Issue 2013-07 (October 16, 2013)



Food Trucks Coming Soon!

By Terren Roloff

Two food trucks have been scheduled to be on campus in October. The commitments are just the beginning of an ongoing, permanent schedule for food vendors to bring their trucks to campus, says Jon Schad, director of facilities operations.

Jamaican Jerk Pan, featuring Caribbean jerk and curry chicken, tofu, and vegetarian entrees, will be on campus Tuesday, October 22. Bistro Box will be here Monday, October 21, and Friday, October 25. Both are scheduled to be in place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the west side of the Academic Center.

"We are really hopeful students, faculty, and staff take advantage of these first two vendors so that they find it worth their time to return," says Schad who is working with others to schedule ongoing visits. "We know our campus needs more food options and are delighted that there is interest from vendors to be here."

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New Nursing Grant Promotes Chronic Care Intervention

By Doug Nadvornick

The WSU College of Nursing has secured a $1.3 million federal grant to teach people with multiple chronic health issues how to better manage their conditions.

Portrait photo of Cindy Corbett
Cindy Corbett

Nursing associate dean for research Cindy Corbett says the four-year National Institute on Aging grant pairs her college with Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington and the Community Health Association of Spokane (CHAS). She says the project will use a chronic care management model adopted by the Washington Department of Social and Health Services.

Corbett says the money will allow the Spokane group to hire a three-person care team, including a nurse and a social worker, that will recruit 300 CHAS patients with at least two chronic conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Half of the participants will receive regular visits from the care team, which will offer information and advice to patients and help them set health-related goals. The other participants will get minimal attention from the team. The patients will be mentored and monitored for a year.

Corbett says the purpose of the study is to determine whether the care team's interventions will lead to better health for the people who receive the help. She says the partners are particularly interested in whether those patients become more actively involved in their own care and use hospital emergency rooms less frequently.

"This project will help people focus on taking small incremental steps to become healthier and find the right motivation to do it," said Lynn Kimball, planning & resource development manager for Aging & Long Term Care of Eastern Washington. "It helps bridge the gap between what happens in the doctor’s office and what happens when a person gets home."

"We want to understand how effective chronic care management can be with our chronically ill patients who have complicated medical histories," said Michael Wiser, CHAS public policy and development coordinator. "We provide similar care coordination services, but this study will help us consider options to expand this type of service to patients most in need."

Wiser says the members of the grant-funded team will be based at CHAS clinics.

Corbett says the care team won’t have the capacity to monitor all 300 patients at once so they’ll stagger their recruitment and work with a few dozen patients at a time. As a result, she says the patient management part of the study will take about three-and-a-half years.

WSU Spokane professors Kenn Daratha, Sterling McPherson, and Sean Murphy will be part of the team that analyzes the data that are collected.

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Suture Self: Medical Students Get an Early Start on Skills Practice

Story by Doug Nadvornick; photos by Judith Van Dongen

For the most part, the first year of medical school is an extended academic exercise in which students learn about parts of the human body or memorize physiology. Students sometimes get impatient with that, because they want to learn and apply the basic skills they'll eventually use with patients.

So first-year students Maeve Sayres and Molly Knox helped to organize what, from an outsider's perspective, looked like a medical quilting bee, except they weren't stitching together squares of cloth, but were sewing up pigs' feet.

In a conference room at Spokane's Fifth and Browne Medical Center, students sat in groups as they sutured cuts and gashes. Some received one-on-one tutorials from medical residents or more experienced students. Second-year student Peter Boothman took first-year colleague Wade Muncey under his wing, explaining the nuances of surgical knots as Muncey sewed a pig's foot with a "gripping instrument," or forceps, in one hand, a needle in the other.

"I learned some of this last year from doctors in Pullman and Moscow,” said Boothman, who spent his first year in Pullman.

While the two worked diligently on pigs' feet, other students sat nearby, practicing their knots on specially made blocks, manipulating cloth ropes to build their looping and tying skills.

Sayres and Knox, who lead the WWAMI Spokane Family Medicine Interest Group, say the workshop was fun and challenging.  

"We found suturing a bit humbling at first, as many first experiences have proven to be for us this year," said Sayres. "Learning to tie surgical knots on a practice board was surprisingly difficult to begin with. Let's just say we are glad our first patient was a pig's foot."

Dr. Colleen Zimmermann, who works at Spokane's Family Medicine Residency, led the workshop.

"The goal is for these students to get comfortable with the materials and their techniques," she said. "For me, as a student, the hard part was getting a good cosmetic result."

She says her first live suturing experience involved a dog who was the patient of a friend's father, a veterinarian.

"He let me close the incision he made for a spaying procedure," said Zimmermann. That came during the summer after her first year of medical school. She said her first human patient was a woman she knew who had come to her small town's hospital.

"She asked if I had ever done this before. I had to tell her no. She told me I'd do fine, and I did," she said.

Dr. John McCarthy, one of the UW School of Medicine’s assistant regional deans in Spokane, said he was pleased to see students teaching each other.

"I hope students get a growing degree of self-confidence so they can transition from pigs to people,” he said. "I hope they develop a respect for their talents and their limitations. It will be important to hone their expertise as they work with people. I hope they develop an appreciation of the talents of the full-spectrum physician."

The students will get another chance to learn a new basic skill in November. Sayres and Knox say they're planning a phlebotomy workshop to teach medical students how to draw blood from patients.

Workshops such as this one are funded in part by the Washington Academy of Family Physicians in order to expose students to the diverse work of family doctors.

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WSU, Spokane Tribe Win Grant to Address Tribal Youth Issues

By Doug Nadvornick

The WSU College of Nursing and the Spokane Tribe of Indians are beginning a new project aimed at helping the tribe deal more effectively with substance abuse and mental health problems among its youth.

They've won a three-year, $825,000 grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (an arm of the National Institutes of Health) to conduct a community-based participatory research project.

Portrait photo of Janet Katz
Janet Katz

The seed for the grant was planted five years ago when the Spokane Tribe conducted a series of focus groups, according to associate professor of nursing Janet Katz. She said the tribe learned that its members are most worried about their young people’s emotional state and substance abuse.

She said tribal leaders then approached the university about collaborating on a research project that focuses on preventing suicides and substance abuse and helping young people deal with their unresolved grief.

"Instead of us going to the tribe and saying 'we'd like to do this,' we'll be working with them to do the work they want," Katz said.

Many of the details of the project are yet to be worked out, she said. "This is the perfect grant because it's flexible enough to allow us to develop something with the Spokane tribal community that is designed for their needs."

Katz says they'll start by creating a community advisory board that will develop a focus for the study, make sure it is culturally relevant and then oversee it. The board will consist of tribal members and WSU representatives, in addition to professionals in education, substance abuse treatment, community and mental health.

Katz says the process of preparing for the study will take about a year and include community assessments to identify the tribe's needs, strengths and priorities. Then they'll create, implement, and test a pilot intervention program. She says the grant money will allow the tribe to hire at least three of its people to help with data collection and analysis.

"We hope this community approach will give the tribe more capacity to help them deal with these issues themselves," Katz said.

If the project is successful, Katz says the College of Nursing and the tribe could seek another multi-year NIH grant to continue it and perhaps even expand the study to other tribes.

Carol Evans, the vice chair of the Spokane Tribal Council, says she has an ambitious goal: to eliminate alcohol and drug use among the tribe's underage members within 20 years.

The College of Nursing has a long history of working closely with the region's tribes. Its Na-ha-shnee Native American Health Science Institute has worked for nearly 20 years to expose Native students to health care professions, holding an annual summer camp on the WSU Pullman campus.

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SLIDESHOW: Health Fair Draws Community to Campus

Story and photos by Judith Van Dongen

A long line snaked around the Phase One Classroom Building Gallery last Thursday as students, faculty, staff, and community members patiently waited for one of 200 free flu shots being administered by pharmacy students. The shots were provided as part of the 2013 Riverpoint Campus Health Fair, an annually recurring event that offers health and wellness screenings and information to anyone looking to get or stay healthy.

Organized by students from WSU's Program in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology (NEP) in collaboration with the Campus Wellness Collaborative, the fair provides an opportunity for students in a variety of health disciplines to practice their skills on real-life clients while offering the community an opportunity to assess the current state of their health and fitness. In addition to flu shots, a variety of health screenings were available, including glucose testing offered by nursing students and cholesterol screening, body composition testing, blood pressure screenings, and a variety of exercise tests offered by NEP students.

The event was staffed almost entirely by students who volunteered their time and even solicited donations to pay for supplies. Flu vaccines were funded by a grant from Target to the WSU chapter of the Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical fraternity; glucose testing supplies were paid for through the College of Nursing's Denice Murphy Community Nursing Endowment; and the purchase cost of cholesterol screening cassettes was paid with course funds for the Nutrition and Exercise Physiology Practicum. The instructor for the NEP Practicum course, Judy Knuth, said the health fair is a major experiential learning project the students complete as part of this course each fall.

The students also invited close to 50 outside vendors, who offered information and demonstrations on fitness, health care, nutrition, and other wellness-related services.

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Fike to Lead Development at WSU Spokane

By Terren Roloff

Nancy Fike has assumed the position of director of campus and regional development for WSU Spokane.

Portrait photo of Nancy Fike
Nancy Fike

She formerly served as director of philanthropy for WWAMI Spokane, part of the University of Washington’s five-state medical education program that serves Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. In that role, she raised funds for medical student scholarships and student enrichment activities.

"Nancy has done an incredible job of raising awareness of WWAMI Spokane," said WSU Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown. "In the short amount of time she has been involved with WWAMI, she far exceeded expectations for increasing philanthropic support for students and willingly shared her expertise with WSU Spokane on several other initiatives. I’m delighted that Nancy is willing to join WSU Spokane as we expand our campus."

Fike was instrumental in helping grow the community-based Friends of WWAMI Spokane organization and assisted community leaders in raising funds for expansion of second-year medical education. As a result of their combined efforts, WSU Spokane is the only WWAMI site to offer second-year classes, which are traditionally held on the UW campus in Seattle.

"I don't think there's anybody better for the job,” said Mari Clack, co-chair of Friends of WWAMI Spokane. "The phrase, 'That person is a natural,' is absolutely true for Nancy. She likes people and really means it when she says expanding medical education in Spokane is a wonderful opportunity. WSU and Friends of WWAMI Spokane are lucky to have her."

Prior to joining WSU Spokane, Fike was director of development for the Gonzaga University School of Law and district director for former U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt.

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Darryl Potyk Named WWAMI Medical Administrator

By Doug Nadvornick

The University of Washington School of Medicine has named Dr. Darryl Potyk assistant regional dean for the WWAMI (Washington Wyoming Alaska Montana Idaho) medical education program at WSU Spokane.

Portrait photo of Darryl Potyk
Darryl Potyk

He replaces longtime Spokane physician Dr. Deb Harper, who is stepping down after eight years. She will continue to work with medical students in clinical settings.

Potyk joins fellow assistant dean Dr. John McCarthy at WSU Spokane in developing and maintaining relationships with eastern and central Washington clinics and hospitals where medical students learn and practice their skills. He has been working as assistant director at Providence Internal Medicine Residency Spokane and will continue in that role part time.

"He brings an appreciation of the complexity of development and sustenance of graduate medical education programs (residencies), as well as a significant connectedness with the Spokane community," said McCarthy.

Potyk will be responsible for the third- and fourth-year medical students within the Spokane area. They work exclusively in clinical settings. He will work closely with the "TRACK" students (those who spend most or all of their year in Spokane), as well as with students who rotate in and out of town for selected clerkships.

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Grant and Contract Award Summary - July 1 through September 30, 2013

PI / Co-PIs


Research Title/

Funding Source

Research Summary

Weihang Chai

WWAMI Spokane

Investigation into Mechanisms of CDK1 in Controlling Telomere Stability

National Institutes of Health/
National Institute on Aging


This is additional funding for a research project aimed at advancing the understanding of the mechanism for maintaining telomere integrity and genome stability. Telomeres protect the integrity of chromosome ends and play a key role in the aging of cells and organisms. The protective function of telomeres is achieved by coordinated actions of multiple telomere-binding proteins. Deficiencies in these proteins impair chromosome end protection, triggering early cellular aging and diminishing normal functions of a human body. Building on earlier work, this project focuses on the role of cyclin-dependent kinase 1 (CDK1), a key enzyme that controls the cell cycle progression. The study tests the hypothesis that CDK1 regulates the dynamic structural changes of telomeres during the cell cycle and also controls the access of telomere-binding proteins to telomeric DNA. This knowledge may help fend against diseases associated with premature aging due to dysfunctional telomeres, such as dyskerotosis congenital and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Theodore Chauvin



WWAMI Spokane

Lipid Function in Epididymal Sperm

WSU Spokane Office of Research

This faculty seed grant provides funding for a study that will help gain a better understanding of lipid metabolism in sperm, which may eventually lead to better diagnosis and treatment of male infertility. Successful fertilization of the egg requires sperm that can move forward in a progressive manner and can successfully penetrate the egg. Defects in either of these two sperm functions contribute significantly to male infertility. Sperm gain the ability to swim and fertilize an immature egg cell during transit through the epididymis, which is part of the testicle. Epididymal sperm maturation is characterized by changes in both protein and lipid composition of the sperm. This study will attempt to identify the molecular mechanisms used for these changes, which are not currently well understood.

Cynthia Corbett


College of Nursing

Scholar in Residence for Nursing Research

Providence Medical Research Center

This grant provides funding for Martin Schiavenato, an assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing, to serve as the college’s scholar in residence for nursing research. Schiavenato’s role is to foster development of a research environment at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital and Holy Family Hospital. He will do this by empowering nursing staff to take ownership of research projects; assisting in the preparation of research proposals; providing guidance for collaboration with allied groups working toward research projects; supervising the enrollment and follow-up with research participants; analyzing project data; and preparing required progress reports supported with research funding.

Cynthia Corbett/
Kenn Daratha/
Brian Gates/
Joshua Neumiller


College of Nursing/
College of Pharmacy

Medication Intervention in Transitional Care to Improve Outcomes in End-Stage Renal Disease

Providence Medical Research Center

This grant provides funding for a pilot study on the impact of transitional care interventions on patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) treated by dialysis. The team will be testing the effectiveness of a medication information transfer intervention to improve clinical outcomes in these patients. Specifically, they will examine the impact of the intervention on acute care utilization following hospital discharge and on ESRD complications.

Cynthia Corbett/
Kenn Daratha/
Dennis Dyck/
Sterling McPherson/
Sean Murphy


College of Nursing/
Department of Health Policy & Administration

Chronic Care Management Model Translation to Multimorbid Aging Adults at FQHCs

National Institutes of Health/
National Institute on Aging

This grant funds a study that will test the effectiveness of the Washington Department of Social and Health Services’ chronic care management model in patients with multiple chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. Researchers will be looking at whether the intervention increases patients’ abilities to manage their own conditions and prevents hospitalizations, as well as the intervention’s cost effectiveness for this population. The project will advance knowledge about community partnerships and best practices for health homes to provide patient-centered, team-based care in a way that empowers patients and results in more effective use of health care resources.

Kenn Daratha


College of Nursing

Cost Trajectories of Hospitalization for Patients with ESRD

University of Washington

This study will look at costs and distinct patterns of hospital care utilization during the final year of life in patients with end stage renal disease treated by dialysis. By providing specific information about expected patterns of health care utilization and treatment decisions, findings will be relevant to patients, their families, and their providers.

Kenn Daratha


College of Nursing

Measurement of Obesity Prevention Initiative

Empire Health Foundation

This grant provides renewal funding for the researcher to provide statistical services to support the Empire Health Foundation’s obesity prevention initiative. Daratha will work with seven intervention school districts and Educational Service District 101 to identify data extractions for all students for demographics, physical measurements, meal participation, fitness performance, attendance, and academic performance. In addition, he will develop browser-based data collection tools to capture responses to physical activity and health eating/food frequency questionnaires and will import data feeds from each school district into a common database for analysis.

Christopher Davis


WWAMI Spokane

Brain miR-132 Control of Sleep and a Survey of the miR-132 Targetome in Sleep Regulation

WSU Office of Research

This proposal development grant supports the collection of pilot data to determine the mechanisms and targets of a brain microRNA involved in sleep.

Dennis Dyck


Department of Psychology

Community Mapping Project

Thurston County

Under this contract, WSU will develop a comprehensive community map of resources that will enhance resiliency and recovery for youth in Thurston County who deal with mental health, addictions, and criminal justice issues. The document will be available to the youth, families, providers and other stakeholders.

Cynthia Fitzgerald/
Janet Beary/
Brenda Bray/
Karen Caines/
Saleh Elgiadi/
Carrie Holliday/
Sarah Kooienga/
Anne Mason/
George Novan/ Tamara Odom-Maryon/
Janet Purath/
Melody Rasmor/ Barbara Richardson/
Dawn Rondeau/
Kevin Stevens/
Megan Willson/
Lisa Woodard

College of Nursing/
College of Pharmacy/
Program in Nutrition and Exercise/
WWAMI Spokane

Using IPE to Improve Care for Patients with MCC Initiative

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration

As part of this project, a cohort of faculty from different disciplines will be trained on interprofessional education methods related to collaborative care for patients with multiple chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, and behavioral health issues, such as depression. These faculty members will educate teams of students to provide this type of care to patients who live in rural or medically underserved areas. The program will provide simulation-based and classroom experiences to 380 master’s and doctoral students in WSU’s nursing, medicine, pharmacy, and nutrition and exercise physiology programs and EWU’s social work program. Student teams will also practice their skills in clinical settings, including Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic locations throughout the state.

Zachary Hamilton/
Stephen Lee/
Robert Barnoski

Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Washington State Offender Risk Assessment Project

Washington State Department of Corrections

As part of the project, faculty from the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology will create and validate a model to assess the risk of re-offense for felons convicted and sentenced in the state of Washington.

Janet Katz/
Sandra Benavides-Vaello/
Phyllis Morris/
Tamara Odom-Maryon/
Roberta Paul

College of Nursing

Creating a Pathway to Nursing: Community Alliance for Health

US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration

The goal of this project is to increase health care access by increasing the recruitment, retention, and graduation rate of disadvantaged students in the bachelor of science in nursing program who can go on to practice in underserved areas. The project specifically targets disadvantaged rural families with Latino and Native American students. Strategies focus on educating and empowering disadvantaged students and parents; increasing community capacity for improving education, income levels, social support, networking, and quality health access; and engaging policy makers with community members.

Janet Katz/
Carrie Holliday/ Donelle Howell/ Roberta Paul/
Sterling McPherson/
Jeffery Peterson


College of Nursing, Murrow College of Communications

Substance abuse and mental health collaborative for rural American Indian adolescents

National Institutes of Health/ National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

This is additional funding for a project that involves the establishment of a community-based participatory research partnership to help reduce health disparities in American Indian communities, particularly in the areas of mental health and substance abuse disorders among adolescents.

Philip Lazarus


College of Pharmacy

Role of Pharmacogenetics on Exemestane Metabolism and Toxicity

National Institutes of Health/
National Cancer Institute

This study looks at the drug Exemestane (EXE), which has been used as an equally or more effective and less toxic alternative to Tamoxifen in breast cancer patients. As part of the project, the researcher will explore the potential cause for inter-individual variability in the response to EXE by determining the mechanisms used to metabolize the drug. 

Jennifer Lebeau/
Sylvia Oliver


College of Education

STEM Pipeline to the Future

Grand Coulee School District

This is a subcontract to a STEM Pipeline to the Future grant awarded to the Grand Coulee School District by the US Department of Education. It provides funding for WSU College of Education faculty to evaluate the program, which aims to significantly improve the district’s educational infrastructure, especially in science. In addition, it provides support for faculty to assist in the implementation of the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences program at Lake Roosevelt High School. 

Georgina Lynch/
Nancy Potter

Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences

Facial Response to Visual stimuli in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Using Pupil Response as an Indicator for Phenotype

WSU Spokane Office of Research


This is seed grant funding for study that will examine the use of pupil measurement as a way of supporting the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This study will provide a basis for better understanding sensory and neurological deficits seen in children with ASD that are associated with the interpretation of facial expression and non-verbal language.

Sean Murphy


Health Policy and Administration

Framework for Cost Effectiveness

Spokane County Medical Society Foundation

This grant provides funding to conduct a cost-effectiveness analysis of the Spokane County Medical Society’s (SCMS) Prescription for Housing Program, which places homeless patients with medical needs into permanent housing.

Jeannie Padowski/
Jonathan Wisor

College of Pharmacy/ WWAMI Spokane

Cerebral Slow Wave Activity Predicts Brain Lactate Dynamics: an Electroencephalographic/Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Study in Humans

WSU Office of Research




This is faculty seed grant funding for a study that will demonstrate the feasibility of simultaneous electroencephalographic (EEG) and cerebral metabolic measurements in sleeping human subjects. The current study will test the hypothesis that slow oscillations detected in the electroencephalogram of human subjects during sleep-deprived wakefulness predict a decline in lactate concentration in the cerebral cortex and that this decrease happens at the time of sleep onset.  The long-term goal is to identify the neurobiological underpinnings of the relationship between disrupted sleep and compromised daytime function, both of which are symptoms observed in those suffering from insomnia, idiopathic hypersomnia, and traumatic brain injury.

Mary Paine


College of Pharmacy

Mechanisms Underlying Drug-Diet Interactions

National Institutes of Health

This grant funds a study in which clinical pharmacologists and natural products chemists will collaborate to identify and characterize drug-diet interactions. The study will create a framework for the development of guidelines to evaluate drug-diet interactions and their role in explaining why drug response can vary significantly from one patient to another. This variation in drug response can delay, or even prevent, optimal therapeutic outcome, with consequent negative impact on quality of life and health care costs. This project will contribute to the long-term goal of providing firm information to clinicians for the appropriate management of drug-diet interactions.

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

College of Nursing/ WWAMI Spokane

Clinical Trials Network: Pacific Northwest Node

National Institutes of Health/
University of Washington

This grant provides continued funding for the Pacific Northwest Node of the NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN). It supports a multi-institution, multiple-principal investigator effort to continue CTN's mission to improve the quality of drug abuse treatment throughout the country through science.

Kawkab Shishani


College of Nursing

Role of Contingency Management in Water Pipe Smoking Cessation

National Institutes of Health

Few studies have been conducted on water pipe smoking to investigate its harmful effect and evaluate treatments for smoking cessations in water pipe smokers. This project will provide career development and training of a public health nurse scientist to conduct innovative and rigorous research around water pipe smoking prevention. In addition, it will include a study to test the effectiveness of an incentive-based treatment method to promote abstinence from water pipe smoking. 

Hans Van Dongen

Sleep and Performance Research Center

Field Study of the Efficacy of the new Restart Provision for Hours of Service

US Dept. of Transportation – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

This is additional funding for a large-scale field study to evaluate the efficacy of a new hours-of-service rule for truck drivers. The rule requires nighttime drivers who work the maximum number of hours allowed in a duty cycle to take a restart break with at least two biological nights before they begin another duty cycle. The on-site study involves measurement of drivers’ rest/activity patterns and reaction time performance across two duty cycles and the intervening restart break. In addition, driving metrics (lane deviation, speed variability, fuel use, etc.) are collected from the drivers' trucks.

Bryan Vila

Sleep and Performance Research Center

Impact of Work-Related Fatigue on Deadly Force Judgment and Decision Making Performance and Driving Performance Among Day vs. Night Sleeper

Department of Defense/Office of Naval Research



This is additional funding for a comparative laboratory study on the role of fatigue and distraction in police officer performance in officers working day shifts versus night shifts. Using 80 volunteers drawn from local law enforcement, the study will examine driving, deadly force judgment, and decision-making performance at the end and at the beginning of the officers' work week. The data collected through this study will facilitate the development of more efficient and effective fatigue management technologies, training, and operational procedures. Due to the similarities in day-to-day responsibilities, outcomes of the study will be relevant to military ground troops as well as law enforcement officers.

Bryan Vila/
Lois James

Sleep and Performance Research Center

Empowering The Strategic Corporal SSIM Project

Department of Defense, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

This is supplemental funding on a grant that funds WSU's contribution to project with the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and Advanced Interactive Systems to develop a high-tech social interaction training module for young warfighters sent on foreign missions.

Linda Ward/
Celestina Barbosa-Leiker

College of Nursing

Refinement of the Genomic Nursing Concept Inventory

WSU Office of Research

Funded by a faculty seed grant, this project seeks to support evidence-based genomic nursing education so that nurses are prepared to understand, deliver, and explain genome-based care to patients at the bedside. As part of this study, the researchers analyze and validate the Genomic Nursing Concept Inventory, which measures understanding of foundational knowledge nurses require to deliver genomic-based care. The outcome of the study will be a revised inventory that can be used by nurse educators to measure genomic literacy among nursing students.

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In the News

  • Associate professor of nursing Kenn Daratha was quoted in a Spokesman-Review article on the Cheney School District's efforts to reduce childhood obesity by encouraging healthier diets and more exercise among their students. Read the article.
  • PhD student Heidi Medford was interviewed by KREM TV for a feature on her research to determine whether exercise can reverse heart damage caused by diets high in saturated fat and sugar. Watch the video.
  • WSU Spokane sleep scientist Jonathan Wisor was quoted in a US News and World Report article on the link between sleep and obesity and diabetes. Read the article.

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

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  • Campus Street Recognized with Design Award
    Our newest campus thoroughfare, Martin Luther King Jr. Way, was recently honored with the People's Choice Award as part of the City of Spokane 2013 Mayor's Urban Design Awards. The award was given based on paper ballot votes made by interested citizens. Voting took place while the submitted entries were on display at River Park Square from August 26 to September 9. Four organizations received a certificate of recognition for their roles in building and maintaining the street: the WSU Spokane Facilities Operations department, SPVV Landscape Architects, the City of Spokane Engineering Services, and DEI Electrical Engineers. WSU Spokane Facilities Operations is responsible for maintaining the landscaping that is part of the new street.
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Personnel and Staffing Changes


  • Jessica Almaguer, Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Nursing, Tri-Cities, effective August 16, 2013
  • Kay Bolin, Fiscal Specialist 1, Pharmacy Business Services, effective October 3, 2013
  • Joanie Christian, Clinical Placement Coordinator, College of Nursing, effective August 15, 2013
  • Jenatte Clark, Instructor, College of Nursing, Yakima, effective August 16, 2013
  • Amy Cross, Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Nursing, effective August 16, 2013
  • Alyssa Dichoco, Animal Tech 2, Medical Sciences, effective October 14, 2013
  • Robert Garza, Student Services Specialist, HRSA Grant, College of Nursing, Tri-Cities, effective September 17, 2013
  • Janessa Graves, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, effective October 1, 2013
  • Andrea Guthrie, Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Nursing, effective August 16, 2013
  • Tracy Horntvedt, Instructor, College of Nursing, Tri-Cities, effective August 16, 2013
  • Michael J. Johnson, ITS2, Pharmacy IT Services, effective October 14, 2013
  • Tracy Klein, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Vancouver, effective September 1, 2013
  • David Lloyd, Campus Security Officer, FacOps, effective October 1, 2013
  • Mike Lynch, Electronic Media Producer, College of Nursing, effective October 7, 2013
  • Cindy Neorr, Project and Community Manager, HRSA Grant, College of Nursing, Tri-Cities, effective September 1, 2013
  • Alecia Nye, Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Nursing, effective August 16, 2013
  • Abby Parson, Office Assistant 2, Pharmacotherapy, effective September 9, 2013
  • Kenneth Porter, Animal Tech 2, Medical Sciences, effective October 1, 2013
  • Leslie Randall, Graduate Research Assistant, College of Nursing, effective August 16, 2013
  • Eva Schiavenato, Research Assistant, College of Nursing, effective October 1, 2013
  • Martin Schiavenato, Providence Faculty Scholar in Residence/Associate Professor, College of Nursing, effective July 1, 2013
  • Nicole Slack, Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Nursing, effective August 16, 2013
  • Robert Snyder, Custodian 1, FacOps, effective September 22, 2013
  • Lisa Vickers, Instructor, College of Nursing, Yakima, effective August 16, 2013
  • Kelsey White, Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Nursing, effective August 16, 2013


  • Molly Altman, Graduate Research Assistant, College of Nursing, effective May 15, 2013
  • Katherina Choka, Instructor, College of Nursing, effective May 15, 2013
  • Cathy Courtright, Research Study Coordinator 1, College of Nursing, Moses Lake, effective June 30, 2013
  • Blair Ehlert, Animal Technician 2, Medical Sciences, effective October 20, 2013 (see promotions below)
  • Kimberlee Foster, Instructor, College of Nursing, Yakima, effective May 15, 2013
  • Michelle Froh, Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Nursing, Tri-Cities, effective May 15, 2013
  • Rosa Gonzalez, Research Study Coordinator Lead, College of Nursing, Moses Lake, effective June 30, 2013
  • Nicholas Honn, Research Intern, Sleep and Performance Research Center SHOT Lab, effective October 15, 2013
  • Cynthia Jewett, Research Intern, Sleep and Performance Research Center SHOT Lab, effective October 15, 2013
  • Brianne Ozaki, Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Nursing, effective May 15, 2013
  • Veneta Peterson, Instructor, College of Nursing, effective May 15, 2013
  • Stephanie Santos, Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Nursing, Tri-Cities, effective May 15, 2013
  • Taylor Schraudner, Graduate Research Assistant, College of Nursing, effective May 15, 2013
  • Janet Willhaus, Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Nursing, effective July 27, 2013
  • Marian Wilson, Graduate Research Assistant, College of Nursing, effective May 15, 2013


  • Alli Benjamin, from Marketing and Communications Manager to Marketing and Communications Director, College of Nursing, effective August 1, 2013
  • Daren Noe, Media Maintenance Technician Lead to IT Specialist 3, Information Technology Services, effective July 1, 2013
  • Lynette Vehrs, from Instructor to Director, Professional Development, College of Nursing, effective September 9, 2013


  • Blair Ehlert, from Medical Sciences Animal Tech 2 in Spokane to Animal Lab Manager in Pullman, effective October 20, 2013
  • Nancy Fike, Director, Campus and Regional Development, effective October 1, 2013
  • Katie Smith, Academic Coordinator, transitioning from College of Pharmacy to Medical Sciences, effective October 7, 2013

Recruitments & Searches:

  • Animal Technician 2, College of Pharmacy, closes October 16, 2013, apply at
  • Assistant/Associate/Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, open until filled, apply at
  • Data Architect/Database Administrator, closes November 3, 2013, apply at
  • Assistant/Associate/Professor, College of Nursing, open until filled, applications reviewed as received, apply at
  • Extension Regional Specialist, Horticulture Specialist, WSU Extension, open until filled, apply at
  • Extension Regional Specialist, Volunteer Development Specialist, Youth and Family Unit, WSU Extension, open until filled, apply at
  • Extension Regional Specialist, Community and Economic Development Program, WSU Extension, open until filled, apply at
  • Research Project Engineer, Shock Physics, open until filled, apply at
  • Research Operations Engineer, Shock Physics, open until filled, apply at
  • Assistant or Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy, open until filled, apply at
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Pharmaceutical Sciences, open until filled, apply at
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Way to Go!

Way to go to Kelly LaGrutta for being named the September Most Valuable Commuter by the Spokane County Commute Trip Reduction Office! Kelly has been a bus rider for the past six years, riding from her home to the bus plaza and walking to campus from there. During the summer months, she rides her bike to work. Last December, she suffered a complicated leg fracture after being hit by a truck during her walk to campus. Despite extensive injuries and limited mobility, she began riding the bus again only a month after her accident and soon after that returned to her regular routine of riding the bus daily and walking to the campus from the plaza. Now that's dedication!
(from the Campus Commute Trip Reduction Committee)

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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