Issue 2013-04 (April 17, 2013)

IN THIS ISSUE

 

Health Sciences Students Test Skills in Mock Emergency

By Doug Nadvornick

Jill Jones is walking on a treadmill at her cardiac rehab appointment. The exercise physiologist is evaluating Jill when she begins to experience tightness in her chest. He helps her sit down but her discomfort continues. Just a minute later she doubles over and falls into a heap on the floor.

That was the opening scene in a recent Saturday morning role-play scenario for students in WSU's nursing, pharmacy, and nutrition and exercise physiology (NEP) programs and the University of Washington's physician assistant (PA) program. The event was played out in the Nursing Building on the Spokane Campus. The purpose was to group the students into interprofessional teams to see how they work together during a mock emergency.

Students look at a chart during a patient simulation exercise         Students provide oxygen to a manikin during a simulated cardiac arrest scenario


Once Jones collapses, the scenario moves to the nursing simulation lab, where Jones is portrayed by a high-tech manikin.

The student team turns Jones and slides a rigid board beneath her back. When a monitor connected to the manikin shows no pulse, NEP student Liz Anderson begins CPR, first from the side of the bed, then from on top of the bed. Nursing student Jamie Anderson uses a ventilation bag to force air into the manikin between compressions. She takes her turn performing CPR and then starts an IV. Pharmacy students Katie Ventura and Briana Robinson prepare vials of medication. Overseeing it all is PA student Jeffrey Mitchell, who keeps an eye on the patient monitors and directs team members.

Within a few minutes, Jones's heart is beating normally and a voice representing the manikin speaks through the room's sound system. The voice complains that her chest hurts. The students talk with Jones, ask questions, and reassure her.

Then the simulation instructors stop the exercise and lead the students into another room for debriefing. "What went well?" they ask.

Lessons learned

We worked well as a team, the students said. We did a good job of defining our roles. We communicated effectively during the CPR phase. We stayed calm. The patient didn't die.

Then the instructors begin talking about what the students should have done differently.

"Why were you looking through all of the drawers?" Kevin Stevens, the director for nursing's Center for Clinical Performance and Simulation, asked one of the pharmacy students. "If you couldn't find supplies, you needed to ask out loud for assistance. Maybe someone else would know where those supplies were located. Rely on the other members of your team to assist."

When you're in a room like that, you need to speak up so you're heard and make sure you're acknowledged, offered one instructor. You needed to clear everyone away from the body before administering a simulated electric shock, advised UW physician assistant instructor Alicia Quella.

Afterward, Barb Richardson from the Riverpoint Interprofessional Education and Research group, which organized the event, said the students' responses in follow-up evaluation forms were positive.

"They thought it was a valuable opportunity for them to practice a situation that simulates the real world," she said.

"It was a great experience working with students from other programs," wrote one PA student. "It helps to see everyone's role and how to communicate effectively."

"Please offer this experience OFTEN!" wrote another PA student.

Richardson said the simulation experience allows students to practice their newly-learned skills in situations that won't harm real people.

"I wish I had had the chance to do this," she said. "I still remember the first time as a nurse that I worked with a real patient. My hands were shaking."

Brenda Bray, a clinical associate professor of pharmacy, says she saw several students experience 'aha' moments during the simulation.

"Participating in these types of activities reinforces my commitment to push for widespread, meaningful adoption of interprofessional learning opportunities for all of our health sciences students on this campus," Bray said. "It is important work."

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SLIDESHOW: GSI Staff Tour New Building

By Judith Van Dongen

One afternoon last week after construction crews had left for the day, three WSU leaders hosted a group of more than 30 employees of Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) as they got a closer look at the project they helped support over the past few years. The efforts of GSI staff to rally community support around medical education and the health sciences were instrumental in securing the funding that made the new campus building possible. That made it only fitting that they were among the very first to get a good look inside the building.

Chancellor Lisa Brown, College of Pharmacy Dean Gary Pollack, and WWAMI Spokane Director Ken Roberts each took the opportunity to talk about the building and thank GSI before leading their groups through the various parts of the building. Construction-specific questions were addressed by Steve Hall, WSU project manager; Bob Askins, vice president of Graham Construction; and construction foreman Bob Croff; each of whom joined one of the groups.

From the anatomy labs in the basement to the offices, classrooms, and research and teaching labs on the higher floors, everything appears to be coming together seamlessly. Askins said that around 130 workers are working hard to complete the building by its substantial completion date of September 1, 2013, almost exactly two years after construction first started. In mid-November, once the building's offices and classrooms are fully furnished and its labs outfitted with essential equipment, faculty and staff will be able to move into their new spaces. Students will have a chance to "break in" the new building when spring semester classes start, in January 2014.

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Navy Grant to Help Researchers Investigate Fatigue Effects on Attention

By Judith Van Dongen

A team of researchers at Washington State University has received a three-year, $895,558 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense's Office of Naval Research to study the effects of fatigue on attention, decision making and their underlying biology. The study is part of a continuing line of WSU research looking at the effects of sleep deprivation on cognitive functioning.

It may lead to more efficient staffing of Navy ships and other around-the-clock operations or safety-sensitive work environments.

Task-Specific Individual differences

Portrait photo of Hans Van Dongen
Hans Van Dongen

The study takes off on earlier work that yielded two new findings, said principal investigator Hans Van Dongen, a research professor with the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center. He and his collaborators showed that how we respond to sleep deprivation differs from person to person, based on our biology.

They also discovered that it depends in part on the task we're trying to perform. One person may handle sleep deprivation well in one task but badly in another. The reverse may be true for someone else.

"So how do we know how someone will do on a task that is operationally relevant but that cannot be readily practiced, such as decision making under challenging circumstances?" said Van Dongen.

To find the answer, Van Dongen teamed with: cognitive scientists and longtime research collaborators John Hinson and Paul Whitney, both professors of psychology in the WSU College of Arts and Sciences; military operational task expert Bryan Vila, a professor of criminal justice and criminology in the WSU College of Arts and Sciences; and Dr. Matt Layton, a clinical associate professor of medicine at WSU and the physician of record for the study. 

Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up Attention Control

The research team designed an experiment that will look specifically at the effects of sleep deprivation on distinct attention systems that can be separated out.

Whitney said that when making decisions based on information that comes in over time, people generally use one of two strategies to focus their attention: a bottom-up strategy, in which they wait until they have all information and can compare the earlier with the later; or a top-down strategy, in which they use early information to make a decision and use later information to confirm the accuracy of that decision.

During the experiment, study participants will complete laboratory attention tasks before, during and after a period of sleep deprivation to determine whether they tend to use a bottom-up or top-down attention control strategy. Based on the participants' performance, the researchers will predict their response to a set of deadly force judgment and decision making scenarios while sleep deprived.

Predicting Fatigue Effects

The scenarios will be played out in the Sleep and Performance Research Center's simulation laboratory, which contains two high-fidelity shooting simulators. Depending on the scenario, the use of a firearm may or may not be justified.

"When people must rapidly determine whether deadly force is warranted, they may be primed to shoot or not to shoot, depending on the circumstances," said Whitney. "For those people who are top-down processors, when they make an error, we think it's going to be more likely an error of shooting when they shouldn't have shot. People who are bottom-up are more likely to make an error in the other direction—they may hold off to wait for more information until it's too late."

The researchers will use data to enhance an individualized fatigue prediction model they are developing to enable task-specific predictions of fatigue-related performance impairment. They will also look for genetic markers that explain the individual differences in how people respond to fatigue for the top-down and bottom-up control strategies.

Van Dongen said the study ties together a decade of collaborative work on different but related tracks to address questions of individual differences in vulnerability to sleep loss, all the way from the laboratory to the operational world.

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VIDEO: Medical Students Matched as Spokane Residents

By Doug Nadvornick

Three fourth-year medical students who spent most or all of the 2012-13 academic year in Spokane will begin internships in Spokane after they graduate from medical school in June.

Tim Hatlen, Mallory Beale, and Paige Flett are all scheduled to spend at least the next three years working at Sacred Heart Medical Center. Hatlen and Olson will work in the internal medicine residency, Beale will practice family medicine and Flett will do a pathology residency. They learned about their matches at a small ceremony on the Spokane Campus as part of the National Resident Matching Program's 'Match Day.'

Two members from the 2009 Spokane first-year class who weren't at the ceremony will also return to Spokane after doing clinical rotations in other cities. Ian May and Angela Olson will join Hatlen in internal medicine.

The students in that 2009 class will scatter all over the country as they start their medical careers, going as far away as Miami, Atlanta, and Providence, R.I. Several are staying in the Northwest.

2013 Spokane medical students who were at the Spokane Match Day ceremony:

Name

Started in

Residency location

Specialty

Mallory Beale

Pullman

Spokane

Family Medicine

Brad Blakely

Spokane

Bakersfield, CA

Emergency Medicine

Paige Flett

Moscow

Spokane

Radiology

Tim Hatlen

Spokane

Spokane

Internal medicine

Colette Inaba

Spokane

Orange, CA

Surgery

Kristin Johnson

Moscow

Salt Lake City, UT

Pediatrics

Richard Martin

Spokane

Madison, WI

Internal Medicine

Jaime Nielsen

Spokane

Boise, ID

Family Medicine

Alexandra Windhorn

Spokane

Seattle

Pediatrics

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North Carolina Professor Recruited to Pharmacy at WSU

By Lorraine Nelson, College of Pharmacy

Portrait photo of Mary Paine
Mary Paine

A faculty member at the University of North Carolina (UNC) will return to the Northwest this summer when she joins Washington State University as an associate professor in the College of Pharmacy.

Mary Paine has a PhD in pharmaceutics from the University of Washington and a BS in pharmacy from Oregon State University. She has been at the UNC at Chapel Hill since 1999.

Paine is a registered pharmacist who practiced for four years as a hospital pharmacist before pursuing her PhD. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical Center. In 1999, she joined UNC to lead a translational research laboratory in the General Clinical Research Center. She later became an assistant professor at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

Paine's primary research program, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is focused on interactions between conventional medications and natural products, including food and herbal supplements. She is joining the WSU College of Pharmacy's recently established section of clinical pharmacology in Spokane.

The clinical pharmacology unit will focus on research issues commonly encountered in drug development, such as interactions among drugs and other compounds. The unit is growing under the direction of K. Michael Gibson, who joined the college in July 2012.

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SLIDESHOW: Rural High School Students Get Hands-on Look at Health Sciences

By Judith Van Dongen

Last month, forty high school students from rural Ferry and Stevens Counties boarded a bus to the WSU Spokane campus to get a first-hand look at health professions careers. The students were from Columbia, Inchelium, and Mary Walker High Schools, three schools that are part of the WSU Upward Bound program, a federally funded college preparation program for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Guided by a group of students from WSU's nursing, pharmacy, medical education, and speech and hearing sciences programs and the University of Washington's physician assistant program, the high school students immersed themselves in a variety of hands-on experiences related to different health professions. Among other activities, they practiced chest compressions; turned bees wax into lip balm; took each other’s pulses and blood pressures; and learned about the lobes of the brain by drawing them on swim caps. For many, the highlight of the day was a look inside an ambulance provided by staff from American Medical Response.

The visit was a follow-up to a fall event in which WSU and UW students brought the same program to Wellpinit High School on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

Nursing students Liz Toro and Phil Dennis planned the campus visit, with help from Barb Richardson, director of the Riverpoint Interprofessional Education and Research group, and Jenna McCoy, Upward Bound's interim manager.

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VIDEO: MESA Students Build Prosthetic Arms, Advance in Scientific Challenge

By Doug Nadvornick

Five Spokane students are heading to Redmond, Wash. next month to test how skillfully they can use their homemade prosthetic arms.

The students—a three-girl team from Shadle Park High School and a two-boy team from Glover Middle School—won the Spokane MESA (Math Engineering Science Achievement) Prostethic Arm Regional Challenge at Gonzaga University in March. In doing so, they qualified for the state competition to be held on Washington State MESA Day on May 18.

Joanna Moznette, manager for the Spokane MESA Center, says each year students are challenged to build a simple scientific machine and experiment with its design to improve design efficiency. Last year they built windmills. This year they created prosthetic arms.

"This was a completely different kind of project," Moznette said. "While we were all excited about it, we were all challenged by it as well."

The student teams were given three kits, each containing the pieces for a different type of prosthetic arm. She says the teams decided which of the three to build. They could pull parts from the other kits if they wanted to augment their models.

During the competition, Moznette says students were required to complete these tasks:

  • Distance Accuracy Relay. Students use their arms to toss balls of three different sizes into containers at three different distances. The farther away and the more accurate they are, the more points they score.
  • Object Relocation. Students use their arms to pick up several objects, one by one, and drop them into a container. The faster they complete the task and the heavier the pieces they pick up, the more points they score.
  • (For high school students only) Dexterity. While timed, students use their prosthetic arms to pick up bolts and place them in holes on a testing device. Then they pick up the nut with their prosthetic arm and thread it onto the bolt. Finally, they use a wrench to tighten the nut.

The winning teams are: Kleopatra Deltchev, Hailey Guyette, and Jessica Lim from Shadle Park High School and Jacob Bush and Mato Comeslast from Glover Middle School.

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Grant and Contract Award Summary - January 1 through March 31, 2013

PI / Co-PIs

Department(s)

Research Title/
Funding Source

Research Summary

Todd Beyreuther

 

School of Design and Construction

Integrated Design Lab

Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Inc.

This contract provides continued funding for the Integrated Design Lab Inland Northwest, which is located at the WSU Spokane Campus and operated by the WSU Interdisciplinary Design Institute. The Integrated Design Lab Inland Northwest offers comprehensive integrated energy design expertise to building designers (architects, engineers, and related specialists), building owners, and building managers based in the lab's service area. This expertise includes climate analysis, envelope design, daylighting design, efficient electric lighting, efficient HVAC systems and equipment, system integration, and energy performance modeling.

Kerry Brooks

School of Design and Construction

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.

Cynthia Corbett/
Kenn Daratha/
Brian Gates/
Joshua Neumiller

College of Nursing/
College of Pharmacy

Medication Intervention in Transitional Care to Optimize CKD Outcomes & Costs

Providence Medical Research Center

This is continued funding for a subcontract to an NIH grant. The contract funds WSU's contribution to a study focused on implementing and evaluating a transitional care medication intervention in the high-risk population of hospitalized patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The goal of the intervention is to reduce acute care utilization, optimize clinical outcomes, and lower costs. As part of the study, faculty will adapt their nursing- and pharmacy-based intervention program to CKD patients; design and build electronic data collection tools; and extract health care outcome data from participants' medical records.

Kenneth Roberts

WWAMI Spokane

WWAMI Spokane 2nd Year medical education project

Empire Health Foundation

This grant provides funding to hire teaching faculty who will teach the second-year medical education curriculum on the WSU Spokane campus starting in fall 2013.

John Roll/
Celestina Barbosa-Leiker/
Patricia Butterfield/ Joann Dotson/
Dennis Dyck/
Donelle Howell/
Janet Katz/
Sterling McPherson/ Roberta Paul

College of Nursing

Behavioral health collaborative for rural American Indian communities

National Institutes of Health

This is a continuation of grant funding for a center for excellence—in collaboration with the University of Washington—to establish a behavioral health collaborative in rural American Indian communities. The center aims to contribute to improved mental health and reduced substance abuse in rural American Indian communities through the development and dissemination of prevention and intervention strategies.

John Roll/
Donelle Howell/
Janet Katz/
Matthew Layton/
Sterling McPherson/ Roberta Paul

College of Nursing

Clinical Trials Network:  Pacific Northwest Node

National Institutes of Health/
University of  Washington

This is a subcontract of a new NIH grant awarded to the University of Washington to fund the Pacific Northwest Node of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN). It supports a multi-institution, multiple-PI effort to continue CTN's mission to improve the quality of drug abuse treatment throughout the country through science.

Grant Trobridge

College of Pharmacy

Core Unit D: Vector Integration and Tracking

National Institutes of Health/Seattle Children’s Research Institute

This NIH-funded project aims to find a better pathway for the delivery of hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) gene therapy to patients afflicted with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID-X1), a disease that is uniformly fatal in the first years of life if left untreated. HSC gene therapy offers the best therapeutic option for many patients. However, researchers have found that HSC gene therapy delivered through gamma-retroviral vector proviruses have dysregulated nearby genes, leading to clonal expansion and in some cases frank leukemia. The researchers are studying whether foamy virus vectors may be a safer alternative. WSU has a subcontract for this project that involves establishing a webserver for bioinformatics and performing custom bioinformatics to support the project.

Hans Van Dongen/
John Hinson/
Matthew Layton/
Bryan Vila/
Paul Whitney

Sleep & Performance Research Center

Enabling the Identification of Biomarkers for Individual Susceptibility to Fatigue: Scaling Up from Attentional Processes to Operational Performance

U.S. Department of Defense/Office of Naval Research

This new grant provides funding for a three-year study on the effects of sleep deprivation on distinct attention systems that can be separated out. It is part of a continuing line of research looking at the effects of fatigue on cognitive function. The researchers will test participants’ performance on laboratory attention tasks as well as simulated deadly force decision scenarios. Data collected will be used to enhance an individualized fatigue prediction model to enable task-specific predictions of fatigue-related performance impairment. The researchers will also look for genetic markers that explain individual differences in how people respond to fatigue related to distinct attention systems. The study may lead to more efficient staffing of Navy ships and other around-the-clock or safety-sensitive work environments.

Jonathan Wisor

WWAMI Spokane

Regulatory Relationship of Glucose Metabolism and Cerebral Slow Wave Activity

National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

This is continued funding for a grant that funds a four-year project to explore the relationship between slow-wave sleep (also known as deep sleep) and glucose metabolism in the brain. The brain's use of glucose drops sharply during sleep, and preliminary data have shown that it is deep sleep that is responsible for this decrease. Using an animal model, the researcher will measure snapshot changes in glucose metabolism as well as electrical activity in the brain during wake and sleep to test the hypothesis that glucose utilization and slow-wave sleep are in a mutual regulatory relationship. The research could shed light on why we sleep and offer insight into medical conditions in which brain metabolism is compromised, such as stroke, diabetes, and complications of childbirth.

Carol Wysham

College of Pharmacy

ACCORDION (Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes) - Option 1 subcontract #748484

National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

This is renewal funding for the ACCORDION study, an observational follow-up study of participants who participated in the ACCORD (Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes) study, a randomized clinical trial of people with type 2 diabetes mellitus who were at high risk of a cardiovascular event. Under ACCORDION, the surviving consenting former-ACCORD participants will be followed more closely for another 3.5 years. This includes three clinic visits, four additional telephone contacts, and laboratory and ECG measurements obtained twice during the study.

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In the News

  • Work by Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Director Chris Blodgett and his team was mentioned in two recent newspaper articles on the effect of adverse childhood experiences on school success. The Huffington Post published an article on the growing discipline gap that quoted Natalie Turner, assistant director for AHEC. Blodgett himself was quoted in a Spokesman-Review article that addressed the use of trauma-based techniques in Spokane area schools. Read the Huffington Post article / read the Spokesman article (subscriber access only).
  • The Spokesman-Review published an article on the expansion of medical education at WSU Spokane to include second-year medical students. Read the article (Spokesman subscriber access only).

For more news coverage of WSU Spokane, go to our news coverage page.

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Milestones

  • Doctor of pharmacy student Rachelle Albay was recently appointed to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacist's Council on Education and Workforce Development. The ASHP is a national professional organization whose nearly 40,000 members include pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy students who provide patient care services in hospitals, health systems, and ambulatory clinics. Their Council on Education and Workforce Development is concerned with ASHP policies related to the quality and quantity of pharmacy practitioners in hospitals and health systems.
  • Lisa Brown receives her Woman of the Year Award from Provost Warwick Baily
    WSU Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown was recognized as the 2013 WSU Woman of the Year at last month's Women's Recognition Luncheon in Pullman. The annual award recognizes women who have played a key role in creating social change, increasing equality for all, and building community. Brown, who served the Washington State Legislature for 20 years before coming to WSU, was recognized for her advocacy and support for numerous causes, including women's rights, social justice, and health sciences education and research throughout the state. Among other initiatives, she helped to lay the foundation for WSU's health sciences campus in Spokane by supporting first-year medical education at WSU Spokane and leading the effort to secure funding for the campus's new pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences building. 
  • Emily Cox, a PhD student in the nutrition and exercise physiology program, was selected to receive a $30,000 award from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The award, which is renewable annually for up to three years, begins this summer and will support Cox's research to compare the genetic effects of diabetes and exercise on the heart, which may someday help identify a biological target for drug therapy in patients with heart disease caused by diabetes. Cox works in the laboratory of Susan Marsh, assistant professor and director of the graduate program in nutrition and exercise physiology.
  • Thirteen third-year Doctor of Pharmacy students scored in the 90th percentile or higher on the Pharmacy Curriculum Outcomes Assessment exam, an independent, objective measure of student performance in US pharmacy curricula administered by the National Boards of Pharmacy. A score in the 90th percentile means the student scored at or higher than 90 percent of the examinees. The 13 students were among 1,843 pharmacy students nationally who took the exam. The students were Ross Bindler, Rachel Ellis, Saranne Egger, Joseph Gallegos, Andy Ho, Tony Hoang, Brett Kittle, Matthew Johnson, Svetlana Melnik, John Steiner, Eric Yancey, Susan Yoon, and Brayton Zipse.
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Community Connections

  • Friday, April 19 - Parade of Nations Fashion Show
    The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association Multi-lingual/Cultural Group is sponsoring a fashion show and performances from 6 to 8 p.m. in the South Campus Facility, 412 E Spokane Falls Blvd. The event is to raise money for a service learning trip to Guatemala through Hearts in Motion, as well as spread cultural awareness on campus and in the community. Admission by donation. For more information, contact Adriana Uribe or Eva Lamas.
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Personnel and Staffing Changes

Comings:

  • Steven McConnell, Extension Regional Specialist, Extension, effective February 22, 2013
  • Jason Minton, Network Engineer, ITS, effective April 12, 2013

 
Promotions:

  • Steve Bachman, from Custodian 2 to Custodian 3, FacOps, effective April 16, 2013

 
Goings:

  • Tonya Dubonnet, Secretary Senior, College of Nursing, effective April 19. 2013

  
Recruitments & Searches:

  • Assistant/Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
  • Assistant/Associate/Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
  • Assistant/Associate Professor/Professor, College of Pharmacy, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
  • Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, College of Nursing, open until filled, currently interviewing
  • Associate/Full/Professor (Tenured/Tenure Track Faculty), Faculty Scholar in Residence, College of Nursing, open until filled, interviews ongoing, apply at www.wsujobs.com
  • Electrician, Facilities Operations, closed February 28, 2013, background check underway
  • Extension Regional Specialist, Community and Economic Development Program, WSU Extension, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
  • Facilities Project Manager, Facilities Services, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
  • Research Operations Engineer, Shock Physics, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
  • Research Study Coordinator 1 (Promoting First Relationships Specialist), two positions/50%, College of Nursing/Lapwai, ID, open until filled, review of applications begins April 17, 2013
  • Research Study Coordinator 1 (Promoting First Relationships Visitor), two positions, College of Nursing//Lapwai, ID, open until filled, review of applications begins April 17, 2013

Obituary
Portrait photo of the late Steve Setter 

Former College of Pharmacy faculty member Stephen M. Setter died on Wednesday, March 27, at the age of 54. A memorial service was held at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Spokane on April 3. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Steve graduated from Michigan State in 1986 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. He earned a doctorate in pharmacy from WSU in 1996 and completed a Geriatrics Fellowship at Elder Services in 1997. In 2000, he became one of only 10 certified geriatric pharmacists in the State of Washington. For 15 years, he was on the faculty at WSU, where he pursued his passion through Elder Services serving the elderly community. He left the faculty in August 2012. Steve was a respected colleague who touched the lives of many students and positively influenced the careers of many pharmacists. He will be missed by many.

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Way to Go!

I would like to thank Jon Schad and his Facilities Operations team for their hard work to retrofit the Innovate Washington Building with more energy-efficient lighting. Over the past year, Bill Harris, Brian Jennings, Joel Lohr, and Chris Schofield spent numerous hours on this important project. Their investment of time was well worth it, as the project benefits both the environment and the university's finances. Avista Utilities recently provided us with a $20,000 rebate that covered the cost of the new materials for the project, so any future savings will come right back to WSU Spokane.
(from Chancellor Lisa Brown)

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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  • Lorraine Nelson, WSU College of Pharmacy