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Posted by | December 18, 2015

EGSA Meeting Minutes – February 10th, 2015

La Cross School Outreach event

  • At the community center, leave at 12:45 pm, back by 3-4pm. Wednesday, Feb 18th: Meet at FSHN, ride is provided. Alix has an activity planned (termites and trail following). Also discuss college/graduate school. Talk to Alix if interested – need to know how many people to choose vehicle size

Student Choice Speaker:  Alper Bozkurt

  • Flight booked, arriving April 15th
  • CUB Jr Ballroom or CUE Lecture hall for campus wide talk, April 16th 6:30pm
  • Breakfast April 17th, 8am in FSHN 354 – cooking at 7am (book kitchen)
  • Smaller room in CUE for his talk with us, followed by a reception at a restaurant.  We are looking into the comparability between Banyans and other restaurants with banquet rooms in Pullman. Also potential to have hotel or WSU hall + catering. Time: Talk at 5pm and dinner at 6:30?

Advertising committee:

  • Daily Evergreen – reapply for funding
  • CUB TV and flash flushes. Contact computer science & engineering.
  • Flyers, Facebook Page, Pullman transit flyers.

Merchandising Committee update

FOUND: Old shirt designs! Let’s make some Insect Expo Shirts!

Wiley Table

Officially accepted at 9am-2:30p, Friday Feb 20th

Should have sign with list of events to advertise, expect an email regarding shifts soon. Each shift will be an hour.

ESA Updates:

Student Debates: Molecular Biology & Entomology: Partnering for Solutions

  1. What is the single best genetically engineered arthropod technology for pest control?
  2. With the development of technologies like RNAi, in the future we may be capable of eradicating species. If we can eradicate a species, should we?
  3. What is the single best tool for managing pesticide resistance?

Contact if you are interested.

PB-ESA Updates

  • Abstract deadline extended – Feb 17th
  • Linnaean Games – deadline to make a team materialize out of thin air: March 9th

Please let Alix know ASAP if you are interested

So far: Alix, Robert, Robbie, Rebecca (if she has to)

  • Career Fair: We will be awarding restaurant vouchers and two scholarships of $100 to student participants this year. CV Workshop, networking, hors d’oeurvres and cash bar.
  • Awards and Travel Grants due February 15th – check out the PB-ESA website to learn more

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Lunch: Aiming for mid-March. When are potential grad students visiting?

GPSA Updates

  • Elections coming up: check your email. This is for the executive positions within GPSA. Changes may be coming up with the way senators are elected. May be bundled within district rep/executive elections and would require an application to GPSA.

Goal is to increase voting for executive/district rep positions:  Anyone can apply to be on the executive council. Robbie won’t be running as CAHNRS rep again – you can run.

  • Feb 27th, 6-8p Free bowling night
  • Mar 28th Soccer Game
  • Take the health survey that was emailed out

Faculty Meeting Updates

  • Laura: Minorities and women program on the second floor
  • Adam will be here in the mornings only, we’ll have a new fiscal specialist/academic coordinator – basically a grad center
  • Dory’s role will also change
  • Will be modelled off of Crop and Soils
  • Student Handbook

Grant proposal: before or after proposal talk? Still discussing. Whatever is currently in student handbook is what you should follow, unless you were grandfathered in.

  • There is no “departmental template” for the grant – ask your advisor what s/he wants
  • Change to 15 credits for Ph.D. students is in process with Faculty Senate
  • Department appreciated thank you note for travel monies for ESA
  • Credit transfer from U of I: the no GPA credit transfer is not official policy and has never been justified

Still in progress

BUGSS Updates

Survey results: top choice was Sonia Altizer. There will be a sign up sheet to meet individually with Evan Preisser soon

Upcoming Events

  • BUGSS – March 13th Evan Preisser
  • Insect Expo – April 4th
  • Student Choice Speaker –April 16th & 17th Alper Bozkurt
  • E. Paul Catts – April 8th Clare Kremen
  • BUGSS #2 – April 22nd Mary Gardiner