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CAHNRS News – February 2015

Posted by | February 3, 2015

Innovation in the making

Grants_ResearchConversationsCollageAward decisions have been finalized for three groundbreaking grant programs sponsored by CAHNRS. Nearly three quarters of a million dollars will enable faculty from across the college to address novel and emerging issues through 20 projects that uniquely contribute to WSU’s land-grant mission.

The Research Initiative for Human Sciences prioritizes interdisciplinary projects with “outcomes that will have a demonstrated, measurable impact on…society through new or modified behaviors.” Awarded projects total $338,885.

Emerging Research Issues prioritizes projects “taking new directions to fill fundamental knowledge gaps” that will lead toward the resolution of significant issues faced by the state’s agricultural industries, including in social and economic areas. Collaboration that leverages additional support and “brings together a team of faculty with complementary skill sets to comprehensively address an area” is also emphasized. Awarded projects total $274,301.

Developing Decision Support Systems prioritizes projects that “significantly enhance the ability of stakeholders to access [CAHNRS research] information [for] informed and timely decision making.” Awarded projects total $161,082.

See below for the 2015 selected proposal titles and principal investigators—and reach out to your colleagues to learn more!

Research Initiative for Human Sciences
Cory Bolkan, Community Needs Assessment of Southwest Washington
Deborah Christel, Prevention of Skin Infections in Post-Bariatric Surgery Patients
Jane Lanigan, Effect of…Child-Centered Phrases on Young Children’s…Consumption of Healthy Foods
Bidisha Mandal, Rural Healthcare: Before and After the Affordable Care Act
Patricia Pendry, Pet Your Stress Away
Thomas Power, Helping Children Cope with Stress
Kimberly Rhoades, Sleep During the Transition to High School
Kathleen Rodgers, How Parents and Teens Talk about Sex and Intimate Partner Violence in Music Media

Emerging Research Issues
Lee Kalcsits, Using a Stable Calcium Isotope Tracer to Measure Uptake and Distribution of Calcium in Deciduous Tree Fruit
Zhiwu Zhang, A Single-Step Method to Map Genes Underlying Phenotypes in Multiple Environments
Lisa DeVetter, Biodegradable Agricultural Mulches: Assessing Potential for Chemical Migration in Horticultural Crops and Their Role in Organic Agriculture
Carol Miles, Characterizing Cider Apple Juice and Varietal Cider Sensory Characteristics to Support New Market Development
Carolyn Ross, Development of Foods with Modified Textures for Infants and Children with Feeding Difficulties
Shyam Sablani, Encapsulating Micronutrients for Developing Functional Foods
Joan Wu, Multiscale Assessment of Phosphorus Pollution Potential in the Increasingly Urbanized Puget Sound Region
Jeremy Sage, Implications of Increased Northern Corridor Oil and Coal Movement on Washington Agriculture

Developing Decision Support Systems
Andy Bary, Compost Mix Calculator
David Crowder, Improving GIS-based Decision Support Tools for Washington Agriculture
Catherine Daniels, Upgrading the PICOL Database to Enable Direct Data Linkage
Troy Peters, iPhone and Android App for…Simplified Irrigation Scheduling

Food Sense superhero contest for smarter school lunches

CptCanine_CtrlVlySchlDistFacebookCaptain Canine, named by a Summit School fifth-grader as part of a WSU Spokane County Extension Food Sense contest, also caught the attention of the Spokesman Review. The approach is “‘a nudge, not a shove,’” said Denise Kwate, a Central Valley School District nutrition services supervisor.

Collaborators on the pilot project to encourage children to make healthier food choices include the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and 23 schools throughout the state. Read more.

Tribute to a trendsetter

RubenDuranDr. Rubén Duran, professor emeritus and distinguished ustilaginologist at Washington State University, passed away at the age of 89 on August 10, 2014. Visit the January 2015 issue of Inoculum to learn about the professional and social impacts he made during his international career, including setting precedents as the first Chicano to attend graduate school and later join the faculty at WSU.



Feb. 21: Making Sense of Marketing–So you can put your best boot forward!

WIA_web_bannerIn response to requests from women farmers for help with describing their farms to potential customers, WSU Extension is offering the expertise of a successful local farmer and a “mission-motivated” marketer. WSU Douglas County Extension Director and Conference Chair Margaret Viebrock wants attendees from across the Pacific Northwest to feel confident about sharing their passion for growing and providing agricultural products to the public. The full day of practice-based presentations will be broadcast to 28 sites. Learn more and register.

Scholarships are available from the CHS Foundation for aspiring farmers, college agriculture students, and members of 4-H or FFA. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 6

Feb. 25: An Agrarian Legacy: The Work of The Berry Center

MaryBerrySeminarMary Berry, daughter of farmer and writer Wendell Berry, will present a seminar on agricultural and related rural issues in the United States. Her focus is on “farm people and the invaluable knowledge that they hold” about land use and preserving fertility. “A society that is satisfied with short term economics while destroying the source of its own survival cannot last.” Visit the Berry Center to learn about their work to promote sustainable agriculture.

Johnson Hall (Pullman campus), Room 343, 3:30 p.m.

Hosted by the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences.

Feb. 25: Harvesting Short-Rotation Poplar for Bioenergy

Survey 258_HardwoodBiofuelsWebinar_BetsyFraddLearn about techniques for harvesting short-rotation poplar trees for bioenergy. Presented by Bruce Summers of GreenWood Resources. Brought to you by Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest.

Webinar, 10–11 a.m. Learn more and register.


April 710: National Extension Energy Summit

NatExtEnergySummitJoin other Extension professionals in Seattle to share experiences and information, learn from successes and challenges, and build new partnerships for energy programs. Represented expertise includes sustainable and renewable energy, home and farm energy efficiency, and biomass energy.

Registration is $250 through March 1; $300 thereafter. Learn more.