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The Creation of a ‘Working’ Academy

Dr. Jim Cook discusses establishing the Washington State Academy of Sciences in the recent newsletter.

Jim Cook

USDA Multistate Research Project Recognized

Managing Onion Pests and Diseases (W-2008 | 2012-2017)

This project won the 2018 Western Region Excellence in Multistate Research Award in recognition of the project members’ outstanding collaboration and impacts. This is a team award with members from WSU (Tim Waters, Lindsey du Toit, and Hanu Pappu), Cornell, University of Georgia, Penn. State University, Colorado State University, NMSU, OSU, and Utah State University

Story in CAHNRS News.

PLP 525 Graduate Students at Washington State University Visit the State Capitol to Learn about Agricultural Public Policy

PLP 525 students at WA State Capitol BuildingOn June 13th, 13 graduate students at Washington State University (WSU) visited the State Capitol in Olympia, WA, to learn about agricultural public policy as part of the curriculum for PLP 525 (Field Plant Pathology and Mycology). The course, organized by Dr. Lindsey du Toit, Professor of Plant Pathology, focuses on providing students with direct exposure to diverse careers in plant pathology. The Capitol visit was part of two weeks of travel for the summer course. At the Capitol, students met with specialists with diverse careers in public policy that encompass aspects of agricultural policy: Dr. Derek Stanford, Washington State Representative; Kelly McLain, Natural Resource Scientist for the Washington State Department of Agriculture; Robert Duff, Senior Policy Advisor to Washington State Governer Jay Inslee; and Aaron Wasser, Communication Director of the Senate Democratic Caucus. The visit and discussions were coordinated and mediated by Kate Baber, a specialist in Public Health Policy and the daughter of Dr. Debra Inglis, WSU Professor of Plant Pathology. The students reviewed how Washington State government is organized and public policy created, about legislative committees such as the House and Senate Agricultural Committees, the role of the state legislature in shaping agricultural policy, how policy makers engage with the research community, how scientists can engage in the public policy process and effectively educate lawmakers about agricultural science issues, how to communicate science to a broad audience, and career paths in state government. As part of the course assignment, each student contacted their local representative to convey information about an important agricultural or educational issue. Students taking the course included Alex Batson, Vishnutej Ellur, David Enicks, Christine Jade Ermita, Billie Espejo, Lederson Ganan Betancur, Cedric Habiyaremye, Emmi Klarer, Olga Kozhar, Elliot Marston, Kaitlin Miller, Ryan Solemslie, and Carmen Swannack.

Student Travel Awards for ICPP 2018

Congratulations to PhD students Cristian Olaya, Lindani Moyo, and Olga Kozhar as recipients of APS Travel Awards to attend ICPP2018 in Boston!  See link for more information.

Cristian Olaya AriasLindani MoyoOlga Kozhar

Humboldt Award for Pappu

From WSU News

30-year battle against plant viruses leads to Humboldt Award for Pappu

PULLMAN, Wash. – Viruses are about the simplest and tiniest creatures on Earth. They also can cause an amazing amount of chaos and destruction.

Hanu Pappu

Washington State University virologist Hanu Pappu, like many in his field, has dedicated his life to helping lessen the negative impacts of viruses. The significant contributions he has made in the field of plant pathology over 30 years recently resulted in the reception of a prestigious Humboldt Research Award.

Link to full story.

Zhang Awarded Amazon Catalyst Grant

Dr. Lei Zhang, Research Associate with Dr. Cynthia Gleason, is a recipient of an Amazon Catalyst grant for research on bio-pesticides protecting crops from devastating pests. Dr. Zhang is researching an environmentally safer way to protect crop yield and quantity using bio-pesticides to fight underground crop pests.Lei Zhang

The program has awarded $177,735 in grants to 10 Washington State University teams comprised of students, faculty and staff across disciplines and locations.

The collaborative program between Amazon and WSU launched early in 2018 to fund projects deemed globally impactful and disruptive.  Full story.

Gleason Nematode Research

From CAHNRS News

Plants that fight back: WSU researchers join forces to combat parasitic pest

So small it can’t be seen with the naked eye, a parasitic worm called the root-knot nematode causes outsized problems for Northwest farmers.Cynthia Gleason

Potatoes, grapes and other crops could gain a new, nature-based way to fight back, thanks to Cynthia Gleason and Jennifer Watts, scientists at Washington State University.  Full story.

Students awarded Hambleton Scholarship

Lederson Ganan (photo on right) and David Enicks from the Amiri Lab in Wenatchee, have been awarded the Hambleton Scholarship to conduct research on powdery mildew and bull’s eye rot of apple. The Mike and Kathy Hambleton fellowship has been established to support WSU’s tree fruit research activities, specifically graduate research, within the tree fruit production areas of Washington State. Given the high number of students currently conducting their research in Wenatchee, this is a very a competitive fellowship to obtain, so congratulations to Lederson and David. Lederson GananDavid Enicks

New leadership roles for WSU grape virologist

Naidu RayapatiFrom CAHNRS NEWS:

Naidu Rayapati, world-renowned plant pathologist, has been named director of the Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (IAREC) in Prosser and CAHNRS assistant dean for Tri-Cities.

Rayapati studies virus diseases in a variety of crops, with emphasis on wine grapes. He’s worked in vineyards and farmers’ fields to help fight off, or prevent, pathogens that could have massive impacts on crops in Washington and around the world.

“I’m very excited about taking on these dual roles, including the new assistant dean position for the Tri-Cities campus,” Rayapati said. “We need to harness scientific and technological innovations, optimize strategic advantages, and maximize opportunities at the IAREC and Tri-Cities campuses.”  Full story.

WSU Showcase Event

WSU Showcase events honor the achievements of WSU faculty and staff. At this year’s Celebrating Excellence Banquet, Dr. Tobin Peever and Dr. Naidu Rayapati were recognized for promotion to Professor. Cheryl Hagelganz, administrative support staff, received the President’s Employee Award for Excellence.  Watch Cheryl’s video comments by following this linkCongratulations!

Tobin Peever and presenters
(from left) WSU President Schulz, Provost Bernardo, Tobin Peever, CAHNRS Dean Mittelhammer.
Naidu Rayapati and presenters
(from left) WSU President Schulz, Provost Bernardo, Naidu Rayapati, CAHNRS Dean Mittelhammer.
Cheryl Hagelganz with presenters
(from left) WSU President Schulz, Provost Bernardo, Cheryl Hagelganz, Plant Pathology Chair Hulbert