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USAIN 2018

USAIN 2018 Conference Guide

USAIN 2018 Featured Speakers

Carolyn Ross in front of a glass of wine and some crackers   Carolyn Ross, Ph.D. (Keynote Speaker)

Keynote Address: Chew on this: Food Science and Information Literacy

Abstract: It is common to find diverse opinions regarding the healthfulness of various foods—opinions that are often based on misinformation.  In this seminar, I will discuss the challenge of information literacy in the context of food science and will provide examples of teaching tools used in various food science courses.  Also, because this seminar is about food, we will have some tutored food tastings to explore various texture concepts, as well as try the new WSU “Cosmic Crisp” apple!  

Carolyn Ross is a Professor in the School of Food Science at Washington State University. When in Grade 3, Carolyn stated that she wanted to be a librarian but she went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in foods and nutrition from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, her M.Sc. from the University of Guelph in food science, and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in food science/environmental toxicology. Her post-doctoral and industry experience includes work at Georgia Tech Research Institute, University of Waterloo and Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute. She joined WSU’s School of Food Science in 2004 as an Assistant professor and director of the WSU Sensory Evaluation Facility. 

The overall objective of Dr. Ross’ research and graduate education program is to understand the theoretical basis underpinning the sensory perception of foods and wines and to correlate these psychophysical attributes with quantifiable characteristics.  Through this research, Dr. Ross has published over 85 scientific research articles, with over 100 presentations at national and international scientific meetings. 


Richard Scheuerman in front of a wheat field     Richard Scheuerman, Ph.D.

Closing Address: From Spillman Farm to Colonial Williamsburg -- Library Research for Heritage Crop Restoration

Dr. Richard Scheuerman was raised on a farm between the rural Palouse Country communities of Endicott and St. John, Washington. After a twenty-five year career as teacher and administrator in Washington public schools, he chaired the Master of Arts in Teaching Program at Seattle Pacific University’s Graduate School of Education for twelve years. He is co-founder of Palouse Colony Farm which raises heritage grains for artisan baking and craft brewing. Scheuerman holds degrees in history, Russian, and education and has written several books and articles on regional themes including Finding Chief Kamiakin, recent finalist for Washington Non-fiction Book of the Year. His latest book, Harvest Heritage: Agricultural Origins and Heirloom Grains of the Pacific Northwest, was published in 2014 by WSU Press, and he is now at work on a companion volume, Hallowed Harvests: Reapers and Gleaners in Western Literature and the Fine Arts.

Scheuerman is a recipient of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education and the Robert Gray Medal for contributions to historical scholarship. He currently serves as Archivist and Educational Programs Director for the Franklin County Museum in Pasco.


Paul Wester, Director, NAL

Mr. Wester serves as the Director of the National Agricultural Library (NAL), one of four major national libraries of the U.S. Government.  As the director for two and a half years, he leads programs within NAL, and with domestic and international collaborators, to identify, organize, make accessible, and preserve important systems of agricultural information and also leads the development of products and services to meet the broad information management needs of scientific research, extension, and the regulatory programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Paul serves on several inter‐Agency and inter‐Departmental committees, including serving as the USDA representative to the Interagency Working Group on Open Science, part of the Committee on Science for the National Science and Technology Council.  

AWIC Pre-Conference

Selfie of Kristina Adams and a golden retriever 

Alternative Literature Searching

Join Kristina Adams from The Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) on Sunday, May 13, 2018.

The Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC) workshop is targeted for individuals who are responsible for providing information to meet the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).  The regulations of the AWA require that investigators provide animal care and use committees with documentation demonstrating that alternatives to procedures that may cause more than momentary pain or distress to the animals have been considered and that activities do not unnecessarily duplicate previous experiments. A thorough literature search regarding alternatives meets this Federal mandate. An alternative is any procedure which results in the reduction in the numbers of animals used, refinement of techniques, or replacement of animals.


The objectives of the workshop are to provide:

    An overview of the AWA and its information requirements;

    A review of the 3Rs alternatives concept;

    Instruction on developing and implementing search strategies in existing databases.

This workshop is targeted for principal investigators, members of IACUCs, information providers, administrators of animal use programs, and veterinarians

Alternative Literature Searching ($50)

Sunday, May 13, 2018

8:30am – Noon

319D (computer lab)

Owen Library

Washington State University, Pullman, WA

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