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

January 2020

Provost Perspective

Closeup of Dr. Dori Borjesson.

Borjesson picked to lead
College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Dori Borjesson, chair of the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at UC Davis, has been named the new dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Borjesson will begin her new position on July 20. She is a long-serving and highly regarded academic leader with an outstanding record as a clinician/scientist at an aspirational peer institution.

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Faculty encouraged to steer students to SURCA

Hundreds of WSU students have been introduced to academic research through WSU’s Showcase of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. The annual event allows undergraduates to experience the research process, from proposal to presentation, and has inspired many students to explore graduate school and careers in academia.

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LIFT Fellows opens 2020 application

The fourth cohort of LIFT Fellows is welcoming applications from faculty across the WSU system. The LIFT (Learn, Inspire, Foster, Transform) program supports instructors in using teaching methods and modules that have been shown to improve student engagement, connection, and learning.

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Drive to 25

U.S. News ranks WSU Global Campus online degrees among nation’s best for 2020

WSU’s online programs were ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. The University’s Global Campus ranked 23rd nationally for all undergraduate online degree programs, while the online MBA program ranked 18th and the online graduate engineering program ranked 21st. WSU was the only university in the state to rank in the top 25 of U.S. News’ Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs.

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Student Success

Support from industry bolsters mentoring program’s success

The Team Mentoring Program continues to help underrepresented students in STEM thrive and sets them up for successful careers after graduation. The Washington Research Foundation and Boeing are backers of the program, which recently received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from the National Science Foundation.

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Faculty Development

Spring Teaching Innovation Forum

The annual WSU Teaching Innovation Forum is filled with engaging presentations and workshops for faculty at all levels. The event is set for Monday, February 17 in Spark 335 and via videoconference across the WSU system. The day’s presentations will include collaboration and discussion with colleagues addressing common classroom challenges and best practices faculty are using to make major impact on students’ learning experiences.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

SACNAS aims to build support among underrepresented scholars

Faculty and students are teaming up in an effort to revive WSU’s chapter of the Society for Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science. A strong contingent of Cougars attended the SACNAS Conference last fall and they are inspired to build a local network of support and mentorship for underrepresented groups in STEM fields.

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College Highlights

Four faculty members were recently named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The honor recognizes their significant contributions to science and technology as they join 443 scholars honored this year. WSU’s AAAS Fellows are Aurora Clark, professor of chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences; Thomas Okita, WSU Regents Professor of molecular plant sciences in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS); John P. Reganold, WSU Regents Professor of soil science and agroecology in CAHNRS; and Linda S. Thomashow, research geneticist and WSU adjunct professor in plant pathology and molecular plant sciences in CAHNRS.

Byron Marlowe, clinical assistant professor of hospitality and wine and beverage business management in the Carson College of Business at WSU Tri‑Cities was coauthor of a book named, “Best Book for Professionals” by the Gourmand International Cookbook Awards. The book, Wine Sales and Distribution: The Secrets to Building a Consultative Selling Approach, was one of ten honored with the award internationally.

Four WSU School of Music faculty members were part of the Pan Pacific Ensemble, whose debut album was listed as one of the top 10 classical recordings of 2019 by The Daffodil Perspective. Martin King, Keri E. McCarthy, Shannon Scott, and Sophia Tegart are faculty members in the College of Arts and Sciences and played on the album Feng, which was initially funded by a New Faculty Seed Grant.