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May 1, 2017

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May 1, 2017

Department Announcements 

It is the faculty and lab manager’s responsibility to get all keys returned from their temporary employees who will not be with us after May 6th.  Please make sure that your employees keys are turned in to the Entomology Office before leaving Pullman.  This will help us so that we willkey not have to use your budgets to have new keys made.

Students who will be leaving for one of the research stations, and not be returning to Pullman in the fall, need to return your keys in to the Entomology Office, make sure to remove the items in your office area, and take your trash out to the dumpster before you leave Pullman.  We don’t have the man power to clean up after other people.

Message from Dr. Sheppard: While attempting to use the corning still in FSHN 252 to produce distilled/deionized water last week, I discovered it was non-functional.  The cooling water supply for the condenser did not allow adequate flow to effectively condense the steam into water.  I am unsure how long the still was out of service – but the root cause may have been an issue with improper water cooling adjustment.  We have fixed the problem and the still is now fully operational. The output of the still is 3 liters of distilled water per hour. If you have not used this still before – please see me for a quick guide on “how to” prior to using it. I am happy to share the use of the still – but please remind any users that basic guidelines need to be followed to keep it operational.  The still is rather “analog” – and does not have the intellect to save itself, should an errant user fail to provide the cooling water adjustment – that needs to be done every time the still is used. It is important that the still is turned on and off in a specific sequence…. whereby the cooling water flow is turned on and adjusted (to 40 on the flow meter) BEFORE the heating coil is energized. To turn off the machine – turn off the heating coil first, before turning off the water.

Faculty, students and researchers are invited and encouraged to join the Department of Entomology’s ResearchGate group to help make our profile more current and relevant.  ResearchGate is a professional network for scientists and researchers and some of you are already members.  To get more information and to join our group go to: and click on Join this Department.  There is no cost to join ResearchGate.

The prices on our Entomology Apparel have been reduced.  We still have many items in stock ready for you to purchase.

CAHNRS Announcements

Instructions for Principal Investigators and Laboratory Leaders:

  1. Review the attached most recent Lab Safety Commitment Memo, the Laboratory Safety Commitment form, and the CAHNRS Lab Safety Spreadsheet.  Mt. Vernon, Prosser, Puyallup and Wenatchee spreadsheets are also attached.
  2. Evaluate your lab(s) using the criteria listed on the 2016 Laboratory Safety Commitment form and address any issues.  Complete, sign and post the form in your lab.
  3. Complete and/or update your department’s portion of attached spreadsheet with the current status of your posted lab safety commitments, and progress towards each lab safety focus area.  Create new rows to add a lab not currently listed.  Update incorrect information and complete missing information for your labs, including Yes/No questions, PI and lab contact information, OK/notOK info, etc.
  4. The OK/notOK information was gathered in 2016 for your lab. Be sure to update this information based upon whether your lab meets the criteria listed in the Lab Safety Commitment form.  If you have a notOK listed and cannot resolve the issues preventing an OK status, report the specific barriers to success in the Comments column on the spreadsheet.  The focus is on updating (or completing if you haven’t yet) your Laboratory Safety Commitment form and posting it.
  5. Return the spreadsheet and a copy of your completed and signed Laboratory Safety Commitment form to your Department Administrative Manager and cc: no later than May 19.

Thank you for your continuing support and efforts to improve laboratory safety in CAHNRS and at WSU.

Kimi Lucas, Director CAHNRS Operations, Dixie Kearney, CAHNRS Operations – Safety

MyFacilities notices May 5-21, 2017:

Begin Date Time 5/20/2017 10:00:00 PM End Date Time 5/21/2017 2:00:00 AM
Project No. 7836 Notice Type Utilities
Requesting Entity: FacOps Maintenance
Event Type(s) Electric Power Shut Down Work Location Affected buildings are noted.
Event Note(s) ————– Electric Power Shut Down Event Note ————–
The electric power will be temporarily interrupted in the areas noted. Please assess any critical office or laboratory equipment that may be impacted.

This will affect our greenhouse-bldg. 111, FSHN Bldg, and USDA greenhouses.  For more info go to:

University Announcements 

Graduation cap

The Spring Commencement for us will be on Saturday, May 6, 2017, 8:00 AM, at Beasley Coliseum.  At this ceremony CAHNRS, Engineering & Architecture, Vet Med graduates and the ROTC Commissioning.  For PhD graduates there will be hooding practice on at 2:00 PM on  Friday, May 5th for doctoral students and hooding faculty at Beasley Coliseum, main floor, use the SE tunnel entrance facing the baseball field to come directly down on to the staging area. For more info go to:



Deadline to Submit Final Grades via myWSU Tuesday May 9, 2017 by 5pm.  You must use Firefox for submitting grades.  Instructions can be found on the RONet website under the heading of myWSU FAQs for Faculty.  Instructions for importing grades from Blackboard can be found here:

For Graduate Students

A class (STAT-AFS 511) you may be interested in that is taught by Dave Crowder.  See the attachment for details.

2017 Summer Beekeeping Workshops:

To register online go to:

The Call for Proposals for the SARE Graduate Student grant program has been released. Deadline is May 17, 2017. The full Call can be downloaded at .

The Graduate Student Grants provide a maximum of $25,000 and may last for up to two years. Those eligible to apply are masters or Ph.D. students enrolled full time (as determined by the institution’s requirements) at accredited colleges or universities in the Western region. An applicant is eligible for only one grant during his or her graduate program. After the May 17 deadline, proposals will assessed by a technical review panel in July. The Western SARE Administrative Council selects proposals for funding in July, and award notifications are made in August.  SARE is a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that functions through competitive grants conducted cooperatively by farmers, ranchers, researchers and agricultural professionals to advance farm and ranch systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities.

For Extension People:  Great opportunity to learn about Extension and applied research projects in urban and metropolitan areas in the US (many presentations by WSU).  It is very likely that WSU will be hosting the 2019 National Urban Extension conference in Seattle (decision to be announced at the May 7-11 conference).  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

Return the spreadsheet and a copy of your completed and signed Laboratory Safety Commitment form to your Department Administrative Manager and cc: no later than May 19.

Employment Opportunities 

  1. Research Associate (Postdoc), Botany & Plant Path, Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, OR
  2. Research Associate (Postdoc), USDA/ARS FEMA, Corvallis, OR
  3. Entomologist, Biologist or Cyrobiologist (Postdoc) CDC Foundation, Fargo, ND
  4. Extension Asst/Assoc Prof, Tree Fruit Entomology, Univ. Mass, Amherst, MA
  5. Entomologist IV, St. of Hawaii, Oahu, HI
  6. Horticulturist, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
  7. Research Molecular Biologist/Plant Pathologist (Postdoc), Federal Aviation Adm., Parlier, CA
  8. AgCenter Postdoc Researcher, Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge, LA
  9. Entomology Post-Doctoral Assoc., Dept of Entomology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN

Assistant Professor of Tree Fruit IPM: WSU Tree Fruit R&E ctr

NOTICE OF VACANCY:  Entomology Assistant Professor of Tree Fruit IPM. The Department of Entomology at Washington State University is seeking an Assistant Professor of Entomology to develop an innovative research and extension program focused on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of insects and mites attacking tree fruit. This is a 12-month, tenure-track position to begin August 16, 2017, or as negotiated, at the university’s Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, in Washington State. The successful applicant will be expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized, and externally funded, research and extension program in IPM, focusing on problems faced by the Washington tree fruit industry.  This program should emphasize the development of ecologically and quantitatively based IPM, with a balance of basic and applied contributions to science that are published in high quality peer-reviewed journals. In addition, the successful applicant will be expected to be an active participant in the transfer of research information to the tree fruit industry using traditional and modern methods, and participate in WSU’s tree fruit extension team.

The successful applicant is also expected to support and mentor Entomology graduate students, post-doctoral scientists, and contribute to the teaching program within the Department of Entomology.  The teaching expectation is 3-4 graded credit hours (customarily one course) per annum. Required: Earned Ph.D. in Entomology or related discipline at date of hire with expertise in IPM and insect ecology. Preferred: Evidence of a commitment to excellence in graduate education and outreach; demonstrated ability and/or potential to develop a high-quality research program addressing basic and applied problems in insect ecology and/or IPM; demonstrated ability to publish research in high-quality peer reviewed journals and to publish extension articles in appropriate venues; demonstrated ability and/or potential to develop an extramurally funded program; ability to collaborate with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, including colleagues and clientele statewide, regionally, nationally and internationally; and excellent communication skills including the ability to translate and articulate research outputs and assess the outcomes and impacts of an outreach program.

Screening of application materials begins June 16, 2017, and will continue until position is filled. Applications must include: letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications, areas of expertise, and research interests; a current curriculum vitae; statement of vision and goals for the position that describes how you would approach the position; electronic copies of graduate and undergraduate academic transcripts; and names and contact information for four professional references. Letters of recommendation will be requested for the finalists. Please contact Dr. Vince Jones, Search Committee Chair,, 509-663-8181 x291, for questions about this position. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. For a complete position description see the Notice of Vacancy with all required and preferred qualifications visit, and to apply visit and search #: 125314 . For additional information on Washington State University, the College of Agricultural Human and Natural Resource Sciences or the Department of Entomology, visit, and EEO/AA/ADA.

Important Dates And Deadlines

Transportation Services will offer annual campus parking permit renewals for 2017-18 online beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 2nd through Monday, May 15th.

Spring 2017 course evaluations are due by Friday, May 5, 2017.  Instructors will be able to view a list of students who have completed the evaluation through your myWSU account on May 6.

Meetings- Regional, National, International

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