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January 17, 2014

Posted by | May 29, 2014

Congratulations to Tara Piraneo, a recent MS graduate from Dr. Doug Walsh’s research program has accepted a position as a Viticulturist with Ste Michelle Wine Estates starting February 1, 2014. Ste Michelle Wine Estates is the largest producer of Washington State premium wines. Ste Michelle’s portfolio includes the well known brands lines of Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia Crest, Red Diamond, Domaine Ste. Michelle, Snoqualmie, Northstar, Col Solare, 14-Hands and H3 (Horse Heaven Hills). Tara’s efforts will be directed towards vineyards in the Horse Heaven Hills Appellation. In addition to a competitive salary and benefits packet Tara will also receive a monthly allotment of wine to truly taste the fruits of her labors. Cheers to Tara, as she moves on in her career.

REMINDER:  2014 Wiley Research Expo call for abstracts deadline is today January 17.  See events for details. 


Monday, January 20, is a university holiday.  Buildings will be locked except for the Library.  For more info go to:

Entomology Dept Faculty Meeting is scheduled for January 24, 2014, at 11:00-12:00 in FSHN 164.  WECN Dial# is 5709956

The Entomology Colloquium speaker on January 22 will be Katie Buckley, who will be presenting her PhD research proposal.  Katie’s major advisor is Davie James, WSU-Prosser.   See attachment for the Colloquium Schedule.  All seminars will use 5702026 for the WECN dial in #.

The work being done on spotted wing drosophila by Betsy Beers and Doug Walsh was highlighted in the January 15th edition of the Capital Press.  To read the article go to:

The Xerces Society is sponsoring a pollinator conservation short course on February 12, 2014, at the Center for Urban Horticulture from 8:30 AM-3:30 PM.  Registration is $45 per person and includes a copy of Attracting Native Pollinators. A late fee of $5 will be added to registrations made after February 2nd.  For more info go to:

PBESA meeting (April 6-9, 2014) deadlines: 

  1. Call for Papers/Posters Due date February 1, 2014 for early registration rates.
  2. Call for Award Nominations Submission packets should be sent to Larry Godfrey at ldgodfrey@ucdavis.eduby February 15th, 2014.
  3. Online Meeting Registration Early-bird registration due by February 15, 2014
  4. Hotel registrations are due March 17, 2014 for the special rate.

Meeting website for forms and more details is:



  1. Research Technologist, Penn State-Univ. Park Campus,
  2. Post Doc, Biological Control of Weeds, USDA/ARS, Davie, FL
  3. US Air Force Entomologist, Del City, OK
  4. Pos Doc Scholar, Oregon State University, Hermiston, OR
  5. Entomologist, US Army Medical Corps, various locations

Events – Save the Dates:

Entomology Dept Faculty meeting, January 24, 2014, FSHN 164.  WECN Dial# is 5709956

Graduate TA Workshop – Saturday, January 18, 2014, 9-1:30 in CUE 203

 An informative workshop designed to help graduate teaching assistants manage, motivate,

and instruct their students. Hosted by the Graduate School and presented by the President’s Teaching Academy, the event  is FREE and open to WSU graduate students. Coffee, pastries, and pizza will be available, compliments of the Graduate School. To find out more and to register, visit

2014 Wiley Research Expo call for abstracts deadline is January 17. 

The WSU Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) invites you to present your research or scholarship at the 2014 Dr. William R. Wiley Research Exposition (Wiley Research Exposition) on February 21, 2014. The Wiley Research Exposition provides WSU students the opportunity to present their research or scholarship among their peers, faculty and the WSU community in an academic conference-like atmosphere.

All students currently enrolled on any of the Washington State University campuses are eligible to present at the Wiley Research Exposition; however only graduate and professional students are eligible to compete for awards. Presentations can be formatted as oral or poster presentations. Graduate and professional students competing for awards will be judged by WSU alumni and emeritus faculty.  Scholarship awards will be given for first and second place in each category. Students may submit one oral presentation and one poster presentation; however, the two presentations must each address different research questions. Students presenting in both formats have a chance to win multiple awards! To be a part of this exciting experience, submit your abstract(s) by January 17, 2014.

Oral Presentation Awards:

First Place: $1,000                     Second Place: $500

Poster Presentation Awards:

First Place: $800                      Second Place: $400

Competition Categories:  1. Medical & Life Sciences       2. Engineering & Physical Sciences     3. Agricultural & Natural Sciences                4. Social Sciences                      5. Liberal Arts & Humanities                6. Visual Arts & Design    7. Administrative & Information Sciences

For more info go to:

Academic Showcase abstracts accepted through Jan. 28

PULLMAN, Wash. – Abstracts will be accepted through Tuesday, Jan. 28, for the 2014 Academic Showcase. It is part of the annual Showcase celebration of original scholarship, research and creative expression by members of the WSU community. Showcase will be Friday, March 28, on the Pullman campus.