PULLMAN, Wash. — Molecular biologist John N. Abelson will be honored at the Oct. 22 meeting of the Washington State University Board of Regents as the 34th recipient of the Regents’ Distinguished Alumnus Award.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Lighty Student Services Building, Room 405, on the Pullman campus. 

Abelson is a pioneer in determining how the information in DNA is translated into the language of proteins and is co-founder of the company that developed one of the first three drugs that slashed the death rate among AIDS patients in the mid-1990s.

In other action, the regents are expected to consider:

·         Approval of design documents for a $34.6 million nursing building on the WSU Spokane campus and a $26.4 million bioproducts, sciences and engineering laboratory on the WSU Tri-Cities campus. Both projects are part of the university’s capital budget request for the upcoming legislative session.

·         Approval of design documents for the construction of an 18-hole golf course to replace the current 9-hole course on the Pullman campus. Total project cost is estimated at $8.4 million.

·         Granting the administration authority to select a consulting firm for the proposed renovation of Martin Stadium. Total project cost is estimated at $55 million.

Purchase of Adams Mall, an adjacent building and parking lot located on N.E. Colorado Boulevard and N.E. Monroe Street in Pullman for $1.5 million.

Committees of the Board of Regents will meet Thursday in the Lighty Student Services Building.