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April 3, 2017

Posted by | April 10, 2017

April 3, 2017

Seminar and Colloquium

The Monday, April 10th Entomology Colloquium speaker will be Paul Chisholm.  The title of his talk is “Reciprocal Interactions Between Non-Vector Community Members and an insect-transmitted Plant Pathogen.”  All colloquium presentations are held in FSHN 354, the Entomology Department classroom and begin at 2:10 PM.  The AMS dial # is 5701680.  Paul Chisholm’s PhD defense will directly follow the Colloquium in the Entomology Conference Room (FSHN 164).

E. Paul Catts Newsletter picPaul Catts Memorial Lecture: It’s an important year for WSU Entomology. We have several retirements over the past few years (and ongoing) that the department will recognize with a special event. We have invited our emeritus and newly retired faculty to the 20th Anniversary of the E. Paul Catts Memorial Lecture. It will be an honor to celebrate their scholarly and scientific contributions at “A Celebration of WSU Entomology Past and Present.” As key members of our Department, past and present, the organizing committee (Steve Sheppard, Rich Zack, Adam Williams and Laura Lavine) want to extend a special invitation to you. Our guest speaker is Dr. Mark Brown, who himself is a WSU Entomology alumnus (1981). We hope that you can make it!
The scheduled events are:

Scientific Lecture: “Hormonal regulation of mosquito development and reproduction”
April 20, 2017 | 2pm | Location FSHN Building – T101
Insect Cinema Cult Classic (ICCC): “Mesquite” 1995 & TBA
April 20, 2017 | 6pm | Location TODD Building – 276
Reception – April 21, 2017 | 4 pm | Location CUE Building – 203
Public Lecture: “Mosquitoes have hormones too: why bother?”
April 21, 2017 | 5pm | Location CUE Building – 203
Dinner for the Entomology department and its guests

For event details visit
RSVP for the Celebration Program & Dinner on April 21, 2017 at 6pm before April 16th, with the online form:

Department Announcements

Congratulations to our spring Entomology Research Award recipients:
2017 Errett Deck Fellowship awardees are Robert Orpet, Adrian Marshall, Joseph Taylor and Kunle Adesanya.
Entomology’s 2017 Outstanding Student is Robert Orpet.
This year the committee saw some extremely well thought out submissions and was challenged to pick the winners. Keep up the good work!

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Wyatt Cone on Wednesday, April 5. Wyatt earned his PhD in Entomology in 1962 and was a long-time faculty member at WSU-Prosser. He also taught Agricultural Entomology on the Pullman campus. In 1999 Wyatt received the C.W. Woodworth Award, which recognizes outstanding accomplishments in entomology in the 11 western states served by the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America. We will let you know more details as they become available.

PBESA Pic 1Congratulations to Megan Asche who is the winner of the PB-ESA Photo Contest. See attachment for the award winning photo. Karol Krey took 1st place in the PhD student oral presentation and Abigail Cohen won 2nd place in the same category. Kunle Adesanya won 1st place for his PhD poster. Our WSU Linnaean Games (Robert Orpet, Rachel Olsson, Adrian Marshall, Alix Whitener, and Jim Hepler) took 2nd place.


Cult Classic Fim pic 2Cult Classic Fil pic 1The 21st Annual Insect Cinema Cult Classic Film Festival will be on Thursday, April 20, 2017 in Todd Hall, Rm. 276. This is a free event and Doors will open at 6:00 PM. The first film starts at 6:30 PM. Showing will be Mosquito (1995) and Stung (2015).


Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardee:

  • Betsy Beers is the recipient of a $4,000 grant from AGRO-K for a project concerning Insect Control on Tree Fruit.  (4/4/2017)

CAHNRS Announcements

We hope you can attend the CAHNRS Faculty and Staff Awards Night on Tuesday, April 11th at 5:00 PM in the Ensminger Pavilion.  This year’s award winners include Dave Crowder and Allan Felsot.  RSVP to Allanna Ellis at if you will be attending this free event.

University Announcements

The Administrative Professional Advisory Council (APAC) is sponsoring the Leading Effective Teams workshop set for Wednesday, April 19th at 8:30 AM-10:30 AM in the CUB Jr. Ballroom.  It will be led by Kevin Parker (former WA St. Representative and adjunct faculty with Whitworth and Gonzaga Univ. MBA programs.  To register for this free seminar please RSVP to by April 12. This event is open to all WSU staff and faculty.  For WSU staff outside of Pullman, APAC will provide a partial travel award for staff who would like to participate in person. Travel awards will be given to the first 20 people who apply and capped at $100 per person. You must send your RSVP and indicate your desire for the travel award by April 7. See attachment for more info.

2017 Administrative Profession Contribution Award: APAC is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the 10th annual award that will recognize an Administrative Professional employee’s exceptional contributions to WSU/their area or unit. The winner will be announced during the May 11, 2017 APAC meeting. The nomination form can be found on the APAC website at . The deadline to submit your nomination is Friday, April 7, 2017. For further information or to submit your nomination contact Gayle Anderson at or 335-8350.

Safety Issues

Signage clarification: Below is a more detailed explanation of what changes are needed for signage to be posted at the entrance to laboratories:

  • Every lab (excluding computer labs for example) on campus should have lab signage posted outside the room in the hallway which is created through WSU’s Laboratory Signage Program. There is an SPPM which sums up the intent of the program, responsibilities, etc you can check out here: Similarly the website for the program has information too:
  • The signage shows emergency contact phone numbers, hazards in the lab, PPE required for entry, and other information one would need to be aware of to enter the lab in an emergency or non-emergency capacity.
  • In short, the signage is meant to communicate to staff, visitors and emergency personnel what types of hazards they can anticipate in the lab. This is very useful for Facilities or Emergency responders who have to enter the lab after hours to respond to an emergency, chemical spill, water leak, etc. Knowing the potential hazards inside (e.g. radiation, research animals, lasers, explosive, flammable, or toxic chemicals, to name a few) will affect the actions responders may take and may keep them safe.
  • As for the older entrance signs with the symbols crossed out, those are very outdated. In fact those very well may be the first iteration of the signage program, which has been updated a couple times since, most recently with the newest hazard symbols (Global Harmonization System symbols for example). We recommend using the signage program to make new signs if you still have those very old ones posted.

For Graduate Students

Prestigious Fellowships Workshop: Learn about prestigious fellowship opportunities such as the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Ford Foundation, and USDA Fellowships, and how to be competitive in the application process.
WHO: Graduate students and undergraduates who are considering graduate school
When: April 10, 2017; 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Where: FSHN T101 & live-streamed

A scholarship opportunity for Master’s students. The Navy has a wonderful scholarship for Entomology Students who are completing their Masters at Washington State University from 01 Oct 2018 to 30 Sep 2020.  It is called the Health Service Collegiate Program and what it provides is:

All Active Duty pay and allowances while attending WSU, a guaranteed job after graduation and commissioning as a Medical Service Corps Officer in the Navy.
While attending WSU the student will receive:
Monthly Pay $2,435
Monthly Food Allowance $368
Monthly Housing allowance of $1,185 if single or $1,581 if married.
Full Medical and Dental Coverage
30 Paid Vacation per year and a 401K.

While receiving HSCP and attending WSU there are no military obligations, the student’s only obligation is to maintain good standing with their program.  They will not wear uniforms, attend any type of training, have any type of grooming standards and can focus on their studies at WSU. Time spent in the Navy as an Entomologist is 3 years.  Typical duty stations are Cairo Egypt, Bethesda Maryland, Atlanta Georgia, San Diego Ca, Lima Peru and Pearl Harbor, HI.

Employment Opportunities

  1. Assistant Project Scientist- Insect Endocrinology Research, UC-Riverside, Riverside, CA
  2. Extension Educator, Ag & Natural Res, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL
  3. Posts Doc Research Scholar, North Carolina St. Univ., Raleigh, NC
  4. Research Station Mgr., Pacific Ag Research, Salinas, CA
  5. Bioinformatics Res. Assoc I (Entomology & Plant Pathology) Univ Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  6. Post Doc Fellow (Hufbauer), Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, CO
  7. Faculty Research Asst., Oregon State University, Corvallis, CO