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April 18, 2016

Posted by | April 25, 2016


It is the faculty and lab managers to get all keys returned from their hourly employees who will not be with us after May 6th.

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.   

Megan Taylor is doing her PhD defense on Friday Apr 22.  Seminar at 1 in 354 and exam at 2 in FSHN 164.

AMS # is  5706217.

  1. 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).  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).

As you have probably noticed, card readers have been installed on room 164 and 354.  Your key will no longer work on these doors.  You will need to use your Cougar Card to gain access to these rooms.  The doors have already been programmed, so you have immediate access.  See Adam if you have any problems with your access. Permanent Faculty and graduate students have access to these rooms 24/7.  Pullman Staff and temporary faculty have access to the rooms during building hours. To request or change access setting for yourself or your students and employees, please completely fill out the attached request form.  Return the form into me in 166 or by email to  Please contact Adam Williams or Jane with any questions regarding the new procedures now in place.

For those who missed the three Hazardous Trainings offered by Jason Sampson last month, he has set up another time for Faculty and those in laboratories to attend his training to meeting their Commitment towards Laboratory Safety. This is a mandatory training for all faculty and lab personnel so if you miss this session in our building, you will be responsible for finding another session elsewhere on campus to attend

What:    Mandatory Hazardous Material Training

Where: FSHN 354 (Entomology Classroom)

When:   Monday, April 25, 2016 from 9 – 10am

With:     Jason Sampson Assistant Director, E.H. & S.

For:        Faculty P.I.’s, Lab Managers, and Technicians or GRA’s

Please contact Adam Williams if you have questions.

Congratulations to our recent PBESA Awardees:

  • Rebecca Schmidt-Jeffris was awarded the John Henry Comstock Award, and won 1st place in the Elevator Opportunity event.
  • Adekunle Adesanya won 1st place in the student paper competition, and won 3rd place in the Elevator Opportunity event.
  • Alix Whitener won 1st place in the student paper competition, and 2nd place in the texting competition.
  • Adrian Marshall won 2nd place in the student poster competition.

Dr. Doug Walsh was elected to a second 3-yr term to serve as the Pacific Branch’s representative to the National Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America.

Dr. Brian Bahder, Doug Walsh’s former PhD student and WSU Entomology Alumni (May 2013) has accepted an tenure-track Assistant Professorship in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida. Brian will be located at the UF Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center where he will be researching insect disease vector biology and management in palms and orchids.

Joseph Taylor was the subject in the April 20, 2016, Moscow-Pullman Daily News Sidewalk Series.  The article is attached.  Thank you Joseph for the great PR for Entomology.

Final Grade Rosters:  Final grade rosters are available now – and they will be updated on the evening of Saturday, April 30, based on enrollment changes that have happened in the last two weeks (to include students who have been added to class sections).  Please add any student by this date so that the final grade roster is up to date.

Navigation to Final Grade Roster:  Faculty should go to Faculty Center, and then choose the My Schedule tab.  This will present every course for grading.  TAs or others will need to find the Faculty Center by going to Main Menu > Self Service > Faculty Center > My Schedule.

I am an instructor, TA, or other who is authorized who needs to submit final grades. What do I need?

ü Current FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) certification.  Those whose certification is expired won’t be able to submit grades.  For information, please see and click on FERPA Training.

ü Access for Submitting Final Grades:  Final grade rosters are available to any instructor assigned to the class with grading access.  Others who are authorized to submit final grades for their departments must be added as an instructor in the Instructor / Advisor Table in myWSU, with an effective date prior to the beginning of the term, and assigned to the course in ROOMS, with 0% teaching assignment.

What to do if you have problems:  Contact the Enrollment Information Technology (EIT) Help Desk.  Assistance is available by email at, phone at 509-335-3819, or online at

Deadline to Submit Final Grades via myWSU Tuesday May 10, 2016 by 5pm

Parking Permit Renewal Starts April 20.  Washington State University Transportation Services will offer annual campus parking permit renewals for 2016-17 online beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 20.  Eligible annual permit holders will be contacted via WSU email.  Patrons are encouraged to check their WSU email accounts on a regular basis for information.  As in the past, the initial phase of renewal is restricted to current eligible permit holders. Once that phase is completed, annual permits will be made available to other parking patrons. There will be no increase in parking permit rates and no zone changes in FY17. There was a proposal to increase parking rates consistent with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 1.2% and some parking zone changes.  Any proposed rate increases and zone changes will be deferred until FY18.  For more information on parking rates, visit the WSU Transportation Services website at and click on “Permits and Rates.” A valid WSU Network ID is required to renew a parking permit. Anyone who has lost or forgotten their network ID can retrieve it by calling the WSU IT Phone Desk at 509-335-HELP (4357) or visit the WSU Network ID Account Manager website >> more here. For more information, contact WSU Transportation Services at 509-335-PARK (7275) or email us at Contact: Chris Boyan, Assistant Director, WSU Transportation Services, 509/335-2950,

Calls for Proposals for five Western SARE grant programs have been released. Descriptions of each program can be found at .The five grants programs include:

Deadlines vary; please read the Call for Proposals closely.

The Western SARE Administrative Council will select reviewed proposals that are innovative, diverse in content, subject matter, and geography; demonstrate tangible outcomes; & provide readily adaptable technologies & information suitable to for sustainable farming and ranching systems by producers in the western region.

Tara Zimmerman

Associate in Research


Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources



Entomology Dept. Faculty Meeting Schedule

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

Friday, April 29, 2016 is the last day students may submit a cancellation of enrollment (Academic Regulation 70). To complete a cancellation of enrollment for Spring 2016, students need to go to

GPSA Professional Development Seminars for Spring 2016:

Interviewing (10 AM-12 PM) & Negotiating (1:00 – 3:00 PM), Saturday, May 14, in CUB 212. For additional info go to: .

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).

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

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

AIBS Launches 6th Annual Faces of Biology Photo Contest. 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

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