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July 18, 2016

Posted by | September 27, 2016


We look forward to seeing all the Entomology Faculty next week in Pullman for the Annual Entomology Retreat on August 4th & 5th.

All new graduate students should sign up for the 2016 Graduate Student Orientation on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM in the CUB Senior Ballroom.  The day starts off with a continental breakfast while you browse the graduate school fair, hosted by more than 20 WSU and Pullman area vendors. Lunch will also be provided by the Graduate School following the morning workshops, along with give-aways, raffles, and an opportunity to meet other new graduate students in your college. Graduate and Professional Student Association representatives will be on hand to facilitate table conversation and answer your questions. For more info go see that attached flyer and to register go to:


Norm Ehmann Urban Pest Management Award (July 2016 RFP):  Researchers or educators involved with urban pest management problems which occur in the Pacific Northwest are invited to apply.  Research may be conducted outside the Northwest if it involves pests that also occur in the Northwest, like bed bugs. Proposals due August 31, 2016. See attachment for more details.


Congratulations to Rich Zack:  Dean Ron Mittelhammer announced that Rich Zack will be serving as CAHNRS Interim Associate Dean for Academic Programs.  With the looming departure of Kim Kidwell, we are faced with the difficulty of replacing a superlative leader and accomplished faculty member, but from the talented ranks of CAHNRS faculty, I believe we have found a stellar candidate. I am happy to announce that Dr. Richard Zack has agreed to serve as interim associate dean for Academic Programs, beginning August 1. See attachment for more information.


ESA Liaison to the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs:  Dr. Allan Felsot, Professor and Extension Specialist in Entomology and Environmental Toxicology (Washington State University) has been appointed by the Entomological Society of America to a 3-year term (thru November 2019) as the ESA Subject Matter Expert (SME) and Liaison to the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs.  The Entomological Society of America supports a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and Liaison to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP). The SME represents the breadth of ESA’s membership to EPA-OPP and provides critical input on topics such as the clarity of labels, guidelines for efficacy testing of various arthropod groups, utility of label mitigations, spray drift, invasive arthropod species, insecticide resistance, and the role of insecticides in integrated pest management. He/she also maintains a network of entomological peers to consult on subject areas beyond those of his expertise to provide a breadth of experience. Additionally, the SME sits on the ESA Science Policy committee.  The Entomological Society of America funds several trips a year to Washington DC to facilitate the relationship.

Previous ESA EPA-OPP SMEs were:

  • Dr. Mark Whalon (Michigan State University): 2013 – December 2015
  • Dr. Gene Reagan (Louisiana State University): July 2010 – June 2012)
  • For more information go to:


Brandon Hopkins was the subject of a WSU News article titled “Importing frozen honey bee sperm is key to conservation” on July 25, 2016.  See attachment for the article.


The WSU Police Department was asked to provide “Hostile Intruder/Active Shooter” training for interested faculty, particularly those with teaching responsibilities.  As such, please kindly share the information below with your

Respective  faculty members.  Those with questions are welcome to contact David Schmidt ( with Human Resource Services.

Hostile Intruder / Active Shooter Training:  How would you react if a hostile intruder were to enter your classroom or office?  Are you familiar with the appropriate actions you should consider?  Washington State University has mitigated the potential for such an event through a multitude of preventative security measures, but no University in the country is 100% secure.  Featuring the video “Shots Fired, When Lightning Strikes” followed by discussion, this training provides a wealth of information and options to bear in mind should the unthinkable happen.  It is important to pre-register for your preferred session so you can be notified in case of schedule changes:

  1. Use on the following link to access the posted schedule:
  3. Locate the session you would like to attend.  Each session originates in Pullman (FSHN T-101) and will be available statewide via AMS Videoconferencing Services):
  • Thursday, August 18 – 9:30-11am
  • Thursday, August 18 – 1:30-3pm
  • Monday, September 12 – 3:30-5pm
  • Tuesday, September 13 – 2-3:30pm
  1. Click “Enroll” to the right of the session you want to select
    (Note: If you are unable to register through the above link, contact for assistance.  Include the date/time of the session you wish to attend.)


Important SPPM Revision #106 Recycling or Disposal of Chemical Wastes 5.66:  Updates generator responsibilities regarding waste identification and disposal.

  • Updates the requirements and procedures for packaging, labeling, and reporting chemical wastes.
  • Updates the methods available for collection and recycling of chemical wastes.
  • Adds contact information for University EH&S support units across the state.
  • Updates the applicability statement and contact information for questions regarding biohazardous wastes.

Contact: Office of Procedures, Records, and Forms; telephone 509-335-2005


Summer Session Grading DeadlineFinal Grades are Due Tuesday, August 2, by 5pm.  You may enter your grades now, but the grades will not be visible to students until August 3rd.  Instructors who have NOT submitted grades by the deadline will be denied further access to edit the grade roster for this term.  See attached memo from the Register’s Office.


Move-in volunteers needed for the newest class of Cougars is Saturday, Aug. 13, and Wednesday, Aug. 17, and about 350 faculty, staff and community members are being sought to help Washington State University students move into the residence halls. WSU employees may receive up to three hours of release time, contingent on supervisor approval. Contact Human Resource Services ( with questions regarding comp time, flexing schedules and other options.  Four 3-hour shifts are available. Participants will get a free t-shirt. Those who sign up for two shifts will get a free lunch as well. Register at Contact Phillip Sinapati with questions at


Help us get the word out:  If you have announcements (i.e., awards, upcoming events) that you would like communicated to others you can do that by going to our SmartSheet page at    If you have questions contact Adam at



See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Research Scholar, No. Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC
  2. AGRI Program Manager, Arkansas Ag Dept., Little Rock, AR
  3. Extension Educator, College of Ag Sci., Penn State Univ., Landisville, PA
  4. Medical Entomologist, US Air Force Reserve,
  5. Arborist (Natural Res. Specialist), State of Washington, East Wenatchee, WA
  6. Pests, Pesticides & IPM Project Coordinator, Univ of California Extension Parlier or Davis, CA
  7. Postdoc, Horticulture Dept., (honey bee health behavior) Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
  8. Scientist Asst/Researching Engr., Univ of Texas, Austin, TX
  9. Postdoc Fellow, Plan Pathology, Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, KS
  10. Plant Protection Tech., USDA-PPQ-APHIS, McAllen, TX
  11. Entomologist, USDA Crop Bioprotection Res. Unit, Peoria, IL
  12. Postdoc Fellow, Microbiological Forensics, Oklahoma St Univ., Stillwater, OK


First day of classes for Fall 2016 is Monday, August 22, 2016.

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