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March 23, 2015

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The next Entomology Dept. faculty meeting will be April 24th at 11:00 AM.

A memorial service for Herma Amalia will be at the Ensminger Pavilion on April 9th from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, more information will be forth coming.

Congratulations to James Hust who passed his MS final exam on March 24, 2015.

Exams have been scheduled for:

  1. Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Her seminar will be given at 12:10 (Entomology Seminar time) AMS # is  5706538.

The  AMS# for her PhD exam is 5708092

  1. Adam Strong on Wednesday, April 8, 2015
  2. Natalie Boyle on Friday, April 10, 2015
  3. Cami Jones Monday, April 13, 2015
  4. Joseph Schwarz will be taking his preliminary exam on Friday, April 17, 2015

A big congratulations to Robbie Zinna who won 2nd place in the campus wide 3 Minute Thesis competition that was held on Thursday, March 26th.   He was the winner of the CAHNRS competition. A very nice monetary award comes with this recognition.  This is the second year for this competition at WSU. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland. Ph.D. students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance. 3MT is not an exercise in trivializing or ‘dumbing-down’ research, but challenges students to consolidate their ideas and research discoveries so they can be presented concisely to a non-specialist audience.

The EGSA Insect Expo is scheduled for Saturday April 4 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Ensminger PavilionThis is a great family friendly community event that our students put a lot of work into.  Pass the word on to your friends with children.

Reminder:  March 30 will be the deadline for our 2015 “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 this 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.  Starting this year, there will be two graduate fellowship research awards supported by the Errett Deck Fellowship ($2,500 each).  Errett and Evelyn Deck created this fellowship to advance excellence in graduate research to “protect and promote production agriculture through effective pest control.”  These fellowships will support expansion of a student’s research project.

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 in 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:

Save the date:  We are planning on May 1 for our end of the year celebration event.  More details to come. 

SUBLEASE NEEDED – Pullman, WA – One Bedroom/One Bath Apartment is available for immediate move in. The apartment is located on Terre View Dr. at the Campus Commons North building. It is a top floor apartment, with a deck and dishwasher.  Rent is $640 a month with amenities such as free tanning, rec room, gym, and indoor/outdoor pools. It is a safe and friendly neighborhood! Contact Chandra Reynolds at (206) 227- 6053 or  for more details.  Chandra is leaving us to relocate to the west side.


EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  • Research Associate, Entomology, Purdue Univ., West Lafayette, IN
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Vineland Research & Innovation Centre, Vineland Station, Ontario, Canada
  • Environmental Scientist III, Commonwealth of Kentucky, Franklin, KY
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Entomology & Plant Pathology, Univ. of Tennessee, Jackson
  • Research Scientist II/Urban Entomologist, Eurofins Co., Mebane, NC


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.

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

EGSA Insect Expo, Saturday April 4 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Ensminger Pavilion. See attached flyers.

A memorial service for Herma Amalia’s will be at Ensminger Pavilion April 9th from 11-1 pm, more information will be forth coming.

  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 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 Qualtricsfor 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.