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CAHNRS News- October 18, 2013

Posted by l.meyer | October 17, 2013

Leadership and service in agricultural education and research

Rich Koenig, associate dean for the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences and director of WSU Extension, has been honored as one of 14 soil scientists in the U.S. to be named as a 2013 Fellow for the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA).

Koenig’s research on soil fertility issues has led to changes in management practices, helped to increase farm profits and contributed to a healthier environment, notes his SSSA nominator. His leadership in teaching and support of undergraduate and graduate research has made a positive impact on students, as well as his service to the greater community through outreach and extension programs. Koenig has been a member of SSSA for nearly 25 years and was also recently named a 2013 Fellow for the American Society of Agronomy.

“I am incredibly honored to be awarded Fellow status in both of these societies,” said Koenig. “They are the leading professional organizations in the fields of soil science and agriculture and the list of Fellows include people I have admired and respected since first entering graduate school in this field. I can only hope to inspire and impact others through this honor.” Read more>>


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  • Shanna Pumphrey, the Academic Coordinator for Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles, has been awarded with the WSU ACADA Outstanding Achievement in Academic Advising.
  • Jason Streubel, an Adjunct Faculty with the department of Crop and Soils Sciences will receive the Regis Award, the highest award given by Northwest University to alumni for the integration of service and academics. Chad Kruger, Director of the Washington State University Center for Sustaining Agriculture & Natural Resources was awarded this honor in 2007, as well.
  • John Fellman in the department of Horticulture gave the keynote presentation entitled “Flavor, Aroma, and Volatile Biochemistry of Apples” to the 26th Annual Meeting of the Hellenic society of Horticulture in Kalamata, Greece on Oct 15.

Congratulations to the 2013 Auvil Scholars Fellowship recipients:

  • Vanessa Rose, an environmental and ecosystem sciences major in the School of the Environment, mentored by Dr. Gretchen Rollwagen-Bollens, was awarded the $1,000 Auvil Scholars Fellowship grant. She will research harmful algal blooms that affect Vancouver Lake and many other freshwater ecosystems.
  • Michelle Chan, a sophomore future animal science major and Honors College student mentored by James Pru, who will research the molecular mechanisms that direct the development of the female reproductive system.
  • Natalie Nelson, a sophomore future animal sciences major and Honors College student mentored by James Pru, who will research the chemoattractant protein stromal derived factor-1 (SDF-1) and its role in establishing early pregnancy.

Upcoming Events

2013 School of Food Science Faculty Seminar Series

The main objective of this seminar series is to share what research is happening in the SFS, and to foster future cooperative research/teaching/outreach opportunities.  All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. The seminars will be held on Mondays at 1:10 PM in FSHN 103/155.

Our final three seminars are:

  • Oct. 21: Carolyn Ross—“Tasty Tidbits”
  • Oct. 28: Girish Ganjyal—“Overview of the Food Processing Research Program”
  • Nov. 4: Andrzej Paszczynski—“Importance of reactive oxygen species (ROS)”

Visit this link on our website to see a listing of all of our faculty seminars this fall.

2013 Campbell Lecture

“How Do Porous Terrestrial Surfaces Control Evaporation Into the Atmosphere?” Dr. Dani Or, a professor of soil & terrestrial environmental physics and director of the Institute of Terrestrial Ecosystems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, focuses research on mass and energy transport in porous media, on mechanics of abrupt landslides and avalanches, and on linking physical processes and biological activity in porous media. Oct. 31, 11 a.m. in VBR 305. Reception to follow. Presented by the Department of Crop & Soil Sciences.

School of Economic Sciences Seminars

Visit this link on our website to see a listing of all of our faculty seminars this fall.

Recent News Releases 

Oct. 15- Eventful September weather ends with historic storm

Oct. 3- WSU receives NSF grant to evaluate university partner accommodation policies

In eNewsletters

Oct. 9-  WSU’s On Solid Ground– The Crimson Spoon, Stormwater Solutions, Natural Insecticides

Oct. 2- WSU’s Green Times– Reforestation, Freshwater, Organic Farm

Oct. 30- Stay tuned for the next edition of WSU’s Voice of the Vine.

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