Enjoy the November 2017 issue of Provost Perspective

NOVEMBER 2017

PROVOST PERSPECTIVE

Faculty members attend the Provost's Leadership Academy
 

PROVOST’S LEADERSHIP ACADEMY OFF AND RUNNING

Another stellar group of faculty members are embarking on the latest edition of the Provost’s Leadership Academy. The seventh cohort kicked off its curriculum at Ross Point last month and the program is reaping benefits for all involved.

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CAHNRS DEAN CANDIDATES TO VISIT CAMPUS

Four outstanding candidates for the position of dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences will visit WSU in the coming weeks for a final round of interviews. The WSU community is invited to attend sessions with each candidate in which they will outline their visions for the future of the college.

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FRESHMAN RETENTION CONTINUES TO RISE

WSU retained close to 81 percent of its freshman students from fall of 2016 to fall of 2017, continuing an upward trend. The University posted its highest first-year retention rate since 2011, and showed improvement for the third straight year.

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COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS

Seven faculty members in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences landed funding for research on specialty crops. The Specialty Block Grant funds from the state of Washington and the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help researchers come up with ways to battle disease and advance sustainable agriculture. The CAHNRS faculty leading the grant-funded projects are Achour Amiri, Gary Chastagner, Wendy Hoashi-Erhardt, Richard Knowles, Carol Miles, Pius Ndegwa, and Sindhuja Sankaran.

Sola Adesope was named the Boeing Distinguished Professor of STEM Education by the College of Education for 2017–18. Adesope is aiming at providing computing education workshops to middle and high school students in the area to increase interest in computer programming.

A team of researchers from the Voiland College of Engineering earned the TechConnect Defense Innovation Award for their invention of an electrochemical scaffold to combat drug-resistant bacterial wound infections. The group of students and faculty was led by Haluk Beyenal, the Paul Hohenschuh Distinguished Professor.

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