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December 15, 2017

Posted by | January 5, 2018

December 15, 2017

Department Announcements

Join us for a joint Entomology & Food Science White Elephant Gift Exchange and Potluck Luncheon on December 20th at 12:00  Noon in the Food Science Kitchen (FSHN 103-155).   If you would like to participate in the White Elephant gift exchange there is a $20 limit.  The Office Staff will be making soup for you to enjoy on a cold winter day.  Donations of bread, salads/sides and desserts will be much appreciated.  Please sign up by going to: If you plan on attending, sign up by Monday, December 18th.  If you are planning to participate in the gift exchange come by the office to get your numbered ticket. There is also an option to donate $5 in lieu of bringing a food item.

CAHNRS Announcements

ALL CAHNRS Teaching Assistants: Growth Mindset can support students’ persistence, resilience, and focus. Learn strategies for grading students’ work efficiently and effectively while also investing in your professional development as a TA. Through this short 2-hour workshop you will gain tools and skills to motivate students as you learn about expanding perspective to increase motivation, innovation, and productivity in your students and yourself.


  • Constructive feedback tips and tricks
  • Knowledge and application of growth mindset
  • Practice communicating growth mindset

Registration: go to Coffee and donuts will be provided.  See that attachment for more info.  This training will be on January 22 & 25, 2018, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM in the Honors Hall Lounge and is open to all teaching assistants.


Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Doug Walsh and Lyndon Porter are the recipients of a grant in the amount of $32,000 from the US Dry & Lentil Council to work on the Evaluation of Combinations of Commercial Inoculations and Root Health Promoters on Nodulation, Root Diseases, Nitrogen and Phosphorous Uptake and Yield of Popular Green Dry Pea Cultivars.

University Announcements

Monday, December 18, is the last day to submit a temporary address change for the December 22 payday.  If you need your December 22nd payroll check sent to a temporary address, please complete and email the form in the link below to You can also come to the Payroll Services window located in French 236 to complete or drop the form off.

The Washington State University football team has accepted an invitation to play in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl, with the kickoff at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28. The Cougars will square off against the Michigan State Spartans from the Big Ten Conference. The Cougars are 2-5 all-time against Michigan State, with the last meeting coming in 1977, a 23-21 WSU win in East Lansing. Michigan State (9-3 overall and 7-2 Big Ten) currently is ranked No. 16 and WSU (9-3 overall and 6-3 Pac12) is ranked No. 18 in the College Football Playoff Rankings. For more information, see the WSU Cougars site and the WSU is Bowlbound site.  The game will be on TV and streaming: FS1 and FOX Sports Go

Webinar: Monday, Dec 18, 2017 (8:00-9:00 AM) Integrated Weed Management and Insect Pests in Dryland Cereal Systems by Ian Burke (WSU) and Sanford Eigenbrode (UI).  Join this webinar up to 30 minutes before start time >> more here. No preregistration is required.

About the webinar series: In this series of webinars, scientists present timely information aimed at helping farmers and agricultural professionals interpret the results of recent research on dryland cereal systems in our region. This webinar series stems from the new book Advances in Dryland Farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest, a publication of the six-year Regional Approaches to Climate Change (REACCH project, aimed at increasing the sustainability of dryland farming. All times listed are PST.  Each webinar will be 1 hour long, including Q & A session. Archived versions of these webinars will be posted when available.  Order a copy of Advances in Dryland Farming in the Inland Pacific Northwest.  Archived versions will be available on the series webpage, following the live webinars.

WSU Surplus Stores is having a sale for the month of December. Save 50 percent on all Athletics gear and all file cabinets. Everything else is 20 percent off. University departments can shop at Surplus Stores throughout the week, Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bring a signed IRI.  Public sales are every Friday during December, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Graduate School wants to remind you of the importance that of submitting all grades before 5:00 PM on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.  If you have students who are planning to graduate in December, a missing grade will keep them from graduating.  This is a reminder regarding 700/702/800 credits in myWSU:  Faculty should set course requirements for each semester that a student is enrolled in research credits, and provide an S or U grade at the end of the semester based on the student’s performance in meeting those requirements.  In extenuating circumstances, faculty may use the “X” grade to indicate continuing progress toward completion of those requirements. The “X” grade should be changed when the faculty member determines that the student has successfully met the requirements for that semester; the X grades should be changed by faculty no later than the semester of the final defense.  Please also keep in mind when entering an “X” grade; Financial Aid views an “X” grade as not satisfactory progress towards the degree.  This means that an “X” grade will affect a graduate student’s financial aid status. For more detailed policy information see: grad-school. NOTE: The Registrar’s Office will be CLOSED from December 23rd – January 1st.  Therefore, the Registrar’s Office will not process grades during this period, but students will be able to view their grades and order transcripts.  We encourage you to submit grades by the deadline because missing or incorrect grades during the University’s Holiday Reduced Operations may create difficulties for students

For Graduate Students


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security

The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Program will hold its seventh annual Summer Institute on Global Food Security Sunday, June 3 – Saturday, June 16, 2018 on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. This two-week learning program is for graduate students who are interested in developing a holistic understanding of the conceptual challenges around global food security with a focus on cross-disciplinary problem solving of real-world development challenges. Applicants must have completed at least one semester of graduate study and be enrolled in a U.S. institution at the time of application.   Additional information and applications are available on the program website. U.S. citizenship is not required.   The application deadline is Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) U.S. Global Development Lab seeks a five year cooperative agreement with a Higher Education Institution (HEI) to establish and leverage a strong international network to help solve pressing development challenges through research. The resulting Long-term Assistance and Services for Research (LASER) network will work in partnership with USAID to engage academics and stakeholders in identifying and refining critical development research questions. LASER will fund research projects that address those questions so that the entire research system – from universities to policy-makers and civil society – can engage, educate, and contribute to the success of the research projects towards achieving development impacts. Additionally, LASER will increase the human and institutional capacity of higher education institutions in low and middle-income countries to become global leaders in research. The resulting LASER network will not only generate new knowledge for USAID, but also initiate long term, sustainable collaborations between U.S. and developing country institutions that are characterized by equitable university partnerships. Through LASER, USAID strives to engage with global university partners, leading to a connected global research network focused on development challenges, and stakeholders that are better equipped to use research to further their country’s development.

Eligibility:  Only HEIs are eligible to serve as the lead implementer, however consortium applications that include other organizations (e.g., NGOs, private sector) are welcome as long as the lead applicant is an HEI. USAID specifically seeks to support a university whose operations includes the creation, engagement, and/or growth of a large, international network of university researchers, centers, and institutes across disciplines that can: 1) independently identify and address new and impactful research questions with high relevance to the international development community, 2) partner with USAID Missions, Bureaus, and Independent Offices to address unique research needs identified by USAID and 3) provide opportunities to work with and build up individual and institutional capacity of HEIs and their communities in low and middle-income countries. Please submit all questions by December 20, 2017. Concept notes are due on January 24, 2018. Learn more:

Employment Opportunities

  1. Plant Protection Specialist, Kansas Dept. of Agriculture, Saline County, KS
  2. Coffee Berry Borer Quarantine Tech, CRP Response-Oahu, HI
  3.  Field Crops IPM, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  4.  Postdoctoral Fellow 2017-2018, Auburn University, Auburn, AL
  5.  Postdoctoral Fellow, Natural History Museum of L.A., CA
  6. Extension Pesticide Safety Educator, Virginia Tech Univ., Blacksburg, VA
  7.  Assistant Professor Applied Insect Chemical Ecologist, Cornell Univ., Geneva NY