Three spring “Innovators” lecture-luncheons will highlight WSU’s research achievements and promote informed discussion about matters of vital importance in the 21st century.

The ongoing lecture and panel discussion series, featuring faculty experts and industry leaders, explores a variety of topics in order to inspire new visions for the future.

The spring series includes:

* Recovery or Reinvention? Strategies for the White House, the statehouse and your house. Leading experts in innovation, economic development and personal investing will answer pressing questions about how to chart a sustainable path to prosperity.


Featuring: Egils Milbergs, director, Washington State Economic Development Commission, and founder and president, Center for Accelerating Innovation; John Gardner, WSU vice president for economic development and extension; John Nofsinger, WSU professor and Nihoul faculty fellow in finance.

When/where: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 3, Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue.
Cost: $35.

* The Smart Grid: Powerful ideas for keeping us cool, connected and competitive. Developing a smart grid is central to President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan. What is a smart grid and how will it affect our economy, our security and our planet?


Featuring: Anjan Bose, WSU regents professor and distinguished professor of electric power engineering; Mark Sidran, former chair, Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission; Randy Berry, managing director, AREVA T&D’s Network Management Solutions; Jeffrey Dagle, chief electrical engineer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and management team member, GridWise.

When/where: 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 26, the Rainier Club, 820 Fourth Avenue, Seattle.
Cost: $45.

* What’s Sleep Got to Do with It? Everything! Sleep — or the lack of it — factors into everything from physical and emotional health to mental acuity and performance. Find out what’s new in sleep research that can make a difference in how you feel and what you do.


Featuring: Gregory Belenky, director, Sleep and Performance Research Center, WSU Spokane; James Krueger, regents professor, Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology.

When/where: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St., Spokane.
Cost: $35.
For more information and to register, visit or call 877-978-3868.