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WSU Names New Director of Information Technology
June 26, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Mary M. Doyle, assistant provost of the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been named director of Information Technology Services at Washington State University, effective Aug. 1. Geoffrey Gamble, interim provost, said Doyle brings a wealth of experience and talent to the university and will play a key role in assisting with the implementation of the unit’s reorganization. “She is extremely knowledgeable about the issues of applying advanced technologies in higher education environments. We are extremely fortunate that she has accepted this position.” Doyle has been an assistant provost at UC Santa Barbara since 1992, after serving … » More …

WSU Regents Dedicate WSU Tri-Cities Library Friday
June 25, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University regents will dedicate the new Consolidated Information Center on the WSU-Tri-Cities campus during an 11 a.m. ceremony Friday, June 27. The event is part of the board’s regular June meeting, which begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Courtyard Room of the CIC. The $18.6 million facility houses the branch campus library collection; a million books, journals and reports of the Hanford Technical Library; and the U.S. Department of Energy Public Reading Room. It will also be home for the University Center for Professional Education and the WSU Tri-Cities Business Assistance Center. Action items before the regents include the request for authority … » More …

High-Tech Detectives Seek Natural Control for Take-All
June 24, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Roll down your window next time you drive past a wheat field. Listen carefully. Or better yet, get out and grab a handful of soil. Hidden in that soil is a conversation between the wheat’s roots and a variety of soil bacteria. It takes a special ear, though, to hear this “cross talk,” says USDA-Agricultural Research Service plant pathologist David Weller. For the conversation takes place via chemical signals. Identifying these signals and other chemicals produced during interactions between bacteria and wheat is one part of a cooperative effort between scientists in Washington State University’s Department of Plant Pathology and those of the USDA-ARS. … » More …

High School Students Explore Medical Careers in U-DOC Program
June 24, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Fifteen Washington and Idaho high school students interested in medical careers are attending an enrichment program at Washington State University and the University of Idaho this summer. The four-week program, called U-DOC (You Doctors of Color), permits students to explore medical and health careers and prepare for college. According to Mary Sanchez Lanier, program director, U-DOC encourages participation by underrepresented minorities, rural, first generation and economically disadvantaged students. “Aspiring to be a physician does not always result in becoming a physician,” Lanier said. “A successful college experience is essential for students who wish to pursue a medical education.” During the U-DOC program, the students … » More …

WSU Selected to Establish Shock Physics Institute
June 23, 1997

The U.S. Department of Energy plans to provide $10 million over the next five years to Washington State University (WSU) researchers to create an Institute for Shock Physics as part of DOE’s strategic investment in selected scientific disciplines important to science based stockpile stewardship. President Clinton has directed the DOE laboratories to maintain scientific capabilities to sustain a safe and reliable nuclear weapons stockpile without conducting nuclear tests. Shock wave research explores very rapid compression of materials, shock-induced chemical changes, detonation science and the dynamic response of materials at large compressions and deformations. Research in shock physics, nuclear physics and radiation physics furthers understanding of … » More …

Chemistry Professor Honored at American Chemical Society Meeting
June 20, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash. — Glenn A. Crosby, Washington State University professor of chemistry and materials science, is being honored this week at the 52nd Northwest Regional American Chemical Society meeting. Crosby’s nationally acclaimed accomplishments both as an innovator of chemistry teacher education programs and as a researcher in molecular electronic spectroscopy are being recognized. The NWR ACS meeting, being sponsored by the University of Idaho at the University Inn in Moscow, dedicated to Crosby a symposium track devoted to the discussion of educational issues on Friday. On Saturday the WSU Department of Chemistry continues the recognition with meetings focused on his research area at the Fulmer … » More …

Murdock Trust Gift Funds Laboratory
June 19, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash. — The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has awarded Washington State University a $430,000 grant to construct an Environmental Plant Research Laboratory. The sophisticated lab will permit plant researchers to conduct basic studies ranging from how plants are responding to global climate changes to how specific genes and proteins may alter the nutrient value of food crops. The WSU facility is expected to be one of the premier plant biology research facilities in the nation, according to Howard Grimes, lead researcher in the lab. “Being able to study the effects of ultraviolet irradiation on plant growth, using light intensities of near full sunlight, will … » More …

Environmental Lecture Endowment Created by Lane Gift
June 19, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash. — L. W. “Bill” Lane Jr. and Jean Lane have donated $150,000 to Washington State University to endow the Lane Family Lectureship in Environmental Sciences. According to the Lanes, the lectureship is an expression of their commitment to helping society “recognize and solve problems related to the environment.” The lectureship was created in 1992 and funded by annual gifts from the Lanes. The first lecture was delivered in 1993 by William K. Reilly, former Environmental Protection Agency administrator. Subsequent lectures were given by Earth Day founder Denis Hayes, environmental lawyer Ann L. Strong, and zero population growth advocate Paul Ehrlich. Tropical rain forest … » More …

Trying to Stay Ahead of Mother Nature with Antibiotics
June 18, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–The “bugs and drugs” tennis match has no clear winner yet. Almost every time Mother Nature serves up a new bacteria, her serve is returned by a new antibiotic. Antibiotics have done well. But Mother Nature’s not-so-secret weapon – evolution – is providing her with more and more aces. “I have a lot of concern about resistant bacteria and workable antibiotics,” says Mark Garrison, College of Pharmacy professor at Washington State University at Spokane. Garrison studies bacterial resistance to antibiotics. A story about his research appears in the June issue of WSU Hilltopics, the university’s alumni publication/public relations publication. A typical bacterial infection involves … » More …

WSU President on Western Governors Agenda
June 18, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–A meeting of the National Advisory Board of Western Governors University is scheduled this weekend in Denver, Colo., with Washington State University President Samuel Smith as a key participant. The meeting is being held in conjunction with the Denver Summit of the G-8 Conference attended by leaders of the major industrial nations. The G-8 group, including officials of the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United Kingdom, gathers annually to discuss current economic issues. Western Governors University trustees meet Saturday, June 21, to review the progress of the WGU concept. The program will be followed by a one-hour international press … » More …