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WSU releases two new wheat varieties

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 funds 30+ undergrad research projects

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 …

Course offerings expanded for online certificates

PULLMAN – WSU, the first institution in the country to offer an academic major in organic agriculture and the first to offer an online certificate in organic ag, has now expanded its online course offerings in the organic agriculture certificate program. Three new courses that lead to the Certificate in Organic Agriculture will be offered this spring semester.

Admission to WSU is required to enroll in courses and to earn the certificate, and participants may apply as non-degree seeking students. More information is available at WSU’s Center for Distance and Professional Education Web site at online.wsu.edu or by calling (800) 222-4978. The deadline to apply … » More …

WSU releases four new wheat varieties

PULLMAN – WSU has released four new wheat varieties for commercialization, including Xerpha, a soft-white common winter wheat, which is highly adapted to a broad range of production zones in Washington, Oregon, southern Idaho and northern California.

“WSU’s job is to work in partnership with industry so growers will have the best varieties possible,” said Ralph Cavalieri, director of the Agricultural Research Center and associate dean of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences. “These new varieties are the product of good science, hard work and the dedication of our breeding teams.”

In 2006 and 2007, Xerpha, a product of Steve Jones» More …

Grad/professional writing center opens

The Graduate and Professional Writing Center (GPWC) has opened in Smith CUE 414. It is the newest facet of WSU’s writing program, which has served undergraduates for 23 years.

“The communications needs of graduate students are very specific,” said Lisa Johnson-Shull, director of the program’s writing center.

“Our challenge was to begin to develop a resource — not be a proofreading or counseling service, but rather an environment of support where grad students can, for example, learn to frame questions for their dissertation chair and committee, or where international students can refine grammar and structural issues of writing.”

Johnson-Shull and English doctoral student Kristine … » More …

‘Broad wingspan’ reaches for excellence

Kimberlee Kidwell came to the Palouse in 1994 to conduct biotechnology research in wheat genetics. She has done that — and much, much more.Since 1998, she has introduced eight spring wheat varieties that have had a major impact on Washington state agriculture.  “Farming is the grassroots of our country. The impact of wheat research on farming is highly motivating for me and that’s why I came here,” said Kidwell, Marian E. Smith Achievement Award recipient.  “My job is to improve products in the form of spring wheat varieties for Washington farmers to grow in their fields. If we publish a lot of scientific papers without … » More …

Five faculty honorees selected for top awards

Five faculty members have been named recipients of awards given out each spring by Washington State University in recognition of excellence in academic achievement. They will be honored publicly on Friday, March 23, as part of the annual World Class. Face to Face. Showcase, a day-long celebration of the achievements of faculty and staff.Kimberlee Kidwell, professor and scientist in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, earned the 2006 Marian E. Smith Faculty Achievement Award. The $5,000 award recognizes unusually significant and meritorious achievement in teaching during the academic year, including successful and innovative performance in instruction.Kidwell conducts basic and biotechnology research in wheat genetics … » More …