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December 7, 2015

Posted by | January 11, 2016


The next Entomology Faculty Meeting will be next Friday, Dec. 18th at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM.  The AMS dial # is 5703257.

Congratulations to Carmen Castillo-Carrillo passed her PhD exam today, Dec. 11th.  Her advisor was Bill Snyder.  Carmen will be going back to Ecuador to resume her position in January 2016.

Rich Zack was featured in a December 8th WSU News article.  The article is titled Among Xmas lights and Garland…bugs? To read the article go to

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • John Stark, et al., is the recipient of a $1800 grant from Boeing (12/4/15)
  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of a $72,000 grant from USDA/ARS/UC – Davis (12/7/2015)


Former Student Todd Murray (PhD 1996) has returned to Pullman to fill the SE area Extension ANR position recently vacated by Randy Baldree.  Before returning to Pullman he was the Skamania County Extension Director in Stevenson, WA.

Plan to join us for our Annual Holiday Party in December with a white elephant gift exchange, at noon on December 18th.  RSVP at Dory’s desk in FSHN 166.  Dory and Jane will make soups but we need help with rolls, desserts and a couple of salads.

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).

December Holiday Reduced Operations: December Holiday Reduced Operations will be Thursday, December 24, 2015 through Friday, January 1, 2016. The period includes three university holidays (December 24, December 25, and January 1). Most university operations and services will be unavailable during this time. Faculty will retain access to their individual offices and labs during the December Holiday Reduced Operations; however, the thermostats may be turned down in buildings that are otherwise closed. Facilities Services operations staff will not be available to unlock buildings. Department employees will need to make arrangements with their departmental key coordinators to have keys available or use card swipe access where appropriate.

The Graduate School has created a searchable FAQ page for students, which is up and running here:

Mailing Services would like to remind WSU employees that the delivery of personal mail to your WSU business address is prohibited, as stated in the university’s Business Policies and Procedures Manual 80.20.  Please do not have your holiday packages shipped to your university address.   WSU employees are also prohibited from mailing personal mail in the campus mail system. Please take your personal mail to a U.S. Post Office or Cougar Express Mail in the CUB.

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.

EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  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:

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.

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

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