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PhD student given Award of Excellence by GPSA

Congratulations are in order for Henry Sintim, a PhD candidate in the Crop and Soil Sciences program at WSU Puyallup.

Sintim was recently selected for the Award of Excellence by The Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) for his accomplishments and contributions as a Research Assistant during the 2016-2017 academic year. » More …

Graduate Student Wins Alexander A. Smick Scholarship

Andrea Garfinkel
Graduate student Andrea Garfinkel

WSU Puyallup REC would like to congratulate graduate student Andrea Garfinkel for being selected as a 2017 Alexander A. Smick Scholarship in Rural Community Service and Development winner.

Garfinkel was selected for not just her impressive application but also her commitment to rural community service and agricultural outreach in Alaska. Since 2013 she and her advisor, Dr. Gary Chastagner, have traveled to Alaska at least once per growing season to meet with farmers—many being first-time farmers who benefit immensely from Garfinkel and Chastagner’s knowledge and experience. » More …

Faculty Member Receives NRCS Grant

WSU Puyallup Animal Sciences faculty member Joe Harrison has been selected as a grant recipient through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program. NRCS is a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture

Joe Harrison is an Animal Sciences faculty member at WSU Puyallup.
Joe Harrison is an Animal Sciences faculty member at WSU Puyallup.

Dr. Harrison will receive $460,010 from NRCS to support his project—“Mobile System for Nutrient (Phosphorus) Recovery and Cost Efficient Nutrient Transport.” The project has also received an additional $150,000 in match funding from the Washington Dairy industry. » More …

Grad Student Wins Grant A. Harris Research Instrumentation Fellowship

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Graduate student David Sullivan was a recent recipient for the Decagon Devices Grant A. Harris Research Instrumentation Fellowship.

The fellowship provides $30,000 worth of Decagon research instruments—$5,000 each—to six graduate students studying environmental or geotechnical science.

David is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Soil Science and started his journey with Puyallup Research & Extension during field season of 2015 with Dr. Doug Collins. » More …

Prof. receives award for outstanding gardening book

How Plants Work by Linda Chalker-Scott

Linda Chalker-Scott, professor and faculty at WSU Puyallup, is the recipient of a 2016 American Horticultural Society Book Award for How Plants Work (Timber Press, 2015). The book breaks down complex horticultural science for the everyday layperson to understand so they can become better gardeners. » More …

Climate adaptation team wins award for educational materials

Liz Whitefield

The Animal Ag in a Changing Climate team—a collaborative project which includes WSU Puyallup Research Associate Liz Whitefield—was awarded the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Blue Ribbon Award for educational materials. The Educational Aids Blue Ribbon Awards Competition, sponsored by EOPD-208 Extension Committee, promotes excellence in informational materials which contribute to the understanding of agricultural and biological engineering subjects outside of the traditional classroom setting. Their web page (http://animalagclimatechange.org/) includes a blog,  short videos, fact sheets, and a free-online course about climate change that has been completed by nearly 100 … » More …

Horticulturist wins national medal for fruit breeding

Pat Moore

PUYALLUP, Wash. – Patrick Moore, Washington State University professor and horticulturist in Puyallup, was awarded the Wilder Medal from the American Pomological Society for his contributions to fruit breeding. The annual award recognizes outstanding service to horticulture with special consideration for the origination and introduction of superior varieties that have been widely planted. Moore, who has been on WSU faculty since 1987, does research on breeding, genetics, disease and disease resistance of raspberries and strawberries. Fruit varieties his team has developed include: Cascade Harvest, Cascade Gold, Cascade Bounty, Cascade Dawn and Cascade Delight raspberries … » More …