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February 2, 2018

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Department Announcements

It’s not too late to get WSU EGSA calendars and patches.  The calendars are marked down to $8.00 and feature photos taken by our Grad Students and the patches are just $3.00.  For more info see the attachment or to place your order contact  All profits will go to the WSU EGSA for their activities.

Seminars and Colloquium

The speaker for the Entomology Colloquium on February 5, 2018, will be Dr. Betsy Beers .  The title of her presentation is “The Acarine Bermuda Triangle: Mites, Resistance, and Non-Target Effects” To learn more about Dr. Beers go to:

The presentation is at 12:10 PM in FSHN 354.  The AMS dial number is 772402.

CAHNRS Announcements

Hello! The CAHNRS 3MT (3 Minute Thesis) has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 20. It will take place in the afternoon, exact time TBD, depending upon the number of student entries.  We would like for each department to send the information for their 3 top students being considered for the competition (3 PhD, and 3 Master’s level students are permitted). We will accommodate as many students as possible, keeping in mind fair representation and keeping the competition to a reasonable amount of time. There was discussion of each department holding their own competition – this may or may not be necessary depending upon how many students in your department are interested in competing.

CAHNRS Eligibility

  • PhD candidates pursuing a degree within CAHNRS. PhD students must be post-preliminary exam by the proposal deadline.
  • Master’s level students, pursuing degrees within CAHNRS. Master’s level thesis students should be third semester or later. Non-thesis students are not eligible. Master’s students are not eligible for the university competition.
  • CAHNRS will host the competition on a single day with separate judging for PhD candidates and Master’s level students.
  • Entrants located on the Pullman campus must present face-to-face.

Entrants located on branch campuses or at R&E centers are allowed to videotape their presentation. In keeping with the same requirements set forth for Pullman campus presentations, these must be taped in front of an audience, to be determined by student and Academic Programs Office. Videos must be received 3 business days prior to the face to face competition in order to be judged. If a student off campus wins the CAHNRS 3MT competition, they must travel to Pullman to take part in the university-wide competition on March 28, 2018. Completed Cover Form

  1. Slide that will be used during the CAHNRS 3MT competition. Only one static slide is permitted in the competition.
  2. Photograph (mug shot) to be displayed on the CAHNRS 3MT competition website.
  3. Completed release form: Or hard copy

For more information about the 3MT, you can visit these websites here:, .  Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you, Alanna

University Announcements

Career Expo is coming next Tuesday, February 6, 2018:  Great internship and career candidates come from WSU. Recruiters across the nation said Cougars are among the best prepared to hit the ground running in a “Top 25” ranking of universities published the Wall Street Journal. WSU’s Academic Success and Career Center (ASCC) plays a major role in students’ success. Its budget stretches to pay the $30,000 annual subscription to an online job-connections database used by 9,500 students and over 9,850 employers. ASCC also pays to host the twice-yearly Career Expo.  And it offers career counseling, testing, and for-credit courses; etiquette dinners and industry tours; resume critiques and mock interviews; and on-campus networking events with prospective employers.   Students can view details about the Career Expo and see the list of visiting employers on Handshake at The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Beasley Coliseum on the Pullman Campus. For a complete list of employers who have registered for the Spring Career Expo, click here.  Employer registration for the Spring 2018 Career Expo is open on Handshake. For more information about the event, review our employer information pages or email

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 is the last day that a student may drop a course without penalty.  Drops will result in the course being removed from the student’s transcript. To drop a course, students will go to myWSU, select Student Center, click on Enroll, then choose the Drop tab.

Then they will take the following steps:

  • Select the class by clicking on the box to the left of the course and click “Drop Selected Classes.”
  • Click “Finish Dropping” to process request.
  • View the results of request. A green check mark under the status indicates success.

The drop will show throughout myWSU immediately, in real time.


  • Deadline applies only to regular term (1/8/2018 – 4/27/2018) classes.
  • Some holds will prevent a student from dropping a class, but not all do. Select the details link to see what impact the hold has, and what action is needed. Students must contact the appropriate office to release the hold.
  • International Students
  • For Pullman Students: International Programs – Global Services located in Bryan Hall 108 must approve class drops for International Students.
  • For Urban Campus Students: The International Advisor on your campus must approve class drops for International Students.
  • After Tuesday, February 6, 2018 course withdrawals cost $5.00 each and are recorded on the student’s transcript as W’s.
  • After Tuesday, February 6, 2018 course withdrawals do not reduce tuition charges

The next  Professional Development Initiative event will be February 6th at 10:00 AM in CUB L60 (Butch’s Den). The presenter will be Krystal Beachum.  She is the author ofFor the Other 98%: An Entrepreneurial Guide for Students.” For more info about this author and this book go to:

GPSA Research Expo Call for Judges:  Nearly three decades ago, the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) of Washington State University (WSU) hosted the first annual Graduate Student Research Exposition. This competitive event provides an opportunity for graduate and professional students to present diverse, cutting-edge research that takes place at WSU. To make the GPSA Research Exposition a success, we need the expertise of faculty (including emeritus), staff, postdoctoral fellows, and alumni to select those students with exemplary scholarship and research. The GPSA asks for the support of faculty who would like to volunteer their time to help select graduate and professional students of high merit. Presentations will be delivered in poster format and judges are needed for a wide swath of categories including: (1) Medical & Life Sciences, (2) Engineering, Physical Sciences & Environmental Science, (3) Agricultural & Natural Sciences, (4) Social Sciences, (5) Arts, Humanities & Design, and (6) Administrative & Information Sciences. Students who win their sections will be awarded scholarships that total $10,000.

Time commitment for judges is approximately four and half hours, spanning from 7:30 a.m. to noon on the day of the event, March 29, 2018. Breakfast and refreshments will be provided.  If you are interested in joining the GPSA as a judge for the 2018 Research Exposition, please follow this link to the Judge Participant Form. Please complete this form at your earliest convenience. We will keep the application open until we have enough judges. For additional information on the GPSA Research Exposition, please click here. Please also help the GPSA forward this email to faculty in your department. The GPSA sincerely appreciates the support of you!  Thank You,

Jing Sun, Director of Strategic Planning & Scholarship, Graduate & Professional Student Association

Washington State University

APAC’s Spring Professional Development Seminars: The professional development seminars offer a range of training opportunities for WSU staff and faculty. We encourage you to attend.

Please click on the event links below to register.

Jaime Green, Director of Faculty Talent & Recognition, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Michael Heim, SSC Technology Coordinator, Academic Success and Career Center

Dr. Craig Parks, Assistant Vice Provost, Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President

James Bledsoe, Senior Career Coach, Academic Success and Career Center

  • May 2 3:30–5:00 PM                     Proven Keys to Career Building & Recovering from Self Inflicted Wounds,  Mike Worthy, Regent, Washington State University
  • May 17 TBA Servant                       Leadership

Robin Blanchard, CEO of Blanchard Consulting LLC

AMS sites will be scheduled.  Sponsored by the Office of the President.
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.

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

For Graduate Students

The Honey and Pollination Center at the Robert Mondavi Institute, UC Davis is hosting its fourth annual Bee Symposium on Saturday, March 3, 2018. Each year we host a graduate student poster competition with cash prizes awarded (First place-$1000, Second place-$750, Third place-$500, Fourth place-$250). Please forward this on to graduate students who are involved in pollinator-related research. The competition is open to any graduate student at any University. However, applicants must be present at the event to defend their poster. All graduate student participants will receive complementary seating to the 2018 Bee Symposium. Our lead speaker this year is Tom Seeley, Horace White Professor in Biology, Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, Cornell University, New York.

See the attachment for more details and Submission form HERE (also attached)   Send to Liz Luu at Deadline is February 12, 2018.  For more information, please visit our website here:   Elizabeth Luu UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center,  Office: (530) 754-9301


KENNETH J. MORRISON EXTENSION AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE February 15, 2018:  The Kenneth J. Morrison Extension Award in Crop and Soil Sciences was established in 1987 by “Kenny” as he was affectionately called by his friends, for the purpose of recognizing an Extension faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to Washington state’s agriculture, especially in agronomic crop production and/or soil management. Kenny was an extension agronomist at Washington State University for over 35 years.  He was responsible for directing and coordinating extension activities for all major field crops grown in Washington, including small grains, forages, oilseed crops, pulses, grasses, and legumes. He taught farmers how to manage semi-dwarf wheat effectively, make the transition from dryland to irrigated cropping agriculture, appreciate the value of high-quality seed, and minimize pest losses through proper management. As a liaison among producers, processors, researchers, and county extension faculty, Kenny received credit for the excellent rapport that links scientists at Washington State University to growers and the agricultural industry. Through him, researchers obtained unique insights into grower and processor problems. His integrity and reputation as an tireless worker gained him the respect of the entire agriculture industry.  Washington State University Extension faculty are encouraged to apply and/or nominate individuals for this award.  Others — WSU faculty, growers, industry representatives, etc. — are also encouraged to nominate. Eligible candidate include WSU County Extension Faculty and Extension Specialists. The individual selected will receive a plaque and $750 cash award.   Application/nomination packet should include:

  • Nominee name
  • A ? two-page narrative describing the nominee’s contributions to Washington state agriculture in the areas of agronomic crop production and/or soil management, including:
    • Brief description of nominee’s position and role.
    • Extension approaches used by the nominee.
    • Evidence and description of impact of nominee’s programming on Washington state agriculture.
  • A one-page list of publications, articles, key presentations, and other notable career accomplishments.
  • Two letters of support addressing the nominee’s qualifications for the award (one from the nominator; one from another individual)

Submit application materials by Thursday, February 15, 2018 to:  Richard T. Koenig, Professor, Interim Chair, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and Department of Horticulture, Associate Dean, WSU Extension, CAHNRS, Washington State University, P.O. Box 646248, Pullman, WA  99164-6248,  509-335-2933 (p); 509-335-2926 (f)

The Association for Faculty Women’s Outstanding Graduate Student Awards (nomination deadline February 27) recognize the academic achievements and professional potential of WSU’s graduate students. Nominees need no affiliation with the AFW to be nominated, and women or men may be nominated.  The AFW Founders Award is presented to an outstanding Masters student. The Harriett B. Rigas Award is presented to an outstanding PhD student. The Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award is awarded in conjunction with the Graduate School, and is open to all doctoral candidates. See ‘Awards for Graduate Students’ at for more information, nomination instructions, and the nomination form.

Employment Opportunities

  1. Extension Specialist, Agriculture and Agribusiness, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  2. Fellow (Postdoc), Kansas St. Univ., Manhattan, KS
  3. Plant Health Specialist I, St. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  4. Research Scientist 2 – Pesticide Registration, St. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  5. Extension Associate, NC State Univ., Raliegh, NC
  6. L. Bean Fly Fishing Instructor, Freeport, ME

Safety:  Be SAFE this February!

February brings National Burn Awareness Week.  As part of working and learning in CAHNRS, students and employees may be exposed to hazardous chemicals, flames, hot surfaces, cryogenics and other substances that can cause burns.  It is important to be aware of burn hazards, how to avoid them and how to treat burns.


  • Be Responsible — Provide initial, refresher and hazard communication training for employees working with potential burn hazards. Take training when it is offered/required of you.  Wear appropriate protective gear and/or clothing every time.
  • Be aware — Read and heed labels, cautions, hazard signs and symbols.
  • Thermal Burns — Avoid open flames, hot objects, cryogenic liquids and solids, and explosions. Take care when operating stoves, ovens, microwaves, and dishwashers. Watch out for scalding liquids and steam. Use personal protective equipment when handling cryogenics.
  • Chemical Burns – Use effective exposure controls, including work practices and personal protective equipment.
  • Electrical Burns — Avoid contact with water while near electricity, stay away from live wires and don’t overload electrical outlets.
  • Sun/Wind Exposure Burns — Dress appropriately and use sunscreen, lip balm, etc.


  1. Remove yourself from the situation, ask for assistance, and get first aid.
  2. Call 9-1-1 if the burned area is blackening, bleeding or blistering, as these are often signs of a more serious, multiple degree burn. Some chemical burns may require immediate medical attention, understand the hazards associated with the chemicals you are using, read the Safety Data Sheets.
  3. Promptly complete an incident report and let your immediate supervisors know for investigation.
  4. Report related hazards to WSU Environmental Health and Safety at (509) 335-3041.


The University’s emergency communications alert program encompasses a robust system of assorted communication pathways including in-person contact, e-mail, phone and text messaging, an outdoor warning siren system, local alarm systems and social media. This letter is to familiarize you with the WSU Alert System and to encourage you to learn more about this system and enroll to receive emergency communications through WSU. To sign up, go to and enter your contact information under “Pullman Emergency Information.”

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

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.

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.

Mark your calendars to attend the week of April 16, 2018, to attend the E. Paul Catts Lecture events.  Our speaker is, Dr. Rufus Isaacs from Michigan State University. More details to come.

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