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 http://atl.wsu.edu/.

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 amorse@wsu.edu.

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.

Kudos

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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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

Harvesting Winter WheatStudy: Conserving soil and water in dryland wheat region

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

In the world’s driest rainfed wheat region, Washington State University researchers have identified summer fallow management practices that can make all the difference for farmers, water and soil conservation, and air quality.

Wheat growers in the Horse Heaven Hills of south-central Washington farm with an average of 6-8 inches of rain a year. Wind erosion has caused blowing dust that exceeded federal air quality standards 20 times in the past 10 years. MORE

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

A new study by researchers at Washington State University shows that mechanical harvesting of cider apples can provide labor and cost savings without affecting fruit, juice, or cider quality.
The study, published in the journal HortTechnology in October, is one of several studies focused on cider apple production in Washington State. It was conducted in response to growing demand for hard cider apples in the state and the nation…MORE

SubsurfaceIrrigationWSU wins national award for water-saving research

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Water scarcity – one of the toughest challenges predicted for the 21st century – is being addressed by Washington State University. As part of a multistate research program, WSU is among 19 land-grant universities honored recently for their efforts to help farmers irrigate their land more efficiently, especially during droughts and water shortages.
“A safe, reliable supply of water is inextricably linked to food security,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture…MORE

Cooper-500New “magnifying glass” helps spot delinquency risks

By Rebecca E. Phillips, University Communications

PULLMAN, Wash. – Drug abuse, acts of rampage – what’s really the matter with kids today? While there are many places to lay blame – family, attitude, peers, school, community – a new study shows that those risks vary in intensity from kid to kid and can be identified.

Scientists at Washington State University and Pennsylvania State University have found a way to spot the adolescents most susceptible to specific risk factors for delinquency MORE

Beef-cattle-from-iStock-photos-500Food labels can reduce environmental impacts of livestock production

 “It’s important to know that small changes on the consumer side can help, and in fact may be necessary, to achieve big results in a production system,” said Robin White, lead researcher of a Washington State University study appearing in the journal Food Policy. MORE





Extension

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.

Alumni & Friends

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.

CAHNRS seeks $190 million through the Campaign for WSU. This unprecedented fundraising goal is managed through the CAHNRS Office of Alumni and Friends. If you would like to learn more about the CAHNRS’s fundraising priorities, please explore our website or meet the team.

Funding Priorities

Through the Campaign for Washington State University, CAHNRS and WSU Extension will play a major role in defining answers to complex issues through truly big ideas—feeding the world, powering the planet, and ensuring the health and well-being of children, families, and communities. See below to learn more about how we are addressing these issues in our strategic and on-going  initiatives and development of world-class students.

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PO Box 646228
Pullman, WA 99164-6228
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