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CAHNRS News – April 9

Posted by | April 8, 2011

Celebrate Undergraduate Creative and Research Projects, April 9

CAHNRS’ undergraduate scientists and designers will be presenting the results of the Academic Programs-sponsored projects in Vogel Plant Biosciences Building from 1 – 3 p.m. on April 9. The poster fair is free and open to the public. Please join us as we celebrate the amazing talent on display and present awards to the top two presenters in:

  • Applied Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences
  • Basic Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences
  • Design Discipline
  • Human Sciences

Jim Cook Slated as 8 a.m. Commencement Speaker

We are excited to announce that R. James Cook, Washington State University dean and Professor Emeritus, will be this year’s commencement speaker for the 8 a.m. ceremony. Dr. Cook’s career at WSU spanned 40 years, from 1975 through 2005.

During his very productive professional life he has conducted research on biological and ecological approaches to manage root diseases of Pacific Northwest wheat with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service.

From 1998 to 2003, Cook served as the first R. J. Cook Endowed Chair in Wheat Research at WSU, a position endowed with a $1.5 million gift from the Washington Wheat Commission. He also served as interim dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences from 2003 until his retirement in 2005.

In addition to some 200 peer-reviewed journal papers, Cook co-authored two books on biological control of plant pathogens and one on wheat health management.

Cook was named a fellow by the Crop Science Society of America, the American Society of Agronomy, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The U.S. Department of Agriculture bestowed upon him the Superior Service Award, the Distinguished Service Award, and named him an ARS Distinguished Scientist of the Year and to the ARS Science Hall of Fame. Cook was elected Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society, and also received the society’s highest award, the Award of Distinction, and the Ruth Allen Award. He is a professor emeritus in the department of plant pathology and department of crop and soils sciences.

He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1993 and has been honored with the 2011 international Wolf Prize for Agriculture (learn more about the Wolf Prize at

Cook currently serves as one of seven citizen trustees on the Board Authority of the State’s Life Sciences Discovery Fund and is president of the Washington State Academy of Science.

He holds bachelors and master’s degrees from North Dakota State University and a doctoral degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

For more information about this year’s commencement speakers and ceremonies, please visit

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 2, 2011. Forms can be found at


Congratulations to our Brass Ring Award winners from the department of interior design!

  • Hyung-Jin Kim
    Interior Design 1st Place – Best of Show
    Gold – Residential (under 1200 sq ft)
    Gold – Commercial (over 2500 sq ft)
    Bronze – Residential (4500 max sq ft)
  • Jessica Cheung
    Merit – Commercial (under 2500 sq ft)
  • Austin Flink
    Merit – Commercial (over 2500 sq ft)
  • Anna Kirk
    Silver – Hand Rendering
  • Corinne Mack
    Bronze – Hand Rendering
  • Maureen Davidson
    Bronze – Digital Rendering
  • Cecilia Arroyo
    Merit – Digital Rendering

The Brass Ring Awards competition is designed to motivate and reward students for excellence in art and design. This year marks the 25th year for the Brass Ring Awards, which attracted 1,239 entries from 60 universities and 18 high schools.

WSU Skagit County Extension Master Gardener Jane Billinghurst’s sixth non-fiction book has recently been published. “The Armchairs Book of Gardens” features writers as varied as Pliny the Younger, Michael Pollan, Homer, Jamaica Kincaid, Goethe, and Tom Stoppard evoking the garden in its many incarnations, sometimes lightheartedly, sometimes wittily, and sometimes with regret. In prose and images, the book takes the reader on a tour of gardens great and small, exploring their spiritual, aesthetic, and political dimensions.

Daniel Ramseyer, M.S. student in the School of Food Science, entered his presentation “Arabinoxylan distribution and functionality in selected flour mill streams and effect on flour blending” and was selected as one of the six finalists who will advance to the next round of the 2011 AACC International Best Student Research Paper Competition. The competition will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 8:30-11 a.m. during the AACC International Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, Calif. Winners of the competition will be announced at the Closing Session and Farewell Reception on Oct. 19, 2011.

Alecia Kiszonas, a Ph.D student in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, was awarded the $1000 Thomas and Catherine Hyslop Family Graduate Fellowship for the 2011-2012 academic year.