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February 23, 2018

Posted by | February 27, 2018

Department Announcements

Calling all social butterflies! We are excited to announce we are on multiple social media platforms. Stay connected to us on our channels below:

Send in any cool photos, news stories, or upcoming events to Christina Rede at for our social media channels.

If any of you have news to share or have upcoming events please send by Thursday noon to our SmartSheet notification page at:   

The elevator in the Food Science and Human Nutrition building will be shut down at 10:00 AM on February 27 until 4:00 PM on February 28, 2018.  This is for repairs and a Labor & Industries inspection.  Please plan accordingly.

Seminar and Colloquium

The next presentation on will be on February 26th, in FSHN T101 11 a.m. to noon.   Our speaker will be Claudio Gratton, Department of Entomology at the University of Wisconsin.  His presentation is titled: “Can We Design Sustainable Bioenergy Landscapes? Balancing our Needs for Production and Biodiversity.” After the talk Claudio will join an informal pizza lunch in 164 FSHN, and at 3 that afternoon he will join a roundtable discussion of the U Wisconsin graduate program in agroecology, in 104E Johnson – there is interest in proposing a similar program at WSU. The AMS call-in is 772402.   Claudio is free for individual meetings from 1-3 on Monday, and on Tuesday morning. He also is available for dinner Sunday and Monday. Please let me know if you’d like a chance to meet with Claudio. To learn more about Dr. Gratton go to: An abstract of  his talk is attached.

Grants and Awards

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • John Stark and Tanyalee Erwin are the recipients of a $440,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology to support the Washington Stormwater Center CORE. (2/6/2018)

For more info go to:

Important Dates and Deadlines

Student nominations closed 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

Spring Break is on March 12-16, 2018

CAHNRS Announcements

Washington State University College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences is hosting a Palouse Region Invasive Species and Exotic Pest Workshop on April 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM at the Ensminger Pavilion. At this workshop, we will be talking about priority pests significant to the region such as feral swine, northern pike, spotted wing drosophila, key weed species, exotic wheat pests and pathogens. The workshop is co-hosted by the Washington Invasive Species Council, and is funded by the US Department of Agriculture. Certified Pesticide Applicators and crop advisors may earn up to 5 Washington or Idaho re-certification credits (pending approval).

Registration: or Registration:

Facebook Event:

Flyer: and attached.

Questions? Contact Todd Murray  or Justin Bush.

University Announcements

Midterm Grades are due by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, February 28th.

Electric Power Shut Down Event Note on March 11, at 4-8 AM:
The electric power will be temporarily interrupted in the areas noted. Please assess any critical office or laboratory equipment that may be impacted.      Contacts     DAVE KIMBREL 335-9309

Why Event Occurrence:  WSU Facilities Services, in conjunction with Avista and an outside consultant, will be installing revised code into the automated power outage response system at East Campus Substation. Beginning at 4:00a.m., the newly installed code will be tested, resulting in intermittent power outages to the affected facilities until 8:00a.m.  This event will impact the FSHN Building and greenhouse areas and other areas on this side of Stadium Way.

Community Involvement

Outreach Opportunity:  The Franklin Elementary Science Fair offers a unique, memorable and educational event for students to talk about their projects to real scientists.  This year they have a bumper crop of 4th and 5th graders and are in need of more volunteers to help review projects for the science fair on March 20-22.  This is a one hour commitment.  The student will make a short presentation, followed by about five minutes of discussion and questions.  You will then write a few comments on a card.  You will have the opportunity to talk with about 5-6 young scientists.  The students and the reviewers both have a good time.  If you are able to help review, that would be appreciated.  The dates and times when reviewers are needed are:

  • Tuesday, March 20, 12:45-1:45 pm
  • Wednesday, March 21, 1-2 pm
  • Thursday, March 22, 2-3 pm

Please contact Franklin Science Fair chair Anna Rector at if you are able to help.


Employment Opportunities

  1. Research Specialist/Lab Assistant, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
  2. Assistant Professor-Grain, Forage & Commercial Turf Entomology, Dept of Entomology, Auburn Univ., Auburn, AL
  3. Assistant Professor-Citrus IPM, Univ. of Florida
  4. Postdoctoral Associate, Virginia Tech Univ., Suffolk, VA
  5. Entomological Diagnostician, North Dakota St. University, Fargo, ND
  6. Integrated Pest Management Specialist, Plenty Farms, Laramie, WY
  7. Assistant Professor of Entomology, University of Florida, Hillsborough County, FL
  8. Mosquito and Forest Pest Management Branch Chief, Prince William County, Manassas, VA
  9. Natural Resources Extension Educator, Univ of Wisconsin, Spooner, WI
  10. Research Assistant, North Carolina St. Univ., Plymouth, NC
  11. Research Assistant III, Michigan State Univ.