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New program expands journalism, science opportunities
January 29, 2015

By Ethan Nash, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture intern

Hausske-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Journalism students will learn and report about challenging environmental topics researched by Ph.D. candidates in a new program at Washington State University. The graduate students will gain exposure for their science and practice explaining it to a general audience.

Associate professor selected as a research associate with the NARP
March 31, 2010

PULLMAN – David Pietz, associate professor of modern Chinese history, director of the Asia Program and director of the Global Studies Program, recently was selected as a research associate with the National Asia Research Program (NARP). Pietz was selected out of 140 nominees for this honor.


The NARP is a national research and conference program designed to promote the policy-relevant study of Asia. Pietz will make a presentation at the inaugural Asia Policy Assembly that will be held in Washington, D.C., on June 17-18.


Pietz also will receive a research stipend of $5,000 to cover activities through the first year of … » More …

Master Beekeeper program
December 11, 2008

EVERETT – Due to the overwhelming response to last fall’s series, WSU Snohomish County Extension and Beez Neez Apiary Supply are sponsoring another apprentice level course in the Master Beekeeper Program.


The five-week course serves as a thorough introduction to beekeeping for novice beekeepers as well as a comprehensive refresher course for experienced apiculturists.


The course will be held on Monday evenings from Jan. 5 through Feb. 2, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the WSU Snohomish County Extension office at McCollum Park, 600 – 128th Street S.E. in Everett.


Designed to build basic beekeeping skills … » More …

Dropped class list ready soon for comment
December 5, 2008

A complete list of courses proposed to be dropped as a result of WSU’s academic affairs program prioritization (A2P2) is expected to be available for university review by mid-December.


Larry James, associate executive vice president, is negotiating with colleges this week about contested courses. He plans to complete the review and have the dropped courses posted to a website by Dec. 12 or soon after.


After feedback, the final list of dropped courses will go before the Faculty Senate for approval in January. An audit of degrees would come next in the A2P2 process, James said.


Many of the courses recommended to … » More …

Prospective students are invited to discover WSU Tri-Cities
November 14, 2008

RICHLAND — Prospective students and their parents are invited to the WSU Tri-Cities campus for an in-depth tour at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20.


The “Discover WSU Tri-Cities” program includes a campus tour, an overview of the academic programs for freshmen and transfer students, brief meetings with several professors, and a panel discussion with current students. 


WSU Tri-Cities is at 2710 University Drive in Richland. The Discover tour starts in the West Building, downstairs in the Atrium, and lasts about two hours.


Reservations for Discover WSU Tri-Cities are encouraged. Sign up online at, click on “visit.” Or contact the Admissions … » More …

Meehan receives regional extension award
November 12, 2008

PULLMAN – Donald Meehan, Coupeville, director of WSU Extension’s Natural Resource Stewardship Program, received the 2008 Western Regional Excellence in Extension Award Sunday in Chicago.


The honor is one of five regional awards and one national award given annually by the National Association of State University of Land-Grant Colleges for excellence in educational programming.


Meehan, who served as director of the WSU Island County Extension office for 26 years before assuming his current duties in October, developed the concept for the Puget Sound Beach Watchers volunteer program. His program, modeled after the WSU Master Gardener program, utilizes … » More …

In Steppe premires this Thurday
April 30, 2008

RICHLAND – WSU’s KTNW premieres “In Steppe” this Thursday, May 1, at 8 p.m. In the Tri-City area, viewers can catch the program on channel 31 or cable channel 10.

Lucy Luginbill, host of “Just a Minute,” is the brainchild of the new show. 


“’In Steppe’ is a play on words,” Luginbill said. “It’s about getting in touch with the people and the landscape of this incredible region, the shrub-steppe. If you live in central Washington for any length of time, you develop a love and respect for this habitat. The people and the animals have many qualities in common: patience and tenacity … » More …

Professor receives prestigious grant
April 21, 2008


PULLMAN – Anita Vasavada, assistant professor of bioengineering at WSU’s College of Engineering and Architecture, recently received an NSF CAREER grant to examine postural stability of the head and neck.


With this five-year $486,522 grant, Vasavada and her research team will study how the activation of neck muscles complements passive tissue stiffness to achieve postural stability. Neck muscles are important for both static postural stability (i.e., holding up the head) and restoring head posture under dynamic conditions, such as those that might occur during a blow to the head … » More …

Horticulturist leads Master Gardeners
January 30, 2008

Photo: Tonie Fitzgerald (left)


PULLMAN – Tonie Fitzgerald, a longtime horticulture educator with WSU Extension in Spokane County, is the new program leader for the statewide Master Gardener program.
“Tonie is known for her leadership in bringing community awareness and educational programming to Inland Northwest gardeners, arborists and landscape professionals,” said Linda Kirk Fox, associate vice president and dean of WSU Extension. “We are delighted she will be in a position to bring her enthusiasm for the Master Gardener program and commitment to well-trained volunteers to this new statewide … » More …

WSU Spokane hireseducation director
January 16, 2008

SPOKANE – WSU Spokane recently hired WSU alumnus Kenneth Roberts as director for the WWAMI Basic Medical Education
Program, a five-state collaborative medical school partnership between the University of Washington School of Medicine and the states of Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho.

Roberts will start his new position on Feb. 1. He will be responsible for administering a first-year medical curriculum at WSU Spokane, which became a new WWAMI site after the state legislature funded the program in 2007. The first cohort of 20 medical students will begin their studies in the fall of 2008.

“Medical education joins our strong programs in … » More …