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Weathercatch: Weather drives intense wallop of tree pollen levels

Weathercatch Photo LogoBy Nic Loyd, WSU meteorologist, and Linda Weiford, WSU News

We see it and feel it — pollen madness. Trees have been exploding with tiny particles that coat our cars and make our eyes scratchy and our noses run. » More …

March 17: Effects of extreme climate on grapes, wine

By Kaury Balcom, Viticulture & Enology

RICHLAND, Wash. – Wine and grape industry members and students are invited to a research symposium, “Climate Extremes: Is the Pacific Northwest Wine Industry Ready?” 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, in the East Auditorium at Washington State University Tri-Cities. » More …

Rock Doc column: Ancient climate clues in tree rings

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – On a lark when I was a college student I took a class in field biology. It sounded romantic and I was young, so even though it didn’t really make sense for a geology student to take the senior level class in another discipline, I was there bright and early on the first day of the semester. » More …

Medieval monks’ records, volcanoes and climate

PULLMAN, Wash. – Ireland enjoys a mild and stable climate. But even in Ireland there are years that stand out as unusual.

 

Recently a team of researchers led by Harvard University’s Francis Ludlow announced results of a study of Ireland’s climate based on the Irish Annals, a body of writings containing more than 40,000 entries.

 

Part of the Irish Annals.

The annals record events from 431 to 1649 A.D. During the medieval period they were written by monks. From the 1200s some entries were written by historians of the wealthy and aristocratic families of the period. Toward … » More …

Georgia agrometeorologist to lead AgWeatherNet


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PULLMAN – Gerrit Hoogenboom, a professor of agrometeorology and crop modeling, has been named the new director of WSU’s Agricultural Weather Network (AgWeatherNet).

 

Hoogenboom succeeds Gary Grove, professor of pathology, in the position, and will begin his new responsibilities on Aug. 1.

 

”Gerrit is a seasoned professional with areas of specialty that exactly match the focus of AgWeatherNet,” said Ralph Cavalieri, associate dean and director of WSU’s Agricultural Research Center. ”Gary has built a strong foundation for the future expansion and refinement of the system.”

 

A Web-based, publicly available system, AgWeatherNet provides access … » More …

Planting the seedfor new endeavor

The call caught Chris Feise off guard that morning in 2002. Preoccupied with mundane daily details, he was startled when the voice on the other end identified herself as a staffer from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

The caller explained that WSU alumnus Allen, of Microsoft fame, was interested in Feise’s work on sustainable agriculture — it seemed innovative and might be something the foundation would like to fund. She asked Feise, director of WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR), for project ideas.
 
After consulting with colleague David Granatstein, sustainable agriculture specialist, Feise suggested a version of their … » More …

News topics — Life and death wheat gene; Climate research

Following are links to several recent media articles regarding WSU faculty and staff, or addressing issues in higher education. To see a full article, just click on the live URL link.* New York Times — ”A perennial search for perfect wheat,” in which WSU geneticist Stephen Jones sees a simple answer to life-and death issue, http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/05/science/05wheat.html?ex=1181707200&en=e92d03f4efcbf71d&ei=5070&emc=eta1* The Science Coalition — Features article on ”WSU receives $900,000 EPA grant for climate change research,”  http://www.sciencecoalition.org/showContent.cfm?id=335&section=briefingroom&pageName=University%20Science%20Today  (see longer version on WSU Today online)* KNDO, KNDU-TV — EWU selling downtown Spokane center to move to joint WSU campus, http://www.kndo.com/Global/story.asp?S=6607639&nav=menu484_2* Washington CEO — Q&A with Eric Spangenberg, dean … » More …

WSU researcher finds force behind climate change

PULLMAN – A new study by a Washington State University researcher and his colleagues pinpoints the causes of a recent finding by a working group of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change that global climate warming is due to human activities. The principal factors affecting climate change are the growth of human population and consumption, according to research by WSU sociologist Eugene A. Rosa and his colleagues Richard York, of the University of Oregon, and Thomas Dietz, of Michigan State University. In fact, their findings suggest the impact of these two environmental stressors is so profound that they may outpace any potential environmental benefits from … » More …

WSU hosts Northwest climate researcher

Edward L. Miles, a recent inductee into the National Academy of Sciences and University of Washington Professor of Marine and Public Affairs and Senior Fellow, Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Oceans (JISAO), will speak at Washington State University on Thursday, April 21. Miles’ presentation, titled “The Projected Impacts of Global Climate Change on the Pacific Northwest,” will take place at 3 p.m. in Fulmer Room 226 on the WSU Pullman campus. The event is free and open to the public.”This is the researcher who is involved with all the major research studies which are specifically focused on the Pacific Northwest,” said Eugene … » More …

Diversity situation, progress reviewed

The issues of diversity and campus climate have been on the front burner during the past several weeks due to several incidents on the Pullman campus. These events have prompted administrators to evaluate the progress made by the university over the past two years in diversity.President V. Lane Rawlins, since his arrival in June 2000, has teamed with administrators, faculty, staff and students throughout the university to build a more diverse and tolerant atmosphere. Their stated goal is “to improve the climate on campus for faculty, staff and students, regardless of race/ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age or ability” and to see … » More …