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November 17, 2017

Posted by | November 30, 2017

November 17, 2017

Seminars & Colloquium

The next Entomology Colloquium will be on Monday, November 27, 2017.  Our speaker will be Dr. Fang (Rose) Zhu.  Rose is a faculty member in the WSU Department of Entomology. The title of her talk is yet to be announced.  All colloquium presentations are held in FSHN 354, (the Entomology Department classroom) and begin at 2:10 PM.  The AMS dial in number is 771155.

Grants & Awards

Congratulations to our WSU students and faculty ESA competition winners:

  • WSU’S Student Debate team won their debate and won the overall competition. The team is made up of Adekunle Adesanya, Abigail Cohen, Adrian Marshall, Jim Hepler, Ben Lee and Abbey Hayes. They will receive an engraved trophy and a $500 prize.
  • Adrian Marshall won 10-min talk session, and both Robert Orpet and Abigail Cohen won second place in their sessions! First place winners receive one free year of ESA membership, a certificate, and a $75 cash prize. Second place winners receive one free year of ESA membership and a certificate.
  • Alix Whitener was awarded the Student Activity Award, a $5000 scholarship from Monsanto. She also served this year as the Student Affairs Committee Chair, organizing the Student Debates, Student Reception, and the Student Symposium.
  • Adekunle Adesanya won second place in the Poster Competition for “Insect vector and Resistance Management.”  Kunle also served as Pacific Branch Student Representative to the Student Affairs Committee and he helped moderate the Student Symposium.
  • Betsy Beers was awarded the Excellence in IPM award (the first time this was awarded to a woman) and Carol Black was awarded the Excellence Extension Award.
  • Our very own former faculty member Carol Anelli delivered the memorial lecture honoring Anna Botsford Comstock.  (Carol’s talk was recorded and will be posted on YouTube in the next few weeks.  As soon as I know it has been posted I will send the link out to everyone).
  • Our Linnaean Games team, Adrian Marshall, Jim Hepler, Robert Orpet, Alix Whitener and Rachel Olsson did not win their competition but did receive funding from ESA and the Pacific Branch to help represent the Pacific Branch at the meeting.

University Announcements

Safety and you at WSU: Whether you are a student, staff, or faculty member, your safety is of the utmost importance. We’re committed to safety and we know you are too. Join us at WSU’s Safety, Health, and Security Fair + Awards Ceremony to recognize those who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in health, safety, and security at Washington State University.  MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

November 28    10:30am – 1:30pm.   CUB Senior Ballroom

We look forward to seeing you there. Stacy Pearson, Vice President for Finance and Administration, and Chris Keane, Vice President for Research

For Graduate Students

Are you looking to recruit excellent scholars to your graduate program for Fall 2018? Consider nominating students for the Graduate School’s Research Assistantships for Diverse Scholars (RADS), which are intended to increase access and opportunities to graduate education for U.S. students from underrepresented/underserved communities and to increase graduate student diversity in our degree programs and Washington State University. Applications for RADS are due Friday, February 2nd, 2018 at Noon.

As an additional incentive, the Campus Visitation Program provides RADS nominees with a unique opportunity to visit WSU and meet with departments and communities on campus. The Campus Visitation Program has served as a powerful recruiting incentive for prospective WSU graduate students. Only students, who are nominated for RADS and have been admitted by the prospective department, will be eligible to participate in the Campus Visitation Program.  The campus visit will take place on the Pullman campus, March 4th- 7th, 2018.

Please Note: Nominations for the RADS and Campus Visit use the same form. Please limit nominations to a maximum of 3 per Department/Program.

For more information about guidelines and eligibility, and the RADS/ Campus Visitation Program nomination form, please visit our website:  and feel free to send questions to

Employment Opportunities

  1. Postdoctoral Researcher (Invertebrate Molecular Ecology), Entomology Dept., Louisiana St. Univ., Baton Rouge, LA
  2. Lab Manager, PSES University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
  3. Area IPM Advisor, Salinas, Monterey County, CA
  4. Biology Residential Faculty, Maricopa Co. Community College Dist., Phoenix, AZ
  5. Plant Pest Specialist, State of North Carolina, North Carolina Dept of Ag and Consumer Services
  6. Research Associate, North Carolina St. Univ., Raleigh, NC