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March 7, 2016

Posted by | March 11, 2016



There will be no seminar on March 16th due to Spring Break the week of March 14-18.

Facilities Operations will be doing some work on the steam supply this coming Monday, March 14, 2016 from 6 AM-9 AM.  The work they are doing will affect the building heat, hot water, humidifiers, autoclaves and cage washers.  For more info go to:

The next Entomology Faculty Meeting will be at 9:00 – 10:30 AM on March 24th in FSHN 164.  The AMS dial # is: 5704472

Robert Orpet will be having his PhD Preliminary Exam on Tuesday, March 22, in FSHN 164, at 3:00 PM.

Congratulations to Carol Black, this year’s Sahlin Faculty Awardee for Outreach and Engagement.   As director of the WSU Urban Integrated Pest Management and Pesticide Safety Education Program, she provides training for the safe, environmentally sound, effective use of commercial pesticides. She delivers science-based education to people who use pesticides in their profession and are regulated by the state.  Black works with extension agents, health officials, chemical suppliers, government regulators, pest managers and safety equipment vendors. She has consulted with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture to enhance pesticide safety. Her work has contributed to policies and guidelines of the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s approaches to risk mitigation.  Learn more about her at  She will be receiving her award at the Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet that is part of Showcase, WSU’s annual celebration of faculty, staff and student achievement. Showcase also includes the Distinguished Faculty Address (March 24), the Academic Showcase display of faculty, staff and student work (March 25) and other events. See

Congratulations to Laura Lavine who is being recognized for leadership in ADVANCE, ARS.  Laura Lavine, assistant director of the Agricultural Research Center (ARS) and associate professor in entomology, is the winner of the 2015-16 Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award from the Washington State University Association for Faculty Women (AFW). She will be acknowledged during the Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet on March 25, part of WSU’s annual Showcase celebration of faculty, staff and student excellence. Showcase reservations are being accepted at through March 18. The award recognizes “an AFW member whose leadership has advanced the role of women in the WSU system and/or who has demonstrated leadership in higher education, the community or her profession at the local, state, regional, national or international level.” It was established in 2000 to show AFW’s appreciation to former President Smith for his leadership in advancing the role of women at WSU.  Active in ADVANCE, Lavine talked to more than 40 faculty candidates during their visits to WSU about promoting better work conditions for women faculty in STEM disciplines and about the faculty friendly policies already in place. ADVANCE supports efforts to increase the number of female faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  She has established a successful and well-funded research program that involves understanding the biological mechanism for growing massive weapons and ornaments in beetles. She has trained or contributed to the training of high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs and visiting scholars as well as high school teachers in her laboratory. Lavine is frequently asked to serve on National Science Foundation grant review panels and she reviews research manuscripts for over 30 different journals. She helps with decisions on promotion and tenure in her department, the university and other institutions. She has served as an officer in the AFW for five years. In addition to the March 25 banquet, WSU Showcase includes the Distinguished Faculty Address (March 24); the Academic Showcase display of faculty, staff and student work (March 25) and other events. See

Congratulations to Bill Snyder who was named the Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America’s Plant-Insect Ecosystems Award Recipient.   Bill will receive his award at the PBESA meeting in Hawaii in April.  For more information about this award go to:

The Biomedical Communications Unit is giving departments and individuals 10% off of any posters printing that you may be needing for the upcoming Showcase, GPSA & SURCA Expositions the week of March 25-28.  There is a small supply of discount cards available to take with you or you can simply tell the BCU person that will be helping  you that  you would like to receive the 10% discounted price.  The Biomedical Communications is located in 1234 Bustad Hall.   For more info go to: or call 5-2624.

The Bookie invites all WSU instructors for breakfast on March 22, 2016 from 8 AM-10 AM  at the Bookie to celebrate all your hard work! We encourage you to bring your textbook adoptions for both summer and fall. Submit your textbook adoption on or before March 22, and you will be eligible to win a $100 Gift Card! All textbook adoptions are due March 25.

Place: The Bookie Textbook Department on Ground Floor

Hope to see you there! For more information, please contact Regina Konigsberg at or 509-332-2537 ext. 124

A message from Faculty/Staff Danielle Engelhardt, Business Center:  In honor of my birthday this year, I am donating $100 to the Entomology Graduate Student Support Fund, if I can get nine people to also donate.  You are welcome to donate to this fellowship, link below, or any fund you choose, thank you for your support, I really appreciate it. Direct link below:

Housekeeping Reminder:  You are responsible for taking out your own garbage.  Garbage is to be disposed of at the dumpster on the loading dock.

Do you know a state employee or manager who goes above and beyond the call of duty? Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW), which will be held this year between May 1-7, 2016, is a national celebration recognizing the contribution of public employees. In the spirit of recognizing exemplary service, the state PSRW Awards Committee is asking the public and fellow employees to nominate state government and higher education staff for two state awards. Each year, the Extra Mile Award is given to individuals or groups of state employees who surpass expectations for Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 18, 2016.