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CAHNRS News – January 25, 2013

Posted by | January 25, 2013

ARC Director Candidate Seminar

Please help us welcome Dr. James Moyer as he interviews for the CAHNRS Associate Dean and Director of the Agricultural Research Center position. The seminar, Vision for Future Research in the WSU Agricultural Research Center, with Q&A session, is scheduled for February 1, 2013, 2:15–4:00 p.m. in Lighty Student Services Building, room 405 with videoconference connections to Mt. Vernon, Prosser, Puyallup, and Wenatchee. The seminar will also have a live videostream at

Academic Showcase

Faculty members, staff and students are encouraged to submit abstracts for the 2013 Academic Showcase. The deadline to submit abstracts is Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. The Academic Showcase will be held on Friday, March 29, 2013 in the M.G. Carey Senior Ballroom in the Compton Union Building. To submit abstracts go to:
Please print and display this call for abstracts:

Academic Advising Survey

All CAHNRS teaching faculty should encourage their students to take the 2012-2013 CAHNRS Academic Advising Survey so that we can continue to monitor the quality of our advising. The survey will remain live until Friday, February 8. Our goal is to identify good advising strategies that are working well for students, and to help identify opportunities for improvement. The survey is available at Survey flyers also are posted around CAHNRS, allowing students to use their smart phones to access the survey by scanning the QR code. The survey has 14 questions and should take 5-10 minutes to complete. For more information, contact Adrea Cox,, 509-335-5013.

New 2013 Summer Internship Program to Support WSU Extension Youth and Family Programs

This internship program is designed to further support WSU Extension Youth and Family programs across Washington State. The paid student intern can support 4-H youth development, family living, nutrition, parenting or any youth and family integrated Extension program(s). Applicants must be a junior, senior, or graduate student at a 4-year University.
For an explanation of the program, a template position description and a faculty agreement form, contact Doreen Hauser-Lindstrom, (509) 358-7686,, or Pat Boyes, (253) 445-4589, The County/or Area Specific Position Description and Faculty Agreement are due February 20, 2013.

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

New Peer-Reviewed Extension Journal

The School of Human Sciences at Mississippi State University is sponsoring a new online, open access peer-reviewed journal, Journal of Human Sciences and Extension. The editors are seeking high quality research and/or effective applied techniques related to human sciences. Researchers and professionals across the following disciplines are asked to submit manuscripts: human development (e.g., early care and education, youth development); family studies; agricultural education; leadership development; extension; health and wellness; apparel, textiles, and merchandising; agricultural economics; nutrition and dietetics; family resource management; and program planning and evaluation. Detailed instructions for authors are available on the journal’s Website at

Looking into microscopesPhoto Challenge

Who are these young scientists? What lab are they in? Why is one using a compound microscope, while the other uses a dissecting microscope? What are they looking at? And why has the woman covered her light source with a crocheted (or knitted) cloth?

WSU CAHNRS is seeking your help in cataloging its photo archive. To help us identify the contents of this and many more images, see More photos have been added recently, so please have another look at the full collection of historical images!

Need promotional products for your department or club?

Want to use the WSU logo for your next fundraiser or promotion? This new page,, makes it easy to locate a licensed vendor — a company authorized to produce merchandise with the WSU names and logos. More information on logo usage and licensed vendors is available at


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. Available for graduate credit: FS 501 Sec 3 (SLN 05043), 1 credit. Pullman location, 312 Cleveland. For more information, contact Barb Rasco or 509-990-7361.

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: Cultural Competency Training for Extension Professionals

Navigating Difference: Cultural Competency Training for Extension Professionals, presented by WSU Extension on May 14-16, 2013, Federal Way, Wash. The Navigating Difference training is one of four Essential Skills Trainings based on the core competencies for WSU Extension Professionals and is recommended for all Extension personnel. For details, see


Dr. Paul Porter, University of Minnesota, Global Food Production, 1:10 p.m., Monday, January 28, Johnson Hall Room 204 and via WECN.

Sean McCotter, M.S. Plant Pathology student, “a loves me, b loves me not: Sexual reproduction in the Basidiomycota,” (See Announcement), and Chongjing Xia, M.S. Plant Pathology student, Genome-wide Association and Nested Association Mapping of Quantitative Resistance to North Leaf Blight in Maize (See Announcement), Monday, January 28, 4:10 p.m. in Johnson Hall 343. (WECN Dial-up #:5777077.)

Horticulture Invited Speaker: Chris Benedict, WSU Extension Educator, Whatcom County. Thursday, January 31, 2:50–3:40 p.m., Pullman in Murrow 55 and transmitted via AMS.

Dr. Michelle Wander, Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture, 1:10 p.m., Monday, February 4, Johnson Hall Room 204 and via WECN.

Michele Wiseman, M.S. Plant Pathology student: Novel biological control agents for post-harvest apple pathogens, and Eric Christianson, M.S. Plant Pathology student, Transmission of plant viruses by the parasitic weed, dodder, Monday, February 4, 4:10 p.m. in Johnson Hall 343. (WECN Dial-up #:5777077.)

Horticulture Invited Speaker: Vicki Bradley, Agronomist, Plant Germplasm Introduction and Testing, USDA-ARS, Pullman. Thursday, February 7, 2:50–3:40 p.m., Pullman Murrow 55 and transmitted via AMS.


Craig Morris in the department of Crop and Soil Sciences has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of Cereal Chemistry journal.

Crop and Soil Sciences Ph.D. student Alecia Kiszonas‘ paper “A Critical Assessment of the Quantification of Wheat Grain Arabinoxylans Using a Phloroglucinol Colorimetric Assay” was named one of the five top papers from 2012 by Cereal Chemistry journal.

On January 10, 2013 Gary A. Moulton was honored on his retirement from WSU Mount Vernon NWREC at a lunch celebrating his 30 years of service to agriculture in the Puget Sound. Over 60 well-wishers were on hand, including WSU Mount Vernon faculty and staff, representatives from fruit grower groups, home gardeners, nursery growers, and others who conveyed their thanks for his many years of work in tree fruit research and extension.

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New in CAHNRS e-Newsletters

The January 24 edition of Voice of the Vine features a story on a wine tour for continuing education. Also featured are announcements of a workshop for winery/vineyard business and production techniques and an updated lab manual for winemakers. Read it here »


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