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CAHNRS News – March 11

Posted by | March 11, 2011

CAHNRS/Extension Budget Forum

Thanks to all who attended or watched Wednesday’s CAHNRS/WSU Extension budget forum. There wasn’t much new information to share, but it should have provided some good background for understanding the budget proposals that will be coming out at both the state and federal levels later this month. If you weren’t able to attend or listen on Wednesday, the videostream will be archived for a couple weeks at the following link: Click on March 9 on the calendar. The CAHNRS/Extension Budget Forum is the second from the top. The presentation slides are posted at

Also, don’t forget today’s Budget Forum with President Floyd and Provost Bayley. It begins at noon in the CUB Auditorium. It also will be videostreamed at and on Cable Channel 8 in the Pullman area.

Newly Promoted and/or Tenured Faculty

Congratulations to our newly promoted and/or tenured CAHNRS and WSU Extension faculty! Carol Anelli, Entomology, Professor; Paul Carter, WSU Extension, Eastern District, Extension County Director and Extension Educator E-3; Zena Edwards, WSU Extension, Western District, County Extension Educator E-3; James Pru, Animal Sciences, Associate Professor; Naidu Rayapati, Plant Pathology, Associate Professor, Associate Scientist, and Extension Specialist E-3; Stephen Van Vleet, WSU Extension, Eastern District, Extension Educator E-3; Rich Zack, Entomology, Professor, Scientist, and Extension Specialist E-4.

You Are Invited to Showcase

Elson S. Floyd and Warwick M. Bayly invite you to celebrate the academic achievements of WSU faculty, staff, emeriti, and students March 25, 2011. Provost Bayly has approved the use of three hours of work time for all university employees to attend Showcase and/or the Distinguished Faculty Address. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to schedule their attendance with their supervisor so it does not disrupt university operations. Faculty members teaching during the time of the Academic Showcase are welcome to encourage their students to attend the event in lieu of class if they believe the students might gain some benefit from attending. Professors who desire to have attendance monitored can make arrangements for a student sign-in procedure by contacting Tena Old at by March 22.

Academic Showcase

9 a.m.–noon in the CUB Senior Ballroom. View original scholarship, research, and creative work by WSU faculty, staff, and students. Everyone welcome.

Distinguished Faculty Address

2 p.m. in Todd Hall 276. “Prehistory of the Pueblo Peoples – How We Learn and What We Know” by Tim A. Kohler, Regents Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts. A reception will follow.

Celebrating Excellence

Social – 5:30 p.m, banquet – 6:30 p.m. in the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. Join us for this celebration of faculty and staff achievements. Cost is $35 per person. Visit to register. Registrations are required by March 11.

Awardees to be Recognized

We are extremely pleased to convey our warmest congratulations to our CAHNRS faculty and staff who will be recognized at the Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet on March 25. Richard Zack, Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Instruction; Joe Poovaiah, Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Research; Sharon Taff, President’s Employee Excellence Award. We are extremely proud of each of you, and are honored to have you as colleagues. Washington State University and the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences join you in celebrating this moment.

Patent Awardees to be Honored

Faculty who were awarded patents in 2010 will be among the honorees at the annual Showcase celebration of employee excellence on March 25. Those faculty, and their patents, are:

  • Tom Toyama (no longer at WSU), cherry tree PC7903-2;
  • Dong-Hyun Kang (no longer at WSU), fluorogenic selective and differential medium for isolation of Enterobacter sakazakii;
  • Zhihua Jiang, Jennifer Michal and Matthew Garcia, calpastatin markers for fertility and longevity;
  • Zhihua Jiang, Jennifer Michal and Tito Wibowo, genetic polymorphisms in the corticotrophin-releasing hormone gene as markers for improving beef marbling score and/or subcutaneous fat depth;
  • Zhihua Jiang, Jennifer Michal and Galen Williams, polymorphisms in the urocortin 3 gene and their associations with marbling and subcutaneous fat depth in beef cattle.

Read more in WSU Today at

WSU Entomology Club Insect Expo

Looking for something fun to do this Saturday? Join the WSU Entomology Club for a family friendly activity this Saturday, March 12, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Ensminger Pavilion. Bring your family to enjoy insect displays, fun crafts, face painting and enjoy learning about insects. Chocolate crickets for the first 30 kids!

Get Your Tickets for the 52nd Annual CAHNRS Awards Banquet

Come celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of faculty, staff, and students in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences on April 9 from 4 – 6 p.m. in Ensminger Pavilion. Tickets are $15 each and include dinner from Happy Day Catering. Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:

  • Hulbert Hall 423, Sean McIlraith
  • Clark Hall 116, Laura Lee Clark
  • Daggy Academy 330, Darcie Young
  • FSHN Building 166, Barb Smith
  • Johnson Hall 345, Cheryl Hagelganz
  • Johnson Tower 501, Diane Scott
  • Kruegel Hall 51, Jane Lawford

Celebrate Undergraduate Creative and Research Projects, April 9

CAHNRS’ undergraduate scientists and designers will be presenting the results of the Academic Programs-sponsored projects in Vogel Plant Biosciences Building from 1 – 3 p.m. on April 9. The poster fair is free and open to the public. Please join us as we celebrate the amazing talent on display and present awards to the top two presenters in:

  • Applied Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences
  • Basic Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences
  • Design Discipline
  • Human Sciences

Faculty Registration and Regalia Ordering for Spring Commencement

Faculty and Administrators planning to participate in the Pullman spring commencement ceremonies can now RSVP at

Faculty regalia can be purchased or rented through the Bookie using the following form:

The last day to get other university regalia will be Friday, March 25th. After this date only WSU regalia will be available.


Congratulation to Bruce Barritt and the WSU apple breeding team for the recently granted patent on WA-2!

The following awards were presented at the 54th International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) Annual Conference in Pasco, WA, USA on Tuesday, March 1, 2011.

  • Outstanding Extension – Karen Lewis
  • Outstanding Researcher – Don Elfving
  • Robert F. Carlson Memorial Lecture – David Granatstein

Dr. John Stark is the 2011 recipient of the ESA Pacific Branch “ESA Recognition Award in Insect Physiology, Biochemistry, and Toxicology”. He will receive the award at the upcoming PBESA meeting in Hawaii (March) and will be the Pacific branch candidate for the national award later in the year.

School of Food Science Professor Jeff Culbertson won the 2011 IFT William V. Cruess Award for teaching in Food Science. It will be awarded at the annual meeting in New Orleans in June 2011.

Philip deVries and Jennifer Trice, both students in the Department of Animal Sciences, brought home platinum awards from the Western Regional Dairy Challenge. Fifty-five students from five western universities and one Canadian university competed in the sixth annual Challenge March 3-5, in Fresno, Calif. the Western Regional Dairy Challenge is an innovative management analysis competition developed by industry and university professionals from across the U.S. A key objective of the dairy challenge is to present students with real-life situations that stress the importance of teamwork and professionalism. Students from the different universities were partnered in teams of four or five. Once the aggregate teams are formed, each group conducts a comprehensive evaluation of a working dairy farm. The evaluation includes everything from cow comfort and herd health to reproduction and finances. The teams are looking for opportunities to improve operational efficiency of the dairy farm being evaluated and ideas to improve that particular dairy’s bottom-line.

Xiaodong Bao successfully completed the requirements for a PhD degree in Plant Pathology at Washington State University in fall 2010. Xiaodong’s research was conducted under the supervision of Lori Carris, Associate Professor of Plant Pathology on the Pullman campus, and his dissertation committee included Scot Hulbert, Tobin Peever and Jack Rogers. Xiaodong has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Ecology from Nanjing University (2000) and a Master’s of Science degree in Biochemistry from Xiamen University. His dissertation research was on host specificity and phylogenetic relationships among Tilletia speces infecting wheat and other cool season grasses. Xiaodong’s research has resulted in two publications, with two more in preparation. He is now working as a postdoctoral research associate with Dr. Marilyn Roossinck at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma.