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February 16, 2018

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Department Meetings

The next Entomology Faculty Meeting will be on Wednesday, February 21, at 9:00 AM.  The AMS dial # is:772671.

Department Announcements

Emily Wine  has  scheduled  her  M.S. seminar and final exam for Friday, February 23, 2018, beginning at 10:00 AM.  The title of her thesis is “Long-Term Population Census and Nest Site Characterization of Managed Alkali Bee Population  in Alfalfa Seed Production in South Central Washington.”  Her committee members are  Doug Walsh, Steve Sheppard, Dave Crowder

Brandon Hopkins and Waled Suliman (a postdoc in Biological Systems Engineering) are the recipients of a $10,000 award from the Honey Bee Health Coalition’s first ever Bee Nutrition Challenge.  The title of the February 9th Daily Evergreen article titled “Researchers look to save collapsing bee colonies” showcases their work on a safe food supplement for honey bees.  A copy of the article is attached.  For more information about the Honey Bee Health Coalition go to:  To learn more about the Challenge go to:

Nick Naeger, a postdoc  in the Sheppard Lab, was awarded $7,500 in this competition for his work on “Fungal Extracts for Honey Bee Health.”

Dave Crowder is teaching a class on scientific writing with Kim Campbell. Every year there is a “round-table” where students prepare questions to ask of faculty/postdocs about writing grants and papers. This has always been a fun and informative class for the students, as they get a bit of perspective from folks other than Kim or I. We are planning on having this round table on Feb. 21st. The class is from 10:10-11:50 AM. If we can get 1-2 volunteers (postdocs or faculty) that would be willing to share insight on how you approach writing papers and grants we would be most appreciative. Please let me know if you can do this – we are set up over AMS so we can accommodate folks off campus.

University Announcements

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The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Scholars Program prepares eligible undergraduates for their future doctoral studies.  Preparation activities include faculty-mentored research experiences, travel to research conferences, specialized coursework, and academic and career counseling.  Applications for the 2018-2019 McNair Cohort are now being accepted.  Please visit for more information.   The application deadline is 11:45 PM on March 23, 2018.

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.

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.


President’s Awards for Leadership:  Honoring those who advance leadership and engagement at WSU and beyond. Student nominations close Monday, February 19. All other nominations close Friday, March 9.

Nominations from all WSU campuses are welcome.

Award Categories:  Student, Student Organization, Faculty, Staff, and Community Organization.  Honorees will be recognized during the LEAD Ceremony on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, on the Pullman campus.  Learn more about the President’s Awards and the LEAD Ceremony at 

Employment Opportunities

  1. Extension Specialist Veterans’ Liaison/Agriculture Entomology, Michigan St. Univ., East Lansing, MI
  2. Field Station Manager, Pacific Ag Research, Salinas, CA
  3. Extension Assist/Assoc Professor-Tree Fruit Entomology, University of Mass, Amherst, MA
  4. Research Assistant, Entomology & Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University , Raleigh, NC
  5. Assistant Project Scientist in Molecular Entomology, UC-Riverside, Riverside, CA
  6. Posdoctoral Scholar (insect electophysiologist), Penn State, University Park, PA

Neill Public Library is looking for a summer intern to help with STEM events. For more information, email

Important Dates and Deadlines:

A former CAHNRS colleague passed away:  Many of you may have heard, Shane Barrett recently lost his life to brain cancer.  Many of you worked with Shane either through CAHNRS IT or Central IT.  His wife has given us the below information.  Randy Cross.

From Kim:  Join us for the Shane Barrett Memorial.  There will be a gathering in memory of Shane Barrett who recently went to be with our Savior after a brave battle with cancer.  Please join us if you are able on February 17, 2018, 2:00pm – 5:00 pm, at the Lions Hall, Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett, WA 98201.  Shane and his brother, Tim, used to play in this park as children. We will celebrate his life, so please bring your “Shane stories” to share with others.  If you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation to the Shane Barrett memorial fund.  Kim Barrett