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March 16, 2015

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Our hearts were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Herma Amalia on March 16, 2015. Herma apparently drowned in the surf on Waikiki beach.  There are no words adequate to express our loss.  Herma’s smiling countenance was known to all and her friendship to many in Entomology was a blessing.  We will provide further information as it becomes available.  WSU provided the following information: The Employee Assistance Program is available to current faculty and staff, including graduate students on assistantship, and offers individual and group counseling. There is a local EAP office located on the Pullman campus and can be reached at 509-335-5759. For employees not located in Pullman, they can utilize the Washington Department of Personnel Employee Assistance Program. To access EAP, employees can call 1-877-313-4455. EAP can also come in and do a group session if desired just let us know. Note that the Pullman EAP office is closed for spring break but will reopen March 23rd.

This year’s E. Paul Catts Lecture will be given by guest speaker Dr. Claire Kremen, Professor & Faculty member at the University of California Berkeley and is Co-Director of the Berkeley Food Institute Environmental Sciences Policy & Management.  Her presentation is titled A Bee’s Eye Perspective on Sustainable Agriculture Please join the department on April  9, 2015 for the events:  Reception: in CUE* 518, 5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m.; Lecture:  in CUE* 203 6:00p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Dinner at Banyans with Dr. Kremen, and Entomology colleagues, 7:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.

Dinner is $30.00 per person Send inquiries and RSVP requests to by April 3, 2015 for confirmation.

Dr. Kremen will also be giving a special lecture to the Entomology Department at noon on Friday, April 10, in FSHN 354.

The E. Paul Catts Memorial Lecture honors Dr. Paul Catts who was revered as an excellent teacher, public speaker and artist. The lectureship was endowed in 2001; major contributors included Ann B. Catts, Elizabeth Beers, Frank Peryea, and John and Ruth Brown. See the attached  flyer for more information about the event.  For more information about Dr. Kremen go to:

2015 WSU President’s Award nominations now open

Nomination and application forms are now open for the 2015 WSU President’s Award for Leadership

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 2015 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, common purpose, controversy with civility, citizenship, and change.  Award recipients will be honored at the Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction (LEAD) event on April 23, 2015 at 5 PM. In addition to the presentation of the President’s Award, the LEAD program will feature the inauguration of the next year’s ASWSU and GPSA officers, a gallery of student leadership, a reception with light refreshments, and a guest speaker. All are welcome to attend the annual event. The LEAD event and President’s Award are presented in partnership by Student Involvement and the Center for Civic Engagement. Student nominations were due March 8, 2015. Student applications and nominations for student groups, community organizations and faculty or staff are due March 22, 2015.  Visit to learn more.

Natural Resource Conservation Endowment Fund 2015 graduate student competition

2015 Natural Resource Conservation Endowment Fund (NRCEF) provides seed money for supporting research and projects related to, but not limited to, energy, small-scale agricultural concepts, community education, wildlife conservation and/or recovery, related psychological and sociological studies, domestic and international studies, and other projects related to conservation of renewable and non-renewable natural resources, including biotic and abiotic ecological components. The work should be oriented toward practical application of theory rather than strictly theory-oriented research to provide public uses or participants with a maximum opportunity to benefit. Currently enrolled graduate students in good standing with the Graduate School are eligible as an individual or graduate students group may apply.  Interdisciplinary and collaborative proposals in such areas as education, psychology, sociology, environmental engineering, sciences, agriculture and veterinary sciences are encouraged. Deadline:  5 p.m., Friday, April 10.  For more information and application guidelines go to or contact Nancy Shrope at or Hannah Merley at

The Genomics Core at WSU, Spokane announces a pilot grant competition program sponsored by Illumina, Inc.  This grant is intended to support researchers’ next-generation sequencing projects.  All independent investigators across WSU campuses are eligible to apply.  Winners will be awarded a free library prep kit of their choices, a value ranging from $500 to $10,000.  Please visit the core’s website for detailed information at:  Proposals are due April 10, 2015 and award notifications will go out on April 24, 2015.The newly established Genomics Core is now ready to provide sequencing-related services to WSU researchers.  Please contact us for free consultations about your sequencing projects. For more info contact:  Ben Liu, Ph.D., WSU Spokane College of Medical Sciences, 509-368-6741,


  1. Research position, Asian citrus psyllid monitoring & management, UC-Riverside, Riverside CA
  2. Extension Educator-Vegetable Specialist, Univ. Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  3. Soybean Doctoral Fellowship, Mississippi State Univ., Starkville, MS
  4. Entomologist/Honeybee Scientist, Land O’Lakes Corp., Gray Summit, MO
  5. Entomology Post-Doctoral Associate, Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  6. Professor & Department Head, Entomology, Commonwealth of Virginia, Montgomery, VA

Important dates to know

3rd Annual CAHNRS Honors A night among the stars:  Thursday, March 26, 2015 at the SEL Event Center – 5:00 PM Reception and Silent Auction; 6:00 PM DinnerThe address for  the SEL Event Center is 1825 Schweitzer Drive, Pullman, WA.

Register by March 10 at Additional guests are welcome or contact Janet McGough    509-335-8010 –  $25/Adults • $10/Children.

A WSU OGRD Graduate Grant Writing Workshop will be held on March 28 (Saturday) between 9 am – 5 pm. 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 9 AM to 5 PM at Lewis Alumni Center.

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

  1. Paul Catts Memorial Lecture events are on April 9, 2015:

Reception in CUE* 518, 5:00p.m. – 6:00p.m.; Lecture:  in CUE* 203 6:00p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Dinner at Banyans with Dr. Kremen, and Entomology colleagues, 7:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.

* Smith Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE) Building

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 to 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.