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Savage honored for safety, security impact

coughead. As the only facility of its kind in Eastern Washington, WSU’s Technical Services instrumentation and electronics shop is well-versed in meeting special design requests for everything from vacuum chambers to surgical devices to ion current circuitry. During the COVID-!9 health crisis, the shop’s highly skilled staff have stepped up to provide another valuable service: designing and building protective barriers to help safeguard the WSU community and help slow the spread of the virus.

In November, Technical Services supervisor Dave Savage was honored with the WSU Presidential Security Award in recognition of the impact of his vision and his prototyping and engineering skills on the creation of custom barriers for » More …

Styrofoam-eating mealworms could be safe for dinner

Mealworms in a wooden bowl.Brenden Campbell, a master’s student in the School of the Environment, won recognition from the Comparative Nutrition Society for virtually presenting research on a recently discovered ability in mealworms. In his WSU undergraduate honors research project, Campbell found that the larvae can safely eat polystyrene waste, discarded polymers better known by their trade name of Styrofoam.

At the society’s virtual conference in summer 2020, Campbell received the Best Poster Oral and Q&A Award for » More …

Dasgupta elected to lead international statistics organization

Nairanjana Dasgupta.Mathematics and statistics professor and director of the data analytics program, Nairanjana “Jan” Dasgupta has been elected president of the international Caucus for Women in Statistics.

“I feel blessed to be working in a field I love,” Dasgupta said. “Teaching at WSU has always been energizing for me because I thoroughly enjoy the beauty of statistics and mathematics as well as working with students and faculty. I look forward to serving as the 2021 president of the Caucus for Women in Statistics and anticipate a great year.” » More …

University honors chemistry professor

Ralph Yount.Ralph Yount has given hope to millions of people who will never know his name. During his 44-year career as a professor of chemistry and molecular biosciences at WSU, Yount’s study of muscle function advanced medical understanding of diseases such as muscular dystrophy, ALS, and myasthenia gravis. His work focused on the way muscles contract, specifically the relationship between a muscle protein called myosin and ATP, the molecule involved in energy transfer. His creation of an ATP analog was critical to work that eventually led to two Nobel prizes and has been cited in more than 4,000 papers.

In the spring of 2020, WSU recognized Yount with an honorary doctorate.

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Sociologist elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences

Trophy on a stack of books.Alair MacLean, associate professor of sociology at WSU Vancouver, will join the 2020 class of the Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS).

The academy announced its newest members in July, including seven from WSU. The honor recognizes researchers for their outstanding scientific and technical achievement as well as their willingness to work on behalf of the academy to bring the best available science to bear on issues within the state of Washington. » More …

Crimson Spirit award: Cesar Munguia

Cesar Munguia.Cesar Munguia, student services coordinator/advisor for Cougs Rise,  received a 2020 Crimson Spirit recognition.

After earning his WSU undergraduate degree in sociology, Cesar joined the University as a full-time staff member in the Office of Academic Engagement. As a project coordinator for Cougs Rise, he is committed to providing support services to students with the highest need, specifically those from populations that WSU is working to recruit and » More …

Outstanding Seniors exemplify dedication to learning, leadership, service

Outstanding Seniors medallion. In the College of Arts and Sciences, an Outstanding Senior is defined as one who has excelled in academic performance and in service to their department or school and to the University community.

This year, 24 students were selected to receive the honor by faculty in their respective Pullman campus degree programs and the leadership of their department or school. » More …

Global instructor honored for teaching excellence

Jack McNassar.Anthropology instructor Jack McNassar is the recipient of this year’s Excellence in Online Teaching Award. The student-nominated honor, now in its fourth year, acknowledges WSU Global Campus faculty members who engage, inspire, support, and show care for their students.

“Professor McNassar continually inspired me and the other students in » More …

SBS director earns WSU leadership honor

Carter.Listen to Pat Carter, recipient of the 2020 WSU Outstanding Chair/Director award, talk about the School of Biological Sciences for a few minutes and you’ll be ready to jump online and register for every course the school offers.

“I see the role as creating an environment where students, faculty and staff can be successful” said Carter. He tries to keep all three aspects of WSU’s land-grant mission — to advance knowledge, to extend » More …

Crimson Spirit Award: Michelle Hendrickson

Michelle Hendrickson.Michelle Hendrickson, a fiscal analyst with the School of the Environment, received a 2020 Crimson Spirit recognition.

As one of her four nominators explained, “She is kind, tenacious, attentive to details, and displays a superior Crimson spirit. She maintains calm under pressure and exceeds all expectations, by continuously seeking knowledge to better serve the WSU community in and outside of SOE.” » More …