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March 30, 2015

Posted by | March 30, 2015


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.

Congratulations to Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris who successfully passed her PhD Exam on Wednesday April 1, 2015.

Copies of student theses are available for perusal on the Entomology SharePoint Announcements/Calendar page.  Just click on the paperclip link.  A hard copy is available in the Entomology Office. 

Final and Preliminary exams have been scheduled for:

  • Adam Strong on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 AMS#: 5707132. – Seminar is at 12:00 PM in FSHN 354 followed by the exam at 1:00 PM in FSHN 164.
  • Natalie Boyle on Friday, April 10, 2015  5708314. – Seminar is at 12:00 PM in FSHN 354 followed by the exam at 1:00 PM in FSHN 164.
  • Cami Jones, Monday, April 13, 2015  5708196 – Seminar is at 12:00 PM in FSHN 354 followed by the exam at 1:00 PM in FSHN 164.
  • Joseph Schwarz, Friday, April 17, 2015  5708315. – Research proposal seminar is at 1:00 PM in FSHN 354 followed by the preliminary exam at 2:00 PM in FSHN 164.

There will be a Scientific Product Show sponsored by University Stores on Tuesday, April 7th from 11-1 in Biotechnology/Life Sciences Bldg. Rm. 402.  Refreshments will be served and there will lots of door prizes.  See attachment for more details.

Doug Walsh and Laura Lavine would like to invite you all to attend a memorial celebration of Herma Amalia’s life on April 9 in the Ensminger Pavilion from 11 am to 1 pm. The first hour will be a chance for us to share our memories of Herma. We will have a reception to follow. Please share this with anyone you think might like to attend.

GPSA Spring 2015 Travel and Registration Grants application deadline is April 10, 2015.   Go to for forms, instructions and more info.

Congratulations to Carrie Foss who is the recipient of an International IPM Award of Recognition given at the 8th International IPM Symposium held this past week in Salt Lake City. The announcement is online ( International IPM Awards of Recognition recipients are individuals or teams who have demonstrated their role in enhancing IPM in the area of implementation, team building, and integration across pests, systems & disciplines in a local or regional effort. This group of awardees is devoted to IPM and deserves special recognition. Ms. Carrie Foss serves as the Urban IPM Director based at Puyallup Research and Extension Center of Washington State University (WSU). She manages the WSU Urban IPM Program in western Washington which includes the WSU IPM Certification Program for Landscape and Turf Professionals, and the Structural Pest Research and Demonstration Facility. Washington State has the largest number of IPM STAR certified schools, largely due to Ms. Foss’s efforts. Ms. Foss serves on several significant committees working to facilitate IPM efforts in her state, as part of a Western Region School IPM and Western Region Housing IPM effort, as well as using a team approach to build a national infrastructure and support system. Ms. Foss has been very successful in developing partnerships with industry, state, tribal and federal agencies, as well as broad teams of stakeholders pertinent to the effort. Washington State was selected by the U.S. EPA coordinated team of IPM experts to pilot a statewide school IPM implementation effort that will have national benefits. They were chosen largely due to the strong team Ms. Foss had established and the novel and innovative approaches used in Washington resulting in long-term sustainable success. Ms. Carrie Foss was nominated by a national team consisting of members from the Land Grant Institutions, state governments, industry associations, and IPM advocacy agencies.

This year’s E. Paul Catts Lecture will be given by guest speaker Dr. Claire Kremen, Professor and Faculty member at the University of California Berkeley.  She is also the Co-Director of the Berkeley Food Institute and the Director of the Center for Diversified Farming Systems.  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, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Lecture:  in CUE* 203 6:00p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Dinner at Banyans with Dr. Kremen, and Entomology colleagues, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.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:

 New Graduate Students: Registration for Graduate School Orientation (for August 18) is now open. Please go to this website to register:

 WSU will follow prohibition on public travel to Indiana

By Kathy Barnard, University Communications

PULLMAN, Wash. – In accordance with a statewide directive issued by Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday, all state-funded travel by Washington State University to the state of Indiana is prohibited as long as the recently approved Religious Freedom Restoration Act exists in its current form.

“Washington State University’s commitment to mutual respect and inclusion for all people is deep and unwavering,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd. “This ban is a way to communicate our concern and disagreement to the leaders of Indiana.”  Inslee called the Indiana law “disturbing, particularly at a time when more and more states and people in America are embracing civil rights for everyone. Washington will join other states and cities in opposing this law, and I will impose an administration-wide ban on state funded travel to Indiana.  “… We in Washington stand for equality,” he said. “I applaud those companies and organizations that have spoken out against the law and said they would not locate or expand operations.”  Questions about the prohibition at WSU should be channeled through area finance officers.


EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  • Keeper/Invertebrates, San Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA
  • Postdoc in Applied Insect Ecology and Remote Sensing, UC-Davis, Davis CA
  • Assist., Assoc., or Prof – Peanut Production Specialist, Clemson Univ., Clemson, SC
  • Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist, Texas A&M, Lubbock, TX
  • Senior Research Support Specialist, State University of New York, Syracuse, NY
  • Entomologist, USDA-Forest Service, Fairbanks, AK



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.

  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.

End of year celebration, May 1, noon time.