College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

CAHNRS News September 9, 2011

Resources and Best Practices for Teaching Large Classes

The Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning has put together a wonderful web site of resources and best practices for teaching large (or larger) classes. The individual items are short but full of good ideas, both on class instruction and on formative assessment – including first day/week issues, classroom management, in-class learning, online learning, clickers, and exams and grading, as well as classroom assessment techniques and midterm feedback surveys. Visit the site at

Riparian Grazing Workshops Target Statewide Water Quality Concerns

Oct. 17-18 in Colfax
Oct. 20-21 in Ellensburg

Non-compliance with environmental regulations, especially non-point-source water quality regulations, represent a financial and legal risk to range- and pasture-based livestock operations in the Pacific Northwest. Disagreement among regulatory authorities, technical experts, and ranchers over what the statewide approach to non-point source pollution mitigation should be, what management practices are sufficient to protect water quality, and which practices are reasonable to implement has heightened the legal risk of noncompliance with water quality regulations. The financial risk is real: failure to meet standards can mean fines of $10,000/day. Washington State University Extension is partnering with the interagency National Riparian Service Team to conduct 4 workshops around Washington State that will teach livestock producers how to accurately identify their risk of causing water quality problems and link risks to specific strategies that are proven to protect riparian function, plant/soil health, and water quality. These relationships are complex, and livestock exclusion may not be an effective solution. These two-day workshops will include both “classroom” instruction and field time assessing a grazed stream reach and designing management plans to protect water quality. Workshops offered this fall include one in Colfax on Oct. 17-18 and Ellensburg Oct. 20-21. Two more workshops will be offered in late spring of 2012, one of them in Skagit County. Registration is $40 to cover the costs of food. Space is limited — put your name on the list today with the WSU Kittitas County Extension office at 509-962-7507 or email

Land EKG Rangeland Monitoring Refresher Field Day

Join us Sept. 29 at the Colockum Natural Resource Center south of Wenatchee for a refresher course in the field on Land EKG. For many producers, the best is the enemy of the good and despite good intentions you’ve still not established any monitoring sites. Learn how to do the most important components quickly and begin utilizing this valuable range management tool. There is no cost, just show up at 9 a.m. at the CNRC (formerly a WSU research station). Go south from Wenatchee on the west side of the river on the Malaga Highway, turn right up Colockum Rd, and follow the signs into the facility. Bring your own lunch.


Entomology Professor Carol Anelli was elected to the 2012 Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America. She will represent the Physiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology section during her three-year term.

Dr. Lori Carris, associate professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, was recognized by the Mycological Society of America with The William H. Weston Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award is given annually to an outstanding teacher of mycology at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels. The award was established in 1979 in honor of W. H. Weston (1890-1978), a beloved Harvard mycologist who was widely recognized as having a profound impact on the field of experimental mycology through his humorous and inspired teaching. Previous recipients of this award include Dr. Jack Rogers, professor of plant pathology.

Larry K. Hiller, Associate Professor Emeritus in the department of horticulture and landscape architecture, was recognized with the Honorary Life Member (HLM) award at the 95th annual meeting of The Potato Association of America Aug. 14-18, 2011, held in Wilmington, North Carolina. This is equivalent to a ‘Fellow’ award in other societies. Only 4 HLM awards can be given in any one year; Hiller was one of only two presented in 2011. He was recognized for his national and international research and teaching accomplishments to WSU and the potato industry, for over 38 years of service to the PAA society, and his commitment to preparing both undergraduate and graduate students as professionals in the vegetable and potato industries. Hiller was president of the society in 2005-2006 and is currently serving as its Treasurer.

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CAHNRS is more than agriculture. With 24 majors, 19 minors, and 27 graduate level programs, we are one of the largest, most diverse colleges at WSU. CAHNRS Cougs are making a difference in the wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities, improving ecological and economic systems, and advancing agricultural sciences.



CAHNRS has 39 student clubs and organizations to enhance student experiences and opportunities.


CAHNRS leads in discovery through its high-quality research programs. In 2014, CAHNRS received research funding exceeding $81.5M. This accounts for nearly 40% of all research funding received by WSU.  


With 24 majors, 19 minors, and 27 graduate level programs, CAHNRS is one of the largest, most diverse colleges at WSU.


CAHNRS students are awarded more than $600,000 in scholarships annually.


Welcome back, CAHNRS Cougs, to another exciting year at WSU. CAHNRS has experienced quite a bit of change and growth recently, but we remain committed to serving the needs of our students, faculty, and staff.

As you may have heard, our dean, Ron Mittelhammer, has been appointed interim co-provost for the university. For the duration of his appointment, I have been named acting dean for the college.

I appreciate the support I have received from around the college, and am working with the associate deans, faculty, and staff to continue CAHNRS on its positive trajectory.

Part of that trajectory is a return of the Forestry major in WSU’s School of the Environment. As a college, we’re excited to help students get started in careers as foresters, environmental consultants, reforestation specialists, and wildfire management specialists.

Those last two are obviously of timely importance, as we are experiencing the worst wildfires in our state’s history blazing across our state and region. We hope that future wildfires will cause less devastation to people and the environment because of the work our Forestry majors will do.

We would also like to welcome the WSU Children’s Center to CAHNRS. The Center, which provides care for the children of WSU students, staff, and faculty, is now part of the CAHNRS Department of Human Development. The idea for this came from President Floyd, and we’re happy to carry out his vision.

Speaking of vision—I hope your vision for your WSU education includes at least one internship experience. Our internship program adds practical, extra value to your WSU education through our Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership. The CTLL is your gateway to internships, leadership training, mentoring, and more. That ‘more’ includes connection, inspiration, transformation, and leadership.

I hope you’ll celebrate this new school year with us at our annual Fall Festival on September 10, 4–6 p.m. in Spillman Plaza, between Johnson and Hulbert Halls. We’ll have free food, fun, and games. Watch for more details on our CAHNRS Facebook page.

We in CAHNRS are here to help you grow, learn, and succeed in this changing world. We’re glad to have you with us as we continue to push forward as leaders in research, education, and world-class academics.

Welcome back, and Go Cougs!

Kimberlee Kidwell
Acting Dean, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences


Fall undergradsUndergraduate Studies

Check out every department and program CAHNRS has to offer, from Interior Design to Agriculture to Wildlife Ecology. We have 13 departments and schools to prepare you for your chosen career.

Grad student dogGraduate Studies

Students have a variety of options to pursue masters and doctoral degrees. Many of these have very specific background requirements, so we suggest exploring the individual programs for academic guidelines.

CTLLCenter for
Learning & Leadership

The CTLL is a student, faculty, alumni and industry partner collaboration for high quality learning and leadership beyond the classroom.

CAHNRS Office of Research

Agricultural Research Center

Mission Statement

The goal of the Washington State University CAHNRS Office of Research is to promote research beneficial to the citizens of Washington. The Office of Research recognizes its unique land-grant research mission to the people of Washington and their increasing global connections. The CAHNRS Office of Research provides leadership in discovering and applying knowledge through high-quality research that contributes to a safe and abundant food, fiber, and energy supply while enhancing the sustainability of agricultural and natural resource systems.

Featured Research

Winter Wheat May 2014 by McFarland

‘A quiet crisis’: The rise of acidic soil in Washington

Gary Wegner first noticed the problem in 1991, when a field on his family’s farm west of Spokane produced one-fourth the usual amount of wheat. Lab tests revealed a surprising result: the soil had become acidic.

Study: Small railroads important but costly to upgrade

More than half of Washington’s short-line rail miles aren’t up to modern standards, according to a recent study by the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Washington State University Freight Policy Transportation Institute.
A grizzly bear with her cubs at the WSU bear center.

Single hair shows researchers what a bear has been eating

By looking at a single hair, U.S. and Canadian researchers can get a good idea of a grizzly bear’s diet over several months.

Fighting wildfires economically complex, says WSU researcher

Fighting wildfires is expensive. Firefighters must be paid and equipment must be purchased and transported to fires. Operations and maintenance cost money. According to a WSU researcher, the incentives to lower those costs are out of balance, and the researchers are working to understand the sources of the incentive problems.

Research shines light on organic fruit, food safety

The growing organic produce industry may soon have a new way to ensure the safety of fresh fruits. Scientists at Washington State University have shown that ultraviolet C (UVC) light is effective against foodborne pathogens on the surface of certain fruits.

Organic agriculture more profitable to farmers

A comprehensive study finds organic agriculture is more profitable for farmers than conventional agriculture. The results show that there’s room for organic agriculture to expand and, with its environmental benefits, to contribute a larger share in feeding the world sustainably.

CAHNRS Office of Research

Hulbert Hall 403
PO Box 646240
Pullman, WA 99164-6240
PH: 509-335-4563
FAX: 509-335-6751


With 39 locations throughout the state, WSU Extension is the front door to the University. Extension builds the capacity of individual, organization, businesses and communities, empowering them to find solutions for local issues and to improve their quality of life. Extension collaborates with communities to create a culture of life-long learning and is recognized for its accessible, learner-centered, relevant, high-quality, unbiased educational programs.

MudflatImpact: Burrowing Shrimp and Invasive Eelgrass

Shellfish production in Washington is a $60 million a year industry. Several major pests plague this industry, resulting in major crop loss. One of the most important pests is subterranean burrowing shrimp. These shrimp bioturbate (stir up) the sediment, causing the oysters to sink and die. For the past 60 years the industry has been using the insecticide Sevin to control this pest, but due to lawsuits its use was phased out in 2012. Without alternative control for shrimp, tens of millions of dollars in annual crop revenue will be lost and the industry will quickly lose its economic viability in southwestern Washington.

PoultryFarmImpact: The National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center

The Environmental Protection Agency has identified agriculture as the leading contributor of pollutants to the nation’s rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs. These reports often do not separate animal agriculture from other agricultural enterprises, but they do note that pathogens, nutrients, and oxygen-depleting substances associated with manure are three of the top five pollutants. Some emerging issues related to manure management include: endocrine disruptors (hormones), pharmaceuticals (antimicrobials), and antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Adopting farm practices that minimize the environmental impact is important for food safety.

BiosolidsImpact: Biosolids and Compost

Biosolids are the solids produced during municipal wastewater treatment. Composts are made from a variety of organic materials, including both urban and agriculture sources such as yard trimmings, biosolids, storm debris, food waste or manure, and food processing residues. While these materials have traditionally been viewed as waste, they can play a valuable role as soil amendments in urban and agricultural settings. They provide nutrients and organic matter and they sequester carbon, thereby conserving resources, restoring soils, and combating climate change.

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Alumni & Friends

The College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University is an expansive and diverse college that includes 16 academic units, 4 research and extension centers distributed across the state, 13 subject matter centers, and 39 county and one tribal extension offices.

The WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) Office of Alumni & Friends is a service unit dedicated to promoting philanthropic support for the college’s research, teaching, and extension programs.

Funding Priorities

See below to learn more about our strategic and on-going  initiatives and development of world-class students and research.

Pulse Crops
Mary Kay Patton
Learning & Leadership (CTLL)
Tree Fruit

CAHNRS Alumni & Friends
PO Box 646228
Pullman, WA 99164-6228
PH: 509-335-2243


Faculty & Staff

Important Dates and Deadlines

August 24, 2015

  • Tenure and Promotion Documents need to be submitted to the Dean’s Office

September 10, 2015

  • Fall Festival


A-Z Index of Faculty and Staff Resources:

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Contact Dean’s Office:
Hulbert 421
PO Box 646242
Pullman WA 99164-6242

Lisa Johnson:
Assistant to the Dean
Hulbert 421C
PO Box 646242
Pullman WA 99164-6242

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