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June 29, 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:

Send in any cool photos, news stories, or upcoming events to Christina Rede  for our social media channels.

 Please submit by Thursday noon to Christina or our SmartSheet notification page at:

 On behalf of the WSU Sheppard Bee Lab, we would like to thank you all for your participation and support!  The presentations and demonstrations were superb, the food was delish, the mead exquisite, and the camaraderie genuine.  We appreciate all the administrative support, Cougar publications, graduate students, post docs, crew members, professors and researchers, caterers, mazers and assistants. This event was a success, and definitely due to your participation. We are grateful for the collaborations. It takes a community to share the wonders of bees. We are glad you are a part of our hive community.



Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of grants funding totaling 134,356 from the Washington Hop Commission to support research on hops. (6/7/2018)
  • Steve Sheppard is the recipient of a $48,000 grant to the Thurber Fund for honey bee research. (6/11/2018)

For more info go to:

We were pleased to see a front page article on the Moscow-Pullman Daily News on June 23, 2018 telling  about the  generous gift from the James Hyde EstateRich Zack was interviewed and he explained how this gift will be used to benefit student scholarships, the M.T. James Museum and the James Hyde Speaker Series.  To read the article go to:


Upcoming Events and Deadlines 

WSU is seeking 350 volunteers for Move-In 2018 on Saturday, August 11 & Wednesday August 15. 

Moving 4,000 students into their residence Hall takes a lot of Coug Spirit.  Move-In is an exciting time for our newest Cougs and their families. Your participation is crucial during this transition, whether it’s helping students find their way around campus, moving things to their residence hall, or providing support to families. You can make the day memorable and stress-free!  Volunteers will get a free Cougar shirt provided as a uniform.  Volunteer for two shifts and you will get a hearty lunch.  As always, interested WSU faculty and staff can coordinate with their appropriate department administrator regarding scheduling. WSU Human Resource Services (HRS) has approved up to three hours of release time for move-in participation, contingent upon supervisor approval. Contact HRS with questions regarding comp time, flexing schedules, and other options.

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.

June is National Safety Month.  Visit the links for each week below, print and post on your bulletin boards to share tips with everyone in your workplace.

  • Week 1: Emergency Preparedness
  • Week 2: Wellness
  • Week 3: Falls
  • Week 4: Driving

Have You Met Safety Training Requirements?

University supervisors are responsible for providing initial safety training and periodically reviewing applicable safety procedures with their employees. The Safety Orientation Checklist may be used as a guide for this purpose.

The WSU Safety Policies and Procedures Manual lists the following general training as required. You may click on the links below to access the online versions of the training developed by WSU Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and CAHNRS Operations to assist supervisors in maintaining compliance with requirements.

General Training Topics

  • Back injury prevention and ergonomics
  • Prevention of slips and falls (included in CAHNRS Workplace Safety Overview online training)
  • Employee emergency plans
  • Fire prevention
  • Fire extinguisher operation – online training, 3 minutes (online training required annually, in-person training required every other year – contact me to arrange)
  • Use and care of personal protective equipment, as applicable
  • Office safety (see SPPM 2.78) (included in CAHNRS Workplace Safety Overview online training)
  • Asbestos awareness training – click-through online training

Specialized Training Topics

Additionally, performance of some duties require more specialized training, such as hazardous chemicals or pesticide handling, lab safety, agriculture or shop training, heat stress prevention, forklift training, etc. CAHNRS, EHS, and the Office of Research will have or will coordinate with you to provide, specialized training for these duties. Visit the EHS website or the CAHNRS Safety website for more information.

  • 1st Aid, CPR, and AED Training
  • Supervisors are responsible for making sure that personnel trained in first aid are available to provide quick and effective first aid to employees (SPPM 2.40). EHS provides the training at $45 per person if they have at least 8 participants. This is still less expensive than the rate UREC charges. I am keeping a waitlist of people that are interested and will coordinate with EHS to set up training dates as needed. Contact me at if you are interested. EHS will need attendees to send an IRI for $45.

Upcoming WSU Safety Training

June 15: Pullman Farm Users Safety Demonstration Morning, Instructor Led Training, 9:00 – 11:30

June 21: Supervisor as Safety Manager – Instructor Led Training, 10:00 – 11:30

Blood Borne Pathogens – Click-through training available online – Contact or EHS to schedule an Instructor Led Training.

Hazard Communication – Contact or EHS to schedule an Instructor Led Training.

Schedule Fall Lab or Research safety training – The beginning of the academic year is the perfect time to ensure your new (or returning) employees get the training they need to do their jobs safely. EHS and the Office of Research can provide training for your unit, department or work group on hazard communication, chemical handling and storage, and many other topics. I am happy to assist by coordinating training – send an email to with the type of training you would like, approximate dates/times and how many need training.  Take care CAHNRS, and be safe out there!   Dixie Kearney CAHNRS Operations ,

Norm Ehmann Urban Pest Management Award July 2018 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.



  1. Assistant Prof. of Entomology, Univ. of Florida, Hillsborough County, Florida
  2. Plant Inspection Program. Specialist, Pennsylvania  Dept of Agriculture, Harrisburg, PA
  3. Research Entomologist,  California Dept of Ag, Parlier, CA
  4. Western Crop Research Manager, Wilbur-Ellis Co., Sacramento, CA
  5. Senior Scientist, HX5 Company, Vicksburg, MS
  6. Senior Superintendent of Agriculture, UC-Davis, Davis, CA
  7. Assistant Dean  III, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
  8. Principal Executive/Manager D(IPPM Program Manager), State of Oregon, Salem, OR
  9. Postdoc Research Associate, Dept of Entomology & Plant Path, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  10. Manager & Curator of Historic Gardens, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Charlottesville, VA
  11. Research Specialist, Univ. of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, WI
  12. Assist/Assoc  Professor (Field Crops Entomologist), Louisiana St. Univ., Alexandria, LA
  13. Post Doc Research Scholar, North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC
  14. Research Scholar, North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh, NC
  15. Extension Prog. Assistant III, Dept of Entomology and Plant Path., Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  16. Research Entomologist, USDA Dept of Agriculture, Newark, NJ
  17. Natural Resource Specialist (Entomologist), State of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Continue for an extended list of job postings >> more here.


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: