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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 …

Graduate Student Awarded at Biosolids Meeting

WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center would like to extend congratulations to graduate student Nathan Stacey for his recent award at the annual Northwest Biosolids meeting.

Stacey’s poster for the meeting was voted as the best one among the graduate students in attendance. His poster covered some initial results from using a composted biosolid as a nutrient substitute on a golf course fairway—a project he is working on.

Stacey has been with Puyallup REC since 2011 and is pursuing his Ph.D in Crop and Soil sciences.

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 …

Graduate student wins award for presentation

WSU Puyallup graduate student Andrea Garfinkel received the award for Best Oral Presentation at the 12th International Symposium on Flower Bulbs and Herbaceous Perennials in Kunming, China.

The conference, which is sponsored by the International Society for Horticultural Science, is held every four years and is attended by researchers from around the world. In late June Andrea accompanied her advisor Gary Chastagner and research technologist Annie Debauw to present their research.

At the conference, Andrea gave a presentation titled, “Identification of Botrytis paeoniae microsatellites to track potential pathogen movement on peony rootstock using Ion Proton technology.” She was surprised to be announced as the winner … » More …

Puyallup Graduate Student Named to CSSA Board

WSU Puyallup would like to congratulate Henry Sintim for being named Interim Graduate Student Representative to the Crop Science Society of America Board of Directors. He will join in on monthly board calls and take part in a strategic planning meeting this month in Madison, Wisconsin. Sintim is a graduate student at the Puyallup Research and Extension Center where he is researching how biodegradable plastic mulches impact soil quality and microclimates. His work could help the specialty crop industry while reducing costs and eliminating plastic waste. We are all proud to have Henry here!

The Innovators lecture series features Puyallup researcher

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Congratulations to Dr. Jenifer McIntyre on being invited to present as part of WSU’s The Innovators lecture series.

The Innovators lecture series spotlights WSU research achievements. Faculty experts and industry leaders fuel informed discussion about important issues that impact our quality of life. They share discoveries that could spark positive change in Washington and beyond. » More …