A decade ago, Washington State University Spokane was a budding campus with a bright future. WSU’s Board of Regents solidified this on Sept. 3, 2010 by officially designating WSU Spokane as the university’s health sciences campus.
The designation was an obvious one—the College of Nursing was already a mainstay on campus, and WSU’s affiliation, in partnership with the University of Washington, with the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) Regional Medical Education Program, was two years old. The campus’ Sleep and Performance Research Center was conducting world-changing research, and the departments of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and Speech and Hearing Sciences were already sending graduates into the workplace.
The Regents’ vote put in action a focused mission that is paying major dividends today. A lot has happened in the last 10 years, with WSU Health Sciences Spokane on a healthy path for the future. Let’s look at 10 major accomplishments of the past 10 years. Just like our post on 10 research highlights, this is not a ranking, but rather an overview of 10 notable achievements.
WSU Health Sciences Spokane sponsored a survey in 2019 to evaluate perceptions and experiences of its students, faculty, and staff with regard to diversity and climate issues. WSU Health Sciences implemented online surveys of currently enrolled students and faculty and staff in spring 2019.
Today, results of the students’ surveys are available to view, as well as related recommendations for consideration. Stay tuned in the coming months for results from staff and faculty surveys.
You can read the Executive Summary here, and the entire results here.
With the July 23 announcement that all undergraduate courses at WSU Pullman will be delivered at a distance and completed remotely, it offers opportunity for WSU Health Sciences Spokane (WSU Spokane) to reiterate its plans for fall.
The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 20, 2020, marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates the civil rights leader’s life and legacy. Students, staff and faculty of WSU Health Sciences Spokane are planning several activities during the week to honor Dr. King. The campus Diversity Center and Office of Community Engagement are teaming up to sponsor these activities.
Daryll DeWald, vice president and chancellor for WSU Health Sciences, presented the State of Health Sciences in Spokane on Oct. 1, 2019.
DeWald touched on recent successes at WSU Health Sciences Spokane and explained how the Spokane campus has statewide responsibilities. He also talked about what’s coming down the road, including some planned expansion.
Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, WSU Health Sciences’ vice chancellor for research, is one of 10 winners of the 2019 YWCA Women of Achievement award. Barbosa-Leiker is WSU Health Sciences’ third YWCA Women of Achievement award winner in the last four years, joining Lois James in 2018 and Robbie Paul in 2016. Patricia Butterfield, Ruth Bindler, Thelma Cleveland, Margaret Bruya, Jan Holloway and Barbara Richardson are additional WSU Health Sciences representatives who have also been honored.
Help identify which medical approaches most effective for specific people based on genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors
Washington State University (WSU) Health Sciences Spokane will host National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) All of Us Journey, a traveling, hands-on exhibit that aims to gather genetic, biological, environmental, health and lifestyle data from 1 million or more volunteer participants living in the United States. Through NIH partnership with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the program’s ultimate goal is to accelerate research and improve health.