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October 17, 2016

Posted by | October 31, 2016


Entomology Colloquium:  The speaker for Monday, October 24th at 2:10 PM is Dr. Cynthia Gleason. The title of her presentation is “The Underground Battle Between Plants and Root-Knot Nematodes.”  To learn more about Dr. Gleason go to: .  All colloquium presentations will be held in FSHN 354, the Entomology Department classroom and begin at 2:10 PM.  The AMS dial # is 5709250.

Surplus Stores will be coming next week to pick up any unwanted/unneeded items from the department.  If you have anything you would like to add, please bring it to the hallway beside FSHN 166.  If you have any questions, please contact Jane Lawford.

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardee:

  • Beverly Gerdeman who is the recipient of a $$6,623 grant from the Washington Blueberry Commission (10/18/16) Potential for Exirel as a Drench for Control of Larval Root Weevils in Highbush Blueberry
  • W. Steve Sheppard and Brandon Hopkins who are the recipients of a $35,193 grant from the California Almond Board (10/17/16) Honey Bee Stock Improvement Program: Importation, Evaluation and Utilization of Honey Bee Germplasm
  • Vince Jones, Dave Crowder, Bill Snyder, Carrie Wohleb are the recipients of a $245,684 grant from the Washington Dept. of Agriculture (10//17/16) Expanding the WSU Decision Support Systems in Potato and Tree Fruit
  • Todd Murray who is the recipient of a $10,801 grant from WA state/USDA/APHIS (10/10/2016) Columbia Gorge Invasive Species Project: A Regional Approach
  • David Crowder and Aaron Esser who are the recipients of a $324,986 grant from USDA/NIFA (10/06/16) Improving integrated pest management of wireworms in cereal crops
  • Rich Zack who is the recipient of a $80,582 grant from USDA/ARS (10/6/16) Improving integrated pest management of wireworms in cereal crops
  • Dave Crowder, Kevin Murphy, Girish Ganjyal and John Reganold are the recipients of a $1,999,950 grant from USDA/ARS (10/7/16) Improving integrated pest management of wireworms in cereal crops

For more info go to:

The Entomology Graduate Student Association is making a beneficial insects calendar. If you are interested in donating images for this project, email Abigail Cohen at

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. 

Washington State Commission on Pesticide Registration has released the call for 2017 Request Proposals.

Proposals will be presented at the December 13 and 14, 2016 meeting in Ellensburg.  See attachment for more details and application form.

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.



CAHNRS Advising, Extension, Research, Staff, Teaching, and Team Awards Monday, October 31, 2016
WSU President’s Employee Excellence Award Monday, November 9, 2015, at 5:00pm
Faculty Awards and Recognition Ongoing



See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Manager of Queen Production & Colony Health, Barkman Apiaries, Blountstown, FL
  2. Ag Business Specialist, Butler County Extension, Univ. of Missouri Health Ctr., Popular Bluff, MO
  3. Entomologist 1, State of Mississippi, Bolivar County, MS
  4. Post Doc Fellow, Entomology Dept., Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, KS
  5. Agricultural Biologist I, County of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
  6. Assistant Research Scientist, Texas A&M Life Sci., College Station, TX
  7. Agronomy Specialist, Crawford Co. Extension, Univ. of Missouri, Central, MO
  8. Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Medical Care Devel. International, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
  9. Public Health Entomologist, State of Ohio, Franklin County, OH
  10. Plant Pest Specialist, St. of No. Carolina, Wake County, NC
  11. Post Doc Research Associate, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  12. Director and Associate/Full Professor, Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants, Univ. Florida, Alachua, FL


 Please consider nominating 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.

 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 (

Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting will be November 5-8, 2017 in Denver, CO. Program Symposia and Workshop submissions are now open.