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CAHNRS News – April 6, 2012

Posted by | April 6, 2012

 Celebrate at the CAHNRS Awards Banquet, Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tickets are still on sale for the 53rd Annual CAHNRS Awards Banquet taking place on April 14 from 4-6 p.m. in Ensminger Pavilion.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in the Academic Programs Office until 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11. Come celebrate and a enjoy a great dinner from Happy Day Catering as we recognize faculty, staff, and student award recipients in the college for 2011-2012.  For more information, contact Sean McIlraith at or 509-335-9115.

CAHNRS Undergraduate Research & Creative Projects 2012 Poster Fair, Saturday April 14

Come check out the exciting research projects that CAHNRS undergraduate students have been working on since last fall.  The poster fair will take place on April 14 from 1-3 p.m. on the ground floor of the Vogel Plant Biosciences Building.  Awards will be given to the top two presenters/posters in the following categories: Applied Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences; Basic Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences; Design Discipline; and Human Sciences. For more information on the event, contact Sean McIlraith at or 509-335-9115.

Graduate School Scholarship Opportunities

The Graduate School has the following Scholarship Opportunities Available:

  • Julia & Arnold Greenwell Memorial Scholarship: This is a need-based scholarship designed to help graduate students who have clearly demonstrated excellence to further their studies at WSU.
  • Graduate School Doctoral Scholarship: This scholarship is to reward outstanding research and scholarship among graduate students admitted into a WSU Ph.D. program.

Applications for Fall semester are due to the Graduate School no later than 5:00 p.m., April 30. For more information, see

English- and Spanish-Language Small Business Webinars

Washington Small Business Development Centers are providing free webinars in English and Spanish. These interactive multimedia workshops provide in-depth strategies, tools, processes, and solutions that can help Washington residents start, grow and manage a business. For the 26 English-language webinars, go to, and for the 23 webinars in Spanish, go to These Webinars are sponsored by US Bank and Virtual Advisor.

2012 PNW Crop Tour Schedule

Starting May 30, the 2012 crop tour season will provide opportunities to view field trials and interact with Washington State University personnel and others about cereal varieties and crop management practices. Cereal breeders, extension agronomists, end-use quality experts, and plant pathologists will be presenting information at various events. The small grain variety and research tours provide a guide for wheat and barley tours in Washington and nearby locations. See full schedule at

Seeking Nominees for the 2011 Women’s Leadership Recognition Awards

The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Dean’s Office seeks Women’s Leadership Recognition award nominations for CAHNRS alumnae who have distinguished themselves in one of two areas: Community Leadership and Service, or Professional and Academic Leadership. Please consider nominating one of your unit’s distinguished alumnae.

Please nominate a woman whom you believe represents the qualities embodied in a graduate from CAHNRS at Washington State University. This includes all academic and extension units that have been a part of the college in any way throughout its history. Nominations do not have to come from an academic unit and we encourage the many groups that have outstanding graduates working with them to nominate those individuals. We are committed to making the process as straightforward as possible, so if you have any questions about the process or submittal requirements, please contact Tatum Weed, at

The nominations will be accepted until May 4, 2012. Forms will soon be available at


Second Annual Dr. Virginia Lee “Change the World” Fellowship Fundraiser

Please come to the Wine Tasting and Silent Auction on Thursday, April 26, 2012, 6 – 9 p.m. at Merry Cellars Winery in Pullman. Tickets are $25 for students and $35 for non-students if purchased before the event, and include a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres. Donations to the fundraiser in lieu of attendance are welcome. For tickets, or more information, please contact Kimberly Cotton at or (206) 276-5380. Download the flyer at

About Virginia Lee

WSU molecular plant sciences graduate student Virginia Lee was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer and passed away on New Year’s Eve 2010. She was 24 years old. Virginia wanted to use the knowledge she gained in graduate school to give back to the world. 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 the world. Virginia was a wine enthusiast keen on supporting local businesses.

Mom’s Weekend Fashion Show

The 29th Annual Mom’s Weekend Fashion Show, Evolution, will be Friday, April 13, 2012 and is a showcase for design and merchandising synergy. This event features apparel created by design students and the promotional abilities of merchandising students in the Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles Department (AMDT). Twenty-seven senior and junior students will be showing original designs developed in AMDT classes. The show is at Beasley Coliseum on Friday, April 13 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale now at all Tickets West outlets.

Crop Seminars

Julia Piaskowski, Ph.D. Candidate, Crop Science, “Effect of Genotype, Inoculation with Mycorrhizal Fungi, and Phosphorus Fertilizer on P Uptake and Micronutrient Concentration in Spring Wheat,” April 9, 3:10 p.m. in Johnson Hall 204, Pullman, and broadcast via AMS to Mt. Vernon, Prosser and Puyallup stations.

Weizhen Liu, Ph.D. Candidate, Crop Science, ” High-thoughput SNP Discovery through Deep Resequencing of a Reduced Representation Library,” April 16, 3:10 p.m. in Johnson Hall 204, Pullman, and broadcast via AMS to Mt. Vernon, Prosser and Puyallup stations.

For the full Spring 2012 Crop Seminar Series, see

Soil Seminar Series

Melissa Letourneau, Soils Ph.D. Graduate student, “Phenazine-mediated nutrient mobilization and biofilm formation in dryland wheat fields” and Caitlin Price, Soils Ph.D. Graduate student, “Examining community acceptance and agricultural use of biosolids compost produced at a rural WWTP,” April 9 at 1:10 p.m. in Johnson Hall 204 and broadcast via AMS to Mt. Vernon, Prosser, Puyallup and Wenatchee stations.

Bodh Paudel, Soils Ph.D. Graduate student; “Biological control of soil borne pathogens with soil amendments in Douglas fir seedlings and potato,” Waled Suliman, Soils Ph.D. Graduate student; “Use of bio-char to regulate nutrient cycling and greenhouse gases emissions,” and Jason Stout, Soils Ph.D. Graduate student; “Developing sustainable irrigation practices in Concord and Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in Eastern Washington,” April 16, 1:10 p.m. in Johnson Hall 204 and broadcast via AMS to Mt. Vernon, Prosser, Puyallup and Wenatchee stations.

For the full Spring 2012 Soil Seminar Series, see

Plant Pathology Seminars

Kamil Mohd Jaaffar, Ph.D. Student, “The role of phenazine-producing fluorescent pseudomonads in biological control of Rhizoctonia root rot,” April 9, 4:10 p.m. in Johnson Hall 343, and AMS dial-up #:5776624.

Yu-Hsuan Lin, Ph.D. Student, “Biological and molecular properties of Potato virus S (PVS) and the effect of PVS on late blight resistant potato genotypes,” April 11, 4:10 p.m. in Johnson Hall 343, and AMS dial-up #:5776624.

Aaron Agostini, Ph.D. Student, “Effects of cruciferous rotation and soil amendments on Verticillium wilt of cauliflower and strawberry,” April 16, 4:10 p.m. in Johnson Hall 343, and AMS dial-up #:5776624.

Ebrahiem Babiker, Ph.D. Student, “Management of Rhizoctonia on cereal and Brassica crops: greenbridge control and disease resistance,” April 18, 4:10 p.m. in Johnson Hall 343, and AMS dial-up #:5776624.

For the full Spring 2012 Plant Pathology Seminar series, see


Cornelius Adewale, M.S. student in Soil Science, was awarded a 2012 GA Harris Fellowship from Decagon Devices. Adewale works with Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, Associate Professor and Associate Scientist, and Dave Huggins, Adjunct Soil Scientist, of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. See more details at

Lauren Verrelli and Kierra Lagervall-Adams received a Gray Award in the Arts and Design Category during WSU’s 2012 Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. In their piece, Refusion, they used program covers from the 28th Annual Mom’s Weekend Fashion Show to create a dress that resembled the image on the front cover. They worked with their faculty mentor, Bailey Stokes, on the concept and its implementation of this project. The paper dress was placed in the Bookie to help promote the fashion show.

Recent News Releases

WSU Extension offers flagship forest stewardship class online for the first time
WSU Students Dedicate Fashion Lines to Mothers for Mom’s Weekend Fashion Show
Whole Foods Market Executive To Discuss Living Values in Business at WSU
Washington State 4-H License Plate Bill Signed into Law
WSU researchers demonstrate that fruit and wine quality are not affected by grafting

All our news releases are archived at

New in CAHNRS e-Newsletters

The March 29 issue of Voice of the Vine features a story on the results of a multi-year project led by Markus Keller on fruit and wine quality from own-rooted and rootstock-grafted vines:

The 200th issue of On Solid Ground was published on March 28 and featured stories on hard cider research, and the first international meeting of precision agriculturists in Prosser:

The April 5 issue of Green Times includes a story on the Boyd Farm project and transitioning to organic in dryland grain production, and a profile of WSU alumna Kim Miller, an English major who now manages the CSA and communications for Tiny’s Organic in East Wenatchee: