Enjoy the February 2018 issue of Provost Perspective

February 2018

Provost Perspective

Dan Bernardo with 2017 Three Minute Thesis winner Panshak Dakup

Three Minute Thesis is back for Showcase

On Wednesday, March 29 in the Spark Atrium, dozens of students will break down their thesis projects into a tidy three-minute presentation as they compete for thousands of dollars in travel awards. The Three Minute Thesis is one of the highlights of Showcase—WSU’s annual celebration of excellence among faculty, staff, and students.


Course withdrawal tracking designed to promote student success

WSU implemented a course withdrawal tracking and intervention project to look into why students are dropping courses, and how we can assist them when they are in need. The faculty-inspired project is aimed at encouraging students to utilize WSU’s support services and remain on the path to graduation.

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Passport program

Leeann Hunter created a course that’s helping students find their calling and pursue it with passion. The Passport Program is a passion project that Hunter hopes can be replicated within other departments across the University so that students can reach their educational and career goals.

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WSU-Olympic College partnership producing big ideas

Engineering students are gaining hands on experience and earning WSU degrees in Bremerton thanks to a unique partnership with Olympic College. Students in Marvin Pitts’s capstone design course work with a private company, Clarovia, to develop patent proposals, and they’ve been awarded 10 since 2012.

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College Highlights

Students and faculty from the College of Veterinary Medicine and the College of Nursing served nearly 100 low-income patients and their pets at the inaugural Healthy People + Healthy Pets clinic last month. Eight veterinary medicine students, two technicians, and two doctors from Pullman served at the free clinic in Spokane while 10 nursing students and two nursing faculty members volunteered at the clinic, which was organized by Gail Oneal and Raelynn Farnsworth.

Mona Ghandi, assistant professor of architecture in the School of Design and Construction in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, was awarded the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise. The prize recognizes young immigrants who demonstrate exceptional promise in their careers, and includes a $50,000 cash award. Ghandi joined the WSU faculty in 2016, and her research focuses on data-driven design.

Researchers in the College of Medicine are looking at the regulatory regions involved in learning that are strongly associated with autism in an effort to identify the genetic components of the disorder, and eventually improve the diagnosis and treatments of autism. John Koberstein was the principle investigator and Lucia Peixoto was a key contributor to the paper, which was published in the January issue of Science Signaling.

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