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Five ways WSU Spokane impacts the local economy

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Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) – the region’s chamber of commerce and economic development council – held its annual meeting this week with the theme focusing on how education grows economies.

As one of several universities with a presence in Spokane, we were represented in the video above, which was seen by more than 1,000 in attendance at GSI’s annual meeting. Here are five ways our campus grows our economy:

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WSU pharmacy students trained for medical and business futures

WSU College of Pharmacy

WSU College of Pharmacy

Many independent pharmacies these days – especially those in rural areas – serve as more than just a pharmacy.

They double as businesses, with the owners taking on a dual role of providing health care to their patients and customers, while at the same time working to stay in business and employ people.

In May, WSU announced it will be offering a joint degree program through the colleges of pharmacy and business. Pharmacists doubling as business owners isn’t anything new, but now they can be better prepared. One WSU graduate knows exactly what it is like to manage a pharmacy.

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Student Feature: Jacque Garza

WSU Pharmacy in Ecuador

WSU Pharmacy in Ecuador

Jacque Garza (bottom row, first on left) in Ecuador. Click to enlarge.

The 2015-2016 school year has started, and its time to check in on how our wonderful students spent their 2015 summers.

Our first piece features Jacque Garza, a fourth-year WSU College of Pharmacy student. Jacque spent part of her summer in Ecuador completing one of her rotations.

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WSU medical school will help Eastern Washington’s economy

WSU Spokane

WSU Spokane

A WSU medical school in Spokane will allow for more of our state’s students to access medical education. It will also grow the amount of physicians practicing in our region.

But you’ve read that already.

Another benefit that comes from a second public medical school is its impact on the area economy.

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WSU researchers discover new role for protein in cell division, and other research news

WSU Spokane research

WSU Spokane research

We’ve written about it once and we’ll write about it again: research is a problem solver.

With that established, here’s some news from our campus: researchers in the WSU College of Pharmacy recently discovered a new role for protein in cell division.

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Health Sciences Programs Reach Across Washington

WSU Spokane health sciences students

WSU Spokane health sciences students

In our pursuit of a medical school headquartered in Spokane, we’ve talked about how the community-based model will send third- and fourth-year WSU medical students to locations across the state. It is a model that will introduce medical students to communities that are in need of physicians.

This won’t be entirely new territory for us, as some of our other health sciences programs already reach across Washington, offering students in other communities the chance to study close to home.

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The History of the WSU Spokane Campus

WSU Spokane

WSU Spokane

The WSU Spokane health sciences campus sits along the Spokane River on the east end of downtown Spokane. Photo courtesy of Isaacson Aerial Photography.

(Ed. Note: The latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine is available as a PDF here. It is also distributed statewide to WSU alumni and friends. This is the final story from the magazine. Enjoy!)

By Terren Roloff

From as far back as Spokane’s early years, the 50 acres a few blocks east of downtown were anything but pretty.

By the 1960s, when community leaders realized that area and the rail yards downtown had become a blight on the community, those 50 acres were plagued by waste and neglect.

Fortunately, it wasn’t too long after that realization that things changed for the better.

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WSU Spokane Research Roundup

WSU Spokane Research

WSU Spokane Research

Dr. Eva Szentirmai is researching the link between obesity and sleep loss.

(Ed. Note: The latest edition of the WSU Spokane Magazine is available as a PDF here. It is also distributed statewide to WSU alumni and friends. We will share a story each day from the latest issue on the blog. Enjoy!)

By Judith Van Dongen

Research Explores Link Between Obesity and Sleep

Recent studies have linked obesity and chronic sleep loss, but scientists still don’t know how the two are related. Éva Szentirmai, M.D., Ph.D. (pictured above), an assistant professor in the College of Medical Sciences, is looking at brown fat to help find the answer. She and her colleagues recently received a five-year, $1.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study this beneficial fat, which helps us burn the calories stored in white fat and regulates our body temperature.

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