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CAHNRS News – September 18, 2009

Posted by | September 18, 2009

Faculty Awards Program For Academic Year 2009-10

WSU has announced the faculty awards program for academic year 2009-10. WSU seeks to recognize the truly outstanding accomplishments and exceptional individual achievements of its faculty. The awards are designed to honor those faculty members who epitomize the highest levels of excellence in the pursuit of the university’s mission and goals. Please take the time to nominate our outstanding faculty members whose performance clearly distinguishes them from their colleagues for these university-level awards. For more information please go to the Provost’s website at Nominations are due Oct. 9, 2009.

2009-2010 Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects Deadline Is Sept. 22

CAHNRS is dedicating $40,000 to the competitive CAHNRS Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects program for the 2009-10 academic year. Each CAHNRS department and program will receive support for the two best undergraduate or create projects submitted by students associated with that department or program. Ten more projects will also be funded, for a total of 40. Learn more and urge undergrads to apply now, as the deadline is Sept. 22:

Connections Online

The new issue of Connections is now online: The new issue of the award-winning CAHNRS magazine features “A Vintage Partnership,” research and education stories about wine science at WSU; profiles of undergraduate researchers; a feature on Interior Design; a look at WSU’s contributions to the global fight against wheat disease; plus CAHNRS Kernels, quick bites of student, alumni and research successes. The online version of the magazine includes links to Web sites for additional information as well as cool videos.

Surf Report – New on CAHNRS Web Sites

  • Food for Thought. You’ve no doubt heard about this year’s Common Reading book, “An Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan. CAHNRS is enhancing the educational experience of freshman readers and contributing to the campus-wide conversation about food with “Food for Thought.” Food for Thought offers features including podcasts, interactive questions, a calendar and the “Ag Word of the Week” — all focused on food and agriculture topics. Check out the Food for Thought Web site at Click on Word of the Week or Chew on This! and add your thoughts in the comments section. Marketing and News interns Kimmi Devaney and Bruce Hazelwood are helping to promote Food for Thought and are both producing content for the Food for Thought Web site.
  • Marketing and News intern Whitney Parsons wrote a piece about natural resource science students helping Buddhist monastics manage their forest: Whitney also wrote about local farmer Eric Zakarison’s talk, the first in the AFS 101-sponsored seminar series that is part of the CAHNRS contribution to the Common Reading program:
  • Marketing and News video intern Lyndon Dacuan produced a video tour of the Horticulture and landscape Architecture garden:
  • Marketing and News produced a short video on the food science student product development team’s Erupt-a-Cake project – which features orange-flavored lava spewing from a chocolate caldera!
  • Marketing and News intern Holly Luka wrote a piece about using high tunnels to extend the growing season on the West Side:
  • CAHNRS research was featured in a recent article in National Geographic; follow the link from the CAHNRS home page,, to read the article.

Organic Produce Stand on WSU’s Glenn Terrell Mall

Fresh-picked organic produce from WSU’s Organic Farm will be offered for sale at a farm stand on WSU’s Terrell Mall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. Sales are expected to continue until mid-October.


Washington’s Life Science Discovery Fund announced that Diter Von Wettstein, the R.A. Nilan Distinguished Professor in WSU’s Department of Crop and Soil Science and a faculty member in the College of Science, is one of just six researchers in the state to win project grants. He will receive nearly $1.2 million to continue his work on developing gluten-free wheat for people who suffer from celiac disease. The award comes on the heels of a four-year, $837,000 award from the National Institutes of Health earlier this year.

WSU scientists also are involved in another LSDF project grant, involving development of artemisinin compounds for cancer treatment. Professor Bill Pan and Assistant Professor Ian Burke, both in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, are sub-contractors for the $1.44 million project grant awarded to University of Washington Professor Tomikazu Sasaki.

Junghwa Suh (MAID 2009), received first place in the 2009 Northwest Design Awards (student category) for her master’s thesis project. She tackled the design of an office for the millennial generation based on the mathematical theory of the Voronoi Diagram. Dr. Janetta McCoy was her mentor. Sarah McGovern (MAID 2010) received second place for her LiFe Spa project completed in ID 426 under the mentorship of Matt Melcher.

Dr. John Turpin, associate professor in interior design, has teamed up with a colleague in the UK, Anne Massey of Kingston University, to collaborate as editors of a newly proposed international journal, Interiors: Design, Architecture and Culture. The first issue will debut in 2010 from Berg Publications.