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Dhingra honored for mentoring undergraduate researchers

Amit Dhingra, associate professor of genomics and biotechnology at Washington State University, has been honored by the Council on Undergraduate Research for his long-term commitment to mentoring undergraduate researchers.

Dhingra received the CUR’s Biology Division Mid-Career Mentor Award from among nominees from about 750 participating universities. In the past 11 years, Dhingra has mentored nearly 100 undergraduates in 32 majors hailing from 16 U.S. universities. Many of those students, as evidenced by his Undergraduate Student Collective website, have gone on to science-related careers, won awards or otherwise found ways to make significant contributions to society.

Read the rest of this article by Brian Clark here.

For the love of huckleberries

Starting in late summer, national forests in Northwestern states like Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho fill with eager berry hunters hoping to find a cache of dark maroon huckleberries.  Read the rest of this NPR article here.

Hunting Down the Lost Apples of the Pacific Northwest – New York Times

The New York Times recently published a story by Kirk Johnson about lost apples of the Pacific Northwest. Johnson’s story features apple detective David Benscoter’s and others effort to preserve knowledge of old apple varieties that, as Johnson writes, “might have something to teach us… about evolution or climate, in looking at the qualities that kept a particular tree going despite the odds.”

Read more at The New York Times.

Technologies on the Shelf

2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug’s establishment of the World Food Prize organization. This year World Food Prize hosted the 2016 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, held October 12-14 in Des Moines, Iowa.

In a World Food Prize side event, WSU Associate Professor Amit Dhingra presented on the forthcoming paper:Technologies on the Shelf. The series keynote paper is part of a Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) 12 paper project, The Need for Agricultural Innovation to Sustainably Feed the World by 2050, investigating methods to advance global food security.

More information on the 2016 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium and CAST can be found at these web sites:

Borlaug Dialogue and CAST-science


The Age of the Pear

The pear industry has unlimited potential and is ripe for a revolution.

The pear has been a staple food in Europe for centuries — often the subject of paintings by Van Gogh and highly revered by fables and foodies alike. Read the rest of the article here.

Role of Entrepreneurism in a University

Striving Towards Excellence and Tangible Impact – Role of Entrepreneurism in a University

October 31st, 2:00-3:00pm

Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Location: Lighty 405

Speaker: Amit Dhingra
Ph.D. Associate Professor and Founder of Phytelligence Inc.

For Questions and to Request AMS Contact:
WSU Office of Commercialization, 509-335-5526