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The February Faculty meeting will be on February 19th at 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM in FSHN 164.  See below for the future faculty meeting schedule. The AMS dial # is 5704472

GPSA sponsored workshopHacking the Job Market: An Interactive Workshop

Saturday, February 6, 2016 in Todd 276.  Learn how to use graduate school to build a competitive CV for the job market and how to navigate the academic job search.  For more info and to register go to:

The next Entomology Spring 2016 Colloquium presentation will be on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, in FSHN 354 at 12:10-1:00.  Our speaker will be Dr. Kiwamu Tanaka.  His presentation is titled “Extracellular ATP signaling in Plant Defense-A Damaged-Self Recognition System.” For more info about Dr. Tanaka go to: The AMS dial # 5704472.

Join us for a Valentine’s Day Celebration on Thursday, February 11th in FSHN 103/155 from 11:39-12: 45.  There is a sign up sheet at Dory’s counter if you would like to attend.  If you will be attending sign up by noon Wednesday, Feb 10th so we can know how many to plan for.  Lasagna and Spaghetti and beverages will be provided.  We are asking for French bread, salads, and desserts.

Women’s Transit Operations begin February 8th.  Women’s Transit is a safety service provided by the WSU Coalition for Women Students. We offer free rides in Pullman for those who feel uncomfortable walking alone at night. Instead of walking or waiting alone after dark, members of the WSU Community are invited to call or text us to be taken to their residence. Hours are Sun-Thur 8 PM-12 midnight, Fri and Sat 8 PM – 2 AM.  For more info go to or call or text to 978-267-7233 (wsu-276-safe).

Wapato Research Leader Seminars.  These seminars are being given as part of the evaluation process for selecting a new Research Leader. Seminars will be held in the large conference room.

Joe Munyaneneza – Feb 9th @ 8:30am-9:30am “Improving Protection, Production, and Quality of Temperate Tree Fruit and Vegetable Crops in the Pacific Northwest and Beyond”

Roy Navarre – Feb 9th @1:00pm- 2:00pm “Enhancing Disease & Pest Resistance, and Nutritional Value in Plants: Targeting Stakeholder Needs”

Lisa Neven – Feb 10th   @ 8:30am- 9:30am “Career, Qualifications, and Vision”

From Tukey Horticulture Orchard:  This Friday February 5th is the next to last WSU Apple, Pear and Potato Sale at the WSU Tukey Horticulture Orchard from 12:00 noon to 6:00pm.  We can only accept cash or check for payment.  Our last sale for this season will be next week February 12, 2016.  Please see our website for more details Come on in and stock up for one last time either this week or next week.  We will be done with sales after February 12th!

The Office of International Programs and the Office of Research would like to announce the Fourth Annual International Research Travel Award application process is now open for 2016. The collaborative program will fund 3-5 International Research Travel Awards (IRTA) to WSU full-time faculty ranging from $2,000-$5,000 each.  The IRTAs are being offered to assist research faculty in strengthening international collaborative linkages and to enhance significant scholarly and research impact aligned with WSU’s strategic priorities.  These awards are to assist faculty in achieving tangible outcomes e.g. joint publications or research proposals.  The awards are intended for research related activities that will advance the faculty member’s scholarly program.  The 2016 International Research Travel Award Request for Proposals is now online at  All proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 15, 2016.

Making our CASE: Catalyzing Advocacy in Science and Engineering – April 17-20, 2016

Sponsored by the WSU Office of Research: Under the leadership of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and APLU have designed an exciting opportunity for upper-class undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering disciplines to learn about science policy and advocacy. The Making our CASE (Catalyzing Advocacy for Science and Engineering) program is open to universities that would like to provide an opportunity for their students to come to Washington, DC, and learn about science policy. Students who are selected by their institution to participate in the workshop will spend a few days in Washington learning about the structure and organization of Congress, the federal budget and appropriations process, and tools for effective science communication and civic engagement.  WSU Office of Research will sponsor up to two students and will pay the $125 registration fee per student, as well as all associated travel and lodging costs. In addition, each sponsoring university is responsible for scheduling visits to Capitol Hill for their students, and are encouraged to accompany the participating students during those Congressional visits. This will be the third year for Making our CASE. The first two years were a great success; to read the reactions from the students who participated in the inaugural event, see this AAAS story. For additional details about the Making our CASE Workshop, please go to Eligibility:  To be eligible to participate students must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate (upper-class) or graduate degree program in one of the following fields: Biological, physical, or earth sciences; Computational sciences and mathematics; Engineering disciplines; Medical and health sciences; and Social and behavioral sciences.

Preference will be given to students with limited experience and knowledge of science policy and advocacy, and who demonstrate strong communication and leadership skills.


  • Resume (1 page)
  • 1 page application with the following sections: o Student Name, Email, Phone, Institution, Department, Major, Year of Study

o Why are you interested in this workshop?

o Describe your communication and leadership skills. Provide examples as appropriate.

WSU deadline: Feb 8

Please send applications to:

New online transcript ordering system: The Office of the Registrar is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Credentials Solutions to provide online transcript ordering services.  This partnership will decrease processing time, provide an electronic transcript sending capability that makes delivery virtually instantaneous, and allow alumni easier access to online transcript ordering.  Our goal is to streamline the entire process so transcripts reach their destinations more efficiently, giving students and alumni peace of mind by making transcript ordering easier.  Credentials Solutions will begin processing online transcript orders on February 1, 2016.  The cost for an official WSU transcript will increase from $5 to $10 per copy.

Faculty invited to submit Grand Challenges Research, Student Success proposals
Faculty play a central role in helping the University reach its goals in the areas of research and student success. The Office of the Provost and the Office of Research are committed to helping faculty achieve these shared goals through these seed grant opportunities:
•   Grand Challenges Seed Grants
•   Student Success Seed Grants
The Grand Challenges Seed Grants are designed to support multidisciplinary initiatives and research projects that address one or more of the five Grand Challenges. The projects may be pilot programs, proof-of-concept research projects, public outreach, or workshops.  The Student Success Seed Grants are designed to foster a transformative student experience, as mandated in the Strategic Plan. Faculty are encouraged to develop strategies that could potentially attract extramural funding to be scaled up to an institutional level, or have the potential to be used across disciplines to increase student retention at WSU and increase students’ progress toward graduation.  Unlike the Strategic Reallocation proposals, which is a limited submission process facilitated by college and administrative leadership, the seed grant proposals may be submitted by WSU faculty. All faculty system-wide may submit proposals for each of the respective seed grant programs. There is no requirement that proposals be coordinated through the degree-granting college deans. Collaboration across colleges, campuses and nonacademic units is encouraged, though not required.  Awards range from $5,000 to $75,000 in one-time funds. Letters of Intent are due by February 15, 2016 and proposals are due April 1. Decisions will be announced May 15 and the funding period will begin July 1.  For more information, or questions on the Grand Challenges Seed Grants, email or call Geeta Dutta at 509-335-5980.  For more information, or questions on the Student Success Seed Grants, email or call Kristina Peterson-Wilson at 509-335-8915.   Erica Austin and Ron Mittelhammer, Interim Co–Provosts 

Entomology Department Research Awards

March 1 will be the deadline for our 2016 “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 Hallgarth 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 Erret Deck Fellowship.  These fellowships will support expansion of a student’s research project.

Travel and 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 Hallgarth “Paper of the Year” award,

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.

We look forward to seeing your award submissions and have a great semester!

Vince H, Rich, and Paul – The Student Awards Committee

WSU is complying with WSDA regulations regarding experimental use permits. If you or your employees work falls under the regulations outlined below, a report is required and is due to me no later than EOM February, 2016. WSU holds a collective Experimental Use Permit on behalf of the entire university. This permit allows us to conduct pesticide research with the minimum amount of oversight and regulation necessary, provided we follow the provisions of the permit. If you are curious about the provisions, you can view a copy of the current permit at .

Background information can also be found in the WSU Business Policies and Procedures Manual at (policy overview) and (EUPs).

Since 2004, reporting requirements have been in place for all WSU personnel, at all locations, who perform research using experimental pesticides (non-registered active ingredients) or experimental uses of registered pesticides (non-registered crop/site). Full reporting compliance is expected. Experimental uses are defined as any one of the following:

*         Application to a crop or site that is not on the label

*         Application of more product than is allowed on the label for that crop/site

*         Application made more frequently than listed on the label

*         Application made outside of specific crop cycle periods if such are limited on the label

*         Application via chemigation if this method is not already specifically allowed on the label

*         Application via aircraft if this method is prohibited on the label

Experimental pesticides are defined as chemicals that have not been approved for registration by EPA nor exempted from the requirements of a registration. Those persons doing laboratory testing of pesticides are exempt from the WSU reporting requirement. Reports should be entered into WSU’s cEUP Archive Database at  as soon as possible after each application. Questions and requests for assistance can be directed to Catherine Daniels at (253) 445-4611  or


Entomology Dept. Faculty Meeting Schedule

2/19/2016 – 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472

3/24/2016 – 10:30 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472

4/22/2016 – 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472

5/20/2016 – 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472

6/24/2016 – 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472

7/22/2016 – 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM  5704472

February 9, 2016 is the last day that a student may drop a course without penalty.

The Graduate School has announced the 6th Annual Global Case Competition.  This competition brings student’s together to develop innovative interdisciplinary solutions to complex global issues facing each of us in today’s world.  Registration opens February 1, 2016.  Teams of 4 to 6 students work together under a strict timeline to develop an innovative solution to the selected case. Judging the solution occurs in 2 stages. Teams present their solutions in a 2-page written solution. Expert judges evaluate each solution and the top-5 teams are selected as finalists. Each of the finalist teams presents a solution in a public forum. Judges hear each solution and pose questions to the respective teams before selecting a winner. To learn about GCC visit this webpage:

The 2016 International Research Travel Award Request for Proposals is now online at  All proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on February 15, 2016.

The Office of International Programs and the Office of Research International Research Travel Award applications for 2016 are due Feb. 15th.

The Association for Faculty Women (AFW) invites faculty nominations for three awards: AFW’s Harriett B.

Rigas award (presented to an outstanding doctoral candidate), the AFW Founders Award (presented to an outstanding master’s student). We will accept nominations starting now through February 12th.  The final application packets are due February 19th.

The Washington State University, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Presents: Three Minute Thesis Competition. Proposal Deadline is Friday, February 19th.  For more information about how you can get involved in this opportunity visit this website at:

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

Faculty-led Workshop: Writing for Gen. 1.5
Graduate students are invited to join in on a series of workshops designed for teaching and instruction. Offered by the WSU Teaching Academy and Global Campus, these workshop topics present a wide range of relevant topics:

  • January 28: Heritage Speakers: Writing and Perceptions of Under-preparedness;
  • February 11: Mind Mapping
  • March 8: Flipping the Classroom: Lessons Learned
  • March 29: First-generation Students on the College Campus
  • April 21: Establishing a Culture of Academic Integrity

The workshops are free and refreshments provided. Sign up for the sessions held in CUE 518, or the live streamed session. Register for any of the tutorials >> more here.

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: