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December 14, 2015

Posted by | January 11, 2016

WSU will be closed December 24 & 25, 2015 for the Christmas Holiday and December 28-31 except for essential operations.



Final Grades are due by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, December 22, 2015.

Congratulations to Alix Whitener who was elected as the Vice Chair of the Student Affairs Committee for the Entomological Society of America. This is a 2-year position with 1 year as Co-Chair and 1 year as Chair

Joseph Schwarz’s final MS-NT exam is scheduled for January 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM.  The AMS dial # is: 5703294

Central Receiving and Delivery will be open during the holiday closure week.  Staff will be available to process inbound and outbound freight.  If your department will be open during the week to accept packages, please them know.  You may contact Kathy Cuellar at 335-4153 or Brady Allen at 335-4529.  Thank you.

Betsy Beers was interviewed for a Good Fruit Grower article (December 2015, pg. 60-63) titled Stinkbug Continues its Spread.  Katie Buckley was in one of the photos that accompanied the article

The call for abstracts to Faculty, Staff, Graduate and Undergraduate Students for the WSU Academic Showcase and GPSA Research Exhibition (formerly known as Wiley Expo) has gone outAbstracts of up to 250 words are due no later than 5:00 PM, Monday, January 25, 2016. The 2016 Showcase will be on Friday, March 25th. For more info go to: and click on the left sidebar.

New Travel Grant

The Office of Economic Development just announced a new travel grant opportunity from Alaska Airlines that will be available to faculty and students for the next three years. Applications are now open through January 15 for the first round of travel awards. Awards will go to faculty or students conducting research activities related to food, energy and water, aerospace, biofuels, and the built environment. Grant awardees can use the miles to attend external conferences, industry events or presentations; or to bring an expert to campus for lectures or events.

Office of the President and Office of the Provost Food Drive

Please partner with us in a food drive to benefit the Pullman and Moscow communities this holiday season.

What: Canned Goods & Non-Perishable Items   When: Until Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Where: Offices of the President or Provost (French Administration Bldg. 422 or 436)

President and Mrs. Bernardo, Provost Erica Austin, and Provost Ron Mittelhammer will match each donation pound for pound!   If you have any questions, please kindly contact Ginger Druffel (509-335-4200) or Kristina Peterson-Wilson (509-335-5581).

Just a reminder: Both Tegrity and Angel are going off-line at the end of this month.

The Tegrity lecture-capture system has been replaced by Panopto.

  • For more Panopto information, please go to the Panopto webpage.
  • To request that Tegrity content be migrated to Panopto, notify WSU Academic Outreach and Innovation at by Dec. 18.
  • For a schedule of Panopto workshops, visit the WSU AOI Ed Tech Tools training page.

The Angel learning management system is being replaced by Blackboard Learn. Nearly all faculty members have already made the switch.

Quarterly lobbying reports must be filed online by January 15, 2016, covering WSU employee activities between October 1, 2015, and December 31, 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 and State Relations Annie Manning 360-534-2332

The new Entomology Apparel has arrived.  We have a nice range of styles, sizes, colors and pricing.  See the attachment for what the items look like. 

Polos – $24 ea.

o   Polo Men’s in Red

o   Polo Women’s in White

  • Jackets – $65 ea.

o   Red Jacket

o   Women’s in White

  • Vests – $43 ea. 

o   Vest Men’s

o   Vest Ladies

  • Field Shirts – $81 ea.

o   Men’s Fossil

o   Women’s Fossil

  • Dress Shirts – $45 ea.

o   Black Dress Shirts Men’s

o   Black Dress Shirts Women’s



Staff Entomologist/Staff Scientist, NMPA, Fairfax, VA

Post Doc Research Associate, Dept of Entomology, Univ of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Dept. Head and Professor, Dept of Entomology, Univ. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Life Scientist/Entomologist/Plant Pathologist, EPA, Philadelphia, PA

Research Entomologist/Research Biologist, USDA/ARS, Hilo, HI

Life Scientist/Entomologist/Plant Pathologist, EPA, Philadelphia, PA

  1. Assistant Professor-Insect Pollination & Apiculture, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
  2. Extension Educator Urban Entomologist, Univ. of Nebraska, Ithaca, NE
  3. Senior Scientist-Applied Entomologist, Plant & Food Res, Auckland, New Zealand
  4. Post Doc, Mid-Columbia Research & Extension Ctr, Hood River, OR
  5. Asst. Research Scientist, Texas A&M, College Station/Bryan, TX
  6. Extension Educator – Urban Entomologist, Univ. of Nebraska, Lancaster, NE
  7. Director, West. IPM Center Coordinator, UC-Davis, Davis CA



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:

March 1, 2016 will be the deadline for our 2016 Research scholarship applications: “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions.

ESA Pacific Branch meetings are April 3-6, 2016 in Honolulu, HI at the Pacific Beach Hotel.

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

Scholarships and Awards:

Remember, March 1 will be the deadline for our 2016 Research scholarship applications: “Student of the Year” and “Paper of the Year” award submissions.   These two awards will be respectively supported by the Robert and Mary Lou Harwood and Howard and Hermina Hargarth scholarship endowments.  The “Student of the Year” award will be given in recognition of the student’s academic achievements and scholarly service contributions. The “Paper of the Year” be awarded in recognition an exceptional manuscript with a student as lead author. For consideration of the Paper of the Year award, the paper must be accepted for publication or has appeared in print over the 12 months preceding the March 30 application deadline. Application for this award includes an additional requirement:  A copy of the manuscript, along with a copy of the letter (email) from the journal indicating the paper has been accepted for publication.  There will also be two graduate fellowship research awards from the Errett Deck Fellowship.  These fellowships will support expansion of a student’s research project.

Research scholarship applications will have the below three components:

1)       A 500 word (or less) essay from the student concisely explaining why they deserve the award. For Travel Award consideration, you might describe the significance of your presentation (is it an invited talk? is this a major national meeting? have you recently submitted or published particularly significant findings?).  Are there specific plans to build ties with possible postdoc advisors or other collaborators, etc.?  Travel awards can also be used to meet with collaborators outside of a national meeting; the need for this form of travel award funding should be justified.  For Research Award consideration, In the case of the Deck research fellowship, the student should describe specifically what component the funds will add to their research program. In the case of the Hargarth “Paper of the Year” award, the student should provide a narrative of why the work is an important contribution to the literature.

2)       The student’s updated CV.

3)       A 250 word (or less) memo from the major advisor describing why they feel their student is deserving of the award.

Your applications must be emailed to Adam ( before the above stated deadlines.

Vince H, Rich, and Paul

The Student Awards Committee