By Rebecca Phillips
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.
The Rock Doc is a nationally syndicated newspaper column written by Dr. Kirsten Peters, covering many scientific and research related topics in a upbeat and entertaining fashion. Dr. Peter’s humor and anecdotes help to bring these stories to a public audience by showing how they affect everyday life. The most recent articles are linked below.
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.
The CTLL is a student, faculty, alumni and industry partner collaboration for high quality learning and leadership beyond the classroom.
Being a CAHNRS Coug is about having a life-changing experience and having fun along the way. With an endless array of subjects to study, students can explore a variety of topics until they focus on that area that truly excites them. We include ample opportunities to learn outside the classroom, because we not only believe it’s a better way to learn, it makes for a more meaningful and enjoyable college experience.
The Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership makes it possible for students to secure that job-landing internship, experience another culture in the southern hemisphere, unlock their leadership potential through seminars and workshops, and find a mentor to coach them through their academic experience.
CAHNRS knows how to throw a party, and there is not greater time to celebrate than when our students return to campus. Free food (including Ferdinand’s Ice Cream), swag from each of our student clubs, activities, and a drawing for $1,000 scholarships—its all part of our annual Fall Festival. And we just don’t limit the event to our CAHNRS majors, we welcome everyone across campus to learn more about what our college offers.
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.
Bad news in the media got you down? News consumers have only themselves to blame, says new research showing that it’s actually buying habits that drive negative press.
The research looks at the negative news phenomenon through the prism of economic science. And while previous studies have focused on the supply side by examining media output, this analysis is among the first to investigate a negative news bias from the consumer or demand side. MORE
By Sylvia Kantor
Pullman, Wash. – You generally don’t find livestock among the hills of the Palouse region of eastern Washington where grain is grown. But wheat farmers Eric and Sheryl Zakarison are changing that – and making a profit.
On 100 of their 1,300 family owned acres, they are experimenting with a rather unconventional scheme for the region – growing wheat, peas, perennial grasses like alfalfa and sheep in a tightly integrated system. MORE
By Scott Weybright
The watermelon crop has declined dramatically in Washington because of disease. But Washington State University researchers are developing a solution that involves grafting watermelon plants onto squash and other vine plant rootstocks.
“We’ve lost about a third of our state’s watermelon production over the last 10 years because of Verticillium wilt,” said Carol Miles, a professor of vegetable horticulture at the WSU Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center in Mount Vernon. “Growers have switched to other crops that are less susceptible.” MORE
By Sylvia Kantor
Gender and personality matter in how people cope with physical and mental illness, according to a paper by a Washington State University scientist and colleagues at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce.
Men are less affected by a single-symptom illness than women, but are more affected when more than one symptom is present. The number of symptoms doesn’t change how women are affected, according to Robert Rosenman, WSU professor in the Department of Economic Sciences. MORE
By Seth Truscott
PULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers know that adding natural buffers to the farm landscape can stop soil from vanishing. Now a scientist at Washington State University has found that more buffers are better, both for pleasing the eye and slowing erosion.
Linda Klein, a recent doctoral graduate in WSU’s School of the Environment, worked with six other researchers at the university, plus one at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Moscow (Idaho) Forestry Sciences Laboratory, to explore the role that buffers – strips or clumps of shrubs, trees and natural vegetation – play in the landscape and in people’s visual preferences.
Klein surveyed Whitman County residents to see if conservation features made for more scenic fields and valleys. She found that Palouse residents prefer more nature with their wheat fields.MORE
CAHNRS Office of Research
Hulbert Hall 403
PO Box 646240
Pullman, WA 99164-6240
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Important Dates and Deadlines
March 26, 2015
- CAHNRS Honors – SEL Event Center
March 26-27, 2015
- Spring NBOA – Ensminger
April 6, 2015
- Signed Faculty and AP Annual Reviews
September 10, 2015
- Fall Festival
A-Z Index of Faculty and Staff Resources:
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- CAHNRS Admin Academic and Centers Org Chart
- CAHNRS and Extension Payroll Schedule for August 2014-May 15, 2015
- CAHNRS Annual Review Instructions 2014
- CAHNRS DSS
- CAHNRS Volunteer Workplace Injury Reporting Instructions
- Canons of Practice (.docx)
- Canons of Practice (.pdf)
- Cash Deposit Recovery Report Sample
- Cash Handling
- Cash Handling Procedures
- Cash Overage Report Sample
- Cash Receipt Questionnaire
- Cash Shortage Report Sample
- Centers and Departmental Synergy
- Chairs and Directors Development Responsibilties Support
- Chairs and Directors Development Responsibilties Support
- Combined Research and Extension Plan of Work
- Commitment to Civil Rights and Affirmative Action
- Committee Representatives
- Compliance and Audit
- Computing and Telecommunications (BPPM 85-00)
- Payroll (BPPM 55-00)
- PCard Log Sheet, Johnson Hall Business Center
- Personnel (BPPM 60-00)
- Personnel Request Form, Food Science Clark Hall BC
- Personnel Request Form, Johnson Hall Business Center
- Pesticide Policy Overview (BPPM 45-65)
- Plan of Work 2014
- Policies and Procedures for Promotion and Tenure of WSU Extension Faculty in Program Units
- Policies Procedures and Criteria for Promotion and Tenure
- Policy for Multi-State Travel Fund
- Position Control (BPPM 58-00)
- Preparing Promotion and Tenure Documents for County and Area Faculty
- Principles for use of Professinal Behaviors Matricies
- Procedure for Transfer between Extension Program Units
- Prof Exp Dept-Based Ext Faculty
- Prof Exp Dept-Based Ext Faculty FINAL May 2010
- Professional and Retraining Application
- Professional and Retraining Leave
- Professional Behaviors Matrix for County Faculty and Administrative Professionals
- Professional Expectations Matrix for County Directors
- Professional Expectations Matrix for Ext Program Unit Faculty
- PROFESSIONAL LEAVE Form
- Professional Leave Guidelines Form
- Promotion and Tenure Consideration of Faculty
- Promotion Recommendation
- Promotion Tenure Guidelines
- Promotion Tenure Guidelines
- Property (BPPM 20-00)
- Provost Instructions Annual Review 2014
- Provost Memo for Review Towards Tenure
- Provost Professional Leave Memo 2015-16
- Provost Progress Toward Tenure Review
- Provost Third-Year Review Memo
- Provosts Guidelines
- Purchasing (BPPM 70-00)
- Purchasing Card Transaction Sheet (Fillable) – FSCLARK