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CAHNRS News-August 23, 2013

Posted by l.meyer | August 22, 2013

Community celebrates life of WSU bear researcher Heidi Keen

heidikeenHeidi Keen, 32, a Washington State University doctoral student who was passionate about enriching the lives of animals in captivity, passed away on Friday, Aug. 9, after a brief illness.

A Palouse, Wash., resident and student in the Animal Sciences department at the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, Keen focused her doctoral studies at the WSU Bear Center, which she chose based on its mission to provide research, information and understanding to conserve bear populations worldwide. More.

CAHNRS hosts first Tidal Leadership Symposium

CAHNRS is hosting the first annual Tidal Leadership: Transformational Leadership Symposium for Women on September 13, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. I would like to encourage you to attend this exceptional leadership training opportunity. To assist you in attending, I am approving event attendance as release time, in accordance with BPPM 60.71, which allows up to 96 hours of release time per fiscal year. To ensure limited disruption to College and University operations, please work with your supervisor on coverage options.  -Ron Mittelhammer; learn more about Tidal Leadership certificate programs here.

Welcome back fall semester and colleagues with an ice cream social

We’d like to invite our faculty and staff from all across the state to celebrate with us in spirit as we have our ice cream social event in Pullman, so we’re offering an ice cream social at each of our four R&E Centers. Join us at the location nearest you on Wednesday, August 28 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. An afternoon of games, music, door prizes, and our favorite WSU treat–some Ferdinand’s ice cream!


The National Potato Council (NPC) has awarded Rhett Spear (Horticulture Ph.D. graduate student working with Mark Pavek) its 2013-14 Academic Scholarship. Each year, NPC awards one $10,000 scholarship to a graduate student pursuing advanced studies that will improve the future of the potato industry. Final scholarship selection is based on academic achievement, leadership abilities, and the potential commercial value of the applicant’s academic work. Spear’s research is focused on identifying new, viable fresh-pack varieties as alternatives to the Russet Norkotah, the leading fresh-pack variety that is susceptible to the Potato Virus Y (PVY).

carrisDr. Lori Carris, associate professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, was appointed as the Associate Dean of WSU Graduate School. Dr. Carris will be part of the graduate school leadership team and will provide oversight to several interdisciplinary PhD programs, policy and planning. She will continue to be a member of the Department of Plant Pathology and maintain teaching and research activities.

The School of Food Science had a team of two students participate in the Idaho Milk Processors Association (IMPA) New Product Development Competition last week in Sun Valley. Alex Meldrum and Shiloh Mangan presented their product – “Whey-Tastic,” a carbonated, fruit flavored acid whey-based drink. It was very well accepted by the panel of judges, who have asked the students to continue to refine the product and return next year with a bigger team and a more comprehensive plan and presentation. Their innovative product piqued the interest of dairy companies in attendance there—prompting a great opportunity for our students to improve on this project before they present it again next year.

Congrats to the following School of Food Science students who have recently been awarded scholarships: Hannah Damiano—Washington Association for Food Protection (WAFFP) Scholarship; Samantha Young—WAFF Scholarship; Chen Liu—IFT Feeding Tomorrow Scholarship from the Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists MS; Taylor Oswald— Washington Wine Industry Foundation Walter J. Clore Scholarship for 2013; Katie Waldo—IFT Freshman Feeding Tomorrow Scholarship.

thkwithtreefruitWenatchee fruit entrepreneur Kyle Mathison discussed the benefits of relative types of soils for wine growing with Dr.Thomas Henick-Kling, Director of WSU’s Viticulture and Enology program. Over 50 WSU alums and friends of WSU gathered to hear Dr Henick Kling’s and current students’ observations about the relatively new viticulture and enology program at WSU, its new campus in Tri-Cities, and about the wine grape opportunities in the state.

Photo ID

simp1516My, aren’t we casual? Be the one who can identify the shirtless gentleman, and bring him lots of fame! Who would have thought that this picture would surface after all these years! And what year is it? What is he doing with that surveyor’s instrument?

And let’s not neglect the woman on the lawn. Although we can’t see her face, she looks hard at work, so she deserves some recognition as well.

Need to see more detail? Just click the picture for a larger version.

WSU CAHNRS is seeking your help in cataloging its photo archive. We are scanning hundreds of old slides, negatives, and prints to put online. And we need your help to identify these images by telling us, as best you can: the contents, the date, and the identity of the photographer.

Don’t spare the detail; we want you to share everything you know about this image. Don’t know anything about this image, but still want to help? We have more archival images posted. View our historical images.

For the most recent additions, go to the last page and work backwards. Please reminisce about your connection to this photo by using the “Comments” field at Want us to let you know when we post new photos? Send an email to and we’ll add you to the list.

ReConnect Alumni Magazine

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The next issue of ReConnect is coming up! ReConnect is published quarterly by the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Alumni and Friends Office. We publish one print and three digital issues per year.

Readers are encouraged to contribute ideas for ReConnect. We are eager to hear your stories and share them with your former WSU peers in ReConnect Class Notes. We also would love to hear about your family and receive digital photos of your Future Cougs. Please send photos with detailed descriptions to Looking for Connections magazine? Click here!

Upcoming Events

School of Food Science Distinguished Lecture Series: Guest Speaker Dr. Masami Taceuchi, Food Safety Officer from the Food Safety and Quality Unit (AGND) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is coming to speak. Tuesday, September 17 at 3:00 pm (location TBA) seminar: “Taking Food Safety to the Corners of the World: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations”. Topics will include: the work of the Food Safety and Quality section of the FAO, basic requirements to work at international organizations, and internship and volunteer programs at FAO. The seminar will be followed by a reception in FSHN 103. All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the seminar and reception. For more information, contact Angela Lenssen (335-4289 or

New this Fall! 2013 School of Food Science (SFS) Faculty Seminar Series.  The main objective of this seminar series is to share what research is happening in the SFS, and to foster future cooperative research/teaching/outreach opportunities.  All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. The seminar will be held on Mondays at 1:10 PM in FSHN 104A; and a light lunch will be provided to those in attendance. Here’s the first seminar scheduled this fall semester: Sept 9th, Giuliana Noratto- “Food Benefits Beyond Nutrition.”

WSU Organic Farm on the Mall: Fresh-picked organic produce from WSU’s Organic Farm will be offered for sale at a farm stand on WSU’s Terrell Mall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, running through early October. The farm accepts cash and checks only.

Onion Field Day: Thursday, August 29, 2013 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hartley Farms – Prosser, WA. The trial is located near the corner of Travis and Reese Road southeast of Prosser. This year’s trial contains 55 onion cultivars and lines from 7 different seed companies to compare and contrast under local growing conditions. The Field Day will begin with a short overview of the crop. Participants will then have an opportunity to examine the entries in the trial. WSU and USDA Onion Researchers will be on hand to discuss their research with those interested. A BBQ Luncheon will be held following the field day.

Recent News Releases 

August 9- Auction of Washington Wines supports wine science at WSU

August 14- Olympic Peninsula Field Day to Edify Forest Landowners

August 15-Community celebrates life of WSU bear researcher Heidi Keen

In eNews

The August 7 issue of Green Times features local greens, anaerobic digestion, and organic farm photos.

The July 31 issue of On Solid Ground features stories about the art of managing bees and refining renewable gas.

The August 21 issue of Voice of the Vine features a story about recent wine workshops, wine guides, and mites.

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