WSU News https://news.wsu.edu   Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:34:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Morning power outage affects portions of WSU campus https://news.wsu.edu/2015/03/04/morning-power-outage-affects-portions-of-wsu-campus/ https://news.wsu.edu/2015/03/04/morning-power-outage-affects-portions-of-wsu-campus/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:34:02 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=136202 A small number of buildings on the Washington State University campus and the Grimes Way Playfield were without power this morning as the result of an electrical feeder failure. WSU Facility Operations personnel said Johnson Hall, the USDA Agricultural Greenhouse, the Lewis Alumni Center and the Ensminger Pavillion all experienced outages resulting from an electrical … Continue reading Morning power outage affects portions of WSU campus

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A small number of buildings on the Washington State University campus and the Grimes Way Playfield were without power this morning as the result of an electrical feeder failure.

WSU Facility Operations personnel said Johnson Hall, the USDA Agricultural Greenhouse, the Lewis Alumni Center and the Ensminger Pavillion all experienced outages resulting from an electrical short which prompted a breaker to trip at a WSU substation.

The outage occurred around 1 a.m and power was restored by approximately 9:30 a.m.

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WSU in the Media – March 4, 2015 https://news.wsu.edu/2015/03/04/wsu-in-the-media-march-4-2015/ https://news.wsu.edu/2015/03/04/wsu-in-the-media-march-4-2015/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:52:11 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=136191 The Wall Street Journal – “We’re starting to realize its potential,” said Caren Goldberg, an assistant professor at Washington State University who is managing editor of a special issue on environmental DNA in the journal Biological Conservation. Her lab in Pullman, Washington, will analyze samples that Paulsen and her team collects. CBS News – Washington … Continue reading WSU in the Media – March 4, 2015

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The Wall Street Journal – “We’re starting to realize its potential,” said Caren Goldberg, an assistant professor at Washington State University who is managing editor of a special issue on environmental DNA in the journal Biological Conservation. Her lab in Pullman, Washington, will analyze samples that Paulsen and her team collects.

CBS News – Washington State University’s Xianming Shi called the approach “new and innovative.” But he also said it could be improved upon, including finding a way to continuously replenish the antifreeze reservoir. He also warned the cost would likely be higher than conventional methods and additional work needed to be done to ensure the system wouldn’t cause problems for the plane itself.

The Daily Mail – On Earth, it’s increasingly used in application such as dry cleaning or to sterilise medical equipment, but astrobiologists at Washington State University believe it could also be capable of sustaining life. Study co-author Professor Schulze-Makuch and his team compared enzymes in carbon dioxide and in water, and found that they were more stable in supercritical CO2.

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April 17: African dance, hip hop, martial arts performed https://news.wsu.edu/2015/03/03/april-17-african-dance-hip-hop-martial-arts-performed/ https://news.wsu.edu/2015/03/03/april-17-african-dance-hip-hop-martial-arts-performed/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:46:52 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=136174 PULLMAN, Wash. – Rainbow Dance Theatre will fuse traditions of West African and Haitian dance, hip hop, martial arts and modern dance in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Beasley Coliseum at Washington State University. Admission is free to WSU students. Seats in the first seven rows cost $30. Seats in the … Continue reading April 17: African dance, hip hop, martial arts performed

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rainbow-dancePULLMAN, Wash. – Rainbow Dance Theatre will fuse traditions of West African and Haitian dance, hip hop, martial arts and modern dance in a performance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, at Beasley Coliseum at Washington State University.

Admission is free to WSU students. Seats in the first seven rows cost $30. Seats in the lower level are $28 for adults, $20 for students and $16 for youth under 16. Balcony seats cost $14. Group rates are available if purchased through the Festival Dance office. The performance is part of the Festival Dance & Performing Arts Association 2014-15 Great Performances Series.

Tickets can be purchased in advance through the Festival Dance office at 208-883-DANS (3267) and at  TicketsWest outlets – including online at http://TicketsWest.com, by phone at 800-325-SEAT (7328) or in person at the Beasley Coliseum ticket office (open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday). Same day tickets can be purchased at the door.

For more information, visit http://festivaldance.org.

 

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March 6: Battle of the Border funds trip to national contest https://news.wsu.edu/2015/03/03/march-6-battle-of-the-border-funds-trip-to-national-contest/ https://news.wsu.edu/2015/03/03/march-6-battle-of-the-border-funds-trip-to-national-contest/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 21:16:41 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=136171 PULLMAN, Wash. – The second annual Battle of the Border between Washington State University and University of Idaho men’s club volleyball will be at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, in WSU’s Bohler Gym. Admission is $2; proceeds fund travel to the national championships in Missouri in April. Doors open at 6 p.m. Learn more about … Continue reading March 6: Battle of the Border funds trip to national contest

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Battle-of-the-Border-PULLMAN, Wash. – The second annual Battle of the Border between Washington State University and University of Idaho men’s club volleyball will be at 7 p.m. Friday, March 6, in WSU’s Bohler Gym.

Admission is $2; proceeds fund travel to the national championships in Missouri in April. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Learn more about the WSU team at http://mensvolleyball.wsu.edu.

 

 

 

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Graduate School awards new scholarships to 34 at WSU https://news.wsu.edu/2015/03/03/graduate-school-awards-new-scholarships-to-34-at-wsu/ https://news.wsu.edu/2015/03/03/graduate-school-awards-new-scholarships-to-34-at-wsu/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 20:37:45 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=136167 By Cheryl Reed, Graduate School PULLMAN, Wash. – The Graduate School created six new scholarships and fellowships this year and recently awarded them to 34 Washington State University students. Recipients and donors will be honored at an Evening of Excellence on March 31. Students were nominated through colleges and departments and were selected by the … Continue reading Graduate School awards new scholarships to 34 at WSU

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By Cheryl Reed, Graduate School

grad-schoolPULLMAN, Wash. – The Graduate School created six new scholarships and fellowships this year and recently awarded them to 34 Washington State University students. Recipients and donors will be honored at an Evening of Excellence on March 31.

Students were nominated through colleges and departments and were selected by the Graduate School (http://gradschool.wsu.edu/) for the awards, which total $72,500.

“We are planning to continue these scholarships at this level in the future,” said Bill Andrefsky, dean of the Graduate School.

The awards include:
* Graduate School Recruitment Scholarship for STEM Disciplines: 8 students
* Charles Allen Master’s Thesis: 1 student
* Ann Chittenden Holland Master’s Thesis for Graduate Student Excellence: 2 students
* Arnold and Julia Greenwell Scholarship for Social Sciences and Humanities: 4 students
* Richard R. and Constance M. Albrecht Scholarship: 11 students
* Russ and Anne Fuller Fellowship: 8 students

To learn more about the scholarships, visit http://gradschool.wsu.edu/656-2.

The Graduate School notified college deans about the scholarships and nomination process in the summer. Online nominations were open through January. Students were nominated from the colleges of Arts and Sciences; Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences; Education; Veterinary Medicine; Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture; and the Graduate School.

The Graduate School also facilitates the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation scholarship awards each year. WSU was designated as an ARCS recipient in 1999 and works closely with the Graduate School in selecting graduate students in the natural sciences, medicine, animal sciences and engineering.

There are 27 ARCS fellows at WSU and 15 more have been allocated for 2015. Each student receives a $17,500 scholarship over three years. Learn more at http://gradschool.wsu.edu/achievement-rewards-for-college-scientists-arcs/.

 

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March 25 deadline for Law award for teaching excellence https://news.wsu.edu/2015/03/03/march-25-deadline-for-law-award-for-teaching-excellence/ https://news.wsu.edu/2015/03/03/march-25-deadline-for-law-award-for-teaching-excellence/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:56:33 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=136165 PULLMAN, Wash. – Applications and nominations for the 2015 Richard G. Law Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching will be accepted through March 25. The award recognizes outstanding teaching by faculty in Washington State University’s University Common Requirements (UCORE) program. All instructors of record (instructors and clinical faculty as well as tenure-track faculty) whose teaching has … Continue reading March 25 deadline for Law award for teaching excellence

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PULLMAN, Wash. – Applications and nominations for the 2015 Richard G. Law Excellence Award for Undergraduate Teaching will be accepted through March 25.

The award recognizes outstanding teaching by faculty in Washington State University’s University Common Requirements (UCORE) program. All instructors of record (instructors and clinical faculty as well as tenure-track faculty) whose teaching has included at least one UCORE class annually for the past three years are eligible.

Information about the award, criteria and application/nomination process is available at http://vpue.wsu.edu/LawAward-UndergraduateTeaching. Materials for consideration are due to Jeannie Holt (jmholt@wsu.edu) by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 25. The recipient will be recognized at the spring Office of Undergraduate Education awards ceremony April 21.

Faculty receiving this award 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.

The award is named for retired faculty member Dick Law, who served as director of general education from 1990 until his retirement in 2009. The award values the important role of general education faculty in helping undergraduates attain WSU learning goals and outcomes (http://ugr.wsu.edu/students/7Goals.html), especially outside their major area of study.

Past winners include inaugural recipient Theresa Jordan (history) in 2013 and Clif Stratton (history) and Richard Zack (entomology) in 2014.

Questions about the award or application/nomination process may be emailed to Karen Weathermon, chair of the award review committee, at kweathermon@wsu.edu or to Holt at jmholt@wsu.edu.

 

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Teaching Academy offers services to enhance instruction https://news.wsu.edu/2015/03/03/teaching-academy-offers-services-to-enhance-instruction/ https://news.wsu.edu/2015/03/03/teaching-academy-offers-services-to-enhance-instruction/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:38:19 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=136162 PULLMAN, Wash. – Members of the Teaching Academy are available to meet with those who teach at Washington State University to mentor and help with instruction-related endeavors and concerns. The academy was created in 2004 to recognize, assess and improve teaching excellence at WSU. Learn more about accessing individualized teaching services at http://vpue.wsu.edu/teaching-academy/teaching-services/.     … Continue reading Teaching Academy offers services to enhance instruction

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wsu-teaching-academy-medallionPULLMAN, Wash. – Members of the Teaching Academy are available to meet with those who teach at Washington State University to mentor and help with instruction-related endeavors and concerns.

The academy was created in 2004 to recognize, assess and improve teaching excellence at WSU.

Learn more about accessing individualized teaching services at http://vpue.wsu.edu/teaching-academy/teaching-services/.

 

 

 

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Warm, weird weather puts state’s crops ahead of schedule https://news.wsu.edu/2015/03/03/warm-weird-weather-puts-washington-crops-ahead-of-schedule/ https://news.wsu.edu/2015/03/03/warm-weird-weather-puts-washington-crops-ahead-of-schedule/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:19:53 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=136156 By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences PROSSER, Wash. – The calendar still says winter, but grain and fruit crops in Washington may already think it’s spring. From the Skagit to the Palouse, observers with Washington State University are noticing that some agricultural crops are several weeks ahead of schedule—thanks to … Continue reading Warm, weird weather puts state’s crops ahead of schedule

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By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Skagit-Valley-crops-300PROSSER, Wash. – The calendar still says winter, but grain and fruit crops in Washington may already think it’s spring.

From the Skagit to the Palouse, observers with Washington State University are noticing that some agricultural crops are several weeks ahead of schedule—thanks to an unseasonably warm winter.

“It hasn’t been very winter-like so far,” said Nic Loyd, a meteorologist for AgWeatherNet based at the WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser. AgWeatherNet operates 160 automated weather stations in Washington and Oregon. Loyd collects the weather data to help farmers make informed decisions.

“December was warmer than normal, January was warmer than normal,” Loyd said. The greatest anomalies are in the mountains, where there have been few chances for snow: “When it’s been wet, it’s been warm,” he said.

In December, AgWeatherNet measured temperatures in the Washington cities of Mount Vernon, Wenatchee, the Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, Moses Lake, Prosser and Moxee. Mean temperatures for the month averaged 3.6 degrees higher than historic averages. Temperatures in Prosser, the only location where results were available for January, averaged 1.3 degrees higher that month.

Out of the cold

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Fruit and flower crops are a few weeks ahead of schedule in Skagit County. (Photo by Hollis Spitler, WSU Mount Vernon)

In western Washington’s Skagit County, a warm snap in February jump-started fruit and flower crops. Meanwhile, in central Washington, tree fruit bud development is about 2½ weeks ahead of schedule, said Lee Kalcsits, assistant professor of tree fruit physiology at the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee. Washington grape growers are also facing early budding and development of vines.

“Warmer temperatures and early budbreak increase the risk of frost damage for growers,” said Kalcsits. “It could be an issue if temperatures become cold again.”

“The big message for growers is, you can’t farm by the calendar,” said Stephen Guy, a WSU Extension agronomist in Pullman. “You’ve got to farm by the temperature.”

As Guy puts it, plants don’t care whether it’s winter or spring. Temperature, not day length, is what drives plant development.

In winter, plants go dormant and harden, developing an increased tolerance for cold.

“That reaches a bottom point and starts back up again,” he said. “We’re pretty much out of that now.”

Rising temperatures bring plants out of their winter hardness and get them ready to flower. That puts crops like tree fruits and grapes at risk of a spring frost.

“Plants are the most vulnerable to freezing when they flower,” Guy said. “We get freezing temperatures clear into June. The pollination process is very cold-sensitive.”

AgWeatherNet reports that above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation are expected for 2015, based on reports by the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center.

Weather alerts and WSU Extension help

To help farmers with early crop development, AgWeatherNet offers email alerts for frosts and other adverse weather. It can also help growers schedule irrigation and use water more effectively.

“Hopefully, we can give them time enough to take action,” Loyd said. “There could be some cold days in early March, whether we like it or not.”

To sign up for AgWeatherNet alerts, start an account at http://www.weather.wsu.edu.

WSU Extension agents are available to answer questions about winter weather and agriculture. Learn more at http://cahnrs.wsu.edu/extension.

 

Contacts:
Nic Loyd, WSU AgWeatherNet meteorologist, 509-786-9357, nicholas.loyd@wsu.edu
Lee Kalcsits, WSU assistant professor of tree fruit physiology, 509-663-8181, lee.kalcsits@wsu.edu
Stephen Guy, WSU Extension agronomist, 509-335-5831, sguy@wsu

 

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Media advisory: Tri-Cities hosts professional etiquette dinner https://news.wsu.edu/2015/03/03/media-advisory-tri-cities-hosts-professional-etiquette-dinner/ https://news.wsu.edu/2015/03/03/media-advisory-tri-cities-hosts-professional-etiquette-dinner/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:33:03 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=136154 RICHLAND, Wash. – Students from Washington State University will dine with 28 professionals from area companies to learn and practice professional etiquette and to network over dinner. The event is at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the Consolidated Information Center, Room 120, WSU Tri-Cities, 2710 Crimson Way, Richland. Guests will include managers, owners and … Continue reading Media advisory: Tri-Cities hosts professional etiquette dinner

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RICHLAND, Wash. – Students from Washington State University will dine with 28 professionals from area companies to learn and practice professional etiquette and to network over dinner. The event is at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, at the Consolidated Information Center, Room 120, WSU Tri-Cities, 2710 Crimson Way, Richland.

Guests will include managers, owners and presidents from companies like Trios Health, &yet, Cadwell Laboratories, Mission Support Alliance, Bookwalter Winery, Pasco School District, TRIDEC, Tri-Cities Cancer Center and The Country Gentleman, a sponsor of the event.

Find more information at http://www.tricity.wsu.edu/careerdev/EtiquetteDinner.

 

Contacts:
Scott Koopman, director of the WSU Tri-Cities Career Center, 509-372-7610, scott.koopman@tricity.wsu.edu
Jeffrey Dennison, director of WSU Tri-Cities Marketing and Communications, 509-372-7319, jeffrey.dennison@tricity.wsu.edu

 

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Programs benefit as health management joins nursing https://news.wsu.edu/2015/03/03/programs-benefit-as-health-management-joins-nursing/ https://news.wsu.edu/2015/03/03/programs-benefit-as-health-management-joins-nursing/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 18:07:03 +0000 https://news.wsu.edu/?p=136151 By Alli Benjamin, College of Nursing SPOKANE, Wash. – Enhanced graduate education and collaboration in nursing and health management will result now that the Department of Health Policy & Administration (HPA) at Washington State University is part of the WSU College of Nursing. The accredited master in health policy administration (MHPA) degree program complements the master … Continue reading Programs benefit as health management joins nursing

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By Alli Benjamin, College of Nursing

nursingSPOKANE, Wash. – Enhanced graduate education and collaboration in nursing and health management will result now that the Department of Health Policy & Administration (HPA) at Washington State University is part of the WSU College of Nursing.

The accredited master in health policy administration (MHPA) degree program complements the master of nursing program, which prepares nurses for hospital leadership, higher education and community-based health settings.

Partnering with the college provides HPA with a permanent academic home, enhancing graduate education for both programs through shared courses and collaborative research opportunities for faculty and students.

The MHPA degree and online certificates are ideal for working health care professionals who want to enhance their management skills or advance to management positions.

“Public polls consistently show that nursing is the most trusted profession in the U.S., and I can’t imagine a better group to work with,” said Jae Kennedy, chair of HPA. “If we are going to transform the health care system to focus on service quality, affordability and population health, nurses will have to lead this effort.”

“I am excited for this program to join the College of Nursing, as it will provide students with an opportunity for growth and leadership in health care. It’s critical that we have systems’ thinkers in health management to deliver sound, quality patient care,” said Patricia Butterfield, dean of the college.

The MHPA degree prepares students for leadership in health care management. Graduates work in a range of career fields including hospital management, public health, managed care, group practice management and financial management. In addition to the MHPA degree, the department offers online professional certificates:

• Lean Six Sigma methods focus on improving efficiency, eliminating waste and producing a culture of continuous improvement and problem solving.
• Rapid Process Improvement is a simple but powerful method for accelerating improvement to create reliable, efficient and customer-driven processes.
• Project Management develops understanding of the concepts, tools and techniques utilized when completing organizational projects/initiatives.
• Health Payment Reform
teaches students to use a range of health care finance and accounting tools and techniques to advance their computational, analytic and financial decision-making skills in the context of recent health payment reforms.

Learn more about the College of Nursing at http://nursing.wsu.edu/About-Us/index.html. Learn more about the HPA at http://spokane.wsu.edu/admissions/HPA/.

 

Contact:
Allison Benjamin, WSU College of Nursing communications, 509-324-7340, text/cell 509-230-3520, alli.benjamin@wsu.edu

 

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