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March 14, 2016

Announcements and Deadlines

Abstracts for submission in the 2016 Dryland Field Day Abstracts are due to Samantha Crow by April 8. For instructions, please click here.


Awards and Achievements

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.

Xiaochi Ma (Ph.D. candidate with Pete Jacoby) was awarded a travel scholarship from Alaska Airlines.



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

March 14 – no seminar, Spring Break

March 21 – Dr. Robert Evans
“Site-Specific Water Applications Under Self-Propelled Sprinkler Irrigation Systems”

March 28 – Kyle Bair


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

March 14 – no seminar, Spring Break

March 21 – Jeff Boehm, Crop Science Ph.D. Student
“Wheat Kernel Texture”

March 28 – Brigid Meints, Crop Science Ph.D. Student
“Breeding Barley and Beans for Western Washington”


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


Agriculture, Food, and Society Discussions
After Hours”
Cafe Moro, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
March 24 – Eco Systems and Institution – Changes in the Global Value of Ecosystem Services


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


Office of the Provost
Bagels and Brainstorming Meetings
April 1, 8:00-9:00 a.m.
“Teaching Support”
Presenters: Rebecca Van de Vord, Chuck Munson, and Steve Hines
To RSVP for a meeting, please send an email to Kristina Peterson-Wilson


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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