Soil Seminar Series, Spring 2010

Seminars are held Mondays at 1:10pm and originate at WSU-Pullman in Johnson Hall 204 (unless otherwise noted). Arrangements have been made to broadcast to Mt. Vernon, Puyallup and Prosser stations. Organized by Bill Pan, wlpan@wsu.edu.


January 11
First day of instruction, organizational meeting. Enrolled students are required to attend.

January 18
No seminar – HOLIDAY

January 25
Abbas Biaboni, Visiting Scientist
Agronomy in Iran: My country, my city, my work

February 1
Ralph Coolman, Soil Scientist and Project Associate, WSU International Programs Research and Development
Model Secondary School and Community Development in Rwanda: Focus on Agriculture, Food, and Hospitality Business Entrepreneurship

February 8
Ross Bricklemyer, Ph.D. Candidate, Soil Science, WSU
In situ soil organic carbon determination using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy and visible-near infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy

February 15
No seminar – HOLIDAY

February 22
Wilfred Chanachi, Owen Mbotwa, and Kampion Mgalina, from the Mwimba Farm Institute
Training sustainable farmers in Malawi

March 1
Jim Fitzgerald, former Chief of Staff for the undersecretary of USDA’s Rural Development Agency; Executive Director, Far West Agribusiness Association (FWAA)
Agribusines in the Northwest: An inside look at how the industry operates and it’s sitnificance

March 8
Surachet Aramrak, Ph.D. Candidate, Soil Science, WSU
Detachment of colloids by moving liquid-gas interfaces

March 15
No seminar – SPRING BREAK

March 22
Kristy Ott-Borrelli, Ph.D. Candidate, Soil Science, WSU
Rotational cropping systems for N management and weed control in dryland organic wheat production

March 29 (joint with Crop Science)
Joan Davenport, Professor, Soil Science, WSU
Online teaching: Learning with angels and demons

April 5
Ashley Hammac, Ph.D. Candidate, Soil Science and NPSIRE Fellow, WSU
N cycling in canola production

April 12 (joint with CEREO and NSPIRE)
Karl Glasener, Director of Science Policy, Agronomy Society of America (ASA)
Communicating N science to policymakers: Speaking the local dialect

April 19
Scott Williams, M.S. Candidate, Soil Science, WSU
Measuring and modeling dynamics of water content at the Cook Agronomy Farm, Pullman WA

April 26
Keith Bowers, President, Mutlifarm Harvest Inc.
Phosphorus reduction in dairy wastewater with a struvite crystallizer