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September 12, 2016

Posted by | October 10, 2016


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The first Fall 2016 Entomology Colloquium will be this coming Monday, Sept 19 at 2:10 PM, in FSHN 354.The AMS dial # is: 5709250. The speaker will be Dr. Clare Casteel from UC-Davis 2nd-fall-colloDepartment of Plant Pathology.  Her talk is titled “The Role of Microbes in Modulating Plant-Insect Interactions.” For more info on Dr. Casteel go to:  The next Entomology Colloquium will be on Monday, October 17th.


Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardee: 

  • Vince Jones who received a grant from O/K SIRP in the amount of $117,017 (9/12)

To develop needed modifications for implementation of the WSU-Decision Aid System for British Columbia Fruit Growers

For more info go to:


The CAHNRS Communications Web Team invited you to join them for next CAHNRS Communications Office Hours on Wednesday, September 21, 10-11 a.m., when they will discuss FastTrack, our manuscript submission system. In this webinar we will show you how to submit a manuscript in FastTrack as well as give a general overview of what it is and who uses it.  GoToWebinar is being used for this presentation. Please register prior to the webinar to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the webinar. For more info contact Aubri Denevan,


The National Academy of Sciences is accepting nominations for the NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences. NAS membership is not required to nominate candidates or to be considered for an award. Please help spread the word that the nomination process is underway!    The NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences recognizes research by a mid-career scientist at a U.S. institution who has made an extraordinary contribution to agriculture or to the understanding of the biology of a species fundamentally important to agriculture or food production. The recipient will be awarded a medal and a $100,000 prize.

Nominations will be accepted through Monday, October 3, 2016. Nominations must be submitted via the online nomination form at and must include the following:

  1. A letter from the nominator describing the candidate’s work and why he or she should be selected for the award.
  2. Curriculum vitae.  No more than 2 pages.
  3. Bibliography listing no more than 12 of the nominee’s most significant publications.
  4. Letters of support. Two (2) letters are required.
    Support letters must be written by individuals from institutions outside both the nominator and the nominee’s institution.
  5. Members of the selection committee may not author support letters.
  6. A suggested citation

Eligibility Requirements:

  • For the purpose of the prize, areas of science with applications to agriculture include plant and animal sciences, microbiology, nutrition and food science, soil science, entomology, veterinary medicine, and agricultural economics.
  • Mid-career scientist (defined as up to 20 years since the completion of his or her Ph.D.) responsible for significant advances in any of the above mentioned fields.
  • Research recognized undertaken at a U.S. institution.
  • The Prize may be shared by two or more individuals who collaborated closely on the discovery or accomplishment to be recognized and who meet the criteria described herein.

See attachment for the full press release.


Text Message Policy: The Office of the Provost has established a text messaging policy regarding communication with WSU students. WSU entities can text message students, with Provost approval, about matters relating to health and safety, academic success, and items that are critical to WSU’s mission. The policy is designed to respect and maintain students’ right to privacy, while maximizing efficiency and effectiveness in communicating with students about important matters. Students may opt out of all text messaging at registration, starting with Spring 2017 registration, and all text messages from WSU entities will include simple opt-out instructions. Student phone numbers are not shared with any WSU entity without approval from the Office of the Provost, and WSU business-related text messages are considered public records. The sender is responsible for retention of text messages sent to multiple recipients. WSU units seeking to communicate with students via text message must submit the Text Messaging Approval Form. The Text Message Policy website has further information, best practices for using text messages, and examples of information needed for the approval form.



See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Entomologist, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, San Juan, PR
  2. Entomologist, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, San Francisco, CA
  3. Research & Development Sci 1, Syngenta, Vero Beach, FL
  4. Hydroponic Greenhouse Mgr., Aquafarm Organics, LLC, Haines City, FL
  5. IPM Management Tech., Thrive Plant Care Solutions, Sterling, VA
  6. Postdoc Researcher, Texas A&M Univ., College Station TX
  7. Plant Quarantine Inspector V, State of Hawaii, Port of Honolulu
  8. Mosquito & Forest Pest Mgt. Spec. 1, Prince William County Gov., Manassas, VA
  9. Criminalist III, Dept of Healty/Mental Hygiene, Manhattan, NY


Tuesday, September 20, 2016 is the last day that a student may drop a course without penalty

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

The ESA Annual Meeting will be held during the ICE meetings.

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

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.