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CAHNRS News – May 7, 2010

Posted by | May 7, 2010

Nominations Wanted for Women’s Leadership Recognition Awards

The Office of the Dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences seeks Women’s Leadership Recognition award nominations for CAHNRS alumnae who have distinguished themselves in one of two areas: Community Leadership and Service, or Professional and Academic Leadership. Please consider nominating one of your unit’s distinguished alumnae.

Please nominate a woman whom you believe represents the qualities embodied in a graduate from CAHNRS at Washington State University. This includes all academic and extension units that have been a part of the college in any way throughout its history. Nominations do not have to come from an academic unit and we encourage the many groups that have outstanding graduates working with them to nominate those individuals. We are committed to making the process as straight forward as possible. If you have any questions about the process or submittal requirements, please contact Tatum Weed, at or 509-335-3590.

The nominations will be accepted until June 15, 2010. Forms can be found at

Books for Sudan

The Department of Natural Resource Sciences is collecting books for the library and student use at the newly established Agricultural and Environmental Sciences program at Catholic University of Sudan (CUofS) in Wau, Sudan.

We are asking for donated text and reference books, especially books relevant to tropical areas and Africa.

Books are sought in the following subject areas:

  • Crops and Soil Sciences
  • Animal Sciences and Nutrition
  • Forestry
  • Agroforestry
  • Environmental Issues
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Agricultural and Environmental Engineering

The books are needed by June 15 and can be dropped off at the Department of Natural Resource Sciences main office in 115 Johnson Hall or shipped to:

Department of Natural Resource Sciences
PO Box 646410
Books for Sudan
Pullman, WA 99164-6410

Collected books will then be shipped to Books for Africa in Atlanta, Georgia, where they will be shipped by sea to the Port of Mombasa, Kenya. From there, they will be transported by truck to Wau, Sudan.

Experiential Opportunities Website

We recently launched a website for CAHNRS presenting experiential education opportunities for undergraduates. The website can be accessed at

Please forward this information to instructors, advisors and undergraduates in your programs with interest in this information.

If you have questions about the website, please contact Amy Sharp (; 335-8406) for discussion.


Interior Design student Hiroki Usui won first place in the national 2010 Retail Design Institute Student Competition. In addition to receiving $2,000, Hiroki’s prize also includes $500 for WSU.

Linda Chalker-Scott, associate professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture was honored at the UW Libraries “Literary Voices” event showcasing local authors in April. Learn more about Literary Voices at

Lori Carris, Department of Plant Pathology, was the recipient of the Association of Faculty Women’s Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award for 2010. The Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award was established in 2000 to show AFW’s appreciation to President Emeritus Samuel H. Smith for advancing the role of women at WSU. The criteria for the award includes leadership that has advanced the role of women in the WSU system and/or who has demonstrated leadership in higher education, the community, or her profession at the local, state, regional, national, or international level. The award was presented by President Emeritus Smith at a special ceremony in Pullman.

Diter von Wettstein, who holds the R.A. Nilan Distinguished Professorship in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and the School of Molecular Biosciences, was awarded the 2009 Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rebeiz Foundation for Basic Research. He will be honored during a ceremony at the Foundation headquarters in Champaign, Illinois, in September. Learn more about the Foundation and its previous Lifetime Achievement award winners at

Graduate entomology students Brian Bahder, Natalie Boyle, Bonnie Ohler and Amber Vinchesi recently won the Pacific regional competition of the Linnaean Games, hosted by the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America in Boise, and will now go on to compete against other top regional winners at a national competition in December.

The Linnaean Games is a college-bowl type of quiz on entomological facts, covering apiculture, biological control, ecology, economic entomology, medical and veterinary entomology, physiology and biochemistry, taxonomy and toxicology, as well as the history of entomology and biographical information on prominent entomologists. The team will go on to compete in the national competition at the 58th annual Entomological Society of America (ESA) meeting in San Diego, and was awarded $500 to offset their travel expenses to the event. Jeremy Buchman and Ann Vander Vliet also were named first and second place winners in the Master’s Student Oral Presentation category in the regional competition, while the WSU Entomology Club was named the best for student activities.