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CAHNRS News – April 22, 2011

Posted by | April 22, 2011

Arboretum & Wildlife Conservation Center Needs a Bit of Your Time Today

The WSU Aroretum & Wildlife Conservation Center is looking to assemble a small group of 10 to 15 volunteers who are interested in helping with a joint Earth Day/Arbor Day event today on the Pullman campus.

Arboretum staff need some help in replanting some winter-damaged trees and conducting a “scavenger hunt” for rocks in several fields that will be mowed later in the summer. We also might plant some flats of seeds in the greenhouse, to be used later in renovating a botanical garden in the Arboretum, and for use in a Citizen Science project on pollinator ecology.

People interested in volunteering some time between 12 noon – 3 pm today should visit for more details and either send Rod Sayler an email (, or use the “Contact the AWCC” link at the bottom of any arboretum web page to send a signup email and receive more information.

2011 Undergraduate Research & Creative Project Poster Fair Award Winners

Applied Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

  • 1st place: Aaron White, Crop & Soil Sciences
  • 2nd place: Jaci Barbano, Animal Sciences

Basic Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

  • 1st place: Melissa Lyn McCallum,Animal Sciences
  • 2nd place: Randy Burke, Natural Resource Sciences

Design Discipline

  • 1st place: Carlie Bailes, Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles
  • 2nd place: Kassi Lyn Rolin, Horticulture & Landscape Architecture

Human Sciences

  • 1st place: Rini Mukhopadhyay. Economic Sciences
  • 2nd place: Jocelyn Glessing, Human Development

2011 CAHNRS Award Winner

Congratulations to all award winners, which were presented at the 52nd annual CAHNRS Awards Banquet.

Student Award Recipients

  • Aggie of the Year: Michael Anderson, Economic Sciences
  • Family and Consumer Scientist of the Year: Ryan Fallgren, Economic Sciences
  • Outstanding Junior in Agriculture: Erik Walker, Animal Sciences
  • Outstanding Junior in Human Sciences: Cindy Ola, Human Development
  • Outstanding Freshman of the Year: Jake Fischer, Food Science
  • Superior Club of the Year: Dairy Club, Animal Sciences

Faculty Award Recipients

  • R.M. Wade Foundation Excellence in Teaching: Buel D. Rodgers, Animal Sciences
  • Excellence in Extension: Craig Cogger, Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Excellence in Research: Ian Burke, Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Individual Integrated: Richard Zack, Entomology
  • Team Interdisciplinary: Climate Friendly Farming

Staff Award Recipients

  • Administrative Professional Staff Excellence: Jeanne Dahmen, Academic Programs
  • Administrative Professional Technical Staff Excellence: Richard Rupp, Crop and Soil Sciences
  • Classified Clerical/Fiscal Staff Excellence: Ellen Yeates, Agricultural Research Center
  • Classified Technical Staff Excellence: Phil Cable, Marketing, News, & Educational Services

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International Research & Development Afghanistan Position Announcements

The International Research & Development office of CAHNRS is seeking applicants for three positions on a new higher education and agriculture project in Afghanistan. To view the scope of work and contact information for these positions please visit

2011  Kenneth J. Morrison Extension Award Call for Nominations – due May 16, 2011

The Kenneth J. Morrison Extension Award in Crop and Soil Sciences was established in 1987. This recognition was recommended by Kenny – as he was affectionately called by his friends – for the purpose of recognizing annually an Extension faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to Washington state’s agriculture, especially in agronomic crop production improvement and/or soil management.

Kenny held the important assignment of extension agronomist at Washington State University for over 35 years. He was responsible for direction and coordination of extension activities for all major field crops grown in Washington, including small grains, forages, oil seed crops, pulses, grasses, and legumes. He taught farmers how to manage semi-dwarf wheats effectively, make the transition from dryland to irrigated cropping agriculture, appreciate the value of high-quality seed, and minimize pest losses through proper management. As a liaison among producers, processors, researchers, and county agents, Kenny received credit for the excellent rapport that links the scientists at Washington State University, growers, and the agricultural industry. Through him, researchers have obtained special insight into grower and processor problems. His integrity and reputation as an untiring worker gained him the respect of the entire agricultural industry.

Washington State Extension faculty are encouraged to apply and/or nominate individuals for this award. Others – WSU faculty, growers, industry representatives, etc. – are also encouraged to nominate. The presentation will be made to the recipient at a field day or occasion of their choice.

Application packet should include:

  • Nominee name
  • Purpose/contributions of major project(s)
  • Extension methods utilized to carry out project(s)
  • Results or evaluation of mentioned project(s) seen at the county level/beyond
  • Influence project has had on the image of Extension.
  • Include publications, articles, presentations, grower meetings, etc.
  • Three letters of reference
  • Note: Renominations must be updated to current year, including letters of reference.

Submit application materials by Monday, May 16, 2011 to:

Dr. Richard T. Koenig, Chair
Department of Crop & Soil Sciences
Washington State University
PO Box 646420
Pullman WA  99164-6420

Hawaiian Fashion Exhibit is Open

Alfred Shaheen, the man responsible for bringing Hawaiian textile design to the world’s attention, and for making the Hawaiian shirt an art form, is the focus of an April 7-May 3, 2011 exhibit at the Washington State University Museum of Anthropology. The exhibit, Hawaii’s Alfred Shaheen: Fabric to Fashion, is on a national tour and features stunning mid-20th century textiles and garments. The exhibit is open 10-4 daily.

Linda Arthur Bradley, professor in the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles, is a scholar of Hawaiian textiles and WSU’s Curator of Costumes and Textiles, as well as co-curator of the exhibit. Bradley said Shaheen believed designs should be bright and dramatic works of art. “People were able to communicate their love of different cultures through these designs and that is really a focus of the people of Hawaii,” Bradley said.

“It is not often that we see such a clear example of the melding of art, tradition, and entrepreneurship,” said Mary Collins, director of WSU’s Museum of Anthropology. “Shaheen clearly loved the many cultural faces of Hawaii and captured and blended their unique sense of color, pattern, and comfort, creating a style of clothing we all recognize. Few of us realize, however, that there is a background story of many human dimensions to these classic icons of west coast summers,” Collins added.

Shaheen transformed fashion design not only in Hawaii but in the continental United States as well. He infused ethnic design into everyday Western style, training artists in textile design and sending them to countries throughout the world. The artists made sketches and drawings of the motifs and patterns they saw in various cultures and Shaheen transferred the illustrations into fabric designs using new dyes and techniques he developed.

MEGA: Big Visions for the Clearwater Basin

Eight students in professor Jolie Kaytes‘ Northern Rocky Mountain Regional Landscape class are working on service-learning projects that envision how the massive oil company shipments could affect various aspects of U.S. Highway 12, the Clearwater River watershed and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. They’ll present their research, videos designs and models during a free, public presentation 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday at the 1912 Center in Moscow (412 E. Third St.). The event will be hosted by the Friends of the Clearwater, The WSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and the WSU Center for Civic Engagement.

State-wide Viticulture Specialist Tours Westside Vineyards

On March 29, 2011, Michelle Moyer, the new WSU state-wide viticulture extension specialist, toured three commercial vineyards in Whatcom and Skagit Counties, and met with local growers as part of her role in getting acquainted with viticulture needs and issues around the state. She was accompanied by Thomas Henick-Kling, WSU viticulture & enology program director, Andrew Corbin, WSU extension educator for Snohomish County, and Carol Miles, WSU vegetable extension specialist at WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center. Also participating were Bruce Watson of Watson Wine Consulting (Seattle), Tom Thornton (Cloud Mountain Farm), Chuck Jackson (Eagle Haven Winery), and Karen Peirolo and Richard Hughes (A Cappella Vineyard).

A growers’ meeting was held after the tour at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC and was attended by 22 participants. In addition to those on the vineyard tour, the group included Walt Mahaffee, USDA-ARS Horticultural Crops researcher based in Corvallis, OR, Patty Skinkis, Assistant Professor of Horticulture and grape Extension Specialist from Oregon State University, and representative wine grape growers from throughout western Washington.


Dr. Scot Hulbert, professor of plant pathology and R. James Cook Chair in Cropping Systems Pathology, has been invited to give the 2011 E.S. Luttrell Lecture in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia, in Athens, Gorgia. He will be delivering the lecture on May 4. This annual lecture series, named after the UGA plant pathology professor, late Dr. E.S. Luttrell, recognizes and honors the seminal contributions made by him to the field of mycology and plant pathology. Luttrell was an authority on developmental morphology of ascomycetes. His publication, Taxonomy of the Pyrenomycetes, represented a major development in the classification of the ascocarpic ascomycetes. The basic classification scheme proposed by Dr. Luttrell for the perithecial ascomycetes was predominant for three decades, during which it was recognized by the majority of mycologists and followed in most major textbooks on mycology. In 1986, E. S. Luttrell retired from the University of Georgia after nearly 44 years of service. During his career he received many honors, both from professional societies and from the university. His mycological colleagues honored him with the naming of the genus Luttrellia, the species Biolaris luttrellii, Physalacria luttrellii and Pringsheimia luttrellii, and the dedication of a symposium volume, Ascomycete Systematics – The Luttrellian Concept. He was honored by the University of Georgia with a Distinguished Professorship and by the E. S. Luttrell Lecture Series that was established in the Department of Plant Pathology.

Two WSU Interior Design students will be recognized with awards during the Cooper Keynote Luncheon at LightFair International, May 16, Philadelphia, Penn. Hiroki Usui (B.A.I.D. 2010) will be presented with First Place and Billy Au (B.A.I.D. 2010, M.A.I.D 2011) will receive Honorable Mention and the Sustainability Award. Both entered capstone senior projects completed in ID426 with Assistant Professor Judy Theodorson.

Eliane Thaines Bodah, horticulture graduate student, has received a scholarship worth $2400 to the NSF funded Summer Institute of Statistical Genetics at the University of Washington in Seattle.

The Center for Civic Engagement announced the recipients of the Excellence in Civic Engagement Award for the 2010-2011 academic year. Each year the CCE recognizes students, a student group, a faculty member, a community and campus partner who display a commitment to learning through campus-community engagement. This year’s faculty winner is Ole Sleipness, assistant clinical professor in landscape architecture. The award recipients were honored at the 4th Annual CCE Cougs Care Recognition Event on Thursday, April 21.

A number of School of Economic Sciences students, staff and faculty were recently honored:

  • Karla Makus won the Outstanding Academic Advising Award and Pat Kuzyk was one of two winners of the WSU Distinguished Teaching Award at the 2011 University College Awards Ceremony.
  • Hayley Chouinard, AAEA Distinguished Teaching less than Ten-Years Experience, 2010.
  • Ana Espinola-Arredondo, Scientific Committee, Latin America and Caribbean Environmental Economics Program (LACEEP), Fall 2010-present.
  • Jill McCluskey, Chair-Elect, Food and Agricultural Marketing and Policy section, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), 2010-2011.
  • Mykel Taylor, appointed to the Western Agricultural Economics Association Executive Board.
  • Graduate student Fafa Asiseh has been awarded a Compton Foundation/PRB International Fellowship for 2011-12. The Fellowship supports dissertation research on topics that examine the interactions linking family planning and reproductive health with environmental/sustainability and/or human security issues. Asiseh has aslo been selected as a recipient of the prestigious 2011 President’s Award which is given to a very small percent of student leaders at WSU.
  • Graduate student Sara Simmons has been recognized as an outstanding graduate student by the WSU Association of Faculty Women. Her advisor is Ken Casavant.
  • Graduate student Miquel Henry-Osorio was selected to work this summer as an economist-intern at the Economic Research Service, USDA. The competition for the appointment was national in scope.

School of Economic Science graduates Tim Graciano, Ph.D., and Andrew Hanks, Ph.D., have taken positions as research economist for the USDA in Washington, D.C. and post-doctoral researcher for the Cornell Center for Behavior Economics in Child Nurtition Programs at Cornell University, respectively.