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Palouse Conservation sponsors a field day
June 26, 2008

Photos by Dennis Brown, CAHNRS, WSU Extension


PULLMAN – The economics of various crop rotations, research on soil surface residue and soil organic matter in direct seeding, as well as herbicide trials in oil seed crops were just a few of the topics covered during field tours at the Palouse Conservation Station Field Day Thursday.


Dennis Roe, long-time NRCS conservationist and agronomist who retired last June after 41 years of service in the Inland Northwest was honored during the noon program.


More than 90 people registered for the event. 

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CAHNRS employeesreceive honors
April 14, 2008

PULLMAN – Faculty and staff of WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences and WSU Extension were honored Saturday (April 12) at the 49th annual CAHNRS awards banquet.


William Johnston
, professor of crop science, received the R.M. Wade Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.


Johnston, who grew up working on an 18-hole golf course owned by his family in Pittsburgh, Pa., has taught and directed a productive turfgrass research program at WSU since coming to WSU in 1980.


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Zuiches accepts post at North Carolina State
February 17, 2006

James J. Zuiches, a professor in Washington State University’s department of community and rural sociology and a former dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, will assume duties as vice chancellor for extension, engagement and economic development at North Carolina State University starting March 15.


In his new role, Zuiches will help lead and coordinate extension, engagement and economic development programs at NC State, including activities of the Cooperative Extension Service, Industrial Extension Service, Small Business and Technology … » More …

Cook appointed trustee for state life-science fund
September 8, 2005

Governor Christine Gregoire appointed James Cook, former dean of CAHNRS, a trustee for the state’s new Life Sciences Discovery Fund, a world-class research and development fund for agriculture, biomedical and information technology.The project will use bonus money Gregoire earned the state by negotiating a multibillion-dollar settlement with the tobacco industry. The governor said the seed money should attract $1 billion or more for the fund.Former University of Washington President Lee Huntsman was appointed the director of the fund.Gregoire won legislative approval for the fund in May.

Dean candidate makes return visit
April 8, 2005

WSU Provost Robert Bates has invited Dan Bernardo, candidate for the position of dean of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences, to return to WSU for a second visit. It is anticipated that he will return to campus April 21-24.Bernardo specializes in production economics, farm management and natural resources. His research on irrigation management, rangeland economics and water quality policy has been published in scholarly journals across a variety of disciplines.Since is arrival at Kansas State University in 1995, Bernardo has directed several new initiatives including facility renovation and the master in agribusiness distance learning program. As department head, he has administrative … » More …

Cook’s commitment lauded
April 8, 2005

A special award, the President’s Award for Distinguished Lifetime Service, was bestowed at the April 1 Showcase celebration banquet on R. James Cook, interim dean of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences.In making the presentation, WSU President V. Lane Rawlins described Cook’s career as “one of superlatives.” Rawlins cited Cook’s authorship of more than 200 scientific articles and three books, as well as his membership in the National Academy of Sciences, the USDA-ARS Hall of Fame and other scholarly associations.Cook came to WSU in 1965 as a plant pathologist with the USDA-ARS center located at the university. In 2003, at Rawlins’ request, … » More …

Candidate will make presentation March 8
March 7, 2005

The university community is invited to the Seminar and Open Presentation with James Kinder, Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University, on Tuesday, March 8, from 10:30 a.m.-noon in Food Science and Human Nutrition T101. Dr. Kinder is a candidate for Dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, and will present his “Vision for the Future of CAHNRS” via videostream, followed by questions and discussion. Links to the videostream will be listed at His schedule and vitae can be found at Paper copies may be requested by e-mail from

Update on five top leadership position searches
February 4, 2005

Five top positions at Washington State University are in the search process, and it is anticipated that new leaders will be in place by the Fall 2005 semester.Three finalists have been selected for one of the searches: the dean of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences. They are expected to visit WSU later this month. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend open sessions with these candidates once the dates and times are finalized and announced.Search committees, appointed in 2004, are working hard to assist in identifying the best candidates for all the positions, said Provost Robert Bates.“It is vitally important that … » More …

Move will integrate e-mail, calendar, contact program
January 21, 2005

A project that ultimately could unite computer users universitywide under one integrated e-mail, calendar and contact program is under way and gaining momentum.The project is designed to improve electronic messaging, encourage collaboration and provide a seamless, integrated, intuitive, communication system to all departments.This project, titled CONNECT!, centers around the launching and expansion of the Microsoft Exchange system, which embraces Outlook — a full-service e-mail client, shareable calendar and contact program. In addition to e-mail services, it permits users to propose and verify scheduled meetings on multiple calendars. Plus, users will be able to securely access their own personal information and files from virtually anywhere via … » More …

Keeping dean and CAHNRS on course
March 31, 2004

Maxine Andrews is the glue that holds Dean Jim Cook’s office together in the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences. Just ask him.Andrews, assistant to the CAHNRS dean, has worked at Washington State University for 41 years. “She knows better than I do what I am doing sometimes,” said Cook. She should. Cook is the eighth dean Andrews has assisted. “Having Maxine’s help is the difference between doing a mediocre job and doing the job well,” Cook said. The professionalism, quiet competence and commitment to excellence Andrews brings to the dean’s office will be publicly acknowledged with a 2004 President’s Employee Excellence Award, … » More …