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CAHNRS News, February 24, 2012

Posted by | February 24, 2012

V&E Team Wows WAWGGers

WSU undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members from the Viticulture and Enology program made another excellent showing at this year’s Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers conference. In addition to managing four workshops and the poster session and making 21 oral presentations and 41 poster, nine presenters won awards their poster presentations.

Professional Posters

  • Jim Harbertson, Wine Phenolics
  • Naidu Rayapati, Grape Virology Program
  • Linga Gutha, Grapevine Leafroll Disease

Graduate Student Posters

  • Bradford Childs (Charlie Edwards lab), Nitrogen Requirements for Post-fermentation Spoilage
  • Federico Casassa (Jim Harbertson lab) Extended Maceration of Merlot
  • Anne Secor (Carolyn Ross lab) Sensory and Chemical Properties of Merlot

Undergraduate Student Posters

  • Elizabeth Jones (Naidu Rayapati, advisor) Epidemiology of Grapevine Leafroll Disease
  • Diana Zapata (Gerrit Hoogenboom, advisor) Prediction of Phenological Stages for Grapevine
  • Andrew Schultz (Naidu Rayapati, advisor) Spread of Grapevine Leafroll Disease


Congratulations to entomology graduate students Brandon Hopkins and Megan Taylor, who swept the CAHNRS portion of the 2012 Wiley Expo and received scholarships.

Post-doctoral student Niklas Hanson and director of the Puyallup Research and Extension Center John D. Stark’s paper “Extrapolation from Individual-Level Responses to Population Growth Rate Using Population Modeling” was selected as the journal Human and Ecological Risk Assessment’s Paper of Year 2011 in the Ecological Risk Assessment category.

Lauryn Ringwood, senior economic sciences/international trade major in the School of Economic Sciences, is a recipient of an Auvil Scholars Fellowship. Professors Robert Rosenman and Tom Power co-advised Ringwood’s project, “Economics, Culture and Obesity” and were co-recipients of the Fall 2011 WSU Honors College Thesis Advisor Award.

SES Economics PhD Dr. Maher Hasan was recently selected to be the Deputy Governor of the Jordanian Central Bank.

The team of WSU economists who wrote the USDA/Department of Transportation Study of Rural Transportation Issues has won a Superior Service Award from USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. Ken Casavant, director of the Freight Policy Transportation Institute, was the study leader for Washington State University. He was lead author on five of the 15 chapters and co-author on four more. Other members and chapter authors of the award-winning WSU team were Vicki McCracken, Eric Jessup, and Hayk Khachatryan.

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All our news releases are archived at

New in CAHNRS e-Newsletters

On Solid Ground – the Feb. 15 issue features a story on using floriculture to manage the wooly aphid, an orchard pest; the appointment of Ken Eastwell as director of the Clean Plant Center of the Northwest; and a story about how forest fire suppression affects bighorn sheep habitat. The Feb. 15 issue is online at The next issue publishes on Feb. 29.

Voice of the Vine – the Feb. 23 issue’s feature story is on Brettanomyces research in Charles Edwards’ lab, specifically on Macedonia Fulbright scholar Bijlana Petrov’s work to control Brett. Check out Voice of the Vine online at The next issue is slated for March 29 publication.

The next issue of Green Times is coming out March 7. Featuring stories on a young couple pioneering organic cranberry production, organic vegetable growing, building better soils, and more. You can subscribe at

Surf Report: New Features Posted on Our Web Sites

Albertan Cougar Pounds Away at Cardiovascular Disease
What’s a Cougar to do after solo flights on the Palouse and overnight checks of hormone levels in pregnant cows? If you’re Sandra Davidge, you head to Canada and work to defeat cardiovascular disease. Read more about Davidge’s work at the University of Alberta at

“The Important Ingredients” Bring Alum the CAHNRS Leadership Award
Pamela Vaillancourt, graduate of WSU’s food science master’s program, has recently received the CAHNRS Women’s Leadership Award for Community Leadership and Public Service. This VP for Business Development and Sales at a major food products company is still proud of being a Coug, even with years of achievement in her industry. Read more at