Skip to main content Skip to navigation

May 15, 2017

Posted by | August 24, 2017

May 15, 2017


Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Dave Crowder who is the recipient of a grant from USDA/NIFA/AFTI in the amount of $474,850.  This grant is for Exploring Mechanisms Mediating Plant-Virus- Herbivore Interactions in Legume Crops.  (5/11/17)
  • Vince Jones who is the recipient of a grants from the Washington State Tree Fruit Commission in the amount of $66,378.  This grant is for Developing and Validating Models for Tree Fruit.  He also received another grant in the amount of 73,242 for Development and Validation of a Precision Pollination Model (5/18/2017).
  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of 5 grants from the Washington Mint Commission totaling  $44,511.  (5/18/17)

University Announcements 

All university buildings will be closed in honor of Memorial Day on Monday, May 29th.


June 10: Tri-Cities Wine and Music Festival supports WSU research:

Washington State University and the Auction of Washington Wines are partnering to host the 3rd Annual Tri-Cities Wine and Music Festival on Saturday, June 10.Ticket prices range from $85 per person for the festival to $950 for a weekend package for two that includes the Col Solare Vintner Dinner on Friday and hotel accommodations through the weekend. Several ticket packages are available online at the Auction of Washington Wines website.  Proceeds from the event benefit WSU  viticulture and enology research that helps the Northwest region stay competitive in the national and global wine market, while providing sustainable growth in the industry. Research projects funded through Auction of Washington Wines provide students with hands-on training and create a workforce to meet the growing needs of the grape and wine industry. Arny Bailey and Friends band to provide classic rock at Wine and Jazz FestivalThe Wine and Jazz Festival starts at 6 p.m. at the WSU Tri-Cities campus in Richland. The event will include classic rock from Arny Bailey and Friends, featuring Peter Rivera, formerly of Rare Earth, along with food from the Olive Café in Walla Wall and wine tasting from more than 20 Washington wineries. The festival is sponsored by Numerica Credit Union, Russ Dean RV and URock Radio. Since its inception in 1988, the Auction of Washington Wines has raised more than $37 million. The distinguished fundraising events give wine lovers the chance to support the Washington wine industry and families in the communities around the region.

For the golfer’s among us:  Registration opens for July 29 Hardhat Classic Golf Tournament

Registration is now open for the ninth annual Jess Ford of Pullman Hardhat Classic Golf Tournament set for Saturday, July 29, at Palouse Ridge Golf Club. Proceeds from the tournament benefit WSU’s Facilities Services Scholarship Fund/Endowment.

Cost is $135 per participant, which includes 18 holes, golf cart rental, hat, a small bucket of practice balls and a buffet lunch provided by Banyan’s on the Ridge. Check-in for the event begins at 7 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.  Hole-in-one prizes include a new Ford F150 XL Super Cab pickup. The putting contest winning qualifier will get to attempt a putt to win $10,000.  For more information or to register, see the Hard Hat Classic website.  A portion of each participation fee goes toward the Facilities Services Scholarship Fund and may be added to the endowment principal. For more information on how the tournament contributes to the fund, please see  Those interested in sponsorship opportunities – from $50 to $2,000 – can contact Jackie Hedenstrom at 509-335-9022 or go see the website.

This notice is for any cardholders with a CTA or Travel Charge card:  JP Morgan has started issuing replacement chip cards, a process that will take place between now and September. For cards with an expiration date falling between 5/2017 and 9/2017, the Controller’s Office will receive your new chip card during its regularly scheduled replacement and reach out to you at the time. All other replacement chip cards have been received by the Controller’s Office and will be processed as quickly as possible.

A couple items to note:

  • Your replacement card will have a new expiration date and CSV code (the three-digit code on the back). If your card is on file with any merchants (i.e. Global Travel, EasyBiz), you will need to update the information with them in order to avoid issues with declined charges.
  • Your magnetic stripe card will become inactivated within 45 days after the issuance of your replacement chip card.
  • If unsure of how to activate the chip card, please be sure to follow the instructions outlined in your new replacement card materials.

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact Aly Kincaid at

The 2016 Graduate School Annual Report is now available for viewing. Read about graduate student enrollment, diversity, degrees awarded, scholarships and assistantships, as well as student successes and graduate school initiatives. Download a PDF from the Graduate School website at

Dry ice shipments:  The Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials shipping coordinators at the Office of Research Assurances would like to remind WSU shippers that we recommend 5-10 lbs. of dry ice for every day that your shipment will be in transport. Recent shipments have been delayed at the hubs of UPS and FedEx due to weather, mechanical failure, and other unforeseen events. These delays have caused precious samples and experiment data to be lost due to the insufficient quantities of dry ice. When a shipment is delayed due to unforeseen circumstances there is nothing WSU can do. So please remember if your shipment contains important samples or data, add additional dry ice for those unforeseen events. Please contact the Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Material shippers at (509) 432-3869 if you have any questions.

For Graduate Students 

Norm Ehmann Urban Pest Management Award  –  July 2017 RFP:

Request for proposals: Researchers or educators involved with urban pest management problems which occur in the Pacific Northwest are invited to apply. Research may be conducted outside the Northwest if it involves pests that also occur in the Northwest, like bed bugs.

Purpose: This endowment was developed through donations from the Oregon and Washington Pest Management Associations, the Pacific Northwest Pest Management Conference and a variety of pest control industry suppliers. It is intended to support research and extension and/or educational activities relevant to Urban Pest Management issues.

Funding: Proposals are welcome from all Urban Pest Management researchers and extension educators, but we do expect the proposed research and training to include pests that are located in the Pacific Northwest. The amount of each grant has not been established, but we are planning for a total amount of up to $30,000 to be made available for this funding period (January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018). It is expected that one or more projects will be funded. The selection committee encourages applicants to seek matching funds from supporting agencies, such as the Washington State Commission on Pesticide Registration and the Pacific Northwest Pest Management Conference.

Evaluation and Selection CriteriaResearch and Extension Proposals addressing all Urban Pest Management issues will be accepted, with priority placed on those addressing pests in the Pacific Northwest such as:

  • Odorous house ants, carpenter ants and other pestiferous ants
  • Bed bugs
  • Subterranean termites, anobiid beetles, and other wood-destroying organisms
  • Yellowjackets and other wasps
  • Arthropod pests of all stored products
  • Mosquitoes and other medically important arthropods
  • Rodents
  • Training workshops or programs for Pest Control technicians

            Proposal format: Proposals are limited to 5 pages with 12-point font size and one-inch margins. Applicants should include a two-page vitae as an addendum.

Rationale and Significance: Each proposal should contain a detailed description of the pest problem and its impact on the affected industry and/or stakeholders.

Project Description: Provide a detailed description of the project including objectives, procedures (including statistical design parameters and analysis when appropriate), time line, matching funds and personnel.

Deadline: Proposals will be accepted until August 31, 2017. Submit one electronic or written copy of the proposal to Walter S. Sheppard, Department of Entomology, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 99164-6382 ( The applicants will notified of the selection committee choice by October 1, 2017.

Budget: A budget narrative and totals must be provided for salaries and benefits, hourly wages, required travel, equipment, and other related expenses. Indirect or overhead costs are not permitted.

Reporting: Mid-term and final progress reports are required for funded projects (June 30, 2018 and January 15, 2019, respectively). At the request of the Norm Ehmann Urban Pest Management Award Committee, the researcher may be asked to make a presentation at the annual meeting of the Pacific Northwest Pest Management Association. Funding to attend this meeting will be provided by the Association and should not be included in the proposal.

Employment Opportunities

  1. Plant Health Specialist 1, St. of Minnesota, East Grand Forks, MN
  2. Instructor, Mississippi St. Univ., Starksville, MS
  3. AgCenter Asst/Assoc Prof (Field Crops Entomologist), Louisiana St. Univ., Winnsboro, LA
  4. Assistant Professor of Public Health Entomology, Dept of Entomology, Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  5. Research and Extension Director, East. Nebraska Res & Exten Ctr, Univ of Nebraska, Mead, NE
  6. Asst. Prof., Insect Pest Mgt.-Tree Nut IPM, Entomology Dept., Tifton, GA
  7. Vice Provost of Cooperative Exten. UC-Davis, Div of Ag & Natural Resources, Davis, CA
  8. Assistant Professor-Entomology, Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, KS
  9. Postdoc Res. Assoc., Toxin Delivery/Insect Physiology, Dept of Entomology & Nematology. Univ of Florida
  10. Urban Agricultural Specialist, Cornell Univ., Ag & Life Sciences, Brooklyn, NY
  11. Research Technologist 2, Entomology Dept., Penn St. Univ.
  12. Technical Advisor, Malaria Entomology, Clinton Health Access Initiative,
  13. Continuing Asst. Prof. of Agricultural Entomology, Univ. of Delaware, Georgetown, DE
  14. Assistant Professor, North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC