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CAHNRS News – March 26, 2010

Posted by | March 26, 2010

CAHNRS 51st Annual Awards Banquet Tickets Available

Come celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of faculty, staff, and students in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences from 4 – 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in the Ensminger Pavilion. Ticket sales end on April 7th.

  • $20 through April 2
  • $25 starting on April 5

*Includes dinner from Happy Day Catering

Tickets can be purchased at the following locations:

  • Clark Hall 116 – Laura Lee Clark
  • FSHN Building 166 – Barb Smith
  • Hulbert Hall 423 – Sean McIlraith
  • Johnson Hall 345 – Cheryl Hagelganz
  • Johnson Tower 501 – Diane Scott
  • Kruegel Hall 51 – Tina Eads

New Director Hired for Island County Extension

Tim Lawrence will start in his new position as WSU Island County Extension director, Western Extension District on May 1. He is currently a post-doctoral research associate leading the Honey Bee Health program in the CAHNRS Department of Entomology in Pullman. In this position, he interacts with beekeepers, growers, and others to identify issues related to the health and viability of honey bees and their pollination efficiency. Previously, Lawrence was manager and co-director for the Center for Water and Land Use for the University of California Extension and program director for the Ohio State University “NEMO” (Non-Point source pollution Education for Municipal Officials) program. Tim has an extensive background in land use and water quality education, agricultural safety, honey bees, and the management of small, diversified agricultural operations, in addition to county extension work.

“Food Justice, Farm Workers, and the Legacy of César Chávez”

Former vice president of the United Farm Workers and executive director of Community to Community Development Rosalinda Guillen will present a lecture focused on the people who work on farms and for businesses that provide America’s food. Born in Texas and raised for a decade in Mexico, she herself became a farm worker at age 10, and later a migrant farm worker in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. She has represented farm workers at local, state, national, and international levels to advocate for labor, immigration and agricultural policies that contribute to socially just and healthy communities. The lecture is on Tuesday, March 30, 7 p.m. in Smith CUE 20 and is free and open to the public.

Cougs in AMDT Hit New York

Twenty-one students from Washington State University’s Apparel Merchandising, Design and Textiles program spent spring break in the nation’s fashion hub, New York City.

The group, led by department chair Karen Leonas, visited the FIT Museum as well as 16 different design and merchandising firms such as Niketown, Tommy Hilfiger, Kenneth Cole, Ann Tayler and Jantzen. They also enjoyed a Broadway play and a guided bus tour of the city.

“The students did a great job of asking questions, and they represented the university and our department well,” Leonas said.

Students participating were: Andy Bennett, Megan Berry, Kate Bresnahan, Casey Burnette, Carly Dobratz, Hannah Fanslow, Kaitlin Geiger, Leanne Goldstein, Lani Green-Rowly, Marissa Herrera, Tegan Johnson, Ashley Kellogg, Dusting Larsen, Elana Levy, Suganah Moncrease, Kayla Morrison, Elliott Pollard, Emily Spilker, Carlin Sweitzer, Rachel Tapert and Lauren Verrelli.

Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects Poster Fair

CAHNRS undergraduate students will be presenting their research projects from 1 – 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10 in the Vogel Plant Biosciences Building. Come see the work they’ve done dealing with everything from pixie grapes to sheep genetics.

Mom’s Weekend Wine Tasting Event

The Viticulture and Enology Club is sponsoring a wine tasting event from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10 in the Vogel Plant Biosciences Building.


Extension educator Karen Lewis received the first Outstanding Research Partnership award at the 6th annual Agricultural Safety Day in Yakima on March 3, 2010. The award, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (PNASH), recognizes a person who has contributed significantly to PNASH research and to the Northwest in reducing workplace injury and illness in agriculture. Lewis’ selection was a unanimous decision by PNASH’s Internal Advisory Committee and was based on her years of counsel to the PNASH Center on workforce issues and technological innovations.

School of Food Science professor Barbara Rasco has been appointed to the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) Scientific Advisory Council (SAC). Each person appointed to the SAC is an outstanding scientist in food preservation or an industry-related field. Rasco’s research interests include the development of analytical methods to predict the safety and quality of food products, characterizing microbial cell injury resulting from cold storage and processing treatments, and predicting antioxidant retention in processed foods. She is collaborating with other researchers to improve food processing methods for refrigerated and ready-to-eat foods, particularly high value aquatic foods such as caviars and fresh and smoked fish products. In addition, Rasco is also a licensed and practicing attorney with expertise in US and international food laws and regulations, international trade, product liability, and intellectual property law.

Horticulture Extension Specialist/Scientist Emeritus Robert E. Thornton recently received the 2010 Industry Leadership Award at the Washington/Oregon Potato Conference’s Leadership Recognition Banquet. The conference was held in Kennewick. Part of the award is a scholarship in Bob’s name for 2010. At least one $1,500 scholarship will be awarded to a WSU student who demonstrates exemplary leadership characteristics and embodies a passion for potato science.

Several Crop and Soil Sciences faculty just returned from the Western Society of Weed Science annual meeting. At the meeting, Ian Burke was presented with the Outstanding Weed Scientist – Early Career Award, and one of his students was presented with a student award.