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First student of color bridges two cultures
November 5, 2010


Ihei Yamauchi is pictured at the front right in this 1908 photo of the WSU Civil Engineering Society.



Excerpted from an article by Hayao Nakahara in the 2010 issue of Insight magazine, Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment



WSU’s first student of color was born in Japan. Although he returned there after his American education, he and his descendants maintained strong ties to the United States.


Ihei Yamauchi was born in 1880 in the county of Haga of Tokushima Prefecture, one … » More …

Replacing chemical fumigation of fruit with low pressure
October 6, 2010

PULLMAN – Fruit consumers and growers will be delighted if Shaojin Wang, a WSU assistant research professor of biological systems engineering, can achieve his research goal. Wang is pursuing a method that could replace the chemical fumigation of apples and cherries grown in Washington with simple low-pressure treatments.

Low-pressure storage technology changes the normal composition of air, creating an environment inhospitable to pests that would otherwise attack the crop. While pests are controlled, fruit is kept fresh without over-ripening or senescing.

Wang is working on a technically effective and environmentally sound process to disinfest cherries and apples using low-pressure methods.

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Is Google or the Internet making us stupid?
October 6, 2010

PULLMAN – When Brandon Howard was confronted with the provocative question, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” his first thought was, “I don’t know. Let’s Google it.”


Panelists Meriem Chida and

Jason McConnell

On Tuesday the WSU Center for Civic Engagement invited Howard, an elementary education major, and four other panelists to discuss that question in its first Under the Big Tent debate of the semester. The other panelists were
Meriem Chida, assistant professor in Apparel Merchandising, Design and Textiles,
Steven Kale, professor of history,
Jason McConnell, president of the Graduate … » More …

No computer: Transfer data between thumb drives
October 4, 2010

Students Paul Wettin, left, Jacob Murray, Jeff Sweeney
and Carla Bagnell. Photos by Miles Pepper.



PULLMAN – It started as an idea in a college class. The instructor had a thumb drive with important information about an upcoming project, but nobody in the class had a laptop to upload the files.

“Hey, wouldn’t it be cool if you could transfer files from one thumb drive to another, instead of always needing a computer?’’ said Jacob Murray, a computer engineering student in the class, to his friend and fellow student Paul Wettin.

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Grad students win fuel cycle research awards
October 4, 2010




CANYON, Texas – Two WSU graduate students have won awards in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards competition.


Jenifer Shafer, a Ph.D. student in chemistry, was awarded the second place prize in the “Fuel Separations and Waste Forms” division. Shafer’s award was based upon her research paper titled, “Partitioning of U, Np, Th and Eu Between Acidic Aqueous Al(NO3)3 Solutions and Various TOPO Extraction Chromatographic Materials,” which was presented at the Actinides Scientific Conference in July 2009.


Travis Grimes, a Ph.D. student … » More …

Human tissue, data study eyes nuclear impact
October 4, 2010


RICHLAND – Tucked away in a metal-sided warehouse at the Richland Airport, WSU researchers sift through years, even decades, of data files and human tissue samples in an attempt to track how previous nuclear workers were affected by plutonium, uranium and other nuclear-industry related elements.


The project is called “The United States Transuranium & Uranium Registries,” (USTUR) and is operated by the WSU College of Pharmacy, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Health and Safety.


“The project is to basically increase the confidence in the regulatory system for protecting workers and also, by extension, members of the public … » More …

2010 WSU Pullman security, fire report released
October 4, 2010




PULLMAN – The 2010-2011 annual Security/Fire Report for the WSU Pullman campus was released on Friday, Oct. 1, and is available online.


The 20-page report is designed to provide the WSU community with an accurate statistical look into the campus’ fire safety and sex assaults record. In addition, it provides information on the overall safety system that WSU Pullman has instituted, including:


crisis communication

reporting assaults and crimes

campus safety systems

housing safety

safety-related maintenance

alcohol and drug policies

Facebook safety measures

sexual assault prevention

fire safety

university contact information

fire and crime statistics

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Some doctoral programs among best in nation
October 1, 2010




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Members in the National Academies


A number of WSU doctoral programs are among the leading programs nationally, according to a report this week from the National Research Council. WSU administrators said graduate programs and research at the university have experienced dramatic growth in the years since data was gathered for the report.


Comparative data

The report and database evaluated more than 5,000 programs in 62 fields at 212 educational institutions using a complex methodology and statistical analysis to measure what … » More …

Advancement, external affairs aligned by function
September 30, 2010



WSU Advancement and External Affairs (AEA) will be organized into six broad functional areas in a reorganization plan announced by Vice President John Gardner.


The areas are:

Alumni Relations




Government Relations

Economic Development and Global Engagement


The teams will be led either by a single person or a small group, all reporting to Gardner.


Further refining two key areas, Development and Marketing/Communications, will begin immediately to ensure an internal structure and leadership that best … » More …

Floyd discusses budget plans, progress
September 30, 2010




PULLMAN – WSU leaders are working toward implementing strategic budget cuts, not across-the-board cuts, said President Elson S. Floyd in Wednesday’s State of the University address.


He has asked administrative vice presidents to submit budget plans for their areas by Oct. 15 and he expects to hold public hearings on those plans later this year.


“Everything must and should be on the table as we attempt to balance the budget,” Floyd said.


No across-the-board cuts

During the question-and-answer session following the speech, he said he does not plan to make cuts across the board, because such cuts lead … » More …