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The following policy is revised in the BPPM:

  • 10.35 Internal Rule-Making Procedures

For a summary of the changes, see BPPM Revision #624.

Dr. Keith Hengen — assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis biology department — will be visiting WSU Spokane for the SPRC Seminar Series. His seminar, entitled “Peering into the Operating System: Sleep and Disease,” will be in person in the Spokane Center for Clinical Research and Simulation room 250 and through Zoom on Tuesday, May 7, 12:10–1 p.m.

Keith Hengen earned his PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Keith continued his postdoctoral research under Gina Turrigiano at Brandeis University, where he began exploring topics such as sleep, emergent dynamics, and optimal computation. In 2017, Keith assumed a faculty position in the Department of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. The Hengen Lab primarily posits that the most important feature of neurobiological computation is reliability, which serves as a foundational element for learning, complex behavior, and cognition. This is examined using a multidisciplinary approach of neurophysiology, computational modeling, theory, and cell biology. Keith’s work has been recognized through several prestigious awards, including the Allen Institute’s Next Generation Leader Award and the BrightFocus Foundation’s Outstanding Achievement Award in Alzheimer’s Disease Research.

We look forward to you joining us in person (SCCRS 250) or through Zoom!

Questions/Zoom link? Contact Michelle Sanchez at michelle.r.sanchez@wsu.edu.

Dr. Chathuri Kombala — post-doctoral research associate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) — will be visiting WSU Spokane for the SPRC Seminar Series. Her seminar, entitled “Profiling functional rhythmicity using chemical biology approaches,” will be in person in the Spokane Center for Clinical Research and Simulation room 250 and through Zoom on Tuesday, April 23, 12:10–1 p.m.

Chathuri Kombala currently works as a chemical biology post-doctoral research associate at PNNL. She received her BS from University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, and her PhD in chemistry from the University of Arizona in 2020. As a member of WSU-PNNL joint program in microbiome science, she developed and utilized chemical biology tools to assess the functional rhythmicity in gut microbiome and host peripheral organs. Her current research focus is to understand the link between the microbiome and host circadian rhythms using multi-omics and chemical biology approaches.

We look forward to you joining us in person (SCCRS 250) or through Zoom!

Questions/Zoom link? Contact Michelle Sanchez at michelle.r.sanchez@wsu.edu.

The 9th annual #CougsGive day of giving is Wednesday, April 17.

#CougsGive is a day for Washington State University alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends to celebrate what makes the Cougar family special through philanthropy and advocacy. The event website is cougsgive.wsu.edu.

The 24-hour event includes live fundraising for university priorities, more than $200,000 worth of unlockable matches and challenges, and a Cougar Ambassador function that allows anyone to sign up and share their excitement about the day.

All Cougs are invited to share their personal WSU stories on social media using the hashtag #CougsGive. For those who participate as ambassadors, there will be unlockable bonuses for the individuals who refer the most donors during the day.

Since the first giving day in 2015, the WSU community has generously contributed more than $3.8 million in donations during #CougsGive and shared hundreds of touching and inspirational personal stories about their connections to the university.

If your preferred funding area is not featured on the #CougsGive website, gifts to all WSU giving platforms on the day still will be counted for the campaign.

Please visit cougsgive.wsu.edu to see all the opportunities for the day. Questions about #CougsGive can be sent to annualgiving@wsu.edu.

Join us on April 16, 6–7 p.m. for the pub talk “Driving Change: Alternative Fuel Strategies and Athlete Branding in the Modern Era” with Cara Hawkins-Jedlicka and Josh Heyne. Please visit efa.wsu.edu/category/efa-events for talk details, info on speakers, and how to attend.

Topics and presenters are arranged by the WSU’s Entrepreneurial Faculty Ambassador (EFA) Program and the Palouse Discovery Science Center (PDSC). All Donations support PDSC.

Tuesday, April 16
1–3 p.m.

The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will be holding a poster session showcasing the senior capstone projects for the Spring 2024 semester. Please drop by Junior Ballroom in the Compton Union Building on the Pullman campus to learn more about what our students have been working on for the past year!

Welcome future Cougs! Learn more about your soon-to-be community during an open house April 20 from 3–5 p.m. featuring a variety of local resources and amenities, one-on-one conversations with current Cougs, light refreshments and a complimentary keepsake photo commemorating your decision to become a future WSU Pullman Coug. Stop by and say hello — we’re always here to help!

Advance at WSU is pleased to sponsor a day-long National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity workshop, “Avoiding Faculty Burnout: The Weekly Plan to Prioritize, Build & Maintain Momentum, and Experience True Work-Life Balance.” The workshop will be facilitated by Anthony Ocampo, professor of sociology at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Workshop details:

This workshop is free and open to all WSU faculty.

  • Thursday, April 25, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Courtyard by Marriott, Pullman, WA — parking available on site
  • Register for the event by April 15

Morning fare, lunch, and cookies will be provided to all attendees.

Mini travel grants of up to $500 are available for faculty traveling to Pullman to attend. To learn more about mini grants and hotel accommodations, please email Sreya Mukherjee at sreya.mukherjee@wsu.edu.

Registration is limited to 100 people. Register soon to secure a spot!

On Monday, April 15, a Verizon 5G FOSC project contractor will mobilize and begin excavation for a new hand hole and pole in the landscaping adjacent to the loading dock access to Biotech Life Sciences and Veterinary and Biomedical Research. The contractor will be utilizing a vacuum truck and should not have any vehicles obscuring pedestrian traffic at the site. The contractor will be utilizing four of the adjacent street parking stalls for the duration of the project.

At this time, we are projecting one week of intermittent detours for normal users of this sidewalk and will direct foot traffic to the north sidewalk. Please observe all traffic signage and personnel. If you should have any questions, please address them to Jeremy Griffin, facilities construction manager, at jeremy.griffin@wsu.edu. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and we thank you for your patience.

On Monday, April 15, a Verizon 5G FOSC project contractor will mobilize and begin excavation for a new power hub on the northeast side of Northside Residence Hall in the landscaping adjacent to Cougar Way and the access road near the dumpsters. The contractor will be digging by hand and should not have any vehicles obscuring pedestrian traffic at the site.

At this time, we are projecting one week of intermittent detours for normal users of this side road. Please observe all traffic signage and personnel. If you should have any questions, please address them to Jeremy Griffin, facilities construction manager, at jeremy.griffin@wsu.edu. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and we thank you for your patience.

The College of Nursing and College of Veterinary Medicine are teaming up once again for the annual Healthy People + Healthy Pets program, which provides free health care services to those living in shelters, transitional housing, and currently unhoused community members and their pets.

This year’s event will take place on Monday, April 15, from 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

One-day clinic location:
WSU Spokane Campus Center for Clinical Research and Simulation

You can help by donating pet and personal care supplies!

Pet supplies:
Collars, coats, food dishes, leashes, dog/cat food, treats, blankets, and toys

Personal care items:
Toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair combs, deodorant, hair ties, nail clippers, chapstick, socks, hats, and other personal care products

Donation bins can be found on campus in the Health Science Building (HSB), Student Academic Center (SAC), Nursing and Pharmacy buildings.

More information: nursing.wsu.edu/event/healthy-people-healthy-pets

The following new policy is added to the SPPM:

  • 2.63 Working During Wildfire Smoke Events

For a description and link to the new policy see SPPM Revision #143.

A new Commercialization Gap Fund cycle is coming soon!

Hosted by the Office of Commercialization (OC) with support from the Washington Research Foundation (WRF), the yearly competition aims to provide a funding avenue for researchers looking to bridge the “gap” between their research and industry.

Through the Commercialization Gap Fund (CGF), you can receive up to $50,000 in awards to help turn your innovative ideas and inventions into viable market products.

Join us for an informational Zoom webinar!
Friday, April 19, 2–3 p.m.
Register online!

Contact the Office of Commercialization:
509-335-5526
commercialization@wsu.edu
commercialization.wsu.edu/about-us

Join guest curator Johanna Gosse, a London-based art historian specializing in experimental film and media, in the museum today, April 12, 4–6 p.m., for a reception and talk on Beyond Hope: Kienholz and the Inland Northwest. Beyond Hope explores the collaborative artistic practice of artist Ed Kienholz and his wife, Nancy Reddin Kienholz, during the decades they spent living and working in the small northern Panhandle town of Hope, Idaho. Using key works from the exhibition, the gallery talk will further contextualize the notion of place as a generative context for the Kienholzes’ artistic practice. Discussion starts at 4:15 p.m., followed by a reception. Free and open to the public.

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is located in the Crimson Cube (on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium and the CUB) on the WSU Pullman campus.

The Association for Faculty Women at WSU is pleased to announce the recipients of the Outstanding Students in Graduate Studies Awards for 2023–24.

AFW Founders Award for Outstanding Master’s Student:

  • Sara Thompson, Kinesiology
  • Anna Somerville, Music

Harriett B. Rigas Award for Outstanding Doctoral Student:

  • Rebecca Gustine, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Thao T. Vo, Kinesiology and Educational Psychology
  • Molly Sutter, Mathematics

Karen Depauw Leadership Award (awarded in conjunction with the Graduate School):

  • Nazua Idiris, Literary Studies
  • Meenakshi Richardson, Prevention Science

Read more about these outstanding students by visiting the AFW website.

An awards ceremony and celebration will be held on Friday, April 19, in the Honors Lounge on the Pullman campus. Find more information and register online.

The School of Economic Sciences invites you to the Leigh Lecture today, April 11, at 4:30 p.m. in CUE 203 on the Pullman campus. The talk, titled “Economists as Engineers: Matchmaking and Market Design,” will be presented by Dr. Alvin Roth, the Craig and Susan McCaw Professor of Economics at Stanford University.

He received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2012 jointly with Professor Lloyd Shapley “for the theory of stable allocations and the practice of market design,” and was president of the American Economic Association in 2017.

The HGSA will be hosting a campus-wide film screening of Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue on Tuesday, April 16, at 4:30 p.m. in CUE 203 on the Pullman campus. Shusenjo is a documentary that explores the controversy over the “comfort women” issue, i.e., the young women and girls forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II. The film incorporates a broad range of perspectives, including denialists, activists, historians, and human rights lawyers from Japan, Korea, and the U.S., and examines crucial themes of human rights, gender inequality, as well as the trauma of sexual violence.

The film will last for around two hours and will be followed by a virtual Q&A session with director Miki Dezaki (in CUE 114).

For questions, contact Ray Matsumoto at ray.matsumoto@wsu.edu.

The Office of the President and the Office of Tribal Relations cordially invite you to a livestream panel discussion on April 11 at 4 p.m., focusing on Washington State University’s land grant history and its relationship with regional Tribes.

Panelists will include President Kirk Schulz, Vice Provost for Native American Relations and Programs/Tribal Liaison to the President Zoe Higheagle Strong (Nez Perce Tribe), and Tribal leaders from the Native American Advisory Board to the President. These esteemed board members represent the 14 Tribes with whom WSU has signed a memorandum of agreement, aimed at strengthening the relationship between the university and the signatory Tribes at the highest levels, and ensuring Native American students are provided with intellectual, academic, cultural, and social support to cultivate a sense of belonging and nation building at WSU.

The panel will provide a follow-up discussion on Dr. Higheagle Strong’s Common Reading Presentation titled “Addressing WSU’s land-grant history and the appropriation of Native lands: Exploring a more equitable future” from this past fall. The panelists will discuss reconciliatory priorities as we move forward.

Please view the panel discussion via Zoom.

Avista’s contractors will be onsite near Olympia Avenue and the grass area to the east of the Columbia Village apartments, Wednesday April 10. They are intending to start mobilizing first thing in the morning. Actual construction work for the underground cabling should start after 9 a.m. Student parking, access, or power will not be impacted during this project.

If you should have any questions, please address them to Jeremy Griffin, facilities construction manager, at jeremy.griffin@wsu.edu. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you and we thank you for your patience.

Today, April 10, the Office of Research is hosting a showcase of arts and humanities research, scholarship, and creative production. The evening will begin with flash talks from process grant award winners and will be followed by the debut of short videos featuring eight faculty from across units, including art, music, and digital technology and culture.

WSU faculty, staff, and students are invited. Please RSVP online to join us at the Lewis Alumni Center (and via Zoom) from 5–7 p.m. for a night of celebration. Refreshments will be provided.