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August 10, 2018

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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 at for our social media channels.  Please submit by Thursday noon to Christina or our SmartSheet notification page at:

Plan to attend the Doctoral Examination for Matthew S. Jones.  This will be on August 23, 2018, FSHN 354 (Entomology Classroom) beginning at 2:00 PM.  The title of his thesis is:  On-Farm Biodiversity As a Tool to Supress Foodborne Human Pathogens.  Matt’s committee members are: Bill Snyder (Major Advisor), John Reganold, David Crowder and Thomas Beezer.

Did you know that next Saturday, August 18th, is National Honey Bee Day? 

So to celebrate sip some mead, enjoy some honey on your muffin, in your tea, or in your morning oat meal.  You’ll be glad you did.



Congratulations to recent Entomology Department grant awardees:

  • Brandon Hopkins and Waled Suliman, who are the recipients of a $24,000. Grant from the WSU Office of Research to work on the B-detox technology for saving the honey bees. (7/11/2018)
  • John Stark and Anand Jayakaran who are the recipients of a $50,000 grant from Kitsap County to work in Low Impact Development Education for Builders and Developers. (7/16/2018)
  • Betsy Beers is the recipient of a $125,811 grant for work on the Integrated Fruit Production for Pears. (8/1/2018)

For more info go to:

Brandon Hopkins was the resource person for a  ‘Ask Dr. Wendy Sue Universe’ article in the August 4, 2018 Moscow-Pullman Daily News where he answered a question from Annalisa, a 10 year child from Middletown, NJ. Her question was ‘Where do bees sleep?’  This was also picked up and appeared in the August 8, 2018 WSU Insider announcement.  Read the article go to:


University Announcements

WSU I-Corps program is currently accepting applications for its fall 2018 cohort: I-Corps is an NSF funded program that serves to train scientists and engineers the business basics that can inform their technology development efforts. The program provides both training and funding for teams to engage in a process of refining their understanding how their solution fit’s in the marketplace. The effort serves to sharpen the focus of development efforts and improves the prospects of attracting funding. In the 1.5 years the program has been running at WSU, graduates of the program have obtained over 1.2M in funding for technology development.   If you are interested in learning more about the program more information can be found here(, or you can contact the site leader Brian Kraft at ( for more information. Applications are due by September 1st.

Graduate Student Prestigious Fellowship Workshops:  Are you applying for a prestigious fellowship, such as an NSF, NIH or USDA pre-doctoral fellowship? The PDI is hosting a two-part workshop series to provide guidance in putting together a competitive application package that will improve your success in winning these external funds to support your graduate studies. These events are free for WSU undergraduate and graduate students.

Graduate Student Prestigious Fellowship Workshop I

When: August 27, 2018, 3:10 – 5:00 pm         Where: CUB 210 Junior Ballroom East

Register HERE       Beverages will be served at this event

Speaker: Dr. Michael Kahn, Institute of Biological Chemistry

In this workshop, Dr. Kahn will walk you through the process of applying to the major prestigious fellowships. In addition to improving success in applying for these fellowships, this workshop provides students with valuable proposal writing and editing experience and information about additional funding opportunities.

Graduate Student Prestigious Fellowship Workshop II

When: September 12, 2018, 2:10 – 4:00 pm                 Where: Chinook 150 (Event Space)

Register HERE       Beverages will be served at this event

Speaker: Dr. Michael Kahn, Institute of Biological Chemistry

In this workshop, you will receive individualized attention to help you with your application. Students should bring copies of a draft of each essay. For detailed instructions visit our website

Graduate Student Prestigious Fellowship Workshop VIDEO

  • Before attending the Graduate Student Prestigious Fellowship Workshops, we encourage you to watch the following video. This video will help you: Prepare for the Graduate Student Prestigious Fellowship Workshops
  • Get you thinking about applying for a fellowship
  • Present information about applying for a fellowship
  • Give you ideas about how to improve your chances between now and when you apply

Visit our website  ( ) for more information on our Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 events!

Washington State Employee Assistance Program, Aug 18.  Topic: Mindefulness:  In today’s go-go-go constantly checking our smart phones society, it seems we’re rarely alone with our thoughts. While mindfulness is not new—the practice has origins dating back 2,500 years or more—it is the realization of today’s continual “busy-ness” that is no doubt helping fuel the growing mindfulness movement. Research shows that the practice can decrease negative thoughts, reduce stress, boost memory, improve focus, increase emotional intelligence, and enhance relationship satisfaction. For more information see the attachment.

The 2018 CAHNRS Fall Festival is right around the corner! This year’s event will take place on Thursday, September 13, 4:00PM – 6:00PM. If your department of club is interested in reserving a table, please contact the Academic Programs Office at or by phone at 509-335-4562.

University administration recently revised Executive Policy #38, which defines the university’s policy regarding intellectual property, technology transfer and commercialization. This executive policy addresses disclosure, inventorship, ownership, management and disposition of intellectual property (IP) created using university resources, which includes, without limitations, employee time and the university’s preexisting IP. The full policy can be found on the Office of Procedures, Records and Forms website.

CougarCopies gets a new name, look:  More than 20 years after opening a store in the CUB, CougarCopies has changed its name to CougPrints Plus to better reflect the evolving products and services provided to the Cougar community. In addition to full service printing and binding, CougPrints Plus offers shipping and mailing services, online poster printing, departmental copier consultation and placement, and support for CougPrints self-service student printing. Future CougPrints Plus plans include CougarCard payment for online orders, expanded printing services for campuses outside of Pullman, and student business card ordering. CougPrints Plus is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. during regular sessions and from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during summer session, with online ordering available 24/7 all year long. For further information call 509-335-1647, or visit or our main location on the ground floor of the CUB on the Pullman campus.

Graduate Student Assistantship Benefits update: Dental benefits for the 2018-2019 insurance plan have increased from 80% to 90% for preventive and diagnostic care! This is for Class 1 covered treatments which include exams, cleaning, fluoride, x-rays, and sealants. Remember, your insurance coverage for the 2017-18 plan year doesn’t end until August 15, 2018, so you’re covered over the summer! If you use the Health & Wellness Services Pharmacy, please don’t forget to fill your prescriptions before you leave for the summer.  Email with any questions.



Continue for employment opportunities >> more here

  1. Postdoctoral Scholar, Entomology Dept., Penn State Univ., Univ. Park, PA
  2. Research Entomologist/Research Plant Pathologist ( Assoc), Dept. of Ag, Parlier, CA
  3. Plant Protection Specialist, St. of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK
  4. Research Entomologist, Dept of Ag., Davis, CA
  5. Postdoctoral Fellow, Begomovirus Evolution, Auburn University Faculty, Auburn, AL
  6. Postdoctoral Spotted Wing Drosophilia Research, Univ. Minnesota, Minneapolis St. Paul, MN
  7. Interdiscplinary Biological Scientists (2), USDA Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection, Miami, FL
  8. Extension Associate, North Carolina St. Univ., Raleigh, NC
  9. Research Assistant, USDA/APHIS/PPQ/Science & Technology, Beltsville, MD
  10. Staff Research Associate, Plant Sciences Dept., Rick Tomato Genetics Resource Center, UC-Davis, Davis, CA
  11. Research Assistant, Entomology Dept., Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX
  12. Biological Science Tech (Insects and Disease), USDA Forest Service, Missoula, MT


Important Dates and Deadlines

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

Norm Ehmann Urban Pest Management Award July 2018 RFP:  Request for proposals: Researchers or educators involved with urban pest management problems that 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.

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. 


Meetings: Regional, National, International

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: