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Moving into new College of Nursing
December 10, 2008

Two years after groundbreaking, the WSU College of Nursing recently moved into the new Nursing Building on the WSU Spokane Riverpoint campus.


The college’s 600 or so Spokane students will begin classes there in spring semester, and the building will be dedicated sometime in the spring.


The $34.6 million building first received a legislative appropriation during the 2003-05 biennium. The building’s 89,000 square feet house state-of-the-art distance learning classrooms to support the college’s statewide mission; a nursing practice laboratory; technology for patient simulation; computer and multimedia laboratories and classrooms; research team space for data analysis; and offices for college administration, support … » More …

WSU receives NSF grant for engineering education
September 18, 2006

PULLMAN– Washington State University researchers in engineering and education have received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation that they hope will help professors learn successful techniques for teaching and move away from traditional lectures.

“It is widely accepted that traditional lectures are not the best pedagogy for students – yet that is what the community almost universally does,” said Bernard Van Wie, a WSU professor of chemical engineering.

Based on teaching methods he used and assessed in an experimental undergraduate engineering course, Van Wie developed a portable, … » More …

Daylighting lab to promote energy-effective design
January 21, 2005

Daylight can make people happier, healthier and more productive. The challenge of bringing it into the workplace will be the focus of a Daylighting Lab and Integrated Design Center being established at the Interdisciplinary Design Institute of Washington State University Spokane with a grant from BetterBricks.BetterBricks is a project of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, a broad consortium of utilities that work to improve the efficiency of electricity use in the region. The BetterBricks Daylighting Labs’ goals are to encourage the use of daylighting in building design and to optimize the use of daylight in buildings.Daylight does not equal sunlight. Daylight is cool in color … » More …

Feds pick vet lab as test site
April 9, 2004

Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is one of seven laboratories nationwide recently chosen to conduct tests for mad cow disease for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.The USDA has allocated $70 million for the nationwide program, which is expected to last 12-18 months. WSU plans to test about 5,200 cattle from Washington over the next year and likely will hire two additional employees, said Charlie Powell, communication coordinator for the college. The lab may also get approval to test cattle samples from other states, he said. The first U.S. case of mad cow disease was discovered in Mabton, Wash., in December. Since then, more … » More …

WSU lab a national model
November 14, 2003

Phytochemicals … “5 A Day — The Color Way” proclaim some plastic produce bags. “Now with Lutein!” heralds a bottle of Centrum vitamins.Since the 1920s, plants have been considered essential to human and animal health, mainly for the vitamin A provided in their richly colored betacarotene. As a young researcher in animal science, however, Boon Chew decided to challenge that thinking in 1979. His resulting 20 years of research on antioxidants, nutrition and immunology have revolutionized the pet food industry worldwide and greatly impacted human health. Chew and his team at WSU also have been recognized by sponsors — such as the Iams pet food … » More …