CAHNRS News – December 2014 | Faculty and Staff | Washington State University

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CAHNRS News – December 2014

Celebrating our state’s native trees

Survey 213_NativeTreesCover WSU Extension Forestry regional specialist Kevin Zobrist has collaborated with WSU Press to publish the newly released Native Trees of Western Washington. The photo-based guide is Zobrist’s response to common questions about how to identify the region’s indigenous species. He presents basic physiology, key attributes, and growth characteristics along with descriptions of distinctive varieties and full-color photographs he took during different seasons and stages of growth.

The book is available to order from University Publishing or purchase at one of the book signings. All proceeds go to support the WSU Extension Forestry program.

Sharing benefits across industries

Survey 211_GoodFruitGrowerImageDr. David Brown’s work with the Site-Specific Climate-Friendly Farming (SCF) team on precision soil management is the focus of an article highlighting new equipment and technology in the November issue of Good Fruit Grower. While the SCF team is focused on wheat production and the Palouse region, many of the techniques developed for the featured project have potential relevance for the tree fruit industry.

WSU tartan bow ties

Survey 218_AMDT bow tieThe Apparel Merchandising, Design & Textiles Department has expanded its WSU tartan product line to include bow ties. Students in AMDT 212 will be submitting designs for additional new products this spring. As part of a special topics research course with Dr. Debbie Christel, senior merchandising student Giuliana Plut will conduct market research to determine the best methods for sales, pricing, and promotional events to debut the next WSU tartan options.

You can order the bow ties here.


Dec. 8: Walla Walla stream restoration plan presentation

Survey 224_LandscapeArch GroupMapCropStudents from the School of Design + Construction’s Landscape Architecture program have created a conceptual master plan to restore a 2-mile section of Mill Creek west of downtown Walla Walla. They are exploring urban design concepts adjacent to the stream, which has been channelized for over 60 years.

Monday’s presentation to the Walla Walla City Council will include community feedback from a Nov. 13 session at the Walla Walla Community College Water & Environmental Center.

Walla Walla City Hall, Council Chambers, 4 p.m.

Dec. 10: Rural Communities Design Initiative project review

Rural Communities Design Initiative (RCDI) student participants will be presenting proposals for rock houses in LaCrosse and little libraries in Albion, Palouse, Uniontown, Tekoa, Rosalia, and Colfax. See previews of the work here.

Carpenter Hall, 2nd floor gallery, WSU Pullman campus, 4–6 p.m.

Dec. 11: CAHNRS holiday party!CAHNRS HolidayPartyCrop2

Join the college-wide celebration of 2014 at Ensminger Pavillion on the Pullman campus from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres, beverages, music, and good cheer will be provided. Get in the giving spirit with a food bank donation that Ron and Linda Mittelhammer will match. Look how fun it was last year.  


Jan. 14, 2015: Webinar on poplar hybridization for bioenergy

Survey 212_PoplarTrees_Webinar Jan 2015Learn about a classical approach to poplar varietal development and molecular-based improvement tools to produce biofuels at highly efficient biochemical conversion rates from Brain Stanton of GreenWood Resources and David Neale of the University of California, Davis. Brought to you by Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest.

Register here or access the 1-hour webinar here on Jan. 14 at 10 a.m.

Jan. 20–22, 2015: PNW Oilseed and Direct Seed Conference

Survey 226_OilseedConf“Cropping Concepts: Feeding Farmer Innovations” represents exploring and sharing new and proven strategies to improve crop production and generate income for Pacific Northwest producers. The 3-day event features a trade show, general and breakout sessions, research posters, and demos for irrigated and dryland cropping systems throughout the region. Brought to you by the WSU Washington Oilseed Cropping Systems Research and Extension project team and the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association.

Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick, WA, 10 a.m. Jan. 20 to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 22. Conference fees range from $135 (student) to $210. Learn more and register here. Early bird rates are available until Jan. 5.

Feb. 7, 2015: Sound Waters University

Survey 223_SoundWaters posterThe 20th annual “one-day university for all” will include 39 new classes and 22 returning favorites on the natural environment in Puget Sound. Internationally-renowned oceanographer John Delaney will share his involvement with the world’s largest internet-connected ocean observatory, recently deployed off the west coast. Brought to you by WSU Island County Extension Beach Watchers.

South Whidbey High School, Langley, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Event fees include $45 registration and $12 optional hot lunch. Gift certificates available. Registration begins Jan. 4. Classes fill quickly. Learn more.

Feb. 25–26, 2015: Food Ingredient Technology (FIT) Short Course

The FIT short course provides an overview of the major food ingredients used in value-added foods, including the functions of these ingredients and how they are used in making marketable products. Brought to you by the WSU Extension School of Food Science.

Doubletree Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport. 7:30 a.m. Feb. 25 to 5:15 p.m. Feb. 26. Course fees range from $325 to $375 per person until Feb. 9; late registration is $425. Learn more and register here.