Fall Issue 2015

by Marcia Hill Gossard ’99, ’04 Ph.D.

Congratulations to Drs. Patricia Hunt and Sue Ritter who were elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences for their outstanding scientific records of achievement and willingness to work on behalf of the academy to bring the best available science to bear on issues within the state.

Dr. Hunt, the Meyer Distinguished Professor in the WSU School of Molecular Sciences, has conducted pioneering research on mammalian chromosome segregation and female oogenesis, providing fundamental insight into the role of environmental exposure in leading to meiotic and chromosomal defects.

Dr. Ritter, Regents Professor in the WSU Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, was selected for her outstanding research on brain control of metabolic function. Her work has refocused efforts to understand blood glucose regulation to the hindbrain, and is providing basic insights into life-threatening medical conditions. They were inducted to the academy during the 8th Annual Meeting at the Seattle Museum of Flight on September 17.