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February 6, 2017

Posted by | March 22, 2017

February 6, 2017

Seminars and Colloquium

Entomology Colloquium:  The speaker for February 13th is Dr. Lisa Neven.  Dr. Neven is a research Entomologist at the USDA/ARS Wapato Research Laboratory and is an adjunct faculty in the Entomology Department. The title of her presentation is “Awakening the Monster: Effects of Chilling on Western Cherry Fruit Fly Diapause.”  For more info about Dr. Neven go to: or   All colloquium presentations are held in FSHN 354, the Entomology Department classroom, and begin at 2:10 PM.  The AMS dial # is 5701680.

Dr. Mary Barbercheck will be EGSA Speaker 2017
EGSA student choice speaker this year is Dr. Mary Barbercheck from Penn State. Her talk is titled: A Growing Concern: Women Farmers Sustaining Agriculture and the Environment. Her seminar will be during colloquium on March 20th, 2:10 pm, except will take place in FSHN T-101. We will send out her itinerary the week of February 20th for all to sign up for meetings.”

Department Announcements

Rachel Olsson will be doing her PhD Preliminary Examination on February 17, 2017, at 9:00 AM in FSHN 164.


  • David Crowder and Robert Schaeffer who are recipients of a $150,000 grant from USDA/NIFA for work on microbial mediation of agroecosystem services. (2/1/2017)

For more info go to:

University Announcements

2017 WSU President’s Award Nominations and Applications Now Open!:  Do you know a Cougar LEADER? Complete a nomination or application for the 2017 President’s Award for Leadership today! President’s Award winners are eligible to apply for the $1,000 Virginia E. Thomas scholarship and are honored at the annual Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction (LEAD) ceremony on April 18, 2017 at 5 PM. This is a great way to build your resume, or honor an individual or group, that has been a positive influence at WSU!  Since 1996, the President’s Award has been an honor bestowed annually to students and others who advance leadership and engagement at WSU and beyond. Recipients of this prestigious award demonstrate exceptional leadership and service to the university and the community or support leadership development and engagement of WSU students. The 2017 award categories are student, student group, faculty or staff, and community organization. Student nominations are due February 20, 2017. Student applications and nominations for student groups, community organizations, and faculty or staff are due by March 10, 2017.  The LEAD event and the President’s Award are presented in partnership with Student Involvement, the Center for Civic Engagement, GPSA and ASWSU. Visit to learn more, and complete a nomination or application.

Message from the Bookie:  In preparation for the summer session, we will begin returning unsold textbooks. We know there may be titles not assigned until later in the term and we’d like to make sure we still have them in stock and available for students to buy. Please let us know by February 13th if you have any title(s) you would like to have held for later in the semester. We will be able to hold them until March 22nd.

For Graduate Students

Poster contest:  We have organized a poster design competition open to all WSU students. The purpose of the poster competition is to try to increase diversity in computing by breaking down stereotypes and introducing students to the possibility of taking CptS 111, the UCORE [QUAN] programming course at WSU. There is a $150 Amazon gift card prize for the best poster! The winning poster will be printed and posted around the campus to get more people excited about technology and computing.  The deadline for the competition is: 11:59 p.m. PST, Wednesday, March 15, 2017.For more detailed information please visit:  For convenience I have attached a pdf of a flyer that can be forwarded to students and advisors.  Josh Whiting Ed. M., Director of Undergraduate Advising EECS,


  1. Assistant Professor-Pollination Ecologist, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  2. Field Researcher, Entomology+, Ag Development Group, Eltopia, WA
  3. Farm Bill Pollinator Conservation Planner, etc., The  Xerces Society, Bismark, ND
  4. Research Asst. Prof. in Entomology, Central St. Univ., Wilberforce, OH
  5. Assistant Professor Environmental Science and Policy, Univ. of Maine, Gorham, ME
  6. Center Coordinator, Univ. Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
  7. Vegetable Production Extension Educator, Penn St. Univ., Cumberland County, PA
  8. Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Pesticide Investigator), Natural Resources & Pesticide Program Area, State of Oregon

Meetings: Regional, National and International

The Northwest Scientific Association announced that abstract proposals for oral and poster presentations for the 2017 Student Research Grants are due are due February 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 on the campus of Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon on March 29-April 1, 2017.  For more information about NWSA visit their website at:

The Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting this year will take place on April 2-5, 2017 in Portland Oregon at Hilton DoubleTree Hotel. You are encouraged to attend and to spread the word to colleagues and students about this meeting. Registration for the meeting has just opened on line: There you will also find information about submitting talks, posters and nominations for awards. Thanks to the work of program chairs Laura Levine and Erik Wenninger, and those who have stepped up to organize symposia, the program is going to be full and exciting. Portland, of course, is a perennial favorite location for PBESA meetings.

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