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Fine arts prof/associate dean lands lofty ‘Frigate Bird’ Award

Carol Ivory
Carol Ivory

Carol Ivory, professor of fine arts and CAS associate dean for curriculum and instruction, was honored with the Manu Daula (Frigate Bird) Award from the Pacific Arts Association (PPA) during a meeting this month in Vancouver, B.C. Recipients of the Manu Daula Award are selected by the PPA membership based on “outstanding achievement and dedication in the arts of the Pacific.” Ivory and a colleague received the award this year; only 14 people have received the award since 1984.

Ivory’s research focuses on the art, history, and culture of the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. She is the author of numerous articles and essays on the Marquesas in a variety of international publications. She was primary consultant on the exhibition, Adorning the World, Art of the Marquesas Islands, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in 2005-06; and the exhibition, Gauguin and Polynesia: South Pacific Encounters, in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2011, and Seattle, WA, in 2012. She is currently guest curator for an exhibition on Marquesan art scheduled for fall 2015 at the Musée du quai Branly, Paris.

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Museum of Art presents Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition

Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition
Get inspired at the free fine arts exhibition!

The Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition will be presented free to the public at the Washington State University Museum of Art Aug. 12-Sept. 14. A reception will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, in the museum gallery.

The museum showcases the exhibition at the beginning of the school year so incoming students are immediately exposed to the manifold talents of the WSU fine arts faculty.

Read more at WSU News

Three WSU faculty members elected to state Academy of Sciences

Kerry Hipps
Kerry Hipps
Congratulations to the three newest WSU members of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, including our own Kerry Hipps, professor of chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry.

The Washington State Academy of Sciences provides expert scientific and engineering analysis to inform public policy-making and works to increase the role and visibility of science in the state of Washington.

Read more at WSU News

NEH and WSU: Preserving Native American History

NEH and Native Americans
NEH and Native Americans

The Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal, directed through the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies, is among five initiatives highlighted in a new report of NEH-funded projects designed to support Native Americans and their communities. The projects preserve Native American history and serve tribal communities by engaging them through the humanities.

The Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal is a gateway to cultural materials held in WSU’s Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections; the Museum of Anthropology; the National Anthropological Archives at the Smithsonian Institution; and other museums and archives.

Read the report at NEH Newsroom

The tractor beam has arrived

Phil Marston. Photo credit Robert Hubner
Phil Marston. Photo by Robert Hubner.

WSU physicist Phil Marston was intrigued by the way an acoustic beam is scattered by a sphere.

“Basically, it goes into the category of a problem you solve because it would be curious to see what the answer is and whether there is something there that you didn’t anticipate,” he says. “That was true.”

In the serpentine path from abstract musing to basic science to demonstrated phenomenon, he sowed the seeds for a small-scale but real-life tractor beam that could have applications in both nanotechnology and medicine.

Read more in Washington State Magazine