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CAHNRS News – July 16

Posted by | July 16, 2010

Managing in Cougar Country Conference

Human Resource Services invites you to attend the Managing in Cougar Country Conference, Thursday, Aug. 5. This year’s featured keynote addresses are:

Vision and Collaboration
Presented by Dr. Larry James
Associate Executive Vice President

Managing with Integrity
Presented by Dr. Kristine Kuhn
Associate Professor of Management and Operations

Additional topics include communication, funding, succession planning, and many others. Visit to see the complete conference schedule and to register.

Surf Report

  • A brochure featuring a series of articles about organic agriculture research is available online; the landing page is at
  • A story about student Katie Reed and the internship-based partnership between CAHNRS Academic Programs and the R&E Centers is up at
  • The CAHNRS Academic Programs YouTube channel has nearly 45,000 views of videos featuring students describing their majors, alumni talking about their careers, and undergraduates demonstrating their research projects.
  • A new video featuring students from AMDT talking about their major is up on YouTube:
  • A new video featuring students in the organic agriculture program talking about their major is up on YouTube:
  • A new video featuring students in the Interior Design program talking about their major is up on YouTube:

Meeting of SCRI Team and Advisory Committee at Mount Vernon

The WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center hosted a multi-state Special Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) project meeting on June 24 and 25.

Participants included 28 research team and advisory committee members from throughout the U.S. working on this $2 million dollar, 3-year SCRI project. The team is investigating the use of high tunnels for vegetable and small fruit production and the use of biodegradable mulches in high tunnel and open field vegetable production. Research scientists from Washington (WSU and Western Washington University), Texas (Texas Tech and Texas A & M), and Tennessee (University of Tennessee Knoxville) attended. Also attending were extension educators from WSU, and private industry and grower advisors from throughout the U.S.

Project directors Debra Inglis (WSU Plant Pathology) and co-PI Carol Miles (WSU Horticulture and Landscape Architecture) organized the meeting and moderated discussions. WSU faculty Karen Leonas (Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles), Tom Marsh (Economic Sciences), Srinivasa Ponnaluru (Economic Sciences), and Tom Walters (Small Fruit Horticulture), Extension Educators Curtis Beus and Andrew Corbin, Research Associate Suzette Galinato, Research staff Babette Gundersen, Jacqueline King, Mike Particka, and Jonathan Roozen, and graduate student Marianne Powell took part in the extensive working group sessions.


Becky Duben won the Lighty Leadership Fund Proposal for the four sections of her HD 205 class, Communication in Human Relations. It’s been funded in the amount of $3,000, with an additional $3,000 in matching funds from the Dean of Students. The Phil and June Lighty Student Leadership’s goal is to provide students with educational and practical opportunities to develop their leadership potentials and skills. HD 205 is a four credit class and registered student organization that focuses on communication and leadership skills. This semester, HD 205 sections 1 through 4 will be a Freshman Focus class that has had access to the Common Reading, Stones into Schools, which was written by Greg Mortenson. Mortenson is the founder of the Central Asia Institute (CAI), an organization which supports building schools for girls in Afghanistan. HD 205 has been working with CAI to create a program this fall that will partner with campus and community members to challenge our assumptions about the people of Afghanistan, education, and ourselves. The Lighty Leadership Fund will support us in that goal. When students leave HD 205, they have learned about themselves and communication, their place in a global society and how to navigate this world with diverse groups of people regardless of ethnicity, race, culture, and values.

“Hawaii’s Alfred Shaheen: Fabric to Fashion”, an exhibit co-curated by Dr. Linda Arthur, is on display at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. The exhibit is a major retrospective of the work produced on the island of Oahu over a 40-year period by textile designer and master fabric printer Alfred Shaheen, and fills three galleries with more than 100 objects drawn from the collection of Camille Shaheen-Tunberg, the artist’s daughter. Yardage and garments are showcased along with archival photos and ads that illuminate Shaheen’s methods of design, manufacture and marketing. The exhibit will be up through the summer and then begins traveling to major museums in the US. It will be at WSU next year.

Professor of horticulture John Fellman recently served as vice chair of the 2010 Postharvest Physiology Gordon Research Conference in Tilton, New Hampshire. He will serve as chair of the 2014 conference. The Gordon Research Conferences were initiated by Dr. Neil E. Gordon, of the Johns Hopkins University, who recognized in the late 1920s the difficulty in establishing good, direct communication between scientists, whether working in the same subject area or in interdisciplinary research. The conferences promote discussions and the free exchange of ideas at the research frontiers of the biological, chemical and physical sciences. Scientists with common professional interests come together for a full week of intense discussion and examination of the most advanced aspects of their field. These conferences provide a valuable means of disseminating information and ideas in a way that cannot be achieved through the usual channels of communication – publications and presentations at large scientific meetings. Each Conference operates relatively autonomously with each Conference Chair being completely responsible for the content and conduct of the meeting as well as the selection of discussion leaders and attendees. The primary criteria for attendance at a Conference are scientific accomplishment and, implicitly, the commitment to participate actively and meaningfully in the discussions.