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CAHNRS News – November 19

Posted by | November 19, 2010

Call for Nomination Letters for 2010-2011 CAHNRS Faculty and Staff Awards

We encourage administrators, faculty, students, or staff to nominate deserving candidates from your department or program in as many categories as possible, but request nominations be limited to one person per category per department.

Please discuss your intention to nominate a candidate with your department chair/director prior to submitting a letter to coordinate the process.

Details concerning the nomination and selection process are as follows:

  1. Click on the following link ( to access the official CAHNRS Awards web page where you find a list of Faculty, Staff, Research, and Team Awards.
  2. For more information about these awards and instructions as how to nominate deserving individuals, please click on Faculty/Staff Award Nomination Process.
  3. On the Faculty & Staff Award Nomination Process page, you will find:
    1. Deadline Dates and Activities
    2. Award Eligibility
    3. Nomination Process
      1. Specific details and guidelines for each award can be accessed by clicking on the link for that specific award.
      2. A one-page electronic nomination letter is requested that justifies the merit of the nominee and lists worthy accomplishments related to the intentions of the award.
      3. Please submit letters to Jeanne Dahmen ( by Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Jeanne Dahmen (509-335-9115, or Sean McIlraith (509-335-4562, in the CAHNRS Academic Programs office.

Thank you for helping us acknowledge outstanding contributors to our college.

Come to the Annual CAHNRS/WSU Extension Holiday Gathering

Pam and Dan Bernardo extend an invitation to you and yours to join all CAHNRS and WSU Extension faculty and staff at the annual holiday gathering on Dec. 7 from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. in Ensminger Pavilion.

We’ll gather and enjoy each other’s company, share good food, good music, and good cheer. We are excited to also have a special guest joining us at our party this year… Santa Butch!

Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share; non-alcoholic beverages, beer and wine will be provided by the college.

The true focus of our annual gathering is giving, especially to those in need in our own communities.

Please bring canned and nonperishable food, toiletries or paper products for area food banks. Dan and Pam are once again happy to match your contributions pound for pound. Let’s break our own record in pounds of food and other goods donated! Last year, we donated over 2,000 pounds to food banks in our communities — let’s set a new record in 2010!

Here’s to celebrating the joy of the season with colleagues and friends!

Survey of CAHNRS Faculty International Activities

As you all know, the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences at Washington State University has a long and successful history of international programs. Many of you have been involved in international programs and have contributed to the college and University’s growing global reputation of excellence.

Clearly, it is in the college’s best interests to build upon these experiences and promote an active program of international engagement. To that end, Dean Bernardo has asked me to develop a database of our college’s international activities. To help me build that database, I would like to enlist your cooperation in completing a brief questionnaire about the international dimensions of your work.

Please click on to access a very brief survey of your international activities. There are only ten questions, and I anticipate that most of you could complete the survey in less than ten minutes. I would only caution you that once you begin the survey, you must complete it in one sitting. You cannot log out and subsequently return to the survey. However, given the brevity of the survey, that should not be a problem.

I want to thank all of you in advance for your cooperation in this endeavor. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail or phone.

Raymond A. Jussaume Jr.
International Programs Coordinator
College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences.


Kulvinder Gill is quoted extensively in the cover story for the November 2010 issues of CSA news titled “Has wheat reached its genetic yield potential?” A link to the article is not available but a copy of the publication is in the CSS mailroom.

An image of Joan Davenport standing in a vineyard along with quotes on her distance Soils 201 course appear in an Oct. 31 article on online learning in The Chronicle of Higher Education. The link to this article is here:

Carol Miles, vegetable specialist, and Steve Jones, grains breeder, both based at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Northwest Washington Research and Extension Center, organized the Washington State University symposium “Organic Grains for Food, Feed and Malt” at the 2010 Washington Tilth growers annual conference, held in Port Townsend, WA on Friday Nov. 12. The symposium was attended by more than 220 farmers, students, and agricultural professionals and successfully increased the knowledge of the participants regarding the demand for local organic grains in western Washington and the ability to grow high quality grains in the region to meet this demand. The symposium agenda included Steve Jones who provided an overview of grain production in western Washington and current needs and research. Pat Hayes, barley breeder from Oregon State University, provided an overview of the barley breeding program and the importance of targeting its end use of feed, feed, or malt. Nash Huber, of Nash’s Organic Produce in Sequim, WA, discussed how grains are an important component of diversified vegetable production systems in western Washington in addition to being an important cash crop. Mike Doehnel of Doehnel Floor Malting in Victoria, B.C. Canada, Kevin Christianson of Fairhaven Organic Flour Mills in Burlington WA, and George De Pasquale of The Essential Baking Company in Seattle, each discussed the important qualities of grain for their uses and the demand they each have from their customers for locally grown organic grains.

Joe Poovaiah, Regents Professor in the department of horticulture and landscape architecture, has been elected as a Foreign Fellow to the National Academy of Sciences, India. He will be inducted during the 80th annual meeting of the academy on Dec. 3, 2010.