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CAHNRS News – November 2014

Posted by | November 3, 2014

CAHNRS Student Ambassadors

CAHNRS AmbassadorsGroupCroppedHow would you describe what CAHNRS looks like? The group photo you see here captures the diversity of the college, including individuals with a black belt in karate, a unique travel experience on I-90, and an ultimate treat choice satisfied only by Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe.

The common link is a passion for the first-class higher education offered from 70 disciplinary options in an environment that feels like home. We are CAHNRS Student Ambassadors, serving as representatives at high schools and career fairs to inform and inspire future Cougs.

Find out more about the 2014–2015 team on our web page. If you have questions or suggestions, contact Danyelle Cavadini, CAHNRS Ambassadors public relations coordinator.

Broadened applications

UnexpectedRolesAncientProteinsPlantJnlCover2A surprising research result discovered at the WSU Institute of Biological Chemistry is the focus of this month’s feature article in The Plant Journal. Regarded by the journal editors as providing novel insights into an important problem, the breakthrough article on plant metabolism is represented on the November cover and fully accessible to the public. The “outstanding science” was conducted and shared by Anna Berim, Jeong-Jin Park, and David R. Gang.

Funding for farmers

WestExtRiskMgmtEdCtrThe Western Extension Risk Management Education Center is requesting online applications for funding to create and provide training that improves the economic viability of farm and ranch families. Projects must generate measurable results from steps taken to deal with one or more of five primary sources of risk identified by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Awards are designated for education and exploratory projects up to $50,000 and $2,000, respectively.

Proposals are due November 17 for projects to begin the following April.

Visit the Western Center Competitive Grants Program page for details, including the RFA. For questions, contact Jo Ann Warner (509-477-2168) or Shannon Neibergs (509-335-6360). The fall 2014 newsletter lists the funded projects from last year’s announcement.

Dublin, Derry, and Kerry

History and Culture of IrelandEarn 3 credits of UH 370 or NATRS 312 and gain the experience of a lifetime. This course provides a direct window into Irish history, culture, and the management of its world-renowned landscapes.

Scholarships are available to CAHNRS students. Apply by February 1 for the May 10–23 adventure. See the course announcement for more exciting details. Contact Matthew Carroll (509-335-2235) for questions.

New beginnings

RCDI LaCrosse RegenerateSeniors in the Interior Design, School of Design + Construction who are participating in the Rural Communities Design Initiative (RCDI) presented six proposals last month for repurposing the LaCrosse rock houses. LaCrosse Community Pride, LaCrosse School District students, and other community members reviewed the options to determine how to best meet local needs.

Learn more. Contact Kathleen Ryan, RCDI committee, for questions.


Nov. 4 & 19, Diabetes screenings

CmtyProgToPrevent&CtrlDiabetesWSU is partnering with the state healthcare authority to host three free diabetes screening events for Washington State employees: Tuesday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and Wednesday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., in Butch’s Den in the CUB on the WSU campus. Testing will also be conducted at WSU Vancouver on Dec. 4. Reserve a slot at one of the events here. Walk-ins are welcome.

For additional information, contact WSU Human Resource Services: In Pullman, 509-335-4521 or; in Vancouver, 360-546-9595 or

Nov. 8, 7th Annual Club Calf Sale & Seminar

ClubCalfSaleJoin us at the WSU Beef Center near Pullman to bid on a quality steer; learn about recommendations for finishing, fitting, and showing; and tour the facility. The sale includes 12 premium steers calved in March. Animals purchased from previous years’ sale events have excelled in local and regional fairs and shows. Seminars and clinics are geared towards anyone from beginner to expert showman.

The welcome begins at 10 a.m. and the silent auction at 11:30 a.m. A raffle is also planned. Light refreshments are included.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Brent McCann (509-335-2280), Beef Center manager.

Nov. 12, Biochemicals: The first steps toward commercialization

BiochemFirstStepsCommercializWebinarAdvanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest is offering a webinar featuring the latest research on production, environmental impacts, and techno-economic modeling of biofuel and biochemicals. Consortium partners from the University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences will present.  

Register here or access the webinar on Nov. 12 here. 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

April 7 10, 2015, National Extension Energy Summit

NatExtEnergySummit Join 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.

Abstracts are being accepted until December 5. Registration opens in January. Learn more.