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January 23, 2017

Posted by | February 8, 2017

January 23, 2017

Department Meetings

There will be a special Entomology Department Faculty Meeting on Friday, February 7th at 10:00-11:00 AM. The AMS dial# is 5702637.

Seminars and Colloquium

Entomology Colloquium:  The speaker for February 6th is Dr. Michael Parella, Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Professor of Entomology at the University of Idaho.  The title of his presentation is “To Antarctica and Back:  The Search for Belgica antarctica (Diptera:  Chironomidae).”  For more info on Dr. Parella go to: and  All colloquium presentations are held in FSHN 354, the Entomology Department classroom and begin at 2:10 PM.  The AMS dial # is 5701680.


  • Elizabeth Beers is the recipient of a grant in the amount of $2,000 from Arysta Life Science for Support Concerning Insect Control on Tree Fruit.  (1/18/2017)
  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of a $27,375 grant from the US Dry Pea and Lentil Council for research on Evaluation of Combinations of Commercial Inoculants and Root Health Promoters on Nodulation, Root Diseases, Nitrogen and Phosphorous Uptake and Yield of Popular Green Dry Pea Cultivars. (1/19/2017)
  • John Stark is a recipient of a $25,000 grant from DOI, US Fish and Wildlife for work on the Biological Effectiveness of Green Stormwater Infrastructure. (1/19/2017)
  • John Stark and Tanyalee Erwin are recipients of a $95,000 grant from WSU Foundation and Boeing for work on The Total Picture: Translating stormwater science into actions and implementation for business and industry. (1/24/2017)
  • David Crowder and Elias Bloom are recipients of a $93,232 grant from USDA/NIFAR for work on Polycultures and pollinators: Does crop diversity promote pollination services by wild bees? (1/25/2016)

For more info go to:

For Graduate Students

WSU undergraduates and graduate students are encouraged to apply for an Alexander A. Smick Scholarship in Rural Community Service and Development. The purpose of the scholarship is to promote student engagement with an applied course of study in the field of rural community service and development. Successful applicants will outline a specific activity in rural community service and development that will be supported by the scholarship and conducted during the 2017 calendar year under the direction of a WSU faculty member who has relevant academic credentials in community service and development.  Information about the scholarship can be found here:  or see the documents attached to this message.  The deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 28, 2017.  If you have any questions about the scholarship, please do not hesitate to contact me at  Jessica Goldberger, Chair, Smick Scholarship Committee. See attachment for info and forms.

Career Fair:  On Tuesday, February 7th employers from hundreds of companies are visiting the Pullman campus this spring to recruit Washington State University students. The Academic Success and Career Center hosts information sessions, on-campus interviews, the bi-annual Career Expo, and other associated events to connect students and employers. Please find more information and details of our special events in the at below.  Check back often for career announcements, special events, and much more:

Call for Nominations: Association for Faculty Women Outstanding Graduate Student Awards 2016-17:  The Harriet B. Rigas Award (for PhD candidates) and AFW Founders’ Award (for Master’s students).  The Association for Faculty Women’s Outstanding Graduate Student Awards recognize the academic achievements and professional potential of WSU’s graduate students completing their degrees in Fall 2016, or Spring or Summer 2017.  The Harriet B. Rigas Award is presented to an outstanding doctoral student. The AFW Founders’ Award is presented to an outstanding Master’s student. Both full-­? and part-­?time students are eligible. Professional and non-­?thesis Master’s degree students are not eligible for these awards.

Graduate School’s Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award (for doctoral candidates)

The Graduate School is committed to providing scholarships and fellowships for outstanding graduate students admitted to its academic programs. The scholarships and fellowships provide a valuable structure of financial support to ensure students can enjoy the benefits of a superior academic experience.

The Karen P. DePauw leadership Award is open to all doctoral students in good standing who have successfully passed their preliminary examination and have at least a 3.5 graduate GPA. Students must be enrolled either full-­? or part-­?time to be eligible for the award. Students cannot receive this award more than once. Priority will be given to applicants with demonstrated leadership components in their research, training, or service contributions.

Nomination and Application

You may nominate an eligible student for only one of these awards. To nominate, please go to the Association for Faculty Women Awards page and complete and submit the Nominator Form. The deadline for receipt of the complete application is Monday, February 27, 2017. There is no deadline for your nomination, but please let the nominee know as early in the process as possible so adequate time is available to collect application materials before the deadline.

The completed Nominator Form can be submitted to Diane Scott ( Please forward this Call for Nominations to the nominee so she or he can follow the link to the Awards page and complete the application. Indicate which award you are nominating the nominee for.

Awardees will be notified in March, and will receive their award at a special recognition ceremony in early April.  Please direct any questions to Kathleen Rodgers ( or Patricia Glazebrook (

GPSA Research Expo Call For Judges:  Nearly three decades ago, the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) of Washington State University (WSU) hosted the first annual Graduate Student Research Exposition. This competitive event provides an opportunity for graduate and professional students to present diverse, cutting-edge research that takes place at WSU. To make the GPSA Research Exposition a success, we need the expertise of faculty (including emeritus), staff, postdoctoral fellows, and alumni to select those students with exemplary scholarship and research. The GPSA asks for the support of faculty who would like to volunteer their time to help select graduate and professional students of high merit. Presentations will be delivered in poster format and judges are needed for a wide swath of categories including: (1) Medical & Life Sciences, (2) Engineering & Physical Sciences, (3) Agricultural & Natural Sciences, (4) Social Sciences, (5) Liberal Arts & Humanities, (6) Visual Arts & Design, and (7) Administrative & Information Sciences. Students who win their sections will be awarded scholarships that total $10,000.   Time commitment for judges is approximately five hours, spanning from 8 a.m. to noon on the day of the event, March 31, 2017. Those who volunteer will be reimbursed for their time with two meals (breakfast and lunch). If you are interested in joining the GPSA as a judge for the 2017 Research Exposition, please follow this link to the Judge Participant Form. For additional information see GPSA Research Expo. The GPSA sincerely appreciates the support of the Washington State University community!
Thank You.  Elias H. Bloom, Director of the GPSA Strategic Plan and Research Exposition


  1. Integrated Pest and Wildlife Mgr. Extension Agent, Douglas County Colorado State Univ., Castle Rock, CO
  2. Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of Biological Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
  3. Research Station Manager, Pacific Ag Research, Salinas, CA
  4. Postdoctoral Scholar, Penn St. Univ., Univ. Park, PA
  5. Research Associate, Texas A&M AgriLife, Weslaco, TX
  6. Assistant Professor of Ag Entomology, Univ. of Delaware, Georgetown, DE
  7. Program Mgr., Global Locust Initiative, Arizona St. Univ., Tempe, AZ
  8. Research Scientist, Valent USA Corp, Seymour IL
  9. Postdoctoral Res,  Assoc in Bee Ecology, Michigan St. Univ., Entomology Dept., East Lansing, MI


Congratulations to Rebecca Schmidt (PhD 2015) on her new job. She has accepted an assistant professor position, in the Dept. of Plant & Environmental Sciences at Clemson University.