Enjoy the August 2018 issue of Provost Perspective - Accreditation reaffirmed by NWCCU; Training available for faculty, leadership; Researchers named to Washington State Academy of Sciences; Resources for our students

August 2018

Provost Perspective

Freshman students lined up on the Cougar football field in the shape of WSU.

Accreditation reaffirmed by NWCCU

The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities reaffirmed WSU’s regional accreditation through 2025 in a letter to President Kirk Schulz. The reaffirmation followed NWCCU’s consideration of evidence presented in the University’s Year Seven Self‑Evaluation Report and the Year Seven Peer‑Evaluation Report, which resulted from April’s on‑site evaluation. The commission issued six commendations and four recommendations for improvement.


Training available for faculty, leadership

New and returning faculty at all levels are invited to both the New Faculty Training Series and the Chairs and Directors Training Series. The new faculty series includes three workshops addressing pertinent topics for early career faculty. The chairs and directors series begins August 22, and continues with at least one workshop each month through April. Each series includes presentations and insight from faculty, staff, and leadership from across WSU, and are available via videoconferencing for attendees outside of Pullman.

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Researchers named to Washington State Academy of Sciences

Four WSU faculty members were elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences, and two were chosen to serve on the academy’s leadership board in 2018. John Browse, Hans Van Dongen, Timothy Kohler and Yuehe Lin were elected to serve the academy in recognition of their outstanding record of scientific achievement and willingness to serve on behalf of the academy in bringing the best available science to bear on issues within the state of Washington. John Roll and Michael Smerdon were elected to serve on the academy’s board. The WSU faculty members will be inducted during the academy’s 11th annual symposium September 13 at the Seattle Museum of Flight.

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Resources for our students

Along with the excitement of the new academic year, our students may feel the stress of new responsibilities and new social situations. We can support and encourage students, as well as refer them to the many resources available to meet a variety of needs. Thank you for extending a warm Cougar welcome to each of our students.

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College Highlights

The ROAR (Responsibility, Opportunity, Advocacy, and Respect) program is launching this fall, offering college education to young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Brenda Barrio, assistant professor in the College of Education, is the program’s cofounder and interim director. She and her staff will offer workshops, specialized training seminars, career development, and on‑campus living to empower students to become self‑determined, independent adults.

A team of researchers from WSU are working to find solutions to frequent outbreaks of foot and mouth disease among rural household cattle in East Africa. Thomas Marsh and Umesh Bastola from the School of Economic Sciences and the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, and Felix Lankester from WSU Global Health Tanzania are working with colleagues from the University of Glasgow and Tanzanian collaborators to present findings that show FMD outbreaks are limited to specific virus types that are spread through the domestic cattle population.

College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate student Yadira Pérez‑Páramo was recognized by several international research organizations for her work with Boeing Distinguished Professor Philip Lazarus on how genetics effect the body’s reactions to and removal of nicotine. Pérez‑Pádamo received travel awards from both the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and Nasa Astrobiology.

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