Enjoy the November 2018 issue of Provost Perspective - Creative Corridor fosters collaboration; WSU Vancouver senior earns Udall Scholarship; Momentum building for OER

November 2018

Provost Perspective

Kha holds odd-shaped board in place while Rosenthal uses electric drill.

Sarah Rosenthal, left, and Kris Kha work on a prototype of the “Bench of Belonging,” their Creative Corridor project. The functional art piece is scheduled to be installed in the Spark early next year.

Creative Corridor fosters collaboration

Students, faculty, and staff are teaming up on unique art and multimedia projects through the Creative Corridor. The collaboration began with the opening of the Spark building at WSU Pullman last year, and has resulted in dynamic projects such as the “Bench of Belonging,” which is scheduled to be installed this spring in the Spark. The Creative Corridor offers hands-on experiences for students from across the academic spectrum.


WSU Vancouver
senior earns Udall Scholarship

Emma R. Johnson, a senior cultural anthropology major at WSU Vancouver, became WSU’s fifth Udall Scholarship recipient since 2015. The nationally competitive scholarship is helping Johnson pursue her career goal of serving the Cowlitz Indian Tribe, of which she is a member. The Udall Foundation works to strengthen the appreciation and stewardship of the environment, public lands, and natural resources, and to strengthen Native Nations to facilitate their self-determination, governance, and human capital goals.

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Momentum building for OER

WSU faculty are producing and utilizing more open educational resources each year, resulting in huge savings for students. Grants from the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of Academic Outreach and Innovation fueled estimated savings of more than $800,000 in classroom material costs for WSU students over the past two years.

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College Highlights

Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture associate professor Jacob Leachman, who established the Hydrogen Properties for Energy Research laboratory at WSU, received the Cryogenic Society of America’s Roger W. Boom award. The honor is given every other year to professionals under the age of 40 who show promise in making significant contributions in cryogenic engineering and applied superconductivity.

Debra Buchwald, professor in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and director of the Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH), is leading the establishment of the Native Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Resource Center in Minority Aging. The center will be a collaboration between WSU, the University of Colorado Denver, and Stanford, and is funded by a $2.8 million grant from the National Institute on Aging.

WSU faculty members Michael Skinner and Larry Holder are teaming up on a grant-funded project that will use machine learning to help develop predictive epigenetic biomarkers. The $3 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation will fund research that could ultimately help researchers anticipate and prevent diseases. Skinner is a biologist in the College of Arts and Sciences, while Holder is a professor in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.

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