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November 7, 2016

Posted by | November 14, 2016
The next faculty meetings will be on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, at 10:30 AM-11:30 AM.  The AMS dial # is: 5704304.

Congratulations to Adrian Marshall who passed his PhD Preliminary exam on November 7, 2016.

Congratulations to Jonathan O’Hearn who passed his MS final exam on November 8, 2016.

Congratulations to Becky Maguire was awarded $6,502 from the Norm Ehmann Urban Pest Management endowment for an “Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) Workshop: A Pilot Project.” Becky is with the WSU Urban IPM and Pesticide Education Program and is housed at WSU Puyallup.  She manages training for Pest Management Professionals and Structural Pest Inspectors.

Rich Zack was featured in a front page article in the October 30, 2016 edition of the Spokesman Review Newspaper.  The article tells of the gift of a very large privately held butterfly collection from the Jim Nebel estate.  The article is attached.

Need blacklight traps?  Peter Landolt at the Wapato USDA YARL has 2 dozen 12V blacklight traps that they are getting rid of.  If you are interested obtaining the traps contact Dr. Landolt at:  (509) 454-6551,  He will be coming to Pullman on Tuesday, November 15 and will bring them with him.

The Office of International Programs and the Office of Research is still accepting applications for the Fifth Annual International Research Travel Awards. All proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. PT, November 15, 2016.The collaborative program will fund International Research Travel Awards (IRTA) to WSU full-time faculty ranging from $2,000-$5,000 each. The IRTAs are being offered to assist research faculty in strengthening international collaborative linkages and to enhance significant scholarly and research impact aligned with WSU’s strategic priorities. These awards are to assist faculty in achieving tangible outcomes e.g. joint publications or research proposals. The awards are intended for research related activities that will advance the faculty member’s scholarly program. The International Research Travel Award Request for Proposals is now online at

The WSU Extension Gardening Team is seeking graduate student authors and co-authors for extension publications for Master Gardeners. Contact Catherine Daniels for more info and to discuss possible topics and the FastTrack publication process. The below links are examples of extension bulletins published through this process. and

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

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.


EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Pesticide Compliance Investigator, WSDA, Olympia, WA
  2. Professor and Head, Dept. of Entomology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  3. Area Extension Agt., Tri-River Area Mesa Co., Grand Junction, CO
  4. Assistant/Associate Professor, Dept.  of Biological Sciences, St. Edwards University, Austin, TX
  5. Greenhouse Coordinator, Univ. of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  6. Natural Resource Specialist 3 – Pesticide Investigator, St. of Oregon, Central Point, OR
  7. Project Technician, Univ. of Arkansas Div of Agriculture, Little Rock, AR
  8. Plant Board Inspector Supervisor, Arkansas Agriculture Dept, Little Rock, AR
  9. Lands Resource Specialist Sr., Idaho Div. of Lands, St. Maries, ID
  10. Assistant Curator, Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  11. Asst Professor & Extension Specialist, University of Minnesota

The Office of Multicultural Student Services is hiring student tutors.  Pay is $10/hr.  Applications are available in CUB 421C or on-line at  See the attachment for more details.


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:

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.

The CAHNRS Holiday Party will be on Thursday, December 8th from 4-6 PM at the Ensminger Pavilion. 

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 (

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.

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 (

Want to recruit excellent scholars to your program for Fall 2017? Consider nominating students for the Graduate School’s Research Assistantships for Diverse Scholars (RADS), which are intended to increase access and opportunities to graduate education for U.S. students from underrepresented/underserved communities and to increase graduate student diversity in our degree programs and Washington State University. Applications for RADS are due Monday, February 9th, 2017 at 5pm.  As an additional incentive, the Campus Visitation Program provides RADS nominees with a unique opportunity to visit WSU and meet with departments and communities on campus. The Campus Visitation Program has served as a powerful recruiting incentive for prospective WSU graduate students. Only students who are nominated for RADS or have been offered funding from the prospective department, will be eligible to participate in the Campus Visitation Program.  The campus visit will take place on the Pullman campus, March 5th– 8th, 2017.  For more information about guidelines and eligibility, and the RADS/ Campus Visitation Program nomination form, please visit our website:  and feel free to send questions to

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.