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January 5, 2018

Posted by | January 11, 2018

CAHNRS Announcements

Mark your calendar for the next Entomology Faculty Meeting will be on Wednesday, January 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM.  AMS dial number to come.


For 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:  To register go to Coffee and donuts will be provided.  See that attachment for more infoThis 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.

University Announcements

WSU Showcase call for Abstracts – Celebrating How new ideas change THE WORLD:  Leverage the power of your ideas by sharing them with WSU colleagues at the 2018 Academic Showcase and GPSA Research Exhibitions. Sharing them with WSU colleagues at the 2018 Academic Showcase and GPSA Research Exhibitions.  SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT of up to 250 words and your contact information no later than Monday, January 22.  Detailed information about Academic Showcase, the GPSA Research Exhibition, and Abstract submission guidelines can be found Academic Showcase, the GPSA Research Exhibition, and Abstract Submission Guidelines  can be found online. Academic Showcase and the GPSA Research Exhibition are celebrations of original scholarship, research, and creative expression by members of the WSU community and will be held Thursday, March 29, 2018, at WSU Pullman.

We experienced a slight power fluctuation today that affected feeders into both of our main substations coming onto campus.  The issue was on an outside Avista line, and they do not anticipate any more issues that would cause more surges or outages.  This incident knocked some of our HVAC systems into reset mode.  For the most part, the systems reset automatically, but some have not and we are getting to those manually.  If you or your researchers notice that their fume hoods, air supplies or other HVAC systems are not operating normally, please call 335-9000 and let us know so that we can reset those systems.  Usually our alarms provide us this information, but some of those did not go into trouble today, which we are also checking.  Thanks.  Craig Cole, Facilities Operations.

Beginning February 1st, CAHNRS will transition from the current hourly time keeping system of Timekeeper, to a centrally managed tool called Cougar Manager.  This change is precipitated by a confluence of events, which includes:

·   Washington State Initiative 1433 now prescribes the accrual of sick leave for hourly employees, necessitating changes to how hours worked are reported.

·   Flash, the technology on which the CAHNRS Timekeeper web interface was built, is being phased out of the market and will be increasingly cumbersome to enable and use for employees and supervisors.

·   Migrating to Cougar Manager will better position CAHNRS for the adoption of the new ERP.

The impact of this transition is on hourly employees, their supervisors, and the CAHNRS Business Center.  Hourly employees will have a new web interface to record their hours worked, and supervisors will have a new web interface to approve the hours worked.  One benefit of this migration is that the interface for recording and approving leave will be accessible on mobile devices, which should better facilitate approvals for busy supervisors. I will send out a follow up communication this Friday (1/5/17) with additional instructions and dates for training seminars, including online videos that you can watch on your schedule.  In the mean-time continue to use Timekeeper as normal. Bill Bonner, Operations & IT, Washington State University, College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences.

Reminder: Announcements moving to WSU Insider on Monday
Brenda Campbell The formal migration of the daily Announcements service to the WSU Insider begins Monday, Jan. 8.

Those who have signed up for the daily Announcements email also will begin receiving the WSU Insider email. Then, at the end of a two-week transition phase, the daily Announcements service will be discontinued, replaced with the WSU Insider.  That migration is expected to be complete on Jan. 22. The new WSU Insider is an online news and information source for faculty and staff. It provides a more comprehensive focus on WSU-related news, events and opportunities for employees throughout the University system and has been in beta testing since October. The new website is formally launching Monday. It features fresh postings each morning and is updated as needed throughout the day. It also will include a daily email option similar to the Announcements service for those who want news and other information delivered directly to their inboxes.  Meanwhile, the process for submitting Announcement-style notices for publication will remain largely unchanged during this phase but updates are planned for later.

The Motor Pool reminds Departments to schedule emissions tests and annual inspections for WSU department-owned vehicles. Emissions tests are required for all 1991 to 2009 WSU vehicles.  Annual inspections need to be done on all university-owned vehicles. Contact Chad Hansen at 335-9091,; or Brad Hill at 335-9320,


Inclement Weather Notice:  When it is determined that public safety, health, or property is jeopardized due to emergency conditions, WSU may elect to suspend operations in accordance with the University’s suspended operations procedure. A course is being offered that highlights the information especially pertinent to employees when operations are suspended. It is important to register in advance.  It is important to register in advance. To do so, click here

The 2017-2018 WSU Annual Security and Fire Report is now available on line at

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 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.  Assistant Professor-Insect Vector Biologist/Insect Physiologist, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  2. Junior Specialist-Postharvest, Univ. of California-Davis, Salinas, CA
  3. Assistant/Associate Professor Biology (Conservation Zoologist) St. Cloud St. Univ., Saint Cloud, MN
  4. Product Development VP in California, Stebbins & Associates are recruiting
  5. Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Univ of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  6. Research Specialist – Dept of Crop Sciences, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  7.  Postdoctoral Research Associate-Biology-Bee Health and Ecology, Univ of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  8.   Asst/Assoc/Full Professor, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  9.  Integrated Pest Management Supervisor, ColorPoint, Paris, KY
  10.   Biological Science Tech (Insects), Dept. of Agriculture, Corvallis, OR
  11.  Assist Prof, Dept of Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics, Uniformed Services Univ. of the health Sciences, Bethesda, MD.

Important Dates and Deadlines:

Nominees for The Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines are due on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 to Alanna Ellis ( in the Academic Programs Office.  This is a rare opportunity to acknowledge excellence among the graduate cohort at WSU, and we are well aware that there are many extraordinary graduate students in CAHNRS.  See previous newsletters for list of scholarships.

Detailed information about Academic Showcase, the GPSA Research Exhibition, and Abstract Submission Guidelines can be found online. Academic Showcase and the GPSA Research Exhibition are celebrations of original scholarship, research, and creative expression by members of the WSU community and will be held Thursday, March 29, 2018, at WSU Pullman.

Meetings: Regional, National, International

Pacific Branch ESA meeting in Reno, NV, June 10-13, 2018.

Entomological Society of America Pacific Branch Annual Meeting is in Vancouver, BC, Nov 11-15, 2018


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