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CAHNRS News – January 11, 2013

Posted by | January 10, 2013

From the Dean’s Blog

Take a Tour – With a Click of Your Mouse

The expression “armchair travel” took on a new dimension recently when the School of Food Science launched a new way of touring its facilities. Combining video with elements of a video game, the “virtual tour” allows you to get a guided look at all the School has to offer, all from the comfort of laptop or desktop computer.

It’s always important to get first-hand knowledge of an educational program – to learn not only what classes you have to take but also what resources the program has to offer that will increase the value of your education. But it is not always practical to travel across state – or across country – to visit a campus in person. That’s why we’ve produced the virtual tour of the School of Food Science.

Travel is also enhanced by guides who have “been there, done that” – they know the ins and outs and the cool, not-to-be-missed features that enrich your visit to a new place. That’s why the virtual tour is conducted by the people who know it best…the School of Food Science’s students, faculty and alumni. You’ll get an up-close view of classes, labs, student activities, career possibilities, and internships – all narrated by experts with local knowledge.

To take the tour, just click here – once you are on the tour page, follow the simple directions. Just like in a video game, you can navigate through the virtual space with simple key strokes, mouse clicks, and the space bar.

Let us know what you think of the tour. And stay tuned for more tours of other areas of the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences.

Go Cougs! Dan

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CSS Calendars

The Crop and Soil Science Graduate Student Club has published a 2013 calendar to raise start-up funds. The calendar features photos of the Palouse and WSU research stations taken by Crop & Soil Science graduate students. The calendars cost $12 each and can be purchased in the CSS Departmental Main Office, Johnson Hall 131, with cash or check. For more information, contact Natalie Jeschke, 509-335-3475 or


Beekeeping Webinar
Beekeeper and WSU faculty member Natalie Boyle is offering WSU students an introduction to beekeeping during a free one-hour webinar. Boyle will introduce honey bee biology, discuss the tools needed for beekeeping, show a 10-minute video of herself working a hive, and hold a Q&A session. The webinar is available through WSU’s CougSync platform, part of its Global Campus, and open only to WSU students, faculty and staff with a campus ID number. It runs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 16, repeats Jan. 17, and runs again from 12:30-1:30 Jan. 18.

Oilseed Production and Marketing Conference
Plan now to attend the only conference in the Pacific Northwest addressing dryland and irrigated oilseed agronomy, processing, economics, marketing and end use. “Golden Opportunities” is the theme this year, representing the many benefits that oilseed crops can provide, including increased wheat yield in a cereal rotation, better weed management, steady local market demand, crop diversity, and quality livestock meal and forage.
Dates: Jan. 22-23.
Conference website:

One-day Course

Towards Global Food Law: Transatlantic Competition and Collaboration

Originating at the University of Washington School of Law and broadcast to 312 Cleveland Hall, Washington State University School of Food Science on Feb. 8, 2013. Graduate credit is available for $50.00. For more information, contact Barb Rasco or 509-990-7361.

Grazing Conference
A slate of outstanding speakers including producers, land managers and agency personnel will discuss their experience with Holistic Management and planned grazing and their impacts  on the triple bottom-line—economic, environmental and social. January 25-25 at Walla Walla Community College. See details »


January 14
Dr. Drew Lyon
, Extension Weed Scientist, department of Crop & Soil Sciences, Dryland Corn Production:  Experiences from Western Nebraska, Monday, 3:10-4:00 p.m. in Johnson Hall Room 204 and via WECN.

David Wheeler, M.S. Student, department of Plant Pathology, Parasite-mediated ecosystem change: phytoplankton chytridiomycosis in a pelagic ecosystem, Monday 4:10 p.m. in Johnson Hall 343 and via WECN dial-up #:5777077. See Details »


Qin Zhang, Director of the Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems, has been named a Fellow at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).

Recent News Releases

Educating the next generation in sustainable, urban farming
Why Aren’t Plants Sick More than They Are?
$1.3M research grant will help WSU, partners address Christmas tree problems
Oilseed production, marketing conference slated for Jan. 22-23 in Kennewick
WSU Extension, Team Win Inland Northwest Partners’ 2012 Partnership Award

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New in CAHNRS e-Newsletters

The Jan. 9 edition of On Solid Ground announces the launch of WSU’s own brand of commercial premium beef, with two options: Angus choice and Wagyu. Also, OSG discusses Lee Hadwiger’s research into molecular signaling of non-host resistance in plants. Read all about it at


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