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November 23, 2015

Awards and Achievements

Ann Kennedy’s research made the New York Times in the article “Researcher Finds Way to Fight Cheatgrass, a Western Scourge.”

Kendra Jernigan won 1st place in the C01 Graduate Student Division poster contest at the ASA-SSSA-CSSA Annual Meeting for her poster “Association Mapping for End-Use Quality in Pacific Northwest Soft White Winter Wheat.”



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

December 7 – Ellen Peng
“Soil Organic Carbon Budget and Turnover Rate Under Different No-Till Crop Rotation Systems Compared to Native Prairie in the Palouse Region”


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

November 30 – Kelsey Highet
“Optimizing Seeding Rates for Chickpeas and Lentils in the Pacific Northwest”

December 7 – Leorardo Hinojosa
“Heat Tolerance in Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.)”


CSS Graduate Student Club
Agriculture, Food and Society Discussions
“After Hours”
Cafe Moro, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
December 3


Crop and Soil Sciences 2015 Holiday Party
December 3, 5:30-8:00 p.m.


CAHNRS Holiday Party
December 10, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Ensminger Pavilion


2015 WSU Wheat Academy
December 15-16
Vogel Plant Biosciences Building


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


Teaching Tips from Candis Carraway

Engaging Students with Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Often instructors pose a question to a class and students hesitate to answer. Ask a question and then ask students to vote on whether they agree or if the statement is true or false. Students vote thumbs up for agreement. They point thumbs down if they disagree. Point thumbs to the side if undecided.

I actually had a student (future ag teacher) use this in a lesson she was teaching this week. About half way through the lesson she used Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down to pose a series of True/False statements. She asked clarifying questions to students who answered differently from other students or explained information more if any students missed the question. This allowed the teacher and students to evaluate what they learned or did not learn. After this exercise the teacher continued with the lecture and corresponding activity. It was a nice way to break up the lecture, check for understanding, and remind students they will be held accountable for the information being taught.




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