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Faculty Achievements from College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. — Ali Saberi, professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, recently was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Saberi received a doctoral degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1984. He joined WSU in 1984 and currently teaches graduate education and conducts research in nonlinear, adaptive and robust control, decentralized control, large scale and hybrid systems, and aircraft flight control systems. He is author/coauthor of 85 journal papers, more than 100 refereed conference papers and two books. He served as associated editor of IEEE Transaction on Automatic Control and is currently the Editor … » More …

Holiday News Tips

HOLIDAYS CAN BE DANGEROUS FOR PETS Holidays are especially hazardous for pets. Tinsel, when swallowed, can lacerate an animal’s bowels. Chocolate contains a chemical that is toxic to dogs. Table scraps are often too rich for pets and can cause pancreatitis. To discuss these and other timely holiday pet tips, contact Dr. Veronika Kiklevich (Dr. “K” as she prefers to be known), one of the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s community practice veterinarians. Contact: Veronika Kiklevich, WSU Veterinary Hospital Phone: 509/335-0711STUDIES SHOW 15 PERCENT OF DOGS HAVE BAD HEARTS Studies now show up to 15 percent of all dogs seen by veterinarians have heart disease. Do … » More …

Robertson Rose Bowl Broadcast on the Web

PULLMAN, Wash.–Bob Robertson’s first Rose Bowl broadcast will be as close as your computer. The play-by-play description of the game by Robertson, in his 31st year as the voice of the Cougars, will be available throughout the world on the Internet. The rights for radio broadcast of the Rose Bowl limits coverage by the WSU Crimson and Gray Sports Network. However, the network flagship station, Seattle’s KJR, and KWSU radio are allowed full-game coverage by Robertson and Paul Sorensen, who provides color commentary. Cougars around the world using audio player software can hear those familiar voices by logging on to the WSU Internet home page, … » More …

WSU Included in Gov. Locke’s Supplemental Budget

PULLMAN, Wash.–Enhancements for student learning throughout the Washington State University system are included in the 1998 supplemental operating budget proposal unveiled Monday by Gov. Gary Locke. Locke’s budget plan would provide WSU with $3 million for 1998-99, with little additional costs to the taxpayers. The additional funding would be offset by reductions in the 1997-99 biennial budget resulting from lower appropriations for enrollments. The governor recommends $750,000 for faculty assistance and equipment to effectively use more technology in traditional classrooms and through distance learning. This funding for the Center for Teaching and Learning will provide training for faculty in teaching effectively with technology and will … » More …

Paxson Named Associate Dean at WSU Business College

PULLMAN, Wash. — M. Chris Paxson has been named new associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Business and Economics at Washington State University effective Jan. 1. WSU alumna Paxson is an associate professor of Hotel and Restaurant Administration. She has received numerous awards for excellence in both instructing and advising, and was recently given the Golden Key National Honor Society Advisor of the Year Award at the university. “Chris Paxson is an experienced educator who is clearly committed to the success of our students,” says CBE Dean A. Gale Sullenberger. “She has a firm grasp of the many issues and missions of … » More …

Louis Mallavia Named Fellow of National Microbiology Academy

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University microbiologist Louis P. Mallavia has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Mallavia is former chair of the WSU Department of Microbiology and is nationally recognized for his research on Coxiella burnetii, the bacterial parasite that causes Q-fever. Q-fever, a potentially serious disease that can lead to hepatitis and inflammation of the heart lining, is contracted by humans by inhaling contaminated dusts or through contact with animals, milk or wastes. More than 27 million people in the U.S. and Canada are exposed annually. Mallavia’s work on Q-fever is focused on developing a means of rapid detection and a … » More …

Committee Offers Plan for 1998 WSU Commencement

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State UniversityÕs Commencement Committee will ask President Sam Smith to approve a proposal that calls for the colleges to be divided into two Spring 1998 Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 9 — one at 8 a.m. and another at 1 p.m. According to Dave Guzman, committee vice chair, the colleges of Liberal Arts, Sciences and Education will be included in the morning ceremony. In the afternoon ceremony, the colleges of Engineering and Architecture, Business and Economics, Pharmacy, Agriculture and Home Economics, and Veterinary Medicine will award degrees. Both graduate and undergraduate students will participate with their respective colleges. Most individual colleges … » More …

Let There Be Light in New Mexican Mountains

PULLMAN, Wash. — Seven Washington State University architecture students spent four days in November in the snowy Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Northern New Mexico living in a yurt lighted by kerosene lamps and heated by wood fires, and enjoying vegetarian cuisine and spring water. As representatives of the WSU interdisciplinary architecture and landscape design class (Arch 301 and LA362), the students scoped out the 110-acre site 20 miles north of Taos in order to help their teams provide a restoration plan for the Lama Foundation Center, destroyed May 5, 1996 by wild-fire. Flora is beginning to regenerate at the site and new wood stock … » More …

Deadline Extended: Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars Project

PULLMAN, Wash.–The deadline for Washington State University students and high school students studying in Pullman to apply for awards in the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars Project has been extended to Jan. 20. The earlier announced deadline was Dec. 15. The pilot community service effort was created to enhance awareness within the Pullman community of the life and teachings of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., said Liza Rognas, director of the YWCA of WSU, one of the project’s sponsors. Other sponsors are the WSU Community Service Learning Center, the WSU Office of Multicultural Student Services, WSU Diversity Education Program, and the Pullman School District. … » More …

WSU Vice President Giffen Announces Retirement

PULLMAN, Wash.–Sallie Giffen, vice president for business affairs at Washington State University, has announced plans to retire to her home in Cape Cod in May. Giffen, 57, who came to WSU in 1992, has worked in higher education for nearly 30 years, 25 as a vice president. She was vice president for administration and special assistant to the president at the University of Connecticut from 1987-92 and vice chancellor for administrative affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, for 16 years. Earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama in 1962, she worked for the U.S. Office of Education as a budget and … » More …