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CAHNRS News – December 4, 2009

Posted by | December 4, 2009

CAHNRS/WSU Extension Holiday Gathering

Please join the annual CAHNRS/WSU Extension Holiday Gathering, beginning at 3:30 p.m., Dec. 10, in the Ensminger Pavilion.

We’ll gather and enjoy each other’s company, share good food, good music and good cheer.

Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share; CAHNRS will provide plates and utensils. Non-alcoholic beverages, beer and wine will be contributed by the dean and associate deans.

But the true focus of our annual gathering is giving, especially to those in need in our own communities.

Please bring canned and nonperishable food, toiletries or paper products for area food banks. Pam and I are once again happy to match your contributions pound for pound. Let’s break our own record in pounds of food and other goods donated! Last year, we donated nearly 1,700 pounds to food banks in our communities — let’s go for a ton in 2009!

Here’s to celebrating the joy of the season with colleagues and friends!

Call For Nominations and Application: Faculty Diversity Award

We are pleased to announce the Faculty Diversity Award for academic year 2009-2010. In establishing this award, Washington State University recognizes distinctive and outstanding teaching, research or creative work and/or service or outreach by faculty that advance diversity in the university and the communities we serve.

Criteria for the awards, nomination and application forms are attached. Please submit nominations or applications to Alex Tan, Campus 1013 or online ( by January 15, 2010.

The recipient will be will receive the award and will be recognized at Showcase 2010 on March 26.

Dr. Michael Pavel, College of Education, was the inaugural recipient in 2008. Dr. Steve Burkett, Sociology and the Graduate School, received the award in 2009. We encourage last year’s nominees and applicants to resubmit their materials for consideration this year.

We encourage you to submit nominations or applications for this award of distinction. You can nominate or apply online by visiting the Web sites of the Office of the Provost and The Division of Student Affairs, Equity and Diversity.

Call for Nominations for CAHNRS Faculty and Staff Awards 2009-2010

We are pleased to announce the call for letters for 2009-2010 CAHNRS Faculty and Staff Award Nominees. Please note that the request for student award nominations will be announced on January 6, 2010 in a separate process.

We encourage administrators, faculty, students, or staff to nominate deserving candidates from your department or program in as many categories as possible, but request nominations be limited to one person per category per department. Please discuss your intention to nominate a candidate with your department chair prior to submitting a letter to coordinate the process.

Details concerning the nomination and selection process are as follows:

  1. Click on the following link ( to access the official CAHNRS Awards web page where you find a list of Faculty, Staff, Research, and Team Awards.
  2. For more information about these awards and instructions as how to nominate deserving individuals, please click on Faculty/Staff Award Nomination Process.
  3. On the Faculty & Staff Award Nomination Process page, you find:
    1. Deadline Dates and Activities
    2. Award Eligibility
    3. Nomination Process
      1. Specific details and guidelines for each award can be accessed by clicking on the link for that specific award.
      2. The awards process will be paperless this year. A one-page electronic letter is requested that justifies the merit of the nominee, and lists worthy accomplishments related to the intentions of the award. Please submit letters to Jeanne Dahmen ( by December 18, 2009.
  4. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Jeanne Dahmen (509-335-9115, or Sean McIlraith (509-335-4562, in the Academic Programs Office.

Thank you for helping us acknowledge outstanding contributors to our college.

WSU Showcase Call for Abstracts Deadline is January 29

President Elson S. Floyd and Provost Warwick M. Bayly invite Washington State University faculty, staff, and students to present original scholarship, research, and creative expression at the University’s Academic Showcase. Abstracts can be submitted until January 29, 2010. Learn more about submission guidelines: Accepted abstracts will be published online and participants will present their work at Academic Showcase from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Friday, March 26 in Bohler Gym. Academic Showcase is part of the all-day WSU Showcase event. Other activities include Celebrating Excellence, the University’s recognition banquet honoring faculty and staff, and the Distinguished Faculty Address. See the Showcase schedule here:

Faculty Senate

The elections for Faculty Senate have been completed. Listed below are the Senators and their contact information. Please feel free to contact any of these individuals, if you have items that you would like discussed. Faculty Senate meets regularly on Thursday afternoons at 3:30.

Senior faculty are encouraged to volunteer for service on Faculty Senate and Presidential Committees. The Faculty Senate web site is at

Thomas Marsh
Joe Yenish
John Brown
Barbara Rasco
Phillip Waite
Matt Carroll
Margaret Young
Lee Hadwiger
Linda Johnson
Shannon Neibergs
Anro Bergstrom
James Freed
Mike Bush
William Gray
David Bragg
Douglas Stienbarger
Debra Nelson
Economic Sciences
Crop and Soil Sciences
Food Science
Horticulture & Land Arch
Natural Resource Sciences
Human Development
Plant Pathology
AMDT, ID, Extension Admin
Extension Eastern District
Extension Western District
Extension Western District
Extension Southern District
At Large & Community and Rural Sociology
At Large
At Large
Temporary Faculty

First National Lab Day Needs Volunteers

The first-ever National Lab Day is scheduled for May, 2010 and is billed as a “barn-raising” to raise awareness of science. President Obama has called for more scientists and engineers, people who makes things and aren’t merely consumers of things. Volunteers with creative ideas to engage young people are needed. Get more info by visiting


Congratulations to Animal Sciences Ph.D. student Ricardo Zanella who placed first in the 2009 Wiley Research Exposition – Agriculture and Life Sciences Category. This graduate and professional student competition was held Nov. 10 and provided an opportunity for students to present their research to faculty, peers and general public and to compete for awards. Ricardo presented his research on the Identification of Genetic Regions Associated with Tolerance and Infection to Johne’s Disease in Cattle Using a Fine-Mapping Approach. For receiving first place in his category, Ricardo received a monetary award. Ricardo is a student of Dr. Holly Neibergs, assistant professor in the Department of Animal Sciences, who conducts research in animal genomics.