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February 29, 2016

Awards and Achievements

Cornelius Adewale (Ph.D. candidate with Lynne Carpenter-Boggs) was awarded a travel scholarship from Alaska Airlines. The program uses donated air miles to support student travel for research and conferences.

Rachel Wieme, a doctoral student in Crop and Soil Sciences, received a Russ and Anne Fuller Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research, a $4,000 scholarship, for the upcoming academic year. Wieme’s research looks at sustainability of alternative farming systems.

Henry Sintim, a Soil Science Ph.D. student, was selected as the Interim Graduate Student Representative to the CSSA Board of Directors.

Gina Nichols, (Ph.D. student with Dr. Rebecca McGee in Crop and Soil Sciences), received a Russ and Anne Fuller Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research, a $4,000 scholarship, for the upcoming academic year. Her research looks at breeding lentils for increased nutrition and disease resistance, as well as alternative methods of on-farm variety development.

Andy Bary was awarded the Administrative Profession Technical Staff Excellence Award at the CAHNRS Excellence Awards.  Andy Bary is a Senior Scientific Assistant and has worked for Washington State University since 1987. He started at the Irrigated Research and Extension Center in Prosser and then transferred to WSU Puyallup, where he has been for another 25 years. He has spent the last 25 years conducting research in the areas of organic nutrient management, composting, manure management and food safety. He is co-author of 36 journal articles and 9 extension bulletins. He is frequently sought after to make presentations on compost usage and composting.

Kevin Murphy was awarded the Early Career Excellence Award at the CAHNRS Execllence Awards. Dr. Murphy leads the barley and alternative crop breeding program at WSU. He received a B.S. in Biology from Colorado College, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Crop Science from Washington State University. The goal of his research is to increase the genetic- and bio-diversity of cropping systems across the State through the development of nutritionally dense new cultivars and ecologically-rooted production practices. In addition to barley breeding and genetics, his group focuses on quinoa breeding, buckwheat nutrition, spelt and perennial wheat breeding, variety testing in amaranth, and proso millet varietal selection and agronomy. Dr. Murphy teaches several courses, including a new faculty-led travel abroad course in Ecuador.

 

Events

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

February 29 – Erika Kruse
“Life After Grad School: A Panel Discussion”
Find out what recent WSU Crop & Soil  Science graduates have to say about graduating, finding a job, and transitioning into a career. Our graduates represent diverse career paths and are here to answer your questions about life after grad school.

March 7 – Henry Sintim
“Biodegradable Plastic Mulches: Degradation and Impacts on Soil Quality and Soil Microclimate”

March 14 – no seminar, Spring Break

 

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

February 29 – Crop Science Panel Discussion: Life After Grad School
Learn what recent WSU Crop and Soil Science graduates have to say about graduating, finding a job, and transitioning into a career. Our graduates represent diverse career paths and are here to answer your questions about life after grad school.

Note Date and Time of Seminar
March 2 – Weizhen Lui, Crop Science Ph.D. Student
“Genome-wide Association Mapping of Stripe Rust Resistance in Tetraploid Wheat”
11:10 a.m.

March 7 – Lauren Port, Crop Science M.S. Student
“Winter Triticale and High-Residue No-Till in the Low Rainfall Zone”

March 14 – no seminar, Spring Break

 

Office of the Provost
Bagels and Brainstorming Meetings
March 4, 8:00-9:00 a.m.
“Understanding the Student Success Collaborative Platform as a Tool to Improve Retention”
Presenters: Rebecca Van de Vord and Fran Hermanson
To RSVP for a meeting, please send an email to Kristina Peterson-Wilson

 

CAHNRS Three Minute Thesis
March 4, Ensminger Pavilion
1:00-2:00 p.m. (Tenative) – Master’s level competition
2:30-4:00 p.m. (Tenative) – PhD level competition

 

Agriculture, Food, and Society Discussions
“After Hours”
Cafe Moro, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
March 10 – Meat Consumption

 

Women in Agriculture Conference
March 19, 8:30 a.m.
For more information, click here.
Agenda

 

CSS Faculty Meeting
March 24, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Johnson Hall 104E

 

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
Click here for more information

 

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

 

 

 

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