Issue 2012-07 (July 11, 2012)



Medical Faculty Develop Pilot Second-Year Curriculum

By Doug Nadvornick

Medical education has rapidly evolved in Spokane during the last four years.

Among the milestones:

  • The first group of first-year University of Washington medical students started class on the Riverpoint Campus in August 2008 (and graduated in June 2012).
  • A new home for medical education—and the WSU College of Pharmacy—is now fully funded and under construction.               

One of the next major milestones will be the start of second-year classes in August 2013. That will allow students the option of completing their full four years of medical education in Spokane, instead of spending their second year in Seattle, as is now required.

But before that happens, WWAMI Spokane director Ken Roberts and his faculty team have a milestone of their own to meet. They're developing a pilot second-year curriculum, reshaping a model that hasn't changed much in 50 years.

"Probably the most fundamental difference is in approach," Roberts says.

The traditional model features professors lecturing and students listening. That will change. Students will start their learning before class, reading and researching topics. Then, in class, instructors—both University of Washington School of Medicine and WSU faculty—will lead them through case studies and use active learning strategies to broaden students' understanding. No lectures.

"It will take a little while for students to adjust to this," says Roberts. "They're used to coming to class to learn what they're supposed to learn. But we're trying to make the most of class time."

The approach isn't entirely new, he says. It draws from the experiences of other medical schools that are using case-based, problem-solving approaches. What is new, he says, is the structuring of the students and the faculty that will support them.

The class of 20 students will be split into two groups of 10. Each team will be matched with two faculty 'guides'—local generalist doctors—who will serve as mentors for the entire academic year. They'll join students in class and be available to answer questions and provide guidance.

"It's like having two parents that take turns taking care of the kids," says Dr. Chris Coppin, who is on the team developing the second-year curriculum. "One doctor will be with them for one course, maybe two or three weeks. Then the next doctor will take over for the next three weeks and they'll switch again."

Coppin is familiar with the new active-learning approach. He uses it when he teaches first-year medical students. He says the small group sessions will allow students to have more interaction with teachers and be more effective in helping them learn.

"The doctors and the students will get to know each other very well," he said. "The professors will be able to monitor the progress of students on a day-to-day basis and correct any mistakes the students make without delay."

Coppin, Roberts, and WWAMI Spokane associate director George Novan are part of the core team working with UW School of Medicine associate dean Michael Ryan and other faculty in Seattle to rework the current  curriculum for Spokane's system. They've also chosen the four 'guides' who will be matched with medical students.

In addition, a larger group of 24 local doctors and five WSU pharmacy professors are working with UW School of Medicine faculty to establish learning objectives and develop guidebooks and quizzes for each section of study. Their goal is to have everything ready for the start of classes in August 2013.

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WSU Expands Health Sciences Leadership Team

By Lorraine Nelson, College of Pharmacy

An experienced faculty administrator and successful researcher will lead the growth of graduate education in a newly created position with the WSU Division of Health Sciences in Spokane.

Effective July 1, WSU's John Roll will step into the new position of associate vice provost for graduate education and scholarship while still maintaining other important roles at the College of Nursing and within his research programs. In his new role, he will also assume responsibility for developing strategies to support WSU Health Sciences faculty in both clinical work and research activities.

"Creation of this position is a next step in the development of WSU Health Sciences," said Gary Pollack, vice provost for health sciences. "I am extremely grateful to Dr. Roll for accepting this challenge. He has the background and skills necessary to guide the development of a more biomedical research-intensive environment in Spokane."

"It is a pleasure to play a role in the exciting development of the health sciences at WSU," said Roll. "Much great work has happened to lay the groundwork so that our programs can thrive. I look forward to seeing the campus and the programs mature."

Roll has served in many administrative positions since joining the WSU faculty eight years ago. He is just completing a four-year term as associate dean of research for the College of Nursing.  He will continue in the College of Nursing as associate dean for faculty affairs and as the director of two College of Nursing programs—the Program of Excellence in the Addictions and the Program of Excellence in Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment.

In addition to being a member of the faculty in the College of Nursing, Roll holds faculty appointments in the WSU Departments of Psychology, Health Policy Administration, and Neuroscience and at the University of Washington in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine.

Roll's research, which is designed to understand, prevent, and treat substance abuse, has been funded by many state and national organizations, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Roll earned his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from WSU in 1994. After completing post-doctoral fellowship in human behavioral pharmacology at the University of Vermont and in substance abuse research at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, he served on the faculty at Wayne State University and at UCLA. He joined the faculty at WSU in 2004.

Roll was appointed by Governor Gregoire to serve on the Eastern State Hospital Advisory Board and the Governor's Council on Substance Abuse. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavior Analysis International, and the Association for Psychological Science and is a past-president of the American Psychological Association's Division on Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse.

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Young Women Exposed to Orthopedic Careers

By Doug Nadvornick

The boardroom at Spokane's Shriners' Children's Hospital is an odd place for a tutorial about power tools. Yet there was Jenni Buckley—mechanical engineer, medical device developer and assistant professor of engineering at the University of Delaware—demonstrating to a roomful of high school girls how to drill holes through an artificial human bone clamped into a small vise. Next was a lesson about how to use—and not use—a tiny power saw.

"Don't point the blade this way," Buckley warned the young women clad in blue surgical scrubs. Her hands were away from her body, the blade pointed toward her. "If you slip, you'll stab yourself."

Buckley is the co-founder of the Perry Initiative, a non-profit devoted to attracting more young women to engineering and orthopedic surgery careers. The initiative, WSU Spokane, and Shriners' Hospital sponsored this one-day Saturday workshop to give 24 female high school students exposure to the work of orthopedic surgeons.

When Buckley finished her tutorial, she led the students to a makeshift lab with three tables. At one, students practiced their suturing skills on pigs' feet. At another, they inserted screws and metal rods into a model of a curved spine to correct the effects of scoliosis. At the final table, they practiced setting broken legs, drilling holes in bones and then connecting them with metal rods.

"These activities will help them to build their basic skills and their confidence," said Buckley. "Later on today, we'll test them with projects that are more involved."

Not enough women engineers

Through workshops like this Perry Outreach Program, Buckley says she's trying to show female students that solving challenging engineering problems can be fun and rewarding. She wants to overcome the gender divide she says she sees in her classroom; most of her students are male.

"There are a lot of women in the biosciences," she said. "We're trying to divert more of them into orthopedics and engineering."

Buckley shared stories about her own career, which includes working with orthopedic surgeons to create and test new medical devices.

The Perry Initiative's focus on active science learning is similar to that of Project Lead The Way, whose hands-on biomedical and engineering curricula are taught in more than a dozen eastern Washington high schools. WSU Spokane is a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) affiliate. Sylvia Oliver is the director.

"Dr. Buckley does a fantastic job of engaging these young women to inspire them to go into STEM careers," Oliver said. "We need more women role models in the sciences and engineering to capture the interest of young women as they make decisions about college and career pathways."

A few local health care practitioners and several WSU nursing and pharmacy students volunteered their time for the workshop. High schoolers from as far away as Toppenish attended.

Carol Kaplan, who teaches PLTW at Spokane's Rogers High School, brought three students whom she says have shown interest in medical careers.

"This is something different for them. They wanted the chance to handle the power tools," Kaplan said. "And I wanted to give them exposure to nurse practitioners and the WSU students."

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Michigan Professor to Lead New Drug Sciences Unit at WSU

By Lorraine Nelson, College of Pharmacy

An expert in biochemical genetics is joining the faculty of the WSU College of Pharmacy, where he will lead research in the development of new drug treatments for humans.

The hiring of Professor K. Michael Gibson was made possible in part by a grant of $200,000 from the Health Sciences and Services Authority of Spokane County. He begins his appointment July 1.

Gibson has been chair of the Biological Sciences Department at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. He is a past professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

"Dr. Gibson will build a clinical pharmacology unit, which is a crucial underpinning for drug development research," said Gary Pollack, vice provost of WSU Health Sciences and dean of the College of Pharmacy.

"Large pharmaceutical companies are leaving the work of identifying new chemical entities and examining those entities in preclinical and clinical models to smaller companies, academia and foreign concerns," Pollack said. Federal agencies have recognized this shift in focus and have responded with grants available for the hard work of developing new therapeutic agents, he said.

Gibson has a PhD in biochemistry from the University of California at San Diego, an MS in chemistry from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a BS in chemistry from UC at Riverside. He will begin work July 1 and hold dual faculty appointments in the College of Pharmacy and a new emerging Medical Sciences unit in the WSU Division of Health Sciences. He will be dividing his time between Pullman and Spokane until the Biomedical and Health Sciences Building in Spokane is completed.

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Effectiveness of Telephone Intervention on Medication Adherence Focus of Pharmacy Study

By Doug Nadvornick

A trio of WSU pharmacy faculty members have received a grant for a study based on the premise that a few well-timed phone calls can make an important difference in patient health.

The group believes pharmacy students who serve as telephone coaches will motivate patients of a Spokane pharmacy to take their medications as scheduled and become more informed. The Community Pharmacy Foundation has awarded $55,403 to clinical assistant professors Megan Willson and Jennifer Robinson and clinical associate professor Catrina Schwartz for the research.

The study follows the example of a College of Pharmacy/WSU Extension research project done last year in Grant and Cowlitz counties. In that case, 10 pharmacy student volunteers called 50 patients with diabetes weekly for eight weeks. They talked with the participants about diabetes management including medications, diet and exercise.

Willson says the diabetes education led to better health for some participants, but the study did not follow subjects long enough to demonstrate the potential impact of telephone coaching. However, it did provide survey responses that demonstrated the students' contact with participants was helpful, she says.

About 80 percent of people who received the calls reported that the telephone coaching helped them to understand how to better control their diabetes.

Recruiting participants

The professors hope to enroll 140 patients of Sixth Avenue Pharmacy who take medicine for their cholesterol. The coordinators are recruiting participants this summer. In September, students and pharmacy faculty will do initial cholesterol screenings. Then they'll randomly split the group in half. Participants in one group will receive the usual education from their pharmacists about their prescriptions, plus they'll get three coaching calls from specially-trained pharmacy students over a two-month period. Patients in the other group will receive only the standard pharmacist education.

At the end of the two months, the students and pharmacists will conduct a final cholesterol screening. The participants will also be asked to fill out a survey to tell the study coordinators how helpful they found the telephone coaching and whether they wish they could continue with it. The data will be collected and analyzed to see if there were any health benefits.

Willson says the study has two main goals. One is to gather more evidence about the usefulness of telephone coaching for patients who take medication. The second is to provide more clinical experience for pharmacy students.

The study is something new for the Sixth Avenue Pharmacy.

"We've provided medication for past studies, but this is the first time we've recruited from our patient base and actively participated in a study," pharmacy manager Jennifer Brumblay-Dailey said. "It's been really easy recruiting people so far."

Participants won't be paid a stipend, but they'll receive a $25 gift card once they complete the study, as well as two free cholesterol screenings.

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WSU Physiology Student Lands National Grant

By Lorraine Nelson, College of Pharmacy

A graduate student working in the research laboratory of a WSU exercise physiologist has been awarded a $28,300 grant from the American Physiological Society (APS).

Heidi Medford (at right) with Sue Marsh in the
physiology lab. (Photo by Cori Medeiros)

Heidi Medford was one of eight students selected to receive a Porter Physiology Development Fellowship. Competition was based on a research proposal, grades, community outreach, and other factors, Medford said.

Medford is finishing her second year of study toward a PhD in nutrition and exercise physiology. The APS grant will help fund her research proposal to investigate if exercise can reverse the adverse effects on the heart caused by consumption of the "Western diet"—high in saturated fat and sugar.

Medford was working on her bachelor's degree in WSU's Nutrition and Exercise Physiology program when she took an interest in the research lab of one of her professors and, as she puts, she "fell in love" with research.

She and her professor, Susan Marsh, co-authored a paper on Medford's work as an undergraduate that was recently published in Life Sciences. They investigated whether chronic consumption of the Western diet would elevate levels of a certain protein associated with heart dysfunction.

"It didn't show what we expected," Medford said. "Although the effect on the type of protein interaction we look at wasn't as drastic as we anticipated, it was clear that adverse metabolic processes were occurring."

Medford ended up as a student at WSU Health Sciences in Spokane when her husband was assigned by the U.S. Air Force to Fairchild Air Force Base. They had been living in Massachusetts and the move to Spokane was a return to the Northwest for her. She spent her early childhood years in Vancouver, Washington, and then attended middle school and high school in Homestead, Florida.

The Porter Physiology Development Fellowship was started by St. Louis physician William T. Porter in 1920. Porter also was a professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and he founded the American Journal of Physiology in 1898.

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Na-ha-shnee Institute Lets Students Explore Health Science Careers

By Alli Benjamin, College of Nursing

Last month, high school students from 15 Native American tribes and from underserved areas throughout Washington completed a two-week immersion experience at the Na-ha-shnee Health Science Institute. The goal of the institute, hosted at WSU's Pullman Campus, is to allow these students to "go to college," learn about careers in health sciences, and meet Native American/underserved college students who—like them—have overcome obstacles and found their pathway to higher education.

College of Pharmacy preceptor Jennifer Mattoon teaches a
group of students about compounding pharmaceuticals.
The students practiced their skills by making lip balm.
(Photo by Lorraine Nelson)

To provide a well-rounded experience, leaders from the Na-ha-shnee Health Science Institute engaged with multiple colleges, programs, and institutions, including WSU's Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine and EWU's Physical Therapy program. Current WSU Native American nursing students served as counselors, and faculty and university students offered guidance around applying for college and seeking scholarship/funding support.

"The real purpose of the institute is to show youth that they can go to college while connecting them with older peers who have done just that," said Robbie Paul, director of Native American Health Sciences. "The counselors do an excellent job of breaking down the college application process. They are able to talk students through the emotions, challenges, and fears of navigating higher education."

Student campers, like Sequoia Dance, were taking in as much of the experience as they can.

"I'm learning not just about health careers, but college itself and how I am going to live. It's nice that the camp was two weeks because we got to really be on our own," Dance said.

Traditionally offered exclusively to Native American high school students, the free program expanded last year. The Na-ha-shnee program partnered with Creating a Nursing Path, a program made up of disadvantaged students-including Latinos and American Indians-from federally designated, medically underserved areas. Funded by a workforce diversity grant and led by associate professor of nursing Janet Katz, Creating a Nursing Path addresses the need to graduate baccalaureate-prepared nurses from these areas who are willing to become licensed RNs and practice in their communities.

The camp had students participating in a variety of activities, including a human anatomy lab; mini health care workshops on specific health disciplines; a "Pig's Foot Suture" wound-stitching experience, and CPR and First Aid classes.

Now in its 17th year, the program has seen a measure of success, Paul said.

"Three students from the 2011 Na-ha-Shnee Health Science Institute have been accepted to WSU, and three from the 2011 Creating a Nursing Path program have gone onto college," she said. "It's a slow progression, but we're moving in the right direction for these students and their communities."

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Cougs Grant County

Spokane Medical Students Exposed to Rural Practice

By Doug Nadvornick

Spokane medical student Tara Olson is getting a first-hand look at what it's like to be a rural physician.

This summer the Puyallup, Washington, native spent four weeks working at a hospital in the shadow of Grand Coulee Dam, as part of the Targeted Rural and Underserved Track (TRUST) and Rural Underserved Opportunities Programs (RUOP). These programs give medical students chances to immerse themselves in a rural health care setting.

Olson and Dr. Chaffee (Photo by Doug Nadvornick)

During the day, Olson worked with Drs. Andrew Castrodale and Jacob Chaffee at Coulee Medical Center, helping with procedures, interviewing patients, and soaking up information.

"I helped Dr. Castrodale with delivering babies. We had two deliveries in a two or three-day period," Olson said.

When her workday ended, Olson would walk a few minutes to her temporary home, a one-bedroom house the hospital bought for medical students. The close proximity came in handy when she received the late-night calls that many doctors dread, but for which Olson volunteered.

"I wanted to commit myself totally to the experience," Olson said. "While I was there, I wanted to see as much as I can. That included the cases that came in after hours."

Her hands-on experience in Grand Coulee supplemented her rigorous, mostly classroom-based first year of medical school in Spokane. During the year, she made weekly visits to a physician preceptor/mentor. She says those visits-and the patient interviews she conducted there-prepared her well for her summer experience.

Some physicians drawn to teaching

Dr. Castrodale is Olson's primary mentor in Grand Coulee. They first met last summer, when Olson came to Coulee Medical Center for the first time, for a one-week stay. That was before she even started medical school. She visited a few times during the year, and she's on track to spend half of her third year at the hospital.

Castrodale says hosting medical students is a sacrifice, both for him and the hospital. He says his patient load is about 30 percent smaller, which means fewer dollars for the hospital.

"But I like teaching. The students are challenging," Castrodale said. "And we provide them with a valuable experience. They get a chance to really see what it's like to live and work in a rural area, the challenges of those 2 a.m. calls. And they get to work with different kinds of providers, the doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants."

Castrodale and Jacob Chaffee are both UW School of Medicine graduates. Chaffee grew up in rural Snohomish County, where his father was a family doctor. He knew he wanted to work in a rural setting.

Castrodale was raised nearby in the small town of Keller on the Colville Indian Reservation. He says once he left home, he didn't think he'd ever go back. He did his undergraduate studies and medical school in Seattle, then completed his residency and a high-risk obstetrics fellowship in Spokane. But he felt the lure of home, so he came back to Grand Coulee.

He convinced the hospital to make the investment to take on medical students. The relationship with the students, say Castrodale and Chaffee, has been overwhelmingly positive, though Chaffee says it's a challenge to find the right balance with each student.

"Some students are really motivated, like Tara. She's ready. But others need to be pushed. Some don't feel like they're ready to do procedures," he said. "But you just tell them, 'Tough, you've been here a while, it's time for you for try some of these things.'"

Castrodale hopes the student visits will eventually bring a reward. He hopes that, one day, one of his students will come back to Grand Coulee as a colleague.

"We're absolutely looking for new physicians," he said.

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Grant and Contract Award Summary - April 1 through June 30, 2012

PI / Co-PIs



Research Title/
Funding Source


Research Summary

Nicole Armitage/ Billie Severtsen/ Denise Smart/ Roxanne Vandermause


College of Nursing


Experience of Postpartum Active Duty Women in Training for the Fitness Assessment

Tri-Service Nursing Research Program (TSNRP), U.S. Dept. of Defense


Active duty members of all branches of the U.S. military are required to pass periodic fitness tests. Female members who become pregnant are exempt from fitness testing until 6 months postpartum. Prior research suggests that fitness levels in women decrease after pregnancy and childbirth and that most women have not achieved pre-pregnancy fitness levels by 6 months postpartum. In addition, women can be particularly vulnerable to mental and physical health problems during the postpartum period.  This study aims to describe the experience of postpartum active duty women in the U.S. Air Force as they train for their first postpartum fitness test.  The results of this study could be used to inform nursing interventions that could assist active duty women in achieving optimal fitness levels.

Kerry Brooks


Interdisciplinary Design Institute


Spokane Regional Job Access and Reverse Commute Program

Spokane Transit Authority/U.S. Dept. of Transportation

This is continued funding for a project under the Job Access and Reverse Commute (JARC) grant program, which assists localities in developing new or expanded transportation services that connect welfare recipients and other low-income persons to jobs and employment-related services. Spokane's JARC program uses geographic information systems (GIS) for two components of the projects. The first is the LIFTS project, which allows public use of layered data to see relationships between necessary services, such as Spokane Transit fixed bus routes, job training sites, affordable housing, child care, and employment sites. The second is the mapping of pedestrian facilities with attention to people with mobility impairments.

Patricia Butterfield/
Phil Butterfield/
Julie Postma/
Tamara Odom-Maryon


College of Nursing


Pacific Northwest Center for the National Children's Study: Grant County, Washington Site

National Institutes of Health/University of WA

This subcontract provides additional 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.

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 (HRSA), Bureau of Health Professions

This grant provides funding for a project aimed at increasing the number of WSU baccalaureate nursing graduates from disadvantaged backgrounds who are prepared to pass the NCLEX-RN and practice in rural and federally designated underserved areas. 

Michele Shaw

College of Nursing

Exercise Perceptions of Hispanic Children with Asthma

Sigma Theta Tau Int'l

This grant funds a study on the perceptions of exercise among Hispanic children (ages 8-15 years) with asthma. The goal of the study is to lay the groundwork for the development of effective nursing interventions and for future research by uncovering key concepts involved in this population's perceptions and describing any potential relationships among those concepts.

Michele Shaw/
Gail O'Neal

College of Nursing/Office of Research

Preventing Hospital Visits among Children with Asthma: a Grounded Theory Exploration

WSU Office of Research

Asthma is the most common chronic condition associated with pediatric hospitalizations. Although the literature indicates that asthma-related hospitalizations are often preventable, there is a critical gap in knowledge related to preventative measures aimed at reducing hospital visits by this population. This study will explore predominant concepts involved in the process leading up to hospitalization and/or an emergency room visit by children with asthma, as well as issues involved with follow up after discharge.

Robert Short


Family Liaison

Washington Dept. of Social and Health Services

The purpose of this contract is to provide parent and family expertise to the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery (DBHR) of the Washington Department of Social and Health Services to ensure quality services and support for families served under DBHR contracts and those contacting the division for assistance in supporting a family member's behavioral health.

Hans Van Dongen/
Peter McCauley


Sleep and Performance Research Center


Individualized Fatigue-Based Scheduling and Countermeasure System - Subproject 2

U.S. Naval Medical Logistics Command/
Pulsar Informatics

This grant provides funding for a project to develop an individualized fatigue-based scheduling and countermeasure system that incorporates new advances in the field of sleep research and fatigue risk management. The system is based on a state-of-the-art biomathematical model that predicts the effects of different sleep schedules on individual performance, combined with a computational layer that aids in the selection of fatigue countermeasure strategies.

Hans Van Dongen

Sleep and Performance Research Center

Unobtrusive, Wearable Sensor Array to Collect Actigraphy, Ship Motion, Vibration, Noise and Temperature

Office of Naval Research/Pulsar Informatics

This is continued funding for work that involves technical support for the development of a wearable sensor array to monitor variables relevant to fatigue in Navy personnel.

Bryan Vila

Sleep and Performance Research Center

Expanding Assessment of the Impact of Work-Shift Related Fatigue on Deadly Force Judgment and Decision Making, Driving, Cognition, and Tactical

US Dept. of Defense/
Office of Naval Research

This is supplemental funding to expand a research project that was recently funded by the Office of Naval Research and the California Police Officer Standards and Training Commission (CalPOST). The original scope of the project was to assess the impact of work-related fatigue on deadly force judgment and decision making,  vehicle collision risk, and operationally relevant cognitive functioning. This funding enables the research team to compare performance effects associated with different work shifts.

Bryan Vila

Sleep and Performance Research Center

Empowering the Strategic Corporal: Training the Young Warfighters to be Socially Adept with Strangers in any Culture

U.S. Department of Defense/Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)

This is additional funding for a project that funds the development of a high-tech social interaction training module for young warfighters sent on foreign missions. The research team will create the training curriculum; develop metrics to measure trainer and trainee performance; provide training to experienced military and police trainers; and oversee the formation of a mobile training team that will pilot test the curriculum out in the field. Skills testing will be done through interactive, simulated encounter scenarios that will be run in the use-of-force simulation suites inside the simulation laboratory led by Vila as part of the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center.

Jonathan Wisor/
Hans Van Dongen/
Gregory Belenky/ James Krueger/
Bryan Vila


Sleep and Performance Research Center

Rodent psychomotor vigilance monitoring system

U.S. Department of Defense/ Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)

This grant funds the purchase of an integrated suite of equipment that allows researchers to localize fatigue-related changes in the rodent cerebral cortex and potentially find novel, better ways to predict and mitigate fatigue-induced performance deficits in specific tasks. The equipment includes a neuronal electrophysiological recording system, an implantable cerebral biosensor measurement system, and a rodent psychomotor vigilance task system. 

Carol Wysham/
Josh Neumiller

College of Pharmacy

FLAT-Sugar (FLuctaATion reduction with inSUlin and Glp-1 Added togetheR)

Sanofi-Aventis US/ University of Washington

WSU was selected as one of only 11 sites in the United States for the innovative FLAT-SUGAR clinical trial. The study will use contiguous glucose monitoring at the same time using holter (heart) monitoring to see if there is a correlation between blood glucose levels and irregular heart rhythm, while also testing two treatment arms and overall diabetes control.

Judy Zeiger

WSU Spokane

Upward Bound - Ferry and Stevens Counties project

U.S. Department of Education/Office of Postsecondary Education (Upward Bound)

This grant provides funding for the Upward Bound program, which is designed to generate the skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond high school among young people from low-income families and families where neither parent has acquired a bachelor's degree. Upward Bound provides program participants with fundamental support in their preparation for college entrance. This Upward Bound project housed at WSU Spokane focuses on four small high schools in Ferry & Stevens Counties.

Judy Zeiger


WSU Spokane


Washington MESA Math Scholars

Washington STEM

This grant supports the MESA Math Scholars Program, a project focused on supporting incoming ninth grade MESA students in developing their math skills.

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In the News

  • Professor of criminal justice and police fatigue expert Bryan Vila was interviewed by the Montreal Gazette back in May, when  police officers there were dealing with extended protests resulting from tuition fee increases in Quebec. Read the article.
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  • Associate professor of architecture Matthew Cohen received the 2012 James Ackerman Award in the history of architecture for his book, "Beyond Beauty: Reexamining Architectural Proportion in the Basilicas of San Lorenzo and Santo Spirito in Florence," which will be published in May 2013. The James Ackerman Award is awarded annually to a publication of an original study in the field of architectural history.
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Community Connections 

  • Friday, July 20 - KPBX Kids' Concert: Walt Disney's Fantasia (1940)
    Come to the Spokane Community College Lair Auditorium (1810  N Greene St, Spokane) on July 20, from noon to 2:20 p.m. for a free showing of Walt Disney's Fantasia. The 1940 feature film is a feast for the ears and eyes with Master of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse directing viewers through eight fantastical vignettes, the most famous of which is The Sorceror's Apprentice. For more information, go to the KPBX event page.

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Personnel and Staffing Changes


  • Huey-Ming Tzeng, Associate Dean for Academic Programs/Professor, College of Nursing, effective July 1, 2012
  • Maria Guffin, Fiscal Technician 1, WWAMI, effective July 2, 2012
  • Mark Van Dam, Assistant Professor, Speech and Hearing Sciences, effective August 16, 2012


  • Julie Johnson. Information Technology Specialist 1, Interdisciplinary Design Institute, effective June 30, 2012
  • Barbara Chamberlain, Director of Communications and Public Relations, Office of Communications, effective July 31, 2012


  • Kristie Clark, Program Coordinator, transferring from the Interdisciplinary Design Institute to Student Affairs, effective July 1, 2012
  • Megan Jarrad, Program Assistant in Student Affairs to Office Assistant 3, College of Pharmacy effective July 16, 2012
  • Tonie Fitzgerald, State Program Leader, relocated to WSU Pullman, WSU County Extension effective July 1, 2012


  • Sally Hasher, from Fiscal Technician 3 to Fiscal Specialist 1, effective May 1, 2012
  • Cindy Corbett, from Associate Professor to Interim Associate Dean for Research, College of Nursing, effective July 1, 2012

Recruitments & Searches:

  • Area Extension Educator, WSU Extension, position closes July 22, 2012, apply at
  • Clinical Assistant/Clinical Associate/Clinical Professor, WWAMI, open until filled, apply at
  • Extension Coordinator Senior, WSU Extension Spokane, open until filled
  • Library & Archives Paraprofessional 4, Riverpoint Library, position closes July 23, 2012, apply at
  • Preceptor, College of Nursing-Yakima (9-months, 50%), position closes July 22, 2012, apply at
  • Student Services Specialist (MESA Middle School Coordinator) 10-months September-June), 50%, MESA, position closed March 27, 2012, selection pending

Goodbye Celebration for Barb Chamberlain - Monday, July 16

Barb Chamberlain is pedaling off to Seattle for a new job opportunity!

After 14 years with WSU, Barb is moving to Seattle and taking the position of executive director for the Bicycle Alliance of Washington.

Please join us on Monday, July 16 at 10:30 a.m. in the fifth floor lobby of the Academic Center to say goodbye to Barb. All Riverpoint Campus employees are invited to come celebrate Barb's work here and wish her well on her new endeavors. Hope to see you there!

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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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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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