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WSU names new associate dean of Honors College
September 2, 2010

PULLMAN – Carol Anelli has been named associate dean of the Honors College. Anelli is an entomologist, award-winning teacher, and longtime Honors College faculty member and administrator. 


“Her unparalleled expertise in both undergraduate instruction and curriculum assessment makes her the perfect candidate to support the college’s efforts to take honors to the next level,” said Libby Walker, dean of the college.

Anelli has been associated with the Honors College since 1998. In addition to serving as associate dean, she was the thesis director and oversaw efforts relating to students’ thesis requirements. That included developing a course that … » More …

NSF and National Geographic Society funded researcher to speak at WSU
December 3, 2008

The Entomology Club Student Choice Seminar, “Looking Upward and Outward: Forest Canopy Research and Outreach” is on Dec. 12. Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, from The Evergreen State College’s Environmental Studies Program will be speaking at 3:10pm in room T-101 in the Food Science and Human Nutrition building.

Dr. Nadkarni was recently interviewed on NPR’s Morning Edition program. She carries out field research in Washington State and in Monterverde, Costa Rica with the support of the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society.

For more information about Dr. Nadkarni’s research, visit:

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WSU clubs selling honey, pottery
December 7, 2007

If there are still a few uncrossed names on your holiday shopping list this season, WSU’s entomology and pottery clubs may have just the right gift.  From Thursday, Dec. 6 to Friday, Dec. 7, both clubs will be displaying items for purchase on the Pullman campus. 

The Entomology Club will be selling jars of pure honey in the atrium on the first floor of the Lighty Student Services building.  The honey, locally grown in Eastern Washington is available in one pound jars at four dollars each and … » More …

This time, you get to bite the bug
October 31, 2005

Mealworm tacos and cricket chili are among the delicacies that students in Washington State University entomology Professor Richard Zack‘s “Insects and People” class will dish up Friday, Nov. 4.From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Cascade Room of the Compton Union Building, Zack’s students will sample and serve a variety of foods that have insects as a primary ingredient. Friday’s menu also includes breads and cookies sweetened with a common bug byproduct – honey.The session, which is free and open to the public, follows his lecture on the nutritional value of insects and the cultures worldwide that depend on insects as a dietary staple.”Around … » More …

When predators eat other predators
March 31, 2005

Washington State University’s entomology department will serve up three days of insect fun and education, April 7-9.Robert Denno, a University of Maryland entomologist, will deliver the annual E. Paul Catts Lecture in two installments.  The first will be following a dinner scheduled Thursday, April 7, at the Holiday Inn Express in Pullman.  His topic will be “When Predators Eat Other Predators.”Denno specializes in biological control, said Richard Zack, associate professor of entomology.  Biological control is the use of living organisms, such as insects, parasitoids, and pathogens, to control weeds, insects and plant diseases.A social hour is scheduled from 5 p.m., the dinner at 6 p.m.  … » More …

Zack’s teaching exemplary
March 5, 2004

Richard S. Zack, associate professor of Entomology at Washington State University, has been selected the Marian E. Smith Faculty Achievement Award recipient for 2003-04. The award is bestowed each spring on a WSU faculty member in recognition of significant and meritorious achievement in teaching during the prior academic year. Recipients also receive a $5,000 cash award. Zack was selected for the award for his innovative reinvigoration of the entry-level course “Insects and People” (Entomology 101). By changing student evaluations in the course from a mid-term and final format to a weekly quiz and assignment format, he was able to unlock the world of insects for … » More …

Bugs serve as baseline in homeland security effort
September 19, 2003

As university insect collections are dismantled nationwide in response to budgetcuts and restructuring, the M.T. James entomological collection at Washington State University continues to grow in local and national importance, according to Entomology Chair John Brown.“There are no immediate threats to the department or insect collection,” said Brown. “With over 1,400 visitors per year, the collection is considered one of the biggest regional outreach efforts at WSU.” This is in contrast to regional changes such as the dissolution of the Department of Entomology at Oregon State University in July 2003 and the merging of University of Idaho’s Entomology Department into Plant, Soils and Entomological Sciences … » More …