SPOKANE, Wash. – Media are invited to attend four events at Washington State University Spokane’s Health Sciences Building Feb. 21 and 22.

Separate press conferences featuring a Spokane physician who developed an innovation in prenatal care and Thomas J. Hoban, an international expert on the growing use of biotechnology in society, are set for Feb. 21. A preview of the new Health Sciences Building is scheduled to follow the morning press conferences.

A dedication program of the Health Sciences Building featuring Gov. Gary Locke and other related activities are set for Feb. 22. The following is the schedule of events for both days:

Thursday, Feb. 21:

PRESS CONFERENCE, 10:30 a.m., Health Sciences Building, Room 110A: A Spokane physician who developed a portable fetal heart rate monitor – the first of its kind – using technology from NASA will be on hand to talk with media.

Rep. George Nethercutt, who served as an advocate for the physician, and representatives from WSU’s Small Business Development Center, who were instrumental in helping the physician secure a NASA patent license, also will be available for questions. A prototype of the monitor will be on hand.

For more information: wsunews.wsu.edu . A news release will be posted after the press conference.

PRESS CONFERENCE, 11 a.m., Health Sciences Building, Room 110A: Hoban, an international expert on the growing use of biotechnology in society, will be available for media immediately following the fetal heart monitor press conference.

Hoban will give a lecture on the public perceptions of the industry at 1 p.m., Feb. 21, Health Sciences Building, Room 110B.

For more information: wsunews.wsu.edu/detail.asp?StoryID=2717

ADVANCE VIEWING OF HEALTH SCIENCES BUILDING: Following the media availability for Hoban, reporters are invited to preview the 145,000-square-foot Health Sciences Building before its dedication Feb. 22.

For more information: wsunews.wsu.edu/detail.asp?StoryID=2732
For background on the Health Sciences Building: www.spokane.wsu.edu/aboutWSUSpokane/hsb/hsb_opening.html

Friday, Feb. 22:
HEARING & SPEECH, DENTAL HYGIENE CLINICS, 8 a.m. to noon: Child activities and information booths will be set up in the main lobby of the Health Sciences Building for the public to learn about outreach programs of WSU Spokane. Reduced-cost and free appointments for children will be available.

PUBLIC TOURS OF HEALTH SCIENCES BUILDING, noon to 1 p.m.: Tours depart from the main lobby at noon, 12:30 and 1 p.m. Tours take about 30 minutes to an hour and will feature WSU Spokane and EWU programs including the Hearing & Speech Clinic, Dental Hygiene Clinic, state-of-the-art labs specialized for biochemistry, nutrition, exercise science, infectious disease research, occupational therapy, physical therapy and more. Media welcome to join tours.

HEALTH SCIENCES BUILDING DEDICATION (BY INVITATION ONLY), 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.: Dedication program featuring Gov. Locke, WSU President V. Lane Rawlins and EWU President Stephen Jordan. Social hour and tours will follow the dedication program. Media welcome to ceremony and social hour/tours.

Approximate Schedule of Dedication Ceremony:
3:30-3:45: Guests arrive and are seated
3:45-3:55: Introductions and welcoming remarks by Bill Gray, WSU Spokane campus executive officer and dean
3:55-4:05: 8-minute video production
4:05: Pres. Jordan speaks
4:10: Pres. Rawlins speaks
4:15: Sen. Maria Cantwell speaks
4:20: Gov. Gary Locke speaks—keynote address (10-15 min)
4:35: Student and faculty representatives speak
4:40: Closing remarks
4:45-4:50: Refreshments in the lobby, guided tours

For more information visit: wsunews.wsu.edu/detail.asp?StoryID=2732 .

To arrange interviews with instructional and research faculty or to view the Hearing & Speech and/or Dental Hygiene clinics contact Kaarin Appel at (509) 358-7528 or cell (509) 981-9134.