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CAHNRS News – December 16, 2011

Posted by | December 16, 2011


December 16, 2011

The Perfect Gift for Your Favorite Coug

Are you looking for a Christmas present for your favorite Coug? We have two new styles of pillows made from WSU Marching Band uniforms. Please check out our website at for more information and to download an order form for these limited edition pillows. There are currently four styles available, so pick yours today.

Write Winning Grants Seminar-Pullman-Registration Open

Each year the Office of Research sponsors the “Write Winning Grants Seminar”. The presenter, Stephen Russell, D.V.M., Ph.D., is an excellent speaker and obtained continual funding for his research for more than 25 years.  During the seminar he offers his methodology and very practical advice on idea development, proposal target identification, proposal organization and structure, how to write to the reviewers, developing a budget, broader impacts, and more.  He offers a proven methodology for obtaining research funding and provides detailed handouts, as well as a workbook that walks you through the whole process.

Upon completion of this one-day seminar, any Tenure or Tenure-track faculty is eligible to apply for Dr. Russell’s “Proposal Writing Mentorship.” Those accepted into the program will receive hands-on mentoring, critiques and peer review as they write a proposal that will be submitted to NSF, NIH, USDA, DOE etc. It is a great program and I have received countless positive emails from WSU faculty who participated in prior years.

Download a PDF flyer for more information at

The Alexander A. Smick Scholarship in Rural Community Service and Development

The purpose of the scholarship provided by the Alexander A. and Agnes “Odegaard” Smick Endowment Scholarship is to promote student engagement with an applied course of study in the field of rural community service and development. This scholarship competition, which will award two or more scholarships of up to $1,500 each, is open to all WSU undergraduate and graduate students who have a demonstrated interest in development issues facing rural citizens.

Successful applicants will outline a specific activity in rural community service and development that will be supported by the scholarship and conducted during the 2012 calendar year under the direction of a WSU faculty member who has relevant academic credentials in community service and development.

To apply, a student must complete an application form, which includes a statement that explains how the successful scholarship winner will utilize the funds to engage in an activity in community service and development. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is Friday, January 13, 2012. All application materials must be submitted to the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences’ Office of Academic Programs in 423 Hulbert Hall. For more information, please contact Dr. Jessica Goldberger at or 335-8540. Download the scholarship application from

WSU Tukey Orchard “Friday ONLY” Fruit and Potato Sales continue

12 to 6 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 16 & 23, 2011, and Jan. 7 and beyond? Cash or check only please. Thanks for your continued support!


Teresa Koenig wrote to say, “Thanks to all who came to the Horticulture Club dinner on Dec. 9. Through the raffle held annually at the Dinner, the Hort Club and its supporters this year raised $579, all of which was donated to the Pullman Child Welfare Association.”

The Whitman County Humane Society wrote to say, “A BIG thank you to everyone who participated in the Sharing Tree and donated items to the Whitman County Humane Society. The shelter is supported primarily through the donations of caring people such as yourselves, so we couldn’t care for the homeless animals without you!”

The entomology department bought home many accolades from the 2011 Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, which took place Nov. 13-16 at Reno, NV. Alejandro Del Pozo, M.Sc. student working with John Brown, and Joyce Parker, Ph.D. student working with Bill Snyder, were both first place winders in the Paper Presentation competition. Andrew Rodstrom, Ph.D. student working with John Brown, was a second place winner. Adjunct entomology department faculty member Christelle Guedot was named as the Henry and Sylvia Richardson Research Grant winner for 2011. Guedot is a postdoctoral associate at the USDA/ARS Yakima Agricultural Research Laboratory, this award recognizes those who have shown promising work and demonstrated a high level of scholarship. The rigorous nomination process for award selection involves five judges whom decide on the award winner from nominees across the country.

Former entomology student Grayson Brown, Ph.D. 1977, was named the 2012 President of the Entomological Society of America. He is a currently a faculty member at the University of Kentucky, where his specialties are Public Health Entomology and Integrated Pest Management.

Sam Turner, masters graduate student working under Kevin Murphy in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, received Honorable Mention in the ASA-CSSA-SSSA graduate student poster competition in the Organic Management Systems Community during the recent meetings in San Antonio for his poster titled “Evaluating Cover Crops for Weed Suppression in Organic Hopyards”.


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