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CAHNRS News – November 30, 2012

Posted by | November 30, 2012

CAHNRS Advising, Extension, Research, Staff, Teaching, and Team Awards

Please consider acknowledging those among us who have made extraordinary efforts to contribute to the CAHNRS experience. The deadline for nominations to the CAHNRS Advising, Extension, Research, Staff, Teaching, and Team Awards is Thursday, December 6. See details at

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. 13 from 3:30 – 6 p.m. in the Ensminger Pavilion.

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

The college will provide hearty hors d’eouvres, non-alcoholic beverages, beer and wine. If you wish, please bring your favorite holiday treat to share.

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. Last year, we donated over 2,600 pounds to food banks in our communities — let’s break that record in 2012!

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


WSU Horticulture Club’s poinsettia sale is this Friday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the greenhouses across the street from Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shop.  Red, gold, maroon, and pink poinsettias will be available for purchase.  The cost of each plant is $11.00.

Tukey Orchard “already picked” fruit and potato sales continue this week, Friday, November 30, noon – 6 p.m. and Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. More details »

To recognize the agricultural diversity of the southern Puget Sound, the Savor South Sound event will bring together the growers, restaurants and chefs who contribute to the rich, local food economy. The free event will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Thurston County Fairgrounds Expo Center. See details at

Sustainable Food, Agriculture & Natural Resources Symposium
Join CSANR on Thursday, December 6th, 2012 to look back on the history, celebrate the achievements, and engage with scientists on current research questions. Free of charge. All are welcome!
See the agenda and information on travel scholarships and the poster session at

Webinar: Tax and Financial Risks Due to Drought and Disaster, Friday, December 7, 2012, 9:00 a.m. Pacific time. More Details »

Student Seminars

Maninder Chahal, Soil Science Ph.D. Candidate: Modeling the spatial temporal variability of field-scale soil moisture using geo-statistical techniques on the Palouse, Monday, December 3 at 1:10 p.m. in Johnson Hall 204 and broadcast to Mt. Vernon, Prosser, Puyallup and Wenatchee stations.

Alecia Kiszonas, Crop Science Ph.D. student: Arabinoxylan Quantification, Characterization, and Relationship to End-Use Quality in Wheat, Monday, December 3 at 3:10 p.m. in Johnson Hall 204 and broadcast to Mt. Vernon, Prosser and Puyallup stations.

Michael Schwager, Plant Pathology M.S.Student: Novel Methods for Post-Harvest Control of Botrytis and Possible Applications in Washington Agriculture, Monday, December 3 at 4:10 p.m. in Johnson Hall 343. (WECN Dial-up #:5776907. Read Annuncement »

Horticulture “Life After Graduate School” Series:
Carolina Torres, Ph.D., Centro de Pomacea, Univ of Talca, Chile: How Does Environmental Stress Affect Fruit Production in Chile?
Ricardo Diaz, M.S., M.A., Director, Research and Development, Centro de Estudios en Alimentos Procesados (CEAP), www.ceap.clChallenges of the Chilean Processing Food Industry: An Opportunity for Young Innovative Researchers.
Thursday, December 6, 1:25 – 2:15 p.m., Pullman FSHN T101 and transmitted via AMS.


Professor Joan Davenport has been recognized for her years of service to the Washington grape industry by receiving the Grape Society’s 2012 Walter Clore Industry Service award. A longstanding member of the Grape Society, serving on the Board for the past 6 years, she manages the visual speaker presentations as well as chairing the Grape Society’s scholarship fund. She is a member of the American Society of Agronomy, ASEV, Soil Science Society America, and is the recipient of a long list of industry awards. In 2005, she and her husband, Gordon Taylor opened DavenLore Winery, located in Prosser.

Joan Ellis, Associate Professor in Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles, has received the 2012 Fairchild Books Textile and Apparel Faculty Grant, awarded for the development of quality curricula and research that contributes to the depth or breadth of the textile and apparel field. Ellis and collaborators Dr. Rita Keen,  University of Nebraska,  and Dr. Molly Eckman, Colorado State University, submitted the proposal “Preparing 21st Century Students for Success.”

The WSU/UI Dairy Products Evaluation Team took first place in the Ice Cream competition at the 91st Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest in Springfield, Missouri on Nov. 1. The team collected first place in the Ice Cream competition on the strength of team member Lisa Piontek’s second place finish. Students on the team were Lisa Piontek (who took second place in the individuals for ice cream), Lynette Anderson and Shiloh Mangan. Team advisor is Mike Costello. The number of schools participating in this year’s contest nearly doubled over last year.

Brian Bahder, Doug Walsh’s Ph.D. student, received the Washington State Grape Society Scholarship award.

Assistant Professor Michelle Moyer was recently elected to the Washington State Grape Society Board of Directors.

Recent News Releases

Celebrate South Puget Sound’s local food economy
Design students envision resilient futures for Lower Snake River
WSU Ag Education Leader Michael Swan to Retire
Center marks two decades of science serving sustainable future
Adapt to climate change rather than trying to eliminate it, challenges WSU author in new book published by Prometheus Books

All our news releases are archived at

New in CAHNRS e-Newsletters

The Nov. 30 issue of Green Times has stories on a symposium celebrating the 20th anniversary of WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, a new cookbook by Jamie Callison of WSU’s School of Hospitality Business Management, a farm on Marrowstone Island donated with WSU, and some water-related stories. Check it out at

The Nov. 30 issue of On Solid Ground includes a story about WSU professor Shulin Chen, who won a Gates Foundation grant involving nutrition in children, and wrap-ups of a symposium on prebiotics and probiotics and entomology professor Richard Zack’s annual lunch with bugs on the menu. Intrigued? Read about it at


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