Skip to main content Skip to navigation

March 21, 2016

Posted by | March 28, 2016

The next Spring Colloquium speaker on Wednesday, March 30th at 12:10 in FSHN 354, will be Dr. Allen J. Moore.  He will be speaking on the Molecular Genetics and Evolution of Parenting Behavior.  Dr. Moore is a Distinguished Research Professor and Department Head at the University of Colorado.  Dr. Moore is an advocate in supporting women in STEM.  His visit is presented by ADVANCE at WSU PRO-NET speaker series.  He will also be speaking on Tuesday, March 29th at the School of Biological Sciences Biolunch at 12 PM in Abelson 306 and at the ADVANCE at WSU Discussion at 2:30 PM in CUE 512.  Attached are the flyer and itinerary for his visit. To learn more about Dr. Moore go to:  The AMS dial in # for the Entomology presentation is 5704020

Fang Zhu was mentioned in a Daily Evergreen article about bed bugs in the March 21st edition.  To read the article go to:

Are you attending the PB-ESA conference in Honolulu April 3-6th? Come practice your impromptu speaking skills at our fun blitz talk event! Signups are available at the registration desk. Priority to students and early professionals, but open to anyone interested!”  Alix B. Whitener, PhD Candidate, ESA Student Affairs Committee Vice Chair (see attached flyer)

Motor Pool Renting reminders:  You must bring Vehicle Release Form signed by signature authority and have driver’s license on hand when picking up Motor Pool vehicles. Must have read and understand BPPM and SPPM associated with Motor Pool rentals and operation. You must notify of cancellation 24 hours in advance or rental charges still applies. If rental does not start until the next day pick up times are from 3 – 5 p.m. only. If need to pick up earlier, make Motor Pool staff aware so we get director’s ok and must leave in front of Motor Pool until rental commences. Thank you for your cooperation

Save the date for the: 

  • End of year potluck BBQ on Friday, April 29 at from 11:30 AM-1:00  in the area between our building and Clark Hall.  Department is providing hamburgers, hotdogs, condiments, table service & beverages. We will need salads and desserts and fresh fruit platter.  So we can know how many to plan for we need to have the sign-ups by Wednesday, April 27th.  Please come sign up as soon as possible.
  • E. Paul Catts Memorial Lecture events will be on Thursday and Friday, April 28 & 29 – This year’s invited speaker is Ruth Hufbauer (Colorado State University), “Small populations in novel habitats: extinction risk, inbreeding depression, and adaptation.” More details to come.

Plant Pathology Graduate Students Present: “Creating Sustainable Management Strategies for Thrips and Tospoviruses” by Dr. Diane Ullman on Monday, April 11 at 4:10pm in 343 Johnson Hall.  Dr. Ullman is the Associate Dean and Professor of Entomology at University of California, UC Davis, Department of Entomology and Nematology. Research questions addressed in the Ullman research program have necessitated investigations in her lab using a variety of insect vector species including thrips, aphids, leafhoppers, whiteflies, and mealybugs, within several plant virus systems – tospoviruses, citrus tristeza virus, potato leafroll virus, curlytop virus. Research approaches have varied from basic studies in the laboratory to more applied investigations in the field. The short-term goal of these investigations is to elucidate the inter-relationships of plants, plant pathogenic viruses, and their insect vectors. The long-term goal of the program is to translate advances in understanding of these relationships into technologies and methodologies that can be applied in novel strategies for preventing epidemics of insect transmitted pathogens.

Reminder emissions testThe Motor Pool reminds departments to schedule emissions tests and annual inspections for WSU department vehicles. Emissions tests are required for all 1990 to 2008 WSU vehicles. Annual inspections need to be done on all University vehicles. Contact Chad Hansen at 335-9091,, or Brad Hill at 335-9320,

This is a reminder that nominations for Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines are due to the Academic Programs Office by Friday, March 25. The deadline is intended to give Dr. Kidwell enough time to review the nominations and determine which nominees to move forward to the Graduate School. Full description and eligibility requirements are provided here: Please send nominations to

GPSA Professional Development Seminars for Spring 2016:

Financial Management in the Real World, Friday, April 1 at 12:00 PM in CUE 518

Modern Industry Job Search & Networking, Friday, April 15, 10 AM-12PM, in Terrell Rm. 4

Interviewing & Negotiating, Saturday, May 14 in CUB 212              See attached flyer for additional info.

Transportation Task Force invites comments on proposed parking zone changes and proposed CPI rate increase

The Washington State University Parking and Transportation Task Force is inviting public comment on proposed zone changes and a proposed parking rate increase in fiscal year 2017 of 1.2% on annual and daily parking permits that, if implemented, will take effect at the start of the fall 2016 semester. The proposed increase of 1.2% is equivalent to the increase in the 2015 Consumer Price Index. In 2004 the Board of Regents approved annual increases in parking rates that would not exceed the U.S. Department of Labor CPI Index. The proposed rate increases will be used to off-set inflationary increases in parking and transportation program expenses. The university community can review the proposed changes and submit comments >> more here. The review and comment period will be open through March 25. The Task Force will review and consider comments regarding these proposed changes.

This is a notification regarding the April 9th, 2016 Graduate Grant Writing Workshop offered by the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships (formerly part of the Office of Grant and Research Development). From now on, the workshop will be offered free-of-charge solely via an online format. This will provide students from all campuses equal access to the materials with no cost barriers. In addition, the software used to produce the online workshop will allow students to slow down or speed up the videos and to search for keywords within the verbal and written materials.

If you have already paid for the workshop, you will be refunded and/or your check will be voided, but your registration will remain active. If you are still interested in signing up for the workshop, please do so via this link. If you have any questions contact Hannah Merley, Graduate Support Coordinator, Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships at 509-335-3825

The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership (CTLL) recently created a Student Experience Advisory Council (SEAC). This council will be comprised of CAHNRS faculty, industry partners, and students. The goal of this advisory council is to bring students together with industry representatives and faculty to better integrate real work learning opportunities into your academic experience. The SEAC will have the opportunity to make you job ready, day one. In preparation to launch SEAC this fall, we need valuable feedback from CAHNRS students like you. We have created a short survey to gather pertinent information that will enhance your student experience and provide unique opportunities for you. Your feedback is valuable to the success of this council. Thank you for your time. For more information about the Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership (CTLL), visit the website:

Quarterly lobbying reports must be filed online by April 8, 2016, covering WSU employee activities between January 1, 2016, and March 31, 2016. 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                                       State Relations
Michele McCarver: 509-335-5756              Annie Manning: 360-534-2332
Thank you for taking the time to ensure that we give an accurate report of time and money spent on lobbying.  Colleen Kerr, VP for External Affairs and Government Relations


Entomology Dept. Faculty Meeting Schedule

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

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:

  • 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.

The first annual Edible Book Festival will take place on Friday, April 8. Public viewing and judging will be begin at 1:30 pm in the Terrell Library Atrium. Awards will be given in the following categories:

  • People’s Choice
  • Most Appetizing
  • Best Visual Presentation
  • Punniest/Funniest

Register to participate by going to:, or plan to come and vote for (and eat!) your favorites.  Registration began March 1.  WSU’s festival begins with public viewing at 1:30 p.m. on April 8, in the Terrell Library atrium. Judging is at 2 p.m., with winners announced at 2:30.  “Celebrity judges” for the event will be Christopher Bruce, director of the WSU Museum of Art; Jamie Kohler, executive pastry chef for WSU Dining Services’ central production unit; Joanna Bailey, director of Pullman’s Neill Public Library; and Sarah Frame English, a WSU alum, donor and librarian with the Libraries of Stevens County (Wash.). Awards will be given for people’s choice, most appetizing, best visual presentation and punniest/funniest. Then it’s all mouths on deck for the feeding frenzy. For questions about registration, entries, event schedule, or other inquiries, please contact Holly Luetkenhaus.