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WSU professor turns world travel into art, education, research

By Adriana Aumen, College of Arts and Sciences

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PULLMAN, Wash. – Malaysia to Morocco, New Mexico to the Netherlands — WSU fine arts professor Dennis DeHart is globetrotting with a purpose, weaving his world travels into art, education, research and community service. » More …

Oct. 22, 23: Workshops on livestock impacts on water quality

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Washington State University will host two workshops for landowners, cattlemen, natural resource professionals and others interested in how cattle grazing may affect water quality. » More …

Meehan receives regional extension award

PULLMAN – Donald Meehan, Coupeville, director of WSU Extension’s Natural Resource Stewardship Program, received the 2008 Western Regional Excellence in Extension Award Sunday in Chicago.

 

The honor is one of five regional awards and one national award given annually by the National Association of State University of Land-Grant Colleges for excellence in educational programming.

 

Meehan, who served as director of the WSU Island County Extension office for 26 years before assuming his current duties in October, developed the concept for the Puget Sound Beach Watchers volunteer program. His program, modeled after the WSU Master Gardener program, utilizes … » More …

Condition of the state’s organic agriculture sector

PULLMAN – The State of Organic Agriculture in Wash. is the topic of the keynote presentation at the WSU symposium on its biologically intensive and organic agriculture program, or BIOAg 10:10 a.m. Tueday, Oct. 28 in the junior ballroom located in the CUB.

A program of WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, BIOAg is a comprehensive research and educational program focused on biological processes in farming that are renewable, non-polluting and that provide multiple benefits for farmers and society. Organic farming is one well-developed example of the concept.

The keynote presentation will begin shortly after noon starting with an introduction by John Reganold, … » More …

Education as transformation

While many students enter college wondering “What’s in it for me?” WSU’s “Self in Society” learning goal challenges faculty members to send students out into the world with a different question to ponder: “How can I contribute?” The tough question is, “What does that look like when it comes to curriculum?” In Rick Gill’s Environmental Science 101 class, students chart their water usage for three weeks. Students in Lisa Carloye’s ntomology 401 class write critically informed position papers exploring the multifaceted context of current socially scientific debates, such as stem-cell research. And in March Denny Davis and four of his students in bioengineering spent two … » More …

WSU/UI career fair open to public Feb. 7 & 8

University of Idaho’s colleges of Natural Resources and Agricultural and Life Sciences, in cooperation with Washington State University’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, will host an annual career fair featuring a variety of corporations, federal and state agencies, and non-profit groups. This fair is sponsored by a UI-WSU partnership of student organizations.The fair is free and open to the public. Employers will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 7, in the UI Student Union Building Ballroom and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8 at the WSU Plant Biosciences Building (across from Martin Stadium.)Any college student, … » More …

Paul Allen gives $3.75M for farm-gas research

Helping farmers ease global climate change by reducing farm-produced greenhouse gas emissions is the goal of a $3.75 million research grant from the Paul G. Allen Charitable Foundation to Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources.The grant is the largest of more than 130 grants totaling $12.45 million announced recently by six charitable foundations established by the Microsoft co-founder. It is also the largest grant ever received by WSU from the Allen Charitable Foundation and the first for ag research. “We’ll gain a better understanding of how farms trap carbon dioxide in the form of soil carbon, thus potentially removing significant amounts … » More …

NW’s climate, natural resources target of lecture

“What Do Salmon, Geoducks and Trees Have in Common: Climatic Variability and Natural Resources in the Pacific Northwest” will be presented by David Peterson at 2:10 p.m. Monday, April 7 in Johnson Hall 204. Petersen is a research biologist and professor working with the United States Forest Service based in Seattle. Refreshments will be provided at 1:45 p.m.Low-frequency climatic variability originating in the North Pacific has a profound effect on productivity of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), a quasi-periodic 20- to 30-year cycle of warm/dry and cool/wet climate, is a dominant mode of variability that controls water supply, salmon populations, shellfish, … » More …

Natural resources school to meet ecological challenges

The heart of the matter was expressed by the implementation committee’s introduction to their draft proposal last December: “In looking to an uncertain and challenging future, the Faculty at Washington State University would rather lead than follow. We are asking the WSU Administration, our Colleagues, and the University community to help us break down institutional barriers to progressive growth and change. We are asking for the opportunity to self-develop and implement a cornerstone of the WSU Strategic Plan and our future land grant mission by creating a School of Natural Resources and Environment.”Review of the proposal has been on for a couple months in the … » More …