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Endangered Children: Book Examines Abuse in American History

PULLMAN, Wash.–“Endangered Children,” LeRoy Ashby’s new history of U.S. social policy toward children, is not altogether bleak. Earlier this century, for example, the “child-saving” efforts of the Progressive Era produced innovative and humane approaches to dependent children. Even now, in the midst of what he terms a backlash against child welfare, Ashby identifies a few exceptions. “There have been some good moments, and there have been some really important humane efforts,” says Ashby, a historian at Washington State University. “But overall, the American record in dealing with children of dependency, neglect or abuse is not an uplifting story at all.” Dependent children, he writes, were … » More …

Electrical Engineer Wins NSF ‘Early Career Award’ for Research

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University’s Kartikeya Mayaram, associate professor in electrical engineering, this summer begins receiving $50,000 a year for four years from the National Science Foundation, under the Faculty Early Career Development Program. He won this competitive CAREER grant for his research in the design and simulation of high-performance and high-frequency communication integrated circuits. Mayaram basically develops software that helps design the integrated circuits that run such communication devices as cellular phones, multimedia computers and high definition television. Such computer-aided design (CAD) tools increase the productivity of the chip designers, ensure faster, more reliable and functional results, thereby driving down the prices of cell phones … » More …

WSU Engineering Prof To Be Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia

PULLMAN, Wash.–R. Mahalingam, professor of chemical engineering at Washington State University, was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to study, teach and consult in Malaysia for the 1997-98 academic year. He will be affiliated with the University of Malaya’s Institute of Advanced Studies in Kuala Lumpur. The William J. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board is Presidentially appointed and has promoted mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries through educational and cultural exchanges since the early 1960s. Mahalingam, who has distinguished himself as a researcher and teacher in environmental remediation and other pollution problems connected with chemical processing and energy conversion industries, will share … » More …

WSU Scientist Discusses Food Irradiation

PULLMAN, Wash.–Fred Hoskins, professor of food and human nutrition at Washington State University, will discuss advances in food irradiation at a meeting of the Ag Bureau of the Spokane Chamber of Commerce Friday, May 2. The presentation, “Food Irradiation, Panacea or Panic,” is scheduled for noon at the Stockyard Inn, E. 3827 Boone. Hoskins says the United States trails many other countries in the use of irradiation for food safety and preservation. Three beneficial uses of irradiation that he believes could have immediate positive results are for exposing poultry products to make them free of salmonella, killing surface yeasts and molds on tropical fruits to … » More …

WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital Advances Imaging for Horses

PULLMAN, Wash.–A team of Washington State University veterinary radiologists and equine surgeons have developed a breakthrough clinical magnetic resonance imaging protocol for horse’s legs. “The WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital is the only place in the world where live, adult horses can have diagnostic imaging of their legs performed in the MRI system,” said Russ Tucker, an assistant professor and veterinary radiologist. “Using a specially designed support table and a safe and effective anesthesia protocol that we’ve developed, we can now provide optimal imaging of the vital anatomy in horse’s legs unlike what has ever been available before.” Tucker explained that until now, surgery was the … » More …

Animation Gifts Render Powerful Images, WSU Student Skills

You’ve seen them in such movies as Toy Story, Twister, Jurassic Park and Forrest Gump: animated creatures, places and motions impossible to capture on screen without electronic first aid. In two combined architecture-computer science courses at WSU, similar imaginative productions are resulting, as are promising futures for the students who acquire the technical skills in animation. One impetus comes from advanced powerful animation software programs donated over the past five years from Alias|Wavefront, Inc., based in Toronto and Santa Barbara. The company, internationally known for its computer-aided graphics and animation software, this fall gave $720,000 retail value ($363,780 educational value) of licensing, maintenance and support. … » More …

Life Determined by More Than Just Environment and Genetics

PULLMAN, Wash.–Hormones regulate critical life processes such as growth and reproduction. But now hormones are being found to have impacts beyond the individual animal that produces them. They reach from one generation to effect the very survival of the next. In addition, they communicate messages about the environmental conditions affecting the parent generation to the offspring – which may help the new generation adapt to their environment. Hubert Schwabl, Washington State University zoologist, is studying this phenomenon in canaries and egrets. It is one of several “maternal effects” that enhance an offspring’s survival and fitness. Parents convey more than genetic information to their offspring. For … » More …

WSU Student Exhibit Hits Big Time

PULLMAN, Wash.–The “Advertising Architecture” exhibition created by Washington State University architecture students in a fourth-year design studio last year is being shown at the American Institute of Architects National Gallery in Washington D.C. April 7 to May 30. The 34 poster-sized advertisements, previously displayed in the Compton Union Gallery and Carpenter Hall Gallery on the WSU campus, use the vehicle of print media advertising to communicate values expressed through architecture. For example, headlines, images and copy persuasively convey such values as architecture as a wise investment, integration of building and landscape, customized and individualized character, utilitarianism, and aesthetics. Some of the headlines read: “Don’t be … » More …

ABC’s Sam Donaldson to Present Murrow Lecture

PULLMAN, Wash.–Sam Donaldson, co-anchor of ABC News programs “Prime Time Live” and “This Week,” will present the Edward R. Murrow Symposium Lecture Thursday, April 24, at Washington State University. Donaldson’s presentation, “Views From Washington,” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. The lecture is the highlight of a two-day symposium program that includes class visits by members of the Murrow School of Communication Advisory Board, an awards dinner recognizing student scholars, a career fair and the board’s spring meeting. Donaldson will be the first recipient of the school’s Edward R. Murrow Award, given to an individual or organization that best exemplifies … » More …

WSU Engineering Students’ Creations Take to Lake, Sky, Hills

PULLMAN, Wash.–When spring bursts forth on the Palouse, Washington State University engineering students’ fancies turn to … invention and competition. There’s hardly a free lab in the College of Engineering and Architecture that isn’t teeming with fabrications, designs and late-night pizza — if not for senior projects, then for engineered creations scheduled for competitive circuits. New to WSU’s repertoire this year are:* the Carbon Goose — an electric-powered aircraft that competes April 26-27 in Baltimore Md., with other American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauts student entries nationwide;* a mini-Baja dune buggy that returned from ASME battle April 10 in Phoenix, Ariz., after having eaten a … » More …