This weekend (Aug 19-20th) is the National Lentil Festival in Pullman. Beginning at 5:00 PM on Friday there will be free lentil chili at Reaney Park & Spring Street, a beer and wine garden, and live music from 6:45 – 11:00 PM. Saturday at 7:30 AM there is a 5 K fun run, Pancake Breakfast, 3-on-3 basketball, softball and mini-golf tournaments at various locations, food and marketplace vendors will be open at 10 AM and the Grade Parade at 11:00 AM. All afternoon there will be live cooking demos and live music until 5:00 PM. See this website for further details: http://www.lentilfest.com/.
Save the date to attend the Welcome Back BBQ on Friday, August 26th at Kruegel Park from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Instead of hamburgers and sausages we will be roasting a whole pig and lamb, courtesy of the Food Science group. Since we all work in the same building it will be nice to interact with our FSHN Building family. There is a very nice kid’s playground, tennis courts, soccer fields and baseball field. If you have yard games you would like to play please do bring them. Please sign up to bring either: salad; dessert; fruit or veggie platter; sandwich buns; sliced tomatoes; shredded cheese; or chips. We need to have a firm number of attendees signed up by noon on Wednesday, August 24th so we have enough food. So please come to the Entomology or Food Science Office to sign up as soon as possible.
The Graduate School recently announced several scholarships and fellowship awards for outstanding graduate students. This is a rare opportunity to acknowledge excellence among the graduate cohort at WSU, and we are well aware that there are many extraordinary graduate students in CAHNRS. Please review the 7 graduate student awards currently being offered by the Graduate School:
- The Richard and Constance M. Albrecht Scholarship: Open to all doctoral students enrolled either full- or part-time during the fall 2017 semester, in good standing who have successfully passed their preliminary examination, and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students cannot receive this award more than once.
- Ann Chittenden Holland Master’s Thesis Award for Graduate Student Excellence: Open to all graduate students in good standing in STEM disciplines who have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA, have completed a WSU master’s thesis in the past year and are currently enrolled in a doctoral program at WSU.
- The Charles Allen Master’s Thesis Award: Open to all graduate students in good standing in the arts, humanities and social sciences who have completed a WSU master’s thesis in the past year and are currently enrolled in a doctoral program at WSU and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students must be enrolled either full- or part-time during the fall 2017 semester. Students cannot receive this award more than once.
- Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award: This is a fellowship, open to all doctoral students who have successfully passed their preliminary examination, and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students must be enrolled full- or part-time during the fall 2017 semester. Students cannot receive this award more than once. (Please note this award has a separate nomination process – additional details found here: https://afw.wsu.edu/awards/).
- Arnold and Julia Greenwell Memorial Scholarship for Social Sciences and Humanities: Open to all doctoral graduate students who are conducting research/scholarship in the social sciences or humanities and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students must be enrolled full- or part-time during the fall 2017 semester. Students cannot receive this award more than once.
- Anne and Russ Fuller Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research/Scholarship: This is a fellowship, open to all doctoral graduate students who are conducting interdisciplinary research/scholarship and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students must be enrolled full- or part-time during the fall 2017 semester.
- The Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines: Open to all doctoral applicants to WSU in a STEM discipline. Nominees for The Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines are due on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 to Alanna Ellis (email@example.com) in the Academic Programs Office.
- The Graduate School Dissertation Year Fellowship: Open to all doctoral candidates in good standing with an approved dissertation proposal who have passed their preliminary exam and expect to complete and defend their dissertation during the nine-month period in which the award is offered. In addition, the candidate must be a legal Washington State resident, they must have enrolled full time prior to the fellowship period and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above.
Full descriptions and eligibility requirements for each award are provided here: http://gradschool.wsu.edu/Scholarships-2016/
Please nominate deserving graduate students from your unit for these awards. Nominees for each scholarship should be sent directly to Alanna Ellis (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Academic Programs Office. CAHNRS deadline for nominees for all but the Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines is Thursday, December 8, 2016. Rich Zack, Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs will make final selections for the college and submit nominations by the Graduate School deadline.
Seeking proposals for PechaKucha presentations centered around the theme of ‘Place’. Seeking proposals for PechaKucha presentations centered around the theme of ‘Place’. The places in which we live, work, commute and spend our leisure time, effect us in myriad ways, both tangible and intangible. They can shape our reactions and emotions, our sense of health and safety, our ability to participate in society, and the people we can become.
Issues related to place reach across a full range of disciplines including cultural studies, geographic and environmental issues, architecture and psychology, to name only a few. Presentations should be centered around the topic of how place has determined, shaped or affected research projects to provide deeper insight into our understanding of place collectively. This event, to be held on October 20th 2016, will be an ideal opportunity for faculty at WSU to quickly share their research among their fellow colleagues in a direct and lively format centered around a common theme. See attachment for complete announcement.
WSU Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce a new video and voice conferencing service called Skype for Business. The ITS Skype for Business service is a versatile Microsoft communication tool available to all university employees beginning Monday, August 22nd. Here are just a few of the features this service provides:
- Voice conferencing
- Dial-in and dial-out conferencing
- Video conferencing
- Screen sharing
- White boarding
- Live polls
- File transfer
- Persistent chat
- PowerPoint presentation
- Document sharing
- Instant messaging (IM)
Learn more about this new service, and how to use it, by visiting the following site.
For questions regarding this new service please speak with your area IT support, or contact CougTech via email at email@example.com or 509-335-HELP (4357). Jacqueline Southwick, ITS Communication Coordinator Information Technology Services | firstname.lastname@example.org
SafeAssign: WSU Faculty are encouraged to utilize SafeAssign, the tool within Blackboard that can prevent plagiarism and help teach students how to attribute sources. The contract with Turnitin expired July 31, 2016 and WSU employees no longer have access to the program. The Department of Academic Outreach and Innovation will host training sessions and webinars on SafeAssign in August and throughout the year. Faculty and students also have access to iThenticate, a tool used to verify originality in scholarly writing. For more about Academic Integrity at WSU please refer to the Provost’s blog of July 8. Please email to email@example.com if you have questions, or would like more information.
This summer we have completed the installation of new video/AMS systems in the classroom (354) and the conference room (164). Contact Adam if you are interested in training for the new set-up contact Adam.
Reminder that students on an assistantship need to make sure they are signed up for 10 credits (including at least 2 credits for ENTOM 700/800). The Grad School is in the midst of processing assistantships paperwork for the Fall 2015 semester. This means that all graduate students need to be enrolled in the required 10 credits before your paperwork can be approved. Please register for classes as soon as possible so your paperwork can be processed and so you can get paid without any delay. If you have not done so already, let Dory know where you will be housed for the fall ’16 semester. We need to let Student Accounts know not to charge the non-Pullman students the misc fees. To make sure you won’t be missing a paycheck the tuition and fees are due by the first day of classes, August 22, 2016. You should also make sure you are set up form Graduate Payroll Deduction between August 8-Sept 5 via myWSU. See the attached flyer for more info.
Help needed for ENTOM 103 labs: Rich Zack is teaching Entomology 101 (Insects and People) and Entomology 103 (Lab) this fall and is looking for volunteers that would be willing to teach one of the lab sections this fall. Everything is provided and you would be responsible for one lab period (2-3 hours) per week as well as some prep time. I believe that this is a great opportunity for you as you are in charge of your lab session, you can develop professional relationships with the students in your section, you have a chance for one on one interactions and to work with students that have no entomology (and very little science) background – it is fun. And, you will fulfill your teaching requirement. Let Dr. Zack know if you are interested or if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org – FSHN Rm 157, 335-3394.
ENTOM 549 Insect-Plant Interactions will be taught this coming semester at the University of Idaho and will be taught by Sanford Eigenbrode. We have scheduled the departmental van to transport students to and from WSU –UI. The van can accommodate 7 riders. We have 4 students so a couple more can easily fit in to the van. This cooperative class will be taught on Tuesday & Thursday from 9:30-10:45 in Ag Sci room 141. If you have questions contact Sanford at email@example.com.
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 Submission page at https://app.smartsheet.com/b/home. You will also be able to find the Main Office Request(s) forms at this page. If you have questions contact Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org
See attachment for details on these positions.
- Entomologist III (Apiarist), Maine Dept of Ag, Conservation & Forestry, Augusta, ME
- GIS Programmer, Gypsy Moth Project, Virginia Tech Univ., Blacksburg, VA
- Postdoc, Invasive insects in California vineyards, UC Riverside, Riverside, CA
- Project Manager, Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX
- Extension Educator (Vegetable Production), Pennsylvania State Univ., Carlisle, PA
- Research Plant Pathologist/Entomologist/Biologist (Research Associate), Dept of Agric., Wooster, OH
- Jr or Assistant Extension Agent, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI
- Research Entomologist, Dept of Agriculture, Davis CA
- Assist Professor of Entomology, Pennsylvania State Univ., University Park, PA
- Postdoc Fellow-Entomology, Kansas St. Univ., Manhattan, KS
CAHNRS Business & Supervisor, CAHNRS Business Center WSU
CAHNRS Fiscal Specialist 2 for CAHNRS Business Center
CAHNRS Business Center, Assistant Manager (see attachment)
First day of classes for Fall 2016 is Monday, August 22, 2016.
2016 International Congress of Entomology, Sept. 25-30, 2016, Orlando, FL. Website: http://ice2016orlando.org/
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 http://www.aibs.org/public-programs/photocontest.html.
2017 Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America meeting will be April 2-5, 2017 at the Hilton DoubleTree in Portland, OR.