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June 15, 2018

Posted by | July 2, 2018

Department Announcements

Calling all social butterflies! We are excited to announce we are on multiple social media platforms. Stay connected to us on our channels below:

With our annual 2018 WSU Queen Rearing & ? Breeding Workshop going on we thought it was the perfect time to partner up with Messer Creations to showcase our favorite pollinators. Click on the image to see how this amazing artwork was accomplished.

Inspiration by: Megan Asche

Send in any cool photos, news stories, or upcoming events to Christina Rede at for our social media channels.  Please submit by Thursday noon to Christina or our SmartSheet notification page at:




Congratulations to our Entomology graduate students who made quite an impression at the awards banquet at the PBESA 2018 meeting in Reno, NV earlier this week. We have reason to be very proud of our award winning Entomology Graduate Students who won so many competitions:

Our Linnean Game Team (Jimmy Hepler, Dane Elmquist, Abbey Hayes, Megan Asche, and Adrian Marshall) will be competing at the national ESA meeting in November. Our team beat the UC Riverside team in the first match, then came in 2nd during a sudden death tie breaker to a combination UC Davis & UC Berkeley team.

Master’s paper  1st to: Dane Elmquist and 3rd to Liesl Oeller

Master’s poster 1st to: Megan Asche, 2nd to: Josh Milnes

PhD poster 1st to: Adrian Marshall

Texting competition 1st to: Jimmy Hepler, 2nd to: Adrian Marshall

Elevator Talk 1st to: Jimmy Hepler, 3rd to: Dane Elmquist

Comstock Award: Kunle Adesanya (Doug Walsh gave Kunle’s  acceptance speech as Kunle  was accepted into the Borlaug Institute on Food Security at Purdue University for the summer!

Also a shout-out to our friends over at U Idaho, Carter Westerhold (Eigenbrode Lab) won 2nd place in the PhD poster competition!

Brandon Hopkins was interviewed recently to answer a question posed to Dr. Universe:  “How to bees make honey?” this question was asked by Nisi, a 10 yr old from Nampa, ID.  Read the attachment for his answer or go to


 Upcoming Events and Deadlines

CAHNRS Faculty Awards Program and Call for Nominations:  The Provosts Office has announced that the Faculty Awards Program for academic year 2018-19 nominations are now open.  The nominations deadline is September 14, 2018.  Washington State University has more than 2,000 highly talented and dedicated faculty who, on a daily basis, enrich the lives of our students through high quality instruction while making tremendous contributions to our state, nation, and world in the areas of research, public service, scholarship, and arts. In establishing university awards, Washington State University seeks to recognize the truly outstanding accomplishments and exceptional individual achievements of its faculty. The awards are designed to honor those faculty members who epitomize the highest levels of excellence in the pursuit of the university’s mission and goals. I am seeking your support in nominating outstanding faculty members whose performance clearly distinguishes them from their colleagues for these university-level awards. The faculty award nominations for are:

  • Distinguished Faculty Address
  • Faculty Diversity Award
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award
  • Outstanding Department Chair/School Director
  • President’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Instructors and Clinical Faculty
  • Sahlin Eminent Faculty Award
  • Sahlin Faculty Excellence Awards – Instruction
    • Leadership
    • Outreach and Engagement
    • Research, Scholarship and Arts
  • V. Lane Rawlins Distinguished Lifetime Service Award

See the attachment for more info and instructions.


Norm Ehmann Urban Pest Management Award July 2018 RFP

Request for proposals: Researchers or educators involved with urban pest management problems which occur in the Pacific Northwest are invited to apply. Research may be conducted outside the Northwest if it involves pests that also occur in the Northwest, like bed bugs. Purpose: This endowment was developed through donations from the Oregon and Washington Pest Management Associations, the Pacific Northwest Pest Management Conference and a variety of pest control industry suppliers. It is intended to support research and extension and/or educational activities relevant to Urban Pest Management issues. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2018.   See the attachment for more details

Facilities Services, Motorpool fuel billing and statement changing:  Billings for fuel purchases at Facilities Services Motorpool are changing this month. You will notice the fuel transactions hit your budget statements differently beginning in June. Rather than multiple billings occurring throughout the month, we will post one billing at the end of each month. Our Statements will also go through some changes. Please expect to see your June fuel billing statement arrive via email around July 16.  If you have any questions about these changes, please contact the following individuals:  Kelly Cornish, 335-9101,

Access to the myWSU website was turned off on Thursday, May 31, as Information Technology Services transitioned to a new, mobile friendly myWSU homepage design.  The new site, designed by ITS, launched on June 1, with new custom features for students, faculty and staff universitywide. To fully enjoy the benefits of the new design, visitors should clear their Web browser cache when logging into myWSU. Along with the changes, noted below for each user group, ITS will provide how-to videos via the ITS project updates webpage prior to the slated rollout date.



  1. Bioinformatician, Montana St.  Univ., Bozeman, MT
  2. Research Entomologist, Dept of Ag, Tucson, AZ
  3. Entomologist, Commonwealth Sciences, Boston, MA
  4. Research Entomologist (Post Doc Res. Assoc.), Dept of Ag., Stoneville, MS
  5. Extension Crops Entomology Specialist, Univ. of Maine, Presque Isle, ME
  6. Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS, Parlier, CA
  7. Postdoctoral Associate in Insect Biotechnology, Univ. of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
  8. Extension Crops Entomology Specialist, Univ of Maine, Presque Isle, MD


Meetings: Regional, National, International

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.”

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

Entomological Society of America 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: