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May 26, 2015

Posted by | June 5, 2015

ENTOMOLOGY NEWS May 26-June 5, 2015



Congratulations to Samantha Whiteside who got a job with the Allen Institute of Brain Science in Seattle, WA.

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Betsy Beers was awarded a $16,000 grant from Nichino America (5/8/15)
  • Vince Jones was awarded a $78,000 grant from the Washington Tree Fruit Commission (4/27/15)
  • Laura Lavine who was awarded a $200,000 grant from NSF/IOS (5/21/15)
  • Steve Sheppard was awarded a$140,000 grant from COSTCO (5/14/15)
  • John Stark was awarded $5,000 grant from the Greater Tacoma Commission (5/12/15)
  • Doug Walsh was awarded grants of $6,794 & $8,253 from the Washington Mint Commission (5/14/15)


Assistant Research Professor Candidate Interview on Friday, June 12, 2015:

Dr. Fang “Rose” Zhu

  1. Student/Staff/Open Lunch with Candidate (Lunch Provided)    12:00 – 1:00 PM  (FSHN 164 & AMS Upon Request)
  1. Dr. Fang “Rose” Zhu’s will be giving a seminar titled: Deciphering the molecular basis of pesticide resistance to support smarter pest control, in FSHN T101 at 1:00-2:30 PM.  The AMS dial # is 5709308

Please contact Adam Williams ( if you would like to schedule a separate time, as available, with the candidate.

EGSA message from Robbie Zinna: 

FIRST– We have an event in Pomeroy on Tuesday the 16th. This event will require a bit of driving (2 hrs from Pullman), but you will be paid for the driving, given free food, and you can even stay in a cabin if you want. IF YOU ARE ABLE TO GO TO THIS EVENT, EMAIL ME ASAP WITH A YES OR A NO response. Even if you are OUT OF TOWN in a field site. I need a head count.

SECOND– We have an event the same week on Thursday the 18th. This takes place in the evening, in Moscow, so there is no compensation or anything for mileage and probably not any food. IF YOU ARE ABLE TO GO TO THIS EVENT EMAIL ME ASAP WITH A YES OR NO RESPONSE. Even if you are out of town in a field site or extension center.

Once again- I need two “yes or no” answers from everybody.

“Can you go to an event in Pomeroy, WA on Tuesday June 16th, all day, yes or no?”

“Can you go to an event in Moscow, ID, on Thursday June 18th, in the evening, yes or no”

Respond to Robbie by the end of the day at:


USDA Yakima Agricultural Research Laboratory Summer 2015 Seminar Series

Potato metabolites: Role in human nutrition and plant disease

Presented by:  Roy Navarre, Research Geneticist

Wednesday, June 17th, Noon, at the USDA/YARL facility in the large conference room

For more info call:  (509) 454-6550

If you would like an AMS connection let Dory know by next Wednesday, June 17th.


Rich Zack was interviewed by Inland 360 for a June 3, 2015, article titled:  Summer dare: Eat a bug and floss your teeth with the legs.  To read the article go to:


Important information about Alcohol Stores requisitions:

Reminder: University Stores is going to convert all Alcohol Stores accounts over to our regular University Stores accounts. Since the state of Washington relinquished control over the sale of alcohol, it is no longer necessary for us to have separate requisition accounts for alcohol. Starting June 1st, the requisition accounts that you are currently using for alcohol will be deleted. You will then be able to use your University Stores requisitions for alcohol purchases. If you would like a separate requisition set up so your department can track your alcohol purchases, contact Carrie Johnson 335-3781 and she will create that requisition for you. Or you can put your alcohol purchases on to any of your existing University Stores requisitions, it is your choice.


Summer Graduate Proposal Writing Series

DATES: June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29

TIME: 1-4pm



The Summer Graduate Proposal Writing Series will relay the same information normally disseminated during the OGRD’s once-a-semester Graduate Grant Writing Series. Specifically, it will cover searching for and identifying funding opportunities, contacting sponsors, developing a fundable idea, proposal organization and writing style, and the review process. The writing series will also provide students with a chance to receive in-person advice and editing support for their current proposal projects.

The first hour and a half of each session will cover the topic of the day and give graduate students a chance to practice what they learn. The second hour and a half will be spent working on individual proposal projects. Students do not have to be currently working on a proposal to register for and attend the writing series.

As this is the pilot session of the Summer Graduate Proposal Writing Series, it will be offered free-of-charge to all interested graduate students, with extra incentives for students to stay and help evaluate the program. Specifically, students who attend at least three complete sessions will receive all of the slides from the once-a-semester Graduate Grant Writing Workshops free of charge. All attendees will also receive a packet of handouts from the workshop. Refreshments will be provided at each session.

Students who are experienced proposal writers are also encouraged to attend and to help evaluate the program. The structure of the program will give them will plenty of opportunities to share their knowledge with others, and the atmosphere of social facilitation will provide motivation to work on their current projects.

June 24 Finding Funding Opportunities and Creating Timelines

  • Types of funding opportunities and opportunity timeline creation
  • 30 minutes of searching and timeline creation
  • Writing and Editing Help

July 1 The Request for Proposal and the Program Director

  • The Request for Proposal and contacting the sponsor
  • 30 minutes to review the RFP and program director contact
  • Writing and Editing Help

July 8 Idea Development and Creating a Review Network

  • How to determine whether your idea has been funded
  • 30 minutes searching for previously funded ideas and putting together a review network
  • 15 minutes writing and 15 minutes reviewing
  • Writing and Editing Help

July 15 Proposal Writing Style

  • Proposal writing style basics
  • Special tips and tricks
  • Writing exercises- 2 sentence challenge
  • Writing and Editing Help

July 22 Proposal Organization

  • Major parts of the proposal- executive summary, narrative, other proposal components
  • Stephen Russell GWSW books
  • Writing and Editing Help

July 29 The Agency Review Process

  • Understanding and writing to your reviewers
  • 30 minutes to research the agency review process
  • Writing and Editing Help

This year’s Beekeeping Workshops are scheduled for July 10-12, 2015.

The Beekeeping Short Course will begin with registration and social on Friday July 10th.  The next day’s events will start at 8:00 AM.  The course will cover bee biology, pest/disease identification, colony management, honey bee IPM, and gloveless beekeeping. The format is a combination of instruction and hands on demonstration. Bring a bee veil, comfortable protective clothing, and lots of questions. Instructors are Steve Sheppard, Susan Cobey & WSU Bee Lab. graduate students.  Registration fees $125

Sunday, July 12, 2015 will be the Queen Rearing workshop.   This workshop emphasize hands on instruction in queen rearing methods, with lecture and demonstrations. Students will be involved in various steps including: setting up cell builders, grafting, and establishing mating nuclei. Both queen right and queen-less systems will be demonstrated. Participants should bring a bee veil and comfortable protective clothing. Instructors are Steve Sheppard, Susan Cobey & WSU Bee Lab. graduate students. Registration fees $175

For additional information go to:


EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Postdoc Research Assoc., Entomology/Insect Ecology, Montana St. Univ., Conrad, MT
  2. Area Citrus Advisor, UC Ag & Natural Resources, UC-Davis, Davis CA
  3. Insectary Production Assistant, ARBICO Organics, Tucson, AZ
  4. Research Entomologist/Research Chemist, USDA/ARS, Gainesville, FL
  5. Postdoc Res Associate/Entomology & Plant Pathology, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  6. Assistant Prof of Entomology-Arthropod Systematics & Biodiversity, Texas A&M, College Station, TX
  7. Assistant Extension Professor of Entomology, Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY  40598
  8. Research Assistant Prof in Entomology, Tuskegee Univ., Tuskegee, AL
  9. Assistant Professor of Pollinator Health, Dept. of Entomology, Pennsylvania  State Univ., University Park, PA



Students intending to do their final exams during the summer should be aware of these important deadlines:

Application for degree must be submitted by May 29, 2015.

Final Exam Scheduling form must be submitted by July 17, 2015

The last day to conduct final exams is July 31, 2015

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

The Entomology Annual Meeting will be August 13 – 14, 2015 in Leavenworth, WA.