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May 30, 2017

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May 30, 2017

Department Meetings

The next Entomology Faculty Meeting is tentative planned for Friday, June 30, 2017.

Department Announcements 

Jeb Owen was featured in a June 2, 2017 Spokesman Review story titled “Attack of the Black Flies.”

The work of Steve Sheppard and Paul Staments was highlighted in an article in the June 5, 2017 edition of Forbes Magazine titled “Can A Mushroom Save Honey Bees?”   Here’s the link:

Nominations for 2017-18 faculty awards are being accepted through September 29th.  See the attached memo for the call and the awards available. Also, please let me know who is being nominated and for what so we can keep an inventory of the submissions to make sure CAHNRS is well represented. Contact Lisa Johnson if you have questions.

Grants And Awards 

Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Betsy Beers is the recipient of funding from the Fresh Pear Commission in the amount of $121,474 to work on

“Integrated Fruit Production for Pears.” (5/31/2017)

  • David Crowder and Betsy Bears are the recipients of funding from the Fresh Pear Commission in the amount of $52,761 to work on “Acoustically Based Mating Disruption of Winterform Psylla.” (5/31/2017)
  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of funding from the Washington Alfalfa Seed Commission in the amount of $34,000 to work on “Pest Control on Seed crops.”  (5/31/17)
  • David James is the recipient of funding from the Washington Wine Commission in the amount of $10,000 to work on “New Mites in Washington Grapes: Distribution, Abundance and Significance. (5/31/2017)
  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of funding from the USDA/ARS/APRI in the amount of $10,520 to work on “Alfalfa Pollinator Research Initiative.” (5/18/2017)

University Announcements 

As you have likely heard, WSU ITS is in the migration stage for moving our Exchange mailboxes to Office 365.  This will happen during the months of May and June 2017.  The schedule and additional information for these moves is located at  the O365 Outlook Migration web page.

Please look there to see when your area is anticipated to move.  Your mailbox will actually be migrated the night before this date to allow everything to be in place when you start work that day.  When you first try to access your email after the migration, Outlook will give you the pop-up box noted in the PDF documentation referenced below and you will simply need to restart Outlook, possibly more than once.   For many users, this will be the extent of what is needed to complete the migration.  Other information that may apply to you after the migration, depending the devices and applications you use, is located at the PDF file web page (see URL image below).

If for some reason, you run into an issue or have a question that is not covered in the documentation or the FAQs online, please contact your local IT support or CougTech at 335-4357 or

Employment Opportunities 

    1. Plant Health Specialist 1, St. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
    2. Entomologist I, New Orleans, LA
    3. Postdoc Research Associate, Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX
    4. Postdoc Researcher, Louisiana St. Univ.,
    5. Collection Manager, UNH Insect Collection, Durham, NH
    6. Area Extension Agent, Colorado St.  Univ., Delta County, Delta, CA
    7. Postdoc Research Associate, Texas A&M, Weslaco, TX
    8. Postdoctoral Fellow-Entomology, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
    9. Assistant  Prof-Pollination Ecologist, Entomology & Nematology Dept, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville