The Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership is excited to announce that Tidal Leadership is launching its own Facebook page and Twitter account. CAHNRS faculty, staff and students are encouraged to help make the social media launch a success by visiting the accounts and liking, sharing and retweeting posts. Tidal Leadership social accounts went live March 1.
The online Tidal Leadership Certificate program helps educators, non-profit and corporate managers, graduate students and working professionals become effective, values-based leaders. Learn about Tidal Leadership here.
WSU students lead Week of Service in mudslide-ravaged Valley
WSU students, alumni and residents will work to revitalize mudslide-impacted communities of Arlington and Darrington in a Week of Service, March 12 to 19.
More than 35 WSU students will work alongside alumni, youth organizations and community members will help with painting, small construction, cleaning and forestry work, giving the communities a fresh look while highlighting local pride.
At 10:37 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, the Oso mudslide engulfed a rural neighborhood near Oso, Wash., killing 43 people. Afterward, WSU committed to support recovery in the Stillaguamish Valley for five years.
School of Economic Sciences to host collusion speaker
Joseph Harrington, the Patrick T. Harker Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, gives the Leigh Distinguished Lecture in Economics, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at CUE 203.
Harrington’s current research focuses on collusion and cartels. At the Leigh lecture, he’ll speak on “Collusion—The Hidden Evil in the Marketplace.” CAHNRS’ School of Economic Sciences hosts. Learn more about Harrington here.
Awards and Grants
Congratulations to CAHNRS staff, faculty award winners
Faculty and staff took home honors at the CAHNRS Advising, Extension, Research, Staff, Teaching, and Team Awards, Feb. 17.
Recipients included: Jenny Glass and John Haugen, Administrative Professional Staff Excellence; Andy Bary, Administrative Professional Technical Staff Excellence; Richard Bembenek, Classified Technical Staff Excellence; Kevin Murphy, Early Career Excellence; Jill McCluskey, Faculty Excellence in Research; Tim Waters, Faculty Excellence in Extension; Cory Bolkan, Individual Integrated Award; Cristie Crawford, Excellence in Advising; Laura Lavine, R.M. Wade Award for Excellence in Teaching; Yakima Basin Cost-Benefit Analysis Research Team, Team Interdisciplinary Award. Learn more about how to nominate for the next round here.
Promoted faculty to be honored at Showcase
A big congratulations go to the eleven CAHNRS faculty members being recognized for achieving tenure and/or promotion at WSU’s Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet, 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 25, as part of the university Showcase.
Receiving tenure and promotion to Associate Professor is Manoj Karkee in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. Those being promoted to Associate Professor are Jennifer Andreas in Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources program and Laurajean Lewis, Jefferson County Extension Director and part of the Community and Economic Development program. Those promoted to Professor are Aaron Esser in Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources program, David Gang and Bernd Markus Lange in the Institute of Biological Systems, Doreen Main and Katherine Evans in the Department of Horticulture, Carolyn Ross in the School of Food Science, Lori Carris in Plant Pathology, and Laura Lavine, in Entomology and the Assistant Director for the Office of Research. Promotions go into effect in July and August.
Henry Sintim to represent students at Crop Science Society
Henry Sintim, a graduate student in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, has been named Interim Graduate Student Representative to the Crop Science Society of America Board of Directors. He’ll join in on monthly board calls and take part in a strategic planning meeting this May in Madison, Wisc.
Sintim is researching biodegradable plastic mulches, and how they impact soil quality and microclimate. His work could help the specialty crop industry, reducing costs and eliminating plastic waste.
Nutrition grant support healthy families, kids
Karen Barale, Associate Professor and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program Coordinator for Extension, received an $87,528 continuation grant to support the Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Center of Excellence – West in February.
The center, a joint effort of Colorado State and WSU Extension, conducts research to improve the health of low-income Americans through nutrition education and public health approaches. RNECE grants are awarded by National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about RNECE-West here. Learn about Extension’s Youth and Families Program here.
Grants help insect controls, training, green infrastructure
Three researchers in CAHNRS’ Department of Entomology received funding this winter to explore green infrastructure, insect controls and new pesticide training.
Professor John Stark received $13,790 from Northwest Biosolids and $25,000 from the U.S. Department of the Interior. Stark, an ecotoxicologist who specializes in ecological risk assessment of threatened and endangered species, is looking into the biological effectiveness of green storm-water infrastructure.
Professor and entomologist Elizabeth Beers received $16,000 from Dupont and $6,000 from Arysta LifeScience. Her funding supports insect controls on tree fruit crops.
Carol Black, a Pesticide Safety Education Specialist, received $6,000 from the Utah State University Croplife Foundation. Her funding develops online training for pesticide applicators.
Grant helps WSU researchers promote best nutrient tools
Joe Harrison, an Animal Scientist and Extension Specialist; Douglas Collins, a Small Farms Educator and Soil Scientist with the Center for Sustaining Ag & Natural Resources, and R. Troy Peters, Associate Professor in Biological Systems Engineering, received a $35,000 grant from the Washington Department of Agriculture to develop education for nutrient management planning.
The grant funds workshops and field days across Washington. Educational workshops explore the nutrient management cycle, including feed management, fall soil nitrate testing, compost management and precision nutrient application. Peters, an irrigation specialist, will share information on irrigation management.