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October 26, 2015

Posted by | December 8, 2015


Don’t forget to turn your clocks back on Nov. 1.

Thank you to all who helped with this year’s ENTOM 101 Bug Buffet on Oct 28.


Jake Asplund, Eli Bloom, Kunle Adesanya, Robbie Zinna, Megan Taylor, Karol Krey, Courtney Grula, Jenny Finitzer, Megan Asche & Emily Wine.  Not pictured are Joseph Taylor, Rachel Olsson, Lizz D’Auria & Adrian Marshall.

Grad Students can begin registering for Spring 2016 classes on November 9th.

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of a $16,000 grant from DOW (10/23/2015)
  • William Snyder, David Crowder, et al., are the recipients of a $2,688,111 grant from USDA/NIFA/Specialty Crops (10/6/2015)


You are cordially invited you to participate in the events and sign up for a time to meet with Allen Moore. Dr. Allen J. Moore is a Distinguished Research Professor & Department Head of the Department of Genetics at the University of Georgia. He will be at WSU November 3-6, 2015. Dr. Moore will be presenting at the Ecolunch in the School of Biological Sciences in Abelson 306 on November 3, at 12:00 pm, the Entomology Colloquium on November 4, at 12:10 pm, and the ADVANCE at WSU luncheon on Thursday, November 5, where he will be discussing supporting success for women in STEM as an administrator. The location for the ADVANCE at WSU luncheon Thursday November 5, 2015 is still to be determined. His schedule is below. Please email me and let me know when you would like to meet with him. Feel free to forward this email to anyone (especially your lab group members) you think might be interested in meeting with Allen. He is an accomplished scientist and an incredible advocate for women and diversity in science, I think you will enjoy meeting with him.  The AMS dial in # for the Entomology Colloquium on Nov. 3 is 5709215Note, Laura Lavine is hosting a reception for him at her home on Thursday, November 5, you are more than welcome to attend and to bring a guest or two. Please just RSVP to Laura Lavine. This special event is hosted by the ADVANCE at WSU PRO-NET speaker program.


As you know Jay Brunner plans to retire December 31st, after 37 years of contributions to WSU.  There is a retirement dinner planned Thursday, November 5, 2015 at the Wenatchee Golf and Country Club.  Tickets are available for $15 per person and space is limited.  RSVP’s need to be received by this Friday by calling 509-663-8181.  For those of you who can’t attend or would like to contribute to his retirement gift please contact me at 335-3590 or stop by Hulbert 423 and I will coordinate it to be sure it is taken to Wenatchee.  Lisa Johnson, 509-335-4561 |

2016 Open Enrollment Benefit Fairs for PEBB eligible employees

 The 2016 Open Enrollment Benefit Fairs for WSU campuses are scheduled for:

  • Pullman: November 3, CUB Junior Ballroom, 9 a.m to 1:30 p.m.

The “For Your Benefit” newsletter and Open Enrollment website will provide locations for other statewide Benefit Fairs. Questions can be directed to HRS Benefit Services at 509.335.4521 or email

The open enrollment period to change your medical and dental plan runs from November 1-30, 2015. 

Town Hall Meeting with CAHNRS Administration is on November 4, 2015 at 3-5 PM in FSHN T101 and via AMS to statewide locations. This event is open to all CAHNRS faculty, staff, and students.  The AMS number for all sites to dial for this event is 5702148. If you are attending by phone, please call (509) 335-9445. When prompted, enter the meeting ID 02148. Please mark your calendar to attend.

Please join CAHNRS Acting Dean Kim Kidwell and Associate Deans Rich Koenig and Jim Moyer for discussions on:

  • Presidential Search Update
  • CAHNRS Dean Search Update
  • Budget Realities for CAHNRS
  • Budget Re-allocation Process
  • Grand Challenges
  • Business Centers

Come, hear updates on these topics and more, so bring your questions and concerns. Your input is welcome and needed! For the most thorough responses and answers, please submit questions in advance.  To submit a questions go to:

Open to all CAHNRS faculty, staff, and students.

Save the Date for the upcoming Active Shooter Defense Training:  APAC is sponsoring an Active Shooter Defense Training on Friday, November 6, 2:15 – 3:30 p.m. in FSHN T101 (Food Science Health Nutrition Building) on the Pullman campus.  This training is also available via AMS and everyone is invited to attend.  This training is being presented by Lieutenant Larsen from the WSU Police Department. AMS locations: Everett: GWH-105; Spokane: SAC 401A; Vancouver: VECS 125; Tri-Cities: TBA If you would like to attend, but do not see your site listed, please contact the APAC office to request your site be added.

The CAHNRS Office of Research Office is accepting Emerging Research Issues for Washington Agriculture 2015 Grant proposals until November 16th.  A Unified Industry-Based Agriculture Initiative funded by the Washington Legislature provides an internal competitive grants program to address emerging issues facing Washington’s agricultural industries. The program funded $1.7 million dollars of research from 2007-2010; abstracts of the funded proposals are available at and The grants program was structured to provide greater responsiveness to emerging research and outreach needs of state agricultural industries. As one measure of its success, projects related to the funded proposals were successful in attracting over $22 million of external support for related projects, over $11 million of which has been or will be spent in Washington.  Over time the intent still remains to address emerging issues in Washington Agriculture, however, it has become increasingly important to attract federal support for these issues that complements support from commissions.  See attachment for more information.

Nilsa Bosque-Perez wanted to let you all know about this Dissertation Defense seminar at UI that may be of interest to some of you: UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF LAND USE CHANGE ON BEE POPULATIONS AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES IN THE SEASONALLY DRY TROPICS: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH, by Sara M. Galbraith, Ph.D. Candidate in Entomology, Monday November 9th 2015 at 8:30 AM PST at UI in Ag Sci 62.

For those of you who use the Vogel Bldg for your labs or meetings:  Please welcome Brian Jackson to the CAHNRS Computing and Web Resources unit. His primary responsibility will be managing the Hulbert labs, Vogel classrooms and AMDT lab. The Spring 2016 schedules are posted from the myWSU Curriculum Management site for the Hulbert labs and VPBS classrooms.

Hulbert Labs:

VPBS Classrooms:

Please review the schedules for each room that pertains to classes you have scheduled.

Let him know if you see any conflicts, missing classes, or discrepancies.

We will continue to monitor the myWSU Curriculum Management page for changes and update the CAHNRS web page schedules through the beginning of the Spring 2016 semester.


  • WSU will be closed Nov. 11 for Veteran’s Day.
  • WSU will be closed on Nov. 26 for Thanksgiving Day and Nov. 27 for Native American Heritage Day.
  • ESA Annual Meeting is November 15-18, 2015 in Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN.  Theme is Synergy in Science: Partnering for Solutions.
  • ESA Pacific Branch meetings are April 3-6, 2016 in Honolulu, HI at the Pacific Beach Hotel.
  • CAHNRS Christmas Holiday Party, December 10th in the Ensminger Pavilion from 4-6 PM.
  • Students: Be sure to check out the WSU Grad School Scholarship page for a list of scholarships.  Most have a submittal date of Dec 15, 2015.  The link is:
  • WSU will be closed December 24 & 25, 2015 for the Christmas Holiday and will be closed December 28-31 except for essential operations.
  • Remember, March 1, 2016 will be the deadline for our 2016 Research scholarship applications: “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions.
  • 2016 International Congress of Entomology, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL. Website: