December in the News
Six students completed their degrees this semester: Raul Allende-Molar, PhD, major professor Dr. Dave Weller; Eric Eulenberg, MS, major professors Drs. Lori Carris and Gary Grove; John Goetz, MS, major professor Dr. Jack Rogers; Leigh Ann Harrison, MS, major professor Dr. Tim Murray; Hui Hou, MS, major professor Dr. Ken Eastwell; Guiping Yan, PhD, major professor Dr. Xianming Chen.
The annual holiday potluck was hosted by the Fun Committe, members Hanu Pappu, Brenda Schroeder, Martin Chilvers, Femi Alibi, Youn-Sig Kwak, Leigh Ann Harrison, and Hongyan Sheng. Entertainment was provided by our own guitar/vocal duo, Adams and Hadwiger. As part of this year’s festivities, a food drive to support the local food bank was held. One hundred and five pounds of food was donated. CAHNRS Dean, Dan Bernardo, generously matched our donation with cash, so in addition to food, $105 dollars went to support members of our community. see photos
Hanu Pappu attended the 2006 National Allium Research Conference, College Station, Texas. He gave two invited talks at the Thrips IYSV Mini-Symposium held during the conference: One on ‘Biological and Molecular Aspects of Iris yellow spot virus’ and another one on ‘Tomato spotted wilt virus epidemics in the southeast: Lessons learned’. He also presented two posters, one on the screening of garlic germplasm for viruses and another one IYSV outbreaks in southern California. see photo
Snow Mold Research:
Dr. Tim Murray’s research on snow mold is featured in the December 13 issue of CAHNRS’ On Solid Ground. The article highlights an innovative technique for replicating field plot conditions in the greenhouse. Murray’s snow mold research is also featured in the December issue of Wheat Life magazine, which offers a more indepth look at this research.
Dr. Lori Carris represented the Department of Plant Pathology at the “College Fair” at WSU Day at Wapato High School on Saturday, December 9. Representatives from eight different colleges participated in this recruiting event which included interactive displays, Native American and Latino traditional cultural dancers, alumni speakers, and Butch. The Plant Pathology display included hands-on demonstrations of stinking smut of wheat, corn smut and cuitlacoche, and soft rot of potato (rotten potatoes courtesy of Dr. Brenda Schroeder).