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CAHNRS News – March 12, 2010

Posted by | March 12, 2010

Newly Promoted and/or Tenured Faculty

Congratulations to our newly promoted and/or tenured CAHNRS and WSU Extension faculty! Karen Barale, WSU Extension, Western District, County Extension Educator E-3; David Brown, Crop and Soil Sciences, Associate Professor and Associate Scientist; James Harbertson, School of Food Science, Prosser, Associate Scientist and Extension Specialist E-3; Curtis Hinman, WSU Extension, Western District, County Extension Educator E-4; Debra Inglis, Plant Pathology, Prosser, Scientist and Extension Specialist E-4; Bernd Markus Lange, Institute of Biological Chemistry, Associate Scientist; Doreen Main, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Associate Scientist and Associate Professor; Pius Ndegwa, Biological Systems Engineering, Associate Scientist and Extension Specialist E-3; Irene Overath, WSU Extension, Western District, County Extension Educator E-3; Hanu Pappu, Plant Pathology, Professor, Scientist and Extension Specialist E-4; Mark Pavek, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, Extension Specialist E-3 and Associate Scientist; Carolyn Ross, School of Food Science, Associate Professor and Associate Scientist; Lisa Shipley, Natural Resource Science, Professor and Scientist; Richard Shumway, School of Economic Sciences, Regents’ Professor; William Snyder, Scientist and Extension Specialist E-4; Joan Wu, Biological Systems Engineering, Scientist and Professor.

Judges Needed: Science and Engineering Undergraduate Research Poster Competition

Additional judges are still needed for the Sciences and Engineering Undergraduate Research Poster Competition the afternoon of Monday, Mar. 29, 2010 in the CUB Ballroom. Please respond by the end of TODAY, March 12, 2010 if you would like to participate as a judge by emailing with the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. Your phone number
  3. Your department
  4. Department mail code
  5. Your first and second choice (if you have one) of the category you would like to judge in
    • Biosciences
    • Computer Science/Interdisciplinary/Mathematics
    • Physical Sciences or Engineering

At this event, undergraduates in the College of Sciences, the College of Engineering and Architecture, and the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences will be displaying the results of their research in the form of posters. Each judge will be assigned two to three posters to evaluate, giving the judge time to visit other posters as well.

Information about the event and judging, including the judging rubric and a sample score sheet, is available on the website at All judges will receive a packet in their departmental mail box several days prior to the event.

Below is the schedule of events for the day:

Monday, Mar. 29, 2010, CUB Ballroo

  • 2-4 p.m. Posters available for preview judging in the CUB Ballroom, presenters will not be at posters. You may use as much of this time as you wish to look at the posters.

Refreshments in the judge’s area, CUB Junior Ballroom.

  • 4 -5 p.m. Formal judging with presenters at their posters to answer questions.

All judging tallies must be in by 5:00 to allow time to tally scores.

  • 4:30-6:15 p.m. Public admitted, refreshments will be served.
  • 5:45-6:15 p.m. Awards presentation, please stay for all awards.

We hope you can participate in this exciting event in support of our students and their research experience. If you are accept we will be in contact with you with further information.

Fulbright Scholar Awards

Please consider applying for the Fulbright Scholar awards. This year’s deadline is Aug. 2, 2010. Applications can be completed online and additional details can also be found online at: If you are interested in applying and have any questions please contact the CAHNRS Dean’s Office.

Minor in Ag Systems Approved

Great news! The minor in Ag Systems was approved by the Faculty Senate on Feb. 11, 2010. Minors can begin to be issued in Aug. 2010. For additional information about course options, please contact Kate McIlraith (5-5469 or, or visit

Dean’s Blog Makes National Top Five Among College Administrators

I am pleased to report that this blog was recently rated as one of the top-5 college administrative blogs by DIY Learning. This news was reported in a new featured post on DIY Learning’s website entitled, “Top 50 College Admission & Administration Blogs” ( I am impressed with the power of this medium to connect with the friends of our college. While blogs are not “push technologies,” they can reach large numbers of people in a short time frame. For example, within a few hours of posting my recent piece concerning the proposal to eliminate ag research funds at WSU (, over 300 people had read about the economic impacts of this action. While it does take time to maintain the blog, it also serves as some sort of perverse administrative therapy. Sometimes it’s just good to sit in front of the computer and write down what you are thinking without a lot concern about perfect grammar, administrative protocol, etc.

Read the rest of Dan’s blog post about his top-5 ranking blog by visiting


Washington State University’s World Class. Face to Face. SHOWCASE events will take place on Mar. 26. The Provost has approved the use of three hours of work time for all university employees to attend the Academic Showcase and/or the Distinguished Faculty Address. He is doing so to encourage faculty, staff and students in all areas to schedule their attendance with their supervisor so it does not disrupt university operations and so everyone may take advantage of the opportunity to view firsthand the body of work that will be displayed at the poster session and/or to attend the Distinguished Faculty Address.

Web Masters Please Note Program Name Change

WSU’s Distance Degree Programs has changed its name to WSU Online. The name change adds clarity for prospective students, and reflects the program’s shift to a fully online delivery system. Web masters are requested to kindly due a search-and-replace on any and all sites they maintain in order to update them with this current information.


Michael Johnson, an undergraduate student in economics, has received the third annual Dr. Jeff Krautkraemer “Pay it Forward” Scholarship at Washington State University’s School of Economic Sciences. Michael, a senior in Economics, intends to use his knowledge and training at WSU to work on issues of sustainability and equality. He will earn his bachelor’s of science degree in economics with an environmental option in May of 2010. The scholarship is named for Jeff Krautkraemer, a professor in the School of Economic Sciences, who died suddenly in 2004. He spent his entire career at WSU starting in 1981. He was known for his scholarly achievements in the field of natural resource economics and for his generous and kind spirit as well as for inspiring students and challenging students to do their best for caring for the planet.

Graduate student Ash Sial, mentored by Jay Brunner, has been selected by the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America, to receive the prestigious Comstock Student Award.

The department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture (and specifically Virginia Lohr and Phil Waite) has been invited by WSU’s office for International Programs to participate in an awarded grant that will address the rehabilitation and redesign of an old Soviet-era arboretum in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The project involves the immediate redesign of a portion of the arboretum with a section dedicated to plant trials for ornamental trees and shrubs. Lohr and Waite will be traveling to Kazakhstan over spring break to initiate the project and will likely be returning in the summer with some students and perhaps again in the fall to present the first phase of the redesign. Students in Dr. Ole Sleipness’ Landscape Architecture Planting Design class will be preparing a master plan for the entire arboretum in the Fall 2010 semester. The department is also investigating a potential connection between related Kazakhstan State University programs and WSU’s department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

Joe Yenish, Extension weed scientist, was presented with the Outstanding Reviewers award from the Weed Science Society of America. Dr. Yenish is one of nearly two dozen individuals from academia, government and private industry who were honored for outstanding contributions to the field of weed science. The awards were presented during WSSA’s 50th annual meeting.

Kassi Rolins, a junior student in WSU’s Landscape Architecture program, in the department of horticulture and landscape architecture, was awarded a summer 2010 internship at Harvard University’s prestigious Arnold Arboretum. Kassi was selected for this internship because of her strong background in both horticulture and landscape architecture.