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WSU Joins Inland Northwest Research Alliance (UI Release)
January 19, 1999

Rather than competing against each other for research funding, seven Inland Northwest universities are instead combining their research efforts. The institutions hope the move will lead to increased financial support for research projects that address issues of importance to the region.University of Idaho President Bob Hoover announced the formation of the Inland Northwest Research Alliance on behalf of the member universities: Washington State University, Montana State University, Utah State University, Boise State University, Idaho State University, the University of Montana and UI.”Our universities have many highly skilled researchers who are recognized as national and international leaders in their specific areas of expertise,” said Hoover. “By … » More …

Consultants Recommend WSU Tech Transfer Office
January 15, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. — Developing a first-rate office of technology transfer is now essential for Washington State University, according to a report from consultants released recently by George Hedge, WSU vice provost for research. Hedge said he will soon name an internal faculty advisory group to discuss implementation of the report, noting that actions must be consistent with the university’s needs and budget. Copies of the document, “Report of WSU Intellectual Property Administration Review Committee,” are being distributed to many key offices across campus and are available through his office upon request. The consultants note that it is an opportune time for the university to establish … » More …

Disability Resource Center Director Attending Governor’s Meeting
January 15, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. — Marshall Mitchell, director of Washington State University’s Disability Resource Center, will attend his first meeting next week as a member of the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment. Mitchell, a quadriplegic who has been at WSU since 1990, learned of his appointment by Gov. Gary Locke to the committee for a three-year term in a Jan. 12 telephone call from a governor’s office representative. The committee advises Gov. Locke on disability issues, initiates projects to address specific issues, offers training to individuals and organizations, conducts workshops and conferences, and publishes disability-related materials, Mitchell said. His initial committee activity is a new … » More …

WSU Reports Case of Tuberculosis
January 15, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. — An active case of pulmonary tuberculosis has been confirmed in a Washington State University student. Dr. Bruce Wright, director of WSU Health and Wellness Services, said he is confident the situation poses no significant threat to other students or the general population. He said health officers have interviewed the patient and friends to determine the potential spread of bacteria. Examinations of individuals who have had close contact with the patient are underway. Wright said that tests conducted earlier this week showed positive for TB in a 27-year-old male student who had been living alone in Rogers Hall. The student has withdrawn from … » More …

SBDC Survey Show Cautious Economic Optimism by State Businesses
January 13, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. — In the face of the Asian monetary crisis, a volatile stock market, and uncertainty in the aerospace industry, seven out of 10 owners of small and midsize businesses in Washington are preparing to stay the course. A survey of Washington business owners and managers found that 71 percent see the state’s economy as either staying the same or expanding. The statewide survey, conducted by the Washington State University Small Business Development Center, seeks to determine the assumptions entrepreneurs employ when planning their business operations for the coming year. “When we consider that the state’s economy has grown to record proportions over the … » More …

Half of State Businesses Ignoring Y2K Warnings, SBDC Finds
January 12, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. — Results of a survey of small and midsize businesses in Washington concerning their Year 2000 computer preparations have left researchers at the state Small Business Development Center wondering if the glass is half full or half empty. In their 12th annual survey of state business owners and managers, SBDC researchers at WSU asked respondents whether they are taking proactive measures to solve potential Year 2000 computer problems for their businesses. The response was split almost evenly, with 52 percent saying “yes”and 48 percent saying “no.” This result presents a problem for SBDC researchers. Does this response indicate a positive reaction to the … » More …

First WSU Martin Luther King Jr. Food Drive Set Monday, Jan. 18
January 12, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Pullman Food Bank will be the beneficiary of the first Washington State University Martin Luther King Jr. Food Drive on Monday, Jan. 18. It is sponsored by WSU Multicultural Student Services. Held from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Pullman Safeway store in Wheatland Center, canned and non-perishable food items may be given to food drive volunteers. The food drive will be held on the national, state and WSU holiday honoring the Rev. King. At 7 p.m. Jan. 19, in Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum, WSU will hold its annual program celebrating his life. Attorney and motivational speaker Patricia Russell-McCloud will be the … » More …

Design Project by WSU Student Wins Architecture Award
January 12, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. — Ligang Qiu’s computer-aided design concept for a courthouse in Berlin, Germany, earned a 1998 Citation Award from the Spokane Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Qiu completed his thesis project last May in Architecture 413, a fifth-year architecture course at Washington State University. “The award not only represents strong achievement for this project, but also may be seen as new AIA recognition for the body of work produced at WSU,” said Richard B. Hastings, chair of the Spokane AIA awards program. A separate student category was added to the competition in 1998, he said, “largely due to WSU’s growing presence in … » More …

Pullman Transport Will Provide Free Transportation for MLK Jr. Program
January 11, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. — Pullman Transit will provide free transportation to the traditional Unity March preceding Washington State University’s Jan. 19 program celebrating the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. In addition, the transit system will operate several routes following the program, said transit officials. Buses will operate on most routes and, using transfers, take marchers — WSU students, faculty, staff and community members — to the old Excell Foods store, 415 NE Stadium Way. The march begins from that site at 5:45 p.m. It ends at WSU’s Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum, program site. For bus schedules, call Pullman Transit at 332-6535. Patricia Russell-McCloud, … » More …

Scholar on Presidency and Congress Named Interim Director of Foley Institute
January 11, 1999

PULLMAN, Wash. — Lance T. LeLoup, a political science professor who has published extensively on the American presidency and Congress, has been named interim director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service at Washington State University, effective immediately. LeLoup, who joined the WSU faculty in 1996 as chair of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, will continue in the chair’s role as well. The institute honors the 49th speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and current ambassador to Japan. Foley, a native of Spokane, represented eastern Washington in Congress from 1965 to 1995. He has donated his … » More …