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Sahlin awards for research, teaching, leadership, outreach
February 12, 2014

Sahlin-compositePULLMAN, Wash. – Four Washington State University faculty members have been named recipients of the 2013-14 Sahlin awards, to be presented at WSU’s annual Showcase Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet on March 28.

Research helps people where they live
March 16, 2007

As a kid, he wanted to become a concert violist. But he sold his instrument to pay for college — something he still thinks of today.  Ultimately, J. Daniel Dolan, recipient of the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Public Service, went into structural engineering, where his work affects nearly every citizen in the state and country.“I don’t just do my research,” said Dolan. “I want to make sure my (and others’) research results come to fruition and have an impact on society.”One facet of Dolan’s research aims to improve building codes and design standards to make low-rise buildings (defined as six stories or less) safer … » More …

Food safety liaison to community
March 17, 2006

In the spring, when area farmers markets start up, there is no need to hesitate about the safety of that jam or can of pickled vegetables you buy. That’s because many vendors routinely submit their goods to be checked by Richard Dougherty (pronounced Dock’-er-tee), WSU Extension food science specialist. He evaluates the safety of more than 300 new food products, for farmers markets and others, each year.Since his arrival at WSU in the fall of 1990, Dougherty has continued to not only raise the bar on food safety in the Northwest, but has developed ties between the university and the food industry at large. His … » More …

Professor’s fisheries management work improves conservation and economies
March 25, 2005

One of the greatest traditions of the land-grant university is its mandate to give back to society. Serving that tradition well is Scott Matulich, professor, School of Economic Sciences, who has been at WSU since 1976. Over the last decade, Matulich’s research has focused on redesigning the management policies in the largest U.S. fisheries off the coast of Alaska. His efforts have changed conventional economic wisdom and resulted in two national fisheries policies, each providing a substantial impact on marine ecosystems, fisheries conservation and the economies of Washington and Alaska. Because of his success, Matulich is the 2005 recipient of the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award … » More …

Writer pioneers unconventional approach and stirs academia
March 25, 2005

He didn’t like being bound by what had always been, so he did it his own way. And it worked. Victor Villanueva, Edward R. Meyer distinguished professor of English and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, has another honor to add to his list: 2005 recipient of the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Research, Scholarship and the Arts. It recognizes major research or a creative contribution completed at WSU. Growing up a minority in poverty-stricken Brooklyn, Villanueva shaped a different set of perspectives than many college professors. “What sets me apart (from other academics) is that I have a set of experiences that … » More …

Challenging first-year students to value learning
March 25, 2005

On a typical Wednesday afternoon you might find her in the CUB coffee shop — and you are welcome to have a latte with her. Lisa McIntyre, associate professor of sociology, welcomes the opportunity to interact with students and informally continue discussions initiated in the classroom.Actions such as the “Lattes with Lisa” endear McIntyre to her students, and throughout her 18 years at WSU she has been honored with numerous awards that demonstrate an appreciation of her efforts. The entire WSU community now has taken notice, as she is the 2005 recipient of the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Instruction.“She not only does a great … » More …

Faculty earn Smith, Sahlin, Distinguished Address awards
February 3, 2005

The first five faculty recipients of awards bestowed annually in the spring by Washington State University have been selected. They will be honored publicly on April 1 at the Celebrating Excellence recognition banquet. More information on the day’s World Class Face to Face Showcase events can be found at and in a Dec. 17 WSU Today article at awards and recipients include: • Marian E. Smith Faculty Achievement Award: Phillip L. Senger, professor, Department of Animal Sciences. This award recognizes unusually significant and meritorious achievement in teaching during the academic year, including successful, innovative performance in instruction. A $5,000 award is … » More …

2004 Sahlin Awards: Browse, Schlesinger, Casavant
February 25, 2004

Three Washington State University faculty members will be honored for excellence in instruction, public service, and in research, scholarship and arts during “Celebrating Excellence: An Evening Honoring Our Faculty and Staff” banquet, an open-to-the-public event to be held the evening of March 26 in Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. The 2003-2004 Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award winners are John Browse, professor of biochemistry and plant physiology in the Institute of Biological Chemistry, for research, scholarship and arts; Roger Schlesinger, professor of history and chair, Department of History, for instruction; and Kenneth Casavant, professor and agricultural economist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, for public service.Browse, at WSU … » More …

Four candidates selected in search for vice provost
February 21, 2003

Four candidates have been selected from a field of applicants for the vice provost of research position. Finalists include:• Neil C. Olson, associate dean for research at North Carolina State University. Olson earned his bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree from University of Minnesota, and his Ph.D. in physiology from Michigan State University. Olson made his first on-campus appearance Jan. 18 – 19 for interviews and visitation. He gave his seminar and open presentation last Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Murrow 53 in Pullman, with live videostreaming.• Colin Guy Scanes, interim director of the Center for Designing Food to Improve Nutrition … » More …