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CAHNRS News – March 12, 2012

Posted by | March 12, 2012

Reservations for Showcase Events is March 16

The deadline to make reservations to attend the March 30 WSU Showcase events is Friday, March 16. Reserve your place at this year’s Distinguished Faculty Address, presented by Regents Professor B.W. “Joe” Poovaiah, of the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. Plan to attend the Celebrating Excellence recognition banquet to honor WSU’s newest award recipients, newly tenured/promoted faculty, and 2011 patent awardees. Price is $40 per person.

Reservations can be made at For questions, contact Traci Tyacke, or 509-335-4894.

Remind Students about Grad Fair

Students planning to walk in the Pullman Commencement Ceremony, Saturday, May 5 should attend the Grad Fair either Wednesday, March 21 or Thursday, March 22 at the Alumni Centre between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Your one-stop shop to register to walk, pick up a cap and gown, order announcements or purchase a class ring from Jostens; purchase a diploma frame from Framing Success; Schedule an exit interview with Financial Aid; donate to the Senior Class gift; sign up to be a WSU Alumni and more. Those who cannot attend the Grad Fair can register to walk and order a cap and gown beginning Friday, March 23 through April 20, 2012 directly from the Commencement website. Contact: Teri Hansen, Commencement Coordinator at wsuevent@wsu.ed.


Dr. Gary Grove is a co-author on a paper published in the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture that has been awarded the journal’s 2012 Best Paper in Viticulture Award. Cornell’s Craig Austin is the lead author, with Grove, James Meyers and Wayne Wilcox as co-authors. The paper, “Powdery Mildew Severity as a Function of Canopy Density: Associated Impacts on Sunlight Penetration and Spray Coverage,” considers variations in canopy densities and associated differences in sunlight distribution within the fruit zones on grape clusters, and quantifies and correlates variable severities of powdery mildew within vineyards in the states of New York, Washington, and South Australia. The paper appeared in the March, 2011 issue of AJEV and is available at

The Journal of Human and Ecological Risk Assessment has selected a paper by two WSU’s Puyallup scientists, Niklas Hanson and John D. Stark, as Paper of Year 2011 in the Ecological Risk Assessment category. The paper, “Extrapolation from Individual-Level Responses to Population Growth Rate Using Population Modeling,” appeared in HERA 17 (6), pp. 1332-47. The HERA editors said that two selection criteria were used in selecting the year’s best paper: 1) degree of contribution to the field of risk analysis, and 2) overall quality of writing.

Recent News Releases

WSU Plant Pathologist’s On-line Powdery Mildew Database Selected as Standard Reference for Professionals

Hard Cider Making & Orcharding Workshop March 24

State Employees Encouraged to Use Less, Save More in Energy Efficiency Campaign

WSU Plant Genomics, Biotechnology Program Accepting Applications for Undergraduate Summer Research Experience

All our news releases are archived at

New in CAHNRS e-Newsletters

The Feb. 29 issue of On Solid Ground features stories on the new phenomics center; Oreganato, the new cheese flavor from the WSU Creamery; and the new genomics and biotechnology Research Experience for Undergraduates program: On Solid Ground will publish it’s 200th issue in April! With more than 600 agricultural science stories published over the past 6 years, we’d love to hear your ideas for future issues. Email editor Brian Clark at with your thoughts.

The March 7 issue of Green Times features stories on damping-off research, green manures, vegetable grafting, canola, the need for a sustainability index for agriculture, and a profile of Jared Oakes and Jessika Tantisook, two young farmers pioneering the organic production of cranberries: Green Times is the monthly e-publication featuring science news from WSU sustainable and organic ag researchers and the communities they serve.

Correction to the February 27, 2012 CAHNRS News:
Lauryn Ringwood, senior economic sciences/international trade major in the School of Economic Sciences, is a recipient of an Auvil Scholars Fellowship. Professors Robert Rosenman and Tom Power co-advised Ringwood’s project, “Economics, Culture and Obesity” and were co-recipients of the Fall 2011 WSU Honors College Thesis Advisor Award.


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