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Know & Grow, Science Art, Hall of Honor

Posted by | October 31, 2007

Know and Grow

The WSU Skagit County Extension Master Gardeners offer a series of educational workshops called Know & Grow. The workshops are held in Master Gardner display gardens and serve to educate the public about sound gardening practices.

In the majority of workshops, a research scientist is paired with a Master Gardener–one to present horticultural research and the other to present hands-on gardening information.

Presentations are designed to be of interest to home gardeners and to draw on the expertise of local researchers. They are timed to coincide with seasonal gardening tasks such as pruning in early spring and planting bulbs in the fall.

The workshops are free and open to the public. They are held at the WSU Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center in Mt. Vernon. The next workshop, “Success with Orchard Mason Bees,” is Nov. 13 from 1 – 2:30 p.m.

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Know & Grow workshops educate gardeners with hands-on training and scientific research.

Grad Student’s Work Featured on Scientific Journals’ Covers

WSU grad student Ann Patten’s photographs have been featured on the covers of four national scientific journals since 2005. Not bad results for someone who had rarely used a camera before 2002.

A postdoctoral research associate in WSU’s Institute of Biological Chemistry, Patten applies brightly colored stains to her photos to produce images of startling beauty. In the future, Patten hopes to continue her career using microscopy and photography. The scientific value of the pictures adds to their beauty.

“It has turned out to be a skill I can use and am good at,” she said. “This type of imaging can be an effective means of communication both within the scientific community and to the general public.”

“It’s a relatively rare form of recognition,” said her mentor, Norm Lewis, director of WSU’s Institute of Biological Chemistry. “The editors ask contributors to submit photos for consideration, and they liked Ann’s so much that they used it for the kiosk poster at the annual meeting of the Botanical Society of America.”

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Cover of the June, 2007 issue of the American Journal of Botany

The cover of the June, 2007 issue of the American Journal of Botany features the aesthetically pleasing and scientifically informing work of Ann Patten.

Hall of Honored Alumni Dedicated

WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences honored 62 distinguished college alumni at the dedication of the CAHNRS Alumni Hall of Honored Alumni and Friends on Saturday, Oct. 27. The dedication was attended by over 200 CAHNRS alumni, family and friends.

All of the alumni, including 18 who are deceased, previously received WSU’s Alumni Achievement Award. Their photos were unveiled during the dedication.

“The quality of Washington State University is measured in part by the accomplishments of its graduates,” said Caroline Nilsson Troy, executive director of development for the college. “Those successes inspire our faculty and students. We feel it is important for the college to recognize that what these alumni have achieved and how they have made an impact in the world may have had a start in this college.”

Created in 1970, the Alumni Achievement Award is the highest honor given to alumni “who have given outstanding service, and who provide encouragement to alumni for perpetual service to Washington State University.” Of an estimated 250,000 total graduates from WSU, only 465 have received this prestigious award.

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Hall of Honored Alumni and Friends

The CAHNRS Hall of Honored Alumni and Friends.