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CAHNRS News – April 5, 2013

Posted by struscott | April 4, 2013

Congratulations to Student SURCA Award Winners and Their Mentors

Arts and Design: The Crimson Award went to students Corinne Markle, Anna Hartley, and Beth Ross, mentored by Kathleen Ryan and Bob Krikac (Interior Design), for their work on a “Rural Town History Museum Co-Design.” Gray Awards: Catherine Weisenburger, mentors Kathleen Ryan and Bob Krikac  (Interior Design) for her project, “Rebuilding the Core of a Small Rural Washington Town”; and Gordon Stumpo, mentor Patricia Fischer (AMDT), for his project “Princess Diana: A Study in Creative Interpretation.”

Organismal, Population, Ecological, and Evolutionary Biology. A Gray Award went to Emily Martin, mentored by Jeb Owen (Entomology), for her work on “Physiological Trade-Off due to Immune Response to Blood-Feeding Ectoparasites.”

Molecular, Cellular, and Chemical Biology: A Gray Award was won by Nicole Clark, mentored by James Pru (Animal Sciences), for her research on “Non-Classical Progesterone Signaling in Uterine Physiology.” An Early Career Award went to Michele Reinelt, also mentored by James Pru, for her research on “Funcitional Analysis of E2A and HEB in Female Reproduction.”

Social Sciences: A Gray Award went to Yadira Olivera, mentored by Thomas Power (Human Development), for her study of “Latina Mothers’ Interaction Quality and Children’s Emotional Regulation.”

Nominate a CAHNRS Senior Who Exemplifies Excellence

The Big Ten Seniors award program recognizes WSU seniors who best represent an aspect of the college experience in areas of academics, athletics, campus involvement, community service, and visual/performing arts. Please nominate a senior who is outstanding in one or more of these areas. For details, see Nominations must be received by Friday, April 12.

Required Lab Self-Inspections

Lab self-inspections are required each year. This year the CAHNRS Safety Committee is requesting that all labs send in their completed reports to by May 1, 2013. The committee is particularly interested in the self-inspection worksheet under the heading of corrective action. A comparison of the reports will reveal any common problems. This will allow better or more specific training and promotion of safer lab practices. You can obtain the Safety Inspection Checklist at

Upcoming Events

Retirement Reception for Jack Rogers, April 7

The Department of Plant Pathology is hosting a retirement reception for Dr. Jack Rogers on April 7, 2-4 p.m., at the Paradise Creek Brewery. Friends and family are invited to come wish Dr. Rogers well. Dr. Rogers retired in January after 50 years on the WSU faculty. The Brewery is located at 245 SE Paradise St. in downtown Pullman. Rogers has been honored by promotion to Regents Professor and was recognized with the Eminent Faculty award, the highest honor a faculty member can receive at WSU.

Chocolate Decadence, April 11

The Pullman Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with WSU AMDT, invites you to experience Chocolate Decadence. Sample free chocolates and shop locally while checking out visual displays created by WSU students. Participating businesses include The Bookie, Design Effects, Lily Bee’s Consignment Shop, GLASSPhemy, Flirt, Ric-O-Shay, Neill’s Flowers and Gifts, Sam Dial Jewelers, Crimson and Gray, At Home Designs: Framing it up, Atom Heart Music, Prune Orchard, B&L Bicycle Shop, Daily Grind/Licks, Wild Ivy, RTOP Theatre, 2nd Chance Thrift, Barnacle Bills, Pets R People 2, and Dissmore’s IGA. April 11, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Food Science Talk, April 16

Speaker Dr. Lisa Mauer, professor in the department of food science at Purdue University, will present a talk entitled “Fundamentals and consequences of water-solid interactions, with an emphasis on deliquescence.” Faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend the talk, April 16, 1-2 p.m., in FSHN 104A. Dr. Mauer’s talk will be followed by an open meeting for interested faculty from 2-3 pm. For more information, contact Dr. Boon Chew (335-1427 or or see the promotional flyer at

Virginia Lee “Change the World” Fellowship Fundraiser, April 18

Wine Tasting at Merry Cellars, Thursday, April 18, 6 – 8 p.m. Complimentary Wine Tasting – Hors d’oeuvres from Banyan’s – Raffle. After Virginia Lee’s untimely death at the age of 24, WSU founded the Dr. Virginia Lee “Change the World” Fellowship Fund, to be awarded to graduate students with a desire to make a difference in our world. Please join us as we work in her honor to make a difference.Our friend and fellow graduate student Virginia Lee was diagnosed in the fall of 2010 with a very aggressive form of cancer. She passed away three months later, on New Year’s Eve. She was 24 years old. Virginia’s ambition was to use her education to give back to the world. WSU awarded Virginia an honorary doctorate while she was in the hospital. Please join us in contributing to her fellowship fund at a wine tasting at Merry Cellars, on (repeat date and time).Presale tickets: $25 student/$35 general public.You must be 21 to attend. Donations in lieu of attendance welcome.For tickets or for more information, please contact Stefanie Tietz at  Sponsored by Molecular Plant Science Graduate Students.

Ralph Cavalieri Goodbye Party, April 25

Come say so long and happy trails to Ralph Cavalieri as he moved full time into his new position as Associate Vice President for Alternative Energy for WSU. We’ll gather April 25, 3 – 5 p.m. in the Vogel Atrium overlooking Martin Stadium to thank Ralph for his leadership and 28 years of service to CAHNRS. A short program will begin at 3:30. Refreshments will be served. Ralph Cavalieri was a faculty member in Biological Systems Engineering (formerly Agricultural Engineering) as from 1985 to 1991. From 1991-2000, Cavalieri served as chair of BSE. From 2000-2013 as the associate dean of CAHNRS and director of the Agricultural Research Center. If you have any interesting stories or pictures you would like to share about CAHNRS days with Ralph, please send them to


Congratulations to plant pathology graduate students, Jeff Bullock (Ph.D. student with Dr. Ken Eastwell) and Bhanu Priya Donda (Ph.D. student with Dr. Naidu Rayapati). They are part of a six-member team that was one of the finalists in WSU Global Case Competition and were invited to the final oral presentation round.  Members of the team include, besides Bullock and Donda from plant pathology, Shreya Shah, Kale Harrison, and Gunnar Hoff from the School of Engineering, and Kristin Houmes from the School of Nursing. The Global Case Competition ( is a WSU event, organized by the Office of International Programs, that brings students together to develop solutions to complex global issues with local implication.

Entomology graduate student Robert Zinna, mentored by Dr. Laura Levine, has been granted a NSF East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI) award from June 18-Aug. 21. Zinna will conduct research at Nagoya University with Professor Teruyuki Niimi, an internationally renowned developmental biologist. The purpose and goals of the fellowship are to study the evolution and development of genetic patterning mechanisms in rhinoceros beetle horns, as well as establish a new international collaboration between WSU and Nagoya University. This EAPSI award provides Zinna first-hand research experience in Japan; an introduction to the science, science policy, and scientific infrastructure of the respective location; and an orientation to the society, culture, and language of Japan. The EAPSI will provide Zinna with a pre-departure orientation, a summer stipend, and travel expenses to the research site. The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the EAPSI partner agency in Japan, will pay in-country living expenses during the Summer Institute.

Recent News Releases

New In eNewsletters

The march 27 issue of On Solid Ground features stories on biofuels, the brown marmorated stink bug invasion, and food science grad student Megan Waldrop. Check it out at

The latest issue of Voice of the Vine has a feature on wine serving temperatures and the second phase of David James’ Vineyard Beauty with Benefits program. Sip these stories and more at

The current issue of Green Times has a cool feature on recycling drain-clogging struvite for its plant nutrients, a feature on how rain gardens and low-impact development are helping reduce run-off pollution in the Puget Sound, and news of a new publication from the WSU Extension Online Bookstore about alternatives to polyethylene mulch. Glean the green at


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