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April 10, 2019

Posted by lindsey.schnelle | September 26, 2019


Congratulations to Courtney Schlossareck for passing her Master of Science in Food Science Final Examination!

Girish Ganjyal was featured in the latest CFW (Cereal Food World) journal issue as the member spotlight. Read the full Q&A on AACC International’s webpage.

Congratulations to Martin Baker for receiving  the 2019 Outstanding Staff Technical/Paraprofessional award!

Congratulations to Fariba Zad Bagher Seighalani for receiving the UI Student Employee of the Year Award!

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Tonia Green will receive an award at the CAHNRS Faculty and Staff Awards Night on April 23, 2019 at 5PM in Ensminger Pavilion. Celebrate with SFS and Tonia by attending, contact Krissie Stewart to RSVP by April 16.

Please plan to attend Yujing Zhu’s Master of Science in Food Science Final Examination on April 12, 2019 at 9AM in FSHN 104A.

Please plan to attend Elvis Baidoo’s Masters Thesis Final Examination on April 15, 2019 at 1PM in FSHN 104A.

Please plan to attend Andrew Tyler Williams’ Master of Science in Food Science Final Examination on April 18, 2019 at 9AM in WSU Tri-Cities Wine Science Center Wine Library and via AMS to FSHN 164, Pullman.

You’re Invited to the Annual Food Science, Entomology, and Animal Science End of the Year Potluck Barbeque on Friday, April 19, 2019 at 12:00 PM (between Clark Hall and FSHN). Register for a food dish to bring by April 17, 2019 on Sign Up Genius.

Registration is open for the CAHNRS Lab Crawl on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Ensminger Pavilion. There will be a free dinner and panel discussion featuring Dean of CAHNRS, Dr. André-Denis Wright, and Interim Associate Dean for Research & Interim Agricultural Research Center Director, Dr. Scot Hulbert, followed by lab tours. Learn more and register on the Google Doc Registration Form.

Gary Norland and his wife, Jeannie will be providing a Safety Awareness presentation on April 16, 2019 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Beasley Coliseum.  For additional information, head to Gary Norland’s website.

Washington State University Transportation Services is transitioning to permitless license plate recognition (LPR) parking next year. This requires adjustments to the reciprocal parking agreement between U of I and WSU. Email if you regularly teach, work or are involved in research partnerships at WSU. We need to understand who will be impacted by this upcoming change so we can work collaboratively with WSU Transportation Services to make it as seamless as possible. Email with your name, position, department, general purpose for your need to access WSU campus and how often you park at WSU.

Registration for the Business Plan Competition opened today. All WSU students, regardless of major, are eligible to participate as long as at least two members are undergraduates. . The screening round of the competition requires registering their team online and submitting a one-pager about their business idea. Teams that advance to the presentation round will be notified April 1 and will then submit a 4-7 page business plan and slide deck. The presentation round takes place on April 25. KT Farms is sponsoring a $5000 Ag Tech/Food Science prize at the upcoming competition. Full competition guidelines, scoring rubrics, deadlines, and the registration link can all be found on the BPC webpage.

See the below information regarding parking at UI and WSU:

  • Washington State University
  •  University of Idaho

Spring Semester 2019 Important Dates:

  • WSU Spring Commencement, Sat., May 4th
  • UI Spring Commencement, Sat., May 11th

The Student Section

There will be a UI Spring 2019 Scholarship Information Session on April 22, 2019 from 10-11 AM in TLC 047. This session provides an overview of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and features a panel of experts (faculty and students) who will share advise on how to develop a strong Fulbright application. The session is open to undergraduate students at all academic levels, graduating seniors, recent graduates, and master’s and doctoral candidates who would like to learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. More information can be found on University of Idaho’s website.

ICEF13 has a few awards that are open for nominations. See their awards on their ICEF13 Website.

CALS will be holding a workshop series. These are each 1-hour workshops delivered in lecture format with notes and R code made available after the workshop. All are welcome to attend as many workshops as desired. Each workshop is standalone and does not expect that you have attended previous workshops in this series. Basic knowledge of R is assumed. There is no registration for these events. Please feel free to attend all or individual workshops that fit your research needs:

  • April 4 – Data wrangling with the Tidyverse
  • April 11 – Data Visualization with ggplot2

All workshops will be delivered via Zoom and will be recorded on UI’s Zoom Webpage.

The Office of Undergraduate Research invites undergraduates from all disciplines to present their work in poster format at the 2019 U of I Undergraduate Research Symposium. The event will take place 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 29, in the International Ballroom, Bruce M. Pitman Center, Moscow. This event is designed to showcase student research, scholarly work and creative activities from all disciplines at the University of Idaho. Students will present and display their work to the campus community along with campus visitors, family and friends. The abstract submission deadline is April 1. For more information about the symposium, including the online abstract submission form, visit the Office of Undergraduate Research website

Extension Events

Basics of Sanitation and Current Good Manufacturing Practices workshop on April 16-17 in Prosser, WA is open for registration. For more information and to register head to the Food Processing Webpage.

Registration is now open for the Basic HACCP for fresh Produce Packers workshop at Prosser, WA. Through hands-on learning, participants will be able to practice identifying food safety hazards, developing control measures, and determining approaches for documenting and verifying their actions. Register and read more on the WSU Food Safety website.

The Certificate in Seafood Science program at the Center for Advanced Food Technology in Everett has new dates available. Learn more and register at the SFS CAFT webpage.

Jobs, Internships, and Scholarships

The Dannon Yogurt facility in Utah is looking to fill their internship position slots. For more information contact Nathan Day, Dannon’s Flow Manager.

Students interested in sustainability, Environment Washington is hiring summer staff. They are looking for WSU students and the surrounding area as paid campaign staff to help with our citizen outreach work in Seattle this summer. For more information and to apply, head to Fund the Public Interest’s webpage.

A former SFS student is looking for a new lab/operations tech to train. The company they works for is called Zea2 LLC, and is located in Boardman, Oregon. It’s a relatively new company, and produces acids and amino acids through bacterial fermentations. These products are to be used as food additives. The plant is still undergoing some construction in areas, but plan to be in full production mode beginning of this fall. This would be a full-time position for a student graduating with an undergraduate or graduate degree. Ideally, training can begin as soon as graduation in May. A person in this position would perform research and analytical work in the lab, and also monitor and help operate the fermentations happening in the plant. It’s a great opportunity for someone new to the workforce. Please email your cover letter/ resumes to

Click here to view open jobs, internships, and scholarships on the SFS website.

Other Announcements

The Department of Ecology recently adopted amendments to the Dangerous Waste regulations. New labeling requirements will impact anyone collecting chemical waste in a container greater than one gallon. Environmental Health and Safety will be providing new 8.5” x 11” labels to meet these requirements. Any container larger than one gallon will need to have a new waste label by April 28. Over the next few weeks we will be on campus changing labels. Read more on WSU News.

The Ag Sci building elevator will be out of operation this summer and fall semester as they will be replacing the elevator. (Best case scenario: the new one will be up and running by labor day.) We are working with facilities to make any ADA accommodations for our faculty and staff who work on floors 1-3. If you have someone who may need to move to the ground floor due to ADA needs, please send their names to Mary Ellen Martin.

Vandal Giving Day is on Tuesday, April 2 starting at 10AM. Learn more on the Vandals Give Website.

CALS is currently collecting items for three charitable causes.  Please see the information below and promote within your department as you see fit:

  • Phi Upsilon Omicron and UI Women’s Center Diaper Drive:  Collecting diapers, wipes, formula, and other baby products for local families.  Drop off locations in CALS: Outside of Dean’s Office in Ag Science building and in Niccolls Building.
  • CALS Food Pantry:  CALS is building up inventory for a new CALS Food Pantry, that will be located in a portion of the Ag Biotech Interaction Court kitchen.  Any donation of non-perishable food or personal hygiene items is accepted.  Drop off location is outside of the Dean’s Office in Ag Science.  However, if it is not convenient for you to drop off items there, contact Gayle Gleason ( and somebody can come to your office and pick up the items.
  • CAMP Long Sleeve Shirt, Hat, and Glove Drive:  Collected items will be donated to help Idaho farmworkers protect themselves against the dangers of sun and pesticide exposure.   New and used items appreciated.  Drop off locations in CALS: Outside of Dean’s Office in Ag Science building and in Niccolls Building.  Box will be collected around April 1, so don’t delay!

Are you looking to volunteer? If so, sign up for Saturday of Service! This is a great way to connect with community partners across the Palouse. The deadline to register is Sunday, March 31st. To register go to the UI Org Sync Website.

Learn About Updates to Rules Regarding Generating Hazardous Waste

Environmental Health and Safety picks up hazardous waste generated at many areas on campus, including units within the Colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Art and Architecture, Engineering, Facilities, Housing, and Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. There are rule changes regarding hazardous waste everyone needs to know about. Read more on UI’s website.

Volunteers are needed for Spring and Summer Camp 2019 at Camp Korey in Mount Vernon WA. For more information and to apply to be a camp counselor, head to []Camp Korey’s Website.