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April 13, 2018

Posted by | April 23, 2018


Department Announcements

Rufus+Isaacs+2_edit 2018Mark your calendars to attend the E. Paul Catts Lecture events on April 19 & 20, 2018.  This year’s speaker is, Dr. Rufus Isaacs. He is a faculty member in the Entomology Department at Michigan State University. The public lecture will be on Thursday, April 19, 2018, 5-6:30 PM at the 1912 Center (412 E. 3rd St. in Moscow, ID).  The title of this presentation is Bees and Blooms for Bigger Blueberries.  The dinner will be at 6:30 at the Hunga Dunga Brewing Company (333 N Jackson St, Moscow, ID 83843). Tickets for the dinner may be purchased by going here: Dr. Isaacs will be giving a scientific talk on Friday, April 20, 2018, at 11:00 AM in FSHN T101. The title of this presentation is Rebuilding IPM Programs After Invasive Pests Disrupt.   To learn more about Dr. Isaack go to: We hope to see you there.

The Entomology, Food Science and Animal Science Spring Potluck BBQ will be on Friday April 20 beginning at 12:00 noon following Dr. Isaacs presentation in FSHN T-101.  We will be outside of T101 between Clark Hall and the FSHN Building.

Ben Lee’s PhD Preliminary Exam is scheduled for Monday, April 16, 2018 in FSHN 354 at 8:00 AM.  The AMS dial # is 774336.

Thank you to the Entomology Graduate Students for their efforts in putting on the Insect Cinema Cult Classic.  The event was well attended by community members as well as those from the Entomology Department.

The next Entomology Faculty Meeting will be on April 27, 2018 at 10:00 AM in FSHN 164.  The AMS dial # is 774330.

The All Entomology Faculty Retreat is scheduled for August 16th and 17th in Pullman this year.

The Entomology Store is having a clearance sale.  All items are discounted up to 48%.  Check out the on-line store at  You can also reach the Entomology Store from the new Entomology first item on front page banner.  We are now accepting credit card payments.

Community Announcements

STEM Supply Drive going until April 30th.  It all started with a question: How can we help students in our community learn about STEM? The answer from many local educators was access to more science materials. Dr. Universe wants to make sure kids (our future scientists and engineers) have the materials they need to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math. See the attachment for information on what items are needed and other details about the supply drive. Washington State University and the Palouse STEAM Coalition are the co-sponsors.  Contact Rachel Webber at if you have questions.

University Announcements

Be aware that WSU Departments will no longer be doing the Van Driver Training for it’s employees.  Drivers need to get a driving record abstract from the Department of Licensing. This can be done on-line at   Pam Merryweather is the instructor for the Coaching the Van Driver Training.  In this training program you will learn about conducting a vehicle inspection, safe driving skills and driving environments. Additional driving concerns and collision reporting procedures are also discussed. This program is highly recommended for all drivers of WSU cargo or passenger vans, and is required if you plan to rent a full-sized van from Motor Pool. Training must be repeated at least every two years. Upcoming dates for the trainings are:  May 3, June 7, July 5. August 2, 2018.   Go here to register for the training: and click on the training  link  and log-in to the WSU’s  Training website.  On the left-hand side under “Upcoming Events” select, “Instructor Led Training,” then “Session Schedule.” At this screen you can view the list of offerings by date, or click on “Course Title” to see the list alphabetically with the training dates.  Click on the Actions link and select Enroll in the Session.  Because we have a large number of summer employees we could see if Pam would be willing do a special training for us.  Let Dory know if you would like her to pursue this.

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.

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 are scheduled.   Sponsored by the Office of the President.

Volunteer judges are needed for the annual Washington FFA State Convention, set for May 10-12 on the WSU Pullman campus.  Each year, nearly 3,000 FFA members from high schools across the state travel to Pullman to showcase their hard-earned skills in communication, science, business, and professionalism. The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences helps coordinate the event but volunteers from throughout the WSU community are needed to lend their guidance and expertise for the convention’s Career and Leadership Development competitions.

Topics in need of judges include:

  • Media and Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Parliamentary Procedure
  • Interviews and Resumes
  • Education
  • Veterinary Science
  • Business Management & Economics
  • Spanish-speakers

It’s also an opportunity to help showcase WSU to future Cougs. Volunteers can sign up online.

For general convention and registration questions, contact Abbie DeMeerleer with Washington FFA.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Applications for the ESA Science Policy Fellows Program are due by June 1, 2018.  If you are interested in a program that teaches entomologists the skills needed to successfully advocate for the discipline (and science-based decisions in general), I encourage you to look at the program description, past cohorts, and the application process, all linked from this page:  If you have students or post-docs who might also have an interest, please share this email with them. IMHO, there is no downside to stronger linkages between scientists and policy-makers.  For more info contact Catherine Daniels  or visit the ESA webpage at   The application deadline for the ESA Awards, Entomological Foundation Awards, ESA Certification Corporation Awards, Science Policy Fellows also have the June 1, 2018 deadline.  You may nominate  yourself or a colleague for any of these awards.

The 2018 Honey Bee Rearing and Bee Breeding Workshops will be on June 15th & 16th on the Pullman Campus.  Instructors will be Susan Cobey, Jennifer Han, Brandon Hopkins, Melanie Kirby, Tim Lawrence, Nick Naeger and Steve Sheppard. We will also have an outstanding guest speaker from abroad, Jeri Wright from UK to discuss bee nutrition and Gennaro Di Prisco from Italy to present his breeding project in Italy.  Ready to take beekeeping to the next level? For those of you who already have a working foundation in beekeeping, the WSU bee team is offering an event to introduce you to fundamental tools for stock improvement.  The Honey Bee Rearing workshop is designed to improve your understanding of queen rearing, bee breeding systems and selection methods though a combination of presentations and hands-on demonstrations. The Bee Breeding Workshop will also introduce you to the more advanced techniques of instrumental insemination and cryopreservation.  For more information and to register go to:

Spring 2018 Commencement is at 3:00 PM on Saturday, May 5th at the Beasley Coliseum.

CAHNRS Awards Event is on Wednesday April 18, 2018 at 5:00 PM at the Ensminger Pavillion.

Spring Semester Finals Week is April 30 – May 4, 2018.


  1. Biologist-Entomologist, SpringStar, Inc., Woodinville, WA
  2. Research Scientist-Seed Treatment & Soil Applied Insecticides, BASF Corp., Research Triangle Park, NC
  3. Research Specialist Lab Asst., Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
  4. Lands Resource Specialist, Forest Management, Idaho Dept. of Lands, Boise, ID
  5. Post Doctoral Fellow, Auburn University, Auburn, AL

Cougs Rise is an initiative of the Office of the Provost funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The program offers low-income and first-generation students from five Washington high schools college preparation programming and mentorship designed to boost their chances of earning a college degree. Our program is searching for students to serve as Peer Mentors for our 2018 Summer Bridge Program.  These students will then continue serving as mentors, working an average of 15hrs/wk. during the academic year for high school juniors and seniors. If any of your students is looking for a job this summer and continuing next year, please refer them to the application link below:  Contact Ray Acuna-Luna at Ray for more info.

If you know of any undergraduates that may be looking for a summer job working with honey bees and at a Farmer’s Market, please share this information with them:  I have a small honey and beekeeping business in Seattle, and am looking for an employee for the summer.  The main job would be running our farmer’s market booth in the University District, but I’d love to find someone who would also be interested in working with the bees.  The beekeeping side would vary significantly based on the person.  If you have anyone who’s going to be in the Seattle area this summer and is looking for 8-12 hrs/week of work, I’d love to talk to them.  You can find the job description here.  I can be flexible with the start and end dates, and potentially with some vacation time as well. Peter Nolte, Beekeeper/Owner, Rainy Day Bees. 

Meetings: Regional, National, International

Pacific Branch ESA meeting in Reno, NV, June 10-13, 2018 at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, NV.  Meeting registrations opened in February. Register before April 16, 2018, to take advantage of the Early Bird reduced rates at  For information about the Student Competition go to:  The deadline for hotel reservations is Monday, May 14, 2018.

The Annual Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting is in New Orleans, LA, August 5-10, 2018 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  The theme of the meeting is “Extreme events, ecosystem resilience and human well-being.”

Entomological Society of America Pacific Branch Annual Meeting is in Vancouver, BC, Nov 11-15, 2018.  This year’s theme is “Crossing Borders: Entomology in a Changing World.”  Submissions for papers and posters will open in mid-April for the Lunch and Learns and Functions.  For more info go to: