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WSU Psychologist Brigham Receives Two Awards
July 22, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash. — A course on AIDS education and sexual decision-making developed by WSU psychology professor Thomas A. Brigham has received funding from the Association of American College and Universities’ Partnerships for Health and Higher Education initiative. The focus of the course is on preventing unwanted pregnancies, HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. The course is conducted by specially trained students who give presentations and lead discussions and exercises. The course has been taught for two years and was approved as a regular offering by the WSU faculty and regents this spring. According to Brigham, lecturing is not the most effective way to affect decision-making, … » More …

New Book Tells Story of 19th-Century Adventurer
July 17, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–In 1848, Ranald MacDonald convinced the captain of the whaling ship Plymouth to cast him adrift in a rowboat off northern Hokkaido, Japan. Inspired by stories he had heard in his youth about Japanese sailors shipwrecked on the Pacific Northwest coast, MacDonald harbored an insatiable curiosity about Japan, which was then closed to outsiders. The story of this nearly forgotten pioneer in U.S.-Japanese relations is recounted in “Ranald MacDonald: Pacific Rim Adventurer,” a new Washington State University Press book by Bellingham author JoAnn Roe. MacDonald escaped execution, but was held captive for nearly a year, teaching English to Japanese translators. His students later played … » More …

Plants Can Adjust to Cold Temperatures
July 15, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–If you think your outdoor plants are just sitting around waiting to freeze in the fall while you’re rooting around in you cedar chest for another sweater, think again. Plants also respond to colder temperatures in ways that will help them survive the coming winter. John Browse’s laboratory at WSU’s Institute of Biological Chemistry has been investigating how plants survive and grow in cold or freezing temperatures. Browse and co-workers study Arabidopsis thaliana, a small weed that’s been the favorite laboratory tool of plant geneticists for many years. Browse’s lab started with the knowledge that if you grow an Arabidopsis at 72 degrees Fahrenheit, … » More …

WSU Appoints Permanent Career Services Director
July 15, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University’s Career Services and Student Advising and Learning Center have been formally joined under the leadership of Alton Jamison. Vice Provost for Student Affairs K. J. “Gus” Kravas has appointed Jamison permanent director of Career Services. Jamison, who has been director of the Student Advising and Learning Center since 1994, became interim director of Career Services a year ago, following the resignation of John E. Adams. “Stronger working relationships between the two units and with the rest of the academic community have been forged under Al Jamison’s leadership,” Kravas said. “The result has been a much more effective service for all students.” … » More …

CougNet Connects Alumni, Friends
July 15, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash. – Student web designer Travis Baldree hits the enter key on the computer, and a cougar crouches and snarls at him. It’s not a warning to keep away; he did, after all, create it. It’s the opening icon that welcomes visitors to the new Cougar Information Network, or CougNet for short. And for Washington State University alumni and friends who join the network, the sight and sound of this virtual Butch feels like coming home. CougNet, which makes its public debut today, provides a continually updated, interactive World Wide Web site with a wide variety of WSU information and networking opportunities, plus a … » More …

WSU Students Register for Classes from Home
July 10, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Washington State University students can create the perfect fall semester schedule and avoid standing in hour-long lines, filling out bubble sheets and hiking to Beasley Coliseum and French Ad. now that the new touchtone phone and World Wide Web registration system, METRO, is firmly in place. “Students are getting more educational bang for their buck,” said Richard Backes, WSU assistant registrar and one of the METRO designers. The new registration system–Moving Enrollment to Real-Time Opportunities–allows students to review their schedules so that they can make the necessary changes long before classes start, Backes said. Students are encouraged to take advantage of METRO before they … » More …

WSU Hosts World Gathering of Forestry Researchers
July 3, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Researchers from 50 countries around the world meet at Washington State University July 7-12 for a conference to discuss how to best use the planet’s forest resources. The session’s theme is “Forest Products for Sustainable Forestry.” Research to improve use of the forest resource is essential both to using it effectively for the social and economic well-being of people everywhere and to sustaining it for many environmental benefits, says Christian Sales, coordinator for the International Union of Forest Research Organizations. Nearly 300 scientists and policy-makers are expected to attend the meetings. The program includes a wide range of topics, including the properties of different … » More …

DePauw Accepts Nomination
July 3, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Karen DePauw, Washington State University’s associate vice provost for academic affairs and professor of kinesiolgy and leisure studies, has accepted nomination for membership in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. DePauw will be inducted into the academy at its annual banquet in Bloomingdale, Ill., on Sept. 13. A WSU faculty member since 1980, DePauw was appointed associate dean of the Graduate School in 1989. Before coming to WSU, she taught in Los Angeles public schools and served on the faculty at California State University. DePauw earned her doctoral degree from Texas Woman’s University, a master’s from California State University, Long Beach, and … » More …

Kravas, Purce Promoted
July 3, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Two Washington State University administrators have been given additional responsibilities and new titles, effectively immediately, WSU President Samuel Smith announced Thursday. Connie Kravas, associate vice president for university advancement, has been named vice president for university advancement. In her new position, she will have responsibility for both the WSU Foundation and for the Alumni Association. She will participate more fully in institutional planning, forging closer ties between development, alumni relations and WSU’s academic mission, Smith said. Thomas “Les” Purce, vice president for extended university affairs, has been given the additional title of dean for extended academic programs, recognizing the crucial role of WSU’s Extended … » More …

Summer Fellows Program Begins Fifth Year
July 2, 1997

PULLMAN, Wash.–Thirteen scholars who have almost completed their doctoral studies at other universities are now at Washington State University to live, teach and study for the Summer Doctoral Fellows Program, sponsored by the WSU College of Education to encourage and recruit minority faculty. The Summer Doctoral Fellows Program is now in its fifth year, said Ron Rochon, assistant professor of education and program director. Fellows, who come from universities across the United States, are paired with senior faculty who share similar research interests, to provide the visitors with an introduction to the professoriate and WSU. At the end of the six-week program, the fellows will … » More …