Provost approves 49 requests for 2009-10

Provost Warwick Bayly approved 49 professional leave requests for 2009-10 and reported that there will be no additional costs to WSU for the program.

College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

John McNamara, animal sciences, Aug. 16-May 15, to expand the biomathematical model of lactational metabolism to include genetic and nutritional control of efficiency of food production; to revise textbook to areas of nutrigenetics and disease. New Zealand, Australia and Pullman.

John Reganold, crop and soil sciences, Aug. 16-May 15, to collaborate with scientists at the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, on perennial cropping systems studies related to ongoing projects and do a major revision of textbook with coauthor in Boulder, Colo.

William Snyder, entomology, July 1-June 30, to develop skills in disease ecology in laboratories at Pennsylvania State University and the University of Georgia and strengthen molecular biology skills in a laboratory at the University of Kentucky. 

Matthew Whiting, horticulature and landscape architecture, Sept. 1-Feb. 28, to identify variability in key fruit quality attributes on fruit set and flower/fruit characteristics. Tasmania, Australia.

Kathleen Rodgers, human development, Aug. 16-May 15, to use newly learned statistical methods to publish manuscripts from the national longitudinal fragile families data set that examine family structure, couple relationships and parenting processes over time in relation to parents’ economic stress, social support and child well-being.

College of Education

Austin Church, educational leadership and counseling psychology, Aug. 16-May 15, to collect data in the United States and Philippines for two cross-cultural studies and coordinate data collection in six additional countries and to prepare journal articles based on data already collected or analyzed, but not yet submitted for publication.

Jason Margolis, teaching and learning, Aug. 16-Dec. 31, to expand scholarly activities investigating alternative work arrangements for teachers. Vancouver with trips to surrounding school districts.

Tamara Nelson, teaching and learning, Aug. 16-May 15, to analyze data from previous externally funded studies, submit work to publication outlets, and prepare a new grant application. Vancouver.

College of Engineering and Architecture

William Kirk, architecture and construction management, Aug. 16-Dec. 31, to work on further testing, development and marketing of patented device, Airdamp, with the WSU Institute of Sustainable Design, the Office of Intellectual Property Administration, and at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Taiji Miyasaka, architecture and construction management, Aug. 16-Dec. 31, to conduct research on the Fisher House in Philadelphia designed by Louis Kahn, an internationally renowned American architect of the 20th century. 

Donald Bender, civil and environmental engineering, Aug. 16-May 15, to gain expertise in hygrothermal performance of buildings and materials and link this performance to sustainable design of the built environment. Moscow, Idaho; Alaska, Tennessee, Maryland, Denmark, Germany and Chile.

George Mount, civil and environmental engineering, Aug. 16-Dec. 31, to address analysis of field data from NASA-funded MFDOAS instrument for ground-based satellite validation of satellite trace gas measurements in Pullman and data from the SANS Orbiting Carbon Observatory in Pasadena, Calif.

Richard Watts, civil and environmental engineering, Aug. 16-May 15, to enhance research efforts in oxidation processes and green chemistry, extend research networks, and publish state-of-the-art review articles. U.S. EPA Robert Kerr Environmental Research Laboratory in Ada, Okla., and the University of Idaho.

George LaRue, electrical engineering and computer science, Aug. 16-May 15, to work at the University of Pavia, Italy, on the design of mixed-signal integrated circuits, extend previous work on high-speed high-resolution analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters, apply for joint funding and present seminars.

Prashanta Dutta, mechanical and materials engineering, Aug. 16-May 15, to work with collaborators at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore on microfluidic based focusing, preconcentration and energy conversion and with researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., on nanofluidic based separation and sensing.

David Lin, chemical engineering and bioengineering and VCAPP, Aug. 16-May 15, to measure the irregularity within the structure of skeletal muscle fibers in vivo using innovative micro-imaging techniques at Stanford University.

Anita Vasavada, chemical engineering and bioengineering and VCAPP, Aug. 16-May 15, to study human head and neck mechanics through computer simulations and human experiments. Stanford University and MEA Forensic Engineers and Scientists in Richmond, B.C., Canada.

College of Liberal Arts

Barry Hewlett, anthropology, Aug. 16-May 15, to travel to Central African Republic, France and Japan and write four peer-reviewed journal articles and one book. The book will be the first holistic ethnography of African forest foragers since Turnbull’s 1961 classic “The Forest People.”

Karen Lupo, anthropology, Aug. 16-May 15, to write a monograph based on comparative analysis of animal bone assemblages. Data will be collected from assemblages located at the University of Utah Natiural History Museum, Arizona State Museum, and Stanford University and from historic materials borrowed from public agencies in Alaska.

Jana Argersinger, English, Aug. 1-Jan 31, to complete the first stage of an annotated and contextualized scholarly edition of the 800+ page, three-volume “Cuba Journal” by Sophia Peabody – an accomplished artist and writer who was vitally involved in the cultural life of antebellum New England, both before and after she became Nathaniel Hawthorne’s collaborator and wife, with colleague Cheryl Fish at CUNY.

Carmen Lugo-Lugo, comparative ethnic studies, Jan. 1-May 15, to work in Pullman on a manuscript on the War on Terror, coauthored with Mary Bloodsworth-Lugo, and a manuscript on Puerto Rico-U.S. relations and finish articles on Puerto Rico-U.S. relations and place them for review in journals.

Faith Lutze, criminal justice, Aug. 16-May 15, to review interdisciplinary literature on interagency collaboration in the fields of public administration, public health and education, design the drug court interagency collaboration pilot survey, travel to various sites in Washington and Idaho to administer the survey, and analyze the data.

Joan Burbick, English, Aug. 16-May 15, to complete a draft of Gather at the River and begin the process of finding an appropriate publisher. Will consult collections at WSU, the University of Washington, the Newberry Library in Chicago and regional historical societies.

Donna Campbell, English, Aug. 16-Dec. 31, to complete a cultural history of Edith Wharton’s world under contract to Greenwood Press and begin research on a scholarly monograph on 19th and early 20th century American women novelists, technology and film. Pullman, Spokane, Yale University, Indiana University and the University of Texas.

Patricia Ericsson, English, Jan.1-May 15, to expand research into digital communication technologies and develop into a book-length text.

Alex Kuo, English, Aug. 16-Dec. 31, to write the novel “Shanghai, Shanghai, Shanghai,” the last in the Ge triology. Contact with the University of Hong Kong, Lingnan University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Susan Ross, English, Aug. 16-Aug. 15, to assess freedom of speech and press in Quito, Ecuador, as a UNESCO/Fulbright senior specialist; edit/write “Images that Injure;” conduct collaborative media research in Turkey; and develop English courses for new teaching assignment.

Carol Siegel, English, Aug. 16-Dec. 31, to work on a book on differences between radicalism and liberalism in film depictions of sexuality, gender and race. Vancouver.

Ann Christenson, fine arts, Aug. 16-Dec. 31, to create a new body of ceramic and mixed media artworks and conduct hands-on research into the effects of soda kiln firings. Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Mont., WSU and Portland, Ore.

Robert Bauman, history, Aug. 16-Dec. 31, to examine the role various religious groups played in the development and activism of grassroots community organizations involved in the War on Poverty and investigate fundamental questions about the role of religion in American society. University of Notre Dame, New York and Pennsylvania.

Gregory Yasinitsky, music, Jan. 1-May 15, to write the book “Scoring for Jazz Band” reflecting 40 years in the field. Pullman with visits around the country.

Carolyn Long, political science, Aug. 16-May 15, to visit the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia to broaden understanding of American constitutionalism through a comparative analysis of U.S. and European political institutions and complete the book manuscript, “The (Un)reasonableness Standard: Lowering the Bar on the Fourth Amendment.”

John Preston, political science, Aug. 16-May 15, to write a new book, “Pandora’s Trap: Protracted Conflicts and Presidential Decision Making,” consult for the CIA at Langley, Va., and have applied for Fulbright lecture position at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.

Maria Gartstein, psychology, Aug. 16-May 15, to travel to Bodin University, Maine, and University of Murcia, Spain, to expand the cross-cultural study of temperment development research.

Craig Parks, psychology, Aug. 16-Dec. 31, to study the interaction between individual difference and situational factors in the performance of cooperative behaviors. Purdue University.

Gregory Hooks, sociology, Aug. 16-May 15, to research multiple sources of contamination in the Detroit-Windsor area to identify causal mechanisms and link environmental inequality to the larger social ineqality literature.

Laura Horne, sociology, Aug. 16-May 15, to develop theoretical propositions about the connections between race, status/trustworthiness and norm enforcement and design a series of experiments to test those theoretical propositions. 

Clayton Mosher, sociology, Aug. 16-May 15, to complete two book manuscripts and reports for funded research projects and submit several papers for publication. Canada, Australia and several European countries.

Thomas Rotolo, sociology, Jan. 1-May 15, to conduct research on the impact of social context on volunteering at the U.S. state and city levels and combine sociology of sport and social network theory to develop and test novel social network measures of competitive balance in sports leagues. 


Lorena O’English, Jan. 1-June 30, to research and curate a physical and virtual exhibit about comics and society for WSU’s Manuscripts, Archives & Special Collections. Seattle, Portland, Ore., and WSU.

College of Sciences

Raymond Evans, biological sciences, Aug. 16-May 15, to lead the data synthesis and writing phase of FACE experiments – government’s initiative to predict ecosystem responses to elevated CO2. Wyoming, Nevada and WSU.

David Moffett, biological sciences, Aug. 16-Dec. 31, to address the cellular mechanisms associated with the ability of some insects to generate very alkaline gut secretions. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Sue Clark, chemistry, Aug. 16-Dec. 31, to develop new research opportunities at WSU, including a new collaboration between chemistry and the Institute for Shock Physics.

Michael Tsatsomeros, mathematics, Jan. 1-May 15, to pursue several related research projects in matrix theory and its applications at the National Technical University in Athens, Greece, the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and the University of Connecticut.

Susan Dexheimer, physics, Aug. 16-May 15, to research state-of-the-art femtosecond x-ray experiments and recently developed approaches for theoretical modeling to study the dynamics of photoexcitations in condensed matter systems at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Los Almos National Laboratory.

Mark Kuzyk, physics and astronomy, Aug. 16-Dec. 31, to develop a fundamental understanding of self-healing and light-induced length changes. University of Sydney, Kent State, and University of Leuven.

Stephen Bollens, science programs, Jan. 1-May 15, to travel to University of Otago, New Zealand, to produce several synthesis manuscripts based on extramurally-funded research in aquatic ecology, a major grant application to a federal funding agency, and a first draft of a new textbook in zooplankton ecology.

Cheryl Schultz, science programs, Aug. 16-May 15, to conduct demographic analyses on the effects of herbicides on butterfly populations; collaborate with researchers on butterfly dispersal studies; and develop a new proposal on dispersal-mediated responses to climate change. University of East Anglia, University of Montana, WSU Puyallup and WSU Vancouver.

Steven Sylvester, science programs, Aug. 16-Dec. 31, to expand knowledge and research capabilities in environmental analytical techniques at two locations: Columbia Analytical, Kelso, Wash., and Oregon State University.

College of Veterinary Medicine

Russell Tucker, veterinary clinical sciences, July 1-Dec. 31, to evaluate, analyze and summarize radiographic and MRI databases acquired in collaboration with the Washington Horse Race Commission. Will collaborate in the development and implementation of equine computed tomography at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University Estadual Paulista, Botucatu, Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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