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CAHNRS News – August 27

Posted by | August 27, 2010

Fall Festival

Come join us for food, fun and games on Sept. 9, 4-6 p.m. at Spillman Plaza (on Wilson Rd. next to Hulbert Hall). There will be student club exhibits, department displays, a chance to win a scholarship toward a major in CAHNRS, and a live band playing fun, danceable rock. Meet students, professors, advisors and the deans of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences.

WSU Friends of Turfgrass Management 2nd Annual Banquet and Golf Tournament

Join us at Palouse Ridge Golf Club on Sept. 4. Shotgun tee off starts at 1 p.m.

Help support WSU Turfgrass Management students, play golf at an excellent venue, meet new and old friends, and enjoy a great meal for only $125 per person. Registration gets you:

  • 18 Holes at Palouse Ridge Golf Club with a cart
  • Shamble format tournament Tee prizes
  • KP, Long Drive, and Grand Prize
  • Prime Rib Buffet following golf
  • $125 per person, 4 person teams
  • $65 per student

For more information and to register your team contact: Mike Bednar, Assistant Superintentdent, Palouse Ridge Golf Club; 509-332-1874 or

2010 NIFA Grant Writing Workshop-Open Enrollment

General admission is now open for the 2010 National Institute of Food and Ag (NIFA) Grant Writing workshop on Wednesday, Sept. 8th at the Alumni Centre from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Registration is at 8:00 am. There is still room and lunch is included. To register go to:

This workshop will include the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE), the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI), and the Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) within the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The topics to be discussed are:

  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Systems thinking
  • Sustainability
  • Tightly coupled research and extension
  • Presentations on project team building
  • Proposal preparation
  • Proposal writing and rewriting
  • eXtension Communities of Practice
  • Multi-institutional projects from a sponsored programs office perspective

If you have any questions feel free to contact me at: or call 509-335-4487.

This workshop will also be live video streamed. The link will be published on the above website for the workshop.


The Plant Pathology department now has two Fulbright graduate students (both start their graduate program this fall semester). Danny Humphreys from Costa Rica joined Dr. Axel Elling’s lab and Noma Chingandu from Zimbabwe joined Dr. Hanu Pappu’s program. Having two Fulbrighters in the department is an important milestone that increases the Plant Pathology department’s visibility nationally and internationally, and is a testament to its stature as a preferred destination for high caliber graduate students from all corners of the globe.

“Joe” Poovaiah, Regents Professor in the department of horticulture and landscape architecture, has been elected to join the Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS). WSAS is an independent, non-profit corporation established by the Washington State Legislature to deliberate and respond with in-depth analyses of issues of “complex public policy.” Election to WSAS is via two pathways: the first is by virtue of being elected to one of the three National Academies and the second is by direct nomination and election to WSAS. Additional information regarding WSAS and its current activities is available at

Daniel Zommick won first place in the graduate student oral paper competition at the 94th annual meeting of the Potato Association of America, Corvallis, OR, Aug. 15-19. The title of his presentation was “Postharvest Mottling of Premier Russet Tubers may be a Consequence of Accelerated Aging”. Zommick is a Ph.D. student in horticulture (N.R. Knowles, supervisor). Twelve students competed for awards at the meetings. Chris Hiles won fifth place in the same competition. Supervised by Mark J. Pavek, Hiles recently defended his M.S. thesis in horticulture and continues to work in the potato program. The title of his oral presentation was “Defining In-Season Nitrogen Needs to Maximize Profits from Alturas and Premier Russet”.