Analytical Brown Bag Series

Faculty, post docs and graduate students are encouraged to participate in a series of interactive meetings intended to facilitate learning and exchange about quantitative and qualitative research methods and techniques.  Students and/or faculty will do brief (20-30 minute) presentations on an analytic approach, followed by open discussion. Bring your lunch, and explore ways to match your research questions with various study designs and methods, and statistical techniques.

Trynke Hoekstra, Visiting Scholar
VU University Amsterdam

Three Approaches to Analyze Predictors and Consequences of Latent Class membershipRooms:  Spokane SNRS 119, Vancouver VLIB 210B Tri-Cities TWST 101A, Walla Walla (Anne Mason’s Office). Yakima please request

12:10 PM – 1:00 PM

Susan Fleming, PhD

Birthing-in-an-Electronic World: First Time Mothers Self Educating with Mobile Phone Technology


Linda Ward, PhD, FNP

Item Response Theory

Rooms:  Spokane SNRS 119, Vancouver VLIB 210B Tri-Cities TBD, Walla Walla TBD. Yakima please request
For those who cannot attend, the Brown Bags will be video archived. Contact Kathy Bridwell for the link (bridwell@wsu.edu).


Check back after the new year.

Chancellor's Research Breakfast


The WSU Spokane Chancellor’s Research Breakfasts are a series of research presentations delivered to inform and educate leaders in the community about WSU research. The presentations provide the opportunity to share our vision and build support and future partnerships beyond the laboratory. The series features researchers from the system of Washington State University with a specific focus on WSU Spokane research.

Innovations in Science, Health Care, & Practice




Friday, March 7, 2014

WSU Spokane, Phase I Classroom Building

The Inland Northwest Research Symposium is an excellent opportunity  to interact with faculty and developing scholars from a variety of disciplines. This is a chance to view and discuss poster presentations by researchers and research teams and learn from experienced scholars during thought-provoking presentations.

Join us for a day of scholarship and discovery and celebrate the advances in interdisciplinary and interprofessional research.

Program Highlights

9:30-11 a.m.

Oral Presentations 

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Keynote Address

Michael McDonell, Ph.D.

"Eliminating Addiction Related Health Disparities Using Behavioral Technologies"

Presented by:
Michael McDonell, Ph.D. (PDF)

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department

University of Washington

12-2 p.m. 

Research Poster Presentations

(light lunch and refreshments served)

Important information for poster presenters:

Researchers are asked to stand by their posters on Friday, March 7
from 12-2 p.m.

For more information, contact Bethany Fruci.


Submit Abstracts »

(Abstract Submission Closed)

Abstract Evaluation Rubric (PDF) »

Sample Abstract (PDF) »

Developing and experienced scholars are invited to submit abstracts of completed research with an interdisciplinary and/or interprofessional foci for a poster presentation. Meta-analyses, innovative projects, and completed pilot projects are also welcomed.

Abstract Submission Information

All developing scholars and scholars are encouraged to submit abstracts. Empirical work based on quantitative methods and/or qualitative methods will be considered. Qualitative methods include interviewing, fieldwork, and interpretation of existing data sets.

Submission Format:

Individuals may present only one abstract as a primary or presenting author.

Abstracts shoulde be limited to 250-words and be written for an educated lay audience. If you have an existing poster containing an abstract of a highly technical nature, that abstract may remain as part of your presentation; however, for this event the submitted abstract should be written for a general audience and be free of jargon.  The abstract must demonstrate work that is of scientific, scholarly, or creative significance

The abstract must contain these basic elements:

  1. The abstract must describe original research, scholarship, or creative activity.
  2. For creative projects: The creative endeavor must be clearly described in the abstract. Methods used to accomplish the creative activity must be described and any program notes that help put the creative endeavor or process into perspective should be included.
  3. For scientific projects: A goal or hypothesis for the project must be clearly stated, results summarized and a conclusion reached.

Abstracts that are proposals for future work are not acceptable. The abstract should reflect completed work. Some of the work may still be in progress (and is likely still in progress), but the abstract should report on what has been done so far. It is acceptable to indicate in the abstract "next steps" as long as the completed steps are clearly described.

Projects may have been previously presented at a professional conference, but not at a previous WSU  event. Abstracts must demonstrate scientific, scholarly, or creative significance.

Submissions from students must include the name of a faculty member as a sponsor or co-author. Students should not submit work completed during internships affiliated with non-Washington State University organizations.

Abstract Review

Each abstract is reviewed by a minimum of two faculty members.  If there is disagreement between those reviewers, the abstract is sent to a third reviewer. 

Depending on available space, not all accepted abstracts will be invited to participate in the Symposium.

  • Abstract Notification:  
    • Confirmation of acceptance will be sent electronically by Friday, February 14, 2014

For more information on abstract submission, please contact Bethany Fruci.

Developing Scholars

new researchers or students who have not yet achieved their doctorate


academic faculty, community scientists, professionals and the general public who are experienced researchers



Graphics request form (PDF) »

Poster size

Posters displayed previously at professional meetings during the past calendar year are welcome, regardless of size (please indicate poster size on the submission form in order for the committee to allow adequate space). However, if you are making a poster specifically for this event, please limit the poster size to 48 inches wide by 44 inches high in order to allow for greater participation by the University community.

It's a GREAT idea to have your poster printed 2 weeks ahead of time to avoid the rush.

Susan Lyons, Graphic Design and Illustration with Information Technology is available to print your poster. Contact susan.lyons@wsu.edu phone 324-7317 for rates and further information.



Check back soon.



Free Public Lecture

Friday, February 21, 2014 | 4 p.m.

WSU Spokane, Academic Center Auditorium, Room 20

RSVP online by February 19, 2014 or call 509-358-7504 or email spokane.chancellor@wsu.edu.


Keynote Presenter for 18th Annual Stier Lecture

Presented by:
H. Gilbert Welch, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, Community & Family Medicine

The Dartmouth Institute

The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

About the Lecture:

Over the past several decades, there has been a growing enthusiasm for early diagnosis – engaging many physicians in a systematic search for abnormalities in people who are well.  While most consider only the potential benefits, in this talk, Dr. Welch exposes the often-ignored harm:  overdiagnosis.  Diagnoses of a great many conditions, including high blood pressure, osteoporosis, diabetes, and even cancer, have skyrocketed over the last few decades, yet many of the individuals given these diagnoses are not destined to ever develop symptoms (or die) from their condition. 

They are overdiagnosed.  Overdiagnosed patients—Dr. Welch points out—cannot benefit from treatment since there is nothing to fix, but they can be harmed. Understanding the trade-offs involved is critical so that health care systems don’t further narrow the definition of normal and—ironically—turn more and more people into patients.

About H. Gilbert Welch, MD, MPH:

Dr. Welch is a general internist whose research focuses on the problems created by medicine's efforts to detect disease early: physicians test too often, treat too aggressively and tell too many people that they are sick. Most of his work has focused on overdiagnosis in cancer screening: in particular, screening for melanoma, cervical, breast and prostate cancer. He is the author of the books, “Should I be Tested for Cancer? Maybe Not and Here's Why" (UC Press 2004) and more recently, "Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health" (Beacon Press 2011).

The Robert F.E. Stier Memorial Lectures in Medicine feature presentations from key leaders in medicine who represent the current state of the art and science, and whose works have increased professional and public understanding of new technologies and challenging issues. The lectures serve the medical profession and the public to increase dialogue and stimulate interaction around innovative ideas and biomedical technologies.

The series is coordinated by Washington State University Spokane. The annual lecture is funded by an endowment established by Alton R. Stier, M.D., and Robert A. (Bud) Stier, M.D., in honor of their late father.

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