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October 3, 2016

Posted by | October 10, 2016


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 Congratulations to WSU Entomology Student winners at The ESA/ICE meetings at the XXV International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, FL Sept. 25-30, 2016:

Adekunleribbon Adesanya won 1st place in the PhD student poster for the Acarology and Stored Products Section

Paul Chisholm won 1st place in the student oral presentation for the Agricultural and Forest Entomology: Vectors and Others section

Robert Orpet won 2nd place in the Integrated Pest Management and Sustainable Agriculture: Pest Physiology section

Emily Wine won 2nd place for her poster in the Apidology, Sericulture, and Social Insects: Bees section


Entomology Colloquium:  The speaker for Monday, October 10th at 2:10 PM is Dr. Robert Schaeffer.  The title of his presentation is “Microbial Mediation of Pollination Services.”  To learn more about Dr. Schaeffer go to:  All colloquium presentations will be held in FSHN 354, the Entomology Department classroom.  The AMS dial # is 5709250.


 Brandon Hopkins and Sue Cobey were featured in a Capital Press article published in September 22, 2016.  The article is titled Researchers travel world to breed a better honeybee.  The article is attached.


Catherine Daniels forwarded us a link for an article about the interesting construction of a colossal wasp nest in the UK.  To see the article go to:


Joseph Taylor and Bill Snyder were both featured in the WSU Graduate School’s 2015 Annual Report.  Go to pages 10 and 11 of the report to read the notations.  The 2015 Grad School report is attached.


GPSA is sponsoring a Graduate Student Health Insurance Town Hall meeting on October 12th in CUE 419 starting at 5:00 PM.


On September 23, 2016, an email went out to all faculty, lab managers, staff regarding the WSU Laboratory Signage Program with a deadline to have this done by the October 28thPlease let Dory know when you have completed this project in your lab.  In case you forgot a copy of the email is attached. 


We are pleased to announce the call for nomination letters for 2016-2017 CAHNRS Advising, Extension, Research, Staff, Teaching, and Team Awards:  We encourage administrators, faculty, students, and staff to nominate deserving candidates from your department or program in as many categories as possible, but request nominations be limited to one person per award category per department. As always, people must be nominated to have an opportunity to receive these awards.  Acknowledging people for “beyond the call of duty efforts” creates a celebratory moment for deserving awardees. We often spend our time focusing on what we are concerned about or frustrated with in this environment.  The award process creates a rare opportunity for all of us to acknowledge what we value and appreciate about people that work tirelessly to do their best to make a positive contribution on a daily basis.  It also is important to note that winning a college award typically serves as a gateway for people to be competitive for university, regional and national awards.  Please carefully consider making an effort to acknowledge those among us who have made extraordinary efforts to contribute to the CAHNRS experience, because they deserve to be commended for their efforts.  Discuss your intention to nominate a candidate with your department chair/director prior to submitting a letter to coordinate the process across your program/department.

Details concerning the nomination and selection process are as follows:

  1. To access the official CAHNRS awards webpage where you will find a list of advising, extension, research, staff, teaching, and team awards >> more here.
  2. For more information about these awards and instructions on how to nominate deserving individuals, please click on Advising, Extension, Research, Staff, Teaching and Team Award Nomination Process.
  3. On the award nomination process page, you will find:
  4. Deadline Dates and Activities
  5. Award Eligibility
  6. Nomination Process
  7. Specific details and guidelines for each award can be accessed by clicking on the link for that specific award.
  8. A one-page electronic nomination letter is requested that justifies the merit of the nominee and lists worthy accomplishments related to the intentions of the award.

III.   Submit letters to Alanna Ellis ( by Monday, October 31, 2016

  1. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Alanna Ellis (509-335-4562, in the CAHNRS Academic Programs Office.

Thank you for helping us acknowledge outstanding contributors to our college.

A note from Adam Williams: Nominations are welcome and encouraged from all, but coordination with ENT Faculty Awards Committee charged with nominating Entomology faculty is requested as it will help ensure success in the faculty awards group.  Some faculty nominations have already been identified from the unit, please contact the committee chair Catherine Daniels for ways to assist.


The Academic Success and Career Center (ASCC) is currently recruiting current WSU students for our spring 2017 open tutoring positions. The application will be available until November 18th,. I am currently recruiting for all subjects.  They can find out more information and the application here:  Tutors must have completed 30 credits and at least 15 credits must be from WSU.  Tutors must obtain a signed recommendation from a WSU faculty member in the Department for each subject area they wish to tutor and also have the approval of the Tutorial Program Coordinator.  Peer tutor applicants should have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above and at least a 3.0 in the courses that they wish to tutor. Under special circumstances a GPA below 3.0 will be accepted. Tutors need patience, good verbal communication skills, and the ability to work with students from varied backgrounds and with varieties of skill levels. Tutors who are on an assistantship, TA/RA position need to clear adding tutoring (a time slip position) with their departments. Must Enroll/attend UNIV 497-06 for Spring 2017. Compensation and Benefits:  Paid position $10.00/hour or $13.00/hour for Work Study. This is an opportunity to gain leadership experience and help fellow WSU students succeed.  Tutors can set their own hours if tutoring privately.  Tutoring hours count toward the 80 hours required for certification in Education.  If you  have questions contact Alicia Petersen


Deadline to Submit Midterm Grades via myWSU Wednesday, October 12, 2016 by 5:00 pm.  See attachment for more info.



See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Assistant Professor/Arbovirology, Entomology Dept., Blacksburg, VA
  2. Assistant. Associate or Full Professor, North Carolina St. Univ., Raleigh, NC
  3. Fly Casting Instructor, L. L. Bean, Danbury, and in CT, Burlington, VT, Freeport, ME
  4. Extension Educator-Crops (2 positions), Univ. of Minnesota, Crookston, MN
  5. Regional Agronomy Specialist & County Prog Director, Unv. Of Missouri-Columbia; Richmond, MO
  6. Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Entomology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
  7. Research Associate, Texas A&M AgriLife, College Station, TX
  8. Research Assistant, Texas A&M, AgriLife, College Station, TX
  9. Assistant Cooperative Extension Spec. IPM of Orchard Crops, Entomology Dept., UC Riverside, Riverside, CA
  10. Assistant Professor/Insect Ecology Physiology, Dept of Entomology, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
  11. Medical Entomologist-Illinois Natural History Survey, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
  12. Extension Program Specialist II-III-Field Crop Entomology, Iowa St.  Univ., Ames, IA


Sign up for Mental Health First Aid training:  Interested in learning how to how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis? Join Health & Wellness Services for Mental Health First Aid training on October 13 or December 13th.  Learn how you can identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Get details on the program and see this semester’s training schedule:


 Effective January 2017, pesticide handlers and workers must be trained on an annual basis and training records must be kept. This is a big change from previous training intervals. For those who wish a copy of the new rules, you’ll find it here:  and the summary or new rules starts on page 67502.  Please make sure you review your training calendars, recordkeeping and content in order to be in compliance by January 1, 2017. For more info contact Catherine Daniels (

 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. Program Symposia and Workshop submissions are now open.

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  You will also be able to find the Main Office Request(s) forms at this page.  If you have questions contact Adam at