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Message from the Dean

As I reflect on my first year as the 16th Dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, one word comes to mind: legacy. The CAHNRS legacy is one of leadership in both academics and industry. It is a legacy born of hard work and a commitment to the highest standards in teaching, scientific research, innovation, and Extension.

Every day, CAHNRS faculty, students, and alumni tackle the toughest challenges we face in agriculture, the human sciences, and beyond. Whether it is breeding plants to increase nutrition or pioneering technologies to increase global food security, CAHNRS is at the forefront of some of the most important research advancements of our time. It is this legacy of innovation, excellence, and leadership that brought me to WSU and to CAHNRS.

In this issue of ReConnect, you’ll read the stories of CAHNRS Cougs who are applying their invincible Cougar spirit to make the world around them a better place. In ways both large and small, they are giving of their time, their talents, and their resources. They embody the CAHNRS legacy and remind us of the importance of giving back.

I hope that as you read their stories you will feel a sense of pride in belonging to such an incredible CAHNRS family. The CAHNRS legacy is our legacy. It is a charge to lead, to make our communities stronger, happier, healthier. It is a legacy that unites us, near and far, and reminds us that we are Forever Cougs.

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Andre-Denis Wright André-Denis Wright sitting in a field of green wheat on a sunny nearly cloudless day.

Small plants growing in a tray with their roots exposed.

Plant Immune Response Found

A beekeeper in a bee suit looking between layers of a beehive.

Fungus Battles Honeybee Viruses

A young girl sitting on the couch looking upset while adults argue in the background.

Hiding Emotions Affects Children

Dry wheat stalks in a field at sunset.

New Wheat Fights Celiac Disease


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