Clemson, SC
  9. Postdoc Research Assoc, Univ. of Georgia, Athens, GA
  10. Assist/Assoc Professor of Environmental Science/Applied Ecologist, Stockton Univ., Athens, GA
  11. Postdoc Researcher, (Pathobiological Sciences), Sch of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana St. Univ., Baton Rouge, LA
  12. PhD Assistantship in Urban Pest Management, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ
  13. Postdoc Fellow, Entomology Dept., Kansas St. Univ., Manhattan, KS
  14. Faculty position: Env Biol/Ecol for Biology, Div of Nat Sci., Coll. Of Mt. St. Vincent, Riverdale, NY
The Office of Multicultural Student Services is hiring student tutors.  Pay is $10/hr.  Applications are available in CUB 421C or on-line at www.mss.wsu.edu.  See the attachment for more details. ***** The CAHNRS Holiday Party will be on Thursday, December 8th from 4-6 PM at the Ensminger Pavilion.  The 2017 BIOAg request for proposals is now available!  The RFP is available on the BIOAg Grant Program<http://csanr.wsu.edu/csanr-grants/bioag-grant-program/> webpage. Letter of intent are requested by Nov. 18th, and project proposals are due Dec. 14th.  For more info contact Tara Zimmerman (goldsmitht@wsu.edu). Washington State Commission on Pesticide Registration has released the call for 2017 Request Proposals. Proposals will be presented at the December 13 and 14, 2016 meeting in Ellensburg.  See attachment for more details and application form. Effective January 2017, pesticide handlers and workers must be trained on an annual basis and training records must be kept. This is a big change from previous training intervals. For those who wish a copy of the new rules, you’ll find it here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-02/pdf/2015-25970.pdf  and the summary or new rules starts on page 67502.  Please make sure you review your training calendars, recordkeeping and content in order to be in compliance by January 1, 2017. For more info contact Catherine Daniels (cdaniels@wsu.edu) 2017 Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America meeting will be April 2-5, 2017 at the Hilton DoubleTree in Portland, OR. Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting will be November 5-8, 2017 in Denver, CO. Program Symposia and Workshop submissions are now open.  http://www.entsoc.org/events/annual-meeting.

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November 7, 2016

[section title="Page Section" bgcolor="" fullbleed="0" csshook=""][row layout="single" bgcolor="" textcolor="" padding="pad-top" gutter="gutter" csshook=""][column csshook="" bgcolor="" verticalbleed="0"][textblock ]The next faculty meetings will be on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at 10:30 AM-11:30 AM.  The AMS dial # is: 5704304.  Congratulations to Adrian Marshall who passed his PhD Preliminary exam on November 7, 2016. Congratulations to Jonathan O’Hearn who passed his MS final exam on November 8, 2016. Congratulations to Becky Maguire was awarded $6,502 from the Norm Ehmann Urban Pest Management endowment for an “Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) Workshop: A Pilot Project.” Becky is with the WSU Urban IPM and Pesticide Education Program and is housed at WSU Puyallup.  She manages training for Pest Management Professionals and Structural Pest Inspectors. Rich Zack was featured in a front page article in the October 30, 2016 edition of the Spokesman Review Newspaper.  The article tells of the gift of a very large privately held butterfly collection from the Jim Nebel estate.  The article is attached. Need blacklight traps?  Peter Landolt at the Wapato USDA YARL has 2 dozen 12V blacklight traps that they are getting rid of.  If you are interested obtaining the traps contact Dr. Landolt at:  (509) 454-6551, peter.landolt@ars.usda.gov.  He will be coming to Pullman on Tuesday, November 15 and will bring them with him. The Office of International Programs and the Office of Research is still accepting applications for the Fifth Annual International Research Travel Awards. All proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. PT, November 15, 2016.The collaborative program will fund International Research Travel Awards (IRTA) to WSU full-time faculty ranging from $2,000-$5,000 each. The IRTAs are being offered to assist research faculty in strengthening international collaborative linkages and to enhance significant scholarly and research impact aligned with WSU’s strategic priorities. These awards are to assist faculty in achieving tangible outcomes e.g. joint publications or research proposals. The awards are intended for research related activities that will advance the faculty member’s scholarly program. The International Research Travel Award Request for Proposals is now online at https://ip.wsu.edu/scholars-abroad/documents/2016/01/irta-travel-award.pdf The WSU Extension Gardening Team is seeking graduate student authors and co-authors for extension publications for Master Gardeners. Contact Catherine Daniels cdaniels@wsu.edu for more info and to discuss possible topics and the FastTrack publication process. The below links are examples of extension bulletins published through this process.  http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/PNW640/PNW640.pdf and http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/FS089E/FS089E.pdf The Entomology Graduate Student Association is making a beneficial insects calendar. If you are interested in donating images for this project, email Abigail Cohen at abigail.cohen@wsu.edu. The Office of Emergency Management and Environmental Health & Safety sent an email out that said that all laboratories must have a power outage plan.  Power outages impact WSU buildings differently, based upon the back-up power systems available and the cause of the outage. In general, only the life-safety systems within a building, e.g. emergency lighting, exit signs, fire sprinkler systems, are assured emergency power. Back-up power to almost all other building systems is subject to the availability of limited back-up/emergency generator capacity. Do not assume your building has back-up power, even buildings or building systems with emergency generators may be subject to outages if the generator is down. Emergency power may not be immediately available. See the attachment for the complete email that outlines what systems are impacted by power outages and recommendations. ***** EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Pesticide Compliance Investigator, WSDA, Olympia, WA
  2. Professor and Head, Dept. of Entomology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  3. Area Extension Agt., Tri-River Area Mesa Co., Grand Junction, CO
  4. Assistant/Associate Professor, Dept.  of Biological Sciences, St. Edwards University, Austin, TX
  5. Greenhouse Coordinator, Univ. of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  6. Natural Resource Specialist 3 - Pesticide Investigator, St. of Oregon, Central Point, OR
  7. Project Technician, Univ. of Arkansas Div of Agriculture, Little Rock, AR
  8. Plant Board Inspector Supervisor, Arkansas Agriculture Dept, Little Rock, AR
  9. Lands Resource Specialist Sr., Idaho Div. of Lands, St. Maries, ID
  10. Assistant Curator, Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  11. Asst Professor & Extension Specialist, University of Minnesota
The Office of Multicultural Student Services is hiring student tutors.  Pay is $10/hr.  Applications are available in CUB 421C or on-line at www.mss.wsu.edu.  See the attachment for more details. ***** Sign up for Mental Health First Aid training:  Interested in learning how to how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis? Join Health & Wellness Services for Mental Health First Aid training on October 13 or December 13th.  Learn how you can identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Get details on the program and see this semester’s training schedule: https://hws.wsu.edu/mental-health-first-aid/ Please consider nominating deserving graduate students from your unit for these awards. Nominees for each scholarship should be sent directly to Alanna Ellis (acellis@wsu.edu) in the Academic Programs Office. CAHNRS deadline for nominees for all but the Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines is Thursday, December 8, 2016.  Rich Zack, Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs will make final selections for the college and submit nominations by the Graduate School deadline. The CAHNRS Holiday Party will be on Thursday, December 8th from 4-6 PM at the Ensminger Pavilion.  The 2017 BIOAg request for proposals is now available!  The RFP is available on the BIOAg Grant Program http://csanr.wsu.edu/csanr-grants/bioag-grant-program/  webpage. Letter of intent are requested by Nov. 18th, and project proposals are due Dec. 14th.  For more info contact Tara Zimmerman (goldsmitht@wsu.edu). Washington State Commission on Pesticide Registration has released the call for 2017 Request Proposals.  Proposals will be presented at the December 13 and 14, 2016 meeting in Ellensburg.  See attachment for more details and application form. Effective January 2017, pesticide handlers and workers must be trained on an annual basis and training records must be kept. This is a big change from previous training intervals. For those who wish a copy of the new rules, you’ll find it here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-02/pdf/2015-25970.pdf  and the summary or new rules starts on page 67502.  Please make sure you review your training calendars, recordkeeping and content in order to be in compliance by January 1, 2017. For more info contact Catherine Daniels (cdaniels@wsu.edu) Want to recruit excellent scholars to your program for Fall 2017? Consider nominating students for the Graduate School’s Research Assistantships for Diverse Scholars (RADS), which are intended to increase access and opportunities to graduate education for U.S. students from underrepresented/underserved communities and to increase graduate student diversity in our degree programs and Washington State University. Applications for RADS are due Monday, February 9th, 2017 at 5pm.  As an additional incentive, the Campus Visitation Program provides RADS nominees with a unique opportunity to visit WSU and meet with departments and communities on campus. The Campus Visitation Program has served as a powerful recruiting incentive for prospective WSU graduate students. Only students who are nominated for RADS or have been offered funding from the prospective department, will be eligible to participate in the Campus Visitation Program.  The campus visit will take place on the Pullman campus, March 5th- 8th, 2017.  For more information about guidelines and eligibility, and the RADS/ Campus Visitation Program nomination form, please visit our website: https://gradschool.wsu.edu/research-assistantship-for-diverse-scholars/  and feel free to send questions to gs.rads@wsu.edu. 2017 Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America meeting will be April 2-5, 2017 at the Hilton DoubleTree in Portland, OR. Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting will be November 5-8, 2017 in Denver, CO. Program Symposia and Workshop submissions are now open.  http://www.entsoc.org/events/annual-meeting.            [/textblock][list display_type="accordion" img_size="full" display_accordion="1" title="" tag="h2" headline_tag="h5" hide_excerpt="" hide_link="" posts_per_page="100" csshook="" bg_image="" source="feed" post_type="post" taxonomy="category" terms="Newsletter Archive" remote_posts_per_page="5"][/list][/column][/row][/section]

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October 31, 2016

The next faculty meetings will be on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at 10:30 AM-11:30 AM.  The AMS dial # is: 5704304.  Adrian Marshall will be doing his PhD Preliminary Exam on Monday, November 7, 2016.  His seminar will be at 2-3 PM in FSHN 354 with the exam to follow in FSHN 164. His seminar is titled “Exclusion efficacy and non-target Effects of Shade Netting in Orchards.” Adrian is advised by Betsy Beers.  The AMS dial # for his seminar is: 5709250.  The dial # for his exam is 5704099. Adekunle Adesanya will be presenting his research proposal on Monday, November 7, 2016 at 2-3 PM in FSHN 354, as part of the Entomology Colloquium.  His seminar is titled “Characterizing Acaricide Resistance in the Two-Spotted Mite Tetranychus urticae Koch.” Kunle is advised by Doug Walsh.  The AMS dial # for his seminar is: 5709250. Jonathan S. O'Hearn will be doing his Master of Science defense on November 8, 2016, beginning with the seminar at 1:00 PM in FSHN 164 followed by his final exam.  The title of his thesis is: “Evaluating the Toxicity of Candidate Organic and Conventional Insecticides on Western Grape Leafhopper (Erythroneura elegantula) and Virginia Creeper Leafhopper (Erythoneura ziczac) (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) Under Vineyard and Laboratory Conditions.”  The exam will be originating from Prosser.  Jonathon is advised by Doug Walsh.  The AMS dial # is: 5704257. A copy of Jonathan’s thesis is available at the Entomology SharePoint page under announcements. Graduate Health Insurance for 2017-18 will continue:  The U.S. Department of Labor has decided to continue to allow subsidized student health insurance coverage! The report says it "will not assert that a premium reduction arrangement offered by an institution of higher education fails to satisfy PHS Act Section 2711 or 2713 if the arrangement is offered in connection with student health insurance coverage."  See below a link to the recent announcement from the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Treasury regarding graduate student health insurance.  This announcement means that WSU can continue to offer the graduate student health insurance program as we have in the past with no penalties.  The Graduate School is in the process of updating our offer letter template for this admission cycle, and it will include reference to a health insurance benefit for eligible graduate students.  Please access the templates at https://gradschool.wsu.edu/assistantships/. The Federal Clarification on Subsidized Graduate Assistant SHIP Coverage memo is attached. 2016/2017 Entomology Travel Scholarship Proposal. We are opening the application period for this year’s endowment-funded travel award applications.  If you are planning on attending a professional meeting and making a presentation or preparing a poster, you should consider applying for one of these endowments.  Applications will be open until 5pm on November 10th. There are four travel awards, each tied to one of our endowments where the donor asked that their money be used to support student travel. The student that wins each award receives the entire yield of that endowment, which typically ranges from $200-600 depending on market conditions and the size of the original donation. The goal is to highlight the generous gifts made by each donor by tying each award to a specific endowment.  Two endowments, Hastings and Telford, fund travel for “Early Career” students. This would include exceptional undergraduates, MS students, or students on a “straight to PhD” track that are early in their training. Two endowments, Getzin and Tamaki, fund travel for “Later Career” students. The faculty review committee will judge whether students qualify as early or later career, based on each year’s applicant pool. So, students don’t have to specify which type of award they are applying for.  In all cases, applications have three components, which should be emailed to Adam at adam.williams@wsu.edu:

  1. A 500 word (or less) essay from the student concisely explaining why you deserve the award. You might describe the significance of your presentation (is it an invited talk? is this a major national meeting? have you recently submitted or published particularly significant findings?), specific plans to build ties with possible postdoc advisors or other collaborators, etc. Travel awards can also be used to meet with collaborators outside of a national meeting; the need for this should be justified.
  2. The student’s updated CV.
  3. A 250 word (or less) memo from the major advisor describing why they feel their student is deserving of the award.
Please get in touch with any of the committee members if you have questions. Research and recognition awards have a separate deadline in the spring and will be described in a future email. The Student Awards Committee, Betsy Beers, Fang (Rose) Zhu, and Rich Zack. The WSU Extension Gardening Team is seeking graduate student authors and co-authors for extension publications for Master Gardeners. Contact Catherine Daniels cdaniels@wsu.edu to discuss possible topics and the FastTrack publication process. See the attached handout for more information.  The below links are examples of extension bulletins published through this process.  http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/PNW640/PNW640.pdf and http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/FS089E/FS089E.pdf Want to recruit excellent scholars to your program for Fall 2017? Consider nominating students for the Graduate School’s Research Assistantships for Diverse Scholars (RADS), which are intended to increase access and opportunities to graduate education for U.S. students from underrepresented/underserved communities and to increase graduate student diversity in our degree programs and Washington State University. Applications for RADS are due Monday, February 9th, 2017 at 5pm.  As an additional incentive, the Campus Visitation Program provides RADS nominees with a unique opportunity to visit WSU and meet with departments and communities on campus. The Campus Visitation Program has served as a powerful recruiting incentive for prospective WSU graduate students. Only students who are nominated for RADS or have been offered funding from the prospective department, will be eligible to participate in the Campus Visitation Program.  The campus visit will take place on the Pullman campus, March 5th- 8th, 2017.  For more information about guidelines and eligibility, and the RADS/ Campus Visitation Program nomination form, please visit our website: https://gradschool.wsu.edu/research-assistantship-for-diverse-scholars/  and feel free to send questions to gs.rads@wsu.edu. The Entomology Graduate Student Association is making a beneficial insects calendar. If you are interested in donating images for this project, email Abigail Cohen at abigail.cohen@wsu.edu. Versatile Ph.D. University Subscription: Did you know that WSU graduate students have access to the Versatile Ph.D. Program? Founded by Dr. Paula Chambers, Versatile Ph.D. is designed to prepare graduate students to excel in nonacademic careers. All you need is your WSU login to access information, including:
  • Discovering interesting career paths
  • Job listings appropriate for Ph.D.'s
  • Networking with successful Ph.D.'s nationwide
WSU UPCOMING NOMINATIONS
AWARD INFORMATION/APPLICATION DEADLINE
WSU President's Employee Excellence Award https://president.wsu.edu/employee-excellence/ Monday, November 9, 2016, at 5:00pm
Faculty Awards and Recognition https://faculty.wsu.edu/awards/featured-faculty/ Ongoing
The Office of Emergency Management and Environmental Health & Safety sent an email out that said that all laboratories must have a power outage plan.  Power outages impact WSU buildings differently, based upon the back-up power systems available and the cause of the outage. In general, only the life-safety systems within a building, e.g. emergency lighting, exit signs, fire sprinkler systems, are assured emergency power. Back-up power to almost all other building systems is subject to the availability of limited back-up/emergency generator capacity. Do not assume your building has back-up power, even buildings or building systems with emergency generators may be subject to outages if the generator is down. Emergency power may not be immediately available. See the attachment for the complete email that outlines what systems are impacted by power outages and recommendations. ***** EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.
  1. Postdoc Fellow, Auburn Univ., Auburn, AL
  2. Geospatial Analyst, Oak Ridge Assoc. Universities, Research Triangle Park, NC
  3. Research Project Coordinator, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
  4. Laboratory Manager (CASS & USDA), State of California and USDA, Riverside, CA
  5. Research Assistant Professor, Ent Dept., Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, KS
  6. Field Research Assistant/Tech, NW Contract Research, Brewster, WA
  7. Postdoc Fellow, Washington St. Univ., Pullman, WA
  8. Research Specialist, PSES Univ. of Idaho, Kimberly, ID
  9. Asst/Assoc Prof of Forest Health, CA Poly St Univ., San Luis Obispo, CA
***** Don’t forget to set you’re your clocks back one-hour on Saturday night, Nov. 5. Sign up for Mental Health First Aid training:  Interested in learning how to how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis? Join Health & Wellness Services for Mental Health First Aid training on October 13 or December 13th.  Learn how you can identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Get details on the program and see this semester’s training schedule: https://hws.wsu.edu/mental-health-first-aid/ The 2017 BIOAg request for proposals is now available!  The RFP is available on the BIOAg Grant Program<http://csanr.wsu.edu/csanr-grants/bioag-grant-program/> webpage. Letter of intent are requested by Nov. 18th, and project proposals are due Dec. 14th.  For more info contact Tara Zimmerman (goldsmitht@wsu.edu). Please consider nominating deserving graduate students from your unit for these awards. Nominees for each scholarship should be sent directly to Alanna Ellis (acellis@wsu.edu) in the Academic Programs Office. CAHNRS deadline for nominees for all but the Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines is Thursday, December 8, 2016.  Rich Zack, Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs will make final selections for the college and submit nominations by the Graduate School deadline. Effective January 2017, pesticide handlers and workers must be trained on an annual basis and training records must be kept. This is a big change from previous training intervals. For those who wish a copy of the new rules, you’ll find it here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-02/pdf/2015-25970.pdf  and the summary or new rules starts on page 67502.  Please make sure you review your training calendars, recordkeeping and content in order to be in compliance by January 1, 2017. For more info contact Catherine Daniels (cdaniels@wsu.edu) 2017 Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America meeting will be  April 2-5, 2017 at the Hilton DoubleTree in Portland, OR. Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting will be November 5-8, 2017 in Denver, CO. Program Symposia and Workshop submissions are now open.  http://www.entsoc.org/events/annual-meeting. Washington State Commission on Pesticide Registration has released the call for 2017 Request Proposals. Proposals will be presented at the December 13 and 14, 2016 meeting in Ellensburg.  See attachment for more details and application form.    

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October 24, 2016

The next faculty meetings will be on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at 10:30 AM-11:30 AM.  The AMS dial # is: 5704304.   Dr. Zack is doing the ENTOM 101 Insects as Food event on November 4th at 11:00 AM-12:30 PM in the Ensminger Pavilion.  He is in need of help on that day with set up, clean up and serving.  If you can help with this event please let him know as soon as possible. Entomology Colloquium:  The speaker for Monday, October 31st presentation is Dr.  Chaoyang Zhao. The title of his presentation is “The From Hessian Fly to Phylloxera: Plant Manipulation by Galling Insects.”  To learn more about Dr.  Zhao go to:  http://www.nabitylab.org/dr-chaoyang-zhao.html. Dr. Zhao is a postdoctoral researcher in the Paul Nabity Lab.  All colloquium presentations will be held in FSHN 354, the Entomology Department classroom and begin at 2:10 PM.  The AMS dial # is 5709250. Adrian Marshall will be doing his PhD Preliminary Exam on Monday, November 7, 2016.  His seminar will be at 2-3 PM in FSHN 354 with the exam to follow in FSHN 164. His seminar is titled “Exclusion efficacy and non-target Effects of Shade Netting in Orchards.” Adrian is advised by Betsy Beers.  The AMS dial # is: 5704099. Jonathan S. O'Hearn will be doing his Master of Science defense on November 8, 2016, beginning with the seminar at 1:00 PM in FSHN 164 followed by his final exam.  The title of his thesis is: “Evaluating the Toxicity of Candidate Organic and Conventional Insecticides on Western Grape Leafhopper (Erythroneura elegantula) and Virginia Creeper Leafhopper (Erythoneura ziczac) (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) Under Vineyard and Laboratory Conditions.”  The exam will be originating from Prosser.  Jonathon is advised by Doug Walsh.  The AMS dial # is: 5704257. A copy of Jonathan’s thesis is available at the Entomology SharePoint page under announcements. David James mentioned in an October 26, 2016 WSU Daily Evergreen article titled “Monarch migrations: WSU study tracks winter destinations of declining butterfly populations.”  To read the article go to:  http://www.dailyevergreen.com/news/article_824e41e2-9b14-11e6-b978-df40ff11cfe2.html Allen Felsot gave an invited presentation titled, "Pesticides and Health:  Myths & realities", at the PestWorld 2016 conference sponsored by the North American Pest Management Association in Seattle, October 18-20, 2016. He also gave an invited seminar titled, "Genetically Engineered (GE) Crops:  Science Meets Environmental Politics" at Walla Walla University, October 25, 2016. We are opening the application period for this year’s endowment-funded travel award applications.  If you are planning on attending a professional meeting and making a presentation or preparing a poster, you should consider applying for one of these endowments.  Applications will be open until 5pm on November 10th. There are four travel awards, each tied to one of our endowments where the donor asked that their money be used to support student travel. The student that wins each award receives the entire yield of that endowment, which typically ranges from $200-600 depending on market conditions and the size of the original donation. The goal is to highlight the generous gifts made by each donor by tying each award to a specific endowment. Two endowments, Hastings and Telford, fund travel for “Early Career” students. This would include exceptional undergraduates, MS students, or students on a “straight to PhD” track that are early in their training. Two endowments, Getzin and Tamaki, fund travel for “Later Career” students. The faculty review committee will judge whether students qualify as early or later career, based on each year’s applicant pool. So, students don’t have to specify which type of award they are applying for. In all cases, applications have three components, which should be emailed to Adam at adam.williams@wsu.edu: 2016/2017 Entomology Travel Scholarship Proposal. We are opening the application period for this year’s endowment-funded travel award applications.  If you are planning on attending a professional meeting and making a presentation or preparing a poster, you should consider applying for one of these endowments.  Applications will be open until 5pm on November 10th. There are four travel awards, each tied to one of our endowments where the donor asked that their money be used to support student travel. The student that wins each award receives the entire yield of that endowment, which typically ranges from $200-600 depending on market conditions and the size of the original donation. The goal is to highlight the generous gifts made by each donor by tying each award to a specific endowment.  Two endowments, Hastings and Telford, fund travel for “Early Career” students. This would include exceptional undergraduates, MS students, or students on a “straight to PhD” track that are early in their training. Two endowments, Getzin and Tamaki, fund travel for “Later Career” students. The faculty review committee will judge whether students qualify as early or later career, based on each year’s applicant pool. So, students don’t have to specify which type of award they are applying for.  In all cases, applications have three components, which should be emailed to Adam at adam.williams@wsu.edu:

  1. A 500 word (or less) essay from the student concisely explaining why you deserve the award. You might describe the significance of your presentation (is it an invited talk? is this a major national meeting? have you recently submitted or published particularly significant findings?), specific plans to build ties with possible postdoc advisors or other collaborators, etc. Travel awards can also be used to meet with collaborators outside of a national meeting; the need for this should be justified.
  2. The student’s updated CV.
  3. A 250 word (or less) memo from the major advisor describing why they feel their student is deserving of the award.
Please get in touch with any of the committee members if you have questions. Research and recognition awards have a separate deadline in the spring and will be described in a future email. The Student Awards Committee, Betsy Beers, Fang (Rose) Zhu, and Rich Zack. The Entomology Graduate Student Association is making a beneficial insects calendar. If you are interested in donating images for this project, email Abigail Cohen at abigail.cohen@wsu.edu. Free Evergreen ads for student groups: Do you belong to a registered student organization at WSU? The Daily Evergreen and the WSU Pullman Services and Activities Fees Committee have partnered to let you advertise your RSO event for free. Ad options include business cards, a full page in the print edition, and a banner across the Evergreen website. All ad applications must be approved by the Advertising Fund committee. Preference is given to RSOs but any student group may apply for funding.  Funding is limited, so apply early on CougSync. On September 23, 2016, an email went out to all faculty, lab managers, staff regarding the WSU Laboratory Signage Program with a deadline to have this done by the October 28thPlease let Dory know when you have completed this project in your lab.  In case you forgot a copy of the email is attached.  WSU Facilities Operations has alerted us of a temporary shutdown of the 5kV Life Safety feeder at around 8:00pm. on Saturday, October 29th, and again around 2:00am on Sunday, October 30th, in support of WSU's generation system testing which will occur between the Life Safety Feeder outages. Washington State Commission on Pesticide Registration has released the call for 2017 Request Proposals. Proposals will be presented at the December 13 and 14, 2016 meeting in Ellensburg.  See attachment for more details and application form.

WSU UPCOMING NOMINATIONS

AWARD INFORMATION/APPLICATION DEADLINE
CAHNRS Advising, Extension, Research, Staff, Teaching, and Team Awards http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/academics/college-awards/ Monday, October 31, 2016
WSU President's Employee Excellence Award https://president.wsu.edu/employee-excellence/ Monday, November 9, 2016, at 5:00pm
Faculty Awards and Recognition https://faculty.wsu.edu/awards/featured-faculty/ Ongoing
***** EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.
  1. Research Assist/Assoc. Professor of Field Crop Entomology, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  2. Entomologist, Alternative Mosquito Control & Applied Research Branch, Harris Co., Houston, TX
  3. Extension Program Specialist – Field Crop Entomology, Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA
  4. Agricultural and Standards Investigator I, Alameda County, Oakland, CA
  5. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Texas A&M AgriLife, Weslaco,TX
  6. Agricultural Research Tech I, Texas A&M AgriLife, Weslaco,TX
  7. Entomologist VI, State of Hawaii, Wailuku/Kahului, Maui, HI
  8. Research Assistant, North Carolina St. Univ., Fort Collins, CO
  9. Assistant Professor, Oregon State University, Central Point, OR
***** Sign up for Mental Health First Aid training:  Interested in learning how to how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis? Join Health & Wellness Services for Mental Health First Aid training on October 13 or December 13th.  Learn how you can identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Get details on the program and see this semester’s training schedule: https://hws.wsu.edu/mental-health-first-aid/ The 2017 BIOAg request for proposals is now available!  The RFP is available on the BIOAg Grant Program<http://csanr.wsu.edu/csanr-grants/bioag-grant-program/> webpage. Letter of intent are requested by Nov. 18th, and project proposals are due Dec. 14th.  For more info contact Tara Zimmerman (goldsmitht@wsu.edu).  Please consider nominating deserving graduate students from your unit for these awards. Nominees for each scholarship should be sent directly to Alanna Ellis (acellis@wsu.edu) in the Academic Programs Office. CAHNRS deadline for nominees for all but the Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines is Thursday, December 8, 2016.  Rich Zack, Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs will make final selections for the college and submit nominations by the Graduate School deadline. Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting will be November 5-8, 2017 in Denver, CO. Program Symposia and Workshop submissions are now open.  http://www.entsoc.org/events/annual-meeting.[/textblock][list display_type="accordion" img_size="full" display_accordion="1" title="" tag="h2" headline_tag="h5" hide_excerpt="" hide_link="" posts_per_page="100" csshook="" bg_image="" source="feed" post_type="post" taxonomy="category" terms="Newsletter Archive 2016" remote_posts_per_page="5"][/list][/column][/row][/section]

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October 17, 2016

Entomology Colloquium:  The speaker for Monday, October 24th at 2:10 PM is Dr. Cynthia Gleason. The title of her presentation is “The Underground Battle Between Plants and Root-Knot Nematodes.”  To learn more about Dr. Gleason go to:  http://plantpath.wsu.edu/people/faculty/gleason/ .  All colloquium presentations will be held in FSHN 354, the Entomology Department classroom and begin at 2:10 PM.  The AMS dial # is 5709250. Surplus Stores will be coming next week to pick up any unwanted/unneeded items from the department.  If you have anything you would like to add, please bring it to the hallway beside FSHN 166.  If you have any questions, please contact Jane Lawford. Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardee:

  • Beverly Gerdeman who is the recipient of a $$6,623 grant from the Washington Blueberry Commission (10/18/16) Potential for Exirel as a Drench for Control of Larval Root Weevils in Highbush Blueberry
  • W. Steve Sheppard and Brandon Hopkins who are the recipients of a $35,193 grant from the California Almond Board (10/17/16) Honey Bee Stock Improvement Program: Importation, Evaluation and Utilization of Honey Bee Germplasm
  • Vince Jones, Dave Crowder, Bill Snyder, Carrie Wohleb are the recipients of a $245,684 grant from the Washington Dept. of Agriculture (10//17/16) Expanding the WSU Decision Support Systems in Potato and Tree Fruit
  • Todd Murray who is the recipient of a $10,801 grant from WA state/USDA/APHIS (10/10/2016) Columbia Gorge Invasive Species Project: A Regional Approach
  • David Crowder and Aaron Esser who are the recipients of a $324,986 grant from USDA/NIFA (10/06/16) Improving integrated pest management of wireworms in cereal crops
  • Rich Zack who is the recipient of a $80,582 grant from USDA/ARS (10/6/16) Improving integrated pest management of wireworms in cereal crops
  • Dave Crowder, Kevin Murphy, Girish Ganjyal and John Reganold are the recipients of a $1,999,950 grant from USDA/ARS (10/7/16) Improving integrated pest management of wireworms in cereal crops
For more info go to:  http://informer.or.wsu.edu/RecentFacultyAwards.aspx The Entomology Graduate Student Association is making a beneficial insects calendar. If you are interested in donating images for this project, email Abigail Cohen at abigail.cohen@wsu.edu. On September 23, 2016, an email went out to all faculty, lab managers, staff regarding the WSU Laboratory Signage Program with a deadline to have this done by the October 28thPlease let Dory know when you have completed this project in your lab.  In case you forgot a copy of the email is attached.  Washington State Commission on Pesticide Registration has released the call for 2017 Request Proposals. Proposals will be presented at the December 13 and 14, 2016 meeting in Ellensburg.  See attachment for more details and application form. We are pleased to announce the call for nomination letters for 2016-2017 CAHNRS Advising, Extension, Research, Staff, Teaching, and Team Awards:  We encourage administrators, faculty, students, and staff to nominate deserving candidates from your department or program in as many categories as possible, but request nominations be limited to one person per award category per department. As always, people must be nominated to have an opportunity to receive these awards.  Acknowledging people for “beyond the call of duty efforts” creates a celebratory moment for deserving awardees. We often spend our time focusing on what we are concerned about or frustrated with in this environment.  The award process creates a rare opportunity for all of us to acknowledge what we value and appreciate about people that work tirelessly to do their best to make a positive contribution on a daily basis.  It also is important to note that winning a college award typically serves as a gateway for people to be competitive for university, regional and national awards.  Please carefully consider making an effort to acknowledge those among us who have made extraordinary efforts to contribute to the CAHNRS experience, because they deserve to be commended for their efforts.  Discuss your intention to nominate a candidate with your department chair/director prior to submitting a letter to coordinate the process across your program/department. Details concerning the nomination and selection process are as follows:
  1. Click here to access the official CAHNRS awards webpage where you will find a list of advising, extension, research, staff, teaching, and team awards.
  2. For more information about these awards and instructions on how to nominate deserving individuals, please click on Advising, Extension, Research, Staff, Teaching and Team Award Nomination Process.
  3. On the award nomination process page, you will find:
  4. Deadline Dates and Activities
  5. Award Eligibility
  6. Nomination Process
  7. Specific details and guidelines for each award can be accessed by clicking on the link for that specific award.
  8. A one-page electronic nomination letter is requested that justifies the merit of the nominee and lists worthy accomplishments related to the intentions of the award.
III.   Submit letters to Alanna Ellis (acellis@wsu.edu) by Monday, October 31, 2016
  1. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Alanna Ellis (509-335-4562, acellis@wsu.edu) in the CAHNRS Academic Programs Office.
Thank you for helping us acknowledge outstanding contributors to our college. A note from Adam Williams: Nominations are welcome and encouraged from all, but coordination with ENT Faculty Awards Committee charged with nominating Entomology faculty is requested as it will help ensure success in the faculty awards group.  Some faculty nominations have already been identified from the unit, please contact the committee chair Catherine Daniels for ways to assist.  

WSU UPCOMING NOMINATIONS

AWARD INFORMATION/APPLICATION DEADLINE
CAHNRS Advising, Extension, Research, Staff, Teaching, and Team Awards http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/academics/college-awards/ Monday, October 31, 2016
WSU President's Employee Excellence Award https://president.wsu.edu/employee-excellence/ Monday, November 9, 2015, at 5:00pm
Faculty Awards and Recognition https://faculty.wsu.edu/awards/featured-faculty/ Ongoing
***** EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.
  1. Manager of Queen Production & Colony Health, Barkman Apiaries, Blountstown, FL
  2. Ag Business Specialist, Butler County Extension, Univ. of Missouri Health Ctr., Popular Bluff, MO
  3. Entomologist 1, State of Mississippi, Bolivar County, MS
  4. Post Doc Fellow, Entomology Dept., Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, KS
  5. Agricultural Biologist I, County of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
  6. Assistant Research Scientist, Texas A&M Life Sci., College Station, TX
  7. Agronomy Specialist, Crawford Co. Extension, Univ. of Missouri, Central, MO
  8. Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Medical Care Devel. International, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
  9. Public Health Entomologist, State of Ohio, Franklin County, OH
  10. Plant Pest Specialist, St. of No. Carolina, Wake County, NC
  11. Post Doc Research Associate, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  12. Director and Associate/Full Professor, Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, Univ. Florida, Alachua, FL
*****  Please consider nominating deserving graduate students from your unit for these awards. Nominees for each scholarship should be sent directly to Alanna Ellis (acellis@wsu.edu) in the Academic Programs Office. CAHNRS deadline for nominees for all but the Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines is Thursday, December 8, 2016.  Rich Zack, Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs will make final selections for the college and submit nominations by the Graduate School deadline.  Effective January 2017, pesticide handlers and workers must be trained on an annual basis and training records must be kept. This is a big change from previous training intervals. For those who wish a copy of the new rules, you’ll find it here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-02/pdf/2015-25970.pdf  and the summary or new rules starts on page 67502.  Please make sure you review your training calendars, recordkeeping and content in order to be in compliance by January 1, 2017. For more info contact Catherine Daniels (cdaniels@wsu.edu) Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting will be November 5-8, 2017 in Denver, CO. Program Symposia and Workshop submissions are now open.  http://www.entsoc.org/events/annual-meeting.         [/textblock][list display_type="accordion" img_size="full" display_accordion="1" title="" tag="h2" headline_tag="h5" hide_excerpt="" hide_link="" posts_per_page="100" csshook="" bg_image="" source="feed" post_type="post" taxonomy="category" terms="Newsletter Archive 2016" remote_posts_per_page="5"][/list][/column][/row][/section]

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October 10, 2016

Entomology Colloquium:  The speaker for Monday, October 10th at 2:10 PM is Dr Beverly Gerdemen.  The title of her presentation is “Western Washington Entomology: Diverse, Cryptic and Challenging.”  To learn more about Dr. Gerdeman go to:  http://mtvernon.wsu.edu/ENTOMOLOGY/Staff/BGerdeman.html.  All colloquium presentations will be held in FSHN 354, the Entomology Department classroom and begin at 2:10 PM.  The AMS dial # is 5709250. On September 23, 2016, an email went out to all faculty, lab managers, staff regarding the WSU Laboratory Signage Program with a deadline to have this done by the October 28thPlease let Dory know when you have completed this project in your lab.  In case you forgot, a copy of the email is attached.  Washington State Commission on Pesticide Registration has released the call for 2017 Request Proposals. Proposals will be presented at the December 13 and 14, 2016 meeting in Ellensburg.  See attachment for more details and application form. We are pleased to announce the call for nomination letters for 2016-2017 CAHNRS Advising, Extension, Research, Staff, Teaching, and Team Awards:  We encourage administrators, faculty, students, and staff to nominate deserving candidates from your department or program in as many categories as possible, but request nominations be limited to one person per award category per department. As always, people must be nominated to have an opportunity to receive these awards.  Acknowledging people for “beyond the call of duty efforts” creates a celebratory moment for deserving awardees. We often spend our time focusing on what we are concerned about or frustrated with in this environment.  The award process creates a rare opportunity for all of us to acknowledge what we value and appreciate about people that work tirelessly to do their best to make a positive contribution on a daily basis.  It also is important to note that winning a college award typically serves as a gateway for people to be competitive for university, regional and national awards.  Please carefully consider making an effort to acknowledge those among us who have made extraordinary efforts to contribute to the CAHNRS experience, because they deserve to be commended for their efforts.  Discuss your intention to nominate a candidate with your department chair/director prior to submitting a letter to coordinate the process across your program/department. Details concerning the nomination and selection process are as follows:

  1. Click here to access the official CAHNRS awards webpage where you will find a list of advising, extension, research, staff, teaching, and team awards.
  2. For more information about these awards and instructions on how to nominate deserving individuals, please click on Advising, Extension, Research, Staff, Teaching and Team Award Nomination Process.
  3. On the award nomination process page, you will find:
  4. Deadline Dates and Activities
  5. Award Eligibility
  6. Nomination Process
  7. Specific details and guidelines for each award can be accessed by clicking on the link for that specific award.
  8. A one-page electronic nomination letter is requested that justifies the merit of the nominee and lists worthy accomplishments related to the intentions of the award.
III.   Submit letters to Alanna Ellis (acellis@wsu.edu) by Monday, October 31, 2016
  1. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Alanna Ellis (509-335-4562, acellis@wsu.edu) in the CAHNRS Academic Programs Office.
Thank you for helping us acknowledge outstanding contributors to our college. A note from Adam Williams: Nominations are welcome and encouraged from all, but coordination with ENT Faculty Awards Committee charged with nominating Entomology faculty is requested as it will help ensure success in the faculty awards group.  Some faculty nominations have already been identified from the unit, please contact the committee chair Catherine Daniels for ways to assist.  

WSU UPCOMING NOMINATIONS

AWARD INFORMATION/APPLICATION DEADLINE
CAHNRS Advising, Extension, Research, Staff, Teaching, and Team Awards http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/academics/college-awards/ Monday, October 31, 2016
WSU President's Employee Excellence Award https://president.wsu.edu/employee-excellence/ Monday, November 9, 2015, at 5:00pm
Faculty Awards and Recognition https://faculty.wsu.edu/awards/featured-faculty/ Ongoing
  The Academic Success and Career Center (ASCC) is currently recruiting current WSU students for our spring 2017 open tutoring positions. The application will be available until November 18th. I am currently recruiting for all subjects.  They can find out more information and the application here: https://ascc.wsu.edu/academic-services/peer-tutoring/becoming-a-tutor/.  Tutors must have completed 30 credits and at least 15 credits must be from WSU.  Tutors must obtain a signed recommendation from a WSU faculty member in the Department for each subject area they wish to tutor and also have the approval of the Tutorial Program Coordinator.  Peer tutor applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and at least a 3.0 in the courses that they wish to tutor. Under special circumstances a GPA below 3.0 will be accepted. Tutors need patience, good verbal communication skills, and the ability to work with students from varied backgrounds and with varieties of skill levels. Tutors who are on an assistantship, TA/RA position need to clear adding tutoring (a time slip position) with their departments. Must Enroll/attend UNIV 497-06 for Spring 2017. Compensation and Benefits:  Paid position $10.00/hour or $13.00/hour for Work Study. This is an opportunity to gain leadership experience and help fellow WSU students succeed.  Tutors can set their own hours if tutoring privately.  Tutoring hours count toward the 80 hours required for certification in Education.  If you  have questions contact Alicia Petersen Alicia.petersen@wsu.edu.   The Office of Emergency Management and Environmental Health & Safety sent an email out that said that all laboratories must have a power outage plan.  Power outages impact WSU buildings differently, based upon the back-up power systems available and the cause of the outage. In general, only the life-safety systems within a building, e.g. emergency lighting, exit signs, fire sprinkler systems, are assured emergency power. Back-up power to almost all other building systems is subject to the availability of limited back-up/emergency generator capacity. Do not assume your building has back-up power, even buildings or building systems with emergency generators may be subject to outages if the generator is down. Emergency power may not be immediately available. See the attachment for the complete email that outlines what systems are impacted by power outages and recommendations. ***** EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.
  1. Business and Tech App Analyst, (NSF/CIPM) North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC
  2. Regional Assoc Director/Field Research Coordinator, Univ. of California, Davis, CA
  3. AgCenter Research Associate, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, LA
  4. Vector Biologist, Debug Project, Verily Life Sci., South San Francisco, CA
  5. Lands Program Manager (Forest Health Prog), Idaho Dept of Lads, Coeur d’Alene, ID
  6. Research Asst. Professor, Central State Univ., Wilberforce, OH
  7. Washington St. Univ., Regional Extension Ag Specialist, Clark County Ext. Office, Vancouver, WA
  8. Pesticide Specialist II, Dept of Agriculture, Wake County, NC
  9. Postdoc RA, Texas A&M AgriLife, Corpus Christi, TX
  10. Coffee Berry Borer Statewide Survey/Field Tech.,
***** Sign up for Mental Health First Aid training:  Interested in learning how to how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis? Join Health & Wellness Services for Mental Health First Aid training on October 13 or December 13th.  Learn how you can identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Get details on the program and see this semester’s training schedule: https://hws.wsu.edu/mental-health-first-aid/   The 2017 BIOAg request for proposals is now available!  The RFP is available on the BIOAg Grant Program<http://csanr.wsu.edu/csanr-grants/bioag-grant-program/> webpage. Letter of intent are requested by Nov. 18th, and project proposals are due Dec. 14th.  For more info contact Tara Zimmerman (goldsmitht@wsu.edu).   Please consider nominating deserving graduate students from your unit for these awards. Nominees for each scholarship should be sent directly to Alanna Ellis (acellis@wsu.edu) in the Academic Programs Office. CAHNRS deadline for nominees for all but the Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines is Thursday, December 8, 2016.  Rich Zack, Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs will make final selections for the college and submit nominations by the Graduate School deadline.   Effective January 2017, pesticide handlers and workers must be trained on an annual basis and training records must be kept. This is a big change from previous training intervals. For those who wish a copy of the new rules, you’ll find it here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-02/pdf/2015-25970.pdf  and the summary or new rules starts on page 67502.  Please make sure you review your training calendars, recordkeeping and content in order to be in compliance by January 1, 2017. For more info contact Catherine Daniels (cdaniels@wsu.edu)  2017 Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America meeting will be April 2-5, 2017 at the Hilton DoubleTree in Portland, OR. Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting will be November 5-8, 2017 in Denver, CO. Program Symposia and Workshop submissions are now open.  http://www.entsoc.org/events/annual-meeting.[/textblock][list display_type="accordion" img_size="full" display_accordion="1" title="" tag="h2" headline_tag="h5" hide_excerpt="" hide_link="" posts_per_page="100" csshook="" bg_image="" source="feed" post_type="post" taxonomy="category" terms="Newsletter Archive 2016" remote_posts_per_page="5"][/list][/column][/row][/section]

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October 3, 2016

If any of you have news to share or have upcoming events please send by Thursday noon to our SmartSheet notification page at: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=b7c943ec39084d74a98410f50b4db935.    Congratulations to WSU Entomology Student winners at The ESA/ICE meetings at the XXV International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, FL Sept. 25-30, 2016: Adekunleribbon Adesanya won 1st place in the PhD student poster for the Acarology and Stored Products Section Paul Chisholm won 1st place in the student oral presentation for the Agricultural and Forest Entomology: Vectors and Others section Robert Orpet won 2nd place in the Integrated Pest Management and Sustainable Agriculture: Pest Physiology section Emily Wine won 2nd place for her poster in the Apidology, Sericulture, and Social Insects: Bees section   Entomology Colloquium:  The speaker for Monday, October 10th at 2:10 PM is Dr. Robert Schaeffer.  The title of his presentation is “Microbial Mediation of Pollination Services.”  To learn more about Dr. Schaeffer go to:  http://www.robertnschaeffer.com/research.html.  All colloquium presentations will be held in FSHN 354, the Entomology Department classroom.  The AMS dial # is 5709250.    Brandon Hopkins and Sue Cobey were featured in a Capital Press article published in September 22, 2016.  The article is titled Researchers travel world to breed a better honeybee.  The article is attached.   Catherine Daniels forwarded us a link for an article about the interesting construction of a colossal wasp nest in the UK.  To see the article go to:  http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-37471529.   Joseph Taylor and Bill Snyder were both featured in the WSU Graduate School’s 2015 Annual Report.  Go to pages 10 and 11 of the report to read the notations.  The 2015 Grad School report is attached.   GPSA is sponsoring a Graduate Student Health Insurance Town Hall meeting on October 12th in CUE 419 starting at 5:00 PM.   On September 23, 2016, an email went out to all faculty, lab managers, staff regarding the WSU Laboratory Signage Program with a deadline to have this done by the October 28thPlease let Dory know when you have completed this project in your lab.  In case you forgot a copy of the email is attached.    We are pleased to announce the call for nomination letters for 2016-2017 CAHNRS Advising, Extension, Research, Staff, Teaching, and Team Awards:  We encourage administrators, faculty, students, and staff to nominate deserving candidates from your department or program in as many categories as possible, but request nominations be limited to one person per award category per department. As always, people must be nominated to have an opportunity to receive these awards.  Acknowledging people for “beyond the call of duty efforts” creates a celebratory moment for deserving awardees. We often spend our time focusing on what we are concerned about or frustrated with in this environment.  The award process creates a rare opportunity for all of us to acknowledge what we value and appreciate about people that work tirelessly to do their best to make a positive contribution on a daily basis.  It also is important to note that winning a college award typically serves as a gateway for people to be competitive for university, regional and national awards.  Please carefully consider making an effort to acknowledge those among us who have made extraordinary efforts to contribute to the CAHNRS experience, because they deserve to be commended for their efforts.  Discuss your intention to nominate a candidate with your department chair/director prior to submitting a letter to coordinate the process across your program/department. Details concerning the nomination and selection process are as follows:

  1. Click here to access the official CAHNRS awards webpage where you will find a list of advising, extension, research, staff, teaching, and team awards.
  2. For more information about these awards and instructions on how to nominate deserving individuals, please click on Advising, Extension, Research, Staff, Teaching and Team Award Nomination Process.
  3. On the award nomination process page, you will find:
  4. Deadline Dates and Activities
  5. Award Eligibility
  6. Nomination Process
  7. Specific details and guidelines for each award can be accessed by clicking on the link for that specific award.
  8. A one-page electronic nomination letter is requested that justifies the merit of the nominee and lists worthy accomplishments related to the intentions of the award.
III.   Submit letters to Alanna Ellis (acellis@wsu.edu) by Monday, October 31, 2016
  1. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Alanna Ellis (509-335-4562, acellis@wsu.edu) in the CAHNRS Academic Programs Office.
Thank you for helping us acknowledge outstanding contributors to our college. A note from Adam Williams: Nominations are welcome and encouraged from all, but coordination with ENT Faculty Awards Committee charged with nominating Entomology faculty is requested as it will help ensure success in the faculty awards group.  Some faculty nominations have already been identified from the unit, please contact the committee chair Catherine Daniels for ways to assist.   The Academic Success and Career Center (ASCC) is currently recruiting current WSU students for our spring 2017 open tutoring positions. The application will be available until November 18th,. I am currently recruiting for all subjects.  They can find out more information and the application here: https://ascc.wsu.edu/academic-services/peer-tutoring/becoming-a-tutor/.  Tutors must have completed 30 credits and at least 15 credits must be from WSU.  Tutors must obtain a signed recommendation from a WSU faculty member in the Department for each subject area they wish to tutor and also have the approval of the Tutorial Program Coordinator.  Peer tutor applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and at least a 3.0 in the courses that they wish to tutor. Under special circumstances a GPA below 3.0 will be accepted. Tutors need patience, good verbal communication skills, and the ability to work with students from varied backgrounds and with varieties of skill levels. Tutors who are on an assistantship, TA/RA position need to clear adding tutoring (a time slip position) with their departments. Must Enroll/attend UNIV 497-06 for Spring 2017. Compensation and Benefits:  Paid position $10.00/hour or $13.00/hour for Work Study. This is an opportunity to gain leadership experience and help fellow WSU students succeed.  Tutors can set their own hours if tutoring privately.  Tutoring hours count toward the 80 hours required for certification in Education.  If you  have questions contact Alicia Petersen Alicia.petersen@wsu.edu.   Deadline to Submit Midterm Grades via myWSU Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by 5:00 pm.  See attachment for more info. ***** EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.
  1. Assistant Professor/Arbovirology, Entomology Dept., Blacksburg, VA
  2. Assistant. Associate or Full Professor, North Carolina St. Univ., Raleigh, NC
  3. Fly Casting Instructor, L. L. Bean, Danbury, and in CT, Burlington, VT, Freeport, ME
  4. Extension Educator-Crops (2 positions), Univ. of Minnesota, Crookston, MN
  5. Regional Agronomy Specialist & County Prog Director, Unv. Of Missouri-Columbia; Richmond, MO
  6. Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Entomology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  7. Research Associate, Texas A&M AgriLife, College Station, TX
  8. Research Assistant, Texas A&M, AgriLife, College Station, TX
  9. Assistant Cooperative Extension Spec. IPM of Orchard Crops, Entomology Dept., UC Riverside, Riverside, CA
  10. Assistant Professor/Insect Ecology Physiology, Dept of Entomology, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
  11. Medical Entomologist-Illinois Natural History Survey, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
  12. Extension Program Specialist II-III-Field Crop Entomology, Iowa St.  Univ., Ames, IA
***** Sign up for Mental Health First Aid training:  Interested in learning how to how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis? Join Health & Wellness Services for Mental Health First Aid training on October 13 or December 13th.  Learn how you can identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Get details on the program and see this semester’s training schedule: https://hws.wsu.edu/mental-health-first-aid/    Effective January 2017, pesticide handlers and workers must be trained on an annual basis and training records must be kept. This is a big change from previous training intervals. For those who wish a copy of the new rules, you’ll find it here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-02/pdf/2015-25970.pdf  and the summary or new rules starts on page 67502.  Please make sure you review your training calendars, recordkeeping and content in order to be in compliance by January 1, 2017. For more info contact Catherine Daniels (cdaniels@wsu.edu)  2017 Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America meeting will be April 2-5, 2017 at the Hilton DoubleTree in Portland, OR. Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting will be November 5-8, 2017 in Denver, CO. Program Symposia and Workshop submissions are now open.  http://www.entsoc.org/events/annual-meeting. Help us get the word out:  If you have announcements (i.e., awards, upcoming events) that you would like communicated to others you can do that by going to our SmartSheet Submission page at https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=b7c943ec39084d74a98410f50b4db935.  You will also be able to find the Main Office Request(s) forms at this page.  If you have questions contact Adam at adam.williams@wsu.edu  

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September 26, 2016

If any of you have news to share or have upcoming events please send by Thursday noon to our SmartSheet notification page at: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=b7c943ec39084d74a98410f50b4db935.   The September/October faculty meeting will be on October 7, 2016, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM in FSHN 164.  The dial in number for all sites is5709574.   Facilities Operations will be doing a job that will affect the deionized water supply in FSHN Bldg from 4 PM today until 6 AM on Tuesday Sept 4th.  The reason for this project from Facilities Operations:  Someone is running DI water down the drain at a very high rate. Over 1000 gallons in the last 24 hours. This is not normal so if someone is wasting please turn it off or if something is broken please call 335-9000. thanks for your help.  Before you leave today please check your lab areas to see if there is a leakage problem.   d-crowderEntomology Faculty wins biological control award.  Dave Crowder, Assistant Professor of Entomology received the prestigious Early Career Excellence in Research Award from the International Organization of Biological Control.  This award is given annually to a promising early career researcher studying natural pest control of arthropods.     Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees: 

  • Vince Jones who received a grant from O/K SIRP in the amount of $117,017 (9/12)
To develop needed modifications for implementation of the WSU-Decision Aid System for British Columbia Fruit Growers
  • Walter S Sheppard from the USDA/ARS in the amount of $10,700 for the Collection and Cryopreservation of Honey Bee Germplasm (9/23)
  • Doug Walsh received grants from:
The USDA/NIFA/AFRP in the amount of $240,000 for Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management on Alfalfa Produced as a Seed Crop (9/20) USDA/NIFA/Crop Protection and IPM a grant in the amount of $323,491 for Developing and Delivering IPM Strategies Expanding US Hop Industry (9/23) The Washington Hop Commission in the amount of $34,000 for Hop Entomology Research (9/25) For more info go to:  http://informer.or.wsu.edu/RecentFacultyAwards.aspx   John Stark is one of the featured researchers on the Drive to 25 webpage.  Read the article titled “Advancing solutions to halt stormwater pollution” at https://research.wsu.edu/2015/09/14/removing-pollutants-from-urban-runoff/.   David James was featured in a KXTV news segment on September 29th. The program discussed the steady progress being made in understanding the migration routes taken by PNW Monarch butterflies to overwintering sites in California and perhaps Mexico. Entomology’s Dr. David James’ research was cited when John Bartell, KXTV (5:50 PM. PDT September 29, 2016) reported of four recoveries of PNW Monarchs that traveled up to 600 miles were made in northern California in September. See the ABC10 report here: http://www.abc10.com/news/local/california/why-does-this-butterfly-have-a-sticker-on-it/327865578   Brandon Hopkins was featured in an article in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and 2016 Fall Northwest Farm and Ranch magazine.  The article is about the WSU Cryopreservation program. The article is attached.   The Office of Emergency Management and Environmental Health & Safety sent an email out that said that all laboratories must have a power outage plan.  Power outages impact WSU buildings differently, based upon the back-up power systems available and the cause of the outage. In general, only the life-safety systems within a building, e.g. emergency lighting, exit signs, fire sprinkler systems, are assured emergency power. Back-up power to almost all other building systems is subject to the availability of limited back-up/emergency generator capacity. Do not assume your building has back-up power, even buildings or building systems with emergency generators may be subject to outages if the generator is down. Emergency power may not be immediately available. See the attachment for the complete email that outlines what systems are impacted by power outages and recommendations.   It is my pleasure to announce two guest lectures on Oct 27 and a workshop on active learning on Oct 28. Please use the attached flyer to spread the word about the lectures. The workshop information is also below as is the link to registration.  These events were organized and sponsored by the WSU Teaching Academy, the Office of Research; ADVANCE at WSU; the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences; the College of Arts and Sciences; and the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. We hope that you take the time to encourage your faculty to attend. The lectures will be broadcast via AMS but the workshop requires face-to-face participation. Thank you all for all you do to make teaching a priority at WSU. The WSU News item and link to registration is below. Feel free to email Laura Lavine lavine@wsu.edu with any questions.  See attached flyer with more info. ***** EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.
  1. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Texas A&M Univ., College Station TX
  2. Faculty Assistant, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD
  3. Plant Inspector, State of Tennessee, Knox County, TN
  4. Assistant Division Manager for Forest Health, State of Washington, Olympia, WA
  5. Agricultural/Food Scientist II, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  6. M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship – Sagebrush Insect Ecol., Montana St Univ, Bozeman, MT
  7. Biological Scientist/Agricultural Scientist, Univ. of Florida-NFREC, Quincy, FL
  8. USDA Res. Entomologist-Molecular Insect Systematics, Logan, UT
  9. Assistant Professor of Entomology, Penn St Univ., University Park, PA
  10. Research Entomologist (Res. Associate), Washington, DC
  11. Postdoctoral Res. Assoc., Entomology & Plant Pathology, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
*****  October 7: Last day to Apply for Degree for fall 2016 graduate without a late fee (ends at 11:59 p.m.).   The National Academy of Sciences is accepting nominations for the NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences. NAS membership is not required to nominate candidates or to be considered for an award. Please help spread the word that the nomination process is underway!    The NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences recognizes research by a mid-career scientist at a U.S. institution who has made an extraordinary contribution to agriculture or to the understanding of the biology of a species fundamentally important to agriculture or food production. The recipient will be awarded a medal and a $100,000 prize.  Nominations will be accepted through Monday, October 3, 2016.   The 2017 BIOAg request for proposals is now available!  The RFP is available on the BIOAg Grant Program<http://csanr.wsu.edu/csanr-grants/bioag-grant-program/> webpage. Letter of intent are requested by Nov. 18th, and project proposals are due Dec. 14th.  For more info contact Tara Zimmerman (goldsmitht@wsu.edu).   Please nominate deserving graduate students from your unit for these awards. Nominees for each scholarship should be sent directly to Alanna Ellis (acellis@wsu.edu) in the Academic Programs Office. CAHNRS deadline for nominees for all but the Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines is Thursday, December 8, 2016.  Rich Zack, Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs will make final selections for the college and submit nominations by the Graduate School deadline.      

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September 12, 2016

If any of you have news to share or have upcoming events please send by Thursday noon to our SmartSheet notification page at: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=b7c943ec39084d74a98410f50b4db935.   The first Fall 2016 Entomology Colloquium will be this coming Monday, Sept 19 at 2:10 PM, in FSHN 354.The AMS dial # is: 5709250. The speaker will be Dr. Clare Casteel from UC-Davis 2nd-fall-colloDepartment of Plant Pathology.  Her talk is titled “The Role of Microbes in Modulating Plant-Insect Interactions.” For more info on Dr. Casteel go to:  http://casteel.faculty.ucdavis.edu/  The next Entomology Colloquium will be on Monday, October 17th.   Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardee: 

  • Vince Jones who received a grant from O/K SIRP in the amount of $117,017 (9/12)
To develop needed modifications for implementation of the WSU-Decision Aid System for British Columbia Fruit Growers For more info go to:  http://informer.or.wsu.edu/RecentFacultyAwards.aspx   The CAHNRS Communications Web Team invited you to join them for next CAHNRS Communications Office Hours on Wednesday, September 21, 10-11 a.m., when they will discuss FastTrack, our manuscript submission system. In this webinar we will show you how to submit a manuscript in FastTrack as well as give a general overview of what it is and who uses it.  GoToWebinar is being used for this presentation. Please register prior to the webinar to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the webinar. Click here to register for the FastTrack for Authors webinar. For more info contact Aubri Denevan, aubri.denevan@wsu.edu.   The National Academy of Sciences is accepting nominations for the NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences. NAS membership is not required to nominate candidates or to be considered for an award. Please help spread the word that the nomination process is underway!    The NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences recognizes research by a mid-career scientist at a U.S. institution who has made an extraordinary contribution to agriculture or to the understanding of the biology of a species fundamentally important to agriculture or food production. The recipient will be awarded a medal and a $100,000 prize. Nominations will be accepted through Monday, October 3, 2016. Nominations must be submitted via the online nomination form at https://awards.nasonline.org/ and must include the following:
  1. A letter from the nominator describing the candidate's work and why he or she should be selected for the award.
  2. Curriculum vitae.  No more than 2 pages.
  3. Bibliography listing no more than 12 of the nominee’s most significant publications.
  4. Letters of support. Two (2) letters are required. Support letters must be written by individuals from institutions outside both the nominator and the nominee’s institution.
  5. Members of the selection committee may not author support letters.
  6. A suggested citation
Eligibility Requirements:
  • For the purpose of the prize, areas of science with applications to agriculture include plant and animal sciences, microbiology, nutrition and food science, soil science, entomology, veterinary medicine, and agricultural economics.
  • Mid-career scientist (defined as up to 20 years since the completion of his or her Ph.D.) responsible for significant advances in any of the above mentioned fields.
  • Research recognized undertaken at a U.S. institution.
  • The Prize may be shared by two or more individuals who collaborated closely on the discovery or accomplishment to be recognized and who meet the criteria described herein.
See attachment for the full press release.   Text Message Policy: The Office of the Provost has established a text messaging policy regarding communication with WSU students. WSU entities can text message students, with Provost approval, about matters relating to health and safety, academic success, and items that are critical to WSU’s mission. The policy is designed to respect and maintain students’ right to privacy, while maximizing efficiency and effectiveness in communicating with students about important matters. Students may opt out of all text messaging at registration, starting with Spring 2017 registration, and all text messages from WSU entities will include simple opt-out instructions. Student phone numbers are not shared with any WSU entity without approval from the Office of the Provost, and WSU business-related text messages are considered public records. The sender is responsible for retention of text messages sent to multiple recipients. WSU units seeking to communicate with students via text message must submit the Text Messaging Approval Form. The Text Message Policy website has further information, best practices for using text messages, and examples of information needed for the approval form. ***** EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.
  1. Entomologist, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, San Juan, PR
  2. Entomologist, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, San Francisco, CA
  3. Research & Development Sci 1, Syngenta, Vero Beach, FL
  4. Hydroponic Greenhouse Mgr., Aquafarm Organics, LLC, Haines City, FL
  5. IPM Management Tech., Thrive Plant Care Solutions, Sterling, VA
  6. Postdoc Researcher, Texas A&M Univ., College Station TX
  7. Plant Quarantine Inspector V, State of Hawaii, Port of Honolulu
  8. Mosquito & Forest Pest Mgt. Spec. 1, Prince William County Gov., Manassas, VA
  9. Criminalist III, Dept of Healty/Mental Hygiene, Manhattan, NY
***** Tuesday, September 20, 2016 is the last day that a student may drop a course without penalty  2016 International Congress of Entomology (ICE), Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL. Website: http://ice2016orlando.org/   The ESA Annual Meeting will be held during the ICE meetings.   AIBS Launches 6th Annual Faces of Biology Photo Contest. Submissions must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 30 September 2016.  For more information or to enter the contest, visit http://www.aibs.org/public-programs/photocontest.html.   Sign up for Mental Health First Aid training:  Interested in learning how to how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis? Join Health & Wellness Services for Mental Health First Aid training on October 13 or December 13th.  Learn how you can identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Get details on the program and see this semester’s training schedule: https://hws.wsu.edu/mental-health-first-aid/   Effective January 2017, pesticide handlers and workers must be trained on an annual basis and training records must be kept. This is a big change from previous training intervals. For those who wish a copy of the new rules, you’ll find it here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-02/pdf/2015-25970.pdf  and the summary or new rules starts on page 67502.  Please make sure you review your training calendars, recordkeeping and content in order to be in compliance by January 1, 2017. For more info contact Catherine Daniels (cdaniels@wsu.edu) 2017 Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America meeting will be April 2-5, 2017 at the Hilton DoubleTree in Portland, OR. Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting will be November 5-8, 2017 in Denver, CO.      

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September 6, 2016

If any of you have news to share or have upcoming events please send by Thursday noon to our SmartSheet notification page at: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=b7c943ec39084d74a98410f50b4db935.   The firsfirst-fall-collot Fall 2016 Entomology Colloquium will be this coming Monday, Sept 12 at 2:10 PM, in FSHN 354.The AMS dial # is: 5709250. The speaker will be Dr. Hua Bai from Iowa State University, Dept of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology. His talk is titled “Transcriptional co-regulation of lipid metabolism by juvenile hormone and insulin signaling in Drosophila.” For more info on Dr. Bai go to:  http://www.gdcb.iastate.edu/faculty-and-research/faculty/hua-bai/   Don’t forget to attend the CAHNRS Fall Festival on Thursday, September 15th from 4-6 PM. This will be outside on the Spillman Plaza (between Hulbert Hall & Johnson Hall).  There will be student club exhibits, CAHNRS students will be the chance to win one of four $1000 scholarships, free Ferdinand’s ice cream and the free BBQ catered by Porky’s Pit BBQ. This event is for CAHNRS students, staff and faculty and their families.   We are tentatively planning our Fall 2016 new student Meet & Greet the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 23rdAll faculty, staff and students are invited to attend and introduce yourselves to our new students.  More details to come soon.   Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardee:

  • John Stark and Tanyalee Erwin who were awarded $133,590 from the Yakima and Dept of Ecology for the 2016 WA St. Municipal Stormwater Conference  (8/24)
For more info go to:  http://informer.or.wsu.edu/RecentFacultyAwards.aspx   The WSU Police Department is relocating to the new Public Safety Building, located at 2201 East Grimes Way, beginning Friday, September 9th. During the move the old front office across from the CUB is still open during normal business hours (Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM), and officers remain responsive to dispatch by the 911 center 24/7. There will be NO interruption in services. For more information, please contact 335-8548.   WSU’s initiative to be recognized as one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities by the year 2030 will be discussed in a series of town hall meetings for faculty, staff and students in September and October. Success in the Drive to 25 will be informed and measured largely by the metrics established by the Center for Measuring University Performance (CMUP) at Arizona State University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. CMUP publishes a report each year identifying the top American research universities. Learn more about the initiative and metrics, and find a feedback form, at https://wsu.edu/drive-to-25/The CAHNRS Session will be at 4:00 PM on Sept. 27th in FSHN T101.  Some of the topics to be covered are:  the strategic Plan, WSU successes, Grand Challenges Research Initiatives, Drive to 25 Followed by a Q&A. Leading the discussion will be WSU President Kirk Schutz and Provost Dan Bernardo.     Tuesday, September 20, 2016 is the last day that a student may drop a course without penalty.  Drops will result in the course being removed from the student’s transcript. To drop a course, students will go to myWSU, select Student Center, click on Enroll, then choose the Drop tab. Then take the following steps:
  • Select the class by clicking on the box to the left of the course and click “Drop Selected Classes.”
  • Click “Finish Dropping” to process request.
  • View the results of request. A green check mark under the status indicates success.
The drop will show throughout myWSU immediately, in real time. Notes:
  • Deadline applies only to regular term (8/22/2016 – 12/16/2016) classes.
  • Some holds will prevent a student from dropping a class, but not all do. Select the details link to see what impact the hold has, and what action is needed. Students must contact the appropriate office to release the hold.
  • International Programs - Global Services located in Bryan Hall 108 must approve class drops for International Students.
  • After Tuesday, September 20, 2016 course withdrawals cost $5.00 each and are recorded on the student’s transcript as W’s.
  • After Tuesday, September 20, 2016 course withdrawals do not reduce tuition charges or the total official hours of enrollment.
  R Statistical? We eat R for Lunch!: Need a place to learn new tricks or packages? Want some friends to commiserate with, or just to bounce some ideas off of? Join the R Working Group Sponsored by CEREO.  For more information visit this website. When: Tuesdays               Time: Noon         Where: Paccar 305 (Off Grimes Way)   FOR TEACHING FACULTY: The WSU PULLMAN Access Center has transitioned to a new accommodation management system (AIM).  All accommodation notification letters and testing accommodation processes will be handled through this new system.  Students will request accommodations online and instructors will submit proctoring instruction forms and exams online.  Instructors play an active role in the smooth operation of this system.  Before your students can actually register (through AIM) to take exams at the Access Center, instructors must first complete and submit an Alternative Testing Agreement form (i.e. a proctoring instruction form) through AIM.  More information about this is available on our website [Link: http://accesscenter.wsu.edu/myaccess/]  and within the emailed accommodation forms. Notifications of student accommodations and links to our Alternative Testing Agreements are now being sent via email.  More information about AIM and how it works is contained in these emails.  NOTE:  Since these emails are generated by AIM, they may initially go to your spam folder.   Please double-check, especially if your student must remind you to complete the Alternate Testing Agreement form.  Faculty Notification Letters will be sent starting this week. THANK YOU for your support and cooperation as we move to this online system. Please contact the Access Center with any questions (access.center@wsu.edu; 509-335-3417).   Effective January 2017, pesticide handlers and workers must be trained on an annual basis and training records must be kept. This is a big change from previous training intervals. For those who wish a copy of the new rules, you’ll find it here: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-11-02/pdf/2015-25970.pdf  and the summary or new rules starts on page 67502.  Please make sure you review your training calendars, recordkeeping and content in order to be in compliance by January 1, 2017. For more info contact Catherine Daniels (cdaniels@wsu.edu) ***** EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.
  1. Entomologist (72B), US Army, various locations
  2. Medical Entomologist II, ATHENA Consulting, Dept of Health, Dept of Health & Human Services, Raleigh, NC
  3. Research & Extension Training position, Utah State Univ., USDA/NIFA/SCRI, Logan, UT
  4. Pest Risk Analyst Intern, No Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC
  5. Extension Assistant (small grains), No. Carolina State Univ, Raleigh, NC
  6. Asst. Professor of Entomology/Chemical Ecology, Texas A&M Univ., TX
  7. Asst. Professor-Freshwater Ecology & Conservation, Dept of Environmental Science, Policy & Mgt., UC-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  8. Postdoc to study mosquito-borne viruses, Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX
  9. Assistant in Extension, Field Crops Systems, Univ of Arizona (Pinal & Pima Counties) Univ . of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  10. Sanitation Manager, Bakery Express, Halethorpe, MD
  11. Postdoc Fellow, College of Ag., Auburn Univ, Auburn, AL
  12. Insect Identification Extension position, Dept of Entomology, Penn State Univ., Univ. Park, PA
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August 22, 2016

labor-day-picture   WSU offices will be closed on Monday September 5th to celebrate Labor Day.   Note from the Editor:  We love bragging about our wonderful students, faculty and staff that I know are doing great things that go unrecognized.  Please let us know when you have items to include in the Entomology News via  the SmartSheet page at https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=b7c943ec39084d74a98410f50b4db935.  Your kudos are forwarded to the college for recognition there.  Did you receive recognition for a contribution you have made in your community, been awarded a professional or civic award, have a chapter in a book published, had an article published in a professional journal, been the subject of a media article, been awarded a grant, etc.?  All are worthy of note. DLB Congratulations to former Entomology Student Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris who was elected to the Plant-Insect Ecosystems governing Council for ESA.   Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardee:

  • Doug Walsh who the recipient of a $17,951 grant from the USDA/ARS Alfalfa Pollinator Res. Initiative (8/24)
For more info go to:  http://informer.or.wsu.edu/RecentFacultyAwards.aspx Needing to do the Van Driver Training?: Contact  Dory (dory.lohrey-birch@wsu.edu) if you, or your employees, are needing to do the Van Driver training in order to drive any state vehicle.  The video takes about 1 hour to review and is followed by a short test. Appointments will be scheduled from 10 AM – 2 PM. Help us get the word out:  If you have announcements (i.e., awards, upcoming events) that you would like communicated to others you can do that by going to our SmartSheet Submission page at https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=b7c943ec39084d74a98410f50b4db935.  You will also be able to find the Main Office Request(s) forms at this page.    If you have questions contact Adam at adam.williams@wsu.edu ***** EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.
  1. USDA Res. Geneticist, Fargo, ND
  2. Research Associate, Entomology & Plant Path., N. Carolina St. Univ., Plymouth, BC
  3. Supervising Ag Standards Specialist, Fresno County, Fresno, CA
  4. CBP Agriculture Specialist, Dept of Homeland Security, Honolulu, HI
  5. Supervisory Interdisciplinary Scientist, Dept of Health & Human Services, Silver Spring MD
  6. Extension Agent I – II Urban Hort., Univ. of Florida, St. Lucie, FL
  7. Entomologist I-III, Audubon Nature Inst., New Orleans, LA
  8. Independent consultants for EPA funded project.  Oxbow Farm & Conservation Ctr., Carnation, WA
  9. Plant Health Inspector – Pesticide/Fertilizer, State of Ohio, Cuyahoga or Summit County
  10. Deputy Director State of Utah, Salt Lake County, Utah
  11. Pesticide Product Investigation Specialist, Purdue Uni., West Lafayette, IN
  12. Research Asst. Professor, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
***** Sign up for Mental Health First Aid training:  Interested in learning how to how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis? Join Health & Wellness Services for Mental Health First Aid training on September 13, October 13 or December 13th.  Learn how you can identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Get details on the program and see this semester’s training schedule: https://hws.wsu.edu/mental-health-first-aid/ 2016 International Congress of Entomology, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL. Website: http://ice2016orlando.org/  AIBS Launches 6th Annual Faces of Biology Photo Contest. Submissions must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 30 September 2016.  For more information or to enter the contest, visit http://www.aibs.org/public-programs/photocontest.html.  Please nominate deserving graduate students from your unit for these awards. Nominees for each scholarship should be sent directly to Alanna Ellis (acellis@wsu.edu) in the Academic Programs Office. CAHNRS deadline for nominees for all but the Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines is Thursday, December 8, 2016.  Rich Zack, Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs will make final selections for the college and submit nominations by the Graduate School deadline. 2017 Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America meeting will be April 2-5, 2017 at the Hilton DoubleTree in Portland, OR.      

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August 15, 2016

This weekend (Aug 19-20th) is the National Lentil Festival in Pullman.  Beginning at 5:00 PM on Friday there will be free lentil chili at Reaney Park & Spring Street, a beer and wine garden, and live music from 6:45 – 11:00 PM.  Saturday at 7:30 AM there is a 5 K fun run, Pancake Breakfast, 3-on-3 basketball, softball and mini-golf tournaments at various locations, food and marketplace vendors will be open at 10 AM and the Grade Parade at 11:00 AM.  All afternoon there will be live cooking demos and live music until 5:00 PM.  See this website for further details:  http://www.lentilfest.com/entertainment/.   pig-roastSave the date to attend the Welcome Back BBQ on Friday, August 26th at Kruegel Park from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.  Instead of hamburgers and sausages we will be roasting a whole pig and lamb, courtesy of the Food Science group.    Since we all work in the same building it will be nice to interact with our FSHN Building family.  There is a very nice kid’s playground, tennis courts, soccer fields and baseball field.  If you have yard games you would like to play please do bring them.  Please sign up to bring either:  salad; dessert; fruit or veggie platter; sandwich buns; sliced tomatoes; shredded cheese; or chips.  We need to have a firm number of attendees signed up by noon on Wednesday, August 24th so we have enough food.   So please come to the Entomology or Food Science Office to sign up as soon as possible.    The Graduate School recently announced several scholarships and fellowship awards for outstanding graduate students. This is a rare opportunity to acknowledge excellence among the graduate cohort at WSU, and we are well aware that there are many extraordinary graduate students in CAHNRS.  Please review the 7 graduate student awards currently being offered by the Graduate School:

  1. The Richard and Constance M. Albrecht Scholarship: Open to all doctoral students enrolled either full- or part-time during the fall 2017 semester, in good standing who have successfully passed their preliminary examination, and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students cannot receive this award more than once.
  2. Ann Chittenden Holland Master’s Thesis Award for Graduate Student Excellence: Open to all graduate students in good standing in STEM disciplines who have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA, have completed a WSU master’s thesis in the past year and are currently enrolled in a doctoral program at WSU.
  3. The Charles Allen Master’s Thesis Award: Open to all graduate students in good standing in the arts, humanities and social sciences who have completed a WSU master’s thesis in the past year and are currently enrolled in a doctoral program at WSU and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students must be enrolled either full- or part-time during the fall 2017 semester. Students cannot receive this award more than once.
  4. Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award: This is a fellowship, open to all doctoral students who have successfully passed their preliminary examination, and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students must be enrolled full- or part-time during the fall 2017 semester. Students cannot receive this award more than once. (Please note this award has a separate nomination process – additional details found here: https://afw.wsu.edu/awards/).
  5. Arnold and Julia Greenwell Memorial Scholarship for Social Sciences and Humanities: Open to all doctoral graduate students who are conducting research/scholarship in the social sciences or humanities and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students must be enrolled full- or part-time during the fall 2017 semester. Students cannot receive this award more than once.
  6. Anne and Russ Fuller Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research/Scholarship: This is a fellowship, open to all doctoral graduate students who are conducting interdisciplinary research/scholarship and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students must be enrolled full- or part-time during the fall 2017 semester.
  7. The Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines: Open to all doctoral applicants to WSU in a STEM discipline.  Nominees for The Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines are due on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 to Alanna Ellis (acellis@wsu.edu) in the Academic Programs Office.
  8. The Graduate School Dissertation Year Fellowship: Open to all doctoral candidates in good standing with an approved dissertation proposal who have passed their preliminary exam and expect to complete and defend their dissertation during the nine-month period in which the award is offered. In addition, the candidate must be a legal Washington State resident, they must have enrolled full time prior to the fellowship period and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above.
Full descriptions and eligibility requirements for each award are provided here:  http://gradschool.wsu.edu/Scholarships-2016/ Please nominate deserving graduate students from your unit for these awards. Nominees for each scholarship should be sent directly to Alanna Ellis (acellis@wsu.edu) in the Academic Programs Office. CAHNRS deadline for nominees for all but the Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines is Thursday, December 8, 2016.  Rich Zack, Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs will make final selections for the college and submit nominations by the Graduate School deadline.   Seeking proposals for PechaKucha presentations centered around the theme of ‘Place’.  Seeking proposals for PechaKucha presentations centered around the theme of ‘Place’.  The places in which we live, work, commute and spend our leisure time, effect us in myriad ways, both tangible and intangible. They can shape our reactions and emotions, our sense of health and safety, our ability to participate in society, and the people we can become. Issues related to place reach across a full range of disciplines including cultural studies, geographic and environmental issues, architecture and psychology, to name only a few. Presentations should be centered around the topic of how place has determined, shaped or affected research projects to provide deeper insight into our understanding of place collectively. This event, to be held on October 20th 2016, will be an ideal opportunity for faculty at WSU to quickly share their research among their fellow colleagues in a direct and lively format centered around a common theme. See attachment for complete announcement.   WSU Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce a new video and voice conferencing service called Skype for Business.  The ITS Skype for Business service is a versatile Microsoft communication tool available to all university employees beginning Monday, August 22nd.   Here are just a few of the features this service provides:
  • Voice conferencing
  • Dial-in and dial-out conferencing
  • Video conferencing
  • Screen sharing
  • White boarding
  • Live polls
  • File transfer
  • Persistent chat
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Document sharing
  • Instant messaging (IM)
Learn more about this new service, and how to use it, by visiting the following site. https://cougtech.wsu.edu/FacultyStaff/SkypeForBusiness.aspx For questions regarding this new service please speak with your area IT support, or contact CougTech via email at cougtech@wsu.edu or 509-335-HELP (4357).  Jacqueline Southwick, ITS Communication Coordinator Information Technology Services |  jsouthwick@wsu.edu   SafeAssign:  WSU Faculty are encouraged to utilize SafeAssign, the tool within Blackboard that can prevent plagiarism and help teach students how to attribute sources.  The contract with Turnitin expired July 31, 2016 and WSU employees no longer have access to the program. A comparison of SafeAssign and Turnitin is located here. The Department of Academic Outreach and Innovation will host training sessions and webinars on SafeAssign in August and throughout the year. More about available trainings can be found here. Faculty and students also have access to iThenticate, a tool used to verify originality in scholarly writing. For more about Academic Integrity at WSU please refer to the Provost’s blog of July 8.  Please email to provost.social@wsu.edu if you have questions, or would like more information.   This summer we have completed the installation of new video/AMS systems in the classroom (354) and the conference room (164).  Contact Adam if you are interested in training for the new set-up contact Adam.   Reminder that students on an assistantship need to make sure they are signed up for 10 credits (including at least 2 credits for ENTOM 700/800). The Grad School is in the midst of processing assistantships paperwork for the Fall 2015 semester.  This means that all graduate students need to be enrolled in the required 10 credits before your paperwork can be approved.  Please register for classes as soon as possible so your paperwork can be processed and so you can get paid without any delay.  If you have not done so already, let Dory know where you will be housed for the fall ’16 semester. We need to let Student Accounts know not to charge the non-Pullman students the misc  fees. To make sure you won’t be missing a paycheck the tuition and fees are due by the first day of classes, August 22, 2016.  You should also make sure you are set up form Graduate Payroll Deduction between August 8-Sept 5 via myWSU.  See the attached flyer for more info.   Help needed for ENTOM 103 labs:  Rich Zack is teaching Entomology 101 (Insects and People) and Entomology 103 (Lab) this fall and is looking for volunteers that would be willing to teach one of the lab sections this fall.  Everything is provided and you would be responsible for one lab period (2-3 hours) per week as well as some prep time.  I believe that this is a great opportunity for you as you are in charge of your lab session, you can develop professional relationships with the students in your section, you have a chance for one on one interactions and to work with students that have no entomology (and very little science) background – it is fun.  And, you will fulfill your teaching requirement.  Let Dr. Zack know if you are interested or if you have any questions at zack@wsu.edu  -  FSHN Rm 157, 335-3394.   ENTOM 549 Insect-Plant Interactions will be taught this coming semester at the University of Idaho and will be taught by Sanford Eigenbrode.  We have scheduled the departmental van to transport students to and from WSU –UI.  The van can accommodate 7 riders.  We have 4 students so a couple more can easily fit in to the van.  This cooperative class will be taught on Tuesday & Thursday from 9:30-10:45 in Ag Sci room 141.  If you have questions contact Sanford at sanforde@uidaho.edu.   Help us get the word out:  If you have announcements (i.e., awards, upcoming events) that you would like communicated to others you can do that by going to our SmartSheet Submission page at https://app.smartsheet.com/b/home.  You will also be able to find the Main Office Request(s) forms at this page.    If you have questions contact Adam at adam.williams@wsu.edu ***** EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.
  1. Entomologist III (Apiarist), Maine Dept of Ag, Conservation & Forestry, Augusta, ME
  2. GIS Programmer, Gypsy Moth Project, Virginia Tech Univ., Blacksburg, VA
  3. Postdoc, Invasive insects in California vineyards, UC Riverside, Riverside, CA
  4. Project Manager, Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX
  5. Extension Educator (Vegetable Production), Pennsylvania State Univ., Carlisle, PA
  6. Research Plant Pathologist/Entomologist/Biologist (Research Associate), Dept of Agric., Wooster, OH
  7. Jr or Assistant Extension Agent, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
  8. Research Entomologist, Dept of Agriculture, Davis CA
  9. Assist Professor of Entomology, Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA
  10. Postdoc Fellow-Entomology, Kansas St. Univ., Manhattan, KS
  CAHNRS Business & Supervisor, CAHNRS Business Center WSU CAHNRS Fiscal Specialist 2 for CAHNRS Business Center CAHNRS Business Center, Assistant Manager (see attachment) ***** First day of classes for Fall 2016 is Monday, August 22, 2016. 2016 International Congress of Entomology, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL. Website: http://ice2016orlando.org/  AIBS Launches 6th Annual Faces of Biology Photo Contest. Submissions must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 30 September 2016.  For more information or to enter the contest, visit http://www.aibs.org/public-programs/photocontest.html.  2017 Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America meeting will be April 2-5, 2017 at the Hilton DoubleTree in Portland, OR.      

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August 1, 2016

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardee:

  • To Doug Walsh who is the recipient of a $82,000 grant from UC-Davis USDA/NIFA (8/1/16)
  • To Betsy Beers who is the recipient of a $105,424 grant from the Fresh Pear Commission (8/3/2016)
  • To Drs. Betsy Beers and Dave Crowder who are recipients of a USDA-SCRI grant “Management of Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs  in US Specialty Crops.” The total award was 9.2M with $800,000 to the labs of Beers and Crowder.
Carmen Blubaugh and Megan Asche were presenters at the July 28th WSU Organic Farm Field Day.  Megan Asche, grad student and WSU Honey Bee Club member, talked about the farm’s new apiary; and Carmen Blubaugh, entomology post-doctoral scholar, shared natural pest prevention through soil health. See attachment for more info. This summer we have completed the installation of new video/AMS systems in the classroom (354) and the conference room (164).  Contact Adam if you are interested in training for the new set-up contact Adam. Students on an assistantship need to make sure they are signed up for 10 credits (including at least 2 credits for ENTOM 700/800). The Grad School is in the midst of processing assistantships paperwork for the Fall 2015 semester.  This means that all graduate students need to be enrolled in the required 10 credits before your paperwork can be approved.  Please register for classes as soon as possible so your paperwork can be processed and so you can get paid without any delay.  If you have not done so already, let Dory know where you will be housed for the Fall  ’16 semester. We need to let Student Accounts know not to charge the non-Pullman students the misc  fees. To make sure you won’t be missing a paycheck the tuition and fees are due before the first day of classes, August 22, 2016.  You should also make sure you are set up form Graduate Payroll Deduction between August 8-Sept 5 via myWSU.  See the attached flyer for more info. Help needed for ENTOM 103 labs:  Rich Zack is teaching Entomology 101 (Insects and People) and Entomology 103 (Lab) this fall and is looking for volunteers that would like to and be willing to teach one of the lab sections.  Everything is provided and you would be responsible for one lab period (2-3 hours) per week as well as some prep time.  I believe that this is a great opportunity for you as you are in charge of your lab session, you can develop professional relationships with the students in your section, you have a chance for one on one interactions and to work with students that have no entomology (and very little science) background – it is fun.  And, you will fulfill your teaching requirement.  Let Dr. Zack know if you are interested or if you have any questions.  Thanks.  Rich Zack  -  zack@wsu.edu  -  FSHN Rm 157. Save the date to attend the Welcome Back BBQ on Friday, August 26th at Kruegel Park from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.  Kruegel Park is located between SE Side and Dilke Streets.  We will be joined this year with faculty, students and staff from the School of Food Science who will do the cooking.  Since we all work in the same building it will be nice to interact with our FSHN Building family.  There is a very nice kids playground, tennis courts, soccer fields and baseball field.  If you have a game you would like to play please do bring them.  Please sign up to bring a salad, dessert, fruit or veggie platter. ENTOM 549 Insect-Plant Interactions will be taught this coming semester at the University of Idaho and will be taught by Sanford Eigenbrode.  We have scheduled the departmental van to transport students to and from WSU –UI.  The van can accommodate 7 riders.  We have 4 students so a couple more can easily fit in to the van.  This cooperative class will be taught on Tuesday & Thursday from 9:30-10:45 in Ag Sci room 141.  If you have questions contact Sanford at sanforde@uidaho.edu.   Effective 8/22/16, the Graduate School will no longer accept programs forms via mail, email, or walk-in. Instead, these forms should be submitted via GRM. Programs forms are those documents submitted for active and enrolled graduate students. All documents for prospective students and applicants should still arrive by mail, email, or walk-in. There are a few exceptions:
  1. Update Application for Graduation and Residency Packets: GRM categories exist for your use if a student submits either of these documents, but their use is not required.
  2. Exam Ballots and Memo: Please send scans to gradschool@wsu.edu or bring/mail originals to the Graduate School.
  3. Thesis/Dissertation Drafts: master’s students will still send PDF drafts to gradschool@wsu.edu while doctoral students will upload to ProQuest.
  4. Final Documents: We are accepting these from students – GRM categories exist for the Hold Harmless and Survey of Earned Doctorates if a student brings these to you, but their use is not required.
The Graduate School encourages students to keep their Program of Study up-to-date as they progress through their program. If a student takes different coursework than that listed on their approved program, please have them submit a Change of Program form to the Graduate School. It is important to keep two policies in mind when planning a Change of Program:
  1. Courses receiving a B- or below cannot be removed from the Program of Study.
  2. The student must repeat any course listed on the program in which they earn a grade of C- or below.
I am happy to introduce a new Program of Study form for Fall 2016! The Program of Study is being divided into two forms – the Committee Request Form and the Program of Study Request Form. Expect to see these new documents at www.gradschool.wsu.edu/forms by the end of this week. Here are some details about each:
  1. Committee Request: This form is used by masters and doctoral students to propose their advisory committee. The Graduate School encourages departments to work with their students to submit this form as early in the student’s career as is feasible. At the very latest, this form is due at the beginning of the second semester of study for master’s students and third semester of study for doctoral students.
  2. Program of Study Request: This form is used to identify coursework a student will complete to earn their degree. The first two pages are required and we have added a third page if more space is needed. This form is due at the current Program of Study deadline: the beginning of the third semester of study for master’s students and fourth semester of study for doctoral students.
The Graduate School is sponsoring two workshops: Please encourage your new graduate students, who are U.S. residents with no more than three semesters of graduate school, to sign up for the free New Graduate Student Prestigious Fellowship Workshops. These workshops will guide your students through the process of applying to the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, and the National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship. This will be accomplished via one-on-one interactions and proposal editing help from previous fellowship winners, reviewers, and grant writing experts.  The average student has a 1 in 8, 1 in 15, and 1 in 10 chance of winning the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, and the National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship respectively. However, half of the students who attended the Prestigious Fellowship editing workshop last year won an honorable mention or a fellowship. Students who have a 3.7 GPA or higher, undergraduate research experience, volunteer experience, a publication, and/or an internship have a higher chance of winning. The majority of students who attended the Prestigious Fellowship Editing Workshop won a funding opportunity that required proposal submission within their first year of graduate school (it appears that the workshop helps the students gain confidence in finding and applying to funding opportunities other than the fellowships).  To have your students sign up, please go here:  http://orso.or.wsu.edu/workshops.asp#429 September 9, The Introductory Workshop: Previous winners and WSU Grant Writing Experts will pre-sent on the fellowship essays that the attendees will write. The presenters will individually answer questions/give personal suggestions to attendees. Attendees will be prepared to write their essays by the end of this workshop October 8 – The Review Workshop:  Attendees of the first workshop will set an appointment with a panel of previous winners and grant writing experts to have a polished draft of their essays reviewed. STUDENTS MUST ATTEND THE FIRST WORKSHOP TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE REVIEW PANEL. The workshops will be held in FSHN T101 from 2-6 PM.  See attachment for more information on how to register and other details. New graduate student fellowships (such as the NSF GRFP, the NSDEG, and the Ford Predoctoral Fellowship) can offer your graduate students a competitive stipend, tuition and health care coverage, and extra funding to cover international travel and internships. In addition, the graduate student fellowships free up internal resources, which will allow you to support additional graduate students. Finally, students who have won prestigious fellowships reflect favorably on their faculty adviser’s CV. Over the past five years we have been collecting data on student winners of prestigious fellowships across all disciplines.  Our data show that graduate student winners of prestigious fellowships have a research project and an academic adviser within the first few months of graduate school. In addition, on average, WSU students who have won these opportunities within the last 5 years had the following extracurricular accomplishments:
  • at least 1 publication (does not have to be first author)
  • 2 poster presentations
  • 3 laboratory experiences
  • 1 tutoring experience
  • 2 volunteer experiences
  • 1 internship
To increase our number of prestigious fellowship winners, we recommend that each department support students in the following endeavors:
  1. New graduate students who are interested in applying to the major fellowships should be aided in the selection of an adviser and a research project within their first semester.
  2. Students who intend to develop a competitive application for a major fellowship should create a volunteer project shortly after entering graduate school.
  3. New graduate students should be engaged in research projects with the potential for publication and/or poster presentation within their first year.
See attachment for more information. Help us get the word out:  If you have announcements (i.e., awards, upcoming events) that you would like communicated to others you can do that by going to our SmartSheet Submission page at https://app.smartsheet.com/b/home.  You will also be able to find the Main Office Request(s) forms at this page.    If you have questions contact Adam at adam.williams@wsu.edu If you experience any difficulties submitting forms via GRM, please email the form along with as much information about the problem as possible (screenshots work great) to ALL of these addresses: gradschool@wsu.edu, gs.tech@wsu.edu, and daniel.vickoren@wsu.edu. This will ensure that your form is received and processed in a timely manner while also providing the Graduate School with the information necessary to investigate the issue and get GRM working for you as quickly as possible. If you or others are in need of GRM training, please contact me to make arrangements. Finally, if you have any questions about how to submit or update a form in GRM, please don’t hesitate to contact the Graduate School. We are happy to help! On August 23rd, the Office of the Provost will host General James Mattis (Retired General, United States Marine Corps) for an Invited Address entitled, “A Way Ahead for the U.S. in the Middle East.”  The address will start at 2:00 PM in the CUB Junior Ballroom 210.  A reception prior will be hosted at 1:30 PM. This invited address will also be broadcast via AMS (videoconference) for remote participants.  General Mattis was born here in Pullman. He has risen through the ranks to become the commander of US Central Command. For more information contact Kristina Peterson-Wilson at kpeterson2@wsu.edu or 335-8915. Sign up for Mental Health First Aid training:  Interested in learning how to how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis? Join Health & Wellness Services for Mental Health First Aid training on September 13, October 13 or December 13th.  Learn how you can identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Get details on the program and see this semester’s training schedule: https://hws.wsu.edu/mental-health-first-aid/   Student looking for lab work:  My name is Logan Eres and I am currently working for Dr. Tim Waters at the WSU Franklin County Extension office. I will be returning to WSU to get my Masters in Business Administration in a few days. I am looking for a job while I am in Pullman. This summer I helped Tim in the field and office with his research. I managed data collection for the group and worked in the office identifying pests and entering data. If you have any open position in your lab or with your research I would love to talk to you. Please feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience.  logan.eres@wsu.edu Don’t forget the All Campus picnic on Friday, August 19th from 11-1:30.  There will be the barbecue lunch, music and the community fair all brought to us by US Bank, WSU Dining Services and the President’s Office.  You will need to show your WSU ID card for admittance and for the lunch.  This event follows the University Convocation that starts at 10 AM in the Beasley Coliseum.  For more info go to:  http://convocation.wsu.edu/.   Tukey Orchard fruit sale:  R. B. Tukey Horticulture Orchard Stone Fruits Already Picked Sales Begin! Fridays starting August 12 from 3-6pm. The Friday sales will continue through the month of August and September as long as we have fruit to sell. Various varieties of Apricots, Saturn (mini donut) peaches and Plums.   Apricots                                               $4.00/pound for 10 lbs or less         $3.00/pound for over 10 lbs. Plums                                                   $4.00/pound for 10 lbs or less         $3.00/pound for over 10 lbs Saturn (mini donut) Peaches      $4.00/pound for 10 lbs or less         $3.00/pound for over 10 lbs Wood Chips for Barbeque           $0.50/pound Wood chipped into small irregular pieces of apple, pear & cherry wood harvested from the orchard. They only accept cash or check for payment. Please feel free to recycle your clean shopping bags with us to carry your fruit. We are located at the junction of Terre View Drive and Airport Road.  http://horticulture.wsu.edu/orchard. The Eggert Organic Farm also has produce for sale on Friday’s at 3-6:00 PM through October.  Every Friday the Organic Farm has a public sale from 3-6 p.m.  The farm finally has fresh tomatoes, along with squash, cucumbers, carrots, beets, and wonderful summer greens. Located on Animal Science Rd directly behind the Grizzly Center.  Cash or check only.  For more info go to: http://css.wsu.edu/organicfarm/ Since they are located in close proximity to each other you can visit both. ***** EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.
  1. Interdisciplinary Entomologist/Plant Pathologist, Dept of Ag, Portland, OR
  2. Assistant Research Scientist, Univ. Florida, Lake Alfred, FL
  3. Asst Professor in Turf Grass & Ornamentals, Univ Georgia, Athens, GA
  4. Pathology Scientist, J.R. Simplot Corp., Boise, ID
  5. Pesticide Section Manager, State of Michigan, Lansing, MI
  6. Director for Lab Operations, Citrus Research Board, Riverside, CA
  7. Entomologist, USDA Marketing and Regulatory Programs, Phoenix, AZ
  8. Plant Industry Administrator, St. of Hawaii, Dept of Ag, Honolulu, HI
  9. MS Grad Student Fellow-Ag Entomology/Irrigated Crops, Hermiston, OR
  10. Tenure Track faculty position in Entomology, Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel
  11. Entomological Program Specialist, State of North Carolina, Wake County, NC
  12. Senior IPM Specialist, City & County of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  13. Associate Research Specialist, Univ. of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI
  14. Agricultural Insect Ecologist/Asst Professor, Clemson Uni., Clemson, So. Carolina
***** All new graduate students should sign up for the 2016 Graduate Student Orientation on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM in the CUB Senior Ballroom.  The day starts off with a continental breakfast while you browse the graduate school fair, hosted by more than 20 WSU and Pullman area vendors. Lunch will also be provided by the Graduate School following the morning workshops, along with giveaway’s, raffles, and an opportunity to meet other new graduate students in your college. Graduate and Professional Student Association representatives will be on hand to facilitate table conversation and answer your questions. For more info go see that attached flyer and to register go to: https://gradschool.wsu.edu/orientation/.   First day of classes for Fall 2016 is Monday, August 22, 2016.   Save the date to attend the Welcome Back BBQ on Friday, August 26th at Kruegel Park from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.  We will be joined this year with faculty, students and staff from the School of Food Science who will do the cooking.  Since we all work in the same building it will be nice to interact with our FSHN Building family.  There is a very nice kids playground, tennis courts, soccer fields and baseball field.  If you have a game you would like to play please do bring them.  Please sign up to bring a salad, dessert, fruit or veggie platter.   Norm Ehmann Urban Pest Management Award (July 2016 RFP):  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. Proposals due by August 31, 2016. See attachment for more details.

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July 18, 2016

We look forward to seeing all the Entomology Faculty next week in Pullman for the Annual Entomology Retreat on August 4th & 5th. All new graduate students should sign up for the 2016 Graduate Student Orientation on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM in the CUB Senior Ballroom.  The day starts off with a continental breakfast while you browse the graduate school fair, hosted by more than 20 WSU and Pullman area vendors. Lunch will also be provided by the Graduate School following the morning workshops, along with give-aways, raffles, and an opportunity to meet other new graduate students in your college. Graduate and Professional Student Association representatives will be on hand to facilitate table conversation and answer your questions. For more info go see that attached flyer and to register go to: https://gradschool.wsu.edu/orientation/.   Norm Ehmann Urban Pest Management Award (July 2016 RFP):  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. Proposals due August 31, 2016. See attachment for more details.   Congratulations to Rich Zack:  Dean Ron Mittelhammer announced that Rich Zack will be serving as CAHNRS Interim Associate Dean for Academic Programs.  With the looming departure of Kim Kidwell, we are faced with the difficulty of replacing a superlative leader and accomplished faculty member, but from the talented ranks of CAHNRS faculty, I believe we have found a stellar candidate. I am happy to announce that Dr. Richard Zack has agreed to serve as interim associate dean for Academic Programs, beginning August 1. See attachment for more information.   ESA Liaison to the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs:  Dr. Allan Felsot, Professor and Extension Specialist in Entomology and Environmental Toxicology (Washington State University) has been appointed by the Entomological Society of America to a 3-year term (thru November 2019) as the ESA Subject Matter Expert (SME) and Liaison to the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs.  The Entomological Society of America supports a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and Liaison to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP). The SME represents the breadth of ESA’s membership to EPA-OPP and provides critical input on topics such as the clarity of labels, guidelines for efficacy testing of various arthropod groups, utility of label mitigations, spray drift, invasive arthropod species, insecticide resistance, and the role of insecticides in integrated pest management. He/she also maintains a network of entomological peers to consult on subject areas beyond those of his expertise to provide a breadth of experience. Additionally, the SME sits on the ESA Science Policy committee.  The Entomological Society of America funds several trips a year to Washington DC to facilitate the relationship. Previous ESA EPA-OPP SMEs were:

  • Dr. Mark Whalon (Michigan State University): 2013 - December 2015
  • Dr. Gene Reagan (Louisiana State University): July 2010 - June 2012)
  • For more information go to:  http://www.entsoc.org/p-ie/epa-reports
  Brandon Hopkins was the subject of a WSU News article titled “Importing frozen honey bee sperm is key to conservation” on July 25, 2016.  See attachment for the article.     bbq-imageSave the date to attend the Welcome Back BBQ on Friday, August 26th at Sunnyside Park from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.  We will be joined this year with faculty, students and staff from the School of Food Science who will do the cooking.  Since we all work in the same building it will be nice to interact with our FSHN Building family.  There is a very nice kids playground,  Frisbee golf course and a horse shoe pit at the park. Feel free to bring any games you would like to play.  We will keep you posted as more details are firmed up.   The WSU Police Department was asked to provide “Hostile Intruder/Active Shooter” training for interested faculty, particularly those with teaching responsibilities.  As such, please kindly share the information below with your Respective  faculty members.  Those with questions are welcome to contact David Schmidt (dschmidt@wsu.edu) with Human Resource Services. Hostile Intruder / Active Shooter TrainingHow would you react if a hostile intruder were to enter your classroom or office?  Are you familiar with the appropriate actions you should consider?  Washington State University has mitigated the potential for such an event through a multitude of preventative security measures, but no University in the country is 100% secure.  Featuring the video "Shots Fired, When Lightning Strikes” followed by discussion, this training provides a wealth of information and options to bear in mind should the unthinkable happen.  It is important to pre-register for your preferred session so you can be notified in case of schedule changes:
  1. Use on the following link to access the posted schedule:
  2. http://ihr.hrs.wsu.edu/skillsoft/default.aspx?c=ilt_wsu_SFTY_637.
  3. Locate the session you would like to attend.  Each session originates in Pullman (FSHN T-101) and will be available statewide via AMS Videoconferencing Services):
  • Thursday, August 18 – 9:30-11am
  • Thursday, August 18 – 1:30-3pm
  • Monday, September 12 – 3:30-5pm
  • Tuesday, September 13 – 2-3:30pm
  1. Click "Enroll" to the right of the session you want to select (Note: If you are unable to register through the above link, contact hrstraining@wsu.edu for assistance.  Include the date/time of the session you wish to attend.)
  Important SPPM Revision #106 Recycling or Disposal of Chemical Wastes 5.66:  Updates generator responsibilities regarding waste identification and disposal.
  • Updates the requirements and procedures for packaging, labeling, and reporting chemical wastes.
  • Updates the methods available for collection and recycling of chemical wastes.
  • Adds contact information for University EH&S support units across the state.
  • Updates the applicability statement and contact information for questions regarding biohazardous wastes.
http://www.wsu.edu/~forms/HTML/Revision_Memos/RevisionMemoS106.htm Contact: Office of Procedures, Records, and Forms; telephone 509-335-2005   Summer Session Grading DeadlineFinal Grades are Due Tuesday, August 2, by 5pm.  You may enter your grades now, but the grades will not be visible to students until August 3th.  Instructors who have NOT submitted grades by the deadline will be denied further access to edit the grade roster for this term.  See attached memo from the Register’s Office.   Move-in volunteers needed for the newest class of Cougars is Saturday, Aug. 13, and Wednesday, Aug. 17, and about 350 faculty, staff and community members are being sought to help Washington State University students move into the residence halls. WSU employees may receive up to three hours of release time, contingent on supervisor approval. Contact Human Resource Services (http://hrs.wsu.edu/resources/hrs-information/) with questions regarding comp time, flexing schedules and other options.  Four 3-hour shifts are available. Participants will get a free t-shirt. Those who sign up for two shifts will get a free lunch as well. Register at http://getinvolved.wsu.edu/move-in/. Contact Phillip Sinapati with questions at Filipo_pls@wsu.edu.   Help us get the word out:  If you have announcements (i.e., awards, upcoming events) that you would like communicated to others you can do that by going to our SmartSheet page at https://app.smartsheet.com/b/home.    If you have questions contact Adam at adam.williams@wsu.edu ***** EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.
  1. Research Scholar, No. Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC
  2. AGRI Program Manager, Arkansas Ag Dept., Little Rock, AR
  3. Extension Educator, College of Ag Sci., Penn State Univ., Landisville, PA
  4. Medical Entomologist, US Air Force Reserve,
  5. Arborist (Natural Res. Specialist), State of Washington, East Wenatchee, WA
  6. Pests, Pesticides & IPM Project Coordinator, Univ of California Extension Parlier or Davis, CA
  7. Postdoc, Horticulture Dept., (honey bee health behavior) Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  8. Scientist Asst/Researching Engr., Univ of Texas, Austin, TX
  9. Postdoc Fellow, Plan Pathology, Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, KS
  10. Plant Protection Tech., USDA-PPQ-APHIS, McAllen, TX
  11. Entomologist, USDA Crop Bioprotection Res. Unit, Peoria, IL
  12. Postdoc Fellow, Microbiological Forensics, Oklahoma St Univ., Stillwater, OK
***** First day of classes for Fall 2016 is Monday, August 22, 2016. 2016 International Congress of Entomology, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL. Website: http://ice2016orlando.org/  AIBS Launches 6th Annual Faces of Biology Photo Contest. Submissions must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 30 September 2016.  For more information or to enter the contest, visit http://www.aibs.org/public-programs/photocontest.html.        

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June 20, 2016

Happy Independence Day July 4thIn the interest of building security and energy conservation Facilities Operations will not be unlocking any campus buildings on Monday, July 4, 2016. For Library hours check the Libraries’ webpage at http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/general/hours.htm. If you have a scheduled event that requires a building to be unlocked independence-day-picon this date please e-mail Tom Parrish at parrish@wsu.edu or call 335-9023 or e-mail Bonnie Becker at bonnie_becker@wsu.edu or call 335-9353 no later than 5:00PM on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.   If you are in Pullman for the 4th of July consider attending the Pullman Chamber of Commerce Celebration at Sunnyside Park.  There will be games for the entire family throughout the evening, live music, inflatables for the kids, a delicious spread of BBQ fare, cotton candy, popcorn, and pie and ice cream all beginning at 5pm! The night will end with a spectacular firework show, sure to please! And, as always, the fireworks show will be choreographed to music with help from your Pullman Radio stations, Hits100, New Country 104.3FM and KQQQ 1150AM. Complimentary Park and Ride Service by Pullman Transit.  Music starts at 5:30.  See the attachment for more details.     The June 17th kick-off for the fundraising campaign to raise awareness of honey bee health and funding for a new Honey Bee and Pollinator Research Center at WSU was quite successful.  To read the article and see the time lapse video go to: https://news.wsu.edu/2016/06/20/provost-wears-bees-raise-awareness-bees-research/#more-148907.   Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardee:

  • Doug Walsh who is the recipient of a $50,000 grant from USDA/NIFA/ (6/29/2016) and
Grants from the Washington Hop Commission totaling $106,365 (6/29/2016) and a grant of $16,000 from the Washington Mint Commission (6/29/2016) and a grant of $19,746 from the Washington Wine Commission (6/22/2016) and a grant of $34,000 from the Washington Alfalfa Seed Commission (6/22/2016) and a grant of $4000 from Dow Chemical (6/20/2016) For more info go to: http://informer.ogrd.wsu.edu/RecentFacultyAwards.aspx   From the Registrar’s Office:  To ensure a timely response, please submit email inquiries/requests to the new email address at: RO.records@wsu.edu . What to send - - Late & Change of Grades, Change of Program/Major, Minors and Additional Majors for PULLMAN campus students.  When possible, please indicate in the subject line the students Last Name and what the inquiry/request is, such as Change of Program/Major, Minor, Additional Major or Additional Degree etc.   This replaces the Roacaemicrecord@lists.wsu.edu email address.  If you have questions contact Karen (Emerson) Eastburn, at 509-335-8434 Karen_emerson@wsu.edu. ***** EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.
  1. Okanogan County Director, WSU Extension, Okanogan, WA
  2. Klickitat-Skamania, Extension Director, WSU Extension, Goldendale and Stevenson, WA.
  3. USDA National Program Leader for Specialty Crops (2 positions), Beltsville, MD
  4. Research Assistant – Project Coordinator, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
  5. Assistant Professor of Medical Entomology, Entomology Dept., UC-Davis, Davis, CA
  6. Fellow (Post Doc) in Entomology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  7. Entomologist (Identifier) USDA/ARS, Carolina, PR
  8. Research Associate Entomologist/Ecologist/Physiologist, USDA/ARS, Parlier, CA
  9. Mosquito & Forest Pest Management, Prince William County Government, Manassas, VA
  10. Scientist III-Entomology (2) USAMRIID, General Dynamics, Frederick, MD
  11. Collection Manager-Recent Invertebrates, University of Oklahoma, Norma, OK
  12. Assistant Professor-Arthropod Vector Biologist, Dept of Entomology, Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, KS
  13. Public Health Zika Virus Specialist, St. of North Carolina, Wake County,
  14. Grazing Lands Pollinator Ecologist, Xerces Society, Portland, OR
  15. Tenure-track Scientist, Molecular Biology/Systems Biology, Geneva Foundation, Frederick, MD
***** Entomology Dept. Faculty Meeting Schedule 7/22/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM 5704472 2017 Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America meeting will be April 2-5, 2017 at the Hilton DoubleTree in Portland, OR.    

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June 6, 2016

The next Entomology faculty meeting will be on June 24, 2016 at 11:00 AM.  The AMS dial # is:  5704472 Mark your calendars for the Annual Entomology Retreat in Pullman on August 4th & 5thMore details to come.  Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • John Stark and Tanyalee Erwin, who are the recipients of a $500,000 grant from Washington St. Dept. of Ecology. (6/6/2016)
For more info go to: http://informer.ogrd.wsu.edu/RecentFacultyAwards.aspx Joseph Taylor is featured on the WSU home page for the month of May.  To read the complete article, go to:  https://wsu.edu/125/healthier-food-supply/   The Palouse Discovery Science Center invites you to sip your favorite brew, as you learn a thing … or twoScience Pub is an opportunity to enjoy learning about science in an informal and social atmosphere.  No scientific background is necessary to attend.  The presenter will be Dr. James (Ding) Johnson speaking on “Recognition of Cryptic Species.”  The event is being held on June 21, 2016, from 6-8:00 PM, at the Paradise Creek Brewery at 245 SE Paradise Street, in Pullman.  Admission is free but a $5 donation would be appreciated.  All donations support the Palouse Discovery Science Center.  See the attachment for more details.   American Inst. Of Biological Sciences is launching their 6th Annual Faces of Biology Photo contest:  Enter the Faces of Biology Photo Contest for your chance to win $250 and to have your photo appear on the cover of the journal BioScience. The competition, sponsored by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), recognizes scientists who use imagery to communicate aspects of biological research to the public and policymakers. “Over the past five years, this contest has been effective at showing the public and decision-makers what the scientific process looks like,” said Dr. Robert Gropp, Interim Co-Executive Director of AIBS. “Whether it is sharing photos of biological research or enabling visits by lawmakers to research facilities, AIBS is committed to disseminating information that will guide informed decisions about matters that require biological knowledge.”  The theme of the contest is “Faces of Biology.” Photographs entered into the competition must depict a person, such as a scientist, technician, or student, engaging in biological research. The research may occur outside, in a lab, at a natural history collection, at a field station, on a computer, in a classroom, or anywhere else research is done. The First Place Winner will have his/her winning photo featured on the cover of BioScience, and will receive $250 and a one year membership in AIBS, including a subscription to BioScience. The Second and Third Place Winners will have his/her winning photo printed inside the journal, and will receive a one year membership in AIBS, including a subscription to BioScience. The winning photo from the 2015 contest is featured on the cover of the March 2016 issue of BioScience. Submissions must be received 30 September 2016.  For more information or to enter the contest, visit http://www.aibs.org/public-programs/photocontest.html.   Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits:  Meet with Your Lawmakers This Summer and Help Inform Science Policy.  Registration is now open for the Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event. This national initiative, organized by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, is an opportunity for biologists across the country to meet with their federal or state elected officials to showcase the people, facilities, and equipment that are required to support and conduct scientific research.  Now in its eighth year, the event enables scientists, graduate students, representatives of research facilities, and people affiliated with scientific collections to meet with their federal or state elected officials without traveling to Washington, DC. Participants may either invite their elected officials to visit their research facility or can meet at the policymaker's local office.  AIBS will schedule the meetings with lawmakers and will prepare participants through online training and one-on-one support.  The event is made possible by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, with the support of event sponsors Botanical Society of America, Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, Natural Science Collections Alliance, Paleontological Society, Society for Freshwater Science, and Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections.  Participation is free, but registration will close on July 17, 2016. For more information and to register, visit www.aibs.org/public-policy/congressional_district_visits.html. Please share this announcement with your colleagues.  “The annual congressional district visits provided me a low-stress introduction to science-based advocacy at the state level. AIBS arranged my meeting and supplied materials that helped me guide conversation with my senator. What I appreciate most about the experience was the freedom to discuss biological topics that were particularly relevant to my region.”Jessica Welch, University of Tennessee, Participant in 2015 Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits.  In wake of UCLA shooting, WSU Police suggest adopting a survival mindset:  The recent tragic deaths on the UCLA campus, serve as a reminder that dangerous incidents can happen anywhere, and WSU Police are suggesting that what they call a “What if?” mindset can be the first step in building a foundation for personal survival regardless of your setting. In the context of an active shooter incident, having a “What if?” mindset means you’ve considered how you might quickly escape from an area, where you might hide or barricade yourself if you can’t escape, and how you might fight to survive as a last resort. In active shooter trainings, WSU Police refer to these three options as “Run, Hide, or Fight.”  Shooting incidents, in particular, occur very quickly and without warning. Statistically, they are likely to be over by the time emergency messaging reaches the public. Safety messaging is often necessarily general in its admonitions because every person faces a different set of factors that determine their best individual response. If you notice that something isn’t right, or if you witness something that looks like an active shooter incident, work through the Run, Hide, or Fight options and take decisive action. Help others if you can and report to 911 if you have specific information about an active event. Follow instructions from emergency responders as they take control of the incident. In the event that you learn about an incident through emergency messaging, follow the instructions provided in the message and look for additional information on the alert.wsu.edu website. Group training for active shooter civilian response is available through the WSU Police Department at 509-335-8548 or at police.wsu.edu. Visit MyWSU portal to update your emergency contact information on the WSU Emergency Alert System.   The WSU Apiculture Program will be offering two workshops this coming June: The Starting right With Bees short course will be on June 17th and 18th. This 2 day course will cover bee biology, pest/disease identification, colony management, honey bee IPM, and gloveless beekeeping. The format is a combination of instruction and hands on demonstration. Bring a bee veil, whatever protective clothing you are comfortable in, and lots of questions.  The cost is $125.00.   There will be 2 Rearing High Quality Queens one day workshops in different locations that will present what it takes to rear high quality queens. Basic biology and various methods of queen rearing will be presented. The workshops emphasize hands on instruction in queen rearing methods, with lecture and demonstrations. Students will be involved in various steps including: setting up cell builders, grafting, and establishing mating nuclei. Both queen right and queen-less systems will be demonstrated. Bring a bee veil and whatever protective clothing you are comfortable in.  The cost for this workshop is $175.00.  Instructors for the workshops are Steve Sheppard, Susan Cobey & WSU Bee Lab. graduate students.  The registration form can be found at: http://entomology.wsu.edu/apis/files/2016/03/7PwjNZ-Registration-Form-beekeeping-workshops-2016.pdf   New Process for Curricular Changes Coming Soon:  The Registrar’s Office is moving away from a paper based process for Major Curricular Change requests and moving toward an electronic process.  We will be unveiling electronic submission forms very soon. In the meantime, please note that current paper submissions require only two sets of document hard copies (original and one copy), instead of the 11 previously required.  An electronic copy of the submission should also be sent to wsu.curriculum@wsu.edu.  If you would like additional information or are interested in helping field test the electronic forms, please contact Suzanne Lambeth, Assistant Registrar (slambeth@wsu.edu). ***** EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.
  1. Agricultural Integrated Pest Management, Co. of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
  2. Criminalist, Level 1B, Police Department, Queens, New York, NY
  3. Geneticist, Dept of Interior-USGS, San Diego, CA
  4. Assistant Professor, Vegetable Entomologist, Clemson Univ., Clemson, SC
  5. Monarch Ag Specialist, Dept of Entomology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
  6. Forest Health Program Mgr., Idaho Dept of Lands, Coeur d’Alene, ID
  7. Extension Educator, College of Ag Sci., Penn State Univ., Lehigh/Northampton County, PA
  8. Postdoc Researcher, Virginia Museum of Natural history, Martinsville, VA
  9. Medical Entomologist II, State of North Carolina, Wake Co., NC
  10. Research Assist Prof., Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, KS
  11. Assistant Prof of Forest Health, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA
  12. Stress Biology, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
  13. Entomologist (Identifier), Dept of Agriculture, South San Francisco, CA
***** Entomology Dept. Faculty Meeting Schedule 7/22/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM 5704472 The Northwest Coalition of Professional Staff (NCPS) is holding their conference in Pullman on July 21-22, 2016. Meeting Theme: L.E.A.D. for the Future - Leadership     Education            Advocacy             Development Mark your calendars for the Annual Entomology Retreat in Pullman on August 4th & 5thMore details to come.  First day of classes for Fall 2016 is Monday, August 22, 2016. 2016 International Congress of Entomology, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL. Website: http://ice2016orlando.org/ AIBS Launches 6th Annual Faces of Biology Photo Contest. Submissions must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 30 September 2016.  For more information or to enter the contest, visit http://www.aibs.org/public-programs/photocontest.html.  

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May 23, 2016

Betsy Beers was featured in an article titled “Northwest Feels the Pressure” in the May 15th edition of the Good Fruit Grower Magazine.  To read the article go to:  http://read.dmtmag.com/i/675334-may-15, page  48. Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Walter Sheppard and Brandon Hopkins who are the recipients of a $85,777 grant from Project Apis M.(5/31/16)
  • John Stark who is the recipient of a $369,100 grant from Dept of Interior, US Fish & Wildlife Ecological Services Program (5/31/16)
  • Betsy Beers who is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from Valent and a $4000 and a $6,500 grant from ISK Biosciences Corp. (5/23/16)
be-like-dan-picture On June 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM join Dan Bernardo, Interim Washington State University president, and Eric Olson, Washington’s largest honey bee keeper, and start the buzz for a new WSU Honey Bee and Pollinator Research Facility. Together Dan and Eric have pledged to match your support dollar-for-dollar up to $25,000, through June 30, 2016.  Come talk to beekeepers and researchers and watch this free, fascinating and informative bee activity, on the lawn of the WSU Lewis Alumni Center. You can #BeeLikeDan and help build a new home for the hives at WSU!  See attachment for the complete invitation.    Changes in CAHNRS IT storage:  With the new fiscal year fast approaching it is time to announce some changes in how network storage is offered and managed by CAHNRS IT.  Retiring collocated hard drives: For nearly ten years CAHNRS IT has offered hard drive colocation as a service for units that needed network attached storage, without the overhead of managing their own server.  We are retiring this service in favor of migrating users to our new Cloud platform, which allow us to offer solutions that are more cost effective and scalable than drive colocation.  For information on the new storage service and rates please visit <http://cwr.wsu.edu/storage-services/> http://cwr.wsu.edu/storage-services/. As part of this retirement we will begin billing users with hosted file shares annually based on their file share quotas starting 7/1/16.  All previous customers of the collocated hard drive service who have purchased hard drives for us to host within the last five years will be migrated to the Cloud platform and credited an amount based on a 20% annual depreciation schedule for their hard drive purchase.  As always, should you have questions or concerns please reach out to the support team here in CAHNRS IT. ***** EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.
  1. Research Chemist, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, Hilo, HI
  2. Postdoctoral Scholar, Entomology Department, Univ. of California, Riverside, CA
  3. Assistant Professor, Plant Science, Cal Poly-Pomona, Pomona, CA
  4. Assistant Professor of Practice in Entomology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  5. Research Associate, IPM Innovation Lab, Virginia Tech Univ., Blacksburg, VA
  6. Animal Production and Protection, USDA/ARS, Oak Ridge Associated Universities, various locations in the U.S.
  7. Director, Honey & Pollination Ctr., Robert Mondavi Inst., Univ. of Calif., Davis, CA
  8. Research Molecular Biologist (Res. Assoc.) USDA/Dept of Ag, Manhattan, KS
  9. Research Entomologist (Res. Associate) USDA/Dept of Ag., Beltsville, MD
  10. Entomologist (Identifier), USDA/ARS/APHIS, College Station, TX
  11. Agriculturist, USDA/ARS/APHIS, Miami, FL
  12. Biological Scientist, USDA/ARS/APHIS, Miami, FL
  13. Apiculturist, Virginia Tech Univ., Blacksburg, VA
  14. Research Tech for Ecotoxicology, Eurofins, Prospect Hill, NC
***** Entomology Dept. Faculty Meeting Schedule 6/24/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM 5704472 7/22/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM 5704472      

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May 9, 2016

The memorial-day-stickernext Faculty Meeting is on Friday, May 20th at 11:00 AM  in FSHN 164.  The AMS dial-in is  5704472 All university offices will be closed on Monday, May 30th for the Memorial Day holiday.   Brandon Hopkins’ work was showcased in a May 10, 2016, Northwest Public Radio segment titled: Beekeepers Can't Change the Winter, But They Can Change The Bees.  For more info, go to:  http://nwpr.org/post/beekeepers-cant-change-winter-they-can-change-bees.   Brandon’s work was also the subject of a May 6, 2016, NPR segment titled:  Growing Weeds and Feeding Bees: Beekeepers and Farmers Work To Help Honey Bees Thrive. To read a transcript of that segment, go to: http://nwpr.org/post/growing-weeds-and-feeding-bees-beekeepers-and-farmers-work-help-honey-bees-thrive. news-picture-may-9-20Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • John Stark, Tanyalee Erwin & Anand Jayakaran, who are the recipients of a $382,599 grant from Washington St. Dept. of Ecology. (4/4/2016)
  • David Crowder who is the recipient of a $2,951 grant from Oregon St. University and Univ. of Idaho. (5/2/16)
For more info go to: http://informer.ogrd.wsu.edu/RecentFacultyAwards.aspx A fun fact: In case you didn’t know, May 22nd is International Day for Biological Diversity.  For more info go to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_for_Biological_Diversity ***** EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.
  1. Postdoc, Citrus Research & Education Center, University of Florida, Lake Alfred, FL
  2. Extension Agent-IPM, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, College Station, TX
  3. Apiary Inspector, Texas A&M, College Station, TX
  4. Forest Pathologist, State of Montana, Missoula, MT
  5. Scientist III (Entomology) – Virology Div., The Geneva Foundation, Frederick, MD
  6. Entomologist US Army Medical Corp.
  7. Assistant Research Scientists, Texas A&M Ag Life, College Station, TX
  8. Research Scientist, Eurofins, Mebane, NC
  9. Professor of Practice, North Willamette Univ., Oregon State University.
  10. Research Entomologist, Dept.  of Agriculture, Manhattan, KS
  11. Assistant Professor, Insect Systematics & Taxonomy, Univ. of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MT, Canada
  12. Applied Nematologist, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  13. Entomologist, USDA Dept of A g., Gunnison, CO
  14. Pesticide Investigator, Pesticide Services/ Dept of Agriculture & Consumer Services, Virginia Beach, VA
***** First of classes for Fall 2016 is Monday, August 22, 2016.  2016 International Congress of Entomology, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL. Website: http://ice2016orlando.org/              

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May 2, 2016

  keyIt is the faculty and lab managers’ responsibility to get all keys returned from their hourly employees who will not be with us after May 6th.  Please make sure keys are turned in to the Entomology Office.    Congratulations to our Spring 2015 Graduates:                         amanda-meadows-phd megan-taylor-phd robert-zinna-phd                                Amanda Meadows PhD               Megan Taylor PhD                    Robert Zinna  PhD Advised by Bill Snyder           Advised by Walter Sheppard       Advised by Laura Lavine   Eli Bloom was the subject of a May 2, 2016, WSU News article. The title of the article is Citizen Scientists Collect Data on Urban Wild Bees.  To read the article, go to:  https://news.wsu.edu/2016/05/02/citizen-scientists-collect-data-urban-wild-bees/ . Facilities Operations sent out an alert that on May 18th from 9 AM – 3 PM they will be working on the steam lines for the new Public Safety building.  During this time building heat, domestic hot water, humidifiers, autoclaves and cage washers in the greenhouses and other buildings in that area will be affected.  For more info go to:  https://myfacilities.wsu.edu/ViewNotice_new.aspx?NoticeID=7187   ORAP GRANT WRITING COURSE The Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships (ORAP) now offers a grant writing course targeted towards NIH, NSF, and other agencies.  The course is offered at no cost, but enrollment is limited.  OUR GOAL IS TO ENABLE YOU TO WRITE MORE EFFECTIVE GRANT PROPOSALS IN FAR LESS TIME – AND HAVE FUN DOING IT!  The outcome is to advance your career, to obtain funding for significant and impactful research, and to further promote international recognition for WSU as an education and research institution.  ABOUT THE COURSE:  The course is scheduled to run 7-8 weeks.  You can expect that course work will require 4 to 6 hours each week – working on YOUR grant proposal. It is intended for young and established investigators at all WSU campuses. ENROLLMENT Summer, 2016:  We realize that this is a commitment of time but it is important for everyone involved that you enroll ONLY if you are able to commit to it.  Missing a week or so can be accommodated (it is summer!), but please put full effort in for at least 6 of the 8 weeks.  The next course starts May 18, 2016. See attached flyer for more info.   Deadline to Submit Final Grades via myWSU is Tuesday May 10, 2016 by 5pm Grading:  Click on the Grade Roster icon to the left of the class you wish to grade. Once ALL grades have been entered for ALL students listed on the grade roster, change the approval status to APPROVED and click SAVE. -If ALL grades have NOT been entered for ALL students listed on the grade roster, click SAVE. This will save the grades that have been entered.  Keep the approval status as NOT REVIEWED. You can return later to enter additional grades. -Once ALL grades have been entered for ALL students listed on the grade roster, change the status to APPROVED and click SAVE. Grade Submission Message:  A message will appear once the status is changed to APPROVED and click SAVE. The message displays: “You have successfully submitted your final grades”. -  If ALL grades have NOT been entered for ALL students listed on the grade roster, you can NOT change the status to APPROVED, this includes classes taught by multiple instructors. - Once ALL grades have been entered for ALL students listed on the grade roster, change the status to APPROVED and click SAVE. The message will appear as noted above. Students Who Have Withdrawn From a Class: Final grade rosters contain every student enrolled in the class, including those who have withdrawn (dropped after 30th day). Students who have withdrawn will have a W grade already posted on the grade roster. Students Who are Auditing a Class: Provide the ‘AU” (which stands for audit), using the drop-down menu. What to do if you have problems: Contact the Enrollment Information Technology (EIT) Help Desk.  Assistance is available by email at eit.helpdesk@wsu.edu, phone at 509-335-3819, or online at https://em.wsu.edu/eit/help/. Instructors who have NOT submitted grades will be permanently denied access to the grade roster for this term to which no grades have been submitted.   Therefore, these instructors must access the class roster for a list of enrolled students.    Instructors who have NOT submitted grades will be permanently denied access to the grade roster for this term to which no grades have been submitted.   Therefore, these instructors must access the class roster for a list of enrolled students.    ***** EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Tick Colony Tech, Center for Disease Control & Prevention, Atlanta, GA (urgent hire)
  2. GRA – Molecular Ecology, Oregon State University, Hermiston, OR
  3. Biological Science Lab Tech., ARS-USDA, Mandan, ND
  4. Plant Protection Technician, Dept of Agriculture/APHIS, Worcester, MA
  5. Criminalist 1A, Dept of Health, City of Manhattan, NY
  6. Pest Risk Analyst Intern, NC State Univ., Raleigh, North Carolina
An opportunity for a funded MS in Entomology, Medical Service Corps-US Navy, Pullman, WA *****

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April 25, 2016

The last Entomology Dept. Spring Colloquium will be today, Friday April 29, 2016 at 3:00 PM in FSHN T101. Our invited speaker will be Dr. Ruth Hufbauer.  The AMS dial # is 5706353. As you have probably noticed, card readers have been installed on room 164 and 354.  Your key will no longer work on these doors.  You will need to use your Cougar Card to gain access to these rooms.  The doors have already been programmed, so you have immediate access.  See Adam if you have any problems with your access. Permanent Faculty and graduate students have access to these rooms 24/7.  Pullman Staff and temporary faculty have access to the rooms during building hours. To request or change access setting for yourself or your students and employees, please completely fill out the attached request form.  Return the form into me in 166 or by email to lawford@wsu.edu.  Please contact Adam Williams or Jane with any questions regarding the new procedures now in place.

Becky Priebe & Mike Petrusky Retirement Celebration!
Join CAHNRS to celebrate the retirement of two long time employees!  Becky Priebe and Mike Petrusky, both from the CAHNRS Business & Finance office will soon be retiring.  Come celebrate both Becky and Mike’s service to WSU with a combined Open House reception at Ensminger Pavilion on Monday, May 9, between 2 – 4 p.m.  Refreshments will be served. Free coffee & cookies at the CUB:  Grab free coffee and cookies during both dead week and finals week from 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. in the Compton Union Building. This is a great opportunity to replenish with delicious refreshments provided by ASWSU and GPSA. Good luck with your finals Cougs! Final Grade Rosters:  Final grade rosters are available now – and they will be updated on the evening of Saturday, April 30, based on enrollment changes that have happened in the last two weeks (to include students who have been added to class sections).  Please add any student by this date so that the final grade roster is up to date. Navigation to Final Grade Roster:  Faculty should go to Faculty Center, and then choose the My Schedule tab.  This will present every course for grading.  TAs or others will need to find the Faculty Center by going to Main Menu > Self Service > Faculty Center > My Schedule. I am an instructor, TA, or other who is authorized who needs to submit final grades. What do I need? ü Current FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) certification.  Those whose certification is expired won’t be able to submit grades.  For information, please see www.ronet.wsu.edu and click on FERPA Training. ü Access for Submitting Final Grades:  Final grade rosters are available to any instructor assigned to the class with grading access.  Others who are authorized to submit final grades for their departments must be added as an instructor in the Instructor / Advisor Table in myWSU, with an effective date prior to the beginning of the term, and assigned to the course in ROOMS, with 0% teaching assignment. What to do if you have problems:  Contact the Enrollment Information Technology (EIT) Help Desk.  Assistance is available by email at eit.helpdesk@wsu.edu, phone at 509-335-3819, or online at https://em.wsu.edu/eit/help/ Deadline to Submit Final Grades via myWSU Tuesday May 10, 2016 by 5pm Faculty may also submit their grades for students via Blackboard import.  If you need instructions to do this go to:  https://elearning.wsu.edu/training_resources/tutorials/grades_blackboard_to_zzusis.aspx or RONet home page. Parking Permit Renewal Starts April 20.  Washington State University Transportation Services will offer annual campus parking permit renewals for 2016-17 online beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 20.  Eligible annual permit holders will be contacted via WSU email.  Patrons are encouraged to check their WSU email accounts on a regular basis for information.  As in the past, the initial phase of renewal is restricted to current eligible permit holders. Once that phase is completed, annual permits will be made available to other parking patrons. There will be no increase in parking permit rates and no zone changes in FY17. There was a proposal to increase parking rates consistent with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 1.2% and some parking zone changes.  Any proposed rate increases and zone changes will be deferred until FY18.  For more information on parking rates, visit the WSU Transportation Services website at http://www.transportation.wsu.edu and click on “Permits and Rates.” A valid WSU Network ID is required to renew a parking permit. Anyone who has lost or forgotten their network ID can retrieve it by calling the WSU IT Phone Desk at 509-335-HELP (4357) or visit the WSU Network ID Account Manager website here. For more information, contact WSU Transportation Services at 509-335-PARK (7275) or email us at transportation@wsu.edu. Contact: Chris Boyan, Assistant Director, WSU Transportation Services, 509/335-2950, boyanc@wsu.edu Dangerous good shipping:  With the new 2016 regulations out, are you sure what you are shipping is not considered a dangerous good.  Some of the commonly shipped Dangerous Good items here at WSU include:
  • Specimens that are collected directly from humans or animals even if they are not pathogenic or infectious. •     Lithium batteries (phones, computers, radios)
  •     Dry Ice •     Chemicals •     Bio-oils, fluids and solids •     Genetic modified samples •     Biological products, cultures
Regulation have changed, so if you are not sure, please call the dangerous good and hazardous material coordinator at 509-432-3869 and we will help you decided. Fines for shipping a dangerous good or hazardous material without labels or training have increased to $75,000. Important Paycheck Information: If you need your paycheck sent to a summer address for the May 10 and May 25 paydays, please carefully read the following two options. If you do not live in university housing:  Change your mailing address in MyWSU before May 4 to ensure that your paycheck is delivered to your summer address.  If you come back in the fall, you must again update your mailing address in MyWSU to your local address.  If you live in university housing:   You must fill out a Temporary Address Change Form found here on the Payroll Services Website: http://payroll.wsu.edu/pdf/TempSummerAddressChangeForm2016.pdf Payroll Services must receive the form by May 4.  Forms are also available at the Payroll Services window, French 236. Checks for those residing in university-owned housing with no Temporary Address Change Form will be held at Payroll Services for pick up on payday, May 10th and May 25th. Questions?  Call Payroll Services, (509) 335-9575   IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW: Entomology Dept. Faculty Meeting Schedule 5/20/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM 5704472 6/24/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM 5704472 7/22/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM 5704472 Friday, April 29, 2016 is the last day students may submit a cancellation of enrollment (Academic Regulation 70). To complete a cancellation of enrollment for Spring 2016, students need to go to www.cancel.wsu.edu. GPSA Professional Development Seminars for Spring 2016: Interviewing (10 AM-12 PM) & Negotiating (1:00 – 3:00 PM), Saturday, May 14, in CUB 212. For additional info go to: http://studentinvolvement.orgsync.com/org/gpsa/Professional_Development_and_Career_Resources . Spring 2016 Commencement will be held Saturday May 7, 2016 at the Beasley Coliseum.  The CAHNRS ceremony begins at 11:30 (lineup is at 11:00am). The WSU Apiculture Program will be offering two workshops this coming June: The Starting right With Bees short course will be on June 17th and 18th. This 2 day course will cover bee biology, pest/disease identification, colony management, honey bee IPM, and gloveless beekeeping. The format is a combination of instruction and hands on demonstration. Bring a bee veil, whatever protective clothing you are comfortable in, and lots of questions.  The cost is $125.00. There will be 2 Rearing High Quality Queens one day workshops in different locations that will present what it takes to rear high quality queens. Basic biology and various methods of queen rearing will be presented. The workshops emphasize hands on instruction in queen rearing methods, with lecture and demonstrations. Students will be involved in various steps including: setting up cell builders, grafting, and establishing mating nuclei. Both queen right and queen-less systems will be demonstrated. Bring a bee veil and whatever protective clothing you are comfortable in.  The cost for this workshop is $175.00.  Instructors for the workshops are Steve Sheppard, Susan Cobey & WSU Bee Lab. graduate students.  The registration form can be found at: http://entomology.wsu.edu/apis/files/2016/03/7PwjNZ-Registration-Form-beekeeping-workshops-2016.pdf The Northwest Coalition of Professional Staff (NCPS) is holding their conference in Pullman on July 21-22, 2016. Meeting Theme: L.E.A.D. for the Future - Leadership     Education            Advocacy             Development 2016 International Congress of Entomology, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL. Website: http://ice2016orlando.org/ AIBS Launches 6th Annual Faces of Biology Photo Contest. Submissions must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 30 September 2016.  For more information or to enter the contest, visit http://www.aibs.org/public-programs/photocontest.html. 2017 Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America meeting will be April 2-5, 2017 at the Hilton DoubleTree in Portland, OR.  

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April 18, 2016

It is the faculty and lab managers to get all keys returned from their hourly employees who will not be with us after May 6th. Our End of year potluck BBQ on Friday, April 29 at from 11:30 AM-1:00 in the area between our building and Clark Hall.  Department is providing hamburgers, hotdogs, condiments, table service & beverages. We will need salads and desserts and fresh fruit platter.   So we can know how many to plan for we need to have the sign-ups by Wednesday, April 27th.  Please come sign up as soon as possible.    Megan Taylor is doing her PhD defense on Friday Apr 22.  Seminar at 1 in 354 and exam at 2 in FSHN 164. AMS # is  5706217.

  1. Paul Catts Memorial Lecture events will be on Thursday and Friday, April 28 & 29 – This year’s invited speaker is Ruth Hufbauer (Colorado State University).  Her presentation is titled:  “Small Populations in Novel Habitats: Extinction Risk, Inbreeding Depression, and Adaptation.”  There will be a social hour on April 28th from 5-6 pm in CUE 518; followed by the Public Lecture at 6-7 pm in TODD 276. Dinner with the speaker will be at Banyans also on the 28th at 7-9 pm.  On April 29th Dr. Hufbauer will be giving the final Entomology Department Colloquium presentation in FSHN T101 at 3-4 pm (following the departmental BBQ; Friday off-campus social information forthcoming).
As you have probably noticed, card readers have been installed on room 164 and 354.  Your key will no longer work on these doors.  You will need to use your Cougar Card to gain access to these rooms.  The doors have already been programmed, so you have immediate access.  See Adam if you have any problems with your access. Permanent Faculty and graduate students have access to these rooms 24/7.  Pullman Staff and temporary faculty have access to the rooms during building hours. To request or change access setting for yourself or your students and employees, please completely fill out the attached request form.  Return the form into me in 166 or by email to lawford@wsu.edu.  Please contact Adam Williams or Jane with any questions regarding the new procedures now in place. For those who missed the three Hazardous Trainings offered by Jason Sampson last month, he has set up another time for Faculty and those in laboratories to attend his training to meeting their Commitment towards Laboratory Safety. This is a mandatory training for all faculty and lab personnel so if you miss this session in our building, you will be responsible for finding another session elsewhere on campus to attend What:    Mandatory Hazardous Material Training Where: FSHN 354 (Entomology Classroom) When:   Monday, April 25, 2016 from 9 – 10am With:     Jason Sampson Assistant Director, E.H. & S. For:        Faculty P.I.’s, Lab Managers, and Technicians or GRA’s Please contact Adam Williams if you have questions. Congratulations to our recent PBESA Awardees:
  • Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris was awarded the John Henry Comstock Award, and won 1st place in the Elevator Opportunity event.
  • Adekunle Adesanya won 1st place in the student paper competition, and won 3rd place in the Elevator Opportunity event.
  • Alix Whitener won 1st place in the student paper competition, and 2nd place in the texting competition.
  • Adrian Marshall won 2nd place in the student poster competition.
Dr. Doug Walsh was elected to a second 3-yr term to serve as the Pacific Branch’s representative to the National Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America. Dr. Brian Bahder, Doug Walsh’s former PhD student and WSU Entomology Alumni (May 2013) has accepted an tenure-track Assistant Professorship in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida. Brian will be located at the UF Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center where he will be researching insect disease vector biology and management in palms and orchids. Joseph Taylor was the subject in the April 20, 2016, Moscow-Pullman Daily News Sidewalk Series.  The article is attached.  Thank you Joseph for the great PR for Entomology. Final Grade Rosters:  Final grade rosters are available now – and they will be updated on the evening of Saturday, April 30, based on enrollment changes that have happened in the last two weeks (to include students who have been added to class sections).  Please add any student by this date so that the final grade roster is up to date. Navigation to Final Grade Roster:  Faculty should go to Faculty Center, and then choose the My Schedule tab.  This will present every course for grading.  TAs or others will need to find the Faculty Center by going to Main Menu > Self Service > Faculty Center > My Schedule. I am an instructor, TA, or other who is authorized who needs to submit final grades. What do I need? ü Current FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) certification.  Those whose certification is expired won’t be able to submit grades.  For information, please see www.ronet.wsu.edu and click on FERPA Training. ü Access for Submitting Final Grades:  Final grade rosters are available to any instructor assigned to the class with grading access.  Others who are authorized to submit final grades for their departments must be added as an instructor in the Instructor / Advisor Table in myWSU, with an effective date prior to the beginning of the term, and assigned to the course in ROOMS, with 0% teaching assignment. What to do if you have problems:  Contact the Enrollment Information Technology (EIT) Help Desk.  Assistance is available by email at eit.helpdesk@wsu.edu, phone at 509-335-3819, or online at https://em.wsu.edu/eit/help/ Deadline to Submit Final Grades via myWSU Tuesday May 10, 2016 by 5pm Parking Permit Renewal Starts April 20.  Washington State University Transportation Services will offer annual campus parking permit renewals for 2016-17 online beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 20.  Eligible annual permit holders will be contacted via WSU email.  Patrons are encouraged to check their WSU email accounts on a regular basis for information.  As in the past, the initial phase of renewal is restricted to current eligible permit holders. Once that phase is completed, annual permits will be made available to other parking patrons. There will be no increase in parking permit rates and no zone changes in FY17. There was a proposal to increase parking rates consistent with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 1.2% and some parking zone changes.  Any proposed rate increases and zone changes will be deferred until FY18.  For more information on parking rates, visit the WSU Transportation Services website at http://www.transportation.wsu.edu and click on “Permits and Rates.” A valid WSU Network ID is required to renew a parking permit. Anyone who has lost or forgotten their network ID can retrieve it by calling the WSU IT Phone Desk at 509-335-HELP (4357) or visit the WSU Network ID Account Manager website here. For more information, contact WSU Transportation Services at 509-335-PARK (7275) or email us at transportation@wsu.edu. Contact: Chris Boyan, Assistant Director, WSU Transportation Services, 509/335-2950, boyanc@wsu.edu Calls for Proposals for five Western SARE grant programs have been released. Descriptions of each program can be found at westernsare.org/Grants/Types-of-Grants .The five grants programs include: Deadlines vary; please read the Call for Proposals closely. The Western SARE Administrative Council will select reviewed proposals that are innovative, diverse in content, subject matter, and geography; demonstrate tangible outcomes; & provide readily adaptable technologies & information suitable to for sustainable farming and ranching systems by producers in the western region. Tara Zimmerman Associate in Research 206-770-6073 Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources goldsmitht@wsu.edu https://www.facebook.com/CSANR   IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW: Entomology Dept. Faculty Meeting Schedule 5/20/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM 5704472 6/24/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM 5704472 7/22/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM 5704472 Friday, April 29, 2016 is the last day students may submit a cancellation of enrollment (Academic Regulation 70). To complete a cancellation of enrollment for Spring 2016, students need to go to www.cancel.wsu.edu. GPSA Professional Development Seminars for Spring 2016: Interviewing (10 AM-12 PM) & Negotiating (1:00 – 3:00 PM), Saturday, May 14, in CUB 212. For additional info go to: http://studentinvolvement.orgsync.com/org/gpsa/Professional_Development_and_Career_Resources . Spring 2016 Commencement will be held Saturday May 7, 2016 at the Beasley Coliseum.  The CAHNRS ceremony begins at 11:30 (lineup is at 11:00am). The WSU Apiculture Program will be offering two workshops this coming June: The Starting right With Bees short course will be on June 17th and 18th. This 2 day course will cover bee biology, pest/disease identification, colony management, honey bee IPM, and gloveless beekeeping. The format is a combination of instruction and hands on demonstration. Bring a bee veil, whatever protective clothing you are comfortable in, and lots of questions.  The cost is $125.00. There will be 2 Rearing High Quality Queens one day workshops in different locations that will present what it takes to rear high quality queens. Basic biology and various methods of queen rearing will be presented. The workshops emphasize hands on instruction in queen rearing methods, with lecture and demonstrations. Students will be involved in various steps including: setting up cell builders, grafting, and establishing mating nuclei. Both queen right and queen-less systems will be demonstrated. Bring a bee veil and whatever protective clothing you are comfortable in.  The cost for this workshop is $175.00.  Instructors for the workshops are Steve Sheppard, Susan Cobey & WSU Bee Lab. graduate students.  The registration form can be found at: http://entomology.wsu.edu/apis/files/2016/03/7PwjNZ-Registration-Form-beekeeping-workshops-2016.pdf The Northwest Coalition of Professional Staff (NCPS) is holding their conference in Pullman on July 21-22, 2016. Meeting Theme: L.E.A.D. for the Future - Leadership     Education            Advocacy             Development 2016 International Congress of Entomology, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL. Website: http://ice2016orlando.org/ AIBS Launches 6th Annual Faces of Biology Photo Contest. Submissions must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 30 September 2016.  For more information or to enter the contest, visit http://www.aibs.org/public-programs/photocontest.html. 2017 Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America meeting will be April 2-5, 2017 at the Hilton DoubleTree in Portland, OR.  

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April 4, 2016

Our End of year potluck BBQ on Friday, April 29 at from 11:30 AM-1:00 in the area between our building and Clark Hall.  Department is providing hamburgers, hotdogs, condiments, table service &  beverages. We will need salads and desserts and fresh fruit platter.   So we can know how many to plan for we need to have the sign-ups by Wednesday, April 27th.  Please come sign up as soon as possible. Amanda Meadows has scheduled her PhD seminar and defense on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.  Seminar will be at 12:10 PM in FSHN 354 and the exam to follow in FSHN 164.  The AMS dial # is: 5704020 for the seminar and 5705350 for the exam. Robbie Zinna has scheduled his PhD seminar and defense on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 2:00 PM.  The AMS dial # is: 5705899. Extension pollinator video earns gold: Congratulations to Island County Extension Director Timothy Lawrence, Urban IPM Coordinator Carrie Foss, and CAHNRS Video Producer Darrell Kilgore, along with the WSU bee team, who earned the Gold Award from the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP) for Pollination and Protecting Pollinators.  This amazing 54-minute video gives in-depth information about pollinators and bees in a way that anyone can understand, explaining the importance of pollinators in relation to our food supply. WSU researchers and professional beekeepers present information in the video. Learn more about WSU pest management and safety work here.  Other Entomology Faculty included: Susan Cobey, David Crowder, Allan Felsot, Brandon Hopkins, Walter Sheppard and commercial beekeeper Eric Olsen. Congratulations to Entomology Department awardees:

  • Doug Walsh who is the recipient of a $22,615 grant from the Mint Industry Research Council (3/24/16)
  • Walter Sheppard, Brandon Hopkins and Lori Carris who are the recipients of a $318, 000 grant from Whittier Trust Company (3/24/2016)
For more info go to: http://informer.ogrd.wsu.edu/RecentFacultyAwards.aspx Attention Grad Students: WSU CISER (Center for Interdisciplinary Statistical Education and Research) meeting with Entomology grad students will be on April 14th immediately after the BUGSS presentation and will go for about 30 minutes.  This new center plans on offering Statistical Engaged Learning to faculty and graduate students who need assistance on any statistical aspects of their research.  They are having a series of informal meetings (a brief presentation followed by a question/answer period) with graduate students across WSU to introduce themselves and the center and discuss how we can best serve their needs.  They will meet at a later date with WSU faculty and staff. BUGSS SEMINAR will be on Thursday, April 14th at 3:30 PM in UI Ag Sci Bldg Rm. 104.  The speaker will be Matthew O’Neil, Department of Entomology, Iowa State University: “Is There a Place for Conservation (and Bees) in the Production of Annual Crops?” The Insect Cinema Cult Classic will be on Friday, April 15th in Todd 276 from 6 PM – 10 PM.  This year’s films are:  The Fly, Empire of the Ants and Skeeter.  See the attached flyer for more details.  If you would like to order a ICCC T-shirt contact Robert Orpet at robert.orpet@wsu.edu.
  1. Paul Catts Memorial Lecture events will be on Thursday and Friday, April 28 & 29 – This year’s invited speaker is Dr. Ruth Hufbauer (Colorado State University).  Her presentation is titled:  “Small Populations in Novel Habitats: Extinction Risk, Inbreeding Depression, and Adaptation.”  There will be a social hour on April 28th from 5-6 pm in CUE 518; followed by the Public Lecture at 6-7 pm in TODD 276. Dinner with the speaker will be at Banyans also on the 28th at 7-9 pm.  On April 29th Dr. Hufbauer will be giving the final Entomology Department Colloquium presentation in FSHN T101 at 3-4 pm (following the departmental BBQ; Friday off-campus social information forthcoming).   To learn more about Dr. Hufbauer go to:  http://www.hufbauerlab.org/
Plant Pathology Graduate Students Present: "Creating Sustainable Management Strategies for Thrips and Tospoviruses" by Dr. Diane Ullman on Monday, April 11 at 4:10 pm in 343 Johnson HallDr. Ullman is the Associate Dean and Professor of Entomology at University of California, UC Davis, Department of Entomology and Nematology. Research questions addressed in the Ullman research program have necessitated investigations in her lab using a variety of insect vector species including thrips, aphids, leafhoppers, whiteflies, and mealybugs, within several plant virus systems - tospoviruses, citrus tristeza virus, potato leafroll virus, curlytop virus. Research approaches have varied from basic studies in the laboratory to more applied investigations in the field. The short-term goal of these investigations is to elucidate the inter-relationships of plants, plant pathogenic viruses, and their insect vectors. The long-term goal of the program is to translate advances in understanding of these relationships into technologies and methodologies that can be applied in novel strategies for preventing epidemics of insect transmitted pathogens. Registration for Fall 2016 for grad students begins on April 12th.  See attachment for the registration schedule.    Friday, April 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm is the last day undergraduate and professional students may withdraw (drop with penalty) from a class (Academic Regulation 68).  In myWSU, withdrawal is called “drop with penalty.” A withdrawal will be marked as a W on the transcript. The deadline to take a final exam/defense for a doctoral or master's degree and graduate spring 2016 is Friday, April 22, 2016. All graduate students must submit a Final Exam Scheduling Form (by April 8) and take a final exam. This includes master's non-thesis degree students (non-thesis exams are frequently scheduled as Ballot Meetings in many departments/programs.  For more information, see the Deadlines and Procedures for Graduation form HERE, and the Graduation Checklist (pdf). Motor Pool Renting Reminders:  Must bring Vehicle Release Form signed by signature authority and have driver’s license on hand when picking up Motor Pool vehicles. Must have read and understand BPPM and SPPM associated with Motor Pool rentals and operation. Must notify of cancellation 24 hours in advance or rental charges still applies. If rental does not start until the next day pick up times are from 3 – 5 p.m. only. If need to pick up earlier, make Motor Pool staff aware so we get director’s ok and must leave in front of Motor Pool until rental commences.hank you for your cooperation The WSU Apiculture Program will be offering two workshops this coming June: The Starting right With Bees short course will be on June 17th and 18th. This 2 day course will cover bee biology, pest/disease identification, colony management, honey bee IPM, and gloveless beekeeping. The format is a combination of instruction and hands on demonstration. Bring a bee veil, whatever protective clothing you are comfortable in, and lots of questions.  The cost is $125.00. There will be 2 Rearing High Quality Queens one day workshops in different locations that will present what it takes to rear high quality queens. Basic biology and various methods of queen rearing will be presented. The workshops emphasize hands on instruction in queen rearing methods, with lecture and demonstrations. Students will be involved in various steps including: setting up cell builders, grafting, and establishing mating nuclei. Both queen right and queen-less systems will be demonstrated. Bring a bee veil and whatever protective clothing you are comfortable in.  The cost for this workshop is $175.00.  Instructors for the workshops are Steve Sheppard, Susan Cobey & WSU Bee Lab. graduate students.  The registration form can be found at: http://entomology.wsu.edu/apis/files/2016/03/7PwjNZ-Registration-Form-beekeeping-workshops-2016.pdf The Northwest Coalition of Professional Staff (NCPS) is holding their conference in Pullman on July 21-22, 2016. Meeting Theme: L.E.A.D. for the Future - Leadership     Education            Advocacy             Development The keynote speaker is Representative Kevin Parker, Representative for the 6th district in the Washington State Legislature.  He also teaches in the Whitworth and Gonzaga MBA program and owns the Dutch Brothers Coffee Shops.  The speaker at the banquet and our closing speaker is Cyndy Stevenson.  Cyndy spoke at our conference last year and we were very excited to have her back.  She has enjoyed a diverse and rewarding career in healthcare, education, corporate consulting and training and human services. She believes that the college campus is the most exceptional opportunity to inspire, educate and mentor the future rainmakers of our society and globe. Cyndy has recently published a Character Education book for middle school and high school students titled, "Legacies under Construction" (AuthorHouse 2016). It embraces the very same concepts she teaches to adults as well. For more information on NCPS and the conference (including the full list of speakers) please go to www.wwu.edu/NCPS   WSU staff must pay with IRI’s.  This is a great opportunity to meet and network with other professional staff from the northwest and receive great concepts and insights to do our jobs better.   Email Karen Garrett (klgarrett@wsu.edu) with any questions you may have and I look forward to seeing you in July!  To register & pay please go to http://universityevents.wsu.edu/ncps/ Early bird rate of $225 includes the following: 2 large sessions with 3 breakout sessions Wednesday night reception Breakfast & Lunch on Thursday Ferdinand’s ice cream social Banquet at Banyans on Thursday night Breakfast on Friday AIBS Launches 6th Annual Faces of Biology Photo Contest: Enter the Faces of Biology Photo Contest for your chance to win $250 and to have your photo appear on the cover of the journal BioScience. The competition, sponsored by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), recognizes scientists who use imagery to communicate aspects of biological research to the public and policymakers.  “Over the past five years, this contest has been effective at showing the public and decision-makers what the scientific process looks like,” said Dr. Robert Gropp, Interim Co-Executive Director of AIBS. “Whether it is sharing photos of biological research or enabling visits by lawmakers to research facilities, AIBS is committed to disseminating information that will guide informed decisions about matters that require biological knowledge.”  The theme of the contest is “Faces of Biology.” Photographs entered into the competition must depict a person, such as a scientist, technician, or student, engaging in biological research. The research may occur outside, in a lab, at a natural history collection, at a field station, on a computer, in a classroom, or anywhere else research is done.  The First Place Winner will have his/her winning photo featured on the cover of BioScience, and will receive $250 and a one year membership in AIBS, including a subscription to BioScience. The Second and Third Place Winners will have his/her winning photo printed inside the journal, and will receive a one year membership in AIBS, including a subscription to BioScience. The winning photo from the 2015 contest is featured on the cover of the March 2016 issue of BioScience. Submissions must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 30 September 2016.  For more information or to enter the contest, visit http://www.aibs.org/public-programs/photocontest.html.   IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW: Entomology Dept. Faculty Meeting Schedule 4/22/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 5/20/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 6/24/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 7/22/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 Faculty-led Workshop: Writing for Gen. 1.5 Graduate students are invited to join in on a series of workshops designed for teaching and instruction. Offered by the WSU Teaching Academy and Global Campus, these workshop topics present a wide range of relevant topics: April 21: Establishing a Culture of Academic Integrity:  The workshops are free and refreshments are provided. Sign up for the sessions held in CUE 518, or the live streamed session. To register for any of the tutorials, visit HERE. GPSA Professional Development Seminars for Spring 2016: Modern Industry Job Search & Networking, Friday, April 15, 10 AM-12PM, in Terrell Rm. 4 Interviewing & Negotiating, Saturday, May 14 in CUB 212: See attached flyer for additional info. Spring 2016 Commencement will be held Saturday May 7, 2016 at the Beasley Coliseum.  The CAHNRS ceremony begins at 11:30 (lineup is at 11:00am). 2016 International Congress of Entomology, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL. Website: http://ice2016orlando.org/ 2017 Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America meeting will be April 2-5, 2017 at the Hilton DoubleTree in Portland, OR.  Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting will be November 5-8, 2017 in Denver, CO.  

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March 28, 2016

No colloquium next week due to the ESA meetings in Hawaii. The Insect Cinema Cult Classic will be on Friday, April 15th in Todd 276 from 6 PM – 10 PM.  This year’s films are:  The Fly, Empire of the Ants and Skeeter.  If you would like to order a ICCC T-shirt contact Robert Orpet at robert.orpet@wsu.edu. Congratulations to Timothy Lawrence, Carrie Foss, and Darrell Kilgore, plus the WSU bee team, who have been given the Gold Award from the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals for the video Pollination and Protecting Pollinators.  Access to video at site http://pep.wsu.edu - under News and Updates. Are you attending the PB-ESA conference in Honolulu April 3-6th? Come practice your impromptu speaking skills at our fun blitz talk event! Signups are available at the registration desk. Priority to students and early professionals, but open to anyone interested!"  Alix B. Whitener, PhD Candidate, ESA Student Affairs Committee Vice Chair   Plant Pathology Graduate Students Present: "Creating Sustainable Management Strategies for Thrips and Tospoviruses" by Dr. Diane Ullman on Monday, April 11 at 4:10pm in 343 Johnson Hall.  Dr. Ullman is the Associate Dean and Professor of Entomology at University of California, UC Davis, Department of Entomology and Nematology. Research questions addressed in the Ullman research program have necessitated investigations in her lab using a variety of insect vector species including thrips, aphids, leafhoppers, whiteflies, and mealybugs, within several plant virus systems - tospoviruses, citrus tristeza virus, potato leafroll virus, curlytop virus. Research approaches have varied from basic studies in the laboratory to more applied investigations in the field. The short-term goal of these investigations is to elucidate the inter-relationships of plants, plant pathogenic viruses, and their insect vectors. The long-term goal of the program is to translate advances in understanding of these relationships into technologies and methodologies that can be applied in novel strategies for preventing epidemics of insect transmitted pathogens. Registration for Fall 2016 for grad students begins on April 12th The deadline to take a final exam/defense for a doctoral or master's degree and graduate spring 2016 is Friday, April 22, 2016. All graduate students must submit a Final Exam Scheduling Form and take a final exam. This includes master's non-thesis degree students (non-thesis exams are frequently scheduled as Ballot Meetings in many departments/programs.  For more information, see the Deadlines and Procedures for Graduation form HERE, and the Graduation Checklist (pdf) This is a notification regarding the April 9th, 2016 Graduate Grant Writing Workshop offered by the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships (formerly part of the Office of Grant and Research Development). From now on, the workshop will be offered free-of-charge solely via an online format. This will provide students from all campuses equal access to the materials with no cost barriers. In addition, the software used to produce the online workshop will allow students to slow down or speed up the videos and to search for keywords within the verbal and written materials. If you have already paid for the workshop, you will be refunded and/or your check will be voided, but your registration will remain active. If you are still interested in signing up for the workshop, please do so via this link. If you have any questions contact Hannah Merley, Graduate Support Coordinator, Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships at 509-335-3825 I have important news regarding the CAHNRS Business Center.  Creating a highly functional Business Center service model that faculty and staff value and appreciate is a high priority for the CAHNRS administration team.  For faculty to be successful, the Business Center must function well.  Providing excellent customer service is the fundamental goal of both center locations.  Last fall, I committed to working with administration, faculty and staff to adaptively manage the Business Center to success.  To that end, I am making an organizational change in CAHNRS support units to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Business Center, and to address high priority needs in other areas.  Kim Kidwell. Effective immediately, Chris Johnson, the Director of the CAHNRS Business and Finance Office will assume the additional role of the Director of the Business Center.  Chris has tremendous leadership and managerial experience, and already oversees the CAHNRS Grants Team.  Assuming responsibility for the Business Center is a natural extension of his current leadership role in CAHNRS. Karey Strong will continue to serve as the manager of the Business Center, and will report to Chris.  Kimi Lucas will continue in her role as the Director of CAHNRS Operations with the added responsibility of overseeing the creation, implementation and execution of the CAHNRS Safety Initiative, which was created in response to a recent university-wide safety mandate from Interim President Bernardo. I am grateful to those of you who have provided constructive feedback concerning the functionality of the Business Center over the last few months.  We heard you. The CAHNRS administration team and I are making a focused effort to address concerns, and we remain committed to creating a functional Business Center service model that is valued and appreciated throughout the CAHNRS community. I am confident that the effort that has been invested in this model will come to fruition as we mindfully adjust to implement best management practices and to improve customer service.  I sincerely appreciate your guidance, support and patience as we navigate our way through the adjustment process. Kim Kidwell, Acting Dean  Destination Sales Tax Explained: The State of Washington rules regarding charging of sales tax changed effective July 1, 2008. The old method of charging sales tax was based upon the point of sale while the new rule states that the point of destination becomes the basis for the amount of sales tax charged. The old method was uncomplicated as the majority of sold items were charged the same rate of sales tax and only one item type was necessary to input on sales invoices in most cases. The new method is more complicated as the sales tax rate at the point of destination must be determined. There are more than 357 different locations within the State of Washington and all have a unique WSU project number. We have attached a rate table to help with determination of the amount. The table is in alphabetical order and shows the tax rate as well as the associated project number. The table also includes the appropriate item type that will be required to be entered on WSU invoices. The unique project number may also enter the picture in the case of a cash sale where the item is shipped by WSU to a different location. Rate Table: The attached rate table can be used to locate the exact tax rate at the different destinations in the state. It will be necessary to utilize the table in order to identify the unique WSU project required for each of these areas and to identify the item type attached to that unique project number. The item type is what is to be used in charged sales when an invoice is created. To see the table please click here (Excel format). Other Valuable Resources: The State has provided an excellent website to help determine the appropriate tax jurisdiction based upon addresses. Please click on the following link for further information: http://dor.wa.gov/Content/FindTaxesandRates/SalesAndUseTaxRates/LookUpATaxRate/ Your Voice Matters: Employee Engagement Survey Now Open!:  This year’s Employee Engagement Survey is now open to all employees system-wide on active Faculty, Administrative, and Classified appointments, and has been distributed via email link, or mailed directly to employees without a WSU email. You are encouraged to complete the survey between now and Friday, April 8, at midnight.  For questions about the WSU Employee Engagement Survey, please visit hrs.wsu.edu/Employee+Engagement+Survey, or contact Human Resource Services at 509-335-4521 or hrs@wsu.edu.   IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW: Entomology Dept. Faculty Meeting Schedule 4/22/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 5/20/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 6/24/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 7/22/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 GPSA Professional Development Seminars for Spring 2016: Modern Industry Job Search & Networking, Friday, April 15, 10 AM-12PM, in Terrell Rm. 4 Interviewing & Negotiating, Saturday, May 14 in CUB 212              See attached flyer for additional info. Spring 2016 Commencement will be held Saturday May 7, 2016 at the Beasley Coliseum.  The CAHNRS ceremony begins at 11:30 (lineup is at 11:00am). ESA Pacific Branch meetings are April 3-6, 2016 in Honolulu, HI at the Pacific Beach Hotel. 2016 International Congress of Entomology, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL. Website: http://ice2016orlando.org/ 2017 Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America meeting will be April 2-5, 2017 at the Hilton DoubleTree in Portland, OR. Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting will be November 5-8, 2017 in Denver, CO.  

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March 21, 2016

The next Spring Colloquium speaker on Wednesday, March 30th at 12:10 in FSHN 354, will be Dr. Allen J. Moore.  He will be speaking on the Molecular Genetics and Evolution of Parenting Behavior.  Dr. Moore is a Distinguished Research Professor and Department Head at the University of Colorado.  Dr. Moore is an advocate in supporting women in STEM.  His visit is presented by ADVANCE at WSU PRO-NET speaker series.  He will also be speaking on Tuesday, March 29th at the School of Biological Sciences Biolunch at 12 PM in Abelson 306 and at the ADVANCE at WSU Discussion at 2:30 PM in CUE 512.  Attached are the flyer and itinerary for his visit. To learn more about Dr. Moore go to:  The AMS dial in # for the Entomology presentation is 5704020 Fang Zhu was mentioned in a Daily Evergreen article about bed bugs in the March 21st edition.  To read the article go to:  http://www.dailyevergreen.com/news/article_3e9c30cc-e7d6-11e5-93c8-331745f2a5b5.html Are you attending the PB-ESA conference in Honolulu April 3-6th? Come practice your impromptu speaking skills at our fun blitz talk event! Signups are available at the registration desk. Priority to students and early professionals, but open to anyone interested!"  Alix B. Whitener, PhD Candidate, ESA Student Affairs Committee Vice Chair (see attached flyer) Motor Pool Renting reminders:  You must bring Vehicle Release Form signed by signature authority and have driver’s license on hand when picking up Motor Pool vehicles. Must have read and understand BPPM and SPPM associated with Motor Pool rentals and operation. You must notify of cancellation 24 hours in advance or rental charges still applies. If rental does not start until the next day pick up times are from 3 – 5 p.m. only. If need to pick up earlier, make Motor Pool staff aware so we get director’s ok and must leave in front of Motor Pool until rental commences. Thank you for your cooperation Save the date for the: 

  • End of year potluck BBQ on Friday, April 29 at from 11:30 AM-1:00  in the area between our building and Clark Hall.  Department is providing hamburgers, hotdogs, condiments, table service & beverages. We will need salads and desserts and fresh fruit platter.  So we can know how many to plan for we need to have the sign-ups by Wednesday, April 27th.  Please come sign up as soon as possible.
  • E. Paul Catts Memorial Lecture events will be on Thursday and Friday, April 28 & 29 – This year’s invited speaker is Ruth Hufbauer (Colorado State University), “Small populations in novel habitats: extinction risk, inbreeding depression, and adaptation.” More details to come.
Plant Pathology Graduate Students Present: "Creating Sustainable Management Strategies for Thrips and Tospoviruses" by Dr. Diane Ullman on Monday, April 11 at 4:10pm in 343 Johnson Hall.  Dr. Ullman is the Associate Dean and Professor of Entomology at University of California, UC Davis, Department of Entomology and Nematology. Research questions addressed in the Ullman research program have necessitated investigations in her lab using a variety of insect vector species including thrips, aphids, leafhoppers, whiteflies, and mealybugs, within several plant virus systems - tospoviruses, citrus tristeza virus, potato leafroll virus, curlytop virus. Research approaches have varied from basic studies in the laboratory to more applied investigations in the field. The short-term goal of these investigations is to elucidate the inter-relationships of plants, plant pathogenic viruses, and their insect vectors. The long-term goal of the program is to translate advances in understanding of these relationships into technologies and methodologies that can be applied in novel strategies for preventing epidemics of insect transmitted pathogens. Reminder emissions testThe Motor Pool reminds departments to schedule emissions tests and annual inspections for WSU department vehicles. Emissions tests are required for all 1990 to 2008 WSU vehicles. Annual inspections need to be done on all University vehicles. Contact Chad Hansen at 335-9091, hansenc@wsu.edu, or Brad Hill at 335-9320, bwhill@wsu.edu. This is a reminder that nominations for Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines are due to the Academic Programs Office by Friday, March 25. The deadline is intended to give Dr. Kidwell enough time to review the nominations and determine which nominees to move forward to the Graduate School. Full description and eligibility requirements are provided here:  https://gradschool.wsu.edu/Scholarships-2016/#STEM. Please send nominations to acellis@wsu.edu. GPSA Professional Development Seminars for Spring 2016: Financial Management in the Real World, Friday, April 1 at 12:00 PM in CUE 518 Modern Industry Job Search & Networking, Friday, April 15, 10 AM-12PM, in Terrell Rm. 4 Interviewing & Negotiating, Saturday, May 14 in CUB 212              See attached flyer for additional info. Transportation Task Force invites comments on proposed parking zone changes and proposed CPI rate increase The Washington State University Parking and Transportation Task Force is inviting public comment on proposed zone changes and a proposed parking rate increase in fiscal year 2017 of 1.2% on annual and daily parking permits that, if implemented, will take effect at the start of the fall 2016 semester. The proposed increase of 1.2% is equivalent to the increase in the 2015 Consumer Price Index. In 2004 the Board of Regents approved annual increases in parking rates that would not exceed the U.S. Department of Labor CPI Index. The proposed rate increases will be used to off-set inflationary increases in parking and transportation program expenses. The university community can review the proposed changes and submit comments here. The review and comment period will be open through March 25. The Task Force will review and consider comments regarding these proposed changes. This is a notification regarding the April 9th, 2016 Graduate Grant Writing Workshop offered by the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships (formerly part of the Office of Grant and Research Development). From now on, the workshop will be offered free-of-charge solely via an online format. This will provide students from all campuses equal access to the materials with no cost barriers. In addition, the software used to produce the online workshop will allow students to slow down or speed up the videos and to search for keywords within the verbal and written materials. If you have already paid for the workshop, you will be refunded and/or your check will be voided, but your registration will remain active. If you are still interested in signing up for the workshop, please do so via this link. If you have any questions contact Hannah Merley, Graduate Support Coordinator, Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships at 509-335-3825 The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership (CTLL) recently created a Student Experience Advisory Council (SEAC). This council will be comprised of CAHNRS faculty, industry partners, and students. The goal of this advisory council is to bring students together with industry representatives and faculty to better integrate real work learning opportunities into your academic experience. The SEAC will have the opportunity to make you job ready, day one. In preparation to launch SEAC this fall, we need valuable feedback from CAHNRS students like you. We have created a short survey to gather pertinent information that will enhance your student experience and provide unique opportunities for you. Your feedback is valuable to the success of this council. Thank you for your time. For more information about the Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership (CTLL), visit the website: http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/ctll/.  Please complete this anonymous survey by Friday, April 1https://wsu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dn8MGSX4EbGgrOt Quarterly lobbying reports must be filed online by April 8, 2016, covering WSU employee activities between January 1, 2016, and March 31, 2016. For your convenience, you can report your lobbying activities through an online submission form found at governmentrelations.wsu.edu/Lobbying.html. 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 multi-layered and touch many parts of the WSU community; therefore communicating with Government Relations can provide for a more organized legislative outcome. Additionally, Annie 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                                       State Relations Michele McCarver: 509-335-5756              Annie Manning: 360-534-2332 Thank you for taking the time to ensure that we give an accurate report of time and money spent on lobbying.  Colleen Kerr, VP for External Affairs and Government Relations IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW: Entomology Dept. Faculty Meeting Schedule 4/22/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 5/20/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 6/24/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 7/22/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 Faculty-led Workshop: Writing for Gen. 1.5 Graduate students are invited to join in on a series of workshops designed for teaching and instruction. Offered by the WSU Teaching Academy and Global Campus, these workshop topics present a wide range of relevant topics:
  • March 29: First-generation Students on the College Campus
  • April 21: Establishing a Culture of Academic Integrity
The workshops are free and refreshments provided. Sign up for the sessions held in CUE 518, or the live streamed session. To register for any of the tutorials, visit HERE. ESA Pacific Branch meetings are April 3-6, 2016 in Honolulu, HI at the Pacific Beach Hotel. The first annual Edible Book Festival will take place on Friday, April 8. Public viewing and judging will be begin at 1:30 pm in the Terrell Library Atrium. Awards will be given in the following categories:
  • People's Choice
  • Most Appetizing
  • Best Visual Presentation
  • Punniest/Funniest
Register to participate by going to:  http://libraries.wsu.edu/news/registration-opens-april-8-edible-book-festival-entries, or plan to come and vote for (and eat!) your favorites.  Registration began March 1.  WSU’s festival begins with public viewing at 1:30 p.m. on April 8, in the Terrell Library atrium. Judging is at 2 p.m., with winners announced at 2:30.  “Celebrity judges” for the event will be Christopher Bruce, director of the WSU Museum of Art; Jamie Kohler, executive pastry chef for WSU Dining Services’ central production unit; Joanna Bailey, director of Pullman’s Neill Public Library; and Sarah Frame English, a WSU alum, donor and librarian with the Libraries of Stevens County (Wash.). Awards will be given for people’s choice, most appetizing, best visual presentation and punniest/funniest. Then it’s all mouths on deck for the feeding frenzy. For questions about registration, entries, event schedule, or other inquiries, please contact Holly Luetkenhaus.

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March 14, 2016

The next Entomology Faculty Meeting will be at 9:00 – 10:30 AM on March 24th in FSHN 164.  The AMS dial # is:  5704472. May Berenbaum will be a guest speaker at Gonzaga University in Spokane on March 21st at 7:30 PM in the Hemmingson Center Ballroom on the Gonzaga Campus.  She will also be giving a scientific lecture the next day.  Her talk is titled Apis-Pocalypse Now: Can Science Save the Honey Bee? This presentation is part of the 30th Annual Timothy J. O’Leary Lecture event.  She is the Swanlund Professor of Entomology and head of the Entomology Department at the Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Dr. Berenbaum was the 1999 E. Paul Catts Lecture speaker here in our Department.  She is a recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Science in biological sciences and the editor of eight books. To learn more about Dr. Berenbaum go to: http://www.life.illinois.edu/entomology/faculty/berenbaum.html Congratulations to Entomology Department awardees:

  • Betsy Beers is the recipient of $14,500 grant funding from Dupont (3/14/2016)
  • Jay Brunner is the recipient of $10,000 from PAC Biocontrol (3/14/2016)
For more info go to: http://informer.ogrd.wsu.edu/RecentFacultyAwards.aspx Eppendorf will be having a pipette calibration day on March 22-25th in Clark Hall rm. 264.  They can service any brand of single or multichannel manual or electronic pipettes.  They will also do free quick checks on Eppendorf Repeaters (Repeater Plus, Stream, xStreem).  To sign up for time contact Cindy at 206-510-3750 or email her at Cheyne.c@eppendorg.com. Are you attending the PB-ESA conference in Honolulu April 3-6th? Come practice your impromptu speaking skills at our fun blitz talk event! Signups are available at the registration desk. Priority to students and early professionals, but open to anyone interested!"  Alix B. Whitener, PhD Candidate, ESA Student Affairs Committee Vice Chair (see attached elevator flyer) The deadline to take a final exam/defense for a doctoral or master's degree and graduate spring 2016 is Friday, April 22, 2016. All graduate students must submit a Final Exam Scheduling Form and take a final exam. This includes master's non-thesis degree students (non-thesis exams are frequently scheduled as Ballot Meetings in many departments/programs.  For more information, see the Deadlines and Procedures for Graduation form HERE, and the Graduation Checklist (pdf) Important notice to faculty:  To address recent Lab Safety Concerns and Initiatives, FSHN Principal Investigators and their primary lab manager(s) are responsible for attending one of the following mandatory trainings offered by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S). To fulfill this requirement were offering three opportunities for faculty with space in FSHN to attend at least one training session in room 354 of FSHN:
  • Wednesday, March 23 @ 8:30 AM
  • Thursday, March 24 @ 1:00 PM
  • Friday, March 25 @ 1:30 PM
The training will consist of a half hour to an hour presentation by EH&S Assistant Director Jason Sampson addressing:
  • Brief definition of Dangerous Waste (the State of Washington has the most stringent hazardous waste regulations in the U.S., if you are new to the state this will probably be useful)
  • Dangerous Waste labeling requirements within the laboratory
  • Dangerous Waste storage requirements
  • WSU disposal procedures
  • Chemical storage and labeling
  • Emergency response to chemical spills and releases
  • 5 focuses areas identified in the letter from the Co-Provosts, VP of Finance and Administration, and VP of Research
Followed by time for questions and discussion.  EH&S will count your attendance towards completing the requirement. Please let us know if you have and questions. Faculty Status Committee accepting nominations to serve on the Faculty Status Committee (FSC) are now being accepted by committee members Julie Anne Wieck and Dick Gomulkiewicz. The FSC is an independent investigative faculty committee elected by the WSU faculty at large to hear appeals of non-reappointment, denial of tenure or deferral of promotion. The FSC can also be asked to hear and investigate other appeals as outlined in the Faculty Manual.  FSC investigations are confidential and the results of an investigation are released only to the appellant and the president of the university. The FSC has 90 days to conclude an investigation after a formal appeal has been filed. FSC received one appeal for denial of tenure and promotion (T&P) in the spring of 2015. Investigation for the appeal was completed by early May and the report was forwarded to the appellant and President. The FSC has received no appeals concerning non-reappointment of tenure-track junior faculty (third-year review) from spring 2015. The Faculty Manual states that appeals must be evaluated on the basis of substantial procedural irregularity, inadequate consideration, and/or violation of academic freedom. Committee members serve staggered three-year terms and are not eligible to serve two consecutive terms. Current members and the year their term ends are as follows: Julie Anne Wieck, co-chair (2016); Robby Rosenman, co-chair (2017); Janet Katz (2016); Katrina Mealey (2016); Brian French (2017); Greg Rose (2017); Christina Chi (2018); Greg Matthews (2018); and Dick Gomulkiewicz (2018). To submit a name for election to the FSC, email jwieck@wsu.edu or gomulki@wsu.edu by March 28. The new term will start August 16. The deadline to take a final exam/defense for a doctoral or master's degree and graduate spring 2016 is Friday, April 22, 2016. All graduate students must submit a Final Exam Scheduling Form and take a final exam. This includes master's non-thesis degree students (non-thesis exams are frequently scheduled as Ballot Meetings in many departments/programs.  For more information, see the Deadlines and Procedures for Graduation form HERE, and the Graduation Checklist (pdf) We are looking for our next Entering Year T-Shirt design.  New Student Programs started a new tradition a couple of years ago with a themed shirt students received at orientation. This year, we are again hosting a design contest to pick the best shirt for our new students.   Please pass along this site, which includes all design criteria, to the talented students you work with.  http://nsp.wsu.edu/t-shirt-design-contest/  Thank you so much for your help and support! Amanda Garcia Morgan, Director of New Student Programs | Washington State University  Phone: 509-335-6041  |  Fax: 509-335-2078  |  alive.wsu.edu IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW: Entomology Dept. Faculty Meeting Schedule 3/24/2016 – 9:00  AM to 10:30 AM  5704472 4/22/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 5/20/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 6/24/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 7/22/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 The Graduate School has announced the 6th Annual Global Case Competition.  This competition brings student’s together to develop innovative interdisciplinary solutions to complex global issues facing each of us in today’s world.  Registration opens February 1, 2016.  Teams of 4 to 6 students work together under a strict timeline to develop an innovative solution to the selected case. Judging the solution occurs in 2 stages. Teams present their solutions in a 2-page written solution. Expert judges evaluate each solution and the top-5 teams are selected as finalists. Each of the finalist teams presents a solution in a public forum. Judges hear each solution and pose questions to the respective teams before selecting a winner. Registration will be open until 20 teams have been formed. To learn about GCC visit this webpage:  https://ip.wsu.edu/on-campus/overview-schedule/ Register now to attend the Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet on Friday, March 25.  Reservations will be accepted through Friday, March 18, at http://showcase.wsu.eduCelebrating Excellence honors the outstanding achievements of WSU faculty and staff. The newest recipients of the Eminent Faculty Award, the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Awards, the President’s Employee Excellence Awards, the President’s Distinguished Teaching Awards for Non-Tenure Track Faculty, the Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Award, the Faculty Diversity Award, the Association for Faculty Women Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award, and the presenter of the Distinguished Faculty Address are honored at this banquet. This year’s newly tenured and promoted faculty, and new patent awardees are also honored during this special evening. Price is $40/person. Please plan to attend and support your colleagues. Please contact University Events at 509-335-4737 or wsuevent@wsu.edu with any questions. Do you know a state employee or manager who goes above and beyond the call of duty? Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), which will be held this year between May 1-7, 2016, is a national celebration recognizing the contribution of public employees. In the spirit of recognizing exemplary service, the state PSRW Awards Committee is asking the public and fellow employees to nominate state government and higher education staff for two state awards. Each year, the Extra Mile Award is given to individuals or groups of state employees who surpass expectations for Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2016. Faculty-led Workshop: Writing for Gen. 1.5 Graduate students are invited to join in on a series of workshops designed for teaching and instruction. Offered by the WSU Teaching Academy and Global Campus, these workshop topics present a wide range of relevant topics:
  • March 29: First-generation Students on the College Campus
  • April 21: Establishing a Culture of Academic Integrity
The workshops are free and refreshments provided. Sign up for the sessions held in CUE 518, or the live streamed session. To register for any of the tutorials, visit HERE. ESA Pacific Branch meetings are April 3-6, 2016 in Honolulu, HI at the Pacific Beach Hotel. The first annual Edible Book Festival will take place on Friday, April 8. Public viewing and judging will be begin at 1:30 pm in the Terrell Library Atrium. Awards will be given in the following categories:
  • People's Choice
  • Most Appetizing
  • Best Visual Presentation
  • Punniest/Funniest
Register to participate by going to:  http://libraries.wsu.edu/news/registration-opens-april-8-edible-book-festival-entries, or plan to come and vote for (and eat!) your favorites.  Registration began March 1.  WSU’s festival begins with public viewing at 1:30 p.m. on April 8, in the Terrell Library atrium. Judging is at 2 p.m., with winners announced at 2:30.  “Celebrity judges” for the event will be Christopher Bruce, director of the WSU Museum of Art; Jamie Kohler, executive pastry chef for WSU Dining Services’ central production unit; Joanna Bailey, director of Pullman’s Neill Public Library; and Sarah Frame English, a WSU alum, donor and librarian with the Libraries of Stevens County (Wash.). Awards will be given for people’s choice, most appetizing, best visual presentation and punniest/funniest. Then it’s all mouths on deck for the feeding frenzy. For questions about registration, entries, event schedule, or other inquiries, please contact Holly Luetkenhaus. Spring 2016 Commencement will be held Saturday May 7, 2016 at the Beasley Coliseum.  The CAHNRS ceremony begins at 11:30 (lineup is at 11:00am).  Student may register to walk and pick up their cap and gown at the Grad Fair held March 23-24, 2016 in the Lewis Alumni Centre!  Faculty registration begins March 1. 2016 International Congress of Entomology, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL. Website: http://ice2016orlando.org Entomological Society of America annual meeting will be November 5-8, 2016 in Denver, CO. To get the latest news and read interesting articles about 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 Io9 the Future                     http://io9.gizmodo.com/tag/entomology The Conversation                 http://theconversation.com/us/topics/entomology SciTechDaily                         http://scitechdaily.com/tag/entomology/ ScienceDaily                        https://www.sciencedaily.com/news/plants_animals/insects_and_butterflies/ Livescience                          http://www.livescience.com/topics/insect/ 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

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March 7, 2016

ENTOMOLOGY NEWS MARCH 7-11, 2016 Announcements: There will be no seminar on March 16th due to Spring Break the week of March 14-18. Facilities Operations will be doing some work on the steam supply this coming Monday, March 14, 2016 from 6 AM-9 AM.  The work they are doing will affect the building heat, hot water, humidifiers, autoclaves and cage washers.  For more info go to: https://myfacilities.wsu.edu/ViewNotice_new.aspx?NoticeID=7045 The next Entomology Faculty Meeting will be at 9:00 – 10:30 AM on March 24th in FSHN 164.  The AMS dial # is: 5704472 Robert Orpet will be having his PhD Preliminary Exam on Tuesday, March 22, in FSHN 164, at 3:00 PM. Congratulations to Carol Black, this year’s Sahlin Faculty Awardee for Outreach and Engagement.   As director of the WSU Urban Integrated Pest Management and Pesticide Safety Education Program, she provides training for the safe, environmentally sound, effective use of commercial pesticides. She delivers science-based education to people who use pesticides in their profession and are regulated by the state.  Black works with extension agents, health officials, chemical suppliers, government regulators, pest managers and safety equipment vendors. She has consulted with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture to enhance pesticide safety. Her work has contributed to policies and guidelines of the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s approaches to risk mitigation.  Learn more about her at http://cahnrsdb.wsu.edu/newdirectory/individualDisplay.aspx?personID=108.  She will be receiving her award at the Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet that is part of Showcase, WSU’s annual celebration of faculty, staff and student achievement. Showcase also includes the Distinguished Faculty Address (March 24), the Academic Showcase display of faculty, staff and student work (March 25) and other events. See https://showcase.wsu.edu/schedule/. Congratulations to Laura Lavine who is being recognized for leadership in ADVANCE, ARS.  Laura Lavine, assistant director of the Agricultural Research Center (ARS) and associate professor in entomology, is the winner of the 2015-16 Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award from the Washington State University Association for Faculty Women (AFW). She will be acknowledged during the Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet on March 25, part of WSU’s annual Showcase celebration of faculty, staff and student excellence. Showcase reservations are being accepted at http://showcase.wsu.edu through March 18. The award recognizes “an AFW member whose leadership has advanced the role of women in the WSU system and/or who has demonstrated leadership in higher education, the community or her profession at the local, state, regional, national or international level.” It was established in 2000 to show AFW’s appreciation to former President Smith for his leadership in advancing the role of women at WSU.  Active in ADVANCE, Lavine talked to more than 40 faculty candidates during their visits to WSU about promoting better work conditions for women faculty in STEM disciplines and about the faculty friendly policies already in place. ADVANCE supports efforts to increase the number of female faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  She has established a successful and well-funded research program that involves understanding the biological mechanism for growing massive weapons and ornaments in beetles. She has trained or contributed to the training of high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs and visiting scholars as well as high school teachers in her laboratory. Lavine is frequently asked to serve on National Science Foundation grant review panels and she reviews research manuscripts for over 30 different journals. She helps with decisions on promotion and tenure in her department, the university and other institutions. She has served as an officer in the AFW for five years. In addition to the March 25 banquet, WSU Showcase includes the Distinguished Faculty Address (March 24); the Academic Showcase display of faculty, staff and student work (March 25) and other events. See http://showcase.wsu.edu. Congratulations to Bill Snyder who was named the Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America’s Plant-Insect Ecosystems Award Recipient.   Bill will receive his award at the PBESA meeting in Hawaii in April.  For more information about this award go to:  http://www.entsoc.org/awards/whats_available#4. The Biomedical Communications Unit is giving departments and individuals 10% off of any posters printing that you may be needing for the upcoming Showcase, GPSA & SURCA Expositions the week of March 25-28.  There is a small supply of discount cards available to take with you or you can simply tell the BCU person that will be helping  you that  you would like to receive the 10% discounted price.  The Biomedical Communications is located in 1234 Bustad Hall.   For more info go to:  http://bcu.vetmed.wsu.edu/ or call 5-2624. The Bookie invites all WSU instructors for breakfast on March 22, 2016 from 8 AM-10 AM  at the Bookie to celebrate all your hard work! We encourage you to bring your textbook adoptions for both summer and fall. Submit your textbook adoption on or before March 22, and you will be eligible to win a $100 Gift Card! All textbook adoptions are due March 25. Place: The Bookie Textbook Department on Ground Floor Hope to see you there! For more information, please contact Regina Konigsberg at tm050@bncollege.com or 509-332-2537 ext. 124 A message from Faculty/Staff Danielle Engelhardt, Business Center:  In honor of my birthday this year, I am donating $100 to the Entomology Graduate Student Support Fund, if I can get nine people to also donate.  You are welcome to donate to this fellowship, link below, or any fund you choose, thank you for your support, I really appreciate it. Direct link below:  https://secure.wsu.edu/give/default.aspx?fund=420 Housekeeping Reminder:  You are responsible for taking out your own garbage.  Garbage is to be disposed of at the dumpster on the loading dock. Do you know a state employee or manager who goes above and beyond the call of duty? Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), which will be held this year between May 1-7, 2016, is a national celebration recognizing the contribution of public employees. In the spirit of recognizing exemplary service, the state PSRW Awards Committee is asking the public and fellow employees to nominate state government and higher education staff for two state awards. Each year, the Extra Mile Award is given to individuals or groups of state employees who surpass expectations for Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2016.

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February 29, 2016

Announcements: Spring 2016 Entomology Graduate Student Association Student’s Choice Speaker presentation will be on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, in FSHN 354 at 12:10-1:00.  Our speaker will be Dr. Jared Ali, assistant professor of Entomology at Pennsylvania State University.  His presentation is titled “Multi-trophic Interactions and the Chemical Ecology of Plant Defenses in Above and Below Ground Contexts.” For more information about our speaker go to:   http://ento.psu.edu/directory/jga8  & http://sites.psu.edu/interactions/   The AMS dial # 5704020. There will be no seminar on March 16th. Important notice to faculty:  To address recent Lab Safety Concerns and Initiatives, FSHN Principal Investigators and their primary lab manager(s) are responsible for attending one of the following mandatory trainings offered by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S). To fulfill this requirement were offering three opportunities for faculty with space in FSHN to attend at least one training session in room 354 of FSHN:

  • Wednesday, March 23 @ 8:30 AM
  • Thursday, March 24 @ 1:00 PM
  • Friday, March 25 @ 1:30 PM
The training will consist of a half hour to an hour presentation by EH&S Assistant Director Jason Sampson addressing:
  • Brief definition of Dangerous Waste (the State of Washington has the most stringent hazardous waste regulations in the U.S., if you are new to the state this will probably be useful)
  • Dangerous Waste labeling requirements within the laboratory
  • Dangerous Waste storage requirements
  • WSU disposal procedures
  • Chemical storage and labeling
  • Emergency response to chemical spills and releases
  • 5 focuses areas identified in the letter from the Co-Provosts, VP of Finance and Administration, and VP of Research
Followed by time for questions and discussion.  EH&S will count your attendance towards completing the requirement. Please let us know if you have and questions. GPSA Update:  The GPSA Spring 2016 Excellence Awards  Nomination Forms Are Open The Graduate and Professional Student Association conducts the GPSA Excellence Awards each year. The GPSA Excellence awards are broken up into six different categories; Graduate Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, Graduate Student Instructor, Academic Advisor, and Registered Student Organization. Nominations are accepted from students, peers, and advisors in the fall, and spring with winners being recognized during our spring awards banquet. If you would like to nominate someone for one of these awards follow the link below. The deadline for these nominations is March 18, at midnight. For more information and to access the nomination forms, follow this link: here

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Tonight from 6:00pm to 8:00pm is the GPSA Bowling Night at Zeppoz. Friends and families are welcome and shoes/lane rentals will be covered by GPSA. Please bring a valid Cougar Card and see you there!

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Learn how to build credibility in industry before you start your job search! Date: Saturday, March 5th             Time: 10am - 3pm How to Register and for More Information: Follow this link Facilities Operations Notice:  There will be a shutdown of Emergency Feeder 13, on March 15th, which supplies emergency electrical power during power outages will affect the emergency lighting in stairways, the fire exit signs, and the fire alarm systems, with the exceptions to buildings without battery backed up fire alarm panels. They are: Avery, Dana, Eastlick, Experimental Animal Lab, IT, Stephenson Dining, Troy and Wilson. These buildings will be without emergency lighting and the fire alarm system during the shutdown.  To replace defective feeder wires. Please monitor any critical equipment that may be plugged into this circuit during this event The SARE Professional Development Program (PDP) is now accepting mini-grant applications for both attending a professional development event and hosting a sustainable agriculture professional development event. Grant amounts have been increased from prior years to better accommodate the needs of applicants, in response to a survey of eligible ag professionals.  Also, as a result of the survey, priority will be given to program staff for “Attending” grants, and to “Hosting” grants that target a Conservation District audience.  Please read the RFP carefully; it has changed. Please see the SARE PDP Program page for more information and for application instructions.  Applications will be screened after March 24th, or until funds are exhausted. The Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM) asked the state HR offices to distribute the following nomination information: Seeking nominations for exceptional state employees and managers! “I’ve seen firsthand the dedication of front-line employees and supervisors,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “They’re innovating in a time of tight resources.  They’re finding ways to serve Washingtonians better. And they’re doing it with a spirit of service that makes me deeply proud.”  Do you know a state employee or manager who goes above and beyond the call of duty? Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), which will be held this year between May 1-7, 2016, is a national celebration recognizing the contribution of public employees. In the spirit of recognizing exemplary service, the state PSRW Awards Committee is asking the public and fellow employees to nominate state government and higher education staff for two state awards. Each year, the Extra Mile Award is given to individuals or groups of state employees who surpass expectations for exemplary public service by demonstrating:
  • Innovative techniques and methods
  • Outstanding leadership
  • Visionary thinking
  • Personal valor or bravery
  • Outstanding customer service
A second award, the Leadership Award, is given to individuals at all levels of management who show exemplary leadership by demonstrating:
  • Vision
  • Commitment to service
  • Significant contributions to the advancement of state government
  • Personal Integrity
  • Inspiration
  • Outstanding Customer Service
Nominations should include a brief explanation (300 words or less) explaining why the person or group is being nominated. Nominations will be taken this year through a hosted awards site (OpenWater). To submit a nomination, please visit the PSRW Awards page at: http://www.sos.wa.gov/psrw/awards.aspx Then click on either the Extra Mile or Leadership award to be redirected to the appropriate nomination page. If you have not previously submitted an award nomination through OpenWater, you will be prompted to set up a new account logon ID and password. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2016. If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to contact: Mark Sullivan at (360) 407-4128 or psrw@ofm.wa.gov. The first annual Edible Book Festival will take place on Friday, April 8. Public viewing and judging will be begin at 1:30 pm in the Terrell Library Atrium. Awards will be given in the following categories:
  • People's Choice
  • Most Appetizing
  • Best Visual Presentation
  • Punniest/Funniest
Register to participate by going to:  http://libraries.wsu.edu/news/registration-opens-april-8-edible-book-festival-entries, or plan to come and vote for (and eat!) your favorites.  Registration began March 1.  WSU’s festival begins with public viewing at 1:30 p.m. on April 8, in the Terrell Library atrium. Judging is at 2 p.m., with winners announced at 2:30.  “Celebrity judges” for the event will be Christopher Bruce, director of the WSU Museum of Art; Jamie Kohler, executive pastry chef for WSU Dining Services’ central production unit; Joanna Bailey, director of Pullman’s Neill Public Library; and Sarah Frame English, a WSU alum, donor and librarian with the Libraries of Stevens County (Wash.). Awards will be given for people’s choice, most appetizing, best visual presentation and punniest/funniest. Then it’s all mouths on deck for the feeding frenzy. For questions about registration, entries, event schedule, or other inquiries, please contact Holly Luetkenhaus. Presidential Search Committee update:  Thanks to the diligent efforts of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee and our consultants from the executive search firm, Isaacson, Miller. As a result, we have started the planning process for the transition of leadership that will take place in the coming months. I ask for your help and input in carrying out a transition plan that ensures the continued momentum of the University’s key initiatives.  First and foremost, please join me in expressing profound gratitude to Interim President Dan Bernardo. Dan accepted the presidential duties under extremely challenging circumstances last June, and he has demonstrated exceptional leadership, grace, and vision since then. As he prepares for a transition back to the role of provost, we anticipate his close collaboration with the University’s new leader. Plans to publicly honor Dan for his service will be announced in the coming weeks.  I am also delighted to announce that Lura Powell, vice chair of the Board of Regents, and Bob Drewel, former chancellor of WSU North Puget Sound at Everett, will co-chair our presidential transition efforts. The co-chairs will work closely with Dan Bernardo to address the details of the transition, and they will call upon other members of the University community to help support the effort.  As previously reported, our pool of about 200 candidates recently was narrowed to 8 outstanding individuals. They include current university presidents and provosts as well as an individual from the private sector. The interview process is ongoing. The identities of these individuals will remain confidential so as not to jeopardize their leadership of their current organizations. Finally, I want to reiterate the palpable excitement I feel about the University’s future. Based on the search committee’s progress, we are on track to name our next president in April, if not before. And we are certain our new leader will continue to guide the institution’s trajectory toward ever-greater excellence.   IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW: Entomology Dept. Faculty Meeting Schedule 3/24/2016 –  9:00 AM to 10:30 AM  5704472 4/22/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 5/20/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 6/24/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 7/22/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 May Berenbaum will be a guest speaker at Gonzaga University in Spokane on March 21st at 7:30 PM in the Hemmingson Center Ballroom on the Gonzaga Campus.  She will also be giving a scientific lecture the next day.  Her talk is titled Apis-Pocalypse Now: Can Science Save the Honey Bee? This presentation is part of the 30th Annual Timothy J. O’Leary Lecture event.  She is the Swanlund Professor of Entomology and head of the Entomology Department at the Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Dr. Berenbaum was the 1999 E. Paul Catts Lecture speaker here in our Department.  She is a recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Science in biological sciences and the editor of eight books. To learn more about Dr. Berenbaum go to: http://www.life.illinois.edu/entomology/faculty/berenbaum.html    

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February 22, 2016

Announcements: The next Entomology Faculty Meeting will be on March 24th at 9:00-10:30 AM. Midterm grades are due March 2 by 5:00 PM.  Only use Firefox to enter grades.  Instructions can be found on the RONet website under the heading of myWSU FAQs for Faculty. Congratulations to Laura Lavine who learned that effective July 1, 2016 she will be promoted to Full Professor.  Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • John Stark is the recipient of a $13,790 Grant from NW BIOSOLIDS and a $25,000 grant from US Dept of the Interior (1/25/2016)
  • Betsy Beers is the recipient of a $16,000 Grant from Dupont and a $6000 grant  from Arysta LifeScience (2/8/2016)
  • Carol Black is the recipient of a $6000 grant from Utah St. Univ. Croplife Foundation (2/1//2016)
For more info go to: http://informer.ogrd.wsu.edu/RecentFacultyAwards.aspx Congratulations to Carol Black who received The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance Presents 2016 Program Innovation Award.  The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA) held its annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico earlier this month where two awards were presented. Black has focused her efforts to improve the quality and accuracy of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) labelling and outreach resources for pesticide handlers. There has been a disconnect between exposure studies and risk assessments which inform label language, that has resulted in a lack of consistency in PPE recommendations.  Carol Black, with co-workers Anugrah Shaw and Courtney Harned, has developed a path forward for pesticide education programs, registrants, and the EPA to reconsider a system that has been in place for more than 30 years.  Carol’s innovative concept, her passion and courageous approach to this important subject will have a positive impact on pesticide safety education programs throughout North America.  Allan Hovis, Bayer Crop Science was the recipient of the President’s Award.  The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance (TPSA), founded in 2000, is an organization of federal, state and local governmental agencies, educational and research institutions, public organizations, private corporations and individuals that are actively involved in different aspects of pesticide stewardship.  The goals of TPSA are to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and longevity of various pesticide stewardship efforts.  Go to the TPSA web site for more information. Sharon J. Collman, (Extension Educator and adjunct faculty member in the Entomology Department),  founding member of the WSU Master Gardener Program has been invited to be the keynote speaker at the Purdue Master Gardener Annual Conference in June, 2016. Collman began her WSU career working on this pilot program in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties in 1973. The program has now been adopted in 50 states in the U.S.  Affiliate programs have been established in six Canadian Provinces, in England, Korea and elsewhere in the world. Sharon is an adjunct faculty member in the Entomology Department and has taught classes in integrated pest management, plant problem diagnosis, insect ID and appreciation, beneficial insects in the landscape throughout the PNW and in Canada and England. She has authored over 75 publications and received numerous awards for her educational programs. The next Entomology Spring 2016 Colloquium presentation will be on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, in FSHN 354 at 12:10-1:00.  Our speaker will be Katja Poveda, assistant professor in the Department of Entomology at Cornell University. Her presentation is titled “The Power of the Insects: Effects of Local and Landscape Scale Diversity on Crop Productivity.” For more info about her go to: https://entomology.cals.cornell.edu/people/katja-povedaThe AMS dial # 5704020 Facilities Operations will be testing the fire alarm system in the FSHN Building on March 3rd. This testing will affect the building fan systems intermittently, as they are being tested during the scheduled time period.  During the fire alarm system testing, the fire alarm audible and visual signals in the building will be activated in 3-short bursts to indicate that the testing is in progress. The alarm devices will then be activated continuously while operation of each device is verified. When testing is complete the alarms will again be sounded for 3-short bursts to signal that testing is complete. You are not required to leave the building during the test period. However, if you choose to remain in the building you may wish to wear hearing protection. Crimson Reads Submission Open: In March 2016 the WSU Libraries will host the 3rd annual Crimson Reads: A Celebration of WSU Authors. Submissions for authored/co-authored or edited books (including eBooks) published between January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 are now being accepted.  Deadline for submissions is Saturday, February 26, 2016.  See Criteria for Submission for details on eligible works and/or submit your work. More information on the event can be found on the WSU Showcase website: https://showcase.wsu.edu/crimson-reads/.  We invite the academic community to identify the work — whether their own or by their peers — that deserves special acknowledgment. By highlighting the intellectual work of faculty, staff, students and alumni across the disciplines, we aim to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration and innovation, as well as to say thanks for a job well done. Entomology Department Research AwardsMarch 1 will be the deadline for our 2016 “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions.   These two awards will be respectively supported by the Robert and Mary Lou Harwood and Howard and Hermina Hallgarth scholarship endowments.  The "Student of the Year" award will be given in recognition of the student’s academic achievements and scholarly service contributions. The “Paper of the Year" be awarded in recognition an exceptional manuscript with a student as lead author. For consideration of the Paper of the Year award, the paper must be accepted for publication or has appeared in print over the 12 months preceding the March 30 application deadline. Application for this award includes an additional requirement:  A copy of the manuscript, along with a copy of the letter (email) from the journal indicating the paper has been accepted for publication.  There will also be two graduate fellowship research awards from the Erret Deck Fellowship.  These fellowships will support expansion of a student's research project. Coug Health fair 2016 is coming soon! Join us on Thursday, March 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the CUB Senior Ballroom for free health screenings, raffle prizes and a blood drive! Brought to you by Health & Wellness Services and Cougar Health Awareness Team (CHAT). Coug Health Fair is your opportunity to connect with campus and community partners for info and resources to help you live well. Find out more at hws.wsu.edu. The next Provost Office Bagels and Brainstorming session will be on March 4, 2016 at 8:00 AM in CUE 518. Presenters will be Rebecca Van de Vord and Fran Hermanson.  The presentation is titled: Understanding the Student Success Collaborative Platform as a Tool to Improve Retention. The Washington State University, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Presents: Three Minute Thesis Competition. Proposal Deadline is Friday March 4, 2016.  2-3 PM for MS and 3:4:30 PM for PhD at the Ensminger Pavilion.  CAHNRS competition winners will move on to the University-wide competition on March 22, 2016. For more information about how you can get involved in this opportunity visit this website at:  http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/academics/uncategorized/2014/cahnrs-three-minute-thesis/ The SARE Professional Development Program (PDP) is now accepting mini-grant applications for both attending a professional development event and hosting a sustainable agriculture professional development event. Grant amounts have been increased from prior years to better accommodate the needs of applicants, in response to a survey of eligible ag professionals.  Also, as a result of the survey, priority will be given to program staff for “Attending” grants, and to “Hosting” grants that target a Conservation District audience.  Please read the RFP carefully; it has changed. Please see the SARE PDP Program page for more information and for application instructions.  Applications will be screened after March 24th, or until funds are exhausted. May Berenbaum will be a guest speaker at Gonzaga University in Spokane on March 21st at 7:30 PM in the Hemmingson Center Ballroom on the Gonzaga Campus.  She will also be giving a scientific lecture the next day.  Her talk is titled Apis-Pocalypse Now: Can Science Save the Honey Bee? This presentation is part of the 30th Annual Timothy J. O’Leary Lecture event.  She is the Swanlund Professor of Entomology and head of the Entomology Department at the Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  Dr. Berenbaum was the 1999 E. Paul Catts Lecture speaker here in our Department.  She is a recipient of the 2014 National Medal of Science in biological sciences and the editor of eight books. To learn more about Dr. Berenbaum go to http://www.life.illinois.edu/entomology/faculty/berenbaum.html Register now to attend the Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet on Friday, March 25.  Reservations will be accepted through Friday, March 18, at http://showcase.wsu.edu. Celebrating Excellence honors the outstanding achievements of WSU faculty and staff. The newest recipients of the Eminent Faculty Award, the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Awards, the President’s Employee Excellence Awards, the President’s Distinguished Teaching Awards for Non-Tenure Track Faculty, the Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Award, the Faculty Diversity Award, the Association for Faculty Women Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award, and the presenter of the Distinguished Faculty Address are honored at this banquet. This year’s newly tenured and promoted faculty, and new patent awardees are also honored during this special evening. Price is $40/person. Please plan to attend and support your colleagues. Please contact University Events at 509-335-4737 or wsuevent@wsu.edu with any questions. The USDA-NIFA Higher Education Challenge Grants Program will be accepting applications until April 22, 2016.  There are $4,500,000 available to fund programs.  Eligibility:  Applications may be submitted by: (a) U.S. public or private nonprofit colleges and universities offering a baccalaureate or first professional degree in at least one discipline or area of the food and agricultural sciences; (b) land-grant colleges and universities, (including land grant institutions in the Insular Areas); (c) colleges and universities having significant minority enrollments and a demonstrable capacity to carry out the teaching of food and agricultural sciences; and (d) other colleges and universities having a demonstrable capacity to carry out the teaching of food and agricultural sciences.  Description:  Projects supported by the Higher Education Challenge Grants Program will: (1) address a State, regional, national, or international educational need; (2) involve a creative or non-traditional approach toward addressing that need that can serve as a model to others; (3) encourage and facilitate better working relationships in the university science and education community, as well as between universities and the private sector, to enhance program quality and supplement available resources; and (4) result in benefits that will likely transcend the project duration and USDA support.  Link to Additional Information: Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants ProgramContact Information:  If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact the NIFA Help Desk Phone: 202-401-5048 Business hours are M-F, 7:00 am -5:00 pm ET, excluding Federal holidays.  If you have any questions related to preparing application content IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW: Entomology Dept. Faculty Meeting Schedule 3/24/2016 – Special Faculty Meeting 9:00-10:30 AM 4/22/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 5/20/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 6/24/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 7/22/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 The Graduate School has announced the 6th Annual Global Case Competition.  This competition brings student’s together to develop innovative interdisciplinary solutions to complex global issues facing each of us in today’s world.  Registration opens February 1, 2016.  Teams of 4 to 6 students work together under a strict timeline to develop an innovative solution to the selected case. Judging the solution occurs in 2 stages. Teams present their solutions in a 2-page written solution. Expert judges evaluate each solution and the top-5 teams are selected as finalists. Each of the finalist teams presents a solution in a public forum. Judges hear each solution and pose questions to the respective teams before selecting a winner. To learn about GCC visit this webpage:  https://ip.wsu.edu/on-campus/overview-schedule/ *March 1, 2016 will be the deadline for our 2016 Research scholarship applications: “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions. Faculty-led Workshop: Writing for Gen. 1.5 Graduate students are invited to join in on a series of workshops designed for teaching and instruction. Offered by the WSU Teaching Academy and Global Campus, these workshop topics present a wide range of relevant topics:
  • March 8: Flipping the Classroom: Lessons Learned
  • March 29: First-generation Students on the College Campus
  • April 21: Establishing a Culture of Academic Integrity
The workshops are free and refreshments provided. Sign up for the sessions held in CUE 518, or the live streamed session. To register for any of the tutorials, visit HERE. Spring 2016 Commencement will be held Saturday May 7, 2016 at the Beasley Coliseum.  The CAHNRS ceremony begins at 11:30 (lineup is at 11:00am).  Student may register to walk and pick up their cap and gown at the Grad Fair held March 23-24, 2016 in the Lewis Alumni Centre!  Faculty registration begins March 1.    

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February 15, 2016

Announcements: The February Faculty meeting will be on February 19th at 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM in FSHN 164.  See below for the future faculty meeting schedule. The AMS dial # is 5704472 Fang Zhu (Rose) was a contributor to a published article in Nature Communications titled “Unique features of a global human ectoparasite identified through sequencing of the bed bug genome.   To read the article go to:  http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2016/160202/ncomms10165/full/ncomms10165.html An update on some of our graduates:

  • Dr. Amber Vinchesi has accepted an Extension faculty position with the University of California Cooperative Extension where she will start in April as the Assistant Area Farm Advisor for Vegetable Crops in the Sacramento Valley. Amber will be located in Colusa, California.
  • Dr. Natalie Boyle started as a Post-Doctoral Researcher with the USDA-Agriculture Research Service in January. Natalie is working with Dr. Theresa Pitts-Singer out of the Logan Utah-based Pollinating Insect-Biology, Management, Systematics Research Unit. Natalie will be working with tree nut and fruit crops validating that Blue Orchard Bees at low densities synergize   pollination with honeybees, subsequently improving nut and fruit set and crop yields in almond and cherry orchard systems.
  • Doug Walsh visited with two of his former students, Tara Piraneo and Dr. Brian Bahder in Napa, California in January. Tara Piraneo, MS December 2013, is now a Viticulturist with Pahlmeyer Winery in Napa, CA and Brian, PhD May 2014, is a post doc in Professor Frank Zalom’s lab at UC Davis. Pahlmeyer produces high-end estate wines and Tara manages the pest and disease management program at Pahlmeyer’s estate vineyard in the hills above Napa Valley. Brian is conducting research in the Sonoma and Napa Valleys to identify the insect vector of an emerging viral pathogen of grapes, Grapevine Red Blotch Disease.
The next Entomology Spring 2016 Colloquium presentation will be on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, in FSHN 354 at 12:10-1:00.  Our speaker will be Scott Villa, Dept. of Biology at the University of Utah at Salt Lake City. His presentation is titled “Evolutionary diversification of parasites” For more info about him go to: http://darwin.biology.utah.edu/PeopleHTML/Villa.html and https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Scott_VillaThe AMS dial # 5704020 How To…Increase the Impact of Your Research Workshop: Monday, February 22, at noon to 1 p.m. Learn strategies for widening the reach and impact of your research by sharing your work in openly accessible repositories, profiling your research interests, and laying claim to your work using unique researcher identifiers. We will also discuss metrics that you can use to measure the impact of your research in terms of citations, downloads, and social media engagement. Speakers: Talea Anderson, Scholarly Communication Librarian and Lorena O’English, Social Sciences Librarian.  Feel free to bring your own lunch.   Location: Neill Hall 416 (Only 20 seats available.) AMS is available upon request to kellie.klein@wsu.edu.  Please sign up here.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Kellie Klein at kellie.klein@wsu.edu. Do you have a student employee who has given outstanding service that could be recognized as Student Employee of the Year?  YOU ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2016 STUDENT EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR RECOGNITION PROGRAM! The Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) award is organized by the Western Association of Student Employment Administrators (WASEA) as part of National Student Employment Week each April. This is an opportunity for all on-campus employers to recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who work while attending school in universities nationwide. One student will be chosen as the Student Employee of the Year from Washington State University by the SEOTY Selection Committee, and that winner will proceed to be considered for the state-wide Student Employee of the Year title, and could possibly move forward in national recognition. The Student Employee of the Year award is a way for WSU to recognize our outstanding student employees. This opportunity to nominate is available to any WSU on-campus department who employs any current student. Employers can nominate all student employees (whom they currently directly supervise) who have exhibited outstanding work performance and who have worked at least part-time for 6 months or full-time for 3 months since July 1, 2015. Employers can nominate as many students as they see fit for the award.  Employers must email the nomination form (attached) and narrative to studentjobs@wsu.edu no later than February 23, 2016. Any nomination submitted after February 23, 2016 will not be considered for the award. The nomination form requires basic information about the student such as mailing address, class level, etc. The narrative is a short description of why you feel your student employee should win. This could include any sort of accomplishments that student has exhibited on the job. The nomination form (attached) has more information regarding the narrative. Click here to down nomination form. Here are a few important dates to remember for the Student Employee of the Year program:
  • February 23, 2016: Nomination forms are due via e-mail to: studentjobs@wsu.edu
  • March 2, 2016: WSU Student Employee of the Year will be selected by the SEOTY Selection Committee
  • April 11-15, 2016: Winner recognized during National Student Employment Week
If you have any questions regarding the Student Employee of the Year program, please contact: Jordan Jameson, Student Employment Coordinator, WSU Academic Success & Career Center Jordan_jameson@wsu.edu   (509) 335-6634 Crimson Reads Submission Open: In March 2016 the WSU Libraries will host the 3rd annual Crimson Reads: A Celebration of WSU Authors. Submissions for authored/co-authored or edited books (including eBooks) published between January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 are now being accepted.  Deadline for submissions is Saturday, February 26, 2016.  See Criteria for Submission for details on eligible works and/or submit your work. More information on the event can be found on the WSU Showcase website: https://showcase.wsu.edu/crimson-reads/.  We invite the academic community to identify the work — whether their own or by their peers — that deserves special acknowledgment. By highlighting the intellectual work of faculty, staff, students and alumni across the disciplines, we aim to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration and innovation, as well as to say thanks for a job well done. Mid-term grades are due Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Entomology Department Research AwardsMarch 1 will be the deadline for our 2016 “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions.   These two awards will be respectively supported by the Robert and Mary Lou Harwood and Howard and Hermina Hallgarth scholarship endowments.  The "Student of the Year" award will be given in recognition of the student’s academic achievements and scholarly service contributions. The “Paper of the Year" be awarded in recognition an exceptional manuscript with a student as lead author. For consideration of the Paper of the Year award, the paper must be accepted for publication or has appeared in print over the 12 months preceding the March 30 application deadline. Application for this award includes an additional requirement:  A copy of the manuscript, along with a copy of the letter (email) from the journal indicating the paper has been accepted for publication.  There will also be two graduate fellowship research awards from the Erret Deck Fellowship.  These fellowships will support expansion of a student's research project. Travel and Research scholarship applications will have the below three components: 1)      A 500 word (or less) essay from the student concisely explaining why they deserve the award. For Travel Award consideration, you might describe the significance of your presentation (is it an invited talk? is this a major national meeting? have you recently submitted or published particularly significant findings?).  Are there specific plans to build ties with possible postdoc advisors or other collaborators, etc.?  Travel awards can also be used to meet with collaborators outside of a national meeting; the need for this form of travel award funding should be justified.  For Research Award consideration, In the case of the Deck research fellowship, the student should describe specifically what component the funds will add to their research program. In the case of the Hallgarth "Paper of the Year" award, 2)      The student's updated CV. 3)      A 250 word (or less) memo from the major advisor describing why they feel their student is deserving of the award. Your applications must be emailed to Adam (adam.williams@wsu.edu) before the above stated deadlines. We look forward to seeing your award submissions and have a great semester!  Vince H, Rich, and Paul - The Student Awards Committee The next Provost Office Bagels and Brainstorming session will be on March 4, 2016 at 8:00 AM in CUE 518. Presenters will be Rebecca Van de Vord and Fran Hermanson .  The presentation is titled: Understanding the Student Success Collaborative Platform as a Tool to Improve Retention. IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW: Entomology Dept. Faculty Meeting Schedule 2/19/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 3/24/2016 – Special Faculty Meeting TBD 4/22/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 5/20/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 6/24/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 7/22/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 The Graduate School has announced the 6th Annual Global Case Competition.  This competition brings student’s together to develop innovative interdisciplinary solutions to complex global issues facing each of us in today’s world.  Registration opens February 1, 2016.  Teams of 4 to 6 students work together under a strict timeline to develop an innovative solution to the selected case. Judging the solution occurs in 2 stages. Teams present their solutions in a 2-page written solution. Expert judges evaluate each solution and the top-5 teams are selected as finalists. Each of the finalist teams presents a solution in a public forum. Judges hear each solution and pose questions to the respective teams before selecting a winner. To learn about GCC visit this webpage:  https://ip.wsu.edu/on-campus/overview-schedule/ The Association for Faculty Women (AFW) invites faculty nominations for three awards: AFW’s Harriett B. Rigas award (presented to an outstanding doctoral candidate), the AFW Founders Award (presented to an outstanding master’s student). We will accept nominations starting now through February 12th.  The final application packets are due February 19th. The Washington State University, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Presents: Three Minute Thesis Competition. Proposal Deadline is Friday, February 19th.  For more information about how you can get involved in this opportunity visit this website at:  http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/academics/uncategorized/2014/cahnrs-three-minute-thesis/ *March 1, 2016 will be the deadline for our 2016 Research scholarship applications: “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions.      

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February 8, 2016

The February Faculty meeting will be on February 19th at 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM in FSHN 164.  See below for the future faculty meeting schedule. The AMS dial # is 5704472 The next Entomology Spring 2016 Colloquium presentation will be on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, in FSHN 354 at 12:10-1:00.  Our speaker will be Dr. Sanford Eigenbrode with the University of Idaho’s Plant, Soils and Entomological Sciences.  His presentation is titled “Pea aphid host races in the PNW.” For more info about Dr. Engenbrode go to: https://www.uidaho.edu/cals/pses/our-people/entomology/sanford-eigenbrode. The AMS dial # 5704020 Help us learn more about health and safety on our campus! Health & Wellness Services and the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) invite students to take a 20-minute survey on health and safety issues. Participants will be entered to win a $300 cash prize! Log into my.wsu.edu to access your survey invitation. For more information, contact Marsha Turnbull at marshat@wsu.edu. The Office of International Programs and the Office of Research would like to announce the Fourth Annual International Research Travel Award application process is now open for 2016. The collaborative program will fund 3-5 International Research Travel Awards (IRTA) to WSU full-time faculty ranging from $2,000-$5,000 each.  The IRTAs are being offered to assist research faculty in strengthening international collaborative linkages and to enhance significant scholarly and research impact aligned with WSU’s strategic priorities.  These awards are to assist faculty in achieving tangible outcomes e.g. joint publications or research proposals.  The awards are intended for research related activities that will advance the faculty member’s scholarly program.  The 2016 International Research Travel Award Request for Proposals is now online at https://ip.wsu.edu/scholars-abroad/documents/2016/01/irta-travel-award.pdfAll proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 15, 2016. The Washington State University, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Presents: Three Minute Thesis Competition. Proposal Deadline is Friday, February 19th.  For more information about how you can get involved in this opportunity visit this website at:  http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/academics/uncategorized/2014/cahnrs-three-minute-thesis/ 2016 WSU President’s Award nominations are now open:  Do you know an outstanding student or student group? You are invited to honor their leadership by nominating them today for the 2016 WSU President’s Award for Leadership. Student recipients are eligible to apply for the $1,000 Virginia E. Thomas scholarship, and all award recipients are honored at the annual Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction (LEAD) ceremony on April 19 at 5 p.m.  Since 1996, the President’s Award has been an honor bestowed annually to students and others who advance leadership and engagement at WSU and beyond. Recipients of this prestigious award demonstrate exceptional leadership and service to the university and the community or support leadership development and engagement of WSU students. The 2016 award categories are student, student group, faculty or staff, and community organization.  To select the awardees, a committee of faculty, staff and students will review applicants by considering each within the framework of the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, specifically with respect to these qualities: consciousness of self, congruence, commitment, collaboration, a common purpose, controversy with civility, citizenship, and change. Students must complete an application and submit two letters of recommendation for consideration. Individuals nominating students have the option of attaching a letter of recommendation when submitting their nomination.  Student nominations are due February 22. Student applications and nominations for student groups, community organizations, and faculty or staff are due March 11. The LEAD event and President’s Award are presented in partnership by Student Involvement, the Center for Civic Engagement, and ASWSU.  Visit lead.wsu.edu to learn more, and click here complete a nomination or application. Global Case Competition faculty advisors needed!  Wanted: Faculty from ALL WSU campuses!  You are invited to be advisors to one of the 20 competing teams in this year’s Global Case Competition. Faculty advisors should be available to work with their teams between February 22 through March 7. Faculty advisors work with individual teams to facilitate teamwork, provide academic guidance and ensure that the global case solutions reflect the disciplines of all student on the team. Learn more about the Global Case Competition at https://ip.wsu.edu/on-campus/global-case-competition/ .  To be a faculty advisor, or for additional information, please contact Christine Oakley, Director of Global Learning at coakley@wsu.edu. Seeking faculty reviewers for Undergraduate Research Awards: Students are now applying for Undergraduate Research Awards, which offer scholarships for the 2016/2017 academic year to students who are doing undergraduate research at WSU, or who are planning to start research in the fall. Applications will close Monday, February 29. We are seeking faculty reviewers for these Undergraduate Research Award applications. The review period will be the first two weeks of March, and will involve a time commitment of three or four hours. If you’ve ever wondered how the review process works, or how to increase your students’ chances of receiving an award, this would be a great opportunity. Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at ug.research@wsu.edu if you’re interested. REGISTER NOW: How to Create a Research Poster in PowerPoint Class.  FREE CLASS: BCU staff will be offering two sessions of a one and a half hour course in “Creating a Research Poster in PowerPoint” on Monday, February 22, and Tuesday, February 23, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in ADBF 1002.   This class is open to students, grad students, staff and faculty and space will be limited to 50 (with 4 wheelchair spaces). The class will include topics such as: the basics of research poster requirements; design principles; use of templates; sizing issues; good layout; backgrounds; text issues and recommendations; color; importing graphs, charts, and tables; good use of photos; how to save your poster for printing; and many other tips. We will be sharing from lessons we’ve learned from 20+ years of printing posters for WSU researchers including many common issues and problems, and tips to make your poster creation easier! The class will be presented in a “lecture/discussion” format.  Handouts will be provided.  REGISTER NOW: Call the BCU front desk at 509-335-2624 with your name, phone, and email.  OR email BCU at bcu@vetmed.wsu.edu mentioning “POSTER CLASS” in the subject line. Tell us which date you want to take the class, your name, phone, and email.  We will confirm your registration by email. Registrants will be emailed more details. For more info go to:  https://news.wsu.edu/announcement/register-now-create-research-poster-powerpoint-class/ Entomology Department Research AwardsMarch 1 will be the deadline for our 2016 “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions.   These two awards will be respectively supported by the Robert and Mary Lou Harwood and Howard and Hermina Hallgarth scholarship endowments.  The "Student of the Year" award will be given in recognition of the student’s academic achievements and scholarly service contributions. The “Paper of the Year" be awarded in recognition an exceptional manuscript with a student as lead author. For consideration of the Paper of the Year award, the paper must be accepted for publication or has appeared in print over the 12 months preceding the March 30 application deadline. Application for this award includes an additional requirement:  A copy of the manuscript, along with a copy of the letter (email) from the journal indicating the paper has been accepted for publication.  There will also be two graduate fellowship research awards from the Erret Deck Fellowship.  These fellowships will support expansion of a student's research project. Travel and Research scholarship applications will have the below three components:

  • A 500 word (or less) essay from the student concisely explaining why they deserve the award. For Travel Award consideration, you might describe the significance of your presentation (is it an invited talk? is this a major national meeting? have you recently submitted or published particularly significant findings?).  Are there specific plans to build ties with possible postdoc advisors or other collaborators, etc.?  Travel awards can also be used to meet with collaborators outside of a national meeting; the need for this form of travel award funding should be justified.  For Research Award consideration, In the case of the Deck research fellowship, the student should describe specifically what component the funds will add to their research program. In the case of the Hallgarth "Paper of the Year" award,
  • The student's updated CV.
  • A 250 word (or less) memo from the major advisor describing why they feel their student is deserving of the award.
Your applications must be emailed to Adam (adam.williams@wsu.edu) before the above stated deadlines. We look forward to seeing your award submissions and have a great semester! Vince H, Rich, and Paul - The Student Awards Committee From the Registrar’s Office regarding graduation commencement ceremony:  It’s getting time for students to be Applying to Graduate with the deadline for May coming up March 4th. Since this function went on-line there has been an increasingly larger amount of students that do not understand the difference between Apply to Graduate and Registering to walk in the ceremony. Many think that because they paid their $41 to Apply to Graduate they are automatically in the ceremony. But that is not the case. It is two separate functions. Last spring we had over 200 students that did not register to walk, believing they had taken care of this when they applied to graduate. Thus we hand entered all those students. Once they have applied to Graduate they must still register to walk if they plan to attend a Commencement ceremony. The on-line registration does not open up until the Grad Fair which for spring will be March 23-24 and fall it is the 3rd week of October and is then open through April or November 15th.  If a student does not register we do not know they are attending the ceremony, we do not account for them in the seating and they have no name/reader card. As we move towards a scanning system (use bracelets with ID barcoding) it is going to be harder for people to attend that are not registered as we will not have any information in the data field for scanners or readers to view.  I would just like to make sure the advisors share with the students the difference between Applying to Graduate and Registering to Walk in the ceremony. Maybe it will clean up the questions, process and stress both on our end and the students when they think they are in but are not. Teri Hansen, WSU Commencement Operations Spring 2016 Commencement is set for Saturday May 7, 2016 at the Beasley Coliseum.  The CAHNRS ceremony begins at 11:30 (lineup is at 11:00am).  Student may register to walk and pick up their cap and gown at the Grad Fair held March 23-24, 2016 in the Lewis Alumni Centre!  Faculty registration begins March 1. Join Us for CAHNRS Honors Royale | View in browser » Please join us in honoring CAHNRS Alumni, Donors, Students, Faculty and Staff for an exciting evening of entertainment at CAHNRS Honors at 6:00 PM on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at the SEL Event Center at 1825 Schweitzer Drive, Pullman, WA  99163.  Cost is $25/Adults • $10 Children. Please register by Thursday, March 10, 2016 at cahnrs.wsu.edu/honors-staff-registration or by contacting Janet McGough at 509-335-8010 • mcgough@wsu.edu The Celebrating Excellence Banquet will be held on Friday, March 25, at 5:30 p.m. in Beasley Coliseum. Join your colleagues and friends for an evening of recognition honoring the many accomplishments of faculty and staff at Washington State University. New Summer Session Class:  Mbios 585 Molecular Biotechniques (lecture 2 credit, lab is 1 credit). The techniques of molecular biology have become pervasive in the biological and medical fields, as well as more diverse areas of study, such as anthropology and soil science. However, the frequent use of commercial kits and ‘cookbook’ protocols often leaves practitioners with an insufficient understanding of the basic principles to enable them to troubleshoot problems. This class represents a survey of the techniques used in molecular biology. Topics will be presented in detail, covering the biochemical processes underpinning the techniques, their typical protocols and applications, as well as how they might be applied to novel questions. Students will have certain benchmark deadlines, however they will be free to work largely at their own pace during the 12 week time block. For more info contact the instructor Dr. Todd Farmerie at farmerie@vetmed.wsu.edu,  335-1138.   IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW: Entomology Dept. Faculty Meeting Schedule 2/19/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 3/24/2016 - 10:30 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 4/22/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 5/20/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 6/24/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 7/22/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 The Graduate School has announced the 6th Annual Global Case Competition.  This competition brings student’s together to develop innovative interdisciplinary solutions to complex global issues facing each of us in today’s world.  Registration opens February 1, 2016.  Teams of 4 to 6 students work together under a strict timeline to develop an innovative solution to the selected case. Judging the solution occurs in 2 stages. Teams present their solutions in a 2-page written solution. Expert judges evaluate each solution and the top-5 teams are selected as finalists. Each of the finalist teams presents a solution in a public forum. Judges hear each solution and pose questions to the respective teams before selecting a winner. To learn about GCC visit this webpage:  https://ip.wsu.edu/on-campus/overview-schedule/ The 2016 International Research Travel Award Request for Proposals is now online at https://ip.wsu.edu/scholars-abroad/documents/2016/01/irta-travel-award.pdfAll proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 15, 2016. The Office of International Programs and the Office of Research International Research Travel Award applications for 2016 are due Feb. 15th. The Association for Faculty Women (AFW) invites faculty nominations for three awards: AFW’s Harriett B. Rigas award (presented to an outstanding doctoral candidate), the AFW Founders Award (presented to an outstanding master’s student). We will accept nominations starting now through February 12th.  The final application packets are due February 19th. *March 1, 2016 will be the deadline for our 2016 Research scholarship applications: “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions. Faculty-led Workshop: Writing for Gen. 1.5 Graduate students are invited to join in on a series of workshops designed for teaching and instruction. Offered by the WSU Teaching Academy and Global Campus, these workshop topics present a wide range of relevant topics:
  • January 28: Heritage Speakers: Writing and Perceptions of Under-preparedness;
  • February 11: Mind Mapping
  • March 8: Flipping the Classroom: Lessons Learned
  • March 29: First-generation Students on the College Campus
  • April 21: Establishing a Culture of Academic Integrity
The workshops are free and refreshments provided. Sign up for the sessions held in CUE 518, or the live streamed session. To register for any of the tutorials, visit HERE. Spring 2016 Commencement will be held Saturday May 7, 2016 at the Beasley Coliseum.  The CAHNRS ceremony begins at 11:30 (lineup is at 11:00am).  Student may register to walk and pick up their cap and gown at the Grad Fair held March 23-24, 2016 in the Lewis Alumni Centre!  Faculty registration begins March 1. ESA Pacific Branch meetings are April 3-6, 2016 in Honolulu, HI at the Pacific Beach Hotel. 2016 International Congress of Entomology, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL. Website: http://ice2016orlando.org/  

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February 1, 2016

The February Faculty meeting will be on February 19th at 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM in FSHN 164.  See below for the future faculty meeting schedule. The AMS dial # is 5704472 GPSA sponsored workshopHacking the Job Market: An Interactive Workshop Saturday, February 6, 2016 in Todd 276.  Learn how to use graduate school to build a competitive CV for the job market and how to navigate the academic job search.  For more info and to register go to:  http://studentinvolvement.orgsync.com/org/gpsa The next Entomology Spring 2016 Colloquium presentation will be on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, in FSHN 354 at 12:10-1:00.  Our speaker will be Dr. Kiwamu Tanaka.  His presentation is titled “Extracellular ATP signaling in Plant Defense-A Damaged-Self Recognition System.” For more info about Dr. Tanaka go to:  https://mps.wsu.edu/dr-kiwamu-tanaka/. The AMS dial # 5704472. Join us for a Valentine’s Day Celebration on Thursday, February 11th in FSHN 103/155 from 11:39-12: 45.  There is a sign up sheet at Dory’s counter if you would like to attend.  If you will be attending sign up by noon Wednesday, Feb 10th so we can know how many to plan for.  Lasagna and Spaghetti and beverages will be provided.  We are asking for French bread, salads, and desserts. Women’s Transit Operations begin February 8th.  Women’s Transit is a safety service provided by the WSU Coalition for Women Students. We offer free rides in Pullman for those who feel uncomfortable walking alone at night. Instead of walking or waiting alone after dark, members of the WSU Community are invited to call or text us to be taken to their residence. Hours are Sun-Thur 8 PM-12 midnight, Fri and Sat 8 PM – 2 AM.  For more info go to http://www.womenstransit.wsu.edu/ or call or text to 978-267-7233 (wsu-276-safe). Wapato Research Leader Seminars.  These seminars are being given as part of the evaluation process for selecting a new Research Leader. Seminars will be held in the large conference room. Joe Munyaneneza - Feb 9th @ 8:30am-9:30am “Improving Protection, Production, and Quality of Temperate Tree Fruit and Vegetable Crops in the Pacific Northwest and Beyond” Roy Navarre - Feb 9th @1:00pm- 2:00pm “Enhancing Disease & Pest Resistance, and Nutritional Value in Plants: Targeting Stakeholder Needs” Lisa Neven - Feb 10th   @ 8:30am- 9:30am “Career, Qualifications, and Vision” From Tukey Horticulture Orchard:  This Friday February 5th is the next to last WSU Apple, Pear and Potato Sale at the WSU Tukey Horticulture Orchard from 12:00 noon to 6:00pm.  We can only accept cash or check for payment.  Our last sale for this season will be next week February 12, 2016.  Please see our website for more details http://horticulture.wsu.edu/orchard Come on in and stock up for one last time either this week or next week.  We will be done with sales after February 12th! The Office of International Programs and the Office of Research would like to announce the Fourth Annual International Research Travel Award application process is now open for 2016. The collaborative program will fund 3-5 International Research Travel Awards (IRTA) to WSU full-time faculty ranging from $2,000-$5,000 each.  The IRTAs are being offered to assist research faculty in strengthening international collaborative linkages and to enhance significant scholarly and research impact aligned with WSU’s strategic priorities.  These awards are to assist faculty in achieving tangible outcomes e.g. joint publications or research proposals.  The awards are intended for research related activities that will advance the faculty member’s scholarly program.  The 2016 International Research Travel Award Request for Proposals is now online at https://ip.wsu.edu/scholars-abroad/documents/2016/01/irta-travel-award.pdfAll proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 15, 2016. Making our CASE: Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering - April 17-20, 2016 Sponsored by the WSU Office of Research: Under the leadership of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and APLU have designed an exciting opportunity for upper-class undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering disciplines to learn about science policy and advocacy. The Making our CASE (Catalyzing Advocacy for Science and Engineering) program is open to universities that would like to provide an opportunity for their students to come to Washington, DC, and learn about science policy. Students who are selected by their institution to participate in the workshop will spend a few days in Washington learning about the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations process, and tools for effective science communication and civic engagement.  WSU Office of Research will sponsor up to two students and will pay the $125 registration fee per student, as well as all associated travel and lodging costs. In addition, each sponsoring university is responsible for scheduling visits to Capitol Hill for their students, and are encouraged to accompany the participating students during those Congressional visits. This will be the third year for Making our CASE. The first two years were a great success; to read the reactions from the students who participated in the inaugural event, see this AAAS story. For additional details about the Making our CASE Workshop, please go to http://www.aaas.org/case. Eligibility:  To be eligible to participate students must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate (upper-class) or graduate degree program in one of the following fields: Biological, physical, or earth sciences; Computational sciences and mathematics; Engineering disciplines; Medical and health sciences; and Social and behavioral sciences. Preference will be given to students with limited experience and knowledge of science policy and advocacy, and who demonstrate strong communication and leadership skills. Application:

  • Resume (1 page)
  • 1 page application with the following sections: o Student Name, Email, Phone, Institution, Department, Major, Year of Study
o Why are you interested in this workshop? o Describe your communication and leadership skills. Provide examples as appropriate. WSU deadline: Feb 8 Please send applications to: case.ogrd@wsu.edu New online transcript ordering system: The Office of the Registrar is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Credentials Solutions to provide online transcript ordering services.  This partnership will decrease processing time, provide an electronic transcript sending capability that makes delivery virtually instantaneous, and allow alumni easier access to online transcript ordering.  Our goal is to streamline the entire process so transcripts reach their destinations more efficiently, giving students and alumni peace of mind by making transcript ordering easier.  Credentials Solutions will begin processing online transcript orders on February 1, 2016.  The cost for an official WSU transcript will increase from $5 to $10 per copy. Faculty invited to submit Grand Challenges Research, Student Success proposals Faculty play a central role in helping the University reach its goals in the areas of research and student success. The Office of the Provost and the Office of Research are committed to helping faculty achieve these shared goals through these seed grant opportunities: •   Grand Challenges Seed Grants •   Student Success Seed Grants The Grand Challenges Seed Grants are designed to support multidisciplinary initiatives and research projects that address one or more of the five Grand Challenges. The projects may be pilot programs, proof-of-concept research projects, public outreach, or workshops.  The Student Success Seed Grants are designed to foster a transformative student experience, as mandated in the Strategic Plan. Faculty are encouraged to develop strategies that could potentially attract extramural funding to be scaled up to an institutional level, or have the potential to be used across disciplines to increase student retention at WSU and increase students’ progress toward graduation.  Unlike the Strategic Reallocation proposals, which is a limited submission process facilitated by college and administrative leadership, the seed grant proposals may be submitted by WSU faculty. All faculty system-wide may submit proposals for each of the respective seed grant programs. There is no requirement that proposals be coordinated through the degree-granting college deans. Collaboration across colleges, campuses and nonacademic units is encouraged, though not required.  Awards range from $5,000 to $75,000 in one-time funds. Letters of Intent are due by February 15, 2016 and proposals are due April 1. Decisions will be announced May 15 and the funding period will begin July 1.  For more information, or questions on the Grand Challenges Seed Grants, email res.dev@wsu.edu or call Geeta Dutta at 509-335-5980.  For more information, or questions on the Student Success Seed Grants, email StudSuccSeed_Questions@wsu.edu or call Kristina Peterson-Wilson at 509-335-8915.   Erica Austin and Ron Mittelhammer, Interim Co–Provosts  Entomology Department Research Awards March 1 will be the deadline for our 2016 “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions.   These two awards will be respectively supported by the Robert and Mary Lou Harwood and Howard and Hermina Hallgarth scholarship endowments.  The "Student of the Year" award will be given in recognition of the student’s academic achievements and scholarly service contributions. The “Paper of the Year" be awarded in recognition an exceptional manuscript with a student as lead author. For consideration of the Paper of the Year award, the paper must be accepted for publication or has appeared in print over the 12 months preceding the March 30 application deadline. Application for this award includes an additional requirement:  A copy of the manuscript, along with a copy of the letter (email) from the journal indicating the paper has been accepted for publication.  There will also be two graduate fellowship research awards from the Erret Deck Fellowship.  These fellowships will support expansion of a student's research project. Travel and Research scholarship applications will have the below three components: 1)      A 500 word (or less) essay from the student concisely explaining why they deserve the award. For Travel Award consideration, you might describe the significance of your presentation (is it an invited talk? is this a major national meeting? have you recently submitted or published particularly significant findings?).  Are there specific plans to build ties with possible postdoc advisors or other collaborators, etc.?  Travel awards can also be used to meet with collaborators outside of a national meeting; the need for this form of travel award funding should be justified.  For Research Award consideration, In the case of the Deck research fellowship, the student should describe specifically what component the funds will add to their research program. In the case of the Hallgarth "Paper of the Year" award, 2)      The student's updated CV. 3)      A 250 word (or less) memo from the major advisor describing why they feel their student is deserving of the award. Your applications must be emailed to Adam (adam.williams@wsu.edu) before the above stated deadlines. We look forward to seeing your award submissions and have a great semester! Vince H, Rich, and Paul - The Student Awards Committee WSU is complying with WSDA regulations regarding experimental use permits. If you or your employees work falls under the regulations outlined below, a report is required and is due to me no later than EOM February, 2016. WSU holds a collective Experimental Use Permit on behalf of the entire university. This permit allows us to conduct pesticide research with the minimum amount of oversight and regulation necessary, provided we follow the provisions of the permit. If you are curious about the provisions, you can view a copy of the current permit at http://extension.wsu.edu/wsprs/Documents/C0025_Magnuson_WSU_20130212.pdf . Background information can also be found in the WSU Business Policies and Procedures Manual at http://public.wsu.edu/~forms/HTML/BPPM/45_Research/45.65_Pesticide_Policy_Overview.htm (policy overview) and http://public.wsu.edu/~forms/HTML/BPPM/45_Research/45.70_Experimental_Use_of_Pesticides.htm (EUPs). Since 2004, reporting requirements have been in place for all WSU personnel, at all locations, who perform research using experimental pesticides (non-registered active ingredients) or experimental uses of registered pesticides (non-registered crop/site). Full reporting compliance is expected. Experimental uses are defined as any one of the following: *         Application to a crop or site that is not on the label *         Application of more product than is allowed on the label for that crop/site *         Application made more frequently than listed on the label *         Application made outside of specific crop cycle periods if such are limited on the label *         Application via chemigation if this method is not already specifically allowed on the label *         Application via aircraft if this method is prohibited on the label Experimental pesticides are defined as chemicals that have not been approved for registration by EPA nor exempted from the requirements of a registration. Those persons doing laboratory testing of pesticides are exempt from the WSU reporting requirement. Reports should be entered into WSU's cEUP Archive Database at http://cru2.cahe.wsu.edu/cEUP/Default.aspx  as soon as possible after each application. Questions and requests for assistance can be directed to Catherine Daniels at (253) 445-4611  or cdaniels@wsu.edu IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW: Entomology Dept. Faculty Meeting Schedule 2/19/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 3/24/2016 - 10:30 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 4/22/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 5/20/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 6/24/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 7/22/2016 - 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472 February 9, 2016 is the last day that a student may drop a course without penalty. The Graduate School has announced the 6th Annual Global Case Competition.  This competition brings student’s together to develop innovative interdisciplinary solutions to complex global issues facing each of us in today’s world.  Registration opens February 1, 2016.  Teams of 4 to 6 students work together under a strict timeline to develop an innovative solution to the selected case. Judging the solution occurs in 2 stages. Teams present their solutions in a 2-page written solution. Expert judges evaluate each solution and the top-5 teams are selected as finalists. Each of the finalist teams presents a solution in a public forum. Judges hear each solution and pose questions to the respective teams before selecting a winner. To learn about GCC visit this webpage:  https://ip.wsu.edu/on-campus/overview-schedule/ The 2016 International Research Travel Award Request for Proposals is now online at https://ip.wsu.edu/scholars-abroad/documents/2016/01/irta-travel-award.pdfAll proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 15, 2016. The Office of International Programs and the Office of Research International Research Travel Award applications for 2016 are due Feb. 15th. The Association for Faculty Women (AFW) invites faculty nominations for three awards: AFW’s Harriett B. Rigas award (presented to an outstanding doctoral candidate), the AFW Founders Award (presented to an outstanding master’s student). We will accept nominations starting now through February 12th.  The final application packets are due February 19th. The Washington State University, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Presents: Three Minute Thesis Competition. Proposal Deadline is Friday, February 19th.  For more information about how you can get involved in this opportunity visit this website at:  http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/academics/uncategorized/2014/cahnrs-three-minute-thesis/ *March 1, 2016 will be the deadline for our 2016 Research scholarship applications: “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions. Faculty-led Workshop: Writing for Gen. 1.5 Graduate students are invited to join in on a series of workshops designed for teaching and instruction. Offered by the WSU Teaching Academy and Global Campus, these workshop topics present a wide range of relevant topics:
  • January 28: Heritage Speakers: Writing and Perceptions of Under-preparedness;
  • February 11: Mind Mapping
  • March 8: Flipping the Classroom: Lessons Learned
  • March 29: First-generation Students on the College Campus
  • April 21: Establishing a Culture of Academic Integrity
The workshops are free and refreshments provided. Sign up for the sessions held in CUE 518, or the live streamed session. To register for any of the tutorials, visit HERE. ESA Pacific Branch meetings are April 3-6, 2016 in Honolulu, HI at the Pacific Beach Hotel. 2016 International Congress of Entomology, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL. Website: http://ice2016orlando.org/

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Fungi help for bees featured on public TV

CAHNRS News – February 2016

Steve Sheppard, chair of the Department of Entomology, is featured on Oregon Field Guide. The segment, "Could a Mushroom Save a Honeybee," looks at how mushroom extracts could help save threatened bees. Watch it here.

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The next Entomology Spring 2016 Colloquium presentation will be on Wednesday, February 3, 2016, in FSHN 354 at 12:10-1:00.  Our speaker will be Dr. Christophor Looney.  Dr. Looney received his MS degree from WSU Entomology Dept in 2001 and earned a PhD from PSES at the University of Idaho.   He is currently with the Washington State Department of Ecology.  His presentation is titled “Gall wasps, DNA, and entomological intuition: Is there a specious species on the Palouse?”  The AMS dial # 5704472. GPSA sponsored workshopHacking the Job Market: An Interactive Workshop Saturday, February 6, 2016 in Todd 276.  Learn how to use graduate school to build a competitive CV for the job market and how to navigate the academic job search.  For more info and to register go to:  http://studentinvolvement.orgsync.com/org/gpsa Tuesday, February 9, 2016 is the last day that a student may drop a course without penalty.  Drops will result in the course being removed from the student’s transcript. To drop a course, students will go to myWSU, select Student Center, click on Enroll, then choose the Drop tab. From the Registrar’s Office: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 is the last day that a student may drop a course without penalty.  Drops will result in the course being removed from the student’s transcript. To drop a course, students will go to myWSU, select Student Center, click on Enroll, then choose the Drop tab. Then they will take the following steps:

  • Select the class by clicking on the box to the left of the course and click “Drop Selected Classes.”
  • Click “Finish Dropping” to process request.
  • View the results of request. A green check mark under the status indicates success.
The drop will show throughout myWSU immediately, in real time. Notes:
  • Some holds will prevent a student from dropping a class, but not all do. Select the details link to see what impact the hold has, and what action is needed. Students must contact the appropriate office to release the hold.
  • International Programs - Global Services located in Bryan Hall 108 must approve class drops for International Students.
  • After Tuesday, February 9, 2016 course withdrawals cost $5.00 each and are recorded on the student’s transcript as W’s.
  • After Tuesday, February 9, 2016 course withdrawals do not reduce tuition charges or the total official hours of enrollment.
The Office of International Programs and the Office of Research would like to announce the Fourth Annual International Research Travel Award application process is now open for 2016. The collaborative program will fund 3-5 International Research Travel Awards (IRTA) to WSU full-time faculty ranging from $2,000-$5,000 each.  The IRTAs are being offered to assist research faculty in strengthening international collaborative linkages and to enhance significant scholarly and research impact aligned with WSU’s strategic priorities.  These awards are to assist faculty in achieving tangible outcomes e.g. joint publications or research proposals.  The awards are intended for research related activities that will advance the faculty member’s scholarly program.  The 2016 International Research Travel Award Request for Proposals is now online at https://ip.wsu.edu/scholars-abroad/documents/2016/01/irta-travel-award.pdf.  All proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 15. The February Faculty meeting will be on February 19th at 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM in FSHN 164.  See below for the future faculty meeting schedule. Entomology Department Research Awards March 1 will be the deadline for our 2016 “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions.   These two awards will be respectively supported by the Robert and Mary Lou Harwood and Howard and Hermina Hallgarth scholarship endowments.  The "Student of the Year" award will be given in recognition of the student’s academic achievements and scholarly service contributions. The “Paper of the Year" be awarded in recognition an exceptional manuscript with a student as lead author. For consideration of the Paper of the Year award, the paper must be accepted for publication or has appeared in print over the 12 months preceding the March 30 application deadline. Application for this award includes an additional requirement:  A copy of the manuscript, along with a copy of the letter (email) from the journal indicating the paper has been accepted for publication.  There will also be two graduate fellowship research awards from the Errett Deck Fellowship.  These fellowships will support expansion of a student's research project. Travel and Research scholarship applications will have the below three components:
  • A 500 word (or less) essay from the student concisely explaining why they deserve the award. For Travel Award consideration, you might describe the significance of your presentation (is it an invited talk? is this a major national meeting? have you recently submitted or published particularly significant findings?).  Are there specific plans to build ties with possible postdoc advisors or other collaborators, etc.?  Travel awards can also be used to meet with collaborators outside of a national meeting; the need for this form of travel award funding should be justified.  For Research Award consideration, In the case of the Deck research fellowship, the student should describe specifically what component the funds will add to their research program. In the case of the Hallgarth "Paper of the Year" award, the
  • The student's updated CV.
  • A 250 word (or less) memo from the major advisor describing why they feel their student is deserving of the award.
Your applications must be emailed to Adam (adam.williams@wsu.edu) before the above stated deadlines. We look forward to seeing your award submissions and have a great semester! Vince H, Rich, and Paul - The Student Awards Committee The Office of Research and Information Technology Services are pleased to announce the rollout of Kamiak, WSU’s new high-performance computing (HPC) cluster.  Kamiak is being managed and operated as a community-based and scalable “condominium” cluster where idle resources are dynamically harvested and made available to all users. Background: In September 2015, WSU finalized the 120-Day Study, which identified areas of research excellence and emerging areas requiring additional strategic investment to achieve prominence. Research computing was identified as a high priority for institutional infrastructure investment. As a result, WSU has committed an initial investment of $2.7M over the next five years to provide this capability. Following a town hall meeting in April 2015, feedback from computational researchers across a wide spectrum of application domains, and an external review by subject-matter experts, the Kamiak cluster is poised to address the need for additional research computing resources. Managed and operated under the principles of “condominium” computing, investors – single researchers, research groups, and academic units – can purchase individual computing units or “nodes” to be installed and administered within Kamiak. The community based condominium model allows Kamiak users to access more aggregated computing resources than would be available by purchasing a stand-alone system. In addition to having access to the resources they have purchased, investors and sponsored users can also utilize idle compute cycles across the cluster. This creates positive economies of scale through a shared cyber-infrastructure. Users are also freed from management responsibilities and have access to consulting expertise. WSU joins a number of universities and national laboratories that have successfully implemented the community-based condominium model for institutional research computing. Kamiak HPC Website - providing assistance and information on available resources : WSU faculty and staff are now able to access the new Kamiak website at hpc.wsu.edu, which provides information and resources for those interested in learning more, and tips on how to effectively use the Kamiak condominium cluster. In addition, Dr. Nick Maggio has been hired as an in-house expert in high-performance computing and is available to assist users in the utilization of the Kamiak research computing environment. You may contact Dr. Maggio at hpc.consulting@wsu.edu / 509-335-0473.  We take this opportunity to thank the Office of the Provost, the Office of Finance and Administration, the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, the WSU Information Technology Systems (WSU/ITS) personnel and other University offices who have contributed to the Kamiak cluster acquisition and the resources needed to assist the university community. We encourage you to explore the possibility of investing in Kamiak. Dr. Christopher J. Keane, VP President for Research and Dr. Sasi K. Pillay, VP for Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer. In memoriam:  Carl H. Shanks Carl Shanks passed away on April 23, 2014.  Carl joined the Entomology Department faculty in 1959 and served as the superintendent of the Vancouver Research Center from 1980 until his retirement in 1995.  His wife, Isabelle Shanks, passed away two days prior to Carl’s passing.  To see their obituary go to http://www.anewtradition.com/obituaries/obituary/9293_Carl__Isabelle_Shanks ***** IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW: WSU’s deadline for faculty to enter data into WORQS is January 8, 2016 The Graduate School has announced the 6th Annual Global Case Competition.  This competition brings student’s together to develop innovative interdisciplinary solutions to complex global issues facing each of us in today’s world.  Registration opens February 1, 2016.  Teams of 4 to 6 students work together under a strict timeline to develop an innovative solution to the selected case. Judging the solution occurs in 2 stages. Teams present their solutions in a 2-page written solution. Expert judges evaluate each solution and the top-5 teams are selected as finalists. Each of the finalist teams presents a solution in a public forum. Judges hear each solution and pose questions to the respective teams before selecting a winner. To learn about GCC visit this webpage:  https://ip.wsu.edu/on-campus/overview-schedule/ The Career Expo is right around the corner on February 2, 2016 at Beasley Coliseum, 10 AM – 3 PM. The 2016 International Research Travel Award Request for Proposals is now online at https://ip.wsu.edu/scholars-abroad/documents/2016/01/irta-travel-award.pdfAll proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 15, 2016. The Association for Faculty Women (AFW) invites faculty nominations for three awards: AFW’s Harriett B. Rigas award (presented to an outstanding doctoral candidate), the AFW Founders Award (presented to an outstanding master’s student). We will accept nominations starting now through February 12th.  The final application packets are due February 19th. The Washington State University, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Presents: Three Minute Thesis Competition Proposal Deadline is Friday, February 19th.  For more information about how you can get involved in this opportunity visit this website at:  http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/academics/uncategorized/2014/cahnrs-three-minute-thesis/ *March 1, 2016 will be the deadline for our 2016 Research scholarship applications: “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions. Faculty-led Workshop: Writing for Gen. 1.5 Graduate students are invited to join in on a series of workshops designed for teaching and instruction. Offered by the WSU Teaching Academy and Global Campus, these workshop topics present a wide range of relevant topics:
  • January 28: Heritage Speakers: Writing and Perceptions of Under-preparedness;
  • February 11: Mind Mapping
  • March 8: Flipping the Classroom: Lessons Learned
  • March 29: First-generation Students on the College Campus
  • April 21: Establishing a Culture of Academic Integrity
The workshops are free and refreshments provided. Sign up for the sessions held in CUE 518, or the live streamed session. To register for any of the tutorials, visit HERE. ESA Pacific Branch meetings are April 3-6, 2016 in Honolulu, HI at the Pacific Beach Hotel. 2016 International Congress of Entomology, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL. Website: http://ice2016orlando.org/[/textblock][/column][/row][/section]

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January 18, 2016

The first Entomology Spring 2016 Colloquium presentation will be on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, in FSHN 354 at 12:10-1:00.  Our first speaker will be Dr. Allan Felsot.  The presentation is titled “My Biased Presentation to Update Everyone on the Bees and Pesticide Issues.”  Dr. Felsot is a faculty member in the WSU Entomology and Environmental Toxicology Departments, and is Interim Academic Director and Graduate Coordinator at the Tricities Campus.  For more info about Dr. Felsot go to:  http://www.feql.wsu.edu/profiles/felsot.htmlhttps://tricities.wsu.edu/cas/faculty.    The AMS dial # 5704020. 100th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Branch ESA will be in Honolulu, Hawaii on April 3-6, 2016.  The theme for this year’s meeting is "Science for the Next Century."  Early-Bird registration rates are in effect through Monday, February 15, 2016.  Book online to get the ESA-PB discounted rate.  Discounted room rates are available for online.  For more info go to:  http://www.entsoc.org/pacific/2016-pacific-branch-annual-meeting A reminder of the call for abstracts to Faculty, Staff, Graduate and Undergraduate Students for the WSU Academic Showcase and GPSA Research Exhibition (formerly known as Wiley Expo) has gone outAbstracts of up to 250 words are due no later than 5:00 PM, Monday, January 25, 2016. The 2016 Showcase will be on Friday, March 25th. For more info go to:  https://showcase.wsu.edu/ and click on the left sidebar. Employee Sick leave cash out:  Each January, employees with accrued sick leave balances may exchange sick leave for cash. Employees whose year-end sick leave balance exceeds 480 hours may convert sick leave hours earned in the previous calendar year, minus those used during the year, to monetary compensation. No sick leave hours may be converted which would reduce the calendar year-end balance below 480 hours. Monetary compensation for converted hours is paid at the rate of 25 percent and is based on the employee’s current salary. All converted hours are deducted from the employee’s sick leave balance. Teaching and research faculty are not eligible. Civil Service employees and AP employees are eligible. Employees covered by collective bargaining agreements should refer to the appropriate agreement for eligibility information. Eligible employees should submit completed time/leave reports to their employing department. The processing deadline for payment is Jan. 25. Contact HRS at 335-4521 or Payroll Services at 335-9575.  Additional details in Business Policies and Procedures illustrating how reports should be completed: http://public.wsu.edu/~forms/HTML/BPPM/60_Personnel/60.41_ Payment_for_Unused_Sick_Leave.htm                                For more info contact Alice Smethurst alice@wsu.edu The North Central Washington Beekeeper's Association in Wenatchee is organizing a day-long meeting for talks and poster presentations. They are interested in honey bee research, native bee projects, non-bee pollinator work, or research that would have an impact on bees and other pollinators. If you are interested in presenting either a 15-min talk or a poster in the poster session, please let me know! Potential dates:  June 18 or July 9 - let me know your preference Event starts at 10am with talks throughout the day, a poster lunch/social session in between, and a hosted dinner in the evening. Included:

  • NCWBA will pay for a WSU car rental for transportation between Pullman and Wenatchee, and other travel costs if you are doing research elsewhere in Washington State
  • All meals - there will be a catered lunch at the meeting, and a BBQ (with veggie options) the evening of the event. Breakfast will be provided
  • Overnight stay - you will be hosted at my parent's or another beekeeper's home - those that attended Rebecca's wedding, don't worry, there are beds and you don't have to tent camp ;) (unless you really want to!)
This is a fun opportunity to present your research to the general public and also considered an invited talk on your CV.  If you are interested, please let me know your date preference and talk/poster preference. We'd like to put together an abstract book about 3 weeks before the event (300 word max). If you have questions contact Alix Whitener at alix.crilly@wsu.edu or 509-663-8181 ext. 237 Graduate Grant Writing Workshop Saturday, April 9, 2016, 9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Link to Sign-Up: http://www.ogrd.wsu.edu/workshops.asp#422 Learn the basics of competitive grant writing! Identify Funding Opportunities Typical Components of a Proposal Organizational Strategies Practice and receive feedback on your proposal writing style From the Grad School for students who plan to graduate this Spring 2016: See Deadlines: DEFENSE/FINAL EXAM DEADLINE:
  • Spring 2016 graduates must successfully defend/pass their final exam on or before: April 22, 2016 (all completed ballot materials must be rec’d by 4/29/2016)
Graduation Check List: You must have an approved program of study on file with the graduate school before proceeding with this checklist. You may verify your Program of Study submission date and approval by contacting the academic coordinator from your department. Approval Date:                           To be done the semester in which you are planning to graduate:
  • Enroll in 2 credits of research (700, 702, or 800)
  • Apply for degree (http://gradschool.wsu.edu/graduation-application/ )
  • Scheduling form submitted 10 working days prior to your exam/defense; if you are re-taking your exam, your Scheduling form must be submitted 15 working days prior to exam date.
  • If Master’s thesis: submit draft to gradschool@wsu.edu
  • If Doctoral Dissertation: submit draft to www.dissertations.wsu.edu
  • Final submissions for thesis/dissertations/ and all final documents are due:  5 working days following a successful defense.
Please refer to the deadlines and procedures information (links provided above) for the specific dates and requirements for the above mentioned checklist. All Graduate School forms can be found at: http://gradschool.wsu.edu/facultystaff-resources/18-2/  Note: Students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program should check with their program advisor for graduation requirements. A few forms are currently being updated, but the links provided above should remain the same.  If you have difficulty in locating a particular form, please contact the Graduate School. Message from the Bookie: Career Now Supports Student Success Faculty remain the strongest ally students have for successful academic outcomes, but they are also viewed as key relationships for student career development. Faculty are the number two influencers on student career choice. Students look to faculty as a resource, with the knowledge to help mentor and guide students through their career decision-making process. We also know from insights gathered from our Faculty POV panel that the greatest challenges faculty face today are lack of time and resources – leaving one-on-one career support to every student extremely difficult. To help foster student success on campus, we've developed the Career Now: Student Career Toolkit, a resource full of innovative and creative tools to equip students with a variety of career options. The toolkit can assist students in their career exploration, goal setting and personal brand. To further prepare students for their post-graduate career plans, we created a Career section on our student blog, The College Juice, the destination for monthly posts featuring insights on the career road map as well as interviews with professionals from a variety of fields. To learn more about our Career Now program and the resources we offer to faculty, view our Supporting Student Success - Career Now webcast. If you would like more information about what your campus bookstore is doing to support you and your students, contact your bookstore manager and read the following related articles. NRF Student Program Prepares Millennials for Careers in Retail Rethinking a New Career Roadmap for Millennials New Year, Fresh Juice Faculty-led Workshop: Writing for Gen. 1.5 Graduate students are invited to join in on a series of workshops designed for teaching and instruction. Offered by the WSU Teaching Academy and Global Campus, these workshop topics present a wide range of relevant topics:
  • January 28: Heritage Speakers: Writing and Perceptions of Under-preparedness;
  • February 11: Mind Mapping
  • March 8: Flipping the Classroom: Lessons Learned
  • March 29: First-generation Students on the College Campus
  • April 21: Establishing a Culture of Academic Integrity
The workshops are free and refreshments provided. Sign up for the sessions held in CUE 518, or the live streamed session. To register for any of the tutorials, visit HERE. Calling for Student Volunteers The Coordinated Community Response Team is looking for student volunteers to form a subcommittee. If you know of someone interested in the issues of sex and gender-based violence on campus, you can nominate them by emailing Nikki Finnestead at nfinnestead@wsu.edu with a one-page explanation. ***** IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW: WSU’s deadline for faculty to enter data into WORQS is January 8, 2016 GPSA Fall 2015 Travel Grant applications open January 12, 2016. Applicants must have traveled between August 31, 2015 and January 17, 2016 to be eligible. For more info go to: http://studentinvolvement.orgsync.com/org/gpsa/Travel. CAHNRS Student Senate is excited to announce the call for nomination packets for the CAHNRS Superior Club of the Year Award for 2015-2016. Please visit the following link for more information on how CAHNRS clubs can apply: http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/academics/superior-club-award/. Packets are due to Alanna Ellis (acellis@wsu.edu<mailto:acellis@wsu.edu>) by January 23, 2016. The call for abstracts to Faculty, Staff, Graduate and Undergraduate Students for the WSU Academic Showcase and GPSA Research Exhibition (formerly known as Wiley Expo) has gone outAbstracts of up to 250 words are due no later than 5:00 PM, Monday, January 25, 2016. The 2016 Showcase will be on Friday, March 25th. For more info go to:  https://showcase.wsu.edu/ and click on the left sidebar. The Graduate School has announced the 6th Annual Global Case Competition.  This competition brings student’s together to develop innovative interdisciplinary solutions to complex global issues facing each of us in today’s world.  Registration opens February 1, 2016.  Teams of 4 to 6 students work together under a strict timeline to develop an innovative solution to the selected case. Judging the solution occurs in 2 stages. Teams present their solutions in a 2-page written solution. Expert judges evaluate each solution and the top-5 teams are selected as finalists. Each of the finalist teams presents a solution in a public forum. Judges hear each solution and pose questions to the respective teams before selecting a winner. To learn about GCC visit this webpage:  https://ip.wsu.edu/on-campus/overview-schedule/ The Career Expo is right around the corner on February 2, 2016 at Beasley Coliseum, 10 AM – 3 PM. The 2016 International Research Travel Award Request for Proposals is now online at https://ip.wsu.edu/scholars-abroad/documents/2016/01/irta-travel-award.pdfAll proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 15, 2016. The Association for Faculty Women (AFW) invites faculty nominations for three awards: AFW’s Harriett B. Rigas award (presented to an outstanding doctoral candidate), the AFW Founders Award (presented to an outstanding master’s student). We will accept nominations starting now through February 12th.  The final application packets are due February 19th.   The Washington State University, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Presents: Three Minute Thesis Competition. Proposal Deadline is Friday, February 19th.  For more information about how you can get involved in this opportunity visit this website at:  http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/academics/uncategorized/2014/cahnrs-three-minute-thesis/ *March 1, 2016 will be the deadline for our 2016 Research scholarship applications: “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions. ESA Pacific Branch meetings are April 3-6, 2016 in Honolulu, HI at the Pacific Beach Hotel. 2016 International Congress of Entomology, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL. Website: http://ice2016orlando.org/

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January 11, 2016

The next Entomology Dept. Faculty meeting will be on Friday, January 22, 2015 at 11:00 AM in FSHN 164.  AMS dial number is 5703832. GPSA Fall 2015 Travel Grant applications open January 12, 2016. Applicants must have traveled between August 31, 2015 and January 17, 2016 to be eligible. For more info go to: http://studentinvolvement.orgsync.com/org/gpsa/Travel. CAHNRS Student Senate is excited to announce the call for nomination packets for the CAHNRS Superior Club of the Year Award for 2015-2016. Please visit the following link for more information on how CAHNRS clubs can apply: http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/academics/superior-club-award/. Packets are due to Alanna Ellis (acellis@wsu.edu<mailto:acellis@wsu.edu>) by January 23, 2016. The call for abstracts to Faculty, Staff, Graduate and Undergraduate Students for the WSU Academic Showcase and GPSA Research Exhibition (formerly known as Wiley Expo) has gone outAbstracts of up to 250 words are due no later than 5:00 PM, Monday, January 25, 2016. The 2016 Showcase will be on Friday, March 25th. For more info go to:  https://showcase.wsu.edu/ and click on the left sidebar. Also, the Career Expo is right around the corner on February 2, 2016. Graduate Students can get a jump start on networking with employers by including their resume in a resume book that will go out to all employers 1 week prior to the Expo day.  Grad students can simply log in to their Couglink account: https://ascc.wsu.edu/career-services/couglink/ , enter network ID and password, update their resume, and opt-in to the WSU Graduate Students Spring 2016 resume book! The benefit to doing this is that grad students can make an early connection and visit with employers that they are interested in during the Expo day. See a list of employers attending on the Academic Success and Career Center’s website at www.ascc.wsu.edu and be sure to check back often, as new employers register each day. Also, watch for the Career Fair app that students can download on their smart phones. Visiting employers want to meet grad students, so don’t let them miss out on this opportunity! Feel free to visit Lighty Student Services Building, Rm. 160 or call (509) 335-6000 for questions about this opportunity. The Association for Faculty Women (AFW) invites faculty nominations for three awards: AFW’s Harriett B. Rigas award (presented to an outstanding doctoral candidate), the AFW Founders Award (presented to an outstanding master’s student). These two awards are limited to students with graduation dates in Fall 2015, Spring 2016, or Summer 2016. The third award, the Graduate School’s Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award, is for doctoral candidates and does not have a restriction on graduation date. To nominate a student for one of these awards, please complete and submit the application form with a description of the student’s outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, teaching, outreach, and leadership.  We will accept nominations starting now through February 12th.  The final application packets are due February 19th. AFW will inform students who have been nominated and invite them to apply.  Please see more details about these awards and instructions for the full application process on the AFW awards page at https://afw.wsu.edu/awards/. For questions, please contact Laura Hill (laurahill@wsu.edu). The Office of International Programs and the Office of Research would like to announce the Fourth Annual International Research Travel Award application process is now open for 2016. The collaborative program will fund 3-5 International Research Travel Awards (IRTA) to WSU full-time faculty ranging from $2,000-$5,000 each.  The IRTAs are being offered to assist research faculty in strengthening international collaborative linkages and to enhance significant scholarly and research impact aligned with WSU’s strategic priorities.  These awards are to assist faculty in achieving tangible outcomes e.g. joint publications or research proposals.  The awards are intended for research related activities that will advance the faculty member’s scholarly program.  The 2016 International Research Travel Award Request for Proposals is now online at https://ip.wsu.edu/scholars-abroad/documents/2016/01/irta-travel-award.pdfAll proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 15, 2016.   The Washington State University, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Presents: Three Minute Thesis Competition. An 80,000 word thesis would take 9 hours to present. For this contest, you must capture the essence of your work in 3 minutes. Are you up for the challenge? Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland which challenges graduate students to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.? The deadline for proposals is Friday, February 19thOur own Robbie Zinna was last year’s winner and won the $1000 prize.  To see last year’s presentations go to:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLajA3BBVyv1wqTPl9ci7NBEjpWqI7qDV4 For more information about how you can get involved in this opportunity visit our website at:  http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/academics/uncategorized/2014/cahnrs-three-minute-thesis/ You can also contact the CAHNRS Academic Programs Office at 509-335-4562 or cahnrs.majors@wsu.edu. If anyone of you are working with undergrads in your labs encourage them to participate in the Showcase for Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (SURCA) on March 28thApplications are due on February 22, 2016.  Faculty can be judges for this competition.  For more info go to:  https://surca.wsu.edu/ CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: U.S. Borlaug Graduate Research Grant U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Program-Application Deadline: Monday, April 11, 2016 The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security graduate research grant supports exceptional graduate students who are interested in developing a component of their graduate research in a developing country setting and in collaboration with a mentor from an International Agricultural Research Center (IARC) or a qualifying National Agricultural Research System (NARS) unit. U.S. citizenship is required, and applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. graduate program at the time of application. A list of previous recipients is here.  Applications are available at the program website.  Questions may be sent to borlaugfellows@purdue.edu. Turner Pest Control in Jacksonville, Florida is offering a $1,500 scholarship which will be awarded to a student who is enrolled in any university, college, or trade program—they do not have to be studying entomology or pest management.  Information about the scholarship may be found here:   http://www.turnerpest.com/scholarship/pest-control-scholarship/  The application deadline is in May 1, 2016. ***** IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW: Graduate TA Workshop WHEN: Saturday, January 16, 2016                           WHERE: Todd 116 TIME: Registration and Breakfast: 8:00 a.m.         Workshops: 9:00 - 1:00  LUNCH Qs? Email cheryl.reed@wsu.edu The Graduate School has announced the 6th Annual Global Case Competition.  This competition brings student’s together to develop innovative interdisciplinary solutions to complex global issues facing each of us in today’s world.  Registration opens Feburary 1, 2016.  Teams of 4 to 6 students work together under a strict timeline to develop an innovative solution to the selected case. Judging the solution occurs in 2 stages. Teams present their solutions in a 2-page written solution. Expert judges evaluate each solution and the top-5 teams are selected as finalists. Each of the finalist teams presents a solution in a public forum. Judges hear each solution and pose questions to the respective teams before selecting a winner. To learn about GCC visit this webpage:  https://ip.wsu.edu/on-campus/overview-schedule/ *March 1, 2016 will be the deadline for our 2016 Research scholarship applications: “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions. ESA Pacific Branch meetings are April 3-6, 2016 in Honolulu, HI at the Pacific Beach Hotel. 2016 International Congress of Entomology, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL. Website: http://ice2016orlando.org/[/textblock][/column][/row][/section]

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January 4, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Congratulations to Joseph Schwarz who successfully passed his final MS-NT exam on Monday, January 4, 2016. Congratulations to Robbie Zinna for winning the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology's Division of Comparative Endocrinology Gorbman Best Student Oral Presentation award at the annual meeting in Portland, Oregon.  http://www.sicb.org/index.php3.  This is a prestigious award and there was stiff competition!!!  Erica Crespi kindly forwarded this picture of our winner! Two awards will be given in the Best Student Presentation competition at the SICB Annual Meeting: one for the best oral presentation, the Aubrey Gorbman Award, and one for the best poster presentation, the Lynn Riddiford Award. In addition to a certificate, the winners will receive a cash prize. See attachment for more info on this award. Steve Sheppard was featured in segment on an Oregon Field Guide segment that was shown on Oregon Public Broadcasting on Oct. 15th.  The segment is titled “Could a Mushroom Save a Honeybee.” To see the segment go to:  http://www.opb.org/television/programs/ofg/segment/could-a-mushroom-save-a-honeybee/ Graduate TA Workshop WHEN: Saturday, January 16, 2016           WHERE: Todd 116 TIME: Registration and Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. Workshops: 9:00 - 1:00  LUNCH Qs? Email cheryl.reed@wsu.edu Sessions last year included:

  • Successful Strategies for Active Learning in the Classroom
  • Leadership in Science Instruction
  • Tips for Teaching Large Classes
  • Dealing with Students, Ethics in Teaching, and Class Policies
  • Techniques for Online Teaching
  • Engage Students in Class
The call for abstracts to Faculty, Staff, Graduate and Undergraduate Students for the WSU Academic Showcase and GPSA Research Exhibition (formerly known as Wiley Expo) has gone outAbstracts of up to 250 words are due no later than 5:00 PM, Monday, January 25, 2016. The 2016 Showcase will be on Friday, March 25th. For more info go to:  https://showcase.wsu.edu/ and click on the left sidebar. As you begin to prepare for your 2015 Tax Return filing, be aware there is another form you will need this year in addition to the W2.  The 1095 is a new tax form that includes information about your healthcare insurance coverage. Almost all employees will receive this form.  It serves as a “proof of insurance statement”, as required by the Affordable Care Act, and shows the IRS if you have been covered by insurance in 2015. You will need information provided on this form to complete your 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ tax form, similar to how you take information from your W-2 form and transfer it to your tax forms.  The 1095 form is in addition to your W-2 — it does not replace your W-2. WSU will mail out your W-2 form mid-January, and the 1095 forms will be mailed directly to your home address by either the Health Care Authority (HCA) or your insurance provider and should arrive in late January/early February.  There may be situations where some of you receive 1095 forms from multiple sources. Make sure your address is up-to-date in myWSU to ensure you receive your W2 and this 1095 form. More information will be forthcoming from Human Resource Services over the next several weeks, including a website with FAQ’s.  You can also find information on the IRS website: https://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act/, or consult a tax advisor. ***** IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW: WSU’s deadline for faculty to enter data into WORQS is January 8, 2016 The Graduate School has announced the 6th Annual Global Case Competition.  This competition brings student’s together to develop innovative interdisciplinary solutions to complex global issues facing each of us in today’s world.  Registration opens Feburary 1, 2016.  Teams of 4 to 6 students work together under a strict timeline to develop an innovative solution to the selected case. Judging the solution occurs in 2 stages. Teams present their solutions in a 2-page written solution. Expert judges evaluate each solution and the top-5 teams are selected as finalists. Each of the finalist teams presents a solution in a public forum. Judges hear each solution and pose questions to the respective teams before selecting a winner. To learn about GCC visit this webpage:  https://ip.wsu.edu/on-campus/overview-schedule/ *March 1, 2016 will be the deadline for our 2016 Research scholarship applications: “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions. ESA Pacific Branch meetings are April 3-6, 2016 in Honolulu, HI at the Pacific Beach Hotel. 2016 International Congress of Entomology, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL. Website: http://ice2016orlando.org/

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