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It’s not just what you know, but how you think
August 11, 2010




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PULLMAN – Some students “get it” during a classroom science lesson, and some don’t.  Both groups would do better, said Jeana Simpson, if they would stop and think about their thinking.


Critical thinking is at the heart of Simpson’s mission to improve science lessons in the Nine Mile Falls School District, where she teaches sixth and seventh grades. Her zeal landed her the 2010 Vitt and Mary Ferrucci Distinguished Educator Award in Math, Science and Technology Education. 


“It’s not enough to teach content alone,” … » More …

Spokane employees honored for superior service
January 11, 2010


SPOKANE – Two employees recently received 2009 Employee Excellence Awards in recognition for their superior service to WSU Spokane, the university and the community.

Joanna Moznette, program coordinator for MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) and Patti  Petersen, principal assistant for the Office of Research and Office of Finance and Operations, were selected by their peers for the Civil Service Staff Excellence Award and the Administrative Professional Staff Excellence Award, respectively.

Moznette, who has been with WSU Spokane for nine years, was described by her nominators as the heartbeat of the MESA office. She is well known … » More …

Accepting nominations for TA/RA and Advisor awards
February 20, 2009

The Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) is accepting nominations for faculty members and students who have demonstrated excellence in their roles as Advisors, Teaching Assistants (TA) and Research Assistants (RA).


Nominate a TA, RA or Advisor for the spring 2009 Excellence Awards. Nominations for TA/RA and Advisor awards will be accepted online from March 1 thru March 31, 2009 at


Through the financial support of various academic units, two candidates from each category will receive a cash award and certificate of recognition in addition to being honored at the annual GPSA Appreciation Banquet in the spring 2009.

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Submit abstracts for the Academic Showcase
December 9, 2008

WSU faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to present original scholarship, research, or creative expression at the University’s Academic Showcase.


Abstract submissions will be accepted through January 30. Learn more about submission guidelines by visiting


Accepted abstracts will be published online and participants will present their work at Academic Showcase from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Friday, March 27, 2009, in Bohler Gym.


Academic Showcase is part of the all-day WSU Showcase event. Other activities include Celebrating Excellence, the University’s recognition banquet honoring faculty and staff; the Distinguished Faculty Address Luncheon; and a reception … » More …

Abstracts accepted beginning Dec 8
December 5, 2008

Abstracts for the 2009 Academic Showcase will be accepted Dec. 8-Jan. 30 ONLINE @, as WSU looks toward its annual celebration of excellence — Showcase 2009 on Friday, March 27.


The 2008 Academic Showcase featured more than 390 displays highlighting the original research of WSU faculty, staff and students.


Besides honoring the achievements of faculty and staff, Showcase 2009 also provides employees the opportunity to learn about the areas of academic expertise of their colleagues.


Events for the day will include:
9 a.m.-noon, Academic Showcase
12:15-1:45 p.m., Distinguished Faculty Address luncheon
3:30-5 p.m., Legacy of Excellence … » More …

CAHNRS employeesreceive honors
April 14, 2008

PULLMAN – Faculty and staff of WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences and WSU Extension were honored Saturday (April 12) at the 49th annual CAHNRS awards banquet.


William Johnston
, professor of crop science, received the R.M. Wade Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.


Johnston, who grew up working on an 18-hole golf course owned by his family in Pittsburgh, Pa., has taught and directed a productive turfgrass research program at WSU since coming to WSU in 1980.


He has taught or been involved in … » More …

Murrow School presents awards
April 11, 2008

PULLMAN – The WSU Edward R. Murrow School of Communication presented the Hall of Achievement awards April 2 to school alumni Gary Larson, Kenji Kitatani, Tim Pavish, Ron Carter, Michael Shepard and Patrick M. Scott.

Larson, a 1972 alumnus best known for his cartoon panel “The Far Side,” was unable to attend the event but sent a message to the school stating how his interest in advertising and biology led to his successful career.

“I never foresaw how this might all come together, but it’s pretty clear to me now that my classes at WSU were vital in both nurturing a creative bent I … » More …

Four faculty named Regents professors
March 4, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash.– Four WSU faculty members have been promoted to the standing of Regents professor. This promotion honors the highest level of international distinction in the discipline that raises university standards through teaching, scholarship and public service.

Michael D. Griswold, Norman G. Lewis, B.W. Poovaiah and Gregory W. Yasinitsky will be honored March 28 during the Celebrating Excellence recognition banquet, part of WSU’s “World Class. Face to Face. Showcase” festivities to honor the achievements of faculty and staff across the university.

Griswold, dean of the College of Sciences and professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences, is recognized as one of the leading authorities … » More …

Showcase abstracts accepted until Feb. 1
December 17, 2007

WSU’s annual Academic Showcase will be March 28, and abstracts will be accepted through Feb. 1 for this celebration of creative scholarship and research.

Guidelines for submission, as well as a submission form, can be found ONLINE @, said subcommittee chair Mary Sanchez-Lanier.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to present original scholarship, research or artistic expression. At the 2007 showcase, 331 projects were presented.

Along with the Academic Showcase, the day-long celebration known as World Class. Face to Face. Showcase will include a luncheon presentation of the Distinguished Faculty Address, a reception for WSU retirees, a reception honoring recent patent awardees, and … » More …