Faculty take the field; AAAS recognizes four WSU faculty as Fellows; Gubsch named WSU's first Marshall Scholar; Butcher among excellent class of Merit Scholars; WSU students pitch in for foster youth in Clark County; Postdoctoral fellows play vital role; Group offers support and resources for women in medicine and science

December 2019

Provost Perspective

Featured WSU faculty members honored in 2019.

Faculty take the field

The provost was thrilled to honor dedicated faculty from across the WSU system throughout the football season with the Featured Faculty recognition. Ten faculty members took the field with the provost at Martin Stadium and heard the cheers of Cougar fans in appreciation of their dedication and hard work on behalf of our students.


AAAS recognizes four WSU faculty as Fellows

Four WSU faculty members were elected as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Aurora Clark, Thomas Okita, John Reganold, and Linda Thomashow were recognized for their significant contributions to science and technology. They will receive official certificates and rosette pins in a ceremony February 15, 2020, in Seattle.

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Gubsch named WSU’s first Marshall Scholar

Senior Kristian Gubsch is WSU’s first recipient of a Marshall Scholarship for graduate study. The chemical engineering major will attend the University of Sheffield next fall, seeking a master’s degree in energy and environmental engineering. Gubsch is 1 of 46 American students to receive the award for 2020 and the lone recipient from the Pacific Northwest.

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Drive to 25

Butcher among excellent class of Merit Scholars

After overcoming adversity during her childhood and high school years, Bella Butcher is on a mission to help others. She’s one of ten National Merit Scholars in WSU’s freshman class and the Honors College student is setting her sights on a career in psychiatry.

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Student Success

WSU students pitch in for foster youth in Clark County

Students from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at WSU Vancouver are gaining valuable experience and helping raise awareness about the foster care crisis in Clark County. The students are partnering with a nonprofit organization to create a strategic communication campaign aimed at raising awareness about the needs of foster children and foster families.

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Faculty Development

Postdoctoral fellows play vital role

An increasing number of postdoctoral fellows at WSU indicates a robust research profile and is a key Drive to 25 metric. Postdocs and research associates play vital roles in many departments across the University.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Group offers support and resources for women in medicine and science

The Group on Women in Medicine and Science is a growing presence on the WSU Spokane campus, aiming to advocate for, and support, women in the field. The group holds regular events and serves a vital role in providing a community of mentors and a network of like-minded colleagues for faculty, staff, and students.

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College Highlights

Yuehe Lin, professor in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Lin is 1 of 168 NAI Fellows for 2019, recognized for his “highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating inventions that have made tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and welfare of society,” according to the selection committee.

William M. Hamlin was selected as the first faculty member to serve the Honors College as the Elma Ryan Bornander Honors Chair. Hamlin is a professor of English and has taught in the Honors College since 2014. In his new endowed position, Hamlin will conduct research examining the balances between religious and secular language in the early modern era.

Kris Kowdley, clinical faculty in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, and Yuehe Lin, professor in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, were named Highly Cited Researchers by Web of Science Group. Kowdley is an internationally recognized liver disease expert, while Lin is a leader in the bioengineering and biomedical nanotechnology fields.