WSU Spokane Campus Bulletin
Issue 2007-04 (April 11, 2007)



Exploring Solutions to Parental Drug Use

Some people start out their careers knowing exactly where they will end up and how they will get there. For others, it takes longer to figure out their calling.


Doctor of criminal justice
 student Heidee McMillin
(Photo by Judith Van Dongen)

Heidee McMillin—a doctoral candidate and research associate at WSU Spokane—began her undergraduate studies thinking she would become an accountant. Today, she is about to complete her doctoral studies in criminal justice and looks forward to a research career that she hopes will contribute to solving some of society's major justice problems. Through her doctoral research, she is already contributing to solving a key Spokane area issue, parental drug use.

McMillin is examining the effectiveness of the Spokane County Meth Family Treatment Court, a voluntary program for parents who have had their children removed from their homes because of their drug use. The year-long, federally funded program includes group counseling, mandatory AA meetings, and close monitoring of participants through weekly drug testing and pop-in visits from Child Protective Services workers. It also assists participants in creating a stable environment for their kids by encouraging them to secure employment and find housing.

McMillin hopes to prove that the Spokane County Meth Family Treatment Court is more successful at getting parents sobered up and reunited with their children than traditional treatment programs, which usually last only three months. So far, the results look promising.

She has looked at three years worth of data covering 130 people who inquired about the program, including a control group of 42 individuals who chose not to participate. Of those who participated, 50 percent ended up graduating from the program and 86 percent were reunified with their children, whereas only 18 percent of the control group regained custody of their kids.

And while the program graduates were in treatment for an average of 55 weeks, those in the control group only received an average of 10 weeks of treatment.

“There is a direct correlation between duration of treatment and success rates as far as sobriety,” McMillin said.

She thinks that one of the contributing factors might be that the longer duration of the Meth Family Treatment Court program enables participants to form peer support groups.

McMillin also stresses that the Spokane County Meth Family Treatment Court is one of few options available to fathers. “In Washington State, if you're pregnant you move right to the top of the list, but if you're a guy, you have to wait two or three months to get into treatment. Through the Meth Family Treatment Court, they can get right in,” she said.

McMillin firmly believes that the best way to help a child is to help their parents be better parents. “That's why family treatment courts are a great option for parents—both moms and dads—who struggle with drug use, because they are supported for at least a year while they do the hard work of recovery.”

A View-Changing Experience

McMillin's dissertation research follows directly out of her interest in maternal drug use and therapeutic jurisprudence (the use of the criminal justice system for therapeutic—rather than punitive—purposes), topics she explored while working towards her master's degree at WSU Spokane. Learning about the issue of maternal drug use for a paper she was writing made such an impression on her that it changed her world view.

“I was going to write a paper about what I perceived to be these ‘stupid' women who do drugs while they're pregnant or parenting,” she said. “Shortly after beginning the research I concluded that if I had to endure the unspeakable abuse and tumultuous lives experienced by these women, I would have likely turned to drugs to cope, too.”

To her dismay, McMillin found that women who opened up more about their circumstances and their drug abuse were likely to receive more punitive treatment, rather than get more help.

Her interest in the plight of these women led her to reluctantly accept an assignment to teach, something she didn't think she would enjoy. She now teaches a class on “Violence toward Women” to criminal justice and nursing students on the Spokane campus, and thoroughly enjoys it.

“There are all these great resources in Spokane. I can pull people from the community into my class, like victim advocates, police officers, and representatives of battery intervention programs,” she said. “I love teaching, and I love teaching in Spokane.”

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WSU Spokane CityLab Highlighted in Innovators Lecture Series


Sylvia Oliver during her March 21 address
(Photo by Judith Van Dongen)

Now in its fourth season, the WSU Innovators lecture series features leading faculty experts who address economic, scientific, social, and political issues affecting Washington state's citizens in the 21st century. Although the majority of lectures take place in the Seattle area, the Spokane campus has hosted several of these events, including the March 21 lecture featuring Sylvia Oliver, director of WSU Spokane CityLab.

In her lecture, “Opening New Doors: CityLab Builds Math and Science Literacy Among Underserved Children,” Oliver explained that the nation's shortage of scientists, engineers, health scientists, and math/science teachers can only be addressed by a systemic solution—one that increases public understanding of careers in these areas, enhances the K-12 experience in math and science, impacts the practice and preparation of K-12 math and science teachers, and supports successful transition into university math, science, engineering, health sciences, and math and science education programs.

WSU Spokane CityLab is such a solution. Since 1995, the laboratory-based teaching and learning center has provided science, math, and technology enrichment to K-12 students and teachers and the public at large.

CityLab introduces students to biology, chemistry, and biotechnology problems through intriguingly named workshops such as “The Case of the Crowned Jewels,” an exercise involving CSI analysis of DNA, and Raider of the Lost Arch(eology), which has kids performing a protein analysis. It has also contributed content and materials for after-school science clubs established in 25 elementary schools in Spokane School District 81.

In addition, CityLab provides specific enrichment opportunities for young women and other students underrepresented in the fields of science and math. Young women's summer science camps stimulate students' interest in science and math by involving them in the application of academic knowledge to real-life problems. CityLab has also conducted projects targeted at Native American students from the Spokane, Kalispell, and Coeur D'Alene tribes.

Outreach to teachers comes in the form of professional development workshops that introduce teachers to emerging careers that require strong science and math backgrounds, train them in inquiry-based teaching, and guide them through hands-on laboratory experiences demonstrating problem-solving skills. An equipment loan program provides CityLab-trained teachers with free access to specialized research-grade biotechnology equipment, as well as workshop protocols or assistance with protocol creation.

To achieve its goals, CityLab partners with regional school districts, the Spokane Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program, the Eastern Washington Area Health and Education Center (EWAHEC), Spokane Community College, and the Boston University School of Medicine CityLab.

CityLab is a key player in a partnership that was recently established by Washington State University Spokane and Spokane's largest public educational institutions to work toward improved student learning in math and science. This new K-12 initiative focuses on raising community awareness of the importance of math and science education, increasing the number of qualified teachers, providing instructional support for school district initiatives, identifying and implementing best practices in science and math education, developing enrichment opportunities, and aligning K-12 coursework with community college and university coursework.

Oliver expressed her excitement about the partnership and the role WSU Spokane will play in making it a success. She pointed out that the establishment of a medical school in Spokane through the WWAMI program and the fall 2008 move of the College of Nursing to the Riverpoint campus will provide additional resources for the partnership.

As Oliver concluded her lecture, she emphasized that CityLab and the new math-science partnership depend on the support of all of us—students, parents, teachers, mentors.

“Ultimately, it is up to us to believe in the ability of students to succeed,” she said.

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Annual Architecture Excursion to Netherlands Provides Real-Life Experience

Over spring break, assistant professor of architecture Matt Cohen accompanied eight master of architecture students to the Netherlands on the Master of Architecture Research Study Tour, an annual excursion that is a required part of the curriculum.

Since not all of us are lucky enough to travel abroad to fulfill degree requirements, Carson Schultz—one of the students enrolled in the program—volunteered to share his experiences. These are his recollections.

“We studied all realms of Dutch design—we looked at architecture, interiors, graphic design, and landscape architecture. The list is virtually endless because of the intense role design plays within the Dutch built environment. A significant portion of the land in the Netherlands is reclaimed land from the ocean. As a result, just about every square inch of the Netherlands is designed in a critical fashion. This has also allowed the Dutch landscape and aesthetic culture to emerge on the forefront of contemporary international design.


WSU master of architecture students show off their
Dutch bikes during a study trip to the Netherlands.
(Photo by Matt Cohen)

All through the week, we toured different cities throughout the Netherlands—including Amsterdam, Hilversum, The Hague, Utrecht, and Rotterdam—by bicycle, train, and tram. The bicycle experience allowed for immediate immersion into each location we visited. We did it like the locals, moving around with Dutch style.

The most memorable day of my trip was our visit to the city of Utrecht and the college campus there. The entire campus is a display of high design, with buildings designed by world renowned architects like Rem Koolhaas (the architect of the new Seattle Central Library), Wiel Arets, Mecanoo, Neutelings, and more. The campus design is a success on multiple scales. The design of the college campus addresses the urban scale, the scale of each individual building, and all the way down to the human scale.

Before we left on our tour, we had been assigned a specific building or architectural intervention to research. While on site, each student then presented their research about their assigned building. The research and presentations we did has assisted us in developing our thesis projects. We learned a lot about the buildings we had to present on, and when we were on site we learned things from personal experience that just isn't revealed in books. It allowed us to appreciate our trip more and bring back information and an experience that was unique to us.”

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Identifying Diabetes Hotspots in Eastern Washington

A research project at Washington State University is currently underway to understand the impact of diabetes on adults aged 45 to 74 in the state of Washington.

The study, titled "Identifying Diabetes Hotspots in Washington State and Taking Action!," is being conducted by assistant professor of informatics Kenn Daratha and Jennifer Polello of Inland Northwest Health Services and is supported by the Eastern Washington Diabetes Network and the WSU Diabetes Initiative.

The project is mining data from federal and state health databases to identify geographic hotspots in Washington for higher than expected rates of diabetes-related disease among middle aged and older adults.

More than 563 Washington communities are being analyzed through a review of U.S. Census data and Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and Comprehensive Hospital Abstract Reporting System (CHARS) data from the Washington State Department of Health. The analysis has found 39 communities identified as diabetes comorbid (pertaining to two diseases which occur together; in this case, diabetes and diabetes-related disease).

Identification of geographic hotspots for diabetes and related disease comorbidities will be critical in designing strategies to reduce mortality and morbidity from this disease, which is increasingly common among U.S. adults.

Management of type 2 diabetes is complex and requires a number of interventions to improve outcomes. Continuing medical care and patient self-management education are necessary to reduce the risk of both acute events and long-term complications. While clinical evidence supports the delivery of preventive intervention services, a large gap exists between the care that should be delivered and the care that is actually delivered.

"This is of particular concern to rural communities with restricted access to health care services," said Daratha. "As the prevalence of this disease increases and the rate of compliance to care standards remains low, increases in diabetic complications, utilization and costs are inevitable."

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Outward Anger, Explosive Personality Lead to Calcified Arteries

A team of Washington State University researchers have found that a measure of outward anger expression among older adults is a better predictor of calcification in coronary arteries than traditional risk factors such as smoking or high blood pressure.

The discovery is one of the most noteworthy outcomes of the Spokane Heart Study, a longitudinal investigation of new and emerging risk factors for cardiac disease.


Harold Mielke, who recently retired as the director
of WSU Spokane's Health Research & Education Center, talks to a Spokane Heart Study subject.
(Photo by Jeff T. Green)

The study found evidence for an interaction between explosive personalities and age, such that adults 50 years and above who express anger externally are more likely to have calcium deposits in their coronary arteries.

"Calcification in the arteries measures atherosclerosis, or clogging of the arteries, and is a predictor of future cardiovascular problems like heart attacks," said Dr. Bruce Wright, medical director at the WSU Health and Wellness Center and one of the study authors. The results showed to be true both at base line and after nine years in adults 50 years or older at the time of entering the study.

"We do not know why bad temper causes calcification in coronary arteries, although a possibility might be that people who express anger outwardly, like yelling or door slamming, have temporary surges in blood pressure and heart rate that damage blood vessel walls, "said Wright." Another possibility is that people with this personality style might secrete more stress hormones that damage the coronary arteries, starting the process of atherosclerosis."

The study, titled "The Relation of Anger Expression-Out to Coronary Artery Calcification in an Older Subsample of Participants Age 50 Years and Above," was presented during the American Psychosomatic Society meeting in Budapest this February. It was conducted by Joni Howard, C. Harold Mielke, Craig Parks, and Bruce Wright.

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WSU and EWU Join Forces to Address Health and Well-Being of Inland Northwest Children

WSU Spokane's Child and Family Research Unit (CAFRU) and Eastern Washington University's School of Social Work have established a joint venture to work on social and health services development for children and families in Spokane and the Inland Northwest.

The formalized collaboration follows out of joint work the institutions did for several large-scale, grant-funded community projects, including the Child and Adolescent Initiative, a community development effort to support improved children's mental health in Spokane County, and Safe Start, a community research project that examined children's exposure to violence and the professional response to such exposure.

“The joint venture with EWU will increase our potential to attract external funding to support the development of essential services that address community needs,” said Chris Blodgett, director of CAFRU.

In addition, the collaboration will assure optimal use of the two universities' complementary research and training resources, increase the range of issues that can be addressed, and capitalize on the partners' respective strengths.

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ASWSU Spokane Leadership: Going Forward


From left to right:
Laird Rasmussen and Jason Doss

When the votes were tallied last month, Laird Rasmussen and Jason Doss emerged as the new leaders of the Associated Students of WSU Spokane for the 2007-08 academic year. To fulfill their motto—“Going Forward”—their plan is three-fold: to promote student unity, leadership, and cougar pride.

Rasmussen and Doss aim to increase participation and representation from students in as many programs as possible. Through their leadership they hope to provide enough guidance and support to WSU clubs to increase the student presence in the community and the university. They also plan to organize activities and events that showcase students' skills, talents, and school spirit.

“Students, professors, and staff members should take great pride in being here,” said Rasmussen. “The benefits of attending a first-class institution of higher learning at a new urban campus are numerous.”

Rasmussen, a graduate of Mead High School, has lived in 10 different states, but considers Spokane his home. He is currently pursuing a master of health policy and administration degree, and is a member of the Diversity Club and the Graduate Health Administration Students (GHAS) organization. He is also a member of the Friends of Seven (KSPS public television) and volunteers his time with his local credit union and church youth group. Upon completing his degree in 2008, Rasmussen would like to join the management team of a respected Spokane provider to work toward solutions to the many health problems we face.

Doss grew up just down the road in Medical Lake. After spending some time in Denmark and St. Louis, he completed his undergraduate degree at WSU Pullman. He is currently pursuing a doctor of pharmacy degree. Doss is an active ASWSU member on the Pullman campus, in addition to being very involved in the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). After graduating in 2009, Doss hopes to open his own pharmacy.

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Information and Academic Technology Transition

On Wednesday, April 4, a transition plan for information and academic technology was presented at a luncheon hosted by Karen Lege, transition consultant. The result of many brainstorming sessions, conversations and meetings, the plan is designed to build on the strengths of the IT staffs at WSU Spokane and the WSU College of Nursing (ICN) and to continue providing excellent service to all users.

Beginning July 1, 2007, Larry Hoffman and Saleh Elgiadi will report directly to Brian Pitcher, chancellor, WSU Spokane and vice provost for health sciences. Larry will head up IT Services – Operations and Enterprise Services, and Saleh will head up IT Services – Academic and Research Technologies. Saleh also will report directly to Patricia Butterfield, incoming ICN dean, effective July 1, 2007.

As the ICN and WSU Spokane work together to design a first-ever transition in the WSU system, change brings new opportunities. “Our goal is to be the university leader in academic and distance technology,” said Pitcher. “Enabling staff to focus on what they do best while they serve the entire campus community helps us make the most of their talents as we strive for this goal.”

All other reporting lines at both the ICN and Riverpoint Campus will remain the same until July 1, 2008. As we approach the physical move of nursing to Riverpoint, IT staff and new alignments of responsibilities will be introduced to everyone so you will get to know the new faces.

For the next year, at the ICN, faculty and staff will continue to call the ICN Help Desk at 324-7611 or e-mail for IT needs. At WSU Spokane, faculty and staff will continue to call the IT help line at 358-7748,

A detailed organizational chart that outlines employee reporting lines and responsibilities for Information and Academic Technology effective July 1, 2008, is available on Sharepoint, along with other information and resources pertaining to transition planning.

To access Sharepoint, go to, select "Sharepoint" in the "Resources and Links” section, and login with your WSU user ID/e-mail address and password. Once logged in, select “Transition ICN Riverpoint,” go to “Documents” in the left-hand column and select “New IT Org Chart.”

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Human and Animal Emotions Highlighted in April 20 Third Friday Seminar

Animals might not analyze their emotions the way humans do, but they do experience them, according to Jaak Panksepp, a professor and researcher at Washington State University and the featured speaker in this month's Third Friday Seminar Series.

His lecture, “The Neuroscience of Emotions: Implications for Psychiatry and Emotional Well-Being,” will be held on April 20 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Room 147 of the Academic Center on the Riverpoint Campus, with a reception following the event.

During his presentation, Panksepp will discuss the nature of primary-process emotional feelings in the mammalian brain, and will explain the implications of this work for understanding and treating emotional disorders such as autism and promoting emotional well-being.

Panksepp is the Baily Endowed Chair of Animal Well-Being Sciences at WSU's College of Veterinary Medicine and is an expert in affective neuroscience, the study of the basic processes that create and control moods, feelings, and attitudes in both people and animals.

The Third Friday Seminar Series is hosted by the Office of Research and the Health Research and Education Center at Washington State University Spokane.

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Luncheon to Focus on Global Crisis, Local Reality of Child Trafficking

The horrific effects of human trafficking on young children globally and in Spokane will be the subject of a free luncheon and lecture by Rev. Eileen Lindner at noon April 27 in the Comstock Room of the YWCA in downtown Spokane.

A Presbyterian minister, Lindner is a past director of the National Council of Churches Child Advocacy Office and served as the Chair of the World Council of Churches' Commission on Human Trafficking. She is the author of “Thus Far on the Way: Toward a Theology of Child Advocacy” and “When Churches Mind Children,” reporting on the nation's most extensive child care study.

At the luncheon, local experts will also explore efforts to measure the scope of human trafficking in Spokane, how local agencies are responding to victims, and initiatives to raise awareness through education.

The event is free and lunch will be provided. For more information or to register, call 509-358-7949. Registration deadline is April 23.

The event is co-sponsored by the newly formed Inland Northwest Task Force on Human Trafficking, the Western Regional Institute for Community Oriented Public Safety at Washington State University Spokane, and the YWCA and Faith Partners Working Against Family Violence.

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24th Annual Primary Care Update Conference to be held in Spokane

A two-day conference designed for primary care providers including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and allied health professionals will take place May 4-5, at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park in downtown Spokane. The conference is presented by the Inland NW Academy of Family Physicians, Family Medicine Spokane Residency Program, and the Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center, Washington State University Extension.

“Primary Care Update” provides the opportunity for healthcare professionals to participate in educational sessions and workshops designed with the primary care practitioner in mind. Attendees come from all over the Northwest including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Canada. For the conference brochure, schedule and registration information, go online at, or contact the E. WA Area Health Education Center, WSU Extension at (509) 358-7640, 800-279-0705 or

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Fredrick Peterson, professor of leadership and professional studies, has been selected to serve as a member of the WSU President's Teaching Academy. The academy is made up of faculty members who provide leadership to strengthen undergraduate and graduate teaching and learning at Washington State University.

Work by three Interdisciplinary Design Institute students was featured in the WSU Interior Design Showcase of Award Winners on First Friday at Gina's Design Corner. Organized by alumna Elizabeth Pece, an interior designer at the firm, the special exhibition featured the award-winning work of Susan Schriebe (third place; 2006 Institute of Store Planners Student Design Competition), Kate Lee (first place, all around; 2006 IIDA Student Design Competition), and Meaghan Beever (First Place, 2004/2005 Institute of Store Planners Student Design Competition ).

A team of WSU Interior Design students recently won first place in the 2006-2007 International Interior Design Educators Council Student Design Competition. The design created by Ashley Couture, Emily Myers, and Micky Nguyen was selected from more than 60 entries.

Nancy Clark Brown, associate professor of interior design and chair of the Department of Interior Design, won second place in the International Interior Design Educators Council Juried Design Competition.

If you or one of your colleagues or students has received a special honor or award, or reached another professional milestone, please e-mail the information to Judith Van Dongen at

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Grant and Contract Awards Summary
January 1, 2007, through March 31, 2007

Faculty Member


Research Title/

Funding Source

Research Summary





Terrie Ashby-Scott MESA Parent/Community/School Partnership Pilot Project

Spokane Public Schools

This project is targeted to a pilot student population of Native American and African American students who will be graduating in 2008 and who have not met one or more standards.  The focus will be to provide supplemental educational services to help students and their parents/families achieve success.
Greg Belenky Sleep and Performance Research Center New Theoretical Technical and Experimental Approaches to Brain Organization of Sleep and Performance

Washington State University Foundation/ Keck Foundation

Proposed experiments based in new technology in animal and in humans will test theoretical predictions that cortical columns and other neuronal assemblies will enter a sleep-like state following repeated stimulations, independent of whole sleep/work state. The theory of brain organization under test challenges the prevailing view that sleep is imposed on whole brain by sleep regulating networks in the brain stem.
Greg Belenky Sleep and Performance Research Center Fatigue Analysis of Comair Flight 5191

Air Line Pilots Association International

This analysis will apply principles of sleep science to an analysis of fatigue and performance in the captain, first officer, and air traffic controller involved in the Comair 5191 crash in Lexington, Kentucky, in August 2006.
Ruth Bindler

Margaret Bruya



Enhancing Dairy Intake Among Adolescents at an Alternative High School

Washington State Dairy Council

Drawing upon existing collaborations between ICN and Havermale High School, this project will develop, implement, and test effectiveness of creative strategies to enhance dairy product consumption among youth in an alternative school. It will empower the students to evaluate their own diets; identify strengths, weaknesses, and goals; and identify ways to make changes for themselves and their families.
Ruth Bindler

Kenn Daratha

Tom Power

Sue Butkus


Leadership & Prof. Studies

Human Development

WSU Puyallup

Comparison of Environmental Changes in the School Environment to Individual Interventions as Methods for Reducing Obesity Rates in Early Adolescence

U.S. Department of Agriculture-CSREES

The long-term goal of this project proposal is to improve the health of middle school students and prevent increases in obesity in later adolescence.  It is designed to incorporate and compare three intervention levels based on a bioecological model—the individual, the family, and the environment.  Project activities include school-based coursework and beyond-school activities designed to reduce adolescent obesity. All middle school students in the Spokane Public Schools will participate in a new health and fitness curriculum beginning in September 2006. Students will be required to complete one semester of this new health and fitness course in both the 7th and the 8th grade. The proposed project builds upon and enhances the school curriculum and will evaluate the impact of the enhanced curriculum with additional nutritional and physical activities aimed at individual students and their families.

Chris Blodgett

Child & Family Research

Partners in Learning Evaluation

Eastern Washington University/Cheney School District

This contract is to conduct the transition work for CAFRU to be the evaluation team for this demonstration program, which is funded by Microsoft and the governor's office, beginning the second of five years of funding. The first purpose of the project is to demonstrate the role of individual instruction and technology in improving children's outcomes. The second purpose is to identify the school and university pre-service development systems changes at EWU that are necessary to sustain the lessons learning in improving effective child learning outcomes.

Kerry Brooks Interdisciplinary Design Institute Spokane Regional Job Access and Reverse Commute Program The JARC grant program is intended to establish a coordinated regional response to job access challenges. All projects funded under this program are the result of a collaborative planning process.  Spokane's program has two major GIS components: The LIFTS project intends to develop a web-based GIS/IMS tool for public use assisting people in finding bus routes and other services in a coordinated fashion.  The second component will map pedestrian facilities with special emphasis on people with mobility impairments.
John Goldman Criminal Justice University of Illinois Chicago This project provides technical assistance, reporting, and support of the United States Attorneys' Offices to conduct multiple Gang Prevention Summits using options given by the Office of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and selected United States Attorneys and/or Project Safe Neighborhood coordinators.
Casey Jackson WIMIRT Healthy Partnerships Training-Spokane County RSN

Spokane County-Spokane Community Services

This is a contract for a series of Healthy Partnerships trainings. Training includes presentations of Parent Speak Out Training Curriculum to both the parent group and the clinical directors.  It also includes facilitation of training to five agencies of the Spokane Regional Support Network.
Janet Katz ICN Enhance Recruitment of Culturally Diverse Students into Nursing

Health Resources and Services Administration

The objectives of this project are to increase the number of ethnically diverse and disadvantaged students/graduates from rural and federally designated health professional shortage areas and medically underserved areas/populations, to provide basic baccalaureate nurse education in rural areas, and to participate in activities in secondary schools designed to expose ethnically diverse and disadvantaged students to nursing students, nurses, and faculty.

Linda Massey


Carolyn Johnson


Susan Kynast-Gales

Food Science and Human Nutrition

Program in Health Sciences

Food Science and Human Nutrition

A Pilot Study of Dairy Effects on Cardiovascular Responses to Stress, Ambulatory Blood Pressure and Sleep

Washington Dairy Products

Risk of future morbidity and mortality is continuously and positively related to blood pressure (BP) over the entire range seen in free-living populations. Incorporating cardiovascular reactivity—the changes in heart rate and systolic and diastolic BP to a stressor and recovery from stressors—has been shown to increase prediction of risk of developing hypertension, which requires medication for its control. This study will look at pre-hypertensive males, determining the effects of consuming 3 cups of milk daily versus 3 non-caffeinated soft drinks daily for 4 weeks.

Diane Norell WIMIRT Interagency Agreement Between Washington State University/WIMIRT and Eastern Washington University WSU/WIMIRT faculty will provide mental health supervision of students in the School of Social Work and Human Services at Eastern Washington University.  Faculty will provide seminars and supervision in public mental health field sites.  They will also evaluate students' core social work knowledge, methods, and skills in working with persons served by the public mental health system.

Brett Rogers

Small Business Development Center

Management and Technical Assistance to Small Businesses in Washington State

Small Business Administration

One-on-one individual business advising for small businesses, as well as short courses and workshops on a variety of business topics, are provided through the SBDC's state-wide network of service providers.  The SBDC works with the US Small Business Administration on projects of mutual interest, while research is conducted by networked entities.  Local and regional private consultants are listed for small business referrals.


John Roll


Designing Pragmatic Contingency Management Interventions

Washington State University Office of Research Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Programs

A grant-in-aid for research regarding contingency management interventions in drug abuse.


Lisa Shaffer Health Research and Education Center FISH Probe Development Agreement

Sacred Heart Medical Center

This funding is for personnel and supplies to develop FISH probes for diagnostic applications at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

Hans Van Dongen

Sleep and Performance Research Center

Individualized Biomathematical Modeling of Fatigue and Performance

Air Force Office of Scientific Research

This is the third-year renewal of a three-year project funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The project focuses on the development of a unique approach for the person-specific prediction of cognitive performance impairment from sleep loss, based on Bayesian statistics.

Hans Van Dongen

Sleep and Performance Research Center

University of Pennsylvania

This contract is for Van Dongen to perform statistical and mathematical modeling for the empirical and theoretical interpretation of sleep dose-response curves for neurobehavioral recuperation following chronic sleep restriction. He will also work on the power spectral analysis of sleep EEGs, and will assist in the processing of other sleep and wake-related outcome variables. Van Dongen will contribute to the writing of scientific papers resulting from this landmark study of recovery sleep.


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Community Connections

  • Spokane County Community Needs Assessment on Human Relations kick-off celebration - Friday, May 11, 2007 from 8 am - 4:30 pm sponsored by The Spokane Regional Task Force on Human Relations, AHANA Business Association, and Eastern Washington University. Dr. Thomas Parham will be the keynote speaker. This will be the first step in a phased process to identify human relations needs in Spokane County in an effort to develop a community action plan to keep moving Spokane County toward a more interculturally tolerant community. For more information on the event or to register, visit If you have questions, please contact Kristine Reeves at 533-8659.
  • Ella the Elephant sends her author & illustrator parents to KPBX Kids' Concert on April 14 at the Bing Crosby theatre (formerly the Met). Carmela D'Amico the writer and Steven D'Amico the illustrator will talk about the art of collaboration. Carmela reads to the kids from their Ella the Elephant books, then both writer and illustrator talk about teamwork, and what makes a picture book unique. The program will begin at 1:00 p.m.
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Personnel and Staffing Changes


  • Justin Copsey, Information Technology Technician 1, Interdisciplinary Design Institute, effective 3/19/07
  • Krista Loney, Administrative Assistant, Applied Sciences Laboratory, effective 4/2/07


  • Theresa Buford, Secretary Senior, Health Policy & Administration Department, effective 4/13/07


  • Director of Campus & Regional Development, WSU Spokane and WSU Foundation, review of applications began 2/12/07
  • Assistant Professor (childbearing), College of Nursing, review of applications began 1/31/07
  • Assistant Professor (any specialty – 2 positions), College of Nursing, review of applications began 1/31/07
  • Assistant Professor, (psychiatry/mental health – 2 positions), College of Nursing, review of applications began 1/31/07
  • Associate Professor/Associate Dean (graduate programs), College of Nursing, review of applications began 1/31/07
  • Assistant Professor (informatics), College of Nursing, review of applications began 1/31/07
  • Sirti Business Consultant Marketing/Technical Writer, review of applications began 3/16/07, information at or
  • Sirti Business Consultant Marketing/Communications Designer, review of applications began 3/16/07, information at or

Information on all vacancies mentioned above is available at

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Way to Go!

  • I would like to put in a thank you for some deserving folks that really pitched in last Friday, April 6th . Sandi Baldwin and Bob Scharff answered the call to help move the contents of four lateral filing cabinets when new ones were delivered to the Budget Office. We did not have a lot of advance notice when the new cabinets were delivered, and the old cabinets needed to be emptied for removal that same afternoon. Sandi and Bob were very gracious and made the transfer very smooth.
    (Gretchen Eaker, WSU Spokane Budget Office)
  • An extra special thank you to Virginia Moran who has spent a lot of time packing, unpacking and shifting the files in the year and a half since she's been here. She's a hard worker and always has a smile or funny anecdote ready. I'd like to say to her “I appreciate what you do every day”.
    (Gretchen Eaker, WSU Spokane Budget Office)

Here's where you make someone's day a little brighter by extending your thanks for a job well done. Send your “Way to Go!” comments to Cinda Romans, and watch for your thanks to be published in an upcoming issue of the Campus Bulletin!

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The Bulletin is a monthly publication that is usually published on the second Wednesday of each month. The exact publication date may shift due to holidays. If you have an item that you'd like us to include, send it to us by Friday in the week before publication.

The Bulletin covers news of interest to the faculty, staff, and friends of Washington State University Spokane, and associates on other WSU campuses and on the Riverpoint Campus.

Regular columns cover professional accomplishments, opportunities for involvement in the campus community and the Spokane community, notices of new developments on campus, upcoming events, personnel changes, and other news.

The Bulletin also serves as a source of information for external communications directed to alumni, future and current students, and friends of Washington State University Spokane. You'll read it here first!

Subscribers welcome! To subscribe, go to, enter your e-mail address, type "wsusb" in the List Name field, and click on "Join List."

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