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June 8, 2015

Posted by | June 19, 2015

ENTOMOLOGY NEWS June 8-19 2015




The next faculty meeting will be on July 7th at 11:00 AM until 12 PM.  The AMS # is: 5709480.

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Betsy Beers is the recipient of a $55,020 Grant from the WA Tree Fruit Commission (6/8/2015)
  • Lynell Tanigoshi is the recipient of a $6,250 grant from the Specialty Seed Growers of Western Oregon (6/2/2015)
  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of a $15,010 grant from the USDA/ARS/APRI (6/9/2015)

Herma Amalia was the subject of a June 19th article in Moscow-Pullman Daily News as part of the weekly series called Too Young.  This article is well done and is a nice tribute to her.  A copy of the article is attached.

To stay up-to-date with the news of the entomology world visit the EntomologyToday website at

Effective July 1, 2015, sales tax rates for several areas are changing. This may affect many departments of the University who sell items across the State. The rate table can be found at in the A – Z index of the WSU home page under Sales Tax-Charged or
If you have any questions regarding Sales Tax changes please contact Karen Breese in General Accounting at 335-2056. Debbie Stellyes


Important deadlines:  Accounts Payable, Travel Services, and the Contracts Desk would like to remind all units of the upcoming year-end deadlines:

  • All FY 2015 invoices, TEVs, and IRIs (for IRI Desk processing) must be received in Accounts Payable, Travel Services, and the Contracts Desk by close of business on July 6th, 2015 in order to correctly record them at year-end.
  • All FY 2015 ETRs for processing by Accounts Payable or Travel Services must be received by July 6.
  • Travel Advances for trips occurring prior to June 30, must be cleared by a TEV submitted to Travel Services by July 6.
  • FY 2015 CTA transactions must be reconciled by July 9.
  • FY 2015 PCard transactions must be reconciled by July 9.

For a complete list of deadlines, please see General Accounting’s Fiscal Year-End Memo: Please contact Gerik Kimble with questions at Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. For additional assistance and contact information, please visit the Accounts Payable or Travel Services website

The American Institute of Biological Sciences is pleased to announce that registration for the 7th Annual Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event is now open. This national initiative is an opportunity for biologists across the country to meet with their federal or state elected officials to showcase the people, facilities, and equipment that are required to support and conduct scientific research. The 7th Annual Biological Sciences Congressional District Visits event enables scientists, graduate students, representatives of research facilities, and people affiliated with scientific collections to meet with their elected officials without traveling to Washington, DC. Participants may either invite their elected officials to visit their research facility or can meet at the policymaker’s local office. Participants will be prepared for their meeting with a lawmaker through an interactive training webinar. Individuals participating in this event will receive training on how to improve their communication skills and tips for conducting a successful meeting with an elected official. The event is made possible by the American Institute of Biological Sciences, with the support of event sponsors Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, Natural Science Collections Alliance, Organization of Biological Field Stations, and Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.  Participation is free, but registration will close on 12 July 2015. For more information and to register, visit Please share this announcement with your colleagues.  Sponsored by:   American Institute of Biological Science; Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University; The Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology; Organization of Biological Field Stations; Natural Science Collections Alliance.

The Palouse Ridge Golf Club will host the annual Jess Ford of Pullman Hardhat Classic Golf Tournament Saturday, Aug. 1, to benefit Washington State University’s Facilities Services Scholarship Fund. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Each participant will pay a $135 fee that includes 18 holes, golf cart rental, hat, a small bucket of practice balls and barbecue lunch provided by Banyan’s, the golf club restaurant. Hole-in-one prizes include a new 2015 Ford F150 XLT Super Cab pickup. The putting contest winner will get to attempt a putt to win $10,000. For more information, see To register, go to

A portion of each participation fee goes toward the Facilities Services Scholarship Fund and may be added to the endowment principal. For more information on how the tournament contributes to the fund, please see Those interested in sponsorship opportunities – from $50 to $2,500 – can contact Lorrie Arrasmith at 509-335-9024 or go to

Have you visited the WSU Entomology Facebook page at WSU Entomology?  This page was created for the James Entomology Museum activities, but we can all like and post to the page.


EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Endangered Pollinator Conservation Biologist, The Xerces Society, Portland, OR
  2. Extension Educator – Entomology Specialist, U. Mass, Amherst, MA
  3. Graduate Assistantship in Insect Physiology, Louisiana St.  Univ., Baton Rouge, LA
  4. Researcher Tick & Biting Fly Researcher, USDA/ARS, Kerrville, TX
  5. Research Associate, Dept. of Entomology, Cornell Univ., Geneva, NY
  6. Staff Research Associate, Viticulture & Enology Dept., UC-Davis, Davis CA



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:  Use this link to see the flyer

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:

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

2016 International Congress of Entomology, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL.  Website: