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Aeschylus’ ‘Prometheus Bound’ Adaptation Premieres at WSU
January 16, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University faculty member William Shephard’s adaptation of the Greek drama “Prometheus Bound” premieres at WSU’s R.R. Jones Theatre, Daggy Hall, Feb. 26-28 and March 5-7 as the first mainstage production for the spring semester. One of the world’s classic dramas, “Prometheus Bound” depicts the suffering imposed on the Greek god Prometheus by Zeus, ruler of all the gods, for stealing the gift of fire and giving it to human mortals. “Prometheus Bound” was written by the Greek playwright Aeschylus in the fifth century B.C. Shephard says his adaptation, “Prometheus, the Unrepentant” remains faithful to the text and structure of the … » More …

Botanist Selected to Give WSU Faculty Address
January 15, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University botany Professor Douglas E. Soltis has been selected to present the university’s 1998 Distinguished Faculty Address in February. His public presentation, “Plants, Polyploidy and the Origins of Species,” is set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 3 in Todd Hall, Room 276. Soltis, a faculty member since 1983, is a world leader on plant molecular systematics. He has authored or coauthored more than 150 publications in the past 20 years. His papers appear in the premier journals in systematics and evolutionary biology. In addition, Soltis has coedited two books that cogently organize the current strides being made by the most active investigators in … » More …

Multicultural Student Services Offers Guidance to Students of Color
January 14, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash.–Higher education is a wise investment for students of color, says Washington State University administrator Steve Nakata. “Earning a college degree is an investment of time, effort and money. WSU is committed to being accessible to all who desire a quality education. The university assists students of color in applying for admission, financial aid and scholarships,” said Nakata, interim director of WSU Multicultural Student Services. WSU’s commitment is “not only to attract good students, but to help students of color thrive, earn their degrees and be successful in their chosen professions,” said Nakata, himself a WSU graduate. The Student Mentor Program and student centers … » More …

WSU Provost Appoints Search Committees
January 14, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University Provost Gretchen M. Bataille has appointed committees to conduct searches to fill the two positions of vice provost for research and dean of veterinary medicine. Professor Robert Harder, International Programs, chairs the vice provost for research committee. James Carlson, associate director of the Agricultural Research Center, chairs the committee for the veterinary medicine dean. Advertisements for the positions will begin appearing soon in national and regional publications. Committee members are expected to begin screening applications and nominations within 60 days and to fill the positions before the start of the fall academic term, Bataille said. The provost said the vice provost … » More …

New WSU Regents at First Meeting Friday
January 13, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University’s newest regents, Spokane energy executive Robert Fukai and Seattle attorney William Marler, will attend their first board meeting here Friday, Jan. 16. Both WSU graduates, Fukai and Marler were appointed to the board last month by Gov. Gary Locke to succeed John Ellis, Seattle, and Scott Lukins, Spokane, who completed their terms. The board meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Lewis Alumni Centre. Committee sessions will get underway at 9 a.m. in the French Administration Building. Action items on the regents’ agenda include authorization to proceed with an $8.29 million, infrastructure-improvement project; approving a $2 million intra-institutional loan from … » More …

Photography Curator to Give Talk
January 13, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash.–Rod Slemmons, cocurator of the current Washington State University Museum of Art exhibit, “American Photographs: 1970 to 1980,” will discuss 1970s photographic art in a lecture set for Tuesday (Jan. 20). The 7:30 p.m. talk, “American Photography in the 1970s: A Twenty-Year Reunion,” is set for the Fine Arts Auditorium. A reception follows the lecture. Slemmons, who curated the American photography collection in 1979 with Terry Toedtemeier, will examine the careers of the photographers in the exhibition. “The late 1970s marked a sharp turning point in photography as an art form in the United States,” Slemmons said. “Some of the artists had already begun … » More …

March, Ride to Jan. 14 WSU Pullman MLK Celebration
January 12, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash.–March or ride, either way will get you to Washington State University’s Wednesday evening, Jan. 14, celebration of the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The celebration program, featuring keynote speaker Arun Gandhi, begins at 7 p.m. in the Gladish Community Center auditorium in Pullman. Program sponsors are WSU and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. According to WSU MLK Celebration Committee members, the traditional Unity March of campus and community leaders will begin at 6 p.m. on WSU’s Glenn Terrell Mall. It will conclude at Gladish. For those unable to take part in the march, Pullman Transit will provide transportation. Buses to … » More …

WSU, PNNL Seek More ‘Fish Friendly’ Dam Turbines
January 9, 1998

Tubes, water tanks, laser lights and powerful jet streams are at play in the mechanical engineering lab of Washington State University Prof. Dave Stock, to model and map water flows, velocities, turbulence and jet force on a smaller scale to those inside the powerful turbines of the Columbia River dams. The project is a $15,000 start toward supplying hydro-engineers data to develop more fish-friendly dams with smaller pressure changes and shear forces than are in turbines today. As smolts (small salmon and trout) pass through the eight dams from Lewiston to Portland on their journey to the ocean, as many as 80-90 percent die from … » More …

Arun Gandhi Keynote Speaker for MLK Celebration
January 8, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash.– “Non-Violence or Non-Existence: Options for the 21st Century” is title of the keynote address by Arun Gandhi during the Jan. 14 Washington State University celebration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Gandhi’s talk will be part of a program beginning at 7 p.m. in the Gladish Community Center auditorium in Pullman. The program will be preceded by a traditional Unity March of campus and community members starting at 6 p.m. on WSU’s Glenn Terrell Mall. The City of Pullman will provide transportation from Gladish to the Students Book Corporation (“Bookie”) after the program. Sponsored by WSU and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity … » More …

Casavant Named WSU Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
January 8, 1998

PULLMAN, Wash. — Ken Casavant, a faculty member at Washington State University since 1971, has been appointed interim vice provost for academic affairs starting Jan. 16. In announcing his selection, Provost Gretchen M. Bataille said Casavant “brings to the position many years of WSU experience and a broad knowledge of the needs of both the university and the state of Washington.” The provost expects to soon name the committee that will take charge of an internal search for a vice provost. Casavant said he is not a candidate for the position, but hopes to continue the responsibility and sense of honesty Geoff Gamble gave to … » More …