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May 18, 2018

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Department Announcements

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The FSHN building elevator will be shut down all day this coming Monday and Tuesday (May 21 & 22). They will be replacing parts and an L&I inspection. For more info go to:

We are pleased to announce that the James and Marilyn Hyde Estate has made substantial gifts to the Entomology Department for the support of insect education and research.  The Hyde family was recognized by WSU President Schultz and CAHNRS at a reception hosted by the Foundation for their gift to Entomology. To see the full story click here:

It is the faculty and lab manager’s responsibility to get all keys returned from their temporary employees who will not be with us after May 5th.  Please make sure that your employees keys are turned in to the Entomology Office before leaving Pullman.  This will help us so that we will not have to use faculty budgets to have new keys made

Students who will be leaving for one of the research stations, and not be returning to Pullman in the fall need to:  (1) return their  keys in to the Entomology Office; (2) make sure to remove the items in your office area; and (3) take your trash out to the dumpster before you leave Pullman.  We just don’t have the man power to clean up after others.

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.  See the attachment for current pricing.



Congratulations Joseph Taylor who successfully passed his PhD Preliminary Examination on May 7, 2018.  He is pursuing a dissertation on Creation of more efficient and less invasive solutions for farmers resulting in a healthier and more reliable food supply for the world under the advisement of Drs. Bill Snyder (Chair), Dave Crowder, R. David Evans, Erin Wilson Rankin.

Congratulations to Richard Zack, Professor of Entomology and Interim Associate Dean of Academic Programs in the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences was recently honored by the Associated Students of Washington State University with an award for Exceptional Usage of Open Educational Resources.  This award was made for Rich’s efforts to find materials that could be used in his courses that lessened the cost to students taking his courses. Rich has, and continues to serve the university in a variety of capacities as it tries to control and lessen the costs of materials for students.  For more info go to:

Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • John Stark and Tanyalee Erwin are recipients of a $141,252 grant from the City of SeaTac and Washington St. Dept of Ecology for the 2019 Washington Statewide Municipal Stormwater Conference.  (4/26/2018)
  • Dave Crowder, Robert Schaeffer and Karen Sowers are recipients of a $73,356 from Western SARE/USDA/NIFA for work on Exploring Interactions Between Pollinators and Canola on the Palouse.  (5/9/2018)
  • Steve Sheppard, Nicholas Naeger, Jennifer Han and Lori Carris are recipients of a $259,998 from the Whittier Trust/WWS Foundation to work on Development of novel strains of the fungus Metarhizium for Varroa mite control. (5/8/2018)
  • Vince Jones is the recipient of a $75,032 grant from the Washington Tree Fruit Commission to work on Development and Validation of a Precision Pollinator Model. (5/3/2018)
  • Betsy Beers is the recipient of a $93,000 grant from the Washington Tree Fruit Commission to work on Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Control in Washington. (5/3/2018)

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University Announcements

Controlled Environment Agriculture: Requirements for Success seminar:  Dr. Richard Rosen CEO of American Ag Energy will be giving a seminar on Wednesday, May 23rd at 2:00 PM in the PACCAR Bldg, Rm 202.  This talk is sponsored by CEREO, Few Earth and WSU Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources.

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.


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:

For you with children the 2018 Cougar Kids Camp starts on June 18-July 27.  This is for kids ages 5-12 and offers opportunities for kids to swim, climb, play, hike and more.  There are half-day, full day and extended hours options.  There will also be after camp swim lessons, overnight adventures.  Discounts are available for early registration,multiple sessions and UREC members.  For more info or to register go to

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


  1. Organic Farming Instructor, Sustainable Food Systems, Univ. of Idaho, Moscow, ID
  2. Research Specialist, Dept of Entomology & Plant Pathology, North Carolina St. Univ., Raleigh, NC
  3. Assistant Div. Director, New Mexico of Agriculture, Las Cruces, NM
  4. Assistant Professor/Lecturer, New Mexico St. Univ., Las Cruces, NM
  5. Curatorial Associate, Entomology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  6. Research Ecologist/Research Forester, Dept of Ag., Anchorage, AK
  7. Post Doc Fellow, Kansas State Univ., Manhattan, KS
  8. Extension Asst. Professor or Prof Practice Extension Asst. Professor, Utah State University, Northern Region
  9. Plant Protection and Quarantine Officer (Plant Health), Dept of Agriculture, Easton, PA
  10. Natural Resources Tech-Entomologist/Pollinator Specialist, State of Utah, Natural Guard Environmental Office.
  11. Strawberry Entomologist, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA
  12. Managing Entomologist, WSDA, Olympia, WA
  13. Assistant Professor-Insect Biologist, Dept of Entomology, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE


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: