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CAHNRS News- January 31, 2014

Posted by l.meyer | January 30, 2014

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Strategies for winning grant proposals

Dr. Joann Waite from Gonzaga University will discuss how successful proposals are researched, designed, and carefully crafted, based on an in-depth understanding of the funding process. This means knowing exactly what to do, why, and how to do it. She will discuss the two critical groups of people in selection and funding of proposals: program managers and reviewers. She will also discuss the writing process itself and field questions. The WSU-sponsored workshop will take place Feb. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Spokane. More information is available at

Remembering Frank. A. Loewus, WSU professor emeritus

52e2020b0398e.imageFrank A. Loewus, 94, of Pullman, passed away peacefully Jan. 21, 2014, at Bishop Place Senior Living in Pullman. He was born Oct. 22, 1919, in Duluth, Minn.

Frank earned advanced degrees in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota and also served in the military as a first lieutenant and intelligence officer. He moved to Pullman in 1975 and worked at WSU until retiring from the Institute of Biological Chemistry in 1990. Read more in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, here.

Scholarship and internship opportunities

Students, don’t miss an exciting opportunity to travel with WSU to China this May! Scholarships of $1,500 and class credits are available, but you must apply by Feb. 1. See for details, and contact Zhihua Jiang at if you have questions.

Do you know a CAHNRS student with a talent for art and design? The Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership is hosting a poster contest to support their 2014 theme of Leadership. The student who provides the winning poster will earn a $1,500 scholarship. The winning design will be announced in March at the CAHNRS Honors Awards Banquet. Submissions are due Feb. 21 at 5 p.m. For more information and submission details, visit


Linda Arthur Bradley was recently awarded funding from the D.F. Plett Historical Research Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit organization supporting and promoting projects related to the cultural background of Mennonites who immigrated to Canada and the United States in the late 1800s.

Laura DeFreese and Beth Schramer, lifestyle coaches for the national Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) through WSU Beth lauraExtension, just completed the first in a series of 16 classes they are leading in Skagit and Whatcom Counties. The classes they lead are based on a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) curriculum, providing encouragement and coaching for 42 participants who attend weekly sessions.

Life is changing in wonderful ways for the participants. One participant says, ”My wife and I had our glucose and cholesterol checked last week. My glucose went down 10 points to 102, and my wife’s went down 3 points to 97. Besides losing 2 pounds last week, I’m riding pretty high right now. Thanks, Laura, for all your support and making this journey pleasurable!!” Another participant noted, “Lost 36 pounds – over 16% of my weight – and 4 inches off my waist. I exercise daily and feel great. Thank you, WSU and Beth.”

Congratulations to Laura and Beth for making a difference in the lives of our community members.

Drew Lenore Betz, WSU Whatcom County Extension Director, wrote an editorial that was published in the Sunday, Jan. 17 edition of the Bellingham Herald: “Civic Update: Education, research drive Whatcom County Extension office.” 

WineBottlesGreat Northwest Wine, an online platform covering wine reviews and news, has stamped WSU’s student-made wine, Blended Learning, with an “Excellent” this month. The Riesling is the first in a series of student-made wines planned from the WSU Viticulture and Enology program. The new tradition of “blended learning” is bringing together students, alumni, winemakers, growers and wine enthusiasts to uncork the possibilities. The next wine from the Blended Learning series, a red blend, was bottled in early January. Learn more about wine science, here.


Jan. 31 TODAY: Last WSU Fruit and Potato Sale of the season at Tukey Orchard in Pullman
Produce available: Russet potatoes from the Othello Research Station; Apples: Granny Smith, Fuji, Jonagold, Gala, McIntosh, Rome, Red and Golden Delicious, and many unusual varieties; Pears: Green and Red Anjou, Seckel, Abate Fetel, Packham’s Triumph, and small Asian pears. Noon to 6 p.m.

Feb. 3–4: Join E&J Gallo Wines to learn about internships 
The Food Science Club is hosting representatives from E&J Gallo Wines who are coming to Pullman to present the company’s internship opportunities (Monday, Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m.). Internships are open to students in food science, biology, chemistry, agriculture, viticulture and winemaking. During an information session on Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. in FSHN 103/155, interested students can enjoy pizza and sign up for an interview to be held the next day (Tues., Feb. 4) between 8 a.m. and noon in FSHN 106.

Feb. 5: Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Research Webinar
To develop a sustainable hybrid poplar biofuels industry in the Pacific Northwest, hundreds of thousands of acres of land will be needed to grow poplar as a short-rotation woody crop. Identifying areas where hybrid poplar will grow best is the goal of Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest’s research, because these locations will influence the placement of future biorefineries. In this webinar, research partners from the University of Washington will discuss the methodology and results of a land suitability analysis for growing hybrid poplar as an energy crop. 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. More event information is available at

Feb. 26: Forest Health Conference: “State of the States”
Screen Shot 2014-01-30 at 12.58.27 PMExperts discuss the “State of the States” at the Regional Assessment of Forest Health conference. Insects, diseases, fire and climate play critical roles in contributing to the health of forests in the Pacific Northwest, so region-wide forest health assessments help to determine the extent and intensity of the influence of these factors across all forests.

This daylong workshop will summarize and forecast forest health issues affecting Pacific Northwest forests. Experts on insects, diseases and fire will discuss current conditions as they relate to forest health and climate. Participants can expect to walk away with the most accurate context to assess health issues that affect their forests. Get more event information at

Feb. 28: Spring 2014 Transformational Leadership Symposium for Women
We all serve as leaders in some capacity in our work places, in our communities and in our homes. CAHNRS invites you to engage in an exploration of how to improve our ability to be successful leaders as women in our professional and personal lives. Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Ensminger Pavilion, on the WSU Pullman campus. $10 students, $25 non-students (lunch included). Register here.

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Jan. 15 – On Solid Ground- Elwha Insects, Quinoa Harvest, Growing Groceries This edition features a story about a WSU project to help curate bugs collected before the removal of the Elwha Dam, plus details on the latest quinoa harvest, and opportunities for mentoring with the Growing Groceries program.

Jan. 23 – Green Times- Grains in a Glass, Humanure, Fighting Bugs This edition features a story about the emerging western Washington grain economy and WSU researcher Stephen Jones, plus a story on human waste as compost from Ph.D. student Caitlin Price-Youngquist, and discussion of what long-established organic farms can teach us about natural pest control.

Jan. 29 – Voice of the Vine- What’s That Smell, Leafroll, Wine Center This edition features a look inside the Sensory Evaluation Lab with Carolyn Ross, plus new information about grapevine leafroll disease from Naidu Rayapati. 

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