Issue 2013-01 (January 23, 2013)


Q&A with WSU Spokane’s New Chancellor, Lisa Brown

By Judith Van Dongen

Portrait photo of Chancellor Lisa Brown

WSU Spokane started the new year with a new leader. After a 20-year career in the Washington State Legislature, Lisa Brown assumed the post of chancellor of WSU Spokane on Jan. 1.

I sat down last week to talk to Brown about her transition to WSU Spokane and her plans for the future, both immediate and in the long term. What follows is an edited transcript of our conversation.

  • What prompted you to exchange your career in the Legislature for one in higher education?

"Actually, I've always worn a higher education hat—I taught at Eastern and Gonzaga throughout and preceding my legislative career. It was a tough decision to step away from the Legislature, but I felt that there was going to be another chapter for me in either higher education or public policy. So I took a leap of faith that the right position would emerge for me. Then Dr. Floyd contacted me, and we started talking about possibilities for working with WSU on the Spokane campus, and it just seemed like a great fit."

  • How has your legislative career prepared you for this new role?

"The most important piece is the relationships I've built over the years. During my political career, I've met hundreds of people who have a connection to this campus. As I'm learning all the multifaceted aspects of being the chancellor of WSU Spokane, I keep running into people that I encountered through the Legislature, in one capacity or another."

  • What has the transition to your new position been like?

"Leaving Olympia has been bittersweet. On the other hand, it's nice to have a 10-minute commute from my home to the campus—compared to moving to Olympia every January and spending several months there. Although I enjoyed it and enjoyed the people I worked with, it's physically and personally challenging to live in two different cities. What's also unique is that, for 20 years, I've always had two jobs [both as a legislator and as a university faculty member Ed.] and now I just have one. It's pretty big multi-faceted job, but it's just one. And that feels good.

As for my move onto campus, what really stands out is how friendly and welcoming everyone has been. People who recognize me stop and introduce themselves and tell me what they do. What’s also really striking to me is sitting here in this office and looking over there and seeing that building [the Biomedical & Health Sciences Building Ed.] going up. As a senator, I played a role in helping to realize that and was part of the groundbreaking ceremony and that was really fun. Usually, life goes on after that, but now I'm sitting here watching the building being built, knowing that I’ll be intimately involved in the transition as pharmacy and medical sciences move in."

  • What are your plans for the next few weeks and months?

"I'm engaged in what I’m calling 'At least 100 conversations.' I think I'm up to 58 or 59—Patti [Petersen] is keeping track."

  • What are your long-term goals for the campus?

"I hope to work with the academic and administrative leadership team on creating a set of strategic initiatives for the campus that will highlight the top ten things we’ll be working on. We'll create teams around each initiative—some of them would be internal to WSU Spokane, whereas others would involve community and higher education partners.

There are a lot of exciting ideas. Solidifying the strategy for biomedical education and research and specifically the medical education piece is clearly a number one priority. Some other things we're still discussing include a community clinic presence and the potential use of the Jensen-Byrd building—I believe there will be an exciting conclusion to that at some point. Those are some of the main issues that I can talk about right now—I want to formulate the rest of them in collaboration with our community partners."

  • What do you envision this campus will look like in 10 or 20 years?

"There will be many more students. I presume that the activity within the University District and the health sciences mission of the campus will be much more fully realized. I’m also hopeful that, as the connectivity between the campus and surrounding neighborhoods develops, we'll have more of the types of activities that support a vibrant, full-time campus— everything from cultural activities to retail to student activities."

  • What is the biggest challenge facing WSU Spokane and what do you think the solution is?

"I'll just quote James Dalton, who said 'The kinds of problems we have are the good kinds of problems to have, and they’re coming about because we’re growing and changing and unique.' Talking about collaborating among institutions is easy, but doing it requires a lot of work. As I said at the recent campus kickoff event, the C isn't just for Cougar. It also stands for communication, collaboration, and coming up with creative solutions. That's what we have to do in order to walk our talk."

  • What do you see as our greatest assets on this campus?

"It's the high quality of the people here and their commitment to the mission and the vision. That's clearly our biggest strength. It's easy to see the buildings, but buildings don't do anything. It's the people in them."

  • You were born and raised in Illinois—so how did you end up in Washington State?

"While studying for my PhD in Economics in Colorado, I visited some friends in Spokane and happened to get the opportunity to teach at Eastern while writing my dissertation. I was a part-time associate professor there. I thought that might be a temporary assignment, but one thing led to another and I stayed."

  • What do you like about living here?

"I like that Spokane has four-season recreational opportunities. That 'Near Nature Near Perfect' slogan really does capture our quality of life, that combination of recreational opportunities and cultural amenities."

  • How do you like to spend your free time?

"I enjoy outdoor activities, such as hiking, cross-country skiing, and biking. I like to travel, too. I'm interested in the economic and political empowerment of women in the world, and that has taken me to some really exciting locations. I’ve been to Morocco and Vietnam with the Center for Women and Democracy. Last summer, I traveled to Zambia with Gonzaga students. And recently, a Spokane Peace Corps volunteer invited me to present on leadership and women in Azerbaijan."

  • Do you have any children?

"I have a son, Lucas (20). He is an Evergreen student, and music and sustainable agriculture are his two main interests. He has a guitar and plays in a band. I should also mention another member of my family: Lucas and I have a big dog named Maverick. He's twelve years old, so that makes him older than most of the buildings on this campus!"

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Helping Kids with Asthma: Health Professions Students Team Up to Conduct Home Visits

By Doug Nadvornick

Eight teams of WSU nursing and pharmacy and EWU social work students will soon begin visiting the homes of Spokane children who miss significant amounts of time in school because of asthma.

The university students are participants in a spring semester project with the Spokane School District. The teams of three—one from each program—will be matched up with students and families who have shown an interest in receiving help. The health sciences students will make monthly home visits through April.

"Hopefully the students can help the children and their families manage their asthma at home and school," said Barb Richardson, who developed the idea. She directs Riverpoint Interprofessional Education and Research. The students will also use the data and experience to complete homework and clinical requirements, she said.

Teaching students about home visits

"We want you to be well prepared when you go out," said Richardson at a recent orientation session for the two dozen students. She was joined by clinical associate professor of pharmacy Lisa Woodard, senior instructor of nursing Sue Perkins, and EWU assistant professor of social work Rie Kobayashi.

Sue Perkins poses as a chain-smoking grandmother in a scenario aimed at helping students prepare for real-life situations they might encounter during a home visit.

During a simulated home visit, WSU pharmacy student
Blair Wendt (right) talks to nursing instructor Sue Perkins
about the proper dosage of asthma medicine.
(Photo by Doug Nadvornick)

Social work students say their schooling includes instruction about how to conduct safe and effective home visits. One asked whether her nursing and pharmacy colleagues receive the same training. No, they said.

So, in a simulation of a home visit, Sue Perkins slipped on an orange dress and portrayed a chain-smoking grandmother in a low socio-economic household who cared for her grandson who had just been hospitalized due to complications related to his asthma. A trio of students quizzed Perkins' character about her grandson’s condition and the medication he took to control his chronic disease. They tried, with mixed success, to help her understand how her smoking made their living situation hazardous for him.

Afterward, Perkins and the other professors debriefed the students about the role-play scenario and discussed ways the students could have been more effective. They talked about building trust with their assigned families and what to do if they felt a child was living in a dangerous situation.

"This is brand new material for our students," Perkins said afterward. "It helps them apply the knowledge they receive in the classroom in the types of environments they may work in after they graduate."

"It also gives them a sense of confidence as they learn how to exercise their personal and professional judgment," Kobayashi said.

A big deal in the big picture

This is the latest in a series of programs that allow Riverpoint students from different health sciences disciplines to meet and work on real-world problems.

"It's very difficult to find places where students can work together as a team to improve health outcomes," Richardson said. "I would like to have all students in pharmacy, nursing, medicine, and social work participate in at least one interprofessional practice setting before they graduate."

She said she wasn't able to draw outside funding for this project, but hopes if this pilot is successful that she'll be able to convince a granting agency to help her expand the program to more students and a full academic year.

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SLIDESHOW: Lewis & Clark Students Tour Campus to Learn about Health Professions, Research

By Doug Nadvornick; photos by Judith Van Dongen

About two dozen Lewis and Clark High School students recently crowded into a dark room in WSU's Sleep and Performance Research Lab. It's one of the rooms where police officers and military personnel practice handling dangerous situations by reacting to realistic simulation videos while their neurophysiological data are monitored.

In this case, the students formed a half circle around criminal justice professor Bryan Vila. He was clutching a handgun that shoots laser beams instead of bullets.

After a short explanation introducing his research, Vila turned toward the empty video screen.

"I'm ready when you are," he called to a staff member outside the room who started a video. The case featured a scenario in which a man was robbing a convenience store. Vila raised his gun and ordered the suspect to drop his knife. When the suspect turned with weapon held high and began to charge, Vila shot and the video quickly ended.

Vila explained that his research tests and measures how law enforcement officers respond to stressful situations, especially when they’re fatigued. He engaged the students and answered their questions. Another group of Lewis and Clark students was experiencing another simulation in an adjacent room.

"It was fascinating to see the simulators," said teacher Marianne Dunn, who had brought the high school students to Riverpoint to expose them to a college campus and the health sciences professions. "The tour of the lab allowed them to be excited about research and experience the passion and excitement that the researchers have about their projects."

Students learn from other students

That passion was evident in Thomas Wright's voice as he told the students during another part of their campus tour about his decision to pursue a WSU nursing degree.

Wright explained that his mother was a nurse, so he was exposed to the profession early. But what really sold him was his visit as a patient to the emergency room. He said he was calmed and cared for by male RNs.

"I knew then that I wanted to do what they did," Wright said. He's now on track to graduate this spring and plans to become a mental health nurse.

Other health sciences students at Riverpoint shared their stories with the high school students as well. Pharmacy student Lindsey Schaffer and medical student Scott Hippe explained their new careers allow them to balance their interest in science— 'getting our geek on'—with their desire to help people get healthy.

"My students were able to relate to the students and their enthusiasm for the path that they have chosen," said teacher Marianne Dunn. "The majority of my students are interested in pursuing a health care career, so this was particularly applicable. I wouldn't be surprised if several of them are on the WSU Spokane campus within the next decade."

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Doctoral Student Aims to Help Teachers Improve Online Instruction

By Julie Titone, College of Education

Sarah, a hyperactive student with learning disabilities, was so disruptive in fifth grade that she would be pulled from school and fall behind in her studies. Now, in seventh grade, she has a great relationship with her teacher and is catching up.

The difference? Sarah is getting her public school instruction online, away from the hubbub of the classroom, with her grandmother as a learning coach.

Portrait photo of Kimberley Coy
Kimberly Coy

WSU doctoral candidate Kimberly Coy, who shares Sarah's story, says more parents are seeking out online education for many reasons, sometimes to meet their children’s special needs. Coy’s goal is to make sure that those online students will succeed.

To that end, she has devised a research-based questionnaire that elementary school teachers can use to evaluate and improve the lessons they're giving online. Her approach, which has won national recognition, focuses on student engagement. In other words: Are students fired up and absorbing knowledge, or just sitting there?

"The trick is to provide teachers and students with the tools for collaborative, constructive learning, so students can engage at their own pace and level," said Coy. "Often the tools are there but aren’t being used: videos, web chat, small-group breakout rooms, cameras, microphones."

Coy's findings apply to all elementary students, although she has a particular interest in what works for students with disabilities. An experienced classroom and online teacher, she is close to earning a PhD in special education. She also teaches an online class in special education for WSU.

Lessons guided by brain research

Coy's graduate research was honored this fall with an award from the Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children. It's timely work. Schools districts are scrambling to master web-based instruction—or to contract with competent online schools—as families increasingly seek web-based instruction.

"Some parents are looking for a way to meet their kids' learning needs and styles on an individual level," she said. "Some have kids in middle school who are starting to have difficulties on a social level. Some live in rural, isolated places. Some of the families are highly mobile—the parents are in the military or are athletes or actors."

The underpinning of Coy’s research is the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a set of principles for curriculum development  that encourages teachers to present information in different forms—e.g. via video as well as written and spoken lessons—to individualize learning as much as possible.    

For her research, Coy watched video recordings of online lessons delivered by 51 teachers at a public virtual school. Based on her observations, she devised a series of questions about how synchronous (real-time) online lessons are presented and how their students respond. Teachers at one online school are already talking to Coy about using her method to improve instruction for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Professor Darcy Miller, coordinator of the special education program at WSU, described Coy’s research as a significant addition to knowledge about which teaching methods work best.

"With the increase in online learning opportunities, the issue of how to reach a wide variety of students is going to become ever more pressing," she said.  

Pressing questions

Coy is continuing her research through a partnership with the year-old Center for Online Learning and Students with Disabilities. The federal grant that funds the center at the University of Kansas is recognition of the interest in online learning, said associate professor Sean Smith, co-principal investigator there.

Smith said that looming questions include: What must online schools provide to make learning accessible to students with disabilities? What is the role of parents, and what kind of training do they need? Are online schools even obligated to serve students with special needs?

"There's been a segment of online schools that said ‘Oh, you have a disability. The brick-and-mortar schools can handle you," he said.

Concerns and excitement

Coy's biggest concern about online education for children is the view, sometimes held by lawmakers who control education budgets, “that it’s not robust, that it’s not real education."

Some educators have reservations, too. The National Education Policy Center has recommended that growth of virtual full-time schools stop, or at least slow down, until more is known about effects of teaching online. But it’s too late for that, Coy said. With parents demanding online education, she thinks the only answer is to forge ahead.

"Every teacher is going to have to teach online at one point or another; it's just the way the world is," she said. "I like the idea of having high-quality public school options for families. And the better alternative education is, the better traditional education will be."

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Participants Needed for Research Study on Memory Difficulties

Two Washington State University professors are conducting a research program for older individuals who are experiencing memory difficulties.

Alzheimer's brain graphic

Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, a WSU psychology professor, and Dennis Dyck, a WSU Spokane psychology professor, are looking for people 50 years or older and a spouse or care partner to participate in the research program. Participants should have had memory difficulties for at least six months and no history of major stroke, Parkinson's disease, or other significant neurological disorder.

The year-long program will involve completion of cognitive tests and questionnaires at three time points by both the participants and their care partners. All participants will receive feedback as to their performance on the testing. Testing will be completed at WSU Spokane or another location convenient to the participant; parking permits will be provided.

Participants will also receive a $200 honorarium at completion of the study. The research will benefit education and support intervention services for persons experiencing similar memory impairments. The program is sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association.

For additional information, please contact the research team at 509-335-4033 (extension 1).

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Grant and Contract Award Summary - October 1 through December 31, 2012

PI / Co-PIs


Research Title/

Funding Source

Research Summary

Chris Blodgett



Area Health Education Center



University of Washington/ US Dept. of Health and Human Services – Health Resources and Services Administration

This is renewal funding for a subcontract that supports rural health workforce development and health systems development as part of the WWAMI AHEC system.

Chris Blodgett



Area Health Education Center

NW Regional Rural Health Conference 2013


Washington Rural Health Association

This is renewal funding that allows the Area Health Education Center of Eastern Washington to lead the planning and organization of the 2013 Northwest Regional Rural Health Conference, March 20-21, 2013. Conference management is done in coordination with the Rural Health Conference Planning Committee, which includes the Washington Rural Health Association and rural health representatives from the Washington State Department of Health and other organizations across the Northwest.

Chris Blodgett




Area Health Education Center

Washington Rural Health Association Management Support FY13


Washington Rural Health Association

This contract provides for a transition in which management control of the Washington Rural Health Association is shifted from AHEC of Eastern Washington to the Washington Rural Health Association.

Chris Blodgett




Area Health Education Center

NW Regional Critical Access Hospital Conference Management 2013

WA State Dept.  of Health/
US Dept. of Health and Human Services – Health Resources and Services Administration

This grant provides renewal funding for the Area Health Education Center of Eastern Washington to oversee the planning and organization of the Northwest Regional Critical Access Hospital Conference planned for March 19, 2013.


Chris Blodgett




Area Health Education Center

Project LAUNCH Evaluation FY13


WA State Dept. of Health/
US Dept. of Health and Human Services – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

This is renewal grant funding for Project LAUNCH, a SAMHSA funded project to expand child wellness efforts for children—birth to eight years old—and their families. Specifically, this funding provides the means to evaluate year 5 of Project LAUNCH at both the state and local level (Yakima County) to meet the federal Project LAUNCH grant requirements, as well as participate in national cross-site evaluation activities.

Chris Blodgett




Area Health Education Center

Increasing School Success Through Trauma-Sensitive School Practice


Gates Foundation

This is additional funding for a project led by the Area Health Education Center of Eastern Washington to implement a school-based intervention model for students who have experienced multiple stressful disruptions (a.k.a. complex trauma). The extra funds allow AHEC to explore the possible adoption of Collaborative Learning for Educational Achievement and Resiliency (CLEAR) strategies as part of existing efforts in Seattle Public Schools and develop the formal dissemination model and extensive content materials to support dissemination of CLEAR regionally and potentially nationally.

Chris Blodgett




Area Health Education Center

MIECHV Program data benchmarks (Formula)


Washington Department of Education Licensing/US Department of Human and Health Services – Health Resources and Services Administration

This contract provides renewal funding for AHEC’s work to support the federal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) formula grant program. The MIECHV program facilitates collaboration and partnership at the federal, state, and community levels to improve health and development outcomes for at-risk children through evidence-based home visiting programs.

Chris Blodgett

Area Health Education Center

National Evaluation of Safe Start: Promising Approaches for Children

Exposed to  Violence (Phase II)


RAND Corporation/
US Dept of Justice-Office of Justice Programs

This is additional funding for a continuing study that examines child outcomes related to participation in Safe Start programs at 10 sites across the nation.  The study will also describe promising approaches to ameliorating the impact of violence exposure on children.

Chris Blodgett





Area Health Education Center

Washington State CLEAR Trauma Center


US Dept. of Human and Health Services – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – Center for Mental Health Services

This new grant provides funding for WSU to serve as the lead agency for a statewide partnership of educational systems committed to addressing trauma as a primary threat to the success of schools. The goal is to help schools move significantly toward being trauma-informed systems with the capacity to provide evidence-based services to traumatized children, which will increase their opportunities to succeed in school. The partnership covers four in every ten children in Washington State and serves some of the most diverse communities, including rural, low income, Hispanic, and Native American populations.

Chris Blodgett




Area Health Education Center

ACEs Public private initiative state program literature review


Gates Foundation

This grant funds work on a literature review that will  result in an analytic paper addressing key issues, examples of successful practices, and implementation lessons learned from unpublished reports and interviews of community-based efforts to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)and their consequences.  The resulting analysis is intended to assist the Adverse Childhood Experiences Public Private Initiative (APPI) co-design team efforts to improve community capacity and/or improve policy related to the prevention or mitigation of ACEs.

Chris Blodgett




Area Health Education Center

SRHD Trauma Sensitivity Trainings


Spokane Regional Health District/Inland Northwest Community Foundation

This is a subcontract for a grant given to the Spokane Regional health District’s Neighborhoods Matter program, a community-based approach to reduce the health disparities impacting maternal, child, and family health. As part of this project, the Area Health Education Center will conduct three trauma sensitivity trainings targeted to community members, service providers, early childhood professionals, and health professionals.  AHEC will also help evaluate the effectiveness of the trainings as well as define possible next steps for Neighborhoods Matter staff.

Kerry Brooks



School of Design and Construction

Spokane Regional Site Selector


City of Spokane-Spokane County

This is renewal funding for a project that involved establishing a GIS-based Site Selector Web site to allow citizens as well as local and imported businesses access to information on available commercial properties and business locations, land-based GIS information, and demographic and market information. The project leverages the communities' existing investments in GIS to foster economic development, empower developers and investors with information, and improve regional economic development capacity.

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

College of Nursing

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


National Institutes of Health/
University of Washington

This grant provides continued 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.

Weihang Chai



Medical Sciences

Investigation into Mechanisms of CDK1 in Controlling Telomere Stability


National Institutes of Health-National Institute of Aging


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 will focus on the role of cyclin-dependent kinase 1 (CDK1), a key enzyme that controls the cell cycle progression. The study will test 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. The findings will advance the understanding of the mechanism for maintaining telomere integrity and genome stability. This knowledge may help fend against diseases associated with premature aging due to dysfunctional telomeres, such as dyskerotosis congenita and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

K. Michael Gibson



College of Pharmacy

Sterol and Isoprenoid Diseases Consortium


Oregon Health and Sciences University/ National Institutes of Health – National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

This subcontract funds a pilot project of the Sterol and Isprenoid Diseases (STAIR) Consortium consortium, a collaborative group of investigators dedicated to clinical research on disorders related to cholesterol and other sterol and isoprenoid metabolism. This project will evaluate cell surface biomarkers in patients with Hyper IgD syndrome (HIDS), a periodic fever syndrome resulting from a defect in the cholesterol pathway, mevalonate kinase deficiency. A murine model of this disorder developed by the PI has shown innate and adaptive immunity abnormalities that could be causing the periodic fever and elevation of IgD. This study will ascertain whether the observed defects are reproduced in HIDS patients. If so, these anomalies may serve as surrogate biomarkers during clinical treatment to assess improvements and outcomes.

Susan Marsh



Nutrition and Exercise Physiology

Chromatin protein complexes and regulation of cardiac hypertrophy


Diabetes Act Research Education Foundation

This grant funds a study that will investigate changes in shape and strength in the heart (hypertrophy) in response to hypertension, diabetes and exercise training. The remodeling caused by these interventions results in differences in the shape, size and function of the heart's muscle cells. Hypertension causes hypertrophy through changes in protein interactions that regulate the winding and unwinding of DNA, which, in turn, affects which genes are copied; this ultimately determines the changes that occur in the muscle cells of the heart. Preliminary experiments indicate that these same events occur in exercise-trained and diabetic hearts, which is somewhat unexpected as exercise-trained hearts are stronger and more efficient than hypertensive and/or diabetic hearts. The researcher will investigate whether these changes are essential for remodeling of the heart's muscle cells.

Roberta Paul/
Janet Katz



College of Nursing

WSU Subcontract for NARCH Faculty and Student Training Proposal: Growing our own native American Student and Faculty (GONASF)


Northwest Indian College – National Institute of Health

This is continued funding for a subcontract of a proposal to develop a training program to build a networked American Indian/Alaska Natives health workforce and capacity for university/tribal community-based participatory research. This will be done by bridging training and mentoring at the Northwest Indian College—based in Bellingham, WA—with American Indian-directed health career programs located at two Washington State research-intensive universities: the Native American Health Sciences recruitment program at WSU Spokane and a similar program at the University of Washington.

Barbara Richardson



College of Nursing

Health Care Team Challenge


Association of American Medical Colleges

This award was provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in collaboration with the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation. The funding is part of a project to use the AAMC's MedEdPortal to provide a collection of more than 15 peer-reviewed learning resources on the core competencies for interprofessional collaborative practice in the health professions. Richardson received the award for the submission of her peer-reviewed article, "How to Use the Health Care Team Challenge to Promote Interprofessional Learning."

Kenneth Roberts




Medical Sciences

WWAMI Spokane 2nd Year Medical Education Project


Empire Health Foundation

This grant provides funding toward the development and implementation of a second-year medical education program in Spokane, so that students may have the option to complete all four years of medical education at the WSU Spokane Riverpoint campus through the WWAMI Spokane program.

Robert Short



College of Nursing/ WIMHRT

State/Medicaid WIMHRT 07-09


WA State Dept. of Social and Health Services/US Dept. of Health and Human Services

This contract provides funding for WIMHRT to provide evidence-based practice training, research support, technical assistance, and consultation to the state of Washington.

Hans Van Dongen



Sleep and Performance Research Center

Field Study on the Efficacy of the New Restart Provision for Hours of Service


US Dept. of Transportation – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

This new grant funds a large-scale field study to evaluate the efficacy of a new hours of service rule for truck drivers that 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. 

Hans Van Dongen



Sleep and Performance Research Center

Individualized Fatigue Management Program Technology for Trucking Operations


US Dept. of Transportation – Pulsar Informatics Inc.

This Small Business Innovation Research phase 2 project involves development of technology for the measurement, satellite transfer, and processing of driving metrics (lane deviation, speed variability, fuel use, etc.) collected from trucks being driven by truck drivers in a field study.

Bryan Vila



Sleep and Performance Research Center/ Criminal Justice

Stress and Subclinical Cardio-Metabolic Disease in Police: A Longitudinal Study


The Research Foundation of SUNY – Occupational Safety and Health Research

This subcontract renews the PI's participation in the Buffalo Cardio-Metabolic Occupational Police Stress (BCOPS) study, one of the first population-based studies to integrate psychological, physiological, and subclinical measures of stress, disease, and mental dysfunction.

Carol Wysham/
Joshua Neumiller



College of Pharmacy

Examining use of tiCagreLor In paD (EUCLID) Site 8076


Duke University

This subcontract funds WSU's participation in the EUCLID drug trial. This randomized, double-blind, parallel group, multicentre study compares the efficacy of ticagrelor versus clopidogrel on the risk of cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction and ischaemic stroke in patients with established peripheral artery disease. 

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In the News

  • Professor of criminal justice Bryan Vila was interviewed by NBC Bay Area for a story on crashes caused by distracted emergency drivers. Read/watch the story here.
  • Georgina Lynch, undergraduate program coordinator and clinical faculty member in the speech & hearing sciences program, was among the guest panelists on a recent episode of KSPS Health Matters, "Understanding Autism." Watch it here.
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  • Gregory Belenky, research professor and director of the Sleep and Performance Research Center, has been appointed as honorary research fellow with the Sleep/Wake Research Center at Massey University in New Zealand.
  • Glynis Hull, administrative coordinator with the Sleep and Performance Research Center, has successfully passed the examination for Certified Research Administrator (CRA).
  • Portrait photo of Tami Kelley Portrait photo of Norene Phillipson
    Kelley (left) and Phillipson
    Tami Kelley and Norene Phillipson were selected to receive WSU Spokane's 2012 Employee Excellence Awards. Kelley, a principal assistant with the College of Nursing, is known for her strong work ethic, flexibility. and signature cheerfulness. A WSU employee for 35 years, she was praised by her nominators for having a can-do attitude and creating a collaborative work environment. Phillipson, the program coordinator for Facilities Operations, is known as the go-to person for all issues and concerns related to campus facilities and safety. Her nominators noted her effectiveness as an ambassador for WSU Spokane through her numerous affiliations with community organizations in the region. The two received their awards at the WSU Spokane Spring Kickoff earlier this month.
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Community Connections

  • Feb. 9, CPR Saturday
    More than 350,000 lives are taken by sudden cardiac arrest in the U.S. each year. More than 80 percent occur in the home. Would you know what to do? Join us for a free hands-only CPR training—20 minutes of your time could save a life! Twenty-minute sessions are held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cataldo Hall at Gonzaga University, 429 E Boone (off sharp Ave. at Astor St., near St Aloysius Church). Please register in advance at the Providence Health & Services Web site.
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Personnel and Staffing Changes


  • Natalie Skaer, Office Assistant 3, Student Affairs, effective December 18, 2012
  • Bart Brinkmann, Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Nursing, effective January 1, 2013
  • Kenneth Hall, Instructor, College of Nursing, effective January 1, 2013
  • Erin Hepner, Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Nursing-Yakima, effective January 1, 2013
  • Veneta Peterson, Instructor, College of Nursing, effective January 1, 2013
  • Selina Ross, Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Nursing, effective January 1, 2013
  • Joshua Smith, Graduate Research Assistant, College of Nursing-P20 Grant, effective January 1, 2013
  • Judy Hess, Office Assistant 3, Area Health Education Center, effective January 2, 2013
  • Brian Jennings, Maintenance Mechanic 2, Facilities Operations, effective January 7, 2013
  • Naomi Proett, Administrative Assistant 3, College of Education, effective January 7, 2013
  • Laura Hayward, Practice Lab Preceptor, College of Nursing-Yakima, effective January 17, 2013
  • Tonya Dubonnet, Secretary Senior, College of Nursing, effective January 22, 2013
  • Michael Todd, Research Coordinator, College of Nursing-P20 Grant, Ft. Peck, MT, effective February 1, 2013


  • Rachel Young, Administrative Assistant 2, Criminal Justice, effective December 26, 2012
  • Catherine Bugayong, Secretary Senior, Small Business Development Center, effective December 31, 2012
  • Carrie Greenwalt, Secretary Senior, Small Business Development Center, effective December 31, 2012
  • James Howard, Clinical Associate Professor, Education Leadership and Counseling Department, retirement effective December 31, 2012
  • Brooke Jordan, Instructor, College of Nursing, effective December 31, 2012
  • Peter McCauley, Assistant Research Professor, Sleep and Performance Research Center, effective December 31, 2012
  • Alex Bitsui, Office Assistant 3, Human Resource Services, effective January 10, 2013
  • Liza Bathurst, Student Data Coordinator, College of Nursing, effective February 1, 2013


  • Tom McMeekin, from Media Lab Senior to Library and Media Lab Coordinator, College of Nursing-Yakima, effective January 1, 2013
  • Sterling McPherson, from Assistant Research Professor to Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, effective January 1, 2013
  • Patti Petersen, from Principal Assistant to Assistant to the Chancellor, Chancellor, effective January 1, 2013
  • Stephanie Santos, from Graduate Teaching Assistant to Instructor, College of Nursing-Tri-Cities, effective January 1, 2013

Recruitments & Searches:

  • Assistant/Associate Professor, Speech & Hearing, open until filled, apply at
  • Assistant/Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, open until filled, apply at
  • Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, College of Nursing, open until filled, apply at
  • Assistant Professor, WWAMI, open until filled, apply at
  • Associate Professor, Faculty Scholar in Residence, College of Nursing, open until filled, apply at
  • Associate Professor, WWAMI, open until filled, apply at
  • Clinical Assistant Professor (2 positions), Pharmacotherapy Department, College of Pharmacy, open until filled, apply at
  • Director of Communications and Public Affairs, WSU Spokane Communications, closes January 25, 2013, apply at
  • Extension Regional Specialist, Community and Economic Development Program, WSU Extension, open until filled, apply at
  • Extension Regional Specialist, Regional Extension Horticulture Specialist, WSU Extension, open until filled, apply at
  • Fiscal Specialist 2, Office of Research/Grants and Contracts, closes January 29, 2013, apply at
  • Network Engineer, Information Technology Services, closes February 10, 2013, apply at
  • Professor, WWAMI, open until filled, apply at
  • Program Coordinator, College of Nursing, closes January 27, 2013, apply at
  • Research Operations Engineer, Shock Physics, open until filled, apply at
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