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November 14, 2016

Posted by | November 18, 2016

The next faculty meetings will be on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at 10:30 AM-11:30 AM.  The AMS dial # is: 5704304.


Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardee:

  • Betsy Beers who is the recipient of grants from:

the Oregon Sweet Cherry Commission in the amounts of $10,000 and $13,720 for

  • Developing a Management Strategy for Little Cherry Disease and (2) Insecticide Resistance of SWD in Sweet Cherry (11/10/2016)

Bayer in the amount of $8000 for Support Concerning Insect Control on Tree Fruit

Syngenta in the amount of $11,000 for Support concerning Insect Control on tree Fruit

  • Congratulations to John Stark and Tanyalee Erwin who are the recipients of a grant in the amount of $77,500 from the Bullitt Foundation for Intersections for Action: connecting stormwater management to urban growth and salmon recovery in Puget Sound through education & online resources. (11/2/2016)

For more info go to:


The Northwest Scientific Association announced that proposals for the 2017 Student Research Grants are due January 16, 2017.  The theme for the 88th NWSA conference is Understanding & Managing Diversity: From the Landscape to the Gene.  This year’s conference will be held on the campus of Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon on March 29-April 1, 2017.  Abstracts for oral or poster presentations are due February 16, 2017.  For more information about NWSA visit their website at:


Staying in Pullman for the Ththanksgiving-picture-2anksgiving Holiday?  You are invited to the WSU Creamery & School of Food Science Thanksgiving Holiday on Nov. 24th for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at 3:00 PM in the SFS Kitchen at (SFS 103/155). Those attending are asked to bring a side dish to share or pay $5.00.  RSVP to Dave Soler ( There is a food sign-up sheet in the Entomology Office.  See the attached flyer for more info.




The CAHNRS Sharing Trees will be set up on Nov. 21st on the 2nd floor in Johnson Hall, the ground floor in the FSHN Lobby and in Johnson Tower.  Represented agencies are Pullman Community Child Care Center, Latah Christmas for Kids and the Pullman Humane Society.  Gifts are to be turned in by Dec. 12 to Hulbert Hall 101.



Hey all! There are still 73 bottles of honey left from our honey sale. Can everyone who wants honey reply to Rachel Olsson at and tell her how many bottles you would like to buy? I want us to have a chance to get what we want, and figure out if there will be enough honey to make it worth doing another sale, or if we can just sell the rest to the people within the building/department. If I can get responses on who would like honey and how much by Monday, that would be great. If it seems like we’ll still have a bunch of honey, then I’ll get the paperwork submitted to do the second sale on Dec 9, as discussed yesterday during the EGSA meeting.



Our next colloquium presentation will be on Monday, November 28th at 2:10 PM in FSHN 354.  The speaker will be Amanda Edworthy speaking on Parasitic Fly Larvae: An Emerging Threat to Island Bird Populations.   Amanda is a researcher in the Bill Snyder Lab.  For more info about Amanda Edworthy go to:


Note for Students outside of Pullman Campus:

Off-campus students only— Please reply to Debra Marsh ( immediately if you have interest in this course being broadcast to the station(s).  No promises – just gathering interest.  This would be a good follow up to Dr. Crowder’s course for students interested in broader treatment of regression. It’s complementary training.

STAT 530 Applied Linear Models 3 (2-2) The design and analysis of experiments by linear models. Recommended preparation: One 3-hour 300-level STAT course.


The Office of Emergency Management and Environmental Health & Safety sent an email out last month 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.


WSU’s Environmental Health and Safety Office has instituted a Mandatory Laboratory Signage Program to be in compliance with Washington State’s Hazard Communication (Globally Harmonized System (GHS) Rule, WA Administrative Code (WAC) Ch. 296-901.  The purpose of this program is an effort to improve worker protection, emergency response and security for labs using a laboratory notification and warning sign.  A copy of the WAC and WSU Policy pertaining to this program are attached.  We have been asked to be in compliance by the end of October 2016.  Each Principal Investigator is responsible for making sure that their labs are in compliance with this program and can create the appropriate signs for their labs.   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 28thSubsequent notices were in the October newsletters.  Please let Dory and/or Adam know when you have completed this project in your lab.  In case you forgot a copy of the email with instructions is attached. 


EMPLOYMENT:  See attachment for details on these positions.

  1. Entomologist (Medical), Prince William County Government, VA
  2. Research Assistant, USDA/APHIS/PPQ Dept of Entomology & Plant Path, North Carolina St. Univ., Beltsville, MD
  3. Research Specialist, Mountain Horticultural Crops R&E Ctr., Mills River, NC
  4. Entomologist Tech Adv., Abt Associates, Bethesda, MD
  5. Entomology/Weed Sci/Plant Path position, Ag Development Group, Eltopia, WA
  6. Structural Pest Supervisor, North Carolina Dept. of Agriculture, Eastern North Carolina
  7. Invasive Bee Guide, Utah St. , Logan, UT
  8. Dept Chair/Head Dept of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Clemson Univ., Clemson, SC
  9. Postdoc Research Assoc, Univ. of Georgia, Athens, GA
  10. Assist/Assoc Professor of Environmental Science/Applied Ecologist, Stockton Univ., Athens, GA
  11. Postdoc Researcher, (Pathobiological Sciences), Sch of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana St. Univ., Baton Rouge, LA
  12. PhD Assistantship in Urban Pest Management, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, NJ
  13. Postdoc Fellow, Entomology Dept., Kansas St. Univ., Manhattan, KS
  14. Faculty position: Env Biol/Ecol for Biology, Div of Nat Sci., Coll. Of Mt. St. Vincent, Riverdale, NY

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.


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 (

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.