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Nancy Bell Selected to Attend Bryn Mawr Summer Institute
April 30, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Nancy Bell, chair of the Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate at Washington State University, has been selected as WSU’s nominee for the 1997 Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education at Bryn Mawr (Pa.) College. A member of the WSU faculty since 1993, Bell was elected chair in 1996. Her work on insurance for small businesses, employee benefits, health insurance and pensions has been published in books, numerous legislative reports and journals including the “Journal of Risk and Insurance,” “American Journal of Small Business,” “Benefits Quarterly,” “Best’s Review Life and Health Edition,” “Journal of Insurance Issues” and “Journal of Insurance Regulation.” The … » More …

Two WSU Professors Join National Academy of Sciences
April 29, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Biochemists Rodney Croteau and Linda Randall of Washington State University have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the country’s most influential scientific organization. They were among 60 new members selected today at the 134th annual meeting of the Academy and are the only new members from the Northwest. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer. There are now 1,773 active members. Established in 1863 by an act of Congress, the Academy acts as an official adviser to the federal government on science and technology issues. Croteau, Eisig-Tode Distinguished Professor … » More …

WSU Students Conduct Zero Gravity Experiments on NASA Flights
April 28, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Four Washington State University physics students returned last week from Houston, Texas, where they participated in a two-week NASA Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities program. The pilot program, which is headquartered at the Johnson Space Center and nearby Ellington Field, provided 24 teams of undergraduate students from institutions around the country the opportunity to conduct scientific experiments in near-zero-gravity conditions. The students took their experiments aboard NASA’s modified Boeing 707, which is used to train astronauts in weightlessness and was used for filming scenes for the movie Apollo 13. The plane, nicknamed the “Vomit Comet,” creates short periods of near-zero gravity by repeatedly flying … » More …

Endangered Children: Book Examines Abuse in American History
April 25, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–“Endangered Children,” LeRoy Ashby’s new history of U.S. social policy toward children, is not altogether bleak. Earlier this century, for example, the “child-saving” efforts of the Progressive Era produced innovative and humane approaches to dependent children. Even now, in the midst of what he terms a backlash against child welfare, Ashby identifies a few exceptions. “There have been some good moments, and there have been some really important humane efforts,” says Ashby, a historian at Washington State University. “But overall, the American record in dealing with children of dependency, neglect or abuse is not an uplifting story at all.” Dependent children, he writes, were … » More …

Electrical Engineer Wins NSF ‘Early Career Award’ for Research
April 25, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University’s Kartikeya Mayaram, associate professor in electrical engineering, this summer begins receiving $50,000 a year for four years from the National Science Foundation, under the Faculty Early Career Development Program. He won this competitive CAREER grant for his research in the design and simulation of high-performance and high-frequency communication integrated circuits. Mayaram basically develops software that helps design the integrated circuits that run such communication devices as cellular phones, multimedia computers and high definition television. Such computer-aided design (CAD) tools increase the productivity of the chip designers, ensure faster, more reliable and functional results, thereby driving down the prices of cell phones … » More …

WSU Engineering Prof To Be Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia
April 24, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–R. Mahalingam, professor of chemical engineering at Washington State University, was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to study, teach and consult in Malaysia for the 1997-98 academic year. He will be affiliated with the University of Malaya’s Institute of Advanced Studies in Kuala Lumpur. The William J. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board is Presidentially appointed and has promoted mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries through educational and cultural exchanges since the early 1960s. Mahalingam, who has distinguished himself as a researcher and teacher in environmental remediation and other pollution problems connected with chemical processing and energy conversion industries, will share … » More …

WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital Advances Imaging for Horses
April 23, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–A team of Washington State University veterinary radiologists and equine surgeons have developed a breakthrough clinical magnetic resonance imaging protocol for horse’s legs. “The WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital is the only place in the world where live, adult horses can have diagnostic imaging of their legs performed in the MRI system,” said Russ Tucker, an assistant professor and veterinary radiologist. “Using a specially designed support table and a safe and effective anesthesia protocol that we’ve developed, we can now provide optimal imaging of the vital anatomy in horse’s legs unlike what has ever been available before.” Tucker explained that until now, surgery was the … » More …

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 …