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CAHNRS News – January 28

Posted by | January 28, 2011

2011 Showcase Call for Abstracts

Faculty members are encouraged to submit their work for the poster session at this year’s Showcase. Showcase, our annual celebration of the accomplishments of the faculty and staff, will take place on March 25 this year. The day starts with the Academic Showcase (9 a.m. to noon) at which selected faculty members display posters presenting their research, scholarship and/or creative activity. To be eligible to present, faculty members must submit a 250-word abstract of their work by Jan. 31, 2011 to The Academic Showcase is an exciting and stimulating event. Faculty members who participate should enjoy the experience and may meet others with similar interests. Further information about Showcase in general, or the academic poster session in particular, is available at

Opportunities for CAHNRS Undergraduate Researchers

Please encourage students working on undergraduate research projects in your programs to submit an abstract to one or both of the opportunities described below. If the same abstract is submitted for both opportunities, students may be able to use the same poster at both events. These are excellent opportunities for CAHNRS students to demonstrate to the rest of the WSU science community the impressive nature of the research they are involved in.

Academic Showcase 2011 will be held on Friday, March 25, 2011 (see for details). The abstract submittal deadline is Jan. 31.

The Sciences and Engineering Undergraduate Research Poster Competition will be held in the CUB Ballroom on Monday, March 28, 2011. The deadline for abstract submissions is Feb. 28. Please refer them to the website at to complete the on-line application. This is a great opportunity for students to showcase their work and awards will be given at all competency levels. There are four categories to choose from when submitting posters: 1) Molecular, Cellular, and Chemical Biology; 2) Organismal, Population, Ecological, and Evolutionary Biology; 3) Physical Sciences or Engineering; and 4) Computer Science / Mathematics / Interdisciplinary. Monetary awards will be made in each category.

Students with two or fewer semesters of research experience are encouraged to take this opportunity to present their research at this event. Awards specifically for Novice student researchers and Early Career awards specifically for freshmen and sophomores will be presented. Thank you for encouraging your students to participate both of these important university wide opportunities.

Sciences and Engineering Undergraduate Research Poster Competition Judges Needed

CAHNRS faculty and post doctoral associates are invited to serve as a judge at the Sciences and Engineering Undergraduate Research Poster Competition the afternoon of Monday, March 28, 2011 in the CUB Ballroom. If you would like to participate as a judge, please contact LeeAnn Tibbals at 335-4549 or by Feb. 28.

At this event, undergraduates in the College of Sciences (COS), the College of Engineering and Architecture (CEA), the College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), and the College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) will be displaying the results of their research in the form of posters. The posters and student presenters will be judged and monetary awards will be made to the winning students. We will need over 100 judges for this competition. Each judge will be assigned two to three posters to evaluate, giving the judge time to visit other posters as well.

Information about the event and judging, including the Judging Rubric and a sample Score Sheet, is available on the website at

The students will submit posters in four categories: (1) Molecular, Cellular, and Chemical Biology (2) Organismal, Population, Ecological, and Evolutionary Biology, (3) Computer Sciences / Mathematics / Interdisciplinary, and (4) Physical sciences / Engineering. We hope you can participate in this exciting event in support of our students and their research experience. If you accept we will be in contact with you with further information.

Dean Dan Bernardo Reappointed to Second Five-year Term

The Fifth-Year Dean Review Committee for Dean Dan Bernardo has completed its comprehensive review and based on Provost Bayly’s reading of its report and, after discussion with the dean, he has offered Dr. Bernardo another five-year term beginning July 1, 2011. “He has done a great job over the last five years,” Bayly said. Dean Bernardo has accepted the reappointment and will continue to lead the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences.

“I want to thank everyone that participated in the review process,” said Bayly. “As you know, an in-depth review of the performance of a dean is an essential part of ensuring that WSU maintains the highest possible academic standards. We all owe the review committee members a special thanks for their dedicated efforts in conducting this review. I appreciate your continued support of Dean Bernardo as we move WSU forward.”

Chad Kruger Appointed Director of CSANR

Dean Bernardo is pleased to inform you that Chad Kruger has been officially appointed as Director of the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources. Chad has demonstrated both excellent leadership skills and administrative aptitude during his service as interim director over the past two years and we are all fortunate to have someone with his commitment and integrity at the helm of the unit for the next four years.

Jay Brunner Reappointed Director TFREC

Dean Bernardo is also happy to report that Jay Brunner has been reappointed as Director of the WSU Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center (TFREC) following the completion of his fourth year review. Jay has done a wonderful job over the past four years and we greatly appreciate his leadership and commitment to the TFREC, CAHNRS, and WSU.

Washington Stormwater Technical Resource Center Established at Puyallup R&E Center

On Dec. 9, the Washington Stormwater Technical Resource Center (based at the Puyallup Research and Extension Center) was officially established as a university center of WSU. The charge to create the Center was established with the passage of HB 2222 and codified in RCW 90.48.545 in 2009. The Center continues as a joint venture between WSU Puyallup and the University of Washington, Tacoma Center for Urban Waters with co-directors Dr. John Stark and Dr. Joel Baker.

With the development year of the Center still unfolding, projects and products are underway that will provide permitting assistance to businesses and municipalities across the state.

The Center has program elements that include the Technology Assessment Protocol — Ecology, the WSU Puyallup Low Impact Development Research Program, and business and municipal services, education, and assistance. The TAPE program reviews and evaluates stormwater quality treatment emerging technologies designed to treat specific stormwater pollutants. The LID Center provides research, training and information on LID stormwater treatment and technologies.

At the core of the Center’s intended creation is assistance to stormwater permit holders. Through training, one-on-one assistance, sharing of information, and education and outreach, the Stormwater Resource Centers will provide assistance to industrial, construction and municipal stormwater general permit holders to address immediate and upcoming issues facing these groups.

While the Center works to develop a new, interactive, user-friendly web presence, please continue to browse through the web pages to find a library of information, links, contacts, and permit-related guidance at


Crops PhD student Janet Mantanguihan, Assistant Research Professor Kevin Murphy and Director of WSU Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center Stephen Jones authored the feature article for the February issue of the journal Plant Disease. A photo from the article “Control of Common Bunt in Organic Wheat” is included on the cover of the journal. Janet is scheduled to graduate this semester and the article will be the first chapter of her thesis.

A paper authored by Larry Schrader entitled “Scientific Basis of a Unique Formulation for Reducing Sunburn of Fruits” was selected to be the Feature article in the January 2011 issue of HortScience. The cover page of the issue displays Dr. Schrader’s photo that compares sunburned apples with apples protected from sunburn by RAYNOX, a unique sunscreen invented in his laboratory and patented by WSU Research Foundation. RAYNOX is widely used by growers in several countries for protecting their apples from sunburn damage. The reference for the article is HortScience 46:6-11 (2011).

Laurie Mooney, M.S.L. A. graduate student has been selected as a recipient of a 2011 Washington Association of Landscape Professionals (WALP) Education Foundation scholarship. She will be receiving the award during the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Architecture (WSNLA) Annual Convention, Jan. 29 at Tulalip, Washington.

Surf Report

Hate history? Love history? Either way, you win: here’s a 3-minute video on the history of Washington wine.

Education bears fruit: travel with plant pathologist Naidu Rayapati and his class as they learn firsthand about the importance of understanding diseases of plants. ?