Innovators 2013 (2283)
WSU Innovators Luncheon
Science in your glass: How research and education advance Washington Wines
Washington State University's College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
and Office of Research are proud to present the Spring 2013 Innovators luncheon featuring:
Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling
of the WSU Wine Science Center 
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For specific questions, please contact:
Esther Pratt
University Advancement

Time:  11:00 am doors open for light refreshments, 11:30 am lunch seating begins
Date:  April 4, 2013
Place:  Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle, WA
Registration: $49 for luncheon
 Featured Presenter: Dr. Thomas Henick-Kling


Thomas Henick-Kling has directed the WSU Viticulture and Enology Program since February 2009. Before joining the faculty at WSU, he worked for 20 years as a wine researcher and educator at Cornell University, where he was instrumental in establishing the undergraduate program in enology and viticulture. He has also served as director of the National Wine Industry Centre in Australia.

Dr. Henick-Kling’s research has long focused on the very basics of fermentation science: the yeast that converts sugar into alcohol and flavor components and the malolactic bacteria that converts malic acid into lactic acid, thereby lowering the acidity of a wine and improving the texture and aroma. He has helped winemakers understand the science of sugars and nutrients and their roles in the fermentation process. His research has greatly contributed to our fundamental understanding of the living processes that enable winemakers to turn good grapes into great wine.
Among his various national and international honors are the New York Wine and Grape Foundation’s Wine Industry Research Award and lifetime membership in the International Association of Enology, Winery Management and Wine Marketing. Dr. Henick-Kling is the first or contributing author to a number of Best Papers published in the journal of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture, which also selected him as director of its Technical Projects Committee (1999-2006). He also served as a member of the ASEV board and as a member of the Advisory Committee for the National Viticulture Consortium East.

Dr. Henick-Kling was the first graduate student at the Australian Wine Research Institute at the University of Adelaide where he earned his doctoral degree. He earned his master’s degree in microbiology and food science at Oregon State University.

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