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CAHNRS News – October 19, 2012

Posted by | October 19, 2012


Research Enrichment Initiatives

The Office of Research is pleased to announce two new Research Enrichment Initiatives (REIs) made possible by generous support from President Elson Floyd. The goal of these REIs is to stimulate new research and support existing research and scholarly activities, thus supporting the university’s strategic objective of growing the research enterprise at WSU and facilitating single discipline and interdisciplinary research and collaborative scholarship.

The following REIs will begin this year:
Augmentation of New Faculty Seed Grant Program ($500,000): to help investigators generate preliminary data for larger federal single-investigator grants as well as multi-disciplinary grants. Faculty members in their first 4 years of appointment who have not obtained major external funding in excess of $100k are eligible. Individual awards will be up to a maximum of $30k. The RFP release date is mid October 2012.

Proposal Development Stimulus Funds ($400,000): to strengthen a new or revised proposal that just missed a fundable score. Available upon request and documented need, up to $40,000 funding will be awarded to generate additional data or missing segments of peer-reviewed proposals along with any needed proposal development support for targeted faculty (or faculty teams) as designated by the Dean or his/her designee of the college. The OGRD Proposal Management Unit will be available where appropriate to facilitate the reworking of these proposals. The RFP release date is October 2012.

The request-for-proposals (RFP) for these initiatives will be forthcoming from OGRD.

Dan Fagerlie, WSU Extension Tribal Relations Liaison

Dan Fagerlie is coming out of retirement to take on a new, temporary, part-time position as the WSU Extension Tribal Relations Liaison. He will be assisting interested WSU Extension educators in developing or strengthening working relationships with Tribal Governments. He will also act as the Project Director of the WSU Colville Reservation Extension Program to keep that office up and running and hopefully expand it into new areas. In addition, he will serve as WSU Extension Administrative Liaison to the Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program and represent Extension on the USDA Strategic Outreach Committee for Washington. His contact information is:

Dan Fagerlie, WSU Extension Tribal Relations Liaison
WSU Colville Reservation Extension Project Director
350 E Delaware Ave, #9
Republic, WA 99166-9747
Cell: 509 690-0009
Cell does not work in most locations so please also try 509-775-3087 (FAX # also)


What Do We Currently Know about the Impacts of Climate Change on Pacific Northwest Cropland Agriculture?

A changing climate will likely affect each of the highly diverse agricultural systems found in the Pacific Northwest, from extensive rain-fed cereal grain farming systems to intensive horticultural production systems dependent on irrigation. Join WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture Natural Resources (CSANR) Director, Chad Kruger, for an exploration of how early research findings indicate that climate change may affect crop production in the Pacific Northwest. This webinar also highlights some of the ongoing research in the region that will provide additional scientific insight into this question during the next several years. Watch this webinar if you are curious about what current science says we might expect for cropland agriculture in the Pacific Northwest.

Webinar: What Do We Currently Know about the Impacts of Climate Change on Pacific Northwest Cropland Agriculture?
Who: Presented by Chad Kruger, Director, WSU CSANR
When: Thursday, November 1, 10:00 -11:00 a.m.
Where: Webinar URL: Login on November 1.

This webinar is the latest in the CSANR series: Pacific Northwest Agriculture and Climate Change. Find the series including archived presentations online at

WSU Tukey Horticulture Orchard Fruit Sales

Through the end of November. Fridays, 12 Noon – 6 p.m., Saturdays, 10 am – 4 p.m. U-pick and ”already picked” produce available (U-pick ONLY in October). More details »

2012 Harvest Seminar: A Closer Look at Local and Regional Food Systems

Featuring Dr. Michael Carolan, Chair of the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University, Vanessa C. Cooper, coordinator of the Lummi Traditional Food Project, and Sarah Mizejewski, Management Analyst for Lane County, Oregon Community and Economic Development division. Tuesday, October 30 at 5:00 p.m. at the Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center, Mt. Vernon. See details »

Plant Pathology Seminars

Danny Humphreys, Ph.D. student, Origin of the Western European Populations of the Potato Cyst Nematode (Globodera pallida) and Evolution of Gp-Rbp-1 Avirulence Gene, Monday, October 22, 4:10 p.m., Johnson Hall 343. Videoconference arranged for Mt. Vernon, Prosser, Puyallup and Wenatchee. Read more »

Madhu Kappagantu, Ph.D. student, Trans-Generational Inheritance of Plant Defense, Monday, October 29, 4:10 p.m., Johnson Hall 343. Videoconference arranged for Mt. Vernon, Prosser, Puyallup and Wenatchee.

Horticulture Seminars

Ziduan Han, M.S. student, Assessing the Damage Potential of Root Lesion Nematode on Red Raspberry Varieties, Thursday, October 25, 1:25 p.m., Food Science T101. Videoconference arranged for Mt. Vernon, Prosser, Puyallup, Wenatchee and Whatcom County.

Franklin Johnson, Ph.D. student, Physiological Development and Transcriptome Changes Associated With Apple Fruit External Injuries During Controlled-Atmosphere Storage, Thursday, November 1, 1:25 p.m., Food Science T101. Videoconference arranged for Mt. Vernon, Prosser, Puyallup and Wenatchee.

Soil Science Seminar

Tai McClellan, Ph.D. Candidate: Nitrogen cycling in alternative dryland crop rotations, Monday, October 29, 1:10 p.m., Johnson Hall 204. Also broadcast to Mt. Vernon, Prosser Puyallup and Wenatchee stations.

Crop Science Seminar

Emi Kimura, Ph.D. student, Freezing effect on germination and seedling vigor of switchgrass, October 29, 3:10 p.m., Johnson Hall 204. Also broadcast to Mt. Vernon, Prosser and Puyallup stations.


Dr. Gary Chastagner, Professor of Plant Pathology located in Puyallup REC, co-authored the OSU Christmas Tree Nutrient Management Guide which received the Extension Education Materials of Excellence Award.

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New in CAHNRS e-Newsletters

The Oct. 10 issue of On Solid Ground features stories on insect flight mills, the new “science on your plate” class, and a WSDA workshop series on value-added agricultural enterprises. Check it out at

The Oct. 18 issue of Green Times includes stories on tools for measuring sustainability, an idea for replenishing depleted African soils, the Eggert Family Farm dedication, as well as several upcoming events. Read Green Times at

The Oct. 18 issue of Voice of the Vine contains stories on Brettanomyces research, a profile of the WSU-alum owned Airfield Estates, and the new issue of VEEN. Quaff the latest issue at


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