IN THIS ISSUE
- WSU Nurses Advocate for Pediatric Vaccines
- Research Study Supports New Safety Rule for Truck Drivers
- Regents Extend President Floyd’s Contract to 2021
- New Study to Explore Effects of Chronic Methamphetamine Use on Brain Metabolism, Sleep
- WSU, EWU Mark 25 Years of Training Speech Pathologists
- Medical Students Discuss the Allure of Rural Practice
- Community Project Targets Asthma
- Share your Input on the Campus Master Plan
- Breast Cancer Survivors Needed for Research Study
- In the News
- Personnel and Staffing Changes
- Way to Go!
By Hannelore Sudermann, Washington State Magazine
In 2011, Washington's vaccination rate was dangerously low. According to the CDC, 6.2 percent of children in kindergarten had not been fully immunized. The national average that year was less than 2 percent, and Washington had come in last.
Why was the rate so low? Washington is one of 20 states that allow parents to opt out of vaccination requirements and the rate may reflect a general distrust of government and the medical industry.
But the more members of a community who go unimmunized, the greater the potential for an outbreak. In 2012, Washington led the nation in the worst whooping cough outbreak in 70 years. In 2013, measles made its way to the Puget Sound region.
Since that CDC report of 2011 and the outbreaks, our numbers have greatly improved, says Karen Caines, a pediatric nurse practitioner and assistant professor in the WSU College of Nursing. Now, before parents can opt out, a new law requires them to discuss it with a medical provider.
Some refuse vaccines out of concern for their child's health and safety, says Caines. They're worried about side effects, the ingredients, and how effective it will be. And they may be misinformed about the danger of vaccinations and the severity of the diseases they're meant to prevent. "Parents can feel overwhelmed," says Caines.
Anti-vaccine movements are nothing new. In the 1800s in England and America, anti-vaccination leagues formed to oppose mandatory smallpox vaccination. The 1970s saw opposition to the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine (Tdap). And in the 1990s, the focus turned to the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR). A British doctor, who has since been denied the right to practice in England, published a report that MMR vaccine might be linked to autism and bowel disease. Celebrities like Jenny McCarthy went public with their concerns, linking autism and vaccines. And there are many websites devoted to making similar points, notes Caines.
Despite numerous studies, no association has ever been made between autism and vaccines. One need only look at the reduced infection and mortality rates of diseases like measles and whooping cough to see the value of vaccination, says Caines, whose research interest is health literacy related to vaccinations to increase on-time immunization coverage.
For those who are still concerned, more information from their doctors and nurses or some research into how the vaccines are produced may relieve their worries, she says. There are two types of vaccines. The live attenuated vaccine modifies a bacterium or virus in a laboratory, rendering it able to trigger immunity, but not cause illness. Vaccines in this realm include those for measles, mumps, and chicken pox.
Then there are inactivated vaccines, which are created by growing the bacterium or virus and then rendering it inactive with heat or chemicals. These vaccines include polio, hepatitis A, pertussis, and HPV. These vaccines always require multiple doses, with the first dose priming the immune system, and the second and/or third dose prompting the protective immune response.
As Caines and I look over copies of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality reports on vaccination coverage among children, two nursing students make their way into her WSU Spokane office to talk about a project to help new parents learn more about immunization.
|Left to right: WSU Spokane nursing students
Haley Tellesbo, Krystina Sturdevant, and
Shelby Wahlberg are working on a project to
reach new parents with clear and accurate information about vaccination.
(Photo by Bob Hubner)
"We like kids. We all want to do pediatrics," says student Haley Tellesbo. "We tried to think of a problem and who we could talk to." She and her classmates landed on the notion of immunization. "Vaccines are a key issue in pediatrics," says Tellesbo.
Knowing that Washington had a larger number of parents opting out, the students decided to reach out to families who had refused vaccines. They communicated with a number of people in Washington and Montana willing to talk about why they chose not to vaccinate their children. "For some it was religion, others their individual philosophy," says Tellesbo.
Some of these families may have made different decisions had they talked about it more with their health care providers, the students note. "Mostly, people were getting their information from family, friends, and providers," says Krystina Sturdevant. "Friends and family may have the highest impact, but they’re not always reliable."
In some cases "they thought they were correct, so why even ask," says Tellesbo. One mother believed the shots triggered allergies in her children. Another was concerned multiple vaccinations at once would be hard on her infant. A few parents said they did not trust the pharmaceutical industry. "And some said they thought the vaccine was more dangerous than the actual disease," says Tellesbo.
The students decided to focus their project on a large Spokane hospital. They are contacting administrators and doctors, asking them to provide information about vaccines to new parents. And for those families who want to do more research, offer them reliable sources for more information.
“Many parents would like to do some research before they introduce a vaccine,” says Caines. “That's fine, if they're going to credible sources.”
It's not always about choice, says Alexander. Some parents simply lack the resources and access. "They have the desire to do it," he says. "But they just can't get it done."
This story was excerpted from an article in Washington State Magazine. Read the full article.
By Judith Van Dongen
On Jan. 30, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released the findings of a field study conducted by the Washington State University Sleep and Performance Research Center. The study provides evidence that a revised provision in new hours-of-service regulations for truck drivers is more effective at combating fatigue than the previous version. The new trucking regulations took effect last July.
Hours-of service safety regulations prescribe that truck drivers may not drive more than 60/70 hours on duty in the most recent 7/8 days. The field study examined a change in the so-called restart provision, which allows drivers to start a new duty cycle after going off duty for at least 34 hours. Under the revised provision, drivers are required to include at least two nighttime periods (from 1 to 5 a.m.) in their restart breaks so that they have enough opportunity for sleep.
The researchers measured driving, sleep, and fatigue across two duty cycles and the intervening restart break in more than 100 truck drivers. They compared duty cycles preceded by one nighttime period with duty cycles preceded by two or more nighttime periods. Study results showed that drivers with two or more nighttime periods in their restart breaks experienced fewer lapses of attention, reported less sleepiness while on duty, and maintained their lane position better than those with only one nighttime period in their restart.
|Hans Van Dongen|
"Earlier laboratory studies we have done for FMCSA suggested that the old provision did not provide sufficient sleep opportunity for nighttime drivers whose restart break included only one nighttime period," said research professor Hans Van Dongen, the principal investigator on the study. "Our field study has shown that nighttime drivers tended to have a nocturnal sleep schedule during their restart breaks and that adding a second nighttime period therefore allows them additional time for sleep recuperation."
Congress mandated the field study as part of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which was signed into law by President Obama in July 2012. MAP-21 called for a field study to be completed to expand upon the results of lab studies conducted by the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center in 2009 and 2010. Those studies provided a scientific basis for the new hours-of-service safety regulations, which were first announced by FMCSA in December 2011.
The WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center completed the recent field study between January and July 2013 in collaboration with Pulsar Informatics, a private firm that develops behavioral alertness technology. The research team outfitted the trucks of participating drivers with technology to measure driving performance metrics, such as lane deviation and speed. In addition, drivers wore wrist activity monitors that measure sleep and wakefulness, and they were provided with portable devices to complete computer-based performance testing.
The field study and the preceding laboratory experiments are part of the Sleep and Performance Research Center’s continuing line of research on the effects of fatigue in around-the-clock operational environments, including transportation.
The Washington State University Board of Regents voted to extend the contract of WSU President Elson S. Floyd until June 30, 2021. Floyd requested that his compensation remain unchanged at this time.
The president’s current contract expires June 30, 2016; however, the board evaluates the contract annually.
Board Chair Connie Niva said the extension was a result of Floyd’s "exemplary service" to WSU and the state.
"I think it is obvious to everyone who has had the pleasure of working with President Floyd that his impact extends well beyond Washington State University to higher education across the state," said Regent Scott Carson. "Extending his contract is important for us, but also for all the people of the state."
By Judith Van Dongen
WSU sleep scientist Jonathan Wisor has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the effects of chronic methamphetamine use on brain metabolism and sleep. The two-year, $395,577 grant comes from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which is part of the NIH.
Wisor will explore a seemingly contradictory pairing of symptoms in chronic methamphetamine users who are trying to kick the habit: excessive daytime sleepiness and the excessive use of glucose by the brain.
He explained that, in normal individuals, sleep causes the brain to use less glucose, which is its main source of fuel. However, it has been shown that chronic methamphetamine users exhibit an abnormally high rate of glucose utilization in the brain paired with excessive sleepiness. He thinks the answer to this paradox can be found in a biochemical series of events triggered by sleep that helps clean up the brain's synapses, maintaining those connections between brain cells that are truly necessary and getting rid of other, less useful connections. He said it's this biochemical pathway that helps the brain maintain its efficiency.
"The process whereby the elimination of 'noisy' synapses contributes to the efficiency of the brain's use of metabolic fuels is dependent on a good night’s sleep,” said Wisor. “What I think we may be able to show with these studies is that methamphetamine disrupts the signals that promote these sleep-dependent changes of the synapses."
In other words, the problem might not be in the quantity but the quality of sleep.
If the study confirms Wisor's hypothesis, it would be a significant step forward in understanding the brain mechanisms that underlie sleep and could pave the way for the development of a pharmaceutical intervention that could reverse the suppression of the biochemical pathway.
"Such an intervention might help chronic meth users get more restorative sleep, so they would wake up in the morning feeling ready to face the day without having to take methamphetamine to do so," Wisor said. "That's the hope."
Wisor, an associate professor of medical sciences who is also associated with the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center and the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, is working with several other researchers on this study. His collaborators include Ilia Karatsoreos, an assistant professor in the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, and Michael Rempe, an assistant professor of mathematics at Whitworth University. Researchers from the University of Arizona and NIDA serve as consultants on the project.
By Doug Nadvornick
This year, Washington State University and Eastern Washington University are celebrating an unusual silver anniversary.
For 25 years, their University Programs in Communications Disorders (UPCD) have trained speech-language pathologists by combining WSU’s Speech and Hearing Sciences (SHS) and EWU’s Communications Disorders programs.
On March 7-8, UPCD will celebrate its collaboration with two receptions and a daylong conference on the Spokane campus. Read more about the event here.
The back story
The UPCD consists of separate programs on the same campus that compete for the same students. And yet, they work together pretty well.
"It's the only program in the country that is cooperative with two partners as equals," said Roberta Jackson, EWU's graduate program director for communications disorders.
That 'get-along' attitude has worked even when the two universities didn't always agree about their vision for the downtown Spokane Campus.
|Sarah Story, Molly Shearer, Stephanie Hoilman, Katrina Buechler
and Paije Balthazor are among the WSU and EWU students in
the UPCD, University Programs in Communication Disorders.
(Photo by Judith Van Dongen)
WSU moved its graduate Speech and Hearing Sciences program from Pullman during the late 1980s.
"Some of my colleagues realized it might be better for students if the program was based in Spokane because there were far more opportunities for clinical practice here," said Professor Charles Madison, who has been with WSU for 43 years and coordinates its SHS graduate program.
At the time, EWU’s program was based in Cheney.
"It wasn't in our best interests to compete with them," said Madison.
He says administrators from the two universities began to talk. In the fall of 1988, UPCD was formally born when students from both programs took a class together on the campus of a third university, Gonzaga, where students received instruction via a televised distance learning system.
For the next 14 years, the two graduate programs had a variety of homes. In 2002 both moved into the new Health Sciences Building on the Spokane campus.
Gail Chermak, the chair of the WSU Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, says UPCD has since grown considerably, in students, faculty and research capabilities. It's one of the largest programs on campus.
A few years ago both universities consolidated their programs in Spokane by moving their undergraduate programs. WSU students spend their first two years in Pullman and then shift to Spokane for their final two years.
"The UPCD program has grown in a sophisticated manner since I've been here," said Jackson, who came to EWU in 1999. "We've mushed students together. Faculty have taught together. Half the time teachers don't know what school their students are from. It's irrelevant."
Madison and Jackson say the collaboration has other benefits. It gives students exposure to a broader range of faculty. Instructors cover for each other in case of illness and sabbaticals. They jointly operate a clinic in the Health Sciences Building that's open to the public.
Jackson says the 25th anniversary celebration is "an opportunity to step back and appreciate each other." It will be held in conjunction with two events on campus: the Inland Northwest Research Symposium on March 7, and "The Celebration of a Partnership," a clinical supervision conference for speech-language pathologists, physical and occupational therapists on March 8.
By Doug Nadvornick
Some of the nation's most acute health care provider shortages are in rural areas. Many small town hospitals have a hard time attracting and keeping good doctors, nurses and pharmacists.
Recently on the WSU Spokane campus, doctors and administrators representing medical schools and rural training programs from about 20 states talked about their challenges and successes in preparing students for careers in small town America.
A panel of WWAMI TRUST students answered questions at a recent conference
They convened a panel that included four medical students with ties to Spokane: one first-year and two second-year students currently taking classes on the WSU Spokane campus and one third-year student who started in Spokane in 2011 and is now in the middle of a four-month rotation in Newport, about 40 miles north of Spokane. All are enrolled in the University of Washington School of Medicine's TRUST (Targeted Rural Underserved Track) program.
They were asked these questions: "What are the attractions for you to a rural medical practice and what are the barriers?"
"For me the attraction is the variety in my day. I get to do more hands-on procedures than my peers in a big university hospital,” said the third-year student, Kial Anderson. "The barriers? I worry about our partners and their ability to find jobs in the same towns where we practice."
"I like the broad scope of practice and the way you can shape that," said Ryan Mulligan, a second-year student whose TRUST assignment is also in Newport. "My concern is with high turnover rates. I don't want to be the only doctor in town or on call all the time. I want to be in a place where I have professional support."
The next panel at the rural educators’ conference featured newly graduated doctors who are serving their required medical residency programs in small towns.
The nation's oldest Rural Training Track (RTT) residency program is based in Spokane. It sends new doctors about 60 miles north to Colville. The new physicians spend their first year working at Spokane’s Sacred Heart Medical Center, then two years in Colville.
"For me the greatest joy of working in Colville is the patient population,” said second-year resident Paul Gloe. "I like that I get to care for everyone in the community."
Mo Campbell, a first-year resident who came to the Colville RTT from Minnesota, says she chose the Washington residency because it matches her mission and vision as a doctor.
"I like that RTTs and rural practice foster autonomy and independence," Campbell said.
Though she's based in Spokane this year, she already has a favorable impression about where she’ll be based next year.
"You're treated as a colleague, not as a resident," she said. "We're included and actively engaged in conversations that are beyond patients, about the community and financial issues."
Colville's Mount Carmel Hospital now hosts one second-year (Gloe) and one third-year resident on site. Angela Ball, the RTT coordinator there, hopes to expand the program to two residents per year, but says there are still issues to be worked out.
By Alli Benjamin, College of Nursing
Patient-centered research to improve the quality of life for those affected by asthma is one of five Washington state projects to receive funding recently from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, or PCORI.
The project will focus on developing strategic partnerships between individuals, families and communities affected by asthma and health care partners interested in promoting asthma prevention and management.
The project, "Puget Sound Asthma Coalition: A Community, Clinical and Academic Partnership," will be headed by two nurses from the Puget Sound Asthma Coalition. Julie Postma, assistant professor at Washington State University College of Nursing, and Mary Walsh, manager of pediatric ambulatory programs at MultiCare Health System, will lead the work through the MultiCare Institute for Research and Innovation.
The coalition will host community round table discussions called "cafés" in Pierce County with community members affected by asthma. Each café will explore successes and challenges to preventing and managing asthma.
This process will inform a future collaborative research idea to be refined in partnership with community members and leaders. The funds will also help the coalition develop research infrastructure, such as an advisory council and strategic plan.
The effort is one of 30 "Pipeline to Proposal" projects seed-funded by PCORI to help build communities interested in advancing patient- and stakeholder-driven health research nationwide. Postma led the coalition in applying for the grant.
"The Puget Sound Asthma Coalition is integrating and optimizing care between patients, their providers and community-based services,” said Postma. "Innovation requires inquiry. We are excited to provide opportunities for patients and patient advocates to get involved in the research process."
WSU Spokane leaders have been working with campus partners, including Eastern Washington University, on an updated campus master plan to ensure there is enough space to accommodate future growth in the health sciences and other fields.
We want your input on the master plan. All faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of WSU Spokane are invited to attend one of two community open houses, March 24 or April 14, for a first-hand look at what the future may hold. Both are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Phase One Classroom Building, 668 N Riverpoint Blvd. Visitor parking information may be found at spokane.wsu.edu/visitor-parking.
By Lorraine Nelson, College of Pharmacy
A PhD student at WSU Spokane is looking for breast cancer survivors for a 12-week study on the effects of physical activity. Julie Larsen, who is in her third year of work toward a PhD in nutrition and exercise physiology, is trying to determine if the type of physical activity makes a difference in how survivors perform on tests of mental processing and physical fitness. She is comparing treadmill walking, aerobics classes, and a sedentary control group.
Participants should have completed their breast cancer treatment within the past three months. They should be getting less than 150 minutes of physical activity most weeks and must speak English to understand the class and test instructions. Participants need to commit three hours per week for 12 weeks. In return, they will get free nutrition counseling and will participate in physical activity and meet other survivors.
The study has been reviewed and approved for human subject participation by the WSU Institutional Review Board.
Potential study participants may contact Larsen at email@example.com or by leaving a message at her office, 509-358-7676.
- Spokane Public Radio talked to Zachary Hamilton, assistant professor of criminal justice, about his work with the Department of Corrections to help reduce re-offense rates. Read/listen to the story.
- The Spokane Journal of Business published on article on the work WSU Spokane is doing to update the campus master plan. Read the article (subscriber access only).
- A report released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration detailing the results of a study conducted by the Sleep and Performance Research Center made headlines across the nation. Research professor Hans Van Dongen, the principal investigator on the study, was quoted in the Huffington Post, among many other publications. Read the article.
- Professor of criminal justice Bryan Vila was interviewed by KREM for a news item on a new police fatigue app he presented at a White House conference last month. Watch/read the story.
- Ming-Yeh Hsieh, a graduate student in the speech and hearing sciences program, and fellow student Lauren Burrows (EWU communications disorders) were quoted in Spokesman-Review article about their clinical experience at the Domino Project, an early learning center for children with autism. Read the article (subscriber access only).
For more news coverage of WSU Spokane, go to the WSU Spokane news coverage page.
- The WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center was one of 25 award recipients honored at Seattle Business magazine's 2014 Leaders in Health Care Awards recently, winning a silver award in the "Achievement in Medical Research" category. The award recognizes the groundbreaking research done by the center's faculty—Greg Belenky, Chris Davis, Lois James, Levente Kapás, Ilia Karatsoreos (Pullman), Jim Krueger, Jaak Panksepp (Pullman), Éva Szentirmai, Hans Van Dongen, Bryan Vila, and Jonathan Wisor—with support from their graduate students and staff. Belenky accepted the honor on his colleagues' behalf at an awards dinner earlier this week at the Washington State Convention Center.
- Efforts by the WSU Spokane Facilities Operations office to promote commute alternatives were recognized by Spokane County Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) recently. The campus received one of three Pinnacle Awards in recognition of its outstanding commitment to commute alternatives. Key factors considered in this honor were the dedication of our campus's CTR committee and their innovative outreach efforts, which include monthly drawings, a spring ice cream social, a summer BBQ, and the Go Green employee newsletter. Also mentioned were the new free bus pass program for faculty, staff, and students. The award was presented to Parking Supervisor Teresa Kruger, who serves as employee transportation coordinator for the campus; Director of Facilities Operations Jon Schad; and EWU Executive Dean Martine Duchatelet at the annual Way to Go Awards Luncheon earlier this month.
- Yvonne Montoya Zamora from human resources has been selected to serve as the 2014 diversity and inclusion director for the Washington State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
- Colleen Terriff, a clinical associate professor in the College of Pharmacy, graduated with a Master of Public Health in International Public Health from the University of Liverpool (UK) in December 2013.
- Research Professor Hans Van Dongen of the WSU Sleep and Performance Research Center has been selected for a three-year term on the board of Working Time Society (the Scientific Committee on Shiftwork and Working Time of the International Commission on Occupational Health), beginning this month.
- Clinical Associate Professors Lisa Woodard (pharmacy) and Judy Knuth (nutrition and exercise physiology) are now certified Group Lifestyle Balance ™ Master Trainers. The certification allows them to provide Group Life Balance training workshops for health professionals employed by or affiliated with WSU, as well as for WSU students enrolled in a health-related field. The Group Lifestyle Balance program is a modification of the Diabetes Prevention Program's Lifestyle Change Program.
- Stephanie Lane, Manager, Youth ‘N Action, effective January 21, 2014
- Patricia Montgomery, Office Assistant 2 (75%), Student Affairs-ASWSUS, effective January 27, 2014
- Bin Shan, Assistant Professor (tenure track), Medical Sciences, effective February 1, 2014
- Mary Shean, Preceptor, College of Nursing (Yakima), effective February 13, 2014
- Emma Noyes, Student Services Counselor (Native American Outreach Health Sciences Coordinator), effective February 20, 2014
- Travis Williams, Information Technology Specialist 4, College of Nursing, effective February 24, 2014
- Kerry Brooks, Associate Professor, School of Design & Construction, effective September 15, 2013
- Nancy Blossom, Professor, School of Design & Construction, effective January 31, 2014
- Robert Scarfo, Associate Professor, School of Design & Construction, effective August 15, 2013
- Ken Struckmeyer, Associate Professor, School of Design & Construction, effective May 15, 2013
- Danilo da Silva, IT Technician 2 to IT Specialist 3, IT, effective October 1, 2013
- Mary Lee, from Program Coordinator to Program Support Supervisor 2, effective November 1, 2013
- Yvonne Montoya Zamora, HR Generalist to Diversity Initiatives Coordinator, HR, effective January 1, 2014
- Lori Brown, from Clinical Assistant Professor to Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, effective February 1, 2014
- Linda Wilson, Finance/Budget Manager, SBDC, to Manager, CAHNRS (Pullman), effective February 28, 2014
Recruitments & Searches:
- Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Assistant/Associate/Full Professor (two openings), College of Nursing, open until filled, applications reviewed as received (some offers pending), apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor, College of Nursing, open until filled, applications reviewed as received, interviews in process, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Clinical Assistant Professor (Anatomist), Medical Sciences, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Computer Systems Administrator, ITS, closes February 25, 2014, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Custodian 1, FacOps-Custodian Services, closes February 27, 2014, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Development Director, College of Nursing, closed January 1, 2014, offer pending
- Extension Regional Specialist (Volunteer Development Specialist), WSU Extension, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Fiscal Specialist 2, Small Business Development Center, closes February 27, 2014, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Laboratory Operations Manager, Office of Research, closed January 20, 2014, interviewing
- Network Engineer/Administration, ITS, closed January 10, 2014, hired
- Office Assistant 2, College of Pharmacy, closes February 23, 2014, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Preceptor, College of Nursing-Yakima, closed January 20, 2014, hired
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, College of Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, College of Pharmacy, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Postdoctoral Scholar, College of Pharmacy, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Research Intern, College of Pharmacy, closes March 2, 2014, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Research Operations Engineer, Shock Physics, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Research Technologist 2, College of Pharmacy, closes February 23, 2014, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Speech-Language Pathology Clinic Coordinator (Clinical Assistant/Associate Professor), Speech and Hearing Sciences, open until filled, apply at www.wsujobs.com
- Window Washer, FacOps-Custodial Services, closes February 27, 2014, apply at www.wsujobs.com
"ITS and Parking would like to recognize the diligent efforts of Matthew Blythe in successfully transitioning the AIMS ticketing and permit service to a cloud solution. Although there were many technical and procedural hurdles to overcome, Matthew remained resolute in overseeing the project to completion. For the past six years, the old AIMS had been limping along in-house on a functional but clumsy setup that had been difficult to maintain and support. With this new approach, the Parking team is looking forward to greater reliability, expandability, and efficiency."
(from Bart Brazier, IT, and Teresa Kruger, Parking Services)
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