WSU ANTHROPOLOGISTS STUDY MAMMOTH REMAINS
Anthropology professor Carl Gustafson and graduate students are studying mammoth remains taken from a Richland site this summer. The bones were uncovered by construction workers and Gustafson directed the excavation to remove the materials, some of which are exhibited in a new museum in Richland. A temporary laboratory for the work has been set up at the anthropology warehouse near the WSU Surplus Stores building off Dairy Road. Gustafson’s team plans to be working Monday and Wednesday, Oct. 20-22, after 2:30 p.m. The mammoth bones were located in mixed deposits that included fine silts and sand, rocks from the Okanogan Highlands carried there by glaciers, and ash from a Mount St. Helens eruption, all dating about 13,000 years ago. He says the data suggests a huge lake may have existed in the Tri-Cities area with a surface 1,400 feet above the current level of the Columbia River. That means there may be important archaeological sites well above those identified in previous archaeological surveys.
Contact: Carl Gustafson, Anthropology
LAND GRANT DAY TIPS
OPEN HOUSE AT NEW PLANT GROWTH FACILITY
Rep. George Nethercutt and Sen. Patty Murray are scheduled to lead a contingent of speakers at an open house program for WSU’s new state-of-the-art Plant Growth/Wheat Research Facility at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 25. The $8 million facility, completed this fall, has 28 greenhouse sections, 11 growth rooms and 24 growth chambers, all designed to speed development of new crops for Northwest growers. Reception and self-guided tours at 10:30 a.m. The facility is located on Wilson Road east of the Meats Lab.
Contact: Terry Day, CAHE Information
ANTIQUE ENGINES ON DISPLAY
Members of the Lewis-Clark Antique Power Club will show off antique gasoline engines and related equipment on the WSU Rugby Field next to the Livestock Pavilion from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. Among the exhibits expected — all operating — are a gasoline powered Maytag washer and a gasoline powered feed grinder.
Contacts: Eldon B. Fogleman, Lewiston, 208/743-8948
Dennis Brown, CAHE Information, 509/335-2930
ANIMAL SCIENCES LAB OFFICIALLY OPENS
Washington State University President Samuel H. Smith will preside at opening ceremonies for a new Animal Science Laboratory at 11:10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 25. The lab, which is connected to Clark Hall by a second story skywalk, provides 12,000 square feet of laboratory and office space for 29 faculty and staff of the animal science department. The architecture and interior color scheme reflect the Palouse landscape. While most of the exterior walls are pre-cast concrete, the west side and a silo-shaped atrium are corrugated aluminum. Total cost of the project was $7.2 million. A reception and tours are scheduled at 10:30 a.m.
Contact: Dennis Brown, CAHE Information
REUNION OF 1935 LIVESTOCK JUDGING TEAM
More than 60 years after the Washington State University livestock judging team took top honors at the Pacific International Livestock Exhibition in Portland, the team’s six members and their coach will reunite during Land Grant Day, Oct. 25. The group will meet for dinner at Friday evening at the Hilltop Restaurant and gather for a group picture at 11 a.m. the following morning at the new Animal Sciences Lab. The reunion is being organized by team member Dan Eagle of Spokane, who received a WSU Alumni Achievement Award earlier this year.
Contact: Elizabeth Peterson, CAHE Development