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CAHNRS News – June 1, 2012

Posted by | June 1, 2012

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Field days focus on oilseed crops throughout Pacific Northwest 
Several Washington State University and other university field days and tours throughout the region this summer will feature canola, rapeseed, mustard, camelina and sunflower. All events are free and open to the public. Flyers and complete information are available at

Lind Field Day
The 96thannual Washington State University Lind Field Day will be held Thursday, June 14, at the University’s Dryland Research Station north of Lind. For more information, telephone Bill Schillinger, WSU research agronomist, at (509) 235-1933 or e-mail him at

2012 WSU Weed Science Field Tour
This year’s Weed Science Field Tour is Wednesday, June 20, at the Plant Pathology farm building adjacent to Cook Farm. For more information, see

Cherry Taste Panel
Help our food scientists characterize cherries based on their sensory properties. For the training, this project requires a time commitment of three hours per week (3-hr sessions) for four weeks (a total of 12 training sessions) between June 11th and July 2nd, 2012 at a meeting time and day to be agreed by participants.  Following training, there will be 3-4 weeks of final evaluations (four times per week, 10-15 minutes per session) between July 9th and 27th, 2012. For details, contact Maria Rosales,

Raspberry Taste Panel
Help our food scientists evaluate fresh raspberries this summer starting the week of June 11th. You don’t have to be an expert, but you should be enthusiastic and committed. There will be one-hour training sessions, 3 times a week for 3 weeks (June 11 to 29) at a time and day to be agreed upon later. This will be followed by formal evaluations during the first and second week of July. For details, contact Medy Villamor at


A team of WSU 4-H Youth Development colleagues and two 4-H State Leadership youth members have won the 2012 National Association of Community Development Extension Professional’s Western Region’s Team Award for Excellence in Community Development Work. Dale Larson on behalf of the team of Nick Gylling, Jan Klein, Dale Larson and Jodi Ubachs, received the award at the NACDEP conference in Utah earlier this month. The award was for their work with 4-H youth engaged in a leadership development program that focused on community service projects in five rural Washington communities experiencing poverty and/or isolation.

Several School of Food Science students received awards from the Puget Sound Institute of Food Technologists. Maria Rosales Soto received a Travel Award of $1,000, Achyut Adhikari received a Scholastic Award of $1,000, and Karin Thorsen, Mikaela Easter, and Molly Mayer each received Outstanding Student Awards of $1,250.

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $400,006 for a project entitled “CAREER: An Integrated Research and Educational Plan to Develop Selective Pyrolysis Reactors and Improve the Capacity of Students to Work in Multidisciplinary Teams,” under the direction of                                   Manuel Garcia-Perez.

The Western Agricultural Economics Association has selected Hayley Chouinard of the WSU School of Economic Sciences as their Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher with less than 10 year’s experience.  She will receive her award at the WAEA meeting in Park City, UT in June.

Recent News Releases

WSU Extension Trains U.S. Troops on Afghanistan’s Viticulture
WSU Students Headed to Rwanda, Will Document Trip On Line
WSU Lind Field Day Slated for June 14
Field Days Focus on Oilseed Crops throughout Pacific Northwest
Artificial Insemination School at WSU Pullman Aug. 9 – 11

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