WSU News


Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience Seminar: Palatable food eating rewires the mesocorticolimbic circuit

Dr. Stephanie Borgland of the University of Calgary will present a seminar titled “Palatable food eating rewires the mesocorticolimbic circuit” on Friday, March 6, at 12:10 p.m. in VBR 305.  There will be Polycom connections in Spokane (SPBS 112) and Vancouver (VECS 209).  The dial-up number is 5778118.  This seminar is co-sponsored by the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program  (ADARP) and Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience (IPN).

Four Bb Learn workshops next week; six for spring break

WSU’s eLearning Services is offering four Blackboard Learn workshops next week:

  • Features and functions at 10 a.m. March 10 (Van Doren 102)
  • Content at 2 p.m. March 11 (Van Doren 102)
  • Communities at 10 a.m. March 12 (Van Doren 102)
  • Grade Center at 2 p.m. March 12 (webinar)

If you can’t attend any of the regular weekly workshops, please note that we’ll be offering six workshops during spring break. To sign up, visit the Global Campus eLearning site and choose Bb Learn from the Select Training Area dropdown.

As part of the transition to Blackboard, WSU has migrated last year’s summer and fall courses from Angel to the new system. Those courses are now ready for faculty to review, update, and change content. Because Angel will go offline on Aug. 10, 2015, faculty are encouraged to prepare their new course spaces either this semester or during summer 2015.

For more training options, including the drop-in lab and in-office assistance, please visit the LMS Transition website at And you can always get fast answers by emailing


The Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering 2015 Seminar Series

The Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering department at Washington State University is pleased to invite you to our upcoming seminar. Dr. Phillip Lazarus is the Chair and a Boeing Distinguished Professor for Pharmaceutical Sciences at Washington State University. His seminar title is:

Characterization of metabolic pathways and novel mechanisms of regulation important in tobacco carcinogenesis


School of Biological Sciences Seminar, Monday, March 9

The School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University is pleased to invite you to our upcoming SBS seminar.

Elsbeth Walker, Professor, Biology Department, University of Massachusetts Amherst present “Progress in understanding the components of iron-status signaling in plants: evidence for a novel plant transceptor system” 

Monday, March 9, 2015 at 4:10 p.m. in Abelson 201.

School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Symposium Series

Structuring Soft Materials for Improved Behaviors

Nichole K. Nadermann
Postdoctoral Fellow
Materials Science & Engineering Division, Functional Polymers Group,
National Institute of Standards & Technology, Gaithersburg, MD

Monday, March 9, 2015
11:10 am in Sloan 245

Refreshments/meet the speaker at 10:30 am in Sloan 243.

Open to all and everyone is encouraged to attend!

If you would like more information about the seminar, please visit

Thank you!

Applications/Nominations due March 25 for Law Award for Undergraduate Teaching

For the third year, the Richard G. Law Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching will be awarded to faculty who are outstanding teachers in WSU’s University Common Requirements (UCORE) program.

The award is named in honor of retired faculty member Dick Law, who served as WSU’s director of General Education from 1990 until his retirement in 2009.  The Law Award values the important role played by general education faculty across the university in helping undergraduates attain WSU Learning Goals and Outcomes, especially outside their major area of study.

Award recipients are educators who inspire curiosity and understanding of an area of study and whose classes encourage development of the lifelong learning skills of integrating and synthesizing concepts to solve real problems. Past winners include inaugural recipient Theresa Jordan (History) in 2013, and Clif Stratton (History) and Richard Zack (Entomology) in 2014.

It’s now time to apply or nominate someone for the 2015 award!

ELIGIBILITY: All instructors of record (instructors and clinical faculty plus tenure-track faculty) whose teaching has included at least one UCORE class annually for the past three years


DEADLINE:  Completed applications/nomination packages are due by 5 p.m. Wed., March 25, 2015

SUBMISSIONS:  All materials must be sent to

QUESTIONS: Emails should be sent to Karen Weathermon, chair of the award review committee, at , or Jeannie Holt, in charge of Law Award materials, at .

RECOGNITION: The recipient(s) of the award will be recognized at the spring Office of Undergraduate Education awards ceremony in April.

Spring 2015 Graduation Fair

Students planning to walk in one of the Pullman Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, May 9th should plan to attend the Grad Fair at the Alumni Centre.  It will be held on Wednesday & Thursday, March 25-26, 2015 from 9AM to 5PM.

The Grad Fair is an opportunity for all potential graduates to check degree applications, register to walk, pick up a cap and gown, order announcements, purchase a class ring or diploma frame, register with the Alumni Association and visit with other WSU offices such as; Financial Aid, Student Accounts, and International Programs.

Rental prices are as follows: Bachelor’s $47.94, Master’s $74.92, Doctoral $97.00.

If you are unable to attend the Grad Fair or are off campus you may order your cap and gown directly on-line at Jostens beginning Friday, March 27th through April 7th. The cost will increase to include shipping.

SAVE THE DATE: Humanities Fellow Lecture, April 2, 2015

Please join us for our final inaugural Humanities Fellow lecture on Thursday, April 2, 2015, in the Honors Hall Lounge at 5:30 p.m.  The presentation, entitled “The Development of Speaking and Writing of Foreign Language in Academia,” will feature Michael Hubert, assistant professor of Spanish [DFLC], a 2014-15 Humanities Fellow recipient.  Read Dr. Hubert’s abstract at The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Humanities Planning Group, under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences.  A reception will follow the presentation.

Vehicle Shop Services for Department Owned Vehicles

Motor Pool has a full-service shop for University department-owned vehicles.  We can provide lube jobs, new tires, front-end alignments, battery services and replacements, transmission services, windshield replacement and rock chip repairs, plus major and minor automotive and truck repairs.   We can also provide multi-point annual and safety inspections for your vehicles.  Contact Motor Pool at 335-9091, or