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CAHNRS News – September 21, 2012

Posted by | September 21, 2012

Homecoming Tailgate Reunion and Morrill Act Celebration

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Join us on September 22 for an all college tailgate reunion! Our CAHNRS & WSU Extension Homecoming Tailgate Reunion will bring together alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students for a day of music, Butch and the Spirit Squad, BBQ catering, and fun times catching up with new and old friends.

That day, we are also celebrating the sesquicentennial of President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Morrill Act, one of the most important pieces of legislation in the history of American agriculture.

Plan to attend our pre-game tailgate BBQ and watch the new-look Cougars take on the Colorado Buffaloes. Get tickets for our Tailgate Reunion here » by Friday. A few Tailgate Reunion tickets will be available for purchase on site on game day.

WSU West Moving: Please Update the Address

Effective Monday, October 1, WSU West is moving to 901 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2900, Seattle Washington 98164. This includes the following CAHNRS and Extension faculty and staff: Debra Akhbari, Ralph Coolman, Michael Kern, Melissa Kuehne, Rob McDaniel, Amanda Murphy and Tara Zimmerman.  Please update your contacts to reflect the new address. Both the main office and individual phone numbers will remain the same. WSU West will not have access to office phones Friday, September 30, or Monday, October 1, and may have limited Internet connectivity during the transition. Read details »

Catherine Cole to lead WSU communications

Catherine Cole has accepted the position of executive director of University Communications at Washington State University. She will serve as the university’s senior communications officer and be responsible for development of communication strategies to support the university’s mission of education, research, outreach and economic development. Full story »


CAHNRS Hall of Honored Alumni and Friends Induction

You are invited to the induction of Ruth Norman (1950 Home Economics and 1952 Education) into the CAHNRS Hall of Honored Alumni and Friends, Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. See details »

Invited Speaker: Dr. Burt Hölldobler; The Superorganism, Communication and Cooperation in Ant Societies

Hear this fascinating talk by Burt Hölldobler, Foundation Professor of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, on Wednesday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. See 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. Sunday, September 30 at 5:00 p.m. at the Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center, Mt. Vernon. See details »

Student/Faculty Seminars

Dr. David Huggins, USDA-ARS Soil Scientist: Dynamic Agroecological Zones for the Inland Pacific Northwest, Monday, September 24 at 1:10 p.m., Johnson Hall 204 and broadcast to Mt. Vernon, Prosser and Puyallup stations.

Shiferaw Gizaw, Crop Science Ph.D. student, Crop improvement in the era of high-throughput technology: experimental design and computation prospect, Monday, September 24 at 3:10 p.m. at  Johnson Hall 204 and broadcast to Mt. Vernon, Prosser and Puyallup stations.

Ying Zhai, Plant Pathology Ph.D. student, Host Genes Involved in Plant Viral RNA Recombination, Monday, September 24 at 4:10 p.m. in Johnson Hall 343, WECN Dial-up #:5776907. View Announcement »

Dr. Craig Cogger, Professor and Soil Scientist, Puyallup: Climate Change: Definitions, Evidence, Projections, and Policy, Monday, October 1 at 1:10 p.m., Johnson Hall 204 and broadcast to Mt. Vernon, Prosser and Puyallup stations.

Yushan Duan, Crop Science Ph.D. student, Weed Management in Strawberry: Washington vs. Other Parts of the World, Monday, October 1 at 3:10 p.m., Johnson Hall 204 and broadcast to Mt. Vernon, Prosser and Puyallup stations.

Bhanu Donda, Plant Pathology Ph.D. student, SA-mediated Defense Against Plant Viruses, Monday, October 1 at 4:10 p.m., Johnson Hall 343, WECN Dial-up #:5776907. View Announcement »

Jun Zhao, Ph.D., Guest Speaker, Unravel the regulation mechanisms of small G protein on the establishment of potato resistance to potato late blight, Wednesday, October 3 at 4:10 p.m. in Johnson Hall 343, WECN Dial-up #:5776907.


Jane Billinghurst of Skagit County has been named the statewide Master Gardener of the Year for 2012 by the Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State.

Recent News Releases

Newest orchard technology demonstrated at WSU-sponsored expo Oct. 2
Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist to talk Superorganisms at WSU
Researchers Propose New Way to Save Africa’s Beleaguered Soils
Renowned mushroom expert presents “The Holey Veil” Oct. 7 on WSU Pullman campus
Probiotics, prebiotics, health the focus of WSU symposium
Direct marketing meat workshops offered by WSU Extension; demand increases for locally produced food
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Summer weather wrap up from WSU’s AgWeatherNet
WSU Creamery employee among first to earn cheese professional certification from American Cheese Society
Washington 4-H Foundation Celebrates 50 Years with Gala at the Fair

All our news releases are archived at

New in CAHNRS e-Newsletters

The Sept. 12 issue of On Solid Ground features stories on High-tech Insect Traps, Cherry Breeding, and the anniversary of the Morrill Act. read all about it at

Voice of the Vine is still the world’s only newsletter presenting the science of viticulture and enology in a manner accessible to lay audiences. The Sept. 13 issue features a wrap-up story on the recent Washington Viticulture Field Day. You’ll find that at

The Sept. 20 issue of Green Times has stories on Grapes, Cancer-fighting Foods, CSANR’s new Perspectives on Sustainability blog, and a whole slew of upcoming events. Get your fill at


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