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February 13, 2017

Posted by | March 22, 2017

February 13, 2017

Seminars and Colloquium

Entomology Colloquium:  There will be no colloquium presentation on Monday February 20, 2017 due to the President’s Day holiday for the students.

Department Announcements

Congratulations to Rachel Olsson on passing her PhD Preliminary Examination on February 17, 2017.


  • Beverly Gerdeman who received a grant in the amount of $163,931 from the Washington Red Raspberry Commission for the Caneberry Pesticide Degradation Study.  (2/16/2017)   And a grant from Specialty Seed Growers of Washington and Oregon in the amount of $7,500 for general research.  (2/9/2017)
  • Bill Snyder and Carmen Blubaugh who received a grant in the amount of $147,496 from USDA/NIFA/AFRI Foundation Program for the study: Are herbivore induced volatiles relevant to biocontrol of crop pests? (2.14.2017)

For more info go to:

CAHNRS Announcements

CAHNRS 3MT (3 Minute Thesis) has been scheduled for Monday, February 27. It will take place in the afternoon, exact time TBD, depending upon the number of student entries.

We would like for each department to send the information for their 3 top students being considered for the competition. We will accommodate as many students as possible, keeping in mind fair representation and keeping the competition to a reasonable amount of time. There was discussion of each department holding their own competition – this may or may not be necessary depending upon how many students in your department are interested in competing.

CAHNRS Eligibility

  • PhD candidates pursuing a degree within CAHNRS. PhD students must be post-preliminary exam by the proposal deadline.
  • Master’s level students, pursuing degrees within CAHNRS. Master’s level thesis students should be third semester or later. Non-thesis students are not eligible. Master’s students are not eligible for the university competition.
  • CAHNRS will host the competition on a single day with separate judging for PhD candidates and Master’s level students.
  • Entrants located on the Pullman campus must present face-to-face.
  • Entrants located on branch campuses or at R&E centers are allowed to videotape their presentation. In keeping with the same requirements set forth for Pullman campus presentations, these must be taped in front of an audience, to be determined by student and Academic Programs Office. Videos must be received 3 business days prior to the face to face competition in order to be judged. If a student off campus wins the CAHNRS 3MT competition, they must travel to Pullman to take part in the university-wide competition on March 28, 2017.

Our office will need the following information by, Monday, February 20:

  1. Completed Cover Form (attachment 1).
  2. Slide that will be used during the CAHNRS 3MT competition. Only one slide is permitted in the competition.
  3. Photograph (mug shot) to be displayed on the CAHNRS 3MT competition website.
  4. Completed release form: Or hard copy (attachment 2).

For more information about the 3MT, you can visit their website here:
Contact Alanna Ellis if you have questions at 509-335-9115 or /

A presentation will be made available via AMS here in Pullman on the requirements of the updated Worker Protection Standards regulations for employees who work with pesticides or in areas where pesticides are used.  Tom Hoffman with the Washington State Department of Agriculture will be giving the presentation on:

  • Thursday, February 23rd from 1:00 – 3:00
  • received via AMS in Pullman, Hulbert Hall Room 409

This presentation will also be recorded for future use.  Please have those planning to attend here in Pullman email Dixie Kearney, CAHNRS Operations, 509-335-9825 |

3rd to Last Apple and Pear Sale Feb 17: Apples and pears for sale Friday February 17 from 12:00 to 6:00pm at the WSU Tukey Orchard. Our last Friday sale for this unusually long season will be March 3 so only 3 more sales to go. Cash or check only please. Stock up if you can so you have your own fresh fruit at home as long as possible. See our website for more details Thanks for your continued support!! Deb Pehrson (MS Entomology 2004,) Farm Manager

For Extension People: Great opportunity to learn about extension and applied research projects in urban and metropolitan areas in the US (lots of presentations by WSU). Also, as a heads up, it is very likely that WSU will be hosting the 2019 National Urban Extension conference in Seattle (decision to be announced at the May conference). The National Urban Extension Conference is less than three months away! Have you registered? Early bird pricing is available through March 17th. If you have not yet registered, you can do so here: Keep the momentum going and join the Facebook group to learn more about what we’re planning! We’re looking forward to seeing you in May! Brad Gaolach Ph. D., Conference Co-Chair, Director, WSU Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension & Director, Western Center for Metropolitan Extension & Research. Associate Professor; Community & Economic Development, Washington State University Extension, WSU North Puget Sound at Everett, 2000 Tower Street – MS 45, Everett, WA 98201-1390 (MAP) (o): 425.405.1734 (f): 425.405.1601

University Announcements

Pat Strong, our FSHN custodian, has been approved for shared leave.
John “Jack” Niedbala, (MS Entomology 2013/WSU Crops & Soils Sci employee) has been approved for shared leave.
You may use accumulated annual leave, sick leave or personal holiday. You will need to know your current balances for annual leave or sick leave.  If you want to give shared leave for either or both of these gentlemen see Dory for the form to fill out.  Questions about the procedures to donate earned leave to any approved individual can be directed to Sally Wickizer ( at Human Resource Services.


  1. Scientist/Sr. Scientist, Primary Industries’ Plant Health & Environment Lab, Auckland, NZ
  2. Extension Asst/Assoc Prof. of Tree Fruit Entomology, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  3. Plant Health Specialist, State of Minnesota, Duluth, MN
  4. Public Health Entomologist/Scientist, Univ.  of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  5. Asst. Extension Professor of Plant Pathology, Univ of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  6. Natural Resourses  Planner I, St. of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
  7. Butterfly Curator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA
  8. Entomology Educator, Cornell University, New York, NY
  9. Insect Collection Manager-Illinois Natural History Survey, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL