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WSU Offers New Undergraduate Degree in Neuroscience
August 22, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–The Undergraduate Neuroscience Program is this fall’s newest degree being offered through Washington State University. “This is an exciting time for anyone to be directing this effort,” said Sue Ritter, a professor and program chair in the WSU veterinary college’s Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology, and Physiology (VCAPP). “Currently there are only four such programs west of the Mississippi River: in California, Texas, Colorado, and Minnesota. WSU’s is now the fifth.” Ritter said that undergraduate neuroscience programs elsewhere in the nation have been very successful. “For nearly four years we’ve been working on this concept. In the graduate program, we were getting … » More …

Education Dean Leaves Legacy of Diversity and Partnerships
August 21, 1997

TIP SHEET FROM WSU COLLEGE OF EDUCATIONEducation dean leaves legacy of diversity and partnerships Dean Bernard Oliver came to Pullman promising change for his college. Oliver, who became dean of the College of Education at Washington State University in July of 1991, focused on expanding the college’s support for diversity (increased representation for minority groups as students, as faculty, and in curriculum) and for partnerships (collaborative relationships with schools and communities that end higher education’s traditional “ivory tower” isolation). Oliver will leave WSU on Monday (Aug. 25) to become the dean of the School of Education at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He … » More …

Olympic Gold Medalist Greg Louganis Slated for Free Public Address
August 20, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash. — Greg Louganis, Olympic gold medal diver, will deliver a free public address Oct. 8 at Washington State University as part of WSU’s celebration of National Gay and Lesbian History Month. The event will start at 7:30 p.m. in Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. Louganis, 37, who is openly gay and has AIDS, will discuss his difficult childhood, struggles with coming out, achievements in diving, and fear and ultimate courage in dealing with HIV and AIDS, said Melynda Huskey, WSU GLBA Program director. The address and the month is sponsored by the WSU GLBA Program, which serves the university’s GLBTA community of gay, lesbian, … » More …

WSU Designates Park-and-Ride Lots
August 18, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Two free park-and-ride lots have been designated by Washington State University Parking Services to encourage use of the Pullman Transit System that is free to university students and employees. John Shaheen, assistant director of public safety for transportation and administration, says signs identifying the parking areas south of the Valley Road playfield and at the east end of the Chief Joseph Village parking lot have been posted. Both areas are underutilized during the day for parking and are conveniently located to the transit system’s Express and A-Route stops. There are 75-100 parking spaces available along the south fence of the Valley Road playfield and … » More …

New WSU Scientist Lands Prestigious Javits Neuroscience Award
August 18, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–James Krueger, the newly appointed professor and chair of Washington State University’s Department of Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology, has been awarded a seven-year, Senator Jacob Javits Award in Neurosciences to be valued at nearly $2 million. The award comes from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Established by Congress in 1983, Javits awards provide uninterrupted funding for recipients demonstrating “exceptional scientific excellence and productivity, proposals of the highest scientific merit, and are judged likely to remain on the cutting edge of science for the next seven years.”The focus of Krueger’s research is the important role of sleep as a … » More …

Committees Selected for Recreation Center Project
August 15, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–President Samuel Smith has appointed two committees to participate in the selection of an architect for a new Student Recreation Center at Washington State University and to determine what programs and facilities will be included in the building. William Turner, WSU facilities development, will chair the Architect Selection Committee. Student members are Neil Walker, student body president; Brent Nysoe, chair of the Service and Activities Fees Committee and ASWSU vice president; Micki Archuleta, president of the Graduate and Professional Student Association; and undergraduate Patrick McAdams. Other members are Ernie Weiss and Jay Becker, facilities development; Tim McCarty, director of the Compton Union Building; Bob … » More …

WSU Plans Disaster Exercise for Aug. 20
August 14, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.– Emergency, public safety and health officers from Washington State University and surrounding communities will conduct a disaster exercise Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon on the WSU campus. A simulated release of toxic substances will test the emergency response plans and the readiness of police, fire and medical units, according to Dan Semler, WSU fire chief, who will coordinate the exercise. The site of the mock accident will be the Coliseum parking lot. Police and fire department officers will circulate through areas of the campus and adjoining neighborhoods to simulate contacting residents, Semler said. There will be simulated casualties transported to … » More …

WSU Professor is President-Elect of Veterinary Ethics Society
August 14, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash. — Robert Speth, a professor of veterinary pharmacology in the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has been elected president-elect of the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics. “Among my goals as president will be to increase the visibility of the veterinary profession as society’s leading voice in the welfare and treatment of all animals,” said Speth. Speth said he is concerned that the role of veterinary medicine in the public’s eye has been diminished by animal rights extremism, perhaps leading to a misunderstanding of the human-animal bond. “I also plan to encourage increased scientific study of animal well-being to help improve the … » More …

DePauw Named Interim Graduate Dean
August 14, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Karen P. DePauw, associate dean of the Washington State University Graduate School since 1989, has been named interim Graduate School dean, effective immediately, Provost Gretchen M. Bataille announced Wednesday (Aug. 13). A professor of kinesiolgy and leisure studies, DePauw also served as associate vice provost for academic affairs during the past two years. She replaces Robert V. Smith, who becomes vice provost for research and graduate education and dean of the graduate school at the University of Connecticut on Aug. 31. “Karen DePauw is a respected teacher and researcher with considerable understanding of both WSU and graduate education,” Bataille said. “She will provide capable … » More …

David Smith Moves to WSU Vancouver
August 13, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.– David L. Smith, director of facilities development at Washington State University since 1992, will become assistant director for branch campus development at the WSU Vancouver campus, effective Oct. 1. Harold Dengerink, Vancouver dean and campus executive officer, said the demands of the growing Salmon Creek campus require more local involvement in the planning and direct oversight of the expansion. With this year’s retirement of Earl Muir in facilities development, the opportunity arose to appoint someone based in Vancouver to assume those planning and implementation responsibilities, according to Sallie Giffen, vice president for business affairs. In addition to directing the development of major and … » More …