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April 11, 2016

Awards and Achievements

Karen Sowers had one of her photos selected as a cover photo for the March-April issue of the Agronomy Journal.

David Sullivan, Soil Graduate Student, was awarded one of the 2016 Decagon Devices GA Harris Research Instrumentation Fellowship for his project “Strip Tillage and Cover Cropping for Enhanced Water Use Efficiency in Western Washington Organic Vegetable Farms.”

The US News and World Report for Best Global Universities for Agricultural Sciences places WSU #36 worldwide.

QS World University Rankings for Agriculture and Forestry place WSU #45 worldwide.

Jessica Goldberger (Associate Professor) was recently elected incoming President of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS). She will begin her term as Vice President in June 2016 and transition to President in June 2017. AFHVS is a professional organization dedicated to the cross-disciplinary study of food, agriculture, health, and human values. The society publishes the journal Agriculture and Human Values. 

2016 SURCA Undergraduate Student Award Recipients

Jeremy Thompson, a senior in the AgTM program in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, received one of two Crimson Awards presented in the Applied Sciences category of SURCA (Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities) on Monday, March 28. More than 150 posters were presented by undergraduates from across the various campuses, centers and colleges of WSU. Jeremy completed a CAHNRS Undergraduate Internship for summer 2015 and was mentored by Pete Jacoby. Thompson presented his SURCA poster titled, “Saving Water: Deep subsurface drip irrigation for vineyard application” and received high marks from a panel of three judges to earn the Crimson Award. Upon graduation in May 2016, Jeremy will participate in field research activities and will begin his graduate studies in pursuit of the Ph.D. degree in Crop Sciences in fall 2016.

Holly Lane, mentor Douglas Collins, was awarded a Gray Award in Applied Sciences on “The Effects of Reduced Tillage on Soil Moisture, Temperature, and Light Penetration in Organic Vegetable Systems.”

Ryan Summers, mentor Zhiwu Zhang, was awarded a Crimson Award in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, and Informational Sciences on “Parallel Computing in Genome Wide Association Studies.”

Dustan Cwick, mentor Shantel A. Martinez, was awarded a Gray Award in Molecular, Cellular, and Chemical Biology on “Understanding Seed Dormancy Breaking Methods in Pacific Northwest Wheat to Prevent Preharvest Sprouting.”

Jake Lazar, mentor Ragupathi Nagarajan, was awarded an Early Career Award on “Identification of Mechanisms Controlling Heat Tolerance in Wheat.”


Recent Publications

Georgine Yorgey, Sylvia Kantor, Kathleen Painter, Dennis Roe, Hilary Davis, and Leigh Bernacchi recently published a PNW Extension Bulletin Flex Cropping: Bill Jepsen (Farmer to Farmer Case Study Series).”

Dr. Craig Morris has two recent publications:
Morris, C.F., Casper, J., Kiszonas, A.M., Fuerst, E.P., Murray, J., Simeone, M.C., and Lafiandra, D. 2015. Soft kernel durum wheat–a new bakery ingredient? Cereal Foods World 60:76-83.

Kiszonas, A.M., Fuerst, E.P., and Morris, C.F. 2015. Use of a student’s t statistic as a phenotype of relative consumption preference of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) grain. J. Cereal Sci. 65:285-289.



Soil Science Seminars
Johnson Hall 204, 1:10 p.m.

April 11 – Victoria Barth, Soil Science M.S. Student
“Soil Chemistry and Microbiological Community Structure”

April 18 – Issac Madsen
Cartography in The Root Zone: The Spatiotemporal Progression of Toxicity from Banded Urea Fertilizer”

April 25 – CeCe Crosby
“Composting People”


Crop Science Seminars
Johnson Hall 204, 2:30 p.m.

April 11 – Kebede Muleta, Crop Science Ph.D. Student
“Genome-wide Association Study and Genomic Selection for Resistance to Wheat Rusts in Germplasm Collections”

April 18 – Jayfred Godoy, Crop Science Ph.D. Student
“Genetic Studies for Improved Agronomic Performance Against Abiotic and Biotic Stresses in Spring Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)”

April 25 – Bethany Econopouly, Crop Science Ph.D. Student


Office of the Provost
Bagels and Brainstorming Meetings
April 13, 8:00-9:00 a.m.
“Recruitment and Retention Strategies for Faculty”
Presenters: Fran McSweeney
To RSVP for a meeting, please send an email to Kristina Peterson-Wilson


CSS Faculty Meeting
April 14, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Johnson Hall 104E


Agriculture, Food, and Society Discussions
“After Hours”
Cafe Moro, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
April 21 – Indigenous Farming Traditions and Intellectual Property Rights


CSS Sponsored Special Guest Speaker
Dr. Carlo Leifert
“Do Global Meta-Analyses Show Any Benefit to Organic Produce, Grains, Milk and Meat?”
April 25, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
204 Johnson Hall


Virginia Lee ‘Change the World’ Crop and Soil Science Fellowship Fundraising Event
Thursday, April 28, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Ensminger Pavilion
Tickets: $18 in advance, $25 at the door
(Students $13 in advance, $18 at the door)
Email for tickets or more information
Food and drink, a fun store and more! Must be at least 21 to attend.


2016 CSSS-PRSSS Annual Meeting
Soil: Our Silent Ally for Food Security and Sustainable Development”
May 14-19
Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia
Registration is open and the abstract submission deadline is February 15th


For more events, please see the Wheat and Small Grains website calendar.


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