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April 25, 2016

Awards and Achievements

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.”

Kimberly Garland Campbell, was awarded the WSU’s Woman of Distinction award. This prestigious award recognizes “women for their accomplishments and contributions to society and the lives of other women. The main criteria to be qualified for the award are the following: 1) A woman who has distinguished herself in academic work, career, leadership, public service, or any combination thereof. 2) A woman who has contributed to the personal growth and success of others, especially women, through education, research, or public or volunteer service above and beyond her expected job responsibilities. 3) A woman whose achievements have created positive social change, increased equality for all, and helped build community through service.”

Kimberly Garland Campbell, was also awarded the GPSA Spring 2016 Academic Advisor Excellence award. Nominated by the MPS GSO officers, this award goes to “someone who is actively involved on campus with not only their own job but also multiple extracurricular activities and clubs.  An excellent advisor is also someone who is always willing to help students and others in times of difficulty.  Excellent advisors are also always continuously improving by attending conferences and releasing publications.  An excellent advisor is most importantly someone who goes above and beyond their requirements as a faculty member.”

Shantel A Martinez, (MPS PhD candidate with Camille M Steber), was awarded first place in the GPSA Research Expo under the category “Agriculture and Natural Sciences”. All participants gave 5 minute poster presentation followed by 5 minutes of Q&A and were evaluated by 4-6 judges.  First and second place winners receive $1,000 and $600 scholarships, respectively.


Recent Publications

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 25 – CeCe Crosby
“Composting People”


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

April 25 – Bethany Econopouly, Crop Science Ph.D. Student
“Methods and Reflections: Bread, Mills, and Art”

Note Time of Seminar
May 2 – Eninka Mndolwa, Crop Science Ph.D. Student
1:10-2:30 p.m.


CSS Faculty Meeting
May 12, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Johnson Hall 104E


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.


Office of the Provost
Bagels and Brainstorming Meetings
May 4, 8:00-9:00 a.m.
“Financial Data Warehouse Training for Department Chairs”
Presenters: Don Holbrook
To RSVP for a meeting, please send an email to Kristina Peterson-Wilson


Agriculture, Food, and Society Discussions
“After Hours”
Cafe Moro, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
May 5


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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