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November 9, 2015

Announcements and Deadlines

Please RSVP for the Crop and Soils Sciences 2015 Holiday Party by Friday, November 13th via Doodle Poll



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

November 9 – Bill Pan
“Roots and Soil Fertility—a preview of Dr. Pan’s Leo Walsh Distinguished Lecture at the ASA-CSSA-SSSA meetings in Minneapolis, MN”


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

November 9 – Kendra Jernigan
“Genetic Analysis of End-Use Quality Traits in Soft White Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)”

November 16 – Thiel Lehman
“Determining the Missing Link Between Cell Wall Morphogenesis and Hormone Crosstalk”


Conference on Advances in Field-Based High-throughput Phenotyping and Data Management: Grains and Specialty Crops
November 9-10
Spokane, WA
To register, visit:


CSS Graduate Student Club
Agriculture, Food and Society Discussions
“After Hours”
Cafe Moro, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
November 19


2015 Tilth Producers Conference
November 13-15
Spokane Convention Center


Transitioning Cereal Systems to Adept to Climate Change
November 13-14
Minneapolis, MN


ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting
Synergy in Science: Partnering for Solutions
November 15-18
Minneapolis, MN


Crop and Soil Sciences 2015 Holiday Party
December 3, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Please RSVP by November 13th via Doodle Poll


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.


In Memoriam

Dr. Roy Goss


The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences is saddened by the death of Dr. Roy L. Goss, a retired Washington State University turfgrass specialist and a generous contributor to students in the Turf Management major and to fundamental research in turfgrass science. He held three degrees from WSU (BS Agriculture ’50, B. of Education ’50, PhD Agriculture ’60) before his appointment as an extension specialist. Since 1958, Dr. Goss was instrumental in developing fertilizer management for golf courses and sports fields that minimized the use of fungicides and his research led to the use of sand as base material for golf greens and sports fields, greatly simplifying maintenance by improved drainage and durability. The practices he developed are considered the standards today. Many of these efforts have been widely recognized and adopted at the national and international level. The Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America (GCSA) and the U.S. Golf Association cited Dr. Goss as their 1988 Man of the Year for his contributions to golf course maintenance and development. He was honored with the GCSA Distinguished Service Award, the Pacific Seedsmen Association Man of the Year Award, the U.S. Golf Association’s Green Section Award, and the O.A. Vogel Faculty Award from Washington State University. The Northwest Turfgrass Association calls Dr. Goss the most influential and generous person in the history of their association and credits its existence today to his dedication and energy during the formative years and his long term financial support.

In 1988, Dr. Goss retired after dedicating 30 years to WSU but continued to have an impact on turf education, research, and outreach through his generosity. In his retirement year, he challenged the turf industry to donate toward education and research by offering to match contributions. Dr. Goss established the Roy L. Goss Endowment in 1987 to fund student travel to regional and national conferences and numerous scholarships for turf management majors. To honor his legacy, the turf research farm at the Puyallup Western Washington Research and Extension Center was named the R. L. Goss Research Farm. Roy and Marcella Goss strongly believed in supporting research and higher education and are, therefore, valued benefactors of Washington State University, the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, and the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. While we mourn his passing, we celebrate Dr. Goss’ lifelong contribution to turfgrass science, teaching, and extension. We have lost a dedicated family member.


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