Monica Moore, the English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher for the Pullman School District and an adjunct faculty member at the Washington State University College of Education, was awarded first prize in the 1998 essay contest sponsored by the American Mothers Association.
Moore submitted an essay about her own mother and her mother’s “gigantic bottle of marbles” that she had earlier written for friends and family. Her husband suggested that she enter the contest after reading about it in a local newspaper.
Moore received $400. Her essay appears in the association’s journal this summer. Her essay was also read at the national convention of the association, which is headquartered at New York City.
At WSU, Moore teaches the introductory ESL course, which she explains brings the realities of classroom ESL teaching to future ESL teachers.
Contact: Monica Moore, College of Education
Phone: 509/335-5027 office or 332-4716 Home


Thirty-two Washington elementary and middle schools are expected to attend two one-week Summer Science Institutes at Washington State University between July 12-24.
“The state of Washington is going through education reform and science education is one of the areas being reformed,” said Deb Nelson, institute coordinator. “Many elementary school teachers, in particular, do not have a strong science background, which makes it difficult for them to teach science to their classes.
“We give them five curricula, which they experience here. They can take them back and use them in their classes next fall. What’s really exciting is that kids get to do more hands-on science and that’s how kids learn best.”
The institutes are sponsored by the WSU departments of animal sciences and human development.
Reporters are welcome to come and try out some of the experiments themselves.
Contact: Deb Nelson, Department of Animal Sciences
Phone: 509/335-2205 or nelsondeb@wsu.edu

Washington State University’s summer archaeological field school begins its third week of excavation of an early habitation site along the Owyhee River in southeast Oregon.
Directing the dig is Bill Andrefsky, director of WSU’s Center for Northwest Anthropology. The team is mapping the location of artifacts and attempting to determine at what period of prehistory natives occupied the site.
When the Owyhee River flooded in 1993, ancient cultural materials were exposed. Centuries-old stone tool fragments have been documented and there is evidence that roasting ovens were utilized, Andrefsky says.
The project is being conducted for the Bureau of Land Management. Visitors to the site are welcome July 13-15 and 25-28. The site will close July 29.
The location is reached by turning left off Highway 95, about 13 miles north of Jordan Valley, onto Jordan Craters Road. Drive 24 miles west on Jordan Craters Road, then turn right at the “Owyhee River” sign. Drive 4.6 miles north down Birch Creek Canyon to Birch Creek Ranch.
Contact: Bill Andrefsky, Anthropology Department
Phone: 541/473-3144, Bureau of Land Management Office