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CAHNRS News – July 30

Posted by | July 30, 2010

New Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Training Available

HRS and OEO have collaborated on a new online SHDP and instructor led training.


HRS Site:

WSU Today link and article:

CAHNRS & WSU Extension Potluck Picnic

Mark your calendars!

The Annual CAHNRS and WSU Extension Potluck Picnic is slated for Aug. 18 from 12 to 1 p.m. Come help us celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of fall. Bring your family or a friend, a potluck dish to share, and your own beverage. Plates, eating utensils, and Ferdinand’s grabbers will be provided. Out of town or visiting faculty and friends are invited to join us. We will also be welcoming our new CAHNRS and WSU Extension faculty as they close their New Faculty Orientation activities.

  • Where: Ensminger Pavilion
  • Set Up: 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Picnic: Noon – 1 p.m.
  • Clean Up: 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Please contact Sheila Brooks at 335-4487 or if you are willing to help with set up and/or clean up.

Monthly WSU Extension Webinar

Please plan to join us for our monthly WSU Extension webinar scheduled for Aug. 5 at 11 a.m. Please note that beginning in August there will only be one broadcast per month. The URL for the webinar is Please sign in as a guest.

The agenda is still under development, but here are some items for discussion.

  • Webinars and Asynchronous Online Delivery of High Quality Extension Programs – Chris Benedict and Kevin Zobrist
  • WSAC Affiliate Report – Arno Bergstrom and Jim Kropf
  • Volunteer Reporting Requirements, Current Status – John Winder
  • Restriction on Use of Private Facilities for Extension Meetings – John Winder and/or Linda Fox

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

New on Dean Bernardo’s blog – In fiscal year 2010, CAHNRS and WSU Extension combined for a total of over $102 million in extramural awards. These awards account for approximately 47 percent of the university total. Read the rest of Dan’s post at

Going Mobile – Both the Marketing, News, and Educational Communications and the viticulture and enology programs Web sites are now mobile-device friendly. Both sites should automatically detect that you’re using a browser on a smart phone and load their mobile versions. Use your smart phone to browse on over to and to check out the slick mobile interface.

New Viticulture and Enology Web site launched – In collaboration with Thomas Henick-Kling and the V&E faculty, the Web crew in Marketing, News, and Educational Communications have just launched a content-managed Viticulture and Enology Program Web site that integrates pretty much all the formerly fragmented wine science sites into one. All content is highly syndicatable, and the new site sports a cool events calendar as well. Update your bookmarks, your Web links or just have a look by surfing on over to If something’s missing or you have insight into ways to make the site even better, shoot an email to Brian (

The Dung Decoders – Did you know that you can really learn a lot from ancient poop? Read who at WSU is checking into the diets of animals at

A Garden in Paradise – landscape architecture and horticulture faculty, along with their students, have been spending time in the home of the apple, Kazakhstan, helping to plan a revitalization of a Soviet-era botanic garden. Check out the story at

New Videos – MNEC has completed production of a fistful of videos since last issue. Interior Design has a new student-focused recruiting video, available on YouTube and on the ID home page: A video featuring students in the enology professional certificate program is up on the new V&E site at (bottom of the page). The organic ag program also has a new student-focused recruiting video; check it out at


Dr. Mark E. Swanson (Department of Natural Resource Sciences) has been quoted on ecological recovery of Mt. St. Helens (including in the online version of National Geographic; see below). In addition, Dr. Swanson will be taking leadership of an extensive system of research plots established shortly after the eruption to study recovery of plant communities in different post-eruption environments. He looks forward to working with collaborators from Washington State University, the University of Washington, the U.S. Forest Service, and other institutions to continue this 30-year legacy of plant community measurements. This year’s measurement ‘pulse’, as large collaborative field work efforts in ecology have been called, is scheduled for July 18-25 and marks the 30th year of post-eruption science. Dozens of scientists, including Dr. Swanson, will conduct measurements in support of the long-term work at Mt. St. Helens. “The next 30 years of data promises to be just as exciting as the first 30 years, as we see some areas return to closed forest, while others remain in an open, spatially diverse condition. This eruption has created the conditions for enduring biological richness and diversity, making an important contribution to the ecology of the region.”

University of Washington News, Expert List on Mt. St. Helens

National Geographic Online: “Mt. St. Helens Pictures: Before and After the Blast”

Yakima Herald “A Mountain of Perspective”, by staff writer Scott Sandsberry

Jeremiah Dung, Ph.D. student with Dennis Johnson, won first place in the graduate student paper competition held during the annual meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Phytopathological Society in Vancouver, B.C., in June. The title of his presentation was “Cross-pathogenicity of Verticillium dahliae isolates from skullcap and peppermint.” His committee members include Weidong Chen, Tobin Peever, and Brenda Schroeder. The Pacific Division of APS, the largest of the divisions within APS, includes members living in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming as well as the Canadian provinces of British Columbia Alberta and Saskatchewan.