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WSU Scientist Discusses Food Irradiation
April 23, 1997

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 …

Life Determined by More Than Just Environment and Genetics
April 22, 1997

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 …

Animation Gifts Render Powerful Images, WSU Student Skills
April 22, 1997

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 …

WSU Student Exhibit Hits Big Time
April 18, 1997

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 …

WSU Engineering Students’ Creations Take to Lake, Sky, Hills
April 17, 1997

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 …

ABC’s Sam Donaldson to Present Murrow Lecture
April 17, 1997

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 Veterinary College Granted Full Accreditation
April 15, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine has been granted full accreditation for seven years. The seven-year period is the maximum duration of accreditation that can be granted by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education. “Not only did we receive full, unrestricted accreditation, but our programs in all essential areas were uniformly regarded as meeting or exceeding essential requirements,” said Dean Borje Gustafsson. “The college was especially commended for its quality facilities, equipment, innovative curriculum, improvement of clinical resources, research and postgraduate education, library and learning resources, and faculty, staff, and student development.” The outstanding support of the veterinary community, alumni and … » More …

WSU to Honor Mother of Eight on Mom’s Weekend
April 11, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash–A gentle, soft-spoken woman with eight children has been selected as 1997 Mom of the Year at Washington State University. Ethiopia Beru of Seattle will be honored at the annual Mom’s Weekend brunch, Saturday, April 12, in the Compton Union Building ballroom. Senait Habte, a WSU senior in biology, nominated her mother for the award. Two older brothers are WSU graduates. Yonas Habte received a degree in mechanical engineering in 1992 and Esayas Habte graduated in electrical engineering in 1993. Two other sisters are currently enrolled at WSU, Asmeret, a junior, and Rahwa, a freshman. Another sister, Liya, is pursing a nursing degree at … » More …

Marshall Mitchell Recipient of Mike Utley Award
April 10, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Marshall Mitchell, director of the Washington State University Disability Resource Center, is the recipient of the first Mike Utley Determination Award, presented recently by the Mike Utley Foundation. The award recognizes the capabilities and contributions of people with disabilities. Mitchell, winner of the male category, was one of nine finalists that included his wife, Kathy Mitchell, adjunct faculty with speech and hearing sciences. He came to WSU after 10 years at Amarillo College in Amarillo, Texas, where he designed and directed a program for accommodating students with disabilities. Mike Utley, a 1989 WSU graduate and former Detroit Lions offensive tackle, was paralyzed while playing … » More …

Carnegie Mellon Awards Science Prize to WSU’s John Hirth
April 8, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash. — John Price Hirth, Battelle Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Washington State University, will receive the Carnegie Mellon University Dickson Prize for Science for his outstanding contributions in the field of materials science. He is being presented the award at his invited lecture about “Defects in Crystals” on April 10.His lifetime achievements include research at the atomic level of metals, ceramics, alloys and other such modern building blocks of today’s semiconductor, aerospace and structural materials industries, as well as a distinguished teaching career.Hirth’s research provides fundamental understanding of structural defects as materials transform from one state to another (solid to … » More …