Enjoy the January 2019 issue of Provost Perspective: Student veterans on the fly; WSU’s faculty research shines; Strategic Plan events; Faculty-led Workshop set for Jan. 24

January 2019

Provost Perspective

Various photos of Tomyia Wallace fly fishing on St. Joe River.

Student veterans on the fly

Student veterans like Tomyia Wallace (above) are engaging at WSU and in the community through programs like the Moscow Elks Fly Tying and Casting program. The grant‑funded and volunteer‑powered program provides student veterans with new fly fishing equipment and introduces them to the sport, which has been proven to reduce levels of stress and anxiety.

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WSU’s faculty research shines

Faculty at WSU are proving to be among the nation’s best. Our faculty rank sixth in our institutional peer group in research and development expenditures per tenured and tenure‑track faculty. The measure is a credit to our talented and hard‑working professors, and a promising marker in our Drive to 25.

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Strategic Plan events

The University is in the planning stages for composing the Strategic Plan for 2020–2024, and the WSU community is encouraged to take part in the process. Interactive discussions are taking place at each campus over the coming weeks, and input is invited from all WSU affiliates. Visit the Strategic Plan website for details and check your email inbox for the invitation to the planning session on your campus.

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Faculty‑led Workshop set for January 24

This month’s faculty‑led workshop will address, “Keeping your students on track for successful course completion.” The workshop features faculty and staff discussing techniques and efforts they’ve made to assist students, as well as a look at the Early Academic Referrals system WSU recently launched.

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College Highlights

Bin Yang, an associate professor of biological systems engineering at WSU Tri‑Cities, was selected for the Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award. Yang is one of just 40 Fulbright grant winners to be selected for the prestigious Chair Award. He will serve for six months through the Fulbright program at Aalton University in Finland, beginning in August.

Julie Akers, clinical assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy, was honored with the Good Government Pharmacist-of-the-Year Award from the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). Akers was recognized for actively contributing to the community through involvement in the political process. She will be honored at the APhA Annual Meeting in Seattle in March.

Guy Palmer, Regents Professor of Pathology and Infectious Diseases and The Jan and Jack Creighton Endowed Chair and senior director of Global Health, received the Excellence in Research Award from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). Palmer will be formally honored at the AAVMC Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

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