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CAHNRS News – February 22, 2013

Posted by | February 22, 2013

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. Application deadline: March 15, 2013. Find details and the application at

Required Lab Self-Inspections

Lab self-inspections are required each year. This year the CAHNRS Safety Committee is requesting that all labs send in their completed reports to by May 1, 2013. The committee is particularly interested in the self-inspection worksheet under the heading of corrective action. A comparison of the reports will reveal any common problems. This will allow better or more specific training and promotion of safer lab practices. You can obtain the Safety Inspection Checklist at

ReConnect Online Subscriptions

You’ve probably seen the print edition of ReConnect, the new CAHNRS alumni magazine that was mailed in January. ReConnect focuses on the greatest assets of CAHNRS: its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. We will be launching an online edition in March with some new stories and class notes. Don’t miss it: subscribe today at

Photo ID

Andrea StonesWho is Andrea Stones and what is she drafting?  Where was this photo taken? And who is the other woman in this photo? Did Andrea attend Boise State University or did another person slap the Bronco Athletic Association sticker on the drafting table?

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.

To help us identify the contents of this and many more images, see photos have been added recently, so please have another look at the full collection of historical images!

Reinterpreting Reality Art Exhibit

Unisex Lifestyle Fashion as an Approach to Sustainability is a video presentation of an apparel collection designed by Master’s candidate Chiayun Corrine Tsai. The collection is part of the 9th Annual Reinterpreting Reality Art Exhibit in the CUB Gallery, Pullman campus.  This exhibit highlights women artists and Women’s History Month. Opening reception at the CUB Gallery, February 26, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.   The Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles welcomes your participation in the reception or viewing of the exhibit during the month of March.


Spanish Strengthening Families Program Facilitator Training

Registration is open for Facilitator Training for the Spanish version of Extension’s Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14, Fortaleciendo Familias. The training will take place in Bellingham Feb. 27-March 1. The registration form, information about the program and videos of parent graduates talking about their experiences are available at Anyone with interest is welcome.

Save the date: Third Annual Dr. Virginia Lee “Change the World” Fellowship Fundraiser, Thursday April 18, 2013, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Merry Cellars Winery in Pullman. See details at


John Nilson, Edward Meyer Distinguished Professor and Director of the School of Molecular Biosciences, WSU, Publication Ethics, Friday, February 22, 2013 at 4 p.m. in FSHN T-101.

Adams Peterson, Crop Science M.S. student, Salinity Tolerance of Quinoa: Investigation of a High-value Halophytic Crop for Temperate North America, Monday, February 25, 3:10-4:00 p.m. in Johnson Hall Room 204 and via WECN.

Dr. Jacqueline Fletcher, Regents Professor and Sarkeys Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University, Enhancing response capabilities for agricultural biosecurity: The emerging discipline of plant pathogen forensics, Monday, February 25, 4:10 p.m. in Johnson Hall 343 and via WECN Dial-up #577707. See Announcement »

Josephine Mgbechi-Ezeri, Horticulture M.S. student, Thursday, February 28, 2:50 p.m., Murrow 55, with videoconference arranged for  Mt. Vernon, Prosser, Puyallup, and Wenatchee.

Margaret McCoy, Soil Science M.S. Candidate, Differences in how Late Season Soil Versus Foliar Nitrogen Fertilizer Supplements Affect Vitis vinifera Riesling Berry YAN and Canopy Growth, Monday, March 4, 1:10 p.m. in Johnson Hall 204 and broadcast to Mt. Vernon, Prosser, Puyallup and Wenatchee.

Ying Zhai, Plant Pathology Ph.D. student: Functional analysis of gene-silencing suppressors from plant viruses: two geminiviruses as examples (See Announcement) and Amy Salamone, Plant Pathology Ph.D. student, Novel means of dispersal by pathogenic Fusarium species via waterways, wind and rain (See Announcement), Monday, March 4, 4:10 p.m. in Johnson Hall 343 and via WECN Dial-up #577707.

Recent News Releases

WSU Master Gardeners Help Financially, Physically Challenged Residents Grow Their Own Vegetables
Potato Sprout Inhibitor Discovered at WSU Now Approved for Commercial Use
Like mother, like child: new research on parents, preschoolers, obesity

All our news releases are archived at

New in CAHNRS e-Newsletters

The February 17 edition of Green Times discusses a grant supporting sustainable, urban ag education in Puget Sound, WSU’s major and online certificate programs in organic ag, the importance of soil conservation, and the 2013 WSU Snohomish County Extension Growing Groceries Volunteer Mentor Training. The edition also profiles Haley Paul, who says that her organic ag internship helped prepare her for her Honors College thesis and her professional career. Read this edition at

The February 13 edition of On Solid Ground discusses the $5 million investment in WSU R&E centers in Prosser and Wenatchee by the Washington cherry and stone fruit growers, the development of a potato sprout inhibitor, herbicide drift avoidance, and  a factsheet on Understanding the Relationship between Water Price, Value, and Cost. Read all about it at


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