Issue 2011-10 (October 19, 2011)

IN THIS ISSUE

 

WSU, Spokane Community Leaders Break Ground on New Biomedical Building

By Doug Nadvornick

"Partnership" was the word of the day as WSU and other college administrators joined state and Spokane community leaders to celebrate the groundbreaking for the new Biomedical and Health Sciences Building. The event was held Wednesday, October 5, at the Spokane Riverpoint Campus.

The building will house the medical education program jointly administered by WSU and the University of Washington. It will also be home to a consolidated WSU College of Pharmacy and other programs in the health sciences.

Governor Chris Gregoire used the word "partnership" to describe the bipartisan support in the 2011 Washington legislature for a $35 million appropriation for the building.

"You can’t build something as significant as this is for this region without support from the entire state," the governor said after the ceremony. "This has never been about politics. It’s about this region getting the support it needed to move this project along."

WSU president Elson S. Floyd and UW School of Medicine dean Paul Ramsey also referred to the word "partnership" in describing the collaboration between WSU and the UW to provide medical education in Spokane. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the five-state WWAMI (Washington Wyoming Alaska Montana Idaho) medical education program. Spokane has long provided clinical opportunities for third- and fourth-year medical students, but only in the last three years has it also served as a classroom site for first-year students.

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"I feel very good about our partnership with WSU here in Spokane," said Ramsey.

The UW medical school is adapting the second-year curriculum so that it can be taught at sites like Spokane. That would allow Spokane to provide a full four years of medical education. That would be a perfect fit for WSU’s health sciences campus in Spokane, said Floyd.

"The health sciences are something Spokane will always be remembered for and the contributions that WSU will make in furthering them will be unparalleled," Floyd said.

Dozens of WSU health sciences students attended the groundbreaking celebration. One of them, senior nursing student Trevor McLay, said the new building will help the university provide more opportunities for students in different health disciplines to work together.

"That will help prepare us better for what’s going to happen as we go out into the workforce," he said.

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WWAMI Spokane Marks Another 'First'

By Doug Nadvornick

The medical education program in Spokane has celebrated a lot of 'firsts' during the last three years.

For example, the first first-year students tackled their first anatomy lessons in the fall of 2008. Several members of that class are still in town finishing their required clinical rotations. They'll be the first WWAMI Spokane students to graduate next May.

But the latest 'first' isn't tied to the classroom or the clinic. It's an honor that comes from work done in the laboratory of WWAMI assistant professor Weihang Chai.

Photo: Shilpa Sampathi in her lab
Shilpa Sampathi
(Photo by Doug Nadvornick)
  

Shilpa Sampathi, a member of Chai's cancer research team, has become the first WWAMI Spokane graduate student to earn a PhD.

Chai, her mentor, couldn't be happier.

"WWAMI is an education program, but research is equally important," she said. "This shows we can do a good job advising graduate students. It's a prestige thing."

Sampathi's path to Spokane started in India, her native country. She earned her undergraduate and master's degrees there and even taught for a year while she applied to PhD programs in the United States.

"I always wanted to come to the U.S.," she said. "For a research scientist, it's the place to be."

She wound up at Texas Women's University in Denton. That's where she met Chai and began working as an assistant in the professor's laboratory. Together, they studied telomeres, which are the protective ends of strands of DNA, and the role they play in the growth of cancer cells. When Chai moved to Spokane in 2008, Sampathi packed her bags too.

Since she's been in Spokane, Sampathi has fulfilled her PhD requirements with the WSU School of Molecular Biosciences, including publishing two papers in which she was the first author. On October 7, she stood before her PhD committee and successfully defended her dissertation, ending a five-year process.

"To me it's a very big honor," said Sampathi. "WWAMI is a very prestigious department."

"Getting a PhD is a very hard process," said Chai. "It involves a lot of creative thinking. Medical students learn from text books that teach the unknown. PhD students discover the unknown." 

Now that Sampathi can put 'Dr.' in front of her name, she's looking to the next phase of her career. Chai says Sampathi is serving a one-year fellowship through the College of Veterinary Medicine. That allows  her to continue her projects in the lab while she searches for a postdoctoral research position. Chai says Sampathi has already had interest from potential employers.

If she gets an offer, Sampathi says she'll consider two main factors: the type of research she'd be doing—and the weather. The native of India says she's ready to live in a warm weather climate again.

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Patients Teach Health Professionals in ALS Forum

By Judith Van Dongen

Debilitating, terminal diseases are no laughing matter. Yet, at the Oct. 12 ALS Forum held at the Riverpoint Campus, laughter echoed around the room at regular intervals as five patient panelists shared their heartfelt stories—and their wicked sense of humor—with the more than 200 future health care professionals in attendance.

Photo: ALS panelist Jenny responds to a question
With assistance from her caregiver, veteran panelist Jenny Hoff
responds to a question during the forum. On her left is ALS patient
Jack Finlay, who drove to Spokane from Missoula to be part of the forum
(Photo by Judith Van Dongen)

Also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease that affects the brain's ability to send messages to the muscles. Throughout the rapid course of the disease, patients lose their ability to move limbs and experience trouble speaking, breathing, and swallowing. The inevitable outcome is death, often within two to five years of diagnosis.

The ALS Forum panel included patients in various stages of the disease and from all walks of life—from a college student in his early twenties to a leather-clad, fifty-something motorcycle enthusiast. Several caregivers also participated.

One thing they all had in common was their eagerness to share their real-life perspectives on living with ALS to an audience made up of students from a variety of health disciplines—future doctors, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists, pharmacists, and other health professionals.

Panelists responded to a variety of questions related to two themes: the emotional and spiritual health of patients and essential information health care professionals need to know about ALS. Students picked up nuggets of wisdom such as “don't put limits on them that they don’t put on themselves.”

They heard patients talk about the importance of keeping patients elevated while drinking—so they don't choke—and having emergency personnel move patients after falls to prevent permanent injuries. And when making that 911 call about a patient fall, students now know to tell the dispatcher that the patient has Lou Gehrig’s disease rather than ALS, which also stands for advanced life support.   

"The forum shed a whole lot of light on the perspective of someone who actually has this condition," said Krista Meyer, a graduate student in the speech and hearing sciences program. "Just to be able to share their life experiences and quality of life—what they’re going through—that really resonates with me. This forum really brings the heart into it."

The forum started five years ago when associate professor of speech and hearing sciences Nancy Potter invited ALS patients to speak during her class. There was so much interest from patients that she ended up with 12 guest speakers for a class of only 11 students. So she decided to open the lecture up to the larger campus community, and about 50 people attended that first forum. That’s when, encouraged by the panelists, Potter decided to make it an annual event, which she has organized and hosted ever since.

"The forum really impacts our students," said Potter. "After the event, one student wrote that the Living with ALS forum brought to light that patient care is about the person, not the disease.'"

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Nursing Faculty, Students Help Air National Guard Medics Train

By Alli Benjamin, College of Nursing

As the nation remembered the ten-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a group of about 30 members from the 141st Air National Guard and two local public health districts gathered at the WSU College of Nursing to practice handling another real-life scenario: a foodborne illness outbreak in the community.

Photo: medics are briefed on their simulated exercise
Medics get briefed on their simulated illness scenario.
(Photo by Alli Benjamin)

Their simulated exercise featured seven undergraduate nursing students, who served as "active duty patients." The facts that were shared with medics were minimal: After completing a tour in Afghanistan, the active duty patients had stopped in Germany for five days before returning to the U.S. and becoming sick. While in Germany, many had dined at local restaurants and pubs.

Guard medics quickly assembled into health care teams and were responsible for diagnosing and treating the patients. Beyond treatment, medics worked together to identify the cause of the illness, and then followed the appropriate protocol to notify state organizations about the outbreak.

This exercise was one of a series of Air National Guard medic trainings held at the college. Previous trainings focused on treating burns caused by explosive devices, fractured bones, gun shot wounds, and heart attacks.

"The medics are so appreciative of the hands-on training," said Kevin Stevens, the College of Nursing’s simulation program director and a retired lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force. "It's rare for medics to have access to a large clinical setting to practice in and expert faculty with military backgrounds who can facilitate quality simulations."

During the simulations, medics can practice a range of skills including IV starts, administering medication, and treating disease or trauma.

The cooperative agreement with the Air National Guard dates back to 2009 and was facilitated by Lt. Col. Denise Smart, chief nurse and public health officer with the 141st Medical Group (MDG). Since then, the 141st MDG has completed about three trainings per year at the college.

"This is optimal training for the medics," said Smart. "WSU is proud to support the local military community in this capacity."

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Cougs Care…in Clark County

Food Preservation Resources Benefit Low-Income Families

By Doug Nadvornick

The stagnant economy is pushing many families into cost-cutting mode. That means reviving once-forgotten practices, like canning and pickling fruits and vegetables, as a way to get more value from their food budgets.

"Food preservation is on the rise in a big way," said Sandy Brown, a WSU Extension Food Safety and Nutrition faculty member in Clark and Cowlitz Counties. "We've been inundated with calls from people who have more produce than they know what to do with."

Photo: a participant canning during a food preservation class
A participant practices her canning skills during a Food Preservation 101 class (Photo by Sandy Brown)

It’s not like Brown had to bring in extra phone lines to handle the demand. But she says her food preservation hotline received more calls than usual during the height of the growing season. "This year the gardens got off to a slow start, but now as the gardens are producing in a big way, they need to know how to preserve it for later."

She said low-income families sometimes get boxes of fruits and vegetables from food banks or gleaners and face having to throw some of it away if they can’t figure out how to preserve it.

"So we teach a course called Food Preservation 101," she said. "We teach them how to freeze food, dry it, can it, or pickle it. We teach them about the basic equipment and how to use it safely."

She and her cadre of 10 Master Food Preserver volunteers and one program assistant also share recipes and serve samples such as strawberry tomato jam, corn relish and pickled green beans. Brown encourages those new to canning and preserving to start with water bath canning processes and move to pressure canning the next year.

"Sometimes during the winter months, people find chickens and turkeys and other meats on sale and they want to buy a lot," she said. "You can preserve them and they taste fine, but often people turn away because the meat in a jar doesn’t look very appetizing."

A few years ago, when the economy was better, Brown thought food preservation may become a dying art. But now it has revived. She gives part of the credit to the 'local food' movement. She tells a story about how seven families in one low-income housing project in Vancouver have created their own canning club. A grant administered by the local health department paid for canning equipment that the families can borrow.

With the economy projected to grow slowly indefinitely, Brown predicts there will be even more demand for her office's food preservation expertise next summer.

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Design Students Investigate the Senses in Interactive Exhibit

By Janetta McCoy, Interdisciplinary Design Institute

Students in Janetta McCoy's studio class recently did some sensory research to prepare for design work on a museum/wheat interpretive center for the city of Ritzville. In learning that the most successful environments encourage interaction, they succumbed to their senses by building and creating an environment to specifically investigate how to design for interaction. To create some context they chose to base their design on the five senses.  To test their design, they built a full scale concept model.  If it worked, people on campus would be inclined to enter and interact. And they did, as you can see in the above slideshow.

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Open House, New Web site for University District - Sprague Corridor

As of September this year, the University District - Sprague Corridor (UDSC) Planning Study is in full swing and moving into preliminary analysis of the planning area.

The planning study focuses on the future of land use within the South University District, and transportation and street design along Sprague Avenue, from Pine to Fiske streets. The project area is bounded by Division Street to the west, the Hamilton Street overpass to the east, BNSF railway to the north, and I-90 to the south; and Sprague Avenue and neighboring uses between Pine and Fiske streets.

During the six-month planning process, the project aims to evaluate existing conditions within the study area and determine appropriate strategies and designs that will serve to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

The UDSC Planning Study relies on involvement and feedback from members of the community like you. It's important that the design of alternatives is driven by the desires of residents, businesses, and visitors to the study area. Throughout the plan process, there are several opportunities to stay informed and be involved.

The first of three community open houses is scheduled for October 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the South Campus Facility Court, right here on the Riverpoint Campus. This event will provide an opportunity to learn about and provide feedback on the planning study, as well as several City of Spokane and Spokane Transit Authority projects, such as the Division Street Gateway project, the North Monroe Corridor Revitalization project, and the Central City Transit Analysis.

Additional community open houses will be scheduled for the week of December 12 and the week of March 12.

For more information, go to the new project blog site online.

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Grants and Contract Award Summary - July 1 through September 30, 2011
 

PI / Co-PIs

Department(s)

Research Title/
Funding Source

Research Summary

Ruth Bindler/
Jennifer Robinson

College of Nursing/
College of Pharmacy

 

2011 Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Health Resources and Services Administration -Bureau of Health Professions

This is continued funding for the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students (SDS) program. The grant provides financial assistance to disadvantaged health professions and nursing students.

Patricia Butterfield/ Phillip Butterfield/ Tamara Odom-Maryon/
Julie Postma/
Kerry Brooks

College of Nursing

Pacific Northwest Center for National Children’s Study: Grant County, WA, Site

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - National Institutes of Health

This grant provides funding for the Grant County Site Team, consisting of WSU health experts and regional health care and public health providers in Grant County, to work in partnership with the Pacific Northwest Study Center to carry out the objectives of the National Children’s Study in Grant County. This study will examine the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of 100,000 children across the United States, following them from before birth until age 21. WSU faculty members who will be part of the Grant County Site Team include Patricia Butterfield, Phillip Butterfield, Tamara Odom-Maryon, Julie Postma, and Kerry Brooks.

Weihang Chai

WWAMI

Mechanism for Telomeric G-overhang Generation in Human Cells

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – National Institute of Health –National Institute of General Medical Sciences

This grant funds a study on the role of cyclin dependent kinase 1 (CDK1) in telomere maintenance, a protective mechanism that prevents cancer cells from dying off. The study will lead to new insights on telomere maintenance and may eventually lead to the development of new anti-cancer therapy.

Dennis Dyck

Office of Research

Planning a WSU-led Multidisciplinary Health Clinic

Health Sciences and Services Authority of Spokane County

This grant provides funding for WSU to start planning a multidisciplinary health care clinic for underserved populations on or near the Riverpoint Campus. The funds will be used to develop a business plan for the proposed clinic.

Cynthia Fitzgerald

College of Nursing

The National Simulation Study: Evaluating Simulated Clinical Experiences in Nursing Education

National Council of State Board of Nurses

This grant funds WSU’s participation in a national, multi-site, longitudinal study of the use of simulation in prelicensure clinical nursing programs throughout the country. The study will examine the knowledge and clinical competency outcomes of students when simulation technology is used for clinical experiences—it will follow beginning nursing students from 10 participating schools throughout their nursing education, and will continue to follow them for up to one year into practice as newly graduated nurse professionals.

Suzan Kardong-Edgren/
Tamara Odom-Maryon

College of Nursing

Learning BLS and ACLS: High-Dose, Low Frequency vs. Low Dose, High Frequency Approaches

Laerdal Medical Corporation

This is renewal funding for the third arm of a four-arm study originally proposed and sponsored by Laerdal and the American Heart Association, the National League for Nursing, and American Medical Response. This study arm uses the advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) megacode check off scenario as a testing tool to examine the effectiveness of deliberate repetitive practice in using simulation to master life support skills. The study will compare learner performance between three groups, using various levels of deliberate repetitive practice. Validating the value of deliberate repetitive practice in simulation will improve education for all health care professionals using simulation.

Suzan Kardong-Edgren

College of Nursing

WWAMI Nursing Technology Collaborative

University of Washington/ U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Health Resources and Services Administration

This is continued funding for a five-year project to develop and present continuing education programs for health professions educators in the use of electronic technology for educational purposes. The end product of this project will be a Web site that will house a technology toolkit with training modules developed by WWAMI expert faculty. The toolkit will be available to nurses in the WWAMI states (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho).

Janet Katz/
Sandra Benavides-Vaello/
Anne Hirsch/
Renee Hoeksel/
Phyllis Morris

College of Nursing

Creating a New Path: Preparing Disadvantaged Students for Nursing Careers

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Health Resources and Services Administration - Bureau of Health Professions

This is continued funding for a previous grant award to expand enrollments in WSU’s baccalaureate nursing program and provide nursing education in rural and underserved area. The project will increase the number of ethnically diverse professional nurses from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Sue Marsh College of Pharmacy, Program in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology The Western Diet and O-GlcNAc modification of chromatin proteins

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - National Institutes of Health
This grant funds a project aimed at understanding how a poor diet might genetically change human heart function and contribute to cardiovascular disease. Preliminary data show that a diet high in sugar and saturated fat—known as the “Western” diet—altered the attachment of sugars to proteins in the muscle cells of the heart. As part of this project, the principal investigator will identify which proteins have an altered sugar attachment, look at whether this changes signaling between proteins, and if this affects the way the proteins are transcribed by genes, which ultimately changes the way the heart will function.

Darin Neven/
Donelle Howell/
Sterling McPherson/ John Roll/
Sean Murphy

WWAMI/
College of Nursing/
Health Policy & Administration

A Randomized Control Trial of a Citywide Emergency Department Care Coordination Program to Reduce Prescription Opioid Related ED Visits

U.S. Department of Health and Human  Services - Centers for Disease Control

The purpose of this contract is to examine the effectiveness of an Emergency Department care coordination program on reducing overutilization of the Emergency Department for obtaining opioid prescriptions. The researchers will also validate the success of implementing the CCARE model in a new metropolitan area.

Robert Pringle

Riverpoint Campus Library

Technology Improvement Award-Initiating Odyssey InterLibrary Loan Delivery

University of  Washington/ National Network of Libraries of Medicine

This grant award provides the funding needed to add Odyssey delivery to the current interlibrary loan workflow, complementing and expanding on the current delivery. This will be achieved through the purchase and installation of a Dell computer and Fujitsu 6240 color scanner.

Barb Richardson

College of Nursing

Riverpoint  Interprofessional Rural Health Project

Empire Health Foundation

This grant funds the development of the Riverpoint  Interprofessional Rural Health Project (RIRHP), which aims to strengthen the capacity of rural communities to educate health professions students within an interprofessional context. The RIRHP will offer an opportunity for interprofessional teams of students enrolled in health sciences programs to experience work and life in a rural eastern Washington community.

Judy Zeiger

Student Affairs

Spokane MESA Center

University of  Washington

This contract provides renewal funding for the Spokane Math Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) program, which provides African American, Latino/a, Native American, and female students with an awareness of the many career opportunities in the fields of mathematics, engineering, and science.

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Milestones

  • Master gardener program leader Tonie Fitzgerald from WSU Extension received the 2011 Award of Merit from the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (PNW-ISA). She received the award for her outstanding service in advancing the principles, ideals, and practice of arboriculture. Among her many accomplishments in this area, Tonie was instrumental in the development of the City of Spokane’s Urban Forestry Program and a Street Tree Ordinance in the early 1980s. She also developed and hosted the first WSU Turf, Tree and Landscape Conference, which remained the mainstay for continuing education units for professional arborists, certified horticulturists, and master gardener volunteers until the conference ended in 2010. The award was given to her at PNW-ISA's annual conference in Coeur D'Alene Idaho on Oct. 4.
  • Associate professor of speech and hearing sciences Ella Inglebret has been elected as a fellow in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). She is one of 25 individuals to receive the honor, which will be conferred next month at the ASHA National Convention in San Diego. ASHA fellow status recognizes professional or scientific achievement and is given to members who have shown outstanding contributions to the professions. Fewer than one percent of ASHA members are fellow, and the honor is retained for life.
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Community Connections

  • Sat. Oct. 22 - Sustainable Energy Fair
    See what is happening in alternative energy at this free public event held at Sun People Dry Goods (32 W Second Ave, at Brown) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 22. Learn more about using solar and wind power at home, electric cars, weatherizing your home, and green architecture solutions. See the Sun People Dry Goods Web site for more information.
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Personnel and Staffing Changes    

Comings:

  • Dori Babcock, Spokane County Director/County Extension Education, Nutrition and Health, Spokane County Extension, effective October 3, 2011
  • Sharon Falk, Research Study Coordinator, College of Nursing, effective August 25, 2011
  • Carrie Greenwalt, Secretary Senior, Small Business Development Center (SBDC), effective October 10, 2011    


Promotions:

  • Doreen Hauser-Lindstrom, from Area Extension Education to Extension Youth and Families Statewide Program Director, WSU County Extension, effective June 15, 2011
  • Linda Loos, from Extension Eastern Direct Principal Assistant to Extension County Financial and Budget Operations Manager, WSU Spokane County Extension, effective August 1, 2011


Transitions:

  • Cindy McHargue, from the Extension Community Revitalization grant to the Extension Youth and Families Statewide Program, WSU County Extension, effective October 1, 2011 


Retirement:

  • Judy Boone, Office Assistant 2, Area Health Education Center (AHEC), effective September 14, 201.
  • Nancy Adame, Outreach Liaison for Spanish Speaking Communities, College of Nursing - National Children's Study, Moses Lake, effective October 31, 2011

Goings:

  • Pat Bundy, TV/Video Equipment Operator 2, College of Nursing – Yakima, effective September 30, 2011
  • Liz Burgets, Home Interviewer, College of Nursing - National Children's Study - Moses Lake, effective October 24, 2011
  • Kimberly Lamb, Community Liaison, College of Nursing - National Children's Study, Moses Lake, effective October 31, 2011
  • Odelia Martinez, Office Assistant 3, College of Nursing - National Children's Study, Moses Lake, effective October 24, 2011
  • Pat McAfee, Office Assistant 3, College of Nursing - National Children's Study, effective October 24, 2011
  • Brieann Satterfield, Research Intern, Sleep and Performance Research Center, effective September 30, 2011
  • Amanda Scriven, Information Technology Specialist 3, College of Nursing - National Children's Study, Moses Lake, effective October 24, 2011
  • Erik Sjoquist, Extension Coordinator, WSU Spokane County Extension, effective October 30, 2011
  • Evan Syvanus, Home Interviewer, College of Nursing - National Children's Study, Moses Lake, effective October 24, 2011
        

Recruitments & Searches:

  • Academic Coordinator, College of Pharmacy, closed September 18, 2011, screening applications
  • Assistant/Associate Professor, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, closes January 15, 2012
  • Assistant or Associate Professor, College of Nursing, open until filled
  • Assistant or Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy/WSU Extension, Physiology, open until filled, review of applications began on August 31, 2011
  • Hospital Liaison and Research Coordinator (75%), College of Nursing-Tri-Cities, closes October 23, 2011
  • Custodian 1, Facility Operations, closed October 12, 2011, screening applications
  • Fiscal Specialist 2, Office of Research (Grants and Contracts), closed October 3, 2011, screening applications
  • Office Assistant 3. Human Resource Services & Student Affairs, position closed October 11, 2011, screening applications
  • Office Assistant 2, College of Pharmacy, closed September 25, 2011, screening applications
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, College of Nursing, open until filled
  • Professor and Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, open until filled, screening began April 1, 2011
  • Professor and Chair, Pharmacotherapy, College of Pharmacy, open until filled, screening began June 1, 2011
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Way to Go!

  • The MESA staff would like to thank the Design Institute and IT for their support of the recent MESA Teacher Meeting & Curriculum Workshop. We greatly appreciate your assistance with the computer lab and set-up details for our guest speakers. Your support helped things run more smoothly. (From Joanna Moznette, MESA) 

 
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 Judith Van Dongen and watch for your thanks to be published in an upcoming issue of the Campus Bulletin!

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