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April 27, 2018

Posted by | May 10, 2018

Department Announcements

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Beverly Gerdeman is the recipient of a $8,777 grant from the NW Agriculture Research Foundation to work to “Prevent Lodging and Yield Loss from Cabbage Maggot in Cabbage for Seed & Protect Pollinators”; and a $12,662 grant from the Washington Red Raspberry Commission to work on “Factors Affecting Spider Mite Outbreaks in PNW Red Raspberry”; and along with Chris Benedict and Donald McMoran received a $$5,567 grant from the NW Agricultural Research Foundation to work on “Distribution of BMSB in Skagit and Whatcom Counties.” (4/2/2018)
  • David Crowder and Rachel Olsson are recipients of a $95,000 grant from the USDA/NIFA/AFRI Foundational Program to work on “Reciprocal Interactions Between Canola Crop Plants and Bee Pollinators.” (4/3/2018)
  • Richard Zack is the recipient of a $24,997 from the USDA/ARS Applied Research to work on “Chemical Attractants for Trapping and Baiting Paper Wasps.” (4/4/2018)
  • Brandon Hopkins and Steve Sheppard are recipients of a $3000 grant from the California State Beekeepers Association to work on: “Long-term Above Storage of Semen Via In-Vitro Culture of Honey Bee Spermathecas”; a $11,600 grant to work on “Commercial Scale Mid-Season Induction of Broodlessness for Improving Mite Control”; and a $7,800 grant from the Idaho Honey Industry Association to work on: “Commercial Scale – Spring Season Induction of Broodlessness for Improving Management and Mite Control.” (4/06/2018)
  • Betsy Beers is the recipient of a $15,016 from the Oregon Sweet Cherry Commission to work on “Integrated Pest Management of Spotted Wing Drosophila in Sweet Cherry.” (4/19/2018)
  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of a $111,000 grant from the USDA/ARS/Basic and Applied Research fund to work on “Breeding Disease Resistant Hop Cultivars.” Doug along with Rick Boydston received a $7,000 grant from ADAMA to work on “Mint/Nematode Trial. “  (04/20/2018)

For more info go to:

Thank you to all of our 2018 Spring Colloquium presenters and to Bill Snyder who was the organizer this semester.

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.

University Announcements

Pullman Campus has a Rainy Day Commencement (May 5th) Backup PlanEven though the ceremony is held inside the Beasley Coliseum, students and faculty line up outside before filing into the building for the processional, when thousands of audience eyes are upon them.

Prof. Lindsey du Toit (Crops & Soils Sciences) is offering a course for Field Plant Pathology (Pl P 525) this coming Summer Session. This is a 3 credit course.  The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the diversity of fruit, vegetable, grain, forestry, and ornamental crops grown in Washington State, the nature and diagnosis of diseases affecting these crops, and diverse aspects of field plant pathology and extension. The dates of the course are June 11-15, and July 9-13, 2018. If you are interested, email the date, location, and time you would like to attend.

The next Van Driver training will be on May 3, 2018.  Be aware that WSU Departments will no longer be doing the Van Driver Training for it’s employees.  Drivers will 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 SessionBecause 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     9:00-11:30 Servant Leadership:  Three Truths a Servant Leader Should Live By.    

Robin Blanchard, CEO of Blanchard Consulting LLC

AMS sites are scheduled.   Sponsored by the Office of the President.

Washington State University Transportation Services will offer annual campus parking permit renewals for current annual permit holders for 2018-19 on the web beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1 through May 15, 2018.

  1. All vehicle information must be up to date: Accurate vehicle and license plate information will be required before you renew your permit, please make sure all information for vehicles you want associated with your permit have up to date information in your parking account.  If any information is outdated, contact Transportation Services with the correct vehicle information so we can ensure your account is accurate.  If you need to make any updates to the vehicles on your permit, please contact Transportation Services by email at, or by phone at 509-335-PARK (7275), or you may come into the office in person.

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)

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.

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


  1. Senior Research Scholar, North Carolina St. University-Raleigh, NC
  2. Postdoctoral Scholar (Plant-Herbivore), Penn St. University University Park, PA
  3. Lecturer, Pest Management & Biosecurity, Entomology & Namatology, Univ of Fl, Gainesville, FL
  4. Assistant Professor (Apiculturist) (Extension), Univ. of Tennessee, Jackson, TN
  5. Extension Agent – IPM, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Svc., Ballinger, TX
  6. Strawberry Entomologist Research Fellow, Cal Poly State University., San Luis Obispo, CA
  7. Research Assistant, Entomology Dept., No. Carolina State, Waynesville, 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: