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Five ways WSU Spokane impacts the local economy

WSU Spokane medical school

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 College of Medicine dean search nearing its conclusion

WSU Spokane medical school

WSU Spokane medical school

Before we can apply for medical school accreditation, and before we can begin recruiting medical students, we must hire a dean for the soon-to-be-named WSU College of Medicine.

In May, we announced the search committee tasked with finding the first dean of the WSU College of Medicine.

That committee’s work should be complete within the next few weeks.

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Ignite Northwest wins grant, welcomes first cohort

Ignite Northwest WSU Spokane

Ignite Northwest WSU Spokane

Ignite Northwest, a business accelerator located on our campus and an important partner of ours, recently won a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Ignite will also welcome its first class of ten companies to begin courses this fall that include mentoring, and other aspects of building a business.

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TEAM Conference brings first responders, mental health professionals together

WSU Spokane TEAM Conference

WSU Spokane TEAM Conference

WSU Spokane was the setting this week for the TEAM Conference, a two-day event that brought first responders and mental health professionals together to discuss ways our community can work together on issues of mental health.

Research from our campus played a big role in having the conference on campus.

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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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New episodes of the Health Sciences Update are online

WSU Spokane

WSU Spokane

Our Health Sciences Update programs air locally on Comcast channel 17 and feature a wide array of health sciences representatives from our campus and elsewhere.

These three recent episodes will soon start airing on channel 17:

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Donations coming to medical education fund

Ed Schweitzer

Ed Schweitzer

L-R: WSU Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown, Ed Schweitzer, Beatriz Schweitzer

The Dr. Elson S. Floyd Medical Education Founders Fund was created to honor our late president and recognize his work to bring a medical school to WSU and Spokane.

Last week, the fund got a major boost when Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL) in Pullman donated $100,000 to the fund. Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, the founder and president of SEL, then matched that donation on behalf of his family.

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Teaching health clinic on track

WSU Spokane health clinic

WSU Spokane health clinic

In May, we celebrated the groundbreaking of a teaching health clinic (photos!) that will allow students in our health sciences programs to gain valuable experience working in a clinic and serving the public – all on our own beautiful campus.

Since the groundbreaking ceremony, work has continued on the site. Much of that work has consisted of clearing the site to get it ready. Currently, crews are excavating and placing concrete in the foundation footings and grade beams. The building permit should be secured by mid-July (the foundations are allowed under a separate foundation permit).

By the end of the summer, work on the site will be much more visible, but that doens’t mean nothing is happening. In fact, a lot of important work is taking place so crews can start building vertically. We have some photos of what the site currently looks like:

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