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July 13, 2018

Posted by | July 19, 2018

Department Announcements

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Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Betsy Beers is the recipient of grants from Dow Chemical totaling $24,100 to work on Pest Control in Tree Fruit. (6/28/2018)
  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of a $9,358 grant from the Washington Mint Commission for Weed Research in Mint. (6/26/2018)
  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of a $21,302 grant from the Washington Wine Commission for work on Quantifying Grape Mealybug’s Efficiency as a Vector of Grapevine of Leaf Roll Associated viruses  (GVLRaVs). (6/26/2018)
  • David James is the recipient of a $10,635 grant from the Washington Wine Commission for work on Leafrollers: Identifying the Threat and Solutions. (6/26/2018)
  • Doug Walsh is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from Dow Chemical for work on Research Concerning Grape Residues. (6/22/2018)

For more info go to:

University Announcements

Motor Pool daily rate change:  Motor Pools’ daily A Plan rates will increase July 1. New rates are listed on the website.  Long term rentals B Plan rates will stay the same for the 2019 FY. If you would like a copy of these or need any further explanations please feel free to contact Kathie Jahn 335-9085 or

July 14-29: Network capacity to increase 10 fold on Pullman campus:  It will be life in the fast — or at least faster — lane on the WSU Pullman campus starting Saturday, July 14, when Information Technology Services begins transferring all data and voice network services from its current decade-old, 10-gigabit-per-second equipment to its new 100-gigabit-per-second infrastructure. A 10-fold increase in capacity, which ITS compared to going from driving on a single-lane road, to a 10-lane highway. WSU Pullman’s network cabling equipment provides data transportation via emails, voice network services and more. However, with increasing data demands, the university’s aging cable system poses potential data traffic issues.

The plan is to roll the transfer out in four phases, July 14-29. It is estimated that this 10-fold increase in network capacity is necessary to support the next seven to ten years of network applications, data growth and equipment updates. The process will be done according to the following schedule and could result in brief network service interruptions:

  • July 14 – Food Science Human Nutrition distribution (northeast side of campus), tentative start time, 8 a.m. Sloan distribution (southwest part of campus), tentative start time, 1 p.m.
  • July 21 – Neill distribution (southeast part of campus), tentative start time, 8 a.m. Information Technology Building distribution (central campus), tentative start time, 1 p.m. Holland distribution (northwest side of campus), tentative start time, 5 p.m.
  • July 28 – Feeds for ResCore (residence halls), ITB/Sloan data centers and wireless distribution routers will be cut to new equipment, tentative start time, 8 a.m.
  • July 29 – Final Ancila Project close-out and follow-up of unexpected contingencies, tentative start time, 10 a.m.

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.

Important Dates and Deadlines

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

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


  1. Structural Pest Control Inspector, St. of North Carolina, Wake County
  2. Extension Educator, Horticulture/4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma St. Univ. – Norman, OK 73071
  3. Assistant Research Scientist,  Texas A&M AgriLife – College Station, TX
  4. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Texas A&M AgriLife – College Station, TX
  5. Assistant Professor & Extension Spec., Texas A&M, Lubbock, TX
  6. Research Geneticist (Plants), Dept of Agriculture, Prosser, WA
  7. Invasive Species Specialist, Plant Industry Spec 13, St. of Michigan, Lansing, MI
  8. Research Entomologist, USDA/ARS, Temperate Tree Fruit & Vegetable Research, Wapato, WA
  9. Postdoctoral Researcher (Intraguild Competition), Entomology Department, Louisiana St. Univ., Baton Rouge, LA
  10. Assistant Professor-Plant Nematologist, Dept of Entomology & Plant Path, N. Carolina St. Univ., Raleigh, NC
  11. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept of Arizona, Univ of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  12. Biological Science Lab. Tech., Dept of Agriculture, Newark, DE
  13. Insect Outreach Display Curation Assistant Temp., N. Carolina St. Univ., Raleigh, NC
  14. Research Associate (Entomology Branch), General Dynamics Corp., Silver Springs, 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.”

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: