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March 9, 2015

Posted by | March 13, 2015


There will be no Wednesday Seminar on March 18 because of Spring Break.

Congratulations to Robbie Zinna who won $1000 for winning the 3 Minute Thesis Competition in CAHNRS today!  He will represent CAHNRS at the University level in two weeks.

Congratulations to Si-Pei Liu who completed her non-thesis MS program.  She is headed to Germany to enter a PhD program at Friedrich-Schiller University Jena to work on a wingless insect evolution project.

Our Apiculture Lab is looking for a honey bee research assistant/beekeeper for this season.  Duties are to:  Assist with all aspects of honey bee field research.  Build equipment with power tools.  Clean and stack equipment.  Check colonies.  Feed bees.  Move hives on and off trucks.  Mow and weed whack grass.  Process honey. Work during the spring is inside and out depending on weather.  Work during the summer is mainly outdoors in the field all day. Work during the winter is mainly inside the bee building, but may include short trips to the hives to check and feed or move hives to other locations. Requirements:  Able to work with live honey bees (stinging insects).  Able to lift 30-40 lbs repeatedly.  Ability to get to bee building at the end of Grimes Way (Laboratory Animal Resources Bldg).  Hours:  Part- or full-time during summer; M-F hours variable. Part-time during semester; M-F during business hours.   Apply through  Starting wage $10.50.   Please pass the word to those of you working with students who may be looking for summer work.  Contact Kinkade Sunderland-Herrin at if you have questions.

Industry representatives from CHS invited CAHNRS to compete with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at University of Idaho for their annual food drive (see attachment).  Members of the CAHNRS Student Senate will be collecting food to donate to local food banks until March 20th.  This is a friendly competition with three rewards for participation: 1) We as a collective have an opportunity to support our communities; 2) Students join together across campuses in a servant leader effort; 3) the campus that donates the most food gets bragging rights on the Palouse.   Please support this great cause by bringing donated food items to the following locations.

If you have questions please contact the Jenica Hagler (, the CAHNRS Student Senate Coordinator for this event.  Bring food donations to the boxes in the Entomology Office or Food Science Office by next Thursday March 19.

Reminder! Call for Photo Salon Entries!

2015 PBESA Annual Meeting – April 12-15, 2015 – Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Deadline for photo salon entries: March 22, 2015

Must be an ESA member, but meeting attendance not required! 

It’s time to get cameras out, unload those memory cards, show off your best bug photos and win some cash! It’s the 2015 PBESA Photo Salon!  Every year after the show, we hear people say “Oh man! I should have submitted the photo of…” Well, now’s the time! If you’ve got images, we want ‘em!  The photo salon is not all about competition – it’s about showing other entomology folks your photos from the past year! (see attachment)

Spring 2015 Graduation Fair

Students planning to walk in one of the Pullman Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, May 9th should plan to attend the Grad Fair at the Alumni Centre.  It will be held on Wednesday & Thursday, March 25-26, 2015 from 9AM to 5PM.  The Grad Fair is an opportunity for all potential graduates to check degree applications, register to walk, pick up a cap and gown, order announcements, purchase a class ring or diploma frame, register with the Alumni Association and visit with other WSU offices such as; Financial Aid, Student Accounts, and International Programs. Rental prices are as follows: Bachelor’s $47.94, Master’s $74.92, Doctoral $97.00.

If you are unable to attend the Grad Fair or are off campus you may order your cap and gown directly on-line at Jostens beginning Friday, March 27th through April 7th. The cost will increase to include shipping.

WSU Student Involvement is inviting you to nominate your student organization for the 2015 Presidential LEAD Awards. Your organization has accomplished many things this year and deserves recognition. Applications are due next Sunday, March 22 and can be filled out here:

Your organization would be a great fit for one of the following categories:

  • Cultural Impact
  • Educational and Community Impact
  • Outstanding Event
  • Collaboration Award
  • Outstanding Advisor

Please let Molly Gagnon know if you have any questions.  Go Cougs!

WSU Marketing Coordinator, Student Involvement

P: (509) 335-1359 | | CUB 320 Pullman, WA 99164-7204

The Cub Scout Day Camp is looking local help with a presentation on flying insects.   The theme this year is Take Flight and we are looking at things that fly from rockets to planes to insects.  I am wondering if anyone has a presentation of flying insects that might be interested in spending the day talking about them and hopefully, showing them some.  It would be a full day of it as we have stations set up with rotations and I would have the insects be one of our rotations.   The rotations are 45 mins. each and there would be 6 of them throughout the day.  If the presentation did not go for 45 mins., there are other activities that I can also add to that rotation.  We usually plan on around 140 boys ages 7 – 10. Would you please let me know as soon as possible if this is something that might possibly be doable?  The date would be either Wed. or Thurs., June 17th or 18th, whatever might work with someone’s schedule.  Contact Candy Field at if you are willing to do a presentation.

If you were a 2014 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) participant and still have funds remaining in your 2014 account, you have until March 15 to incur expenses to claim for last year’s account. Who’s Eligible? If you are enrolled in a Classic or Value medical plan for 2015, or waived your WSU medical coverage for the 2015 plan year, you are eligible to make claims during this grace period. If you elected to enroll in a CDHP/HSA for 2015, you are NOT eligible for the annual grace period and you had until December 31, 2014 to use your 2014 FSA funds. How Do I Participate? To participate in the annual grace period, you must submit all eligible expenses accrued between January 1, 2014 and March 15, 2015 for 2014 FSA reimbursement no later than March 31, 2015. After that date, any funds left in your 2014 account will be forfeited to the plan administrator.  To submit your claim(s), you may  logon to your account and submit your claim online at, or 3) utilize your Flexi-Card. If using the Flexi-Card, Flex-Plan Services will first apply charges to any funds left in your 2014 account before using the 2015 account, provided you enrolled in an FSA again this year. If you have any questions, please contact Flex-Plan Services at 800-669-3539 and speak to a PEBB Customer Service Representative or visit the above mentioned website. Human Resource Services, 509-335-4521,

How to series….publish high-quality research Workshop

The probability of getting published rests on three kinds of quality: 1) the quality of the ideas at the heart of the manuscript; 2) the quality of the methods and empirical findings supporting those ideas; 3) and the quality of the initial submission and subsequent promotion. To help academics gain success, this workshop will offer a systematic approach to conducting and reporting high-quality research that maximizes chances of getting published in the top journals of the field, including a process model for publishing high-quality research with implications for graduate training.  Facilitator: Dr. Jeff Joireman, Associate Professor of Marketing at Washington State University and co-author of How to Publish High-Quality Research. Registration Link:

When: Wednesday, March 25   Time: 12:00-1 p.m.   Where: OGRD, Neill Hall, ETC, Room 416


  1. Professor & Head, Dept of Entomology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA  24061
  2. Postgraduate Researcher, Biological Control of Asian Citrus Phyllid, UC-Riverside, Riverside, CA
  3. Postdoctoral Researcher, Dept. of Entomology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
  4. National Program Leader (Specialty Crops, USDA/ARS, Beltsville, MD
  5. Postdoctoral Researcher, Insect evolution and Integrated Pest Management, South Dakota Univ, Brookings, SD
  6. Assistant Professor: Biology (Entomology Invertebrate zoology, Univ. of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, MD

Important Dates To Know

The 2015 Presidents Award for Leadership applications and nominations are due March 22, 2015

3rd Annual CAHNRS Honors A night among the stars

THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2015 – 5:00 PM Reception and Silent Auction       6:00 PM Dinner

SEL Event Center,    1825 Schweitzer Drive, Pullman, WA 99163

Register by March 10 at $25/Adults • $10/Children. Additional guests are welcome.

Or Contact Janet McGough    509-335-8010 –

A WSU OGRD Graduate Grant Writing Workshop will be held on March 28 (Saturday) between 9am – 5pm. To sign up, please visit the website. Once students arrive at the website they need to sign up at the bottom of the workshop description. Students can also set up one-on-one meetings with Hannah Merley with assistance in funding searches, proposal editing, and an explanation of the submission process.

Graduation Fair on Wednesday & Thursday, March 25-26, 2015 from 9AM to 5PM at Lewis Alumni Center.

March 30 will be the deadline for our 2015 “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions.

The last day to schedule Spring 2015 final MS/PhD exams is April 10.  The last day to conduct final exams is April 24, 2015. Spring interim dates are April 27-May 15, 2015.

Skylight survey users should download their data by Feb 28 (Deadline extended) March – May 31, 2015

  • Access to your Skylight surveys will be by request only. Email atl@wsu.eduto initiate request.
  • Allow five to seven business days to process your request.
  • June 2015: Skylight decommissioned.  No archive will be available.
  • Surveys in 2015:  WSU has a license in place for faculty and staff to use Qualtrics for surveys.  See for more information

Mom’s Weekend is April 10-12, 2015.

Please save the date of Friday, April 17, 2015, for the second Student Affairs Symposium.  The theme of the Symposium is ‘Transformative Engagement,’ and it will be an all-day event.

Last day to take a final exam & graduate with May 2015 Class:  Friday, April 24, 2015.