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September 26, 2016

Posted by | October 10, 2016


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The September/October faculty meeting will be on October 7, 2016, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM in FSHN 164.  The dial in number for all sites is5709574.

Facilities Operations will be doing a job that will affect the deionized water supply in FSHN Bldg from 4 PM today until 6 AM on Tuesday Sept 4th.  The reason for this project from Facilities Operations:  Someone is running DI water down the drain at a very high rate. Over 1000 gallons in the last 24 hours. This is not normal so if someone is wasting please turn it off or if something is broken please call 335-9000. thanks for your help.  Before you leave today please check your lab areas to see if there is a leakage problem.

d-crowderEntomology Faculty wins biological control award.  Dave Crowder, Assistant Professor of Entomology received the prestigious Early Career Excellence in Research Award from the International Organization of Biological Control.  This award is given annually to a promising early career researcher studying natural pest control of arthropods.



Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees: 

  • 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

  • Walter S Sheppard from the USDA/ARS in the amount of $10,700 for the Collection and Cryopreservation of Honey Bee Germplasm (9/23)
  • Doug Walsh received grants from:

The USDA/NIFA/AFRP in the amount of $240,000 for Integrated Pest and Pollinator Management on Alfalfa Produced as a Seed Crop (9/20)

USDA/NIFA/Crop Protection and IPM a grant in the amount of $323,491 for Developing and Delivering IPM Strategies Expanding US Hop Industry (9/23)

The Washington Hop Commission in the amount of $34,000 for Hop Entomology Research (9/25)

For more info go to:

John Stark is one of the featured researchers on the Drive to 25 webpage.  Read the article titled “Advancing solutions to halt stormwater pollution” at

David James was featured in a KXTV news segment on September 29th. The program discussed the steady progress being made in understanding the migration routes taken by PNW Monarch butterflies to overwintering sites in California and perhaps Mexico. Entomology’s Dr. David James’ research was cited when John Bartell, KXTV (5:50 PM. PDT September 29, 2016) reported of four recoveries of PNW Monarchs that traveled up to 600 miles were made in northern California in September. See the ABC10 report here:

Brandon Hopkins was featured in an article in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and 2016 Fall Northwest Farm and Ranch magazine.  The article is about the WSU Cryopreservation program. The article is attached.

The Office of Emergency Management and Environmental Health & Safety sent an email out that said that all laboratories must have a power outage plan.  Power outages impact WSU buildings differently, based upon the back-up power systems available and the cause of the outage. In general, only the life-safety systems within a building, e.g. emergency lighting, exit signs, fire sprinkler systems, are assured emergency power. Back-up power to almost all other building systems is subject to the availability of limited back-up/emergency generator capacity. Do not assume your building has back-up power, even buildings or building systems with emergency generators may be subject to outages if the generator is down. Emergency power may not be immediately available. See the attachment for the complete email that outlines what systems are impacted by power outages and recommendations.

It is my pleasure to announce two guest lectures on Oct 27 and a workshop on active learning on Oct 28. Please use the attached flyer to spread the word about the lectures. The workshop information is also below as is the link to registration.  These events were organized and sponsored by the WSU Teaching Academy, the Office of Research; ADVANCE at WSU; the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences; the College of Arts and Sciences; and the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture. We hope that you take the time to encourage your faculty to attend. The lectures will be broadcast via AMS but the workshop requires face-to-face participation. Thank you all for all you do to make teaching a priority at WSU. The WSU News item and link to registration is below. Feel free to email Laura Lavine with any questions.  See attached flyer with more info.



See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Texas A&M Univ., College Station TX
  2. Faculty Assistant, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD
  3. Plant Inspector, State of Tennessee, Knox County, TN
  4. Assistant Division Manager for Forest Health, State of Washington, Olympia, WA
  5. Agricultural/Food Scientist II, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  6. M.S. Graduate Research Assistantship – Sagebrush Insect Ecol., Montana St Univ, Bozeman, MT
  7. Biological Scientist/Agricultural Scientist, Univ. of Florida-NFREC, Quincy, FL
  8. USDA Res. Entomologist-Molecular Insect Systematics, Logan, UT
  9. Assistant Professor of Entomology, Penn St Univ., University Park, PA
  10. Research Entomologist (Res. Associate), Washington, DC
  11. Postdoctoral Res. Assoc., Entomology & Plant Pathology, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN


 October 7: Last day to Apply for Degree for fall 2016 graduate without a late fee (ends at 11:59 p.m.).


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.


The 2017 BIOAg request for proposals is now available!  The RFP is available on the BIOAg Grant Program<> webpage. Letter of intent are requested by Nov. 18th, and project proposals are due Dec. 14th.  For more info contact Tara Zimmerman (


Please nominate deserving graduate students from your unit for these awards. Nominees for each scholarship should be sent directly to Alanna Ellis ( 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.