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March 4, 2019

Posted by lindsey.schnelle | September 26, 2019


Dr. Amy Lin’s grant proposal, Investigating the fine structure of potato starch and its relationship to parenchyma cells associated with the texture of French Fries, is recommended to receive an award of $490K in the USDA AFRI Foundational Program Award. Dr. Lin thanks the support from USA Potatoes, Idaho Potato Commission, Washington State Potato Commission, Oregon Potato Commission, J.R. Simplot, Lamb Weston, McCain Foods, and the grant advisory board members.

Dr. Amy Lin and her master graduate student Yuezhen He published the article, The influence of starch and the interactions of starch and other macromolecules on the low falling number in wheat, in the journal Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, which has a five-year impact factor of 8.9.  The article provided comprehensive review of the low falling number in wheat from a starch perspective in order to assist growers and other wheat researchers to develop a solution to prevent the low falling number issue.

Dr. Amy Lin also published another paper, Reduction of falling number in soft white spring wheat caused by an increased proportion of spherical B-type starch granules, in the journal Food Chemistry, which has an impact factor of 4.976. The article reported a cause of low falling number in wheat, which caused a loss of 140 million in a single year in the northwest in 2016.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Save the date, Steve Christiansen with Idaho Milk Products is planning to visit campus March 26, 2019 for an info session and then conduct on campus interviews on March 27, 2019.

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 & UI Spring Break March 11-15th
  • WSU Spring Commencement, Sat., May 4th
  • UI Spring Commencement, Sat., May 11th

UI, there will be two progress survey reminder emails sent out to all 16 week 200-400 level course instructors with outstanding progress surveys. Faculty and advisors will be included in the memo. Please check your email for the progress survey (early warning grades) intervention timeline for the semester.

UI student, deadlines are approaching for distinguished scholarship applications. Please review the list of distinguished scholarships that are due soon after winter break (January 2019 – February 2019). University of Idaho students have been successful in many of these scholarship competitions. See University of Idaho’s news website for more information.

The CAHNRS 3MT is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6, 2019. It will take place in the afternoon, exact time TBD, depending upon the number of student entries. Student entries are due to the College by Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Head to the CAHNRS 3MT Website for more information.

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.

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.

The Student Section

Apply for the GPSA Excellence Awards, nominations are open 1/15 – 3/15. Visit the GPSA website for more information.

The College of Agriculture of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) at the University of Maryland, College Park is currently recruiting our 2019 Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) cohort.  The SROP promotes research in the agricultural, environmental, nutritional and food sciences while providing underrepresented students an opportunity to develop research skills, and learn about doctoral training and establish relationships with AGNR faculty and graduate students. The application deadline is March 22, 2019. Learn more and apply at University of Maryland’s website.

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

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:

Nominations for ‘The Association for Faculty Women’s Outstanding Graduate Student Awards’ and ‘Graduate School’s Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award’  are due on March 1, 2019. These awards recognize the academic achievements and professional potential of WSU’s male and female graduate students. Both part-time and full-time students are eligible. Award information and nomination forms are all available on the AFW Website.

Scholarship submissions for the Northwest FCS are due on March 1, 2019. Scholarships are awarded annually to high school seniors, current college students and those pursuing graduate degrees. All scholarships are $2,500 each. See more information on Northwest Farm Credit Services’ scholarship webpage.

Extension Events

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.

The Cider & Perry Production – A Foundation registration is available now. This five-day course provides students with expert knowledge of cider and perry principles and practices. The curriculum is taught by WSU fermentation specialist, Bri Ewing, and includes information regarding cider culture, production, science, and business. The course will be held from March 11-March 15, 2019 at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC. Register for this course on Brown Paper Ticket’s Registration Website.

Jobs, Internships, and Scholarships

The WSU Creamery is hiring for Warehouse Operator 3 position. This position is responsible for the managing the cheese storage warehouse at the Creamery Annex for the WSU Creamery. The duties of the position include, but are not limited to: receiving and organizing cheese produced by the Creamery as well as dry goods that are delivered to the Creamery Annex; manually packing and shipping cheese; maintaining all necessary paperwork and record keeping; hiring and training the employees that package Cougar Cheeses for shipment through UPS and other carriers; and other duties as assigned. Find more information and apply on Washington State University HRS website.

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

IMPA is currently accepting scholarship applications from current U of I / WSU students for the 2019/2020 academic year. While we are somewhat focused on Food Science majors, we are most interested in candidates that are committed to careers in the Dairy Industry in Idaho. Please complete and submit your application by March 15th2019, attach an updated resume and send to Please see the attached application.

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

Other Announcements

Undergraduates, participate in a survey for Furman University. This research will study the types of conflict students experience at their academic institutions depending on the type of institution they attend and their identities on campus. Take the survey on Furman’s Qualtrics site.

Faculty, the WSU Tukey Horticulture Orchard has sweet cherry and apple trees and fruit available for research and class use at the old Tukey Orchard site. If you would like to use any part of the remaining Tukey Orchard for your research or class tours or class demonstrations please fill out the attached Farm Use Request Form so we can make this happen for you.  Requests are filled on a first come first served basis so get your request in ASAP.

The Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad’s small grants competition request for proposals and needs assessment survey to inform upcoming study abroad capacity building activities for U.S. higher education institutions.
Register for free U.S. Department of State (DOS) workshops for the U.S. study abroad community focused on consular safety and security messaging, travel safety and preparedness, and DOS scholarships and study abroad capacity building resources.

Interested in strengthening your ability to communicate your work? At the 2018 All CALS Day Randy Olson, scientist turned filmmaker, and his team presented a one-day workshop on Story Circles. He emphasized the ABT Framework that relies on ‘ands’, ‘buts’ and ‘therefores’ to create a message that is impactful and engages the reader while delivering scientific or sometimes complicated information. The afternoon allowed us all a chance to practice that framework in a demonstration for how the ‘Story Circles’ work. If you are interested in becoming a part of one of the Idaho Story Circles, please reply to Debbie Rigby by March 8, with Story Circles in the subject line.