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CAHNRS News – January 27, 2012

Posted by | January 27, 2012

Academic Showcase Call for Abstracts

Leverage the power of your ideas by sharing them with WSU colleagues at the 2012 Academic Showcase.

It’s easy to do.

Submit your abstract of 250 words or less and your contact information.

Detailed information about WSU Showcase, the Academic Showcase, and abstract submission guidelines can be found online. The Deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Academic Showcase is a celebration of original scholarship, research, and creative expression by members of the WSU community and will be held on March 30 this year.

Write Winning Grants Seminar

Dr. Stephen Russell will be presenting his one-day Write Winning Grants Seminar at WSU this month. The Office of Research continues to sponsor this program because of the impressive proposal writing success of participants. In high-demand across the nation, our seminar will be one of only a handful that Dr. Russell offers this year. There is still seating available for this seminar and I encourage you to participate or if you have already attended the seminar, take this opportunity to provide mentoring for your postdocs by sending them to:

Write Winning Grants Seminar
Tuesday, January 31 from 8:30 – 5 pm

BLS 402, Life Sciences Building, WSU Pullman Campus

For More Information or To Register:

Dr. Stephen Russell, D.V.M., Ph.D. was a well-funded researcher and academician for 30 years before beginning this second career; teaching faculty how to support their research and scholarly activities by obtaining extramural funding. You can learn more about Dr. Russell on his website Dr. Russell is well-known across our university campus because he has worked with so many of our faculty. From English to Engineering to Neuroscience, he has been influential in the development of quality proposals to NSF, NIH, DOD, DOE, USDA and NEH (among others). A majority of the many funded NSF Career awards received at WSU this last several years were developed under Dr. Russell’s program.

During the seminar, Dr. Russell will offer both broadly applicable methodology for proposal development as well as agency specific tips and hints that will make the difference between success and failure. This is a valuable seminar for anyone who is writing research proposals.

The Write Winning Grants Seminar is a prerequisite to participation in Dr. Russell’s follow-up five-month program – Mentored Proposal Writing Workshop: Write and Submit a Competitive Grant Application. In this follow-up program, tenured and tenure-track faculty will compete for a coveted opportunity to work personally work with Dr. Russell over a five-month period writing a proposal to be submitted for funding. For those selected to participate in the Mentored Proposal Writing Workshop, the Office of Research will cover half the tuition cost, provided that the participant’s college and/or department commits to paying the other half of the cost. For more workshop information contact Esther Pratt, Faculty Research Development Coordinator at

School of the Environment Enhances Research, Teaching

Washington State University has established a new academic entity: the School of the Environment, a world-class interdisciplinary teaching, research and extension enterprise that will address complex, multidimensional environmental issues.

The school, created Jan. 1 by combining two complementary academic units, will become a WSU centerpiece on global change and its effects. In particular, the school will serve as a focal point for system-wide research and collaboration in the critical area of water resources. High-demand undergraduate and graduate degrees will be offered in a broad range of corresponding disciplines.

Learn more about the School of the Environment at


School of Economic Sciences Regents Professor Ron Mittelhammer was honored as Fellow of the Journal of Econometrics at the American Economics Association meeting in Chicago at the beginning of this month. The Journal of Econometrics gives this honor to individuals who have been highly prolific in publishing articles in the journal. Congratulations to Ron on this distinguished achievement!

Recent News Releases

1/23 Specialty Cut Flower Growers School Offered at WSU Mt. Vernon
1/20 Food Safety and Other Storm Survival Information Available from WSU
1/20 Storm Survival, Recovery and Food Safety in Power Outages Information Available from WSU Extension
1/18 New Oral History of William Ruckelshaus, Key Figure in Environmental Policy
1/13 Alum-Driven Business Expands Homemade, Local Hummus in Tough Economy
1/12 WSU Hires Resource Conservationist/Development Coordinator to Lead Clallam County Extension
1/12 Washington State Prescribed Fire Council Conference March 6-7 in Wenatchee
1/11 Registration Now Open for Feb. 11 Women in Agriculture Conference
1/11 WSU Extension Workshop Series Focuses on Home Tree Fruit Growing for Westsiders
1/11 Workshops Jan. 24 and 26 to Focus on All Links in Oilseed Crop Supply Chain
1/09 WSU’s Green Times Connects Readers to the Science of Agriculture
1/09 WSU Scientists Use Flower Power to Combat Orchard Menace
1/09 Succession Planning Workshops for Family Landowners Coming in February
1/05 December Weather Trumps Year of Wild Cards
1/03 Planning for Sustainability Key to Profitable Farming

All our news releases are archived at

New in CAHNRS e-Newsletters

The Jan. 9 issue of Green Times ran a story on using flowers to attract natural enemies of orchard pests; a profile of David James focusing on his new butterfly book; and an upcoming events calendar –

The Jan. 11 issue of On Solid Ground published two stories with an international focus: one on cassava mosaic disease and the efforts of Naidu Rayapati and collaborators to combat it; and WSU’s outreach efforts in Afghanistan –

The Jan. 26 issue of Voice of the Vine profiled Jim Harbertson’s graduate student Federic Casassa’s research on anthrocyanins and ran a calendar of upcoming viticulture and enology Extension events –