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Design class reaches out to community
April 27, 2009

Robert Barnstone with one

of the nine doghouses being built and

donated for Latah County Humane Society

PULLMAN – Design Studio 303, a class taught by professor Robert Barnstone, is designing and constructing three projects that will help the WSU community.

The first is for a large canopy type structure located near the Pullman softball field – known as Koppel farm; the second a series of quadraplex dog kennels for the Latah Humane society; and another is the conversion of a shipping container into a club house for the … » More …

CAHNRS funds 30+ undergrad research projects
December 3, 2008

PULLMAN – An unprecedented number of undergraduate students in the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences will have an opportunity to conduct hands-on science thanks to a series of grants from the college specifically aimed at supporting undergraduate research.

“Experiential learning and applying basic science and research to real-world issues and challenges are cornerstones of what our college is about,” said Kim Kidwell, CAHNRS associate dean for academic programs. “The lessons learned by actually conducting research are much more impactful than those learned solely by listening in a lecture hall.”

Last year approximately 10 projects received grants of between $500 and $1,200. … » More …

Golf course teed up for expansion bid
February 17, 2006

No dirt has been moved, no sod has been laid, but work on WSU’s new 18-hole golf course expansion project is under way. Now in the final stages of design, the $8.5 million project is slated to go to bid later this month, with a potential groundbreaking set for late spring when the weather is drier.The most visible indication of the project’s progress is the $2.2 million construction of a new Vet medicine teaching barn at Carver Farm just south of the veterinary hospital, and an 8,000 sq. ft. research barn on the corner of Terre View and Airport Road. Relocating these activities will allow … » More …

Student helps assure diamonds stay forever
February 14, 2006

A WSU graduate student hopes his undergraduate research project results in a few less broken hearts this Valentine’s Day.In the research project, sponsored by Pounders Jewelers and Hi-Rel Laboratories in Spokane, Colin Merriman worked with David Bahr and Grant Norton, professors in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, to better understand the problem of losing diamonds out of ring settings.Every year, millions of dollars worth of diamonds or fine gems are lost when they fall out of their gold ring settings because of corrosion at the microscopic level of the material holding them in place. The gold is particularly susceptible to corrosion when it … » More …

Student service a growing part of academic life
December 16, 2005

Jeannie Curtis wasn’t sure Human Development 205 was her cup of tea, especially when she discovered she’d be working with 21 undergraduates to raise awareness of HIV prevention. “Normally I supervise 18, 19 and 20 year olds,” said Curtis, 39, a program supervisor in New Student Programs. “This time they were going to be my peers.” Instead of sitting in the back of class, completing her assignments and going back to work, this time she had to get to know her classmates and work with them to create and implement a community service project. A skeptic at first, Curtis became a believer once she saw … » More …

Cyber mentoring reassures students earlier in career path
September 16, 2005

What if you devoted three years of time and money to your education major, only to realize during your senior-year student-teaching experience that you hated to teach? It’s been known to happen.Thanks to the WSU Cyber Mentoring Project, it could happen much less often.Spearheaded by Gerald Maring, a professor with the College of Education’s Department of Teaching and Learning, and developed in collaboration with other faculty members, the project uses videoconferencing links between college-level tutors and K-12 students statewide to provide preservice teaching opportunities.From its origin as e-mail communications and customized websites in 1996, the project has grown with the help of varied grant funding … » More …

Urban campus studies move ahead
April 9, 2004

Washington Gov. Gary Locke on April 1 signed into law the supplemental capital and operating budget acts. These acts represent changes to the 2003-2005 biennial budget passed by the legislature last spring. The Washington supplemental budget is notable since it adds funding to higher education at a time when many states are imposing additional budget cuts. The largest project approved in the budget is $31.4 million to construct the Spokane Academic Center. Construction will begin later this spring. Locke used the line-item veto to eliminate the legislative appropriation of $3.4 million to begin construction of the Pullman Wastewater Reclamation project. The veto came as a … » More …

Provost praises projects for making progress
January 23, 2004

You know what they say: “If you aim at nothing, that’s just what you’ll hit.”To be sure it doesn’t miss the mark of fulfilling its strategic goals, Washington State University continually identifies the target: It defines, assesses, reports, refines and rewards projects that meet the four goals. Through hearing of these “success stories,” members of the entire university community can be inspired and informed about how WSU is doing and how they, too, can help target the goals. In an effort to report progress more consistently, Provost Robert Bates last month asked university leaders to submit updates on a scheduled semi-annual basis. The first of … » More …

Proposed wastewater project could save area 1.3M gallons
February 7, 2003

By Larry GandersGovernment RelationsMore than 1.3 million gallons of water per day could be reclaimed and treated to protect a declining Palouse water table if a capital construction project proposed by Washington State University and the City of Pullman receives legislative approval in the 2003 legislative session.The proposal, funded for predesign by the 2002 Legislature, was not included in Gov. Gary Locke’s proposed capital budget. State Rep. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, who spearheaded efforts last year to secure predesign funding through the Centennial Clean Water Fund, is a leading advocate for this proposal in the House.The $10.7 million proposal would design and construct the project during … » More …

Boeing provides wings to WSU wireless education project
May 30, 2002

The ability to conduct business at 39,000 feet anywhere in the world is just taking off, thanks to broadband airborne communications at The Boeing Company. Their new business unit, “Connexion by Boeing,” is devoted to providing broadband access aboard commercial and executive aircraft.On May 29, at Boeing Field, the latest partnership between Boeing and Washington State University launched an educational initiative that will enable students to learn to creatively employ such wireless technology and, it is hoped, take it to the next level.In front of Connexion by Boeing’s wireless-enabled jet, Connexion One, WSU President V. Lane Rawlins accepted a $99,000 check from the business unit’s … » More …