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April 4, 2016

Posted by | April 11, 2016


Our 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.

Amanda Meadows has scheduled her PhD seminar and defense on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.  Seminar will be at 12:10 PM in FSHN 354 and the exam to follow in FSHN 164.  The AMS dial # is: 5704020 for the seminar and 5705350 for the exam.

Robbie Zinna has scheduled his PhD seminar and defense on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 2:00 PM.  The AMS dial # is: 5705899.

Extension pollinator video earns gold: Congratulations to Island County Extension Director Timothy Lawrence, Urban IPM Coordinator Carrie Foss, and CAHNRS Video Producer Darrell Kilgore, along with the WSU bee team, who earned the Gold Award from the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP) for Pollination and Protecting Pollinators.  This amazing 54-minute video gives in-depth information about pollinators and bees in a way that anyone can understand, explaining the importance of pollinators in relation to our food supply. WSU researchers and professional beekeepers present information in the video. More about WSU pest management and safety work >> more here.  Other Entomology Faculty included: Susan Cobey, David Crowder, Allan Felsot, Brandon Hopkins, Walter Sheppard and commercial beekeeper Eric Olsen.

Congratulations to Entomology Department awardees:

  • Doug Walsh who is the recipient of a $22,615 grant from the Mint Industry Research Council (3/24/16)
  • Walter Sheppard, Brandon Hopkins and Lori Carris who are the recipients of a $318, 000 grant from Whittier Trust Company (3/24/2016)

For more info go to:

Attention Grad Students: WSU CISER (Center for Interdisciplinary Statistical Education and Research) meeting with Entomology grad students will be on April 14th immediately after the BUGSS presentation and will go for about 30 minutes.  This new center plans on offering Statistical Engaged Learning to faculty and graduate students who need assistance on any statistical aspects of their research.  They are having a series of informal meetings (a brief presentation followed by a question/answer period) with graduate students across WSU to introduce themselves and the center and discuss how we can best serve their needs.  They will meet at a later date with WSU faculty and staff.

BUGSS SEMINAR will be on Thursday, April 14th at 3:30 PM in UI Ag Sci Bldg Rm. 104.  The speaker will be Matthew O’Neil, Department of Entomology, Iowa State University: “Is There a Place for Conservation (and Bees) in the Production of Annual Crops?”

The Insect Cinema Cult Classic will be on Friday, April 15th in Todd 276 from 6 PM – 10 PM.  This year’s films are:  The Fly, Empire of the Ants and Skeeter.  See the attached flyer for more details.  If you would like to order a ICCC T-shirt contact Robert Orpet at

  1. Paul Catts Memorial Lecture events will be on Thursday and Friday, April 28 & 29 – This year’s invited speaker is Dr. Ruth Hufbauer (Colorado State University).  Her presentation is titled:  “Small Populations in Novel Habitats: Extinction Risk, Inbreeding Depression, and Adaptation.”  There will be a social hour on April 28th from 5-6 pm in CUE 518; followed by the Public Lecture at 6-7 pm in TODD 276. Dinner with the speaker will be at Banyans also on the 28th at 7-9 pm.  On April 29th Dr. Hufbauer will be giving the final Entomology Department Colloquium presentation in FSHN T101 at 3-4 pm (following the departmental BBQ; Friday off-campus social information forthcoming).   To learn more about Dr. Hufbauer go to:

Plant Pathology Graduate Students Present: “Creating Sustainable Management Strategies for Thrips and Tospoviruses” by Dr. Diane Ullman on Monday, April 11 at 4:10 pm in 343 Johnson HallDr. 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.

Registration for Fall 2016 for grad students begins on April 12th.  See attachment for the registration schedule.   

Friday, April 15, 2016 at 11:59 pm is the last day undergraduate and professional students may withdraw (drop with penalty) from a class (Academic Regulation 68).  In myWSU, withdrawal is called “drop with penalty.” A withdrawal will be marked as a W on the transcript.

The deadline to take a final exam/defense for a doctoral or master’s degree and graduate spring 2016 is Friday, April 22, 2016. All graduate students must submit a Final Exam Scheduling Form (by April 8) and take a final exam. This includes master’s non-thesis degree students (non-thesis exams are frequently scheduled as Ballot Meetings in many departments/programs.  See the Deadlines and Procedures for Graduation form >> more here, and the Graduation Checklist (pdf).

Motor Pool Renting Reminders:  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. 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.hank you for your cooperation

The WSU Apiculture Program will be offering two workshops this coming June:

The Starting right With Bees short course will be on June 17th and 18th. This 2 day course will cover bee biology, pest/disease identification, colony management, honey bee IPM, and gloveless beekeeping. The format is a combination of instruction and hands on demonstration. Bring a bee veil, whatever protective clothing you are comfortable in, and lots of questions.  The cost is $125.00.

There will be 2 Rearing High Quality Queens one day workshops in different locations that will present what it takes to rear high quality queens. Basic biology and various methods of queen rearing will be presented. The workshops emphasize hands on instruction in queen rearing methods, with lecture and demonstrations. Students will be involved in various steps including: setting up cell builders, grafting, and establishing mating nuclei. Both queen right and queen-less systems will be demonstrated. Bring a bee veil and whatever protective clothing you are comfortable in.  The cost for this workshop is $175.00.  Instructors for the workshops are Steve Sheppard, Susan Cobey & WSU Bee Lab. graduate students.  The registration form can be found at:

The Northwest Coalition of Professional Staff (NCPS) is holding their conference in Pullman on July 21-22, 2016.

Meeting Theme: L.E.A.D. for the Future – Leadership     Education            Advocacy             Development

The keynote speaker is Representative Kevin Parker, Representative for the 6th district in the Washington State Legislature.  He also teaches in the Whitworth and Gonzaga MBA program and owns the Dutch Brothers Coffee Shops.  The speaker at the banquet and our closing speaker is Cyndy Stevenson.  Cyndy spoke at our conference last year and we were very excited to have her back.  She has enjoyed a diverse and rewarding career in healthcare, education, corporate consulting and training and human services. She believes that the college campus is the most exceptional opportunity to inspire, educate and mentor the future rainmakers of our society and globe. Cyndy has recently published a Character Education book for middle school and high school students titled, “Legacies under Construction” (AuthorHouse 2016). It embraces the very same concepts she teaches to adults as well. For more information on NCPS and the conference (including the full list of speakers) please go to   WSU staff must pay with IRI’s.  This is a great opportunity to meet and network with other professional staff from the northwest and receive great concepts and insights to do our jobs better.   Email Karen Garrett ( with any questions you may have and I look forward to seeing you in July!  To register & pay please go to

Early bird rate of $225 includes the following:

2 large sessions with 3 breakout sessions

Wednesday night reception

Breakfast & Lunch on Thursday

Ferdinand’s ice cream social

Banquet at Banyans on Thursday night

Breakfast on Friday

AIBS Launches 6th Annual Faces of Biology Photo Contest: Enter the Faces of Biology Photo Contest for your chance to win $250 and to have your photo appear on the cover of the journal BioScience. The competition, sponsored by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), recognizes scientists who use imagery to communicate aspects of biological research to the public and policymakers.  “Over the past five years, this contest has been effective at showing the public and decision-makers what the scientific process looks like,” said Dr. Robert Gropp, Interim Co-Executive Director of AIBS. “Whether it is sharing photos of biological research or enabling visits by lawmakers to research facilities, AIBS is committed to disseminating information that will guide informed decisions about matters that require biological knowledge.”  The theme of the contest is “Faces of Biology.” Photographs entered into the competition must depict a person, such as a scientist, technician, or student, engaging in biological research. The research may occur outside, in a lab, at a natural history collection, at a field station, on a computer, in a classroom, or anywhere else research is done.  The First Place Winner will have his/her winning photo featured on the cover of BioScience, and will receive $250 and a one year membership in AIBS, including a subscription to BioScience. The Second and Third Place Winners will have his/her winning photo printed inside the journal, and will receive a one year membership in AIBS, including a subscription to BioScience. The winning photo from the 2015 contest is featured on the cover of the March 2016 issue of BioScience. Submissions must be received by 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time on 30 September 2016.  For more information or to enter the contest, visit



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:

April 21: Establishing a Culture of Academic Integrity:  The workshops are free and refreshments are provided. Sign up for the sessions held in CUE 518, or the live streamed session. Register for any of the tutorials >> more here.

GPSA Professional Development Seminars for Spring 2016:

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.

Spring 2016 Commencement will be held Saturday May 7, 2016 at the Beasley Coliseum.  The CAHNRS ceremony begins at 11:30 (lineup is at 11:00am).

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

2017 Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America meeting will be April 2-5, 2017 at the Hilton DoubleTree in Portland, OR.

 Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting will be November 5-8, 2017 in Denver, CO.