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Posted by | April 19, 2017

WSU researchers awarded 2017 best enology paper by ASEV

WSU researchers Dr. James Harbertson, left, and Richard Larsen, right.

WSU researchers Dr. James F. Harbertson, Richard Larsen and former WSU graduate student L. Federico Casassa of California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, were recently awarded “best enology paper” by the American Society for Enology and Viticulture for their paper “Effects of Vineyard and Winemaking Practices Impacting Berry Size on Evolution of Phenolics During Winemaking.

Each year the ASEV Best Paper Committee reviews all papers published in the journal over the past year and selects them most outstanding papers—one in viticulture and one in enology.  The winning papers are recognized for outstanding research and substantial contributions to the field.

The authors have been invited to present their papers at ASEV’s national conference in Bellevue, Wash., June 26-29, where they will also receive their award.

Viticulture, enology student wins national honor

Connor Eck, a senior at Washington State University Tri-Cities and originally from Del Mar, Calif., has been named a national Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a Boston-based nonprofit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education.

The fellowship provides learning and networking opportunities to teach students leadership and how to bring communities

WSU V&E student Connor Eck

together for positive change. As a student winemaker in WSU’s Blended Learning program, Eck worked with local growers and winemakers to develop leadership skills, gain hands-on experience and exercise environmentally friendly winemaking practices.

“I aim to find a way to limit the amount of water used in the farming of grapes and during the winemaking process, while still producing a high-quality product,” he said.

“The cultivation of community-committed leaders has never been more crucial,” said Andrew Seligsohn, Campus Compact president. “Our country needs more people who know how to bring communities together.”

The fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, chose 273 students for the 2017 cohort. It is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.