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April 20, 2018

Posted by | April 23, 2018

Department Announcements

A big thank you to everyone who participated in the E. Paul Catts Lecture events on April 19 & 20, 2018.  Your attendance at the lectures and all those who assisted with this event are what made it a success.

Thanks also to the School of Food Science and Entomology staff and Dr. Rich Zack who worked to make the BBQ so enjoyable.  A special thanks to Animal Sciences who donated the Cougar Smoky Sausage and everyone who brought food for this event.  We could not have done it without you.

Congratulations to Ben Lee who successfully passed his PhD Preliminary Exam on April 16, 2018.   He is pursuing a dissertation on “Exploring non-consumptive effects of predators on a vector-borne pathogen” under the advisement of Drs. Dave Crowder (Chair), William Snyder, Jeb Owen and Sanford Eigenbrode.

Congratulations to Abigail Cohen who successfully passed her PhD Preliminary Exam on April 18, 2018.  She is pursuing a dissertation on “Effects of host plant and environmental stress on B. cockerelli population dynamics and behavior” under the advisement of Drs. David Crowder (Chair), William Cooper, William Snyder and Vincent Jones.

The speaker for the Monday, April 23rd, Entomology Colloquium will be Carrie FossCarrie is the Urban IPM Coordinator located at the WSU Puyallup R&E Center.  The title of her presentation isIPM Implementation in Urban Settings.”  To learn more about her go to:  The AMS dial-in number is:  772402.

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.

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.

University Announcements

WSU Transportation Services would like to inform you of an updated timeline of the Plant Sciences Project.  The Green 1/5 lots between Johnson Hall and Biotechnology Life Sciences will be available for parking up until May 4th.  The contractor will be mobilizing their trailers on April 25th but a majority of the lot will still be available. On May 7th, the contractor will begin to fence the lot off and these lots will no longer be unavailable for parking. Please see our campus parking map at the following URL for the location of additional Green 1 parking:  If you have questions or concerns contact WSU Transportation Services,, 509-335-PARK (7275)

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.

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


  1. Forest Ecologist, Dept of the Interior, Annada, MO
  2. Plant Protection Specialist, Kansas Dept of Agriculture, Saline County, KS
  3. Assistant Researcher, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
  4. Extension Assistant Prof or Professional Practice Extension Assistant Professor, Utah St. Univ., Salt Lake County, UT
  5. Assistant Scientist III, Iowa St. University, Ames, IA
  6. Curatorial Assistant I-Entomology, California Academy of Science, San Francisco, CA
  7. Assistant Research Scientist, Univ. of AZ, Tucson, AZ
  8. Fellow Post Doctoral, Univ. of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO
  9. Asst/Assoc Agent, Urban Horticulture, Phoenix, AZ
  10. Senior Research Scholar, N. Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC


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: