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December 10, 2018

Posted by lindsey.schnelle | September 26, 2019


Congratulations to our 2018 graduates! If you are traveling home this week make sure to check road conditions before you leave (Washington State Department of Transportation and Idaho Transportation Department). Go Cougs and Go Vandals!

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

The IMPA product development team has developed a few products this semester for the competition in August, and is selecting the product to focus on during Spring 2019. The taste test will be in Ag Sci 112 on Tuesday, December 11, at 4:15 PM. Both products contain dairy, with one being a lentil soup made with whey, and the other product being a whipped pudding.

Nominees for The Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines are due on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 to Alanna Ellis ( in the Academic Programs Office. Full descriptions and eligibility requirements for each award can be found on the Graduate School’s Website.

Faculty, staff, and graduate students, you’re invited to the CAHNRS holiday party on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 4:30-6:30 PM at Ensminger Pavilion. Come and celebrate the end of another great year! There will also be a dessert potluck, so bring your favorite treats to share!

The CAS and CAHNRS Holiday Sharing Trees partnered with Christmas for Kids Latah County, Northwest Children’s Home, and Pullman’s Community Child Care this year. Trees will be set up in Hulbert Hall Foyer, Johnson Hall (2 floor), Ground floor of FSHN, Webster Hall Lobby, CAS Deans office (Thompson Hall 301), and School of Languages, Cultures and Race-Thompson Hall (Rm. 110). The tags will be divided amongst these locations and we will be accepting gifts until December 12, 2018 after which they will be wrapped and delivered to their locations.  Please remember to attach the tag you have taken to the gift you are giving and return to Webster Hall Rm 1228.

The office of Provost Food Drive is accepting canned goods and non-perishable items and will be available to drop off in the office of the Provost (French Administration Bldg., room 436) until Friday, December 14, 2018. Provost Bernardo and Mrs. Bernardo will match each donation pound for pound. Contact Kristen Peterson-Wilson (509-335-5581) if you have any questions.

The CAHNRS Business Center Travel Training presentation will be held on December 18, 2018 at 2PM. The presentation will include training that covers travel processes for CAHNRS travelers, how to fill out and submit a Travel Authority and the process of filling out and submitting a Travel Expense Voucher, and the process as a whole and review simple tips and tricks we have found helpful along the way. If you would like to attend this training, please send an email to including your name, email and WSU ID number. We will follow up with a meeting reminder for you that will provide location of training.

The Idaho Hazardous Waste Management Act (HWMA) requires all hazardous waste generators to submit an annual report.  As a large quantity generator of hazardous waste from laboratory, office and shop operations, the University of Idaho must satisfy this requirement.  To assist in the collection of information pertaining to waste generation on campus, please cap or close all containers you are currently using to accumulate hazardous waste and submit a Chemical Waste Collection Request for each container no later than Monday, December 31, 2018.  This appeal applies only to those containers for which you have not already submitted a collection request.

Faculty, nominations for the Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Award are due by January 1, 2019. To nominate an individual for this award, complete the online form along with a statement explaining why you believe the nominee deserves recognition.

Spring Semester 2019 Important Dates:

  • WSU Classes begin Mon., Jan 7th (note: for any UI student in COOP classes, these classes start on Monday)
  • UI Classes begin Wed., Jan 9th
  • WSU & UI  Martin Luther King, Jr. – Idaho Human Rights Day, Mon., Jan 21st
  • WSU & UI Spring Break March 11-15th
  • WSU Spring Commencement, Sat., May 4th
  • UI Spring Commencement, Sat., May 11th

The 3rd Annual Plant Science Symposium will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019 at Washington State University. The event will be held in the WSU Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center. Registration is FREE! and includes snacks, lunch, and drink tickets for a social mixer. There will be a poster session and prizes for the best posters. There is also an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to apply to present a short talk. Instructions for general registration as well as poster abstract applications are available at the []Plant Science Symposium website.

Students (BS, MS. PHD’s) interested in confectionery and snacks, apply to the Professional Manufacturing Confectioners Association (PCMA) program.  It was developed in an effort to reach out to the next generation of confectionery and snack personnel and demonstrate how “sweet” it is to be part of these exciting industries.  For more information, head to the PMCA Student Outreach Program Website.

The Student Section

The UI Semester Refresh conference will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2018 from 12-5PM in the Idaho Commons and TLC. Semester Refresh is for any student who could benefit from practical skill building and a motivation boost leading into the spring semester.  All students are invited. RSVP to attend on the Eventbrite Website. There will be free lunch!

Applications for the GPSA Research Expo and the Academic Showcase are due January 16. This is a great opportunity for graduate students to network and present their research.

The WSU Undergraduate Research Award application is now open. Students may choose between three awards to apply for to support mentored research in the 2019 -2020 school year. Applications are due by February 15, for more information check out the WSU Insider.

If you are interested in practicing for the IFTSA Food Science College Bowl Competition that is held mid-March 2019, enroll in FS 499 section 2, Special Problems, 1 cr., pass/fail graded, time/location TDB.  It just lasts until end of March.  Once students are enrolled, a time  will be picked that hopefully fits everyone’s schedule. We need approximately 7 ugrad/grads and for undergrad, this can be used towards your elective credits.  It would be just one-hour long. This a knowledge bowl competition you are preparing for, so if you like food-related trivia and food facts, this could be for you.  Since 1985, the IFTSA College Bowl Competition has tested the knowledge of student teams from across the United States in the areas of food science and technology, history of foods and food processing, food law, and general IFT/food-related trivia.  WSU and UI as a joint team have been competitive in College Bowl for almost a decade.  The College Bowl is designed to:

• facilitate interaction among students from different universities

• stimulate the students’ desire to accumulate and retain knowledge

• provide a forum for students to engage in friendly competition

Teams from IFT Student Chapters in eight geographical areas of the Student Association compete in area competitions prior to the IFT Annual Meeting. The winning teams from the eight areas then compete in a final competition at the Annual Meeting. All finalists receive a $1000 travel grant. The national champion earns a $1000 award, and the runner-up a $750 award.

Advisor: Dr. Helen Joyner (Phone: 208-885-9683)

University of Idaho graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to join the new UIdaho Graduate Community Facebook page to receive updates on upcoming events and more!

UI Students, the University of Idaho has established an Institutional Agreement with Kaplan to allow students the opportunity to complete live, in-person GRE and MCAT preparation courses at a reduced rate. The Kaplan GRE Test Preparation Course survey and the Kaplan Test Preparation Course survey are open if interested in these opportunities.

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture has a prestigious fellowship program known as the FFAR Fellows. You can apply for their upcoming 2019-2022 cohort by February 15, 2018 for the Stipend + Professional Development Fellow ship and April 15, 2018 for the Professional Development Fellowship. For more information, contact the FFAR Fellows Program Director:

Extension Events

The Basic Plus Cheese Making Short Course will be held on February 5-7, 2019 at Mount Vernon, Washington. Head to the Creamery’s Registration Page for more information.

The Better Process Control School will be a 4 day Full Course from February 5-8, 2018 and a 2 day Acidified Foods course from February 5-6, 2019. Courses run from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm every day. Check-in starts at 7:45 am the first day. Course is limited to 40 people. More information can be found on the Washington State University Food Processing Extension’s website.

The 33rd Advanced Cheese Making Short Course will be held on February 26-28, 2019 in Pullman, Washington. Head to the Creamery’s Registration Page for more information.

Jobs, Internships, and Scholarships

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

Other Announcements

Calling all expert beverage food scientists, a small company in Hawaii is looking for help from a food scientist in their beverage division to assist on how to approach juice clarifications and essences. You will be compensated for your time/involvement. Contact Cam Campbell if you have any questions.