Enjoy the March 2019 issue of Provost Perspective: Check out the fastest three minutes in academics; Inclement weather policy updated; WSU No. 1 in USDA research, development expenditures; Two Global Campus degrees convert to OER

March 2019

Provost Perspective

Bernardo and Schulz standing with Haque, Sataraka and Wallace.

Provost Dan Bernardo, left, and President Kirk Schulz, right, with 2018 Three Minute Thesis finalists, from left to right, Mahamudul Haque, Jeremiah Sataraka, and Naomi Wallace.

Check out the fastest three minutes in academics

Three Minute Thesis is one of the highlights of Showcase, as graduate students from across WSU make compelling pitches of their theses in tidy presentations. The competition helps students develop communication skills and challenges the University community to think differently about research and advocacy.


Inclement weather policy updated

After our state endured an extended winter season, the Faculty Senate, Office of the Provost, and academic colleges worked to revise the University’s policy on inclement weather and class cancellations. Kudos are due to the facilities crews that worked relentlessly to keep our campuses as safe as possible through the winter months.

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WSU Number 1 in USDA research, development expenditures

WSU researchers expended $42.8 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture funding in the 2016 fiscal year, leading the list of 350 universities in the country, according to the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education and Research Development Survey. The 2016 total was the largest expenditure by WSU researchers since 1992 when NSF began collecting the data.

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Two Global Campus degrees convert to OER

Psychology and human development faculty teamed up with the Office of Academic Outreach and Innovation to develop degrees attainable entirely through open education resources. Students report increased levels of engagement with the online textbooks and learning materials. They also avoid the burdensome costs of traditional textbooks.

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College Highlights

Amy Roth‑McDuffie, mathematics professor and associate dean for research and external funding for the College of Education, was honored with the Outstanding Reviewer Award by the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. Roth‑McDuffie was recognized for exemplary feedback as part of blinded peer‑review of scholarly manuscripts for the Mathematics Teacher Educator journal.

Some of the most acclaimed musicians in the world were part of the Jazz Education Network (JEN) band that played Greg Yasinitsky’s commissioned big band piece “JEN‑TEN” at the 2019 International JEN Conference in January. Yasinitsky, WSU Regents professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, wrote the piece in honor of the 10th anniversary of JEN.

Kim Patten, WSU Extension Pacific County director, was recognized with the William P. Stephen Lifetime Achievement Award at the Pacific Northwest Pollinator Summit and Conference in February. Patten is set to retire from WSU on April 1 after spending 30 years helping cranberry farmers and oyster harvesters at the Long Beach Research and Extension Unit.

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