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CAHNRS News- July 26, 2013

Posted by l.meyer | July 25, 2013

Celebrating and honoring dedicated service to WSU

You are invited to celebrate and honor the retirement of Tonie Fitzgerald on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Mirabeau Meadows Picnic Area, 13500 E. Mirabeau Parkway, Spokane Valley. Bring your picnic goods and non-alcoholic beverage of choice. Cake and ice cream will be served about noon. Tonie will be the honored guest at the picnic hosted by the Master Gardener Foundation of Spokane County. In honor of Tonie’s 28 years of work with WSU Extension and Master Gardener volunteers, you are also invited to make a gift to the WSU Master Gardener program in her name. Your donation will be added to the E. Blair Adams Endowment, which supports the advancement of Master Gardener programs across the state. To send a gift to Master Gardeners in honor of Tonie’s career and retirement click here.

The Ken Struckmeyer Student Scholarship Endowment Fund was created to honor the 42-year career of Professor Ken Struckmeyer as a landscape architecture faculty member at Washington State University. Ken joined the landscape architecture program in 1971 and was instrumental in having the program accredited by the American Society of Landscape Architecture in 1973. He encouraged his students and inspired them to formulate designs that satisfied all the senses. Ken was the first faculty member to be awarded the Sahlen Award for Faculty Leadership as well as the first PAC10 Coach of the Year for the WSU Crew team. After 40+ years of inspiring students, faculty members, and athletes, Ken is retiring. In honor of his service to WSU, an endowment fund has been established and will provide scholarships to aspiring landscape architecture students. Celebrate with “Struck” in person! Retirement Party – September 28, Cougs vs. Stanford, 3 hours prior to kick-off at Silver Cloud-Stadium in Seattle, Washington.

New Assistant Director selected for CAHNRS News, Marketing, and Educational Communications

Please join us in welcoming Kate Wilhite to our Marketing, News, and Educational Communications team! Her first day will be August 12. Kate’s “home base” will be in the Cooper Publications building. Kate has a traditional journalism background, but has a strong understanding of marketing principles. She comes from highly technical/scientific field, writing news releases and stories, working with publishers and the media, and creating marketing materials. Welcome, Kate!


Congratulations! Seeds of Seeds of Sustainability: Lessons from the Birthplace of the Green Revolution is the winner of the 2013 ESA Sustainability Science Award. John Harrison, associate professor in the School of Environment at WSU Vancouver, was one of the contributors recognized for a single scholarly contribution published in the last 5 years that represents the greatest contribution to the emerging science of ecosystem and regional sustainability through the integration of ecological and social sciences.

Thirty-one people from agricultural research centers across the United States and Guam attended this year’s Users and Screeners Association of Federal Excess Personal Property Conference, hosted July 8-10 by WSU Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center. WSU Mount Vernon Administrative Manager Jeanne Burritt and Facilities Manager Dan Gorton organized the three-day annual meeting, which focused on procedures and processes for acquiring, transferring, and disposing of federal excess personal property loaned for research purposes at no cost to eligible agencies and land-grant universities. This was the first time the conference was held in Mount Vernon. “Federal excess personal property has greatly enriched our faculty’s research programs by providing research equipment, vehicles and farm equipment at little or no cost to their programs,” said Burritt, USA-FEPP Board Member and Treasurer. More information about the organization is available at

The Write Side

The 6-year-old you’re trying to explain your research to is looking puzzled. Beyond using plain language, just how do you convey what you can’t see, hear, touch, or otherwise experience? Tip 29: Capturing Enigmas.

Photo ID

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Who are these guys, and what do they find so interesting on this computer monitor? Is it an engineering diagram? A farm layout? An early version of Asteroids?

Need to see more detail? Just click the picture for a larger version.

WSU CAHNRS is seeking your help in cataloging its photo archive. We are scanning hundreds of old slides, negatives, and prints to put online. And we need your help to identify these images by telling us, as best you can:

  • the contents,
  • the date, and
  • the identity of the photographer

Don’t spare the detail; we want you to share everything you know about this image. Don’t know anything about this image, but still want to help? We have more archival images posted. View our historical images.

For the most recent additions, go to the last page and work backwards. Please reminisce about your connection to this photo by using the “Comments” field at Want us to let you know when we post new photos? Send an email to and we’ll add you to the list.

Upcoming Events

2013 Statewide Viticulture Field Day: Join the Washington State Grape Society and the WSU Viticulture and Enology Program, as they host the 2013 Statewide Viticulture Field Day on August 16. Cost to attend the field day is just $10 to cover the catered lunch; no RSVP is required. The day will start at 8:00 AM at the WSU-IAREC Roza Research Farm off McCreadie Road in Prosser, and will end at approximately 2:30 PM at Zirkle Wine Company. For more information:

WSU Organic Farm on the Mall: Fresh-picked organic produce from WSU’s Organic Farm will be offered for sale at a farm stand on WSU’s Terrell Mall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, running through early October. The farm accepts cash and checks only.

Organic Seed Symposium:  Developing new leaders in organic and sustainable plant breeding and seed systems is the aim of the second annual Student Organic Seed Symposium, to be held August 4-7, 2013, at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center.  Titled “Breeding and Advocating for Resilient Organic Seed Systems”, this year’s symposium is a student-led initiative that enables graduate students from across the country interested in organic seed systems to share resources and learn from leaders in the field.

The WSU Horticulture Department will hold a ”U-pick” cherry fruit sale at Tukey Orchard Friday, July 26 from noon-6 p.m. and Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information see:

Recent News Releases 

July 23- WSU Dairy Club Wins National Competition

July 8- June Weather Relatively Warm for a Change

July 6- Kids Learn Physics, Energy Efficiency Basics

In eNews

The July 17 issue of On Solid Ground features stories about a greek yogurt desert that takes the cake, Potato Field Day, and Apple 38.

The July 10 issue of Green Times features vineyards, earthships, physics for kids, and soil fertility.

The July 24 issue of Voice of the Vine features a story about Concord replant disease, native plants in the vineyard, and Auction of Washington Wines.

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