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CAHNRS News – April 17, 2009

Posted by | April 17, 2009

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Undergraduate researchers in CAHNRS presented their findings during Mom’s Weekend. The Marketing and News video crew was on hand to capture interviews. Check out this highlights video on YouTube; it’s also featured on the CAHNRS and Academic Programs home pages:

Also during Mom’s Weekend was the annual Hort Club Plant Sale. On the CAHNRS YouTube channel you’ll find a short highlights video of the sale featuring Hort Club treasurer Lauren Young (, as well as this cool piece produced by the Club:

AMDT students dressed a number of small business’s windows in and around downtown Pullman in the weekend leading up to Mom’s Weekend. Check out this time lapse video that compresses three-plus hours of student work into 24 seconds:


Emmett Fiske, Community & Rural Sociology, was selected by University of California colleagues to give an invited presentation on “Legitimizing Agricultural Sustainability within the Land-Grant Setting: The Power of Public Interest Coalitions in Redirecting University of California Research and Education 1984-1995” as part of its May 7-8, 2009 multi-disciplinary conference to be held in Davis, CA addressing California, the University, and the Environment. Tom Tomich, Director of both the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP) and the UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute will serve as one of the paper’s discussants.

Lori Hoagland, Crop and Soil Sciences, received a grant entitled “Biological mediation of apple replant disease in organic apple orchards” for $35,122 over two years from the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

Dr. Meriem Chida, assistant professor in Apparel, Merchandising, Design and Textiles received the Faculty Teaching Learning and Assessment Innovation award from the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Associate professor and Extension urban horticulturist Linda Chalker-Scott’s 2008 book “The Informed Gardner” received the Silver Award of Achievement from the Garden Writer’s Association. It will also be considered for the Gold Awards for Best Talent and Best Product at the GWA banquet in September.

Larry Schrader, professor/horticulturist, WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center, is one of 28 American Society of Plant Biologists members who have been elected to Fellowship in the ASPB (formerly American Society of Plant Physiology) this year. No more than 0.2% of the membership can be elected to Fellowship each year.

Ash Sial, an entomology Ph.D. student mentored by Jay Brunner, received the 2009 President’s Award. Ash will be honored at the President¹s Award Banquet April 26.

At the 14th Annual Women & Leadership Alliance forum Mentoring Program banquet on April 14, Entomology was well represented as Carol Anelli, Vince Hebert, Laura Lavine, and Rich Zack were all nominated and recognized at the Outstanding Mentor Award Reception.

The multi-state Western Cereal Leaf Beetle Team, led by Diana Roberts, has been named as a recipient of the Western Extension Director’s Award of Excellence for 2009 for their “Successful Biological Control of the Cereal Leaf Beetle in the Western USA and Canadian Provinces” program.