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Fund to retain faculty, staff
October 18, 2002

Despite tight budgets and a state funding shortfall, the President’s Cabinet and Budget Council has approved a measure to internally fund a $2 million salary pool that will be used to address a small number of critical retention and recruitment cases.”High quality programs can only be maintained if the university employs high quality faculty and staff,” said President V. Lane Rawlins. “For this reason, paying competitive salaries is an essential goal. “Our efforts to pay salaries that are competitive with institutions in other states were dealt severe blows last spring. First the 2002 Legislature eliminated the previously scheduled general salary increase, replacing it with funding … » More …

Spokane seed grant strategy aims at stronger funding
September 23, 2002

Six Washington State University faculty will research issues in genetics, cancer, nutrition, autism, and pediatric health, funded by a new seed grant system created by WSU Spokane.The seed grant program encourages faculty to develop research programs in Spokane that have the potential for extramural support, particularly from the National Institutes of Health. Their research will provide the preliminary data that researchers say is critical to support applications for competitive funding. “The NIH and other federal funding sources conduct highly competitive proposal processes,” said Dennis Dyck, associate dean for research at WSU Spokane and co-chair of the seed grant program. “We used the same scoring method … » More …

NIH grant writing insights offered
September 6, 2002

A workshop designed to help researchers learn the fundamentals of preparing a strong application for National Institutes of Health funding will be held at WSU Spokane Sept. 10. The workshop is open to local grant administrators, researchers (particularly those new to NIH funding), and graduate students.The workshop will be held in the auditorium of the Phase I Classroom Building at the Riverpoint Higher Education Campus, 668 North Riverpoint Dr. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with a welcome and opening remarks at 8 a.m. The workshop concludes at 5 p.m. There is no charge for the workshop. However, seating is limited and an RSVP is required … » More …

Budget impact reduced
June 21, 2002

Creative restructuring and adherence to the strategic plan are among the keys Washington State University leaders have used during the past several months as they worked to overcome a $25.5 million state funding shortage. It now appears the university will enter the 2002 – 03 year with the impact minimized.Will the university escape unscarred? “No,” say administrators, “but things are looking better than initially anticipated.”Ultimately this year’s state funding shortage will result in fewer course sections or larger class sizes and some reduction in services. In the College of Agriculture and Home Economics, some research projects are being reduced. And 141 positions will be eliminated … » More …

Two new degree programs this fall
June 21, 2002

The Washington State Board of Regents approved two new degree programs during its June 14 meeting in Vancouver, including a doctoral program in communication and bachelor#s and master#s of science degrees in biotechnology. Both programs will be effective this fall.The doctoral communication program differs from other doctoral programs in its structure and content. The new program requires:• a common core of courses in intercultural communication• an emphasis within the school in communication studies and/or mediated communication• coursework in a cognate area outside of the school• coursework in research methods• coursework in teaching methods and supervised teaching experience.In addition to drawing from existing communication programs, students … » More …

428 juniors nominated for Regents Scholarships
May 10, 2002

Washington State University President V. Lane Rawlins has announced that 428 Washington high-achieving juniors have been nominated for the university’s Regents Scholarship Program. The two-year-old program provides more than $3 million in awards to those nominees who choose to attend WSU.“The program aims to recognize outstanding students and keep them in the state of Washington for their college education,” the president said. “By acknowledging their accomplishments and offering them opportunities for significant support toward their education at WSU, we want to signify how important they are to our state’s future. These students will join current WSU students who are able to work side-by-side with world-class … » More …