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We can help Parkinson’s patients speak up
June 2, 2015

By Lael Henterly of the Spokane Inlander

Parkinson's-speech-detailSPOKANE, Wash. – A device to counter effects of Parkinson’s disease is under construction in the office of Washington State University Spokane researcher Mark VanDam. It costs under $50.

Chermak to receive national career achievement award
November 20, 2014

By Doug Nadvornick, College of Medical Sciences

Chermak-80SPOKANE, Wash. – Gail Chermak has compiled a long list of awards during her 37 years at Washington State University. But she admits the honor she will receive Friday in Orlando, Fla., may be the most prestigious.

WSU students gain from autism learning center partnership
December 16, 2013

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane

Domino-project-120SPOKANE, Wash. – In a bustling classroom, college student Kellie Carns shows Daniel Fast, age 4, a small yellow car and encourages him to point to a matching picture and name the object: “Kuh…” she prompts. “Car,” he responds – to her satisfaction.

Oct. 1 – WSU Common Reading: Cornell Clayton to discuss civility, democracy
September 30, 2013

PULLMAN, Wash.— U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) hollers “You Lie!” at President Barack Obama during his health-care speech to Congress. Conservative talk-radio showman Rush Limbaugh labels a caller a “slut” because she advocates insurance coverage for contraceptive care. Occupy Wall Street protesters portray bankers as criminals.  Is American democracy in the midst of an “incivility crisis”?

March changed lives of former WSU employees
August 28, 2013

King speech

Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks during the March on Washington.
(Photo from Wikimedia Commons)



Former WSU Cougar Basketball Coach George Raveling, who stood nearby Martin Luther King, Jr., at the event, also received his written speech. Read the story at WSU Cougars website.

To read more about the Ashbys’ experiences, see They recently authored a narrative in preparation for this article.

Another person with strong ties to WSU, former basketball coach George Raveling, also attended the March on Washington – and left with the original copy … » More …

Expert on human learning to speak
September 5, 2007

PULLMAN – John Bransford, an internationally known expert in cognition and technology, will deliver the annual WSU Philip C. Holland Lecture this month.

He will address the topic of “Preparing People for Rapidly Changing Global Environments” at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education. A reception will follow in the Smith CUE atrium.

Bransford and his colleagues began conducting research into the areas of human learning, memory and problem solving in the 1970s. Their work is credited with the shaping what has become known as the “cognitive revolution” in psychology. He later co-chaired National Academy of Science committees that … » More …

Brokaw speaks of troubled times, need for excellence
April 19, 2006

“I am privileged to accept this award in the name of a man who was my first hero in broadcast journalism,” said Tom Brokaw as he held the Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting at WSU last night. Brokaw told the capacity crowd, which included Edward R. Murrow’s son and grandsons, that he thinks of Murrow as the founding father of broadcast journalism. “I am at an age and a stage where few things move me anymore, but this one does deeply.”A veteran broadcast journalist and former NBC anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, Brokaw told the crowd he is … » More …

Preschool aids those with hearing impairments
April 14, 2006

Kaid’dub Pavel, a bright-eyed, blond-haired, effervescent 4-year-old, is leading the way for a new WSU preschool program that focuses on honing the oral language and listening skills of children with hearing impairments.Each Monday and Friday morning, Kaid’dub and a handful of other preschool children gather with speech-language pathologist Carla Jones, audiologist Michele Fredrickson, and undergraduate Speech and Hearing Sciences students inside Daggy Hall to do the same kinds of things preschool children all over the Palouse are doing: singing songs, playing games, painting pictures.Affiliated with WSU’s Speech and Hearing Clinic, the Oral Language Enrichment program (OLE!) opened in January in response to the requests from … » More …

Activities planned to observe Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
January 12, 2006

Speeches, multi-cultural participation and presentations by school essay contest winners will highlight the Martin Luther King Jr. observance on the WSU Tri-Cities campus Tuesday, Jan. 17.Coordinated by the student Multicultural Club, activities begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the East Building on the north Richland campus.Principal remarks will be made by Richland’s Zelma Maine Jackson, chair of the Washington State Commission on African-American Affairs. A Tri-Cities resident for 25 years, Jackson also serves as a volunteer with United Way of Benton and Franklin counties. Her remarks are titled “The Fight for Civil Rights Continues: Extending Civil Rights To All Peoples.” Pasco’s Dallas Barnes, … » More …

WSU Spokane announces new faculty member
August 30, 2005

Washington State University Spokane has announced the appointment of Nancy Potter as assistant professor in the graduate program in speech and hearing sciences. Potter received a doctorate in communicative disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the top programs in the nation. She holds a master’s degree in communicative disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology from Minnesota State University-Mankato, and a Certificate of Clinical Competency from the American Speech and Hearing Association. Potter conducts research in typical and disordered speech and manual motor development in children. Currently, she is examining speech and motor skills in children who … » More …