Fall Issue 2014

by Marcia Hill Gossard ’99, ’04 Ph.D. | Photos by Henry Moore, Jr.

Bill Davis, associate dean for undergraduate education in the college, received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve undergraduate education in the life sciences. Through the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education, or PULSE, the grant supports annual regional training to improve curriculum and promote student centered, active learning. The Northwest PULSE regional network includes institutions ranging from community colleges to research universities across Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming.

Terry McElwain has been appointed to the 15-member board of the newly created Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research that will advance the USDA’s research mission. Through public and private resources the non-profit foundation will fund scientific and technological research, innovation, and facilitate needed partnerships to strengthen the U.S. agricultural economy. At WSU, Dr. McElwain is a Regents Professor and currently serves as associate director of the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health and is the executive director of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.