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June 29, 2015

Posted by | July 2, 2015

ENTOMOLOGY NEWS June 29–July 2, 2015




Happy 239th Birthday USA. In honor of our nation’s birthday WSU, along with other governmental agencies, will be closed Friday, July 3rd

Everyone is invited to attend Pullman’s 4th of July Celebration at Sunnyside Park.  There will be games for the entire family throughout the evening plus, cotton candy, popcorn and pie and ice cream all beginning at 5pm.  Music starts at 5:30 and goes till dusk followed by the fireworks show choreographed to music.   Pullman Transit is offering free transportation.  For a map and more details go to:

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

Ivan Milosavljevic has scheduled his PhD seminar and defense on Friday, July 31.

Elizabeth D’Auria has scheduled her MS seminar and defense on Monday July 27

Allan Felsot was featured in the Farm & Ranch publication of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.  The title of the article is Research:  No danger in Roundup.  Article is attached.


The next WSU Grand Challenges Town Hall Meeting will be September 2, 2015:  This is a great opportunity for face-to-face discussions and provide input about the WSU Grand Challenges. The Office of the Provost, the Office of Research, and the Faculty Senate co-sponsored the first meeting on July 1, and subsequent town hall meetings are planned. The second town hall meeting will be on September 2 on the Pullman campus and AMS connections will be available.  Town Halls on the urban campuses will be arranged following the start of the academic year.  Please join us and encourage as many faculty, staff, and students who are available on July 1 to attend our first town hall meeting, and/or comment on the 120-Day Study online. Thank you for your engagement and support as we seek input and feedback.  For more info go to:;;

Quarterly lobbying reports must be filed online by July 10, 2015, covering WSU employee activities between April 1, 2015, and June 30, 2015. For your convenience, you can report your lobbying activities through an online submission form found at The reports will be reviewed and forwarded to the state Public Disclosure Commission and proper federal agencies. Note that you do not need to file a ‘no activity’ report online if you did not lobby this quarter.  Not every meeting, event, and interaction you have with elected officials is considered lobbying. Visit our lobbying page for points of clarification on what you should and should not necessarily report. In the future, to help you facilitate interaction with elected officials, it is best that WSU employees consult with Government Relations staff in advance of any lobbying activity to ensure that we send a coordinated message from our institution. Meetings of this nature can be multi-layered and touch many parts of the WSU community; therefore communicating with Government Relations can provide for a more organized legislative outcome. Additionally, Annie and Michele on our Government Relations staff are available to help you determine appropriate and legal ways to communicate with public officials and external stakeholders on political issues:  Federal Relations Michele McCarver  509-335-5756,   State Relations Annie Manning 360-534-2332. Thank you for taking the time to ensure that we give an accurate report of time and money spent on lobbying. Colleen Kerr, Vice President for External Affairs and Government Relations

Frontier Communications has been unable to resolve ongoing billing and service issues with WSU this fiscal year (2015).  WSU’s Information Technology Services (ITS) has been attempting to mitigate the impact to the WSU Community by not billing its customers for long distance service traveling over Frontier lines since October 11, 2014.  ITS will not bill for any of those charges for Fiscal Year 2015.  The few users of Frontier Centranet phone services have continued to be billed regularly and will not see any change in their bills. This is not a change to permanent long distance rebilling; once issues between Frontier and ITS have been resolved we will resume rebilling customers for long distance. ITS will provide regular updates until successful resolution of the continuing Frontier billing issues are reached. For questions regarding this communication please contact CougTech by email at, or by phone at 335-4357.


EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Postdoctoral Assoc. Insect Toxicology, Univ. Florida, Lake Alfred, FL
  2. Assistant/Associate Professor, Texas A&M AgLife Res., Weslaco, TX
  3. Research Assistant, Horticulture Sci., North Carolina State  Univ.  Raleigh, NC
  4. Postdoc Res Assoc., Entomology & Plant Path., Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  5. Assistant Professor, Extension Field Crops Entomologist, Univ of Kentucky, Princeton, KY
  6. Associate Scientist-Entomology, Provivi, Inc. Santa Monica, CA



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

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:

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: