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WSU Regents to Consider Supplemental Budget Requests
September 3, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University’s Board of Regents will consider a series of supplemental budget requests to the state Office of Financial Management when it meets Friday, Sept. 5, at 9 a.m. in the Lewis Alumni Centre. Regents will be asked to endorse a Higher Education Endowment initiative to use excess state revenues to match private contributions for endowed distinguished professorships, graduate and undergraduate fellowships and other enhancements. Through previous matching programs, the legislature has appropriated more than $4.5 million for professorships and student fellowships at WSU. The WSU Foundation through its recently completed fund-raising campaign has received an additional $16.77 million in donations and pledges … » More …

Contractors-Turned-Academics Produce Jobsite Text
September 2, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–With the eye of commercial building contractors, Washington State University Professor Bill Mincks and his colleague Professor Hal Johnston from California Polytechnic State University have written the definitive handbook of job-site management. “Construction Jobsite Management,” recently published by Delmar Publishers, will not only be used in college classrooms, but by industry practitioners wanting to put together the most efficient building team and services. From sample forms and schedules to understanding relationships and procedures, the text is ready for application. The book reflects the careers of its two authors, both of whom graduated in the early ’70s from WSU and took up contracting in the … » More …

WSU Prof Honored as Nation’s Foremost Building Failure Sleuth
September 2, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–In the wake of development of high-performance materials and complex design and construction techniques have been inevitable technical glitches that have caused shopping malls, stadiums, bridges, dams, schools, glass facades, skyscrapers and other such buildings to lean, bow, leak, bulge, sink or collapse. It is at this “breaking point” where Kenneth Carper, professor of architecture and construction management at Washington State University, has focused his attention for more than 25 years. Now recognized by his engineering and architecture peers as a world authority on forensic engineering and construction failure, Carper will receive the prestigious national Forensic Engineering Award given by the American Society of … » More …

WSU Vet College Receives Grant for Companion Animal Study
August 29, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will study the effects of companion animal therapy on Alzheimer’s disease patients with a grant of $9,650 from the Archstone Foundation. The study, “People-Pet Partnership: Companion Animal Visitations,” entails observations and reports of Alzheimer’s patients’ interactions with a trained therapy dog living in the care facility. “There is limited research on the effect of companion animals on Alzheimer’s patients,” said Daun Martin, the lead researcher and program coordinator at the college’s People-Pet Partnership. “We conducted a preliminary study in 1995, and the results were encouraging enough for us to place a cat in an Alzheimer’s care unit.” … » More …

WSU Creating Software Tools for Web University
August 29, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University, with assistance from The Information Management Group (IMG) and funding from Microsoft Corp., is developing software tools to be included in a complete web-based course management package. The WSU-authored tools, WebSeminar Composition and WebSeminar Conversation, are improvements to WSU’s Virtual Classroom concept, which debuted in 1995 as an interactive learning tool for freshmen in general education courses. Initiated in the Student Advising and Learning Center by learning technologies specialists Eric Miraglia and Gary Brown, the concept helped hundreds of freshmen in large classes develop research and writing skills in small group settings by requiring them to work together while … » More …

WSU Physicist Thomas Dickinson Receives DOE Grant
August 28, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.—Secretary of Energy Federico F. Pena announced today in Richland a $544,500 DOE grant to Washington State University physicist Thomas Dickinson. Dickinson will use the 3-year Environmental Management Science Program grant to carry out fundamental studies for understanding several chemical analysis techniques used to determine the composition of toxic wastes in clean-up sites at several national laboratories. Dickinson is internationally recognized as a leader in the mechanisms of laser-materials interactions. Dickinson’s grant is one of 66 grants and awards totaling $46 million to 39 public and private organizations in 24 states that will conduct basic scientific research designed to solve some of the nation’s … » More …

WSU Mechanical Engineering Prof. Dick Crain Dies Aug. 27
August 28, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University Professor Richard Crain, 66, known to the university, Pullman community, statewide educators and Boy Scout organizers as an exemplary engineering teacher and builder of character, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. Services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at Simpson United Methodist Church in Pullman. Visitation hours are 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Kimball Funeral Home in Pullman. Crain had overcome cancer 13 years ago, but complications from this earlier treatment caused his death. His dedication to students and engineering education were apparent even in his last two weeks as he … » More …

Rutherford Awarded Haglund Professorship at WSU
August 27, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash. — Denney Rutherford, a Pullman native, has been named the Ivar B. Haglund Distinguished Professor of Hotel and Restaurant Administration at Washington State University’s College of Business and Economics. Rutherford will be the Hotel and Restaurant Administration (HRA) program’s lead scholar, providing research and service to the hospitality academic and industry communities, says W. Terry Umbreit, HRA director. He will participate in national and international conferences to help shape the future of research to benefit industry practices, and assist in the development of effective teaching methodologies. “Professor Rutherford is one of the preeminent scholars in the hospitality field and is well respected by … » More …

Visitor Center Express Debuts Saturday
August 27, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Visitor Center Event Express is being introduced Saturday to provide transportation from the Cougar Depot, the home of the Washington State University Visitor Center, to the central campus for each home football game. The Event Express will use up to three 15-passenger vans to shuttle game patrons between the WSU Cougar Depot and the Food Fair area on Colorado Street. The service will be free and available to anyone attending the game. It will operate two and one half hours before game time, and will continue during the game until the end of the post-game event. Saturday’s service for the UCLA … » More …

Lanning Lecturer to Speak Sept. 9 at WSU
August 26, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Former Presidential adviser on science and technology D. Allan Bromley will speak to the public Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Washington State University about the necessity of scientists, technologists and academics to engage in the political process. The College of Engineering and Architecture sponsors his appearance at 4:10 p.m. in the Compton Union Building Auditorium and a reception with refreshments at 5 p.m. Both are open to the public without charge. As the Distinguished Lanning Lecturer, Bromley will provide an insider’s viewpoint on the influence of national politics on the advancement of science, engineering and technological research and education. He also will meet throughout the … » More …