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CAHNRS News – October 5, 2012

Posted by | October 5, 2012

Cougar Nation selects official WSU tartan

The Cougar Nation has spoken – casting more than 34,000 votes – and as a result Washington State University has an official tartan. The winning design was unveiled during Homecoming week in the office of WSU President Elson S. Floyd. Students from the Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles (AMDT), department faculty chair Karen Leonas and Butch, the university’s beloved mascot, made the announcement. Read More »

Meet Linda Crook, CAHNRS Reference Librarian

The Fischer Agricultural Sciences Library may have closed last May, but WSU agricultural students, faculty, and staff are still well served by reference librarian Linda Crook. Crook has been working as a science reference librarian for over a decade — and she’s been fascinated by science for much longer than that.
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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 »

Harvest Celebration

Come celebrate fall harvest at WSU’s Organic Farm annual Harvest Party, Saturday October 6. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the WSU Organic Farm located in the Tukey Horticulture Orchard. The event is free and open to the public.        More details»

Mushroom Photographs: In Search of the Holey Veil

Sunday, October 7 at 7 p.m., North American mushroom photographer, videographer and adventurer Taylor Lockwood will bring his multimedia show “In Search of the Holey Veil,” to the Ensminger Pavilion. “The Holey Veil” includes photos and videos of mushrooms and mushroomers from Taylor’s three-month trip to India, Nepal, Thailand, and China in 2011. Read More »

Conference: Civil Discourse to Resolve Governmental Crises; Creating a Path to Action

October 10-11 at the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture. Co-sponsored by the Ruckelshaus Center. For more information see

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 »

Crop and Soil Seminars

Shawn Wetterau, Crop Science Ph.D. student, Monday, October 8, 3:10 p.m., WSU-Pullman in 204 Johnson Hall.

Dr. Nichole Embertson, Whatcom Conservation District, CSS Adjunct Faculty nominee: “Balancing Agriculture Production and Environmental Resource Protection with an Innovative Nutrient Management System,” Monday, October 15, 1:10 p.m., 204 Johnson Hall.

Sam Turner, Crop Science M.S. student, “Organic Hop Production and Research in the Pacific Northwest,” Monday, October 15, 3:10 p.m., WSU-Pullman in 204 Johnson Hall.

Arrangements have been made to broadcast Crop and Soil Seminars to Mt. Vernon, Prosser, Puyallup and Wenatchee stations.

Plant Pathology Seminars

Khalid Naveed, Graduate Student, Ph.D., “Population Structure and Landscape Epidemiology of Phyotophthora ramorum, a Notorious Oomycete of Oak Trees,” Monday, October 8, 4:10 p.m., Johnson Hall 343, WECN Dial-up #:5776907. Read More »

Christian Aguilar, Plant Pathology PhD student, “Population Structure and Landscape Epidemiology of Phyotophthora ramorum, a Notorious Oomycete of Oak Trees,” Monday, October 15, 4:10 p.m., Johnson Hall 343, WECN Dial-up #:5776907. Read More »

Nov. 1 and 2. The School of Food Science is hosting the 2012 Inaugural Distinguished Lecturer Symposium entitled “Probiotics and Prebiotics: Promoting Better Health.” Many renowned professionals will be giving lectures at the event. See the flyer for more details, including the speakers and their lecture titles. Contact Boon Chew ( or 335-1427) for academic credit questions, and contact Angela Lenssen ( or 335-4289) for event coordination questions.


Dorrie Main received an Specialty Crop Research Initiative Planning grant to work on a proposal to “Enhance nutrition and production of snap pea.” Co-PDs are Rebecca McGee, Clare Coyne, Carol Miles, Mike Brady, and Lyndon Porter from WSU and WA USDA-ARS.

Recent News Releases

Cottoning to Cotton: New Student Program Showcases Popular Fiber during Awareness Day Oct. 15
Pesticide Use Rises as Herbicide-resistant Weeds Undermine Performance of Major GE Crops, New WSU Study Shows
Lifelong Gardener, Author Named WSU Extension Master Gardener of the Year
NFL Honors WSU Extension Employee for Hispanic Heritage Month
WSU Launches New Ph.D. in Prevention Science with Guest Lecture Oct. 8
Oct. 6 workshop helps landowners keep woods healthy, resilient
New paradigm: WSU research prompts state policy to reduce cougar problems and overharvest, maintain ample hunting
Forest stewardship: WSU class offers path to healthy trees, cost savings

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