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CAHNRS News – November 4, 2011

Posted by | November 4, 2011

Student Engage in Service Promoting Pullman Merchants

Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textile majors in Visual Merchandising and Promotion, AMT 208, are involved in service learning targeted to promote economic development in Pullman. Acting as freelance consultants with mentoring from their instructor, Dr. Carol Salusso, 14 teams have created video emails, advertisements and visual displays. Pullman Chamber of Commerce is featuring this project as part of the Chocolate Decadence Holiday event starting Nov. 10 with a 4-6 p.m. stroll involving chocolate and voting for the best visual displays. Voting continues through the Dec. 3 Holiday Fest Tree Lighting Ceremony where scholarships from the Chamber will be awarded to the top three teams. Don’t forget to vote! One lucky voter will receive a special gift from Sam Dial Jewelers. Please help us make this a happening event – visit our merchant clients listed below. Indulge in the holiday spirit and vote!

  •  At Home Designs: Framing It Up
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • Barnes & Noble “Bookie”
  • Crimson and Gray
  • Design Effects
  • Flirt
  • GLASSPhemy
  • Lily Bee’s Consignment Shop
  • Moments in Time
  • Neil’s Flowers and Gifts
  • Prune Orchard
  • Sam Dial Jewelers
  • Savage & Young
  • Sugar Britches
  • Wild Ivy


Congratulations to Dr. Markus Flury, soil physicist, who was inducted as a Fellow in the Soil Science Society of America during the October 2011 annual meetings at San Antonio. This honor is based on professional accomplishments and meritorious service, and is reserved for fewer than 0.5% of active and emeritus members of the society. Flury’s principal research interest is in the area of flow and transport in porous media, particularly in the vadose zone.

Julia Piaskowski, Crop Science doctoral candidate, placed third in the graduate student poster competition session on Organic Management Systems at the ASA-CSSA-SSSA Oct. 2011 meetings. She is advised by Drs. Kim Campbell (USDA), and Scot Hulbert (WSU).

Soil Science graduate student John Dickson was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Mineralogical Society of America for his Ph.D. research. Out of 69 applicants, three awards were made: two to grants in mineralogy/petrology (Dickson), and one in crystallography. His proposal was titled “Characterization of pertechnetate aluminosilicate mineral phases and the stability of Tc-99 to ion Exchange in the presence of competing ions.”

Crop and Soil Sciences Extension agronomist Dr. Stephen Guy, communications coordinator Deb Marsh, and scientific assistant Vadim Jitkov, were presented with an Extension Educational Materials Program Certificate of Excellence by the American Society of Agronomy at the October 2011 national meetings held in San Antonio. This award is in recognition of development of outstanding agronomic educational material in the website category, namely the WSU Variety Testing website

Kerry Huber, a faculty member in the bi-state School of Food Science, won the Idaho Innovator of the Year Award, Early Stage Development Category, for his work with resistant starch. There were about 600 business leaders from Idaho at the banquet in Boise on Wednesday, Oct. 26, including Gov. Butch Otter. This is great recognition for Kerry, the School of Food Science and the University of Idaho.

The Department of Biological System Engineering of Washington State University and the bi-state School of Food Science have been awarded the 2011 Vapor Sorption Analyzer (VSA) Grant. The WSU/UI research team was chosen to receive the 2011 VSA Grant because of a diverse range of applications and is well known among the scientific community for their materials science research and extensive published works. Visit to read more.