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February 9, 2018

Posted by | February 27, 2018

Department Meetings

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


Congratulations to Rachel Olsson who learned this week that she is the recipient of a USDA AFRI Fellowship.  She will be working on “Reciprocal interactions between canola crop plants and bee pollinators.”


Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of a $6000 grant from the Washington Hope Commission to work on “Bioassay on a Hop Miticide.” (1/25/2018)
  • Betsy Beers is the recipient of a $15,467 grant from the Washington Tree Fruit Commission.” (1/26/2017)
  • John Stark is the recipient of a $500,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology to work on Storm Water Center Water Quality – Governor’s Budget 2018. (2/1/2018)

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Seminar and Colloquium

The Entomology Colloquium speaker will be Dr. Robert Clark.   His presentation is titled: “Integrating Mutualism, Facilitation, and Vector Biology into Food Web Ecology: Insights from Forest Caterpillars and Pea Aphids.”  Dr. Clark is a postdoctoral scientist with the Dave Crowder Lab.  He is working on studying how host plant variation and predator effects impact aphid-virus vector biology in legumes.  The presentation is at 12:10 PM in FSHN 354.  The AMS dial number is 772402.

Department Announcements

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.

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.

University Announcements

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.

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

Employment Opportunities

  1. Biological Scientist II, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  2. Department Head, Entomology Dept., Univ. Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
  3. Associate Biologist/Entomologist, Durham, NC
  4. Plant Quarantine Inspector, St. of Hawaii, Hawaii
  5. Research Specialist, Univ. of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI
  6. Production Scientist, VMRD, Pullman, WA

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.