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Family honors ag education teacher with scholarship
April 27, 2009

PULLMAN  – When the first irrigation water from the Columbia Basin Reclamation Project flowed through the sage brush of Quincy, Keith F. Kirkbride was there launching a program at the high school to educate the area’s future farmers.

Now, Kirkbride’s sons, Frank and Charlie Kirkbride, are launching a scholarship program at WSU to honor the late vocational agriculture education teacher. The Keith F. Kirkbride Vocational Agriculture Education Endowed Scholarship will go to one or more WSU students seeking a career in vocational ag education or with demonstrated leadership capacity and capabilities in vocational ag education.

“Dad was dedicated to the vocational education of all his … » More …

WSU releases two new wheat varieties
April 27, 2009

PULLMAN – Two new spring wheat varieties will soon be available to state growers, thanks to scientists at WSU.

“JD” is a new soft white, spring club variety. “Babe” is a soft white, common spring wheat. Both varieties were bred by professor Kim Kidwell, wheat breeder and associate dean for academic programs in the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, and her research team.

“WSU’s wheat breeding program continues to listen to the needs of the state’s wheat industry and respond with the best science possible,” said Ralph Cavalieri, director of the WSU Agricultural Research Center and associate dean in CAHNRS. “These … » More …

CAHNRS, extension employees honored
April 7, 2009


PULLMAN – Faculty and staff of WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences and WSU Extension were honored Saturday, April 4, at the 50th annual CAHNRS’ awards banquet

Derek McLean, assistant professor of animal sciences, assistant animal scientist and associate director of the Center for Reproductive Biology, received the R.M. Wade Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. McLean emphasizes critical thinking and experiential learning in the classroom. His laboratory activities expose students to state of the art technologies as they answer important questions.

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2009 tenure and promotion
March 25, 2009

WSU faculty granted tenure and promotion in 2009 include:



Matthew F. Bumpus
Grant and Promote
Associate Professor
Human Development
August 16, 2009

Kenneth C. Eastwell
Plant Pathology, Prosser
July 1, 2009

Eric L. Jessup
Associate Research Professor (non tenure-track)
School of Economic Sciences
August 16, 2009

G.N. Mohan Kumar
Associate Research Professor and Clinical Associate Professor (non tenure-track)
Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
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Mt. Vernon pathologist earns CAHNRS award
March 9, 2009


Debra A. Inglis will receive the 2009 CAHNRS Women’s History Recognition Award for Professional and Academic Leadership.


Inglis is an associate professor of plant pathology at WSU. From 2004 through 2008, she served as interim director of WSU’s Northwest Washington Research and Extension Center in Mount Vernon. As interim director, Inglis led the renovation of the NWREC, raising nearly $2.5 million from the local community and executing a plan to keep the center in full operation while replacing its major structures.


Inglis is also a highly respected vegetable pathologist. Her research has … » More …

CAHNRS food drive nets nearly a ton and a half
December 15, 2008

CAHNRS faculty and staff contributed approximately 1,400 pounds of food and paper products, which will be matched by Pam and Dan Bernardo, yielding a total contribution to the Food Bank of 2,800 pounds. This total is over three times the amount collected when the food drive began three years ago.


The College of Engineering is following their lead and holding a food drive of its own. Dean Claiborn has committed to a similar match to try and beat the CAHNRS record.

CAHNRS funds 30+ undergrad research projects
December 3, 2008

PULLMAN – An unprecedented number of undergraduate students in the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences will have an opportunity to conduct hands-on science thanks to a series of grants from the college specifically aimed at supporting undergraduate research.

“Experiential learning and applying basic science and research to real-world issues and challenges are cornerstones of what our college is about,” said Kim Kidwell, CAHNRS associate dean for academic programs. “The lessons learned by actually conducting research are much more impactful than those learned solely by listening in a lecture hall.”

Last year approximately 10 projects received grants of between $500 and $1,200. … » More …

Extension Engaged to focus on greenhouse gas emission reduction
November 5, 2008

Activity by the Washington State Governor’s 2008 Climate Action Team (CAT) to help reduce Greenhouse gas emissions in Washington State will be the focus of the next Extension Engaged broadcast on Friday, Nov. 7 at 10 a.m.


The program will feature a discussion with Jake Fey, director of the Extension Energy Program, and Chad Kruger, interim director of the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, regarding the work that they are doing to help shape potential recommendations from the CAT to the governor and legislature.


The program will be held in the WSU Extension/CAHNRS teleconferencing studio, room T-101, in the Food Science … » More …

Wine expert to lead viticulture, enology
October 6, 2008

Thomas Henick-Kling, photo courtesy of Cornell University

PULLMAN – Thomas Henick-Kling, an international leader in wine research and education, is the new director of WSU’s viticulture and enology program.


Dan Bernardo, dean of the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, announced the appointment today. Henick-Kling is scheduled to assume his new responsibilities on a full-time basis in March 2009.


“Dr. Henick-Kling is a scientist, educator and advocate of the highest caliber,” Bernardo said. “He has led the development of viticulture and enology programs at Cornell and in … » More …

Director of research, extension center
August 29, 2008

PULLMAN – Stephen S. Jones, whose wheat breeding program at Washington State University has been recognized nationally and internationally, is the new director of WSU’s Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center at Mount Vernon.
Dan Bernardo, dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, made the announcement today.

“Steve is a veteran researcher with a proven track record and an innate curiosity in agriculture that will serve northwestern Washington farmers well,” Bernardo said. “He also is one of the most effective and committed teachers at WSU, which will be key as we look to expand the way we engage … » More …