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CAHNRS News – October 16, 2009

Posted by | October 16, 2009

AFW 2009-10 Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award Nominations Open

Nominations are invited for the Association of Faculty Women’s 2009-10 Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award. The Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award was established in 2000 to show AFW’s appreciation to President Emeritus Smith for his leadership in advancing the role of women at WSU. Criteria for the award are as follows:

“The recipient of the Award shall be an AFW member whose leadership has advanced the role of women in the Washington State University system and/or who has demonstrated leadership in higher education, the community or her profession at the local, state, regional, national or international level.”

Nominations are due on Nov. 6 and should consist of a brief statement (1-2 pages) outlining the contributions of the outstanding AFW member relative to the stated criteria. A current Curriculum Vitae should also be submitted for the nominee. Active and emeritus members are eligible for the award.

Send nominations and questions to Erica Austin,

Grant Writing Success

The Office of Research is sponsoring Dr. Stephen Russell to present his world-class Write Winning Grants Seminar and Mentored Proposal Writing Workshop at WSU next month. His programs are in high demand because of the impressive proposal writing success of participants. Our seminar and workshop will be one of only a handful that he offers across the nation each year. There is still seating available for this seminar and you are encouraged to participate:

Write Winning Grants seminar
Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Schweitzer Events Center, SEL, Pullman
For more information or to

Dr. Stephen Russell, D.V.M., Ph.D. was a well funded researcher and academician for 30 years before beginning this second career; teaching faculty how to support their research and scholarly activities by obtaining extramural funding. You can learn more about Dr. Russell on his website An interesting and dynamic speaker, Dr. Russell is well-known across our university campus because he has worked with so many of our faculty. From English to Engineering to Neuroscience, he has been influential in the development of quality proposals to NSF, NIH, DOD, DOE, USDA and NEH (among others). Three of the four funded NSF Career awards received at WSU this last year were developed under Dr. Russell’s program as well as one of our flagship, multi-disciplinary IGERT Training Grants $3,000,000.

During the seminar, Dr. Russell will offer both broadly applicable methodology for proposal development as well as agency specific tips and hints that will make the difference between success and failure. Because of the many NIH changes expected for 2010 applications, Dr. Russell will also be addressing some of the issues arising from NIH’s upcoming shortened application.

The Write Winning Grants Seminar is a prerequisite to participation in Dr. Russell’s follow-up Mentored Proposal Writing Workshop: Write and Submit a Competitive Grant Application. In the workshop, tenured and tenure-track faculty will compete for a coveted opportunity to work personally work with Dr. Russell over a five month period writing a proposal to be submitted for funding. For those selected to participate in the workshop, the Office of Research will cover half the tuition cost, provided that the participant’s college and/or department commits to paying the other half of the cost.

For more workshop information see or call Esther Pratt, Faculty Development Specialist at 509-335-3796.

5th WSU Fruit and Potato Sale Oct. 16 & 17, 2009

Friday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at WSU Tukey Horticulture Orchard located at 1182 NE Airport Road outside Pullman. Due to the record low temperatures we will only have already picked fruit available.

Please see our web site for the most current details

“The Garden Professors” Blog

Extension urban horticulturist at the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center Linda Chalker-Scott has joined forces with faculty from Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, and Virginia Tech to create a blog: “The Garden Professors”. The blog can be accessed at USDA NIFA National Program Leader Bill Hoffman comments on the new blog at


Interior Design alum Jennifer Paige was selected by the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal as an outstanding young business leader in their “Top 40 Under 40” program. This program highlights individuals making a notable impact on their business or industry. Jennifer specializes in healthcare, senior housing and hospitality interiors. She is the lead interior designer for Harrison Medical Center and is a trusted ally to portray their image and brand to the community. Jennifer’s expertise also includes interior design standards and branding as well as a focus on furniture design. She is active in International Interior Design Association and Interior Design Coalition Washington circles where she advocates for interior design licensure. For the past three years, Jennifer has served as a jury member for graduating collegiate portfolios and founded the Rice Fergus Miller’s university recruitment program.

The Strengthening Families Program Team (WSU Extension Parenting Team and the Department of Human Development) has received a grant of $140,000 from the Raikes Foundation. The funding is to implement the program in at least 12 sites and to study program sustainability through establishment of partnerships in King County. Drew Betz (Whatcom County) is principal investigator for the grant. Renee Overath (Kitsap), Louise Parker (Puyallup), Laura Hill (Pullman) and graduate student Gitanjali Shrestha (Pullman) will be conducting grant activities and research.

Karla Lee, a sophomore in the Interior Design program, received the “Best of Sophomore” award in the IIDA 2009 Student Portfolio Scholarship. She will receive a $500 scholarship from Wilsonart International. The judges stated that “It was very impressive to see the depth in thought for a sophomore level student and the initiative she shows in getting her work out in the world through her website was fantastic. The way she speaks about her designs made us believe she will not have any problems convincing future clients of her design decisions. It’s really an impressive skill to have at this point. The jury all agreed that it was great to see someone care so much about their work this early on in their education.” Kathleen Ryan, assistant professor in Interior Design, is responsible for the development of e-portfolios in the lower division. The intent of the “design blog” is not only to show student work, but also allow students a place to reflect on their learning through critical thinking. You may view Ms. Lee’s portfolio at