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September 2014

Posted by | August 28, 2014

Five economics students honored for scholarship

Luckstead-and-Willard-by-ChallgrenUndergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in the WSU School of Economic Sciences were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the fields of agricultural and applied economics at the July 2014 Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Awards & Fellows Recognition Ceremony in Minneapolis. Three of the seven students recognized for outstanding thesis and dissertation awards were from WSU. Read more.

Oilseed conference resources now available online

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 8.55.13 AMVideo of keynote and breakout sessions from the first Direct Seed & Oilseed Cropping Systems Conference presented by WSU and the Pacific Northwest Direct Seed Association is available online along with research posters and PowerPoints. Planning is underway for the 2015 conference that will be held January 20-22 in Kennewick. The theme is “Cropping Concepts: Feeding Farmer Innovations.” A short promo video for the upcoming conference can be viewed at

Carpenter-Boggs honored by Alumni Association

Carpenter_Boggs_1493Dr. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, a WSU alumna and faculty member, was honored recently with the Alumni Association’s Achievement Award for her outstanding accomplishments as a researcher, professor and scientist in the fields of soil microbiology, sustainable agriculture, and crop and soil sciences. Her nominating colleagues noted that “It is not her unselfish service to the university, or her productivity, for which she deserves this award…” Read more.

Seeding the next crop of scientists

The first “Pumping Up the Math and Science Pipeline: Grade School to College,” an innovative science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) educational outreach program, has produced its first set of graduates who have completed college degrees and are now enrolled in graduate school. USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) employees David Weller and Kathleen Parker, in cooperation with WSU and other partners, initiated the program in 2007.

Read more featured on the USDA blog.

Annual leave payouts for temporary faculty and administrative professionals

Per WSU policy (BPPM 60.56, Administrative Professional Handbook, and/or Faculty Manual), a faculty or administrative professional employee on a temporary appointment must use accumulated annual leave prior to the termination date of the appointment unless the employee receives a written exception from the appointing authority. Exceptions to policy are limited and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the appointing authority. These restrictions are noted on the employee’s Personnel Action Form and in place at time of appointment. If you have questions regarding this policy, please contact Suzette Yaezenko, CAHNRS HR director, at 335-2839 or


Sept. 4-Oct. 6, Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest Field Days

Meet with policy makers, environmental professionals, and local landowners, and Extension specialists to learn the latest biofuel and bioproduct developments in the Pacific Northwest: Topics include growing hybrid poplar as a short rotation woody energy crop, sustainable production, and environmental impacts on soil, water, and wildlife; best areas to develop biofuel and bioproduct industries. A biomass production tour will highlight operational and research poplar plots.

Tour dates and locations:

September 4                     September 10                        October 6

Jefferson, Oregon              Clarksburg, California             Hayden, Idaho

Noon – 2:30 p.m.               Noon – 2:30 p.m.                   10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch is provided. Contact Nora Haider ( or 425-741-9962) for more details.

Sept. 5, Cougs supporting community recovery

This three-course banquet will include a silent auction of donated items. A portion of each dinner ticket purchased, monetary donations and silent auction proceeds will be used to support WSU recovery efforts for the SR 530 (Oso) mudslide. $55 per plate, $500 per 10 person table. More.

Sept., LaCrosse Community Pride SDC workshop

During the second week of September, Rural Communities Design Initiative, School of Design and Construction, will host a community workshop with LaCrosse Community Pride to develop new use proposals for recently acquired historic rock buildings.

Sept. 9, Emerging Research Issues RFP

The RFP has changed somewhat this year from what it was in previous years, with more of an emphasis on supporting projects that will establish proof of principle or gathering data that is targeted toward strengthening otherwise out-of-reach external competitive research funding. Join us for a discussion in Lighty 405 from 4 to 5 p.m.; video connection if requested. Contact Jim Moyer ( or Michael Kahn ( for more detail.

Sept. 10 Oct. 30, Forest Stewardship Coached Planning programs

A 9-session practical, hands-on course will help forest landowners learn all the basics of forest management, as well as gain the confidence to develop a successful forest stewardship plan crafted for the unique attributes of their property and specific management goals. Topics include wildlife habitat, fire risk, keeping forest healthy, and how to make the most of timber and non-timber resources! $150

  • Sept. 10 – Oct. 29, Dayton: District 3 Fire Hall, 206 W. Main St., Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m. More info.

  • Sept. 11 – Oct. 30, Elk: Peaceful Valley Church, 201 Allen Rd., Thursdays, 6-9 p.m. More info.

Sept. 11, Fall Festival

Celebrate back-to-school and our diverse departments at the CAHNRS Fall Festival in Spillman Plaza from 4 to 6 p.m. Free Ferdinand’s grabbers for all who attend! Can you spot yourself in last year’s Fall Festival video?

Sept. 17, Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest Webinar

Join us for “Locating poplar biorefineries in the Pacific Northwest: Exploring optimal biofuel production systems.” Nathan Parker from the University of California, Davis, will explain how a model can be used to site biorefineries that utilize poplar trees as feedstock. 10 a.m.

 Learn moreRegister.

Oct. 3, SES Alumni & Friends Banquet and Auction; Decennium Colloquium

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Departments of Economics and Agricultural & Resource Economics merger, the WSU School of Economic Sciences is offering a colloquium and banquet with opportunities to learn about a range of frontier economics research, meet honored speakers and discuss career options with alumni and faculty. For details, visit the SES events page or Facebook.

Oct. 3, WSU Women’s Leadership Symposium

The WSU Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership (CTLL) cordially invites you to the 2014 Women’s Leadership Symposium. This year’s theme is “Redefining Body Image,” presented by life skill enhancement coach Krista Petty. For more information about registration and the symposium, visit the CTLL website.


Oct. 4, WSU Organic Farm Harvest Festival

Join friends at the WSU Organic Farm for U-pick pumpkins, hay wagon rides, games, giant pumpkin, hot cider, and food. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Oct. 6, CTLL Networking Night

Encourage companies and organizations in agriculture, economics and natural resource sciences to attend this exciting networking opportunity! Networking Night provides a space for companies and organizations to meet one-on-one with students exclusively from agricultural, natural resources, and economic sciences majors. $250 registration table fee for companies. 5-7 p.m. More info.

Oct. 28, Saving Nature and Improving Agriculture symposium

The symposium will begin at 3:30 pm with a BioAg poster session in the CUB Jr. Ballroom on the WSU Pullman campus. Posters on relevant topics are welcome from students, faculty, and others (poster session details). The symposium’s second speaker is R. Ford Denison, professor in ecology and evolution at the University of Minnesota. More info.