The 2004 Abelson Lecture at Washington State University will be given by geneticist Huntington F. Willard, director of the Duke University Genomics Institute. Willard is noted for tracing the genetic basis of human health and disease. His lecture “The Genome Revolution: Implications for Health and Society” is slated for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 5 in the Samuel H. Smith Center for Undergraduate Education, Room 203. Willard believes the genome revolution will fundamentally change how we view ourselves, how we fit in the world and what engages our divinity. For more details, see http://wsunews.wsu.edu/detail.asp?StoryID=4469

Bob Stone, former Clinton Administration official and leader of Vice President Al Gore’s National Performance Review (reinventing government) team, will discuss Reinventing Government: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly at 3:10 p.m. Monday, April 5 in the Samuel H. Smith Center for Undergraduate Education Room 518. The Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service sponsors the event. For more on the institute, see http://libarts.wsu.edu/foleyinst/

Kenneth L. Casavant, a faculty member and researcher in WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, will present the 2004 Distinguished Faculty Address at 7 p.m. April 7 in the Samuel H. Smith Center for Undergraduate Education, Room 203. Casavant is known as one of the nation’s leading transportation economists. His research productivity has drawn millions of dollars in grants and contracts from a number of agencies. He will discuss “Living in a Land Grant Institution:  Transportation, Teaching and Service,” offering his perspective on how individual faculty members can shape their careers and productivity to meet the university’s land grant mission. For more information, see http://wsunews.wsu.edu/detail.asp?StoryID=4292

In the news

Carbon dioxide rising: In recent weeks, government scientists in both the U.S. and Australia have both reported a sharp increase in carbon dioxide levels in the environment over the last two years. The source of the increase is most likely from the burning of fossil fuels – coal, oil and gas. Carbon dioxide emissions are believed to be a primary cause of global warming. The new estimates will factor into the work of Brian Lamb, a WSU faculty member and a Boeing Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a group of researchers from the Laboratory for Atmospheric Research who are looking at the effects of global climate change on regional air quality. In collaboration with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the University of Washington and the Pacific Northwest Forest Service Center, the group is working to model air quality in the United States in the mid-21st century. The group will examine how global warming will affect air quality on regional and urban scales, how land use change affects air quality and how fire and fire management affects regional air quality. For more information, contact Brian Lamb at 509.335.5702 or blamb@wsu.edu.

Psychology professor Fran McSweeney, WSU’s 2004 Eminent Faculty Award recipient, talks about her research on habituation in behavior during an interview available on the Web via videostreaming.  While she and her students work with rats and pigeons in their research, they are making discoveries relevant to human behavior as well. A link to the interview is available on the right hand side of the Web page reached via this link: http://www.wsu.edu/faculty-staff/faculty-staff-honors/eminent-faculty-award.html