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CAHNRS News- June 28, 2013

Posted by l.meyer | June 27, 2013

New director appointed to CAHNRS Marketing, News, and Educational Communications

I am very pleased to announce that Josh Paulsen has been appointed as the new director of CAHNRS Marketing, News, and Educational Communications effective July 1, 2013. Josh has a thorough grasp of the college’s marketing, news, and communications mission and goals and possesses the leadership skills and vision to continue the positive trajectory of the MNEC unit. As you will recall, Josh has over 12 years of experience in marketing and communications with the past four years at the University of Idaho. The college administration was most impressed with Josh’s leadership vision, web expertise, marketing skills, and commitment to excellence. I am certain you will enjoy working with him. We are grateful to have Josh join the CAHNRS administrative team and encourage you to help us in welcoming him to Washington State University.

-Ron Mittelhammer

Photo ID

tree coreThis man is reading a hundred years of history by examining a tree core, but his name is lost to our photo archive. Who is he? Where is he? Is he researching something in particular?

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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.


Dr. Chastagner (right) with Dr. Themis Michailides, President, APS-PD

Congratulations to Dr. Gary Chastagner, professor of plant pathology and located at the Puyallup REC, for the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Division of the American Phytopathological Society.  He was presented with this award at this year’s annual meeting in Tucson, AZ.

Adam Bright of WSU was the recent recipient of the Northwest Food Processors Association scholarship.

In the July/August issue of Food Network Magazine, editors named America’s best ice cream treats with one winner in each state, and the winner for Washington is “Apple Cup Crisp” from Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe.

Yingzhu Guan, final-year PhD student advised by Dr. Kate Evans in the Department of Horticulture, received a Student Travel Grant of $500 to attend the 2013 American Society for Horticultural Science Annual Conference in Palm Desert, CA from July 22–25. She will be giving a talk ‘QTL Detection of Individual Sugars, Sensory Sweetness and Soluble Solids Content in Apple’,  and presenting a poster entitled ‘Phenotypic Diversity of Individual Sugars, Soluble Solids Content and Acids in RosBREED Apple Germplasm’.

Upcoming Events

Anaerobic Digestion Field Day: Anaerobic digestion, a biological process of breaking down organic waste material, and a suite of new tools that add value to the process will be featured during a WSU field day on July 10 near Lynden, Wash. Researchers at Washington State University, working with commercial partners, have transformed an environmental concern in agriculture into an environmental, economic, and social solution. Further information see or contact Sylvia Kantor at

Cherry Picking Festival: Sunday, June 30, the public is invited to the Summer Cherry Picking Festival at WSU-IAREC in Prosser, WA. Join in on cherry picking competitions, cherries to take home and enjoy, games and prizes and a family friendly BBQ. The event is designed to demonstrate the Labor Monitoring System, a real-time, cloud based, novel harvest monitoring system, to participants.

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.

University of Idaho Parker Farm Field Day
Tuesday, July 9, 8:00 a.m., Parker Farm, Moscow, Idaho.
The PSES Department at University of Idaho is hosting a field day that will include tours of canola, mustard and rapeseed research trials as well as other agricultural research. The field day concludes with a hosted lunch at noon.

Recent News Releases 

June 13- WSU’s Fortenbery to chair Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Ag Advisory group

June 10- WSU Field Day Showcases New Anaerobic Digestion System Technologies

June 6- WSU researchers preparing bee semen bank


In eNews

The June 12 issue of Green Times features stories about saving bees, fire-resistant plants, and anaerobic digestion (and some great new videos).

The June 19 On Solid Ground features mighty mites, quinoa, and the July 10 Anaerobic Digestion Field Day.

The June 26 Voice of the Vine features a story about grapevine redleaf virus, Colin Hickey’s professional exchange program to Germany, and the upcoming Auction of Washington Wines.

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