Go Cougs!

WSU Insider featured a profile on Kitana Kaiphanliam, a doctoral student who has been working with chemical engineering professor Bernard Van Wie, designing and testing desktop learning modules that help students learn important concepts by seeing and doing rather than reading and lectures.

Somayeh Nassiri received a grant from the Portland Cement Association that they will use to  improve the efficiency of durability testing methods for concrete by using embedded sensors to measure concrete permeability.

The Daily Journal of Commerce featured a story on WSU architecture students who attended a design studio hosted by Portland, Oregon’s GBD Architects.

Cheddar featured a story on senior and Amazon Catalyst grant winner Shusanta Bhattarai, who developed an app to better assist first responders.

The Spokesman Review featured an interview with Paul Hirzel.

A research team led by Taiji Miyasaka, David Drake, and Robert Richards has developed a unique building system made from low-value construction waste that they hope can reduce waste while creating affordable housing. A prototype structure of their work will be displayed as part of the “Make/Do: A History of Creative Reuse” exhibit starting July 14 at the Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma.

A WSU Insider article provided an update on Huie-Rogers chair professor Diane Cook’s project that uses smart-home technology for health care.

Sasha Richey’s project that will provide better measurement, monitoring and management of the groundwater in Brazil is featured on the Voiland College website.

For Your Information

Changes to the VCEA Event Calendar
The WSU event calendar was recently overhauled to provide an improved experience for both visitors and users. As a result, the process of submitting Voiland College calendar items has changed. Key changes include:

  • New, more intuitive submission form.
  • Anyone with a NetID can submit events.
  • Events now display on both the WSU and VCEA calendars.
  • Review process for submitted events.

Use the VCEA tutorial on creating calendar events to guide you through the process.

Questions about WSU’s calendar can be submitted on the calendar’s “Contact Us” form.

Safety Tip of the Week

The Skinny on Sun Protection
More people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher as one important part of a complete sun protection regimen.

Sunscreen alone is not enough, however.

  • Seek the shade, especially between 10 AM and 4 PM.
  • Do not burn.
  • Avoid tanning and UV tanning beds.
  • Cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses.
  • Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Apply 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or excessive sweating.
  • Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months.
  • Examine your skin head-to-toe every month.
  • See your physician every year for a professional skin exam.

For more safety tips, contact Environmental Health and Safety at ehs@wsu.edu.

Award and Research Opportunities

Requests for Proposals, Research Announcements, and Events

Please note: As of August 15, 2018, there are no more “submission windows” for unsolicited proposals to CBET, CMMI, ECCS, or EEC core programs in NSF.

Investigators can submit proposals at any time during the year.

For a more complete listing of research funding opportunities, contact Dave Field.

TitleAgencyClose Date
Crimson Spirit AwardWSUOngoing
WSU Office of Research Information SessionsWSU Office of ResearchOngoing
ONNL Alternate Sponsored Fellowships (ASF) for Students, Faculty, and Visiting ScientistsPNNL, DOEContinuous
NSF-NIST Interaction in Basic and Applied Scientific Research in BIO, ENG, & MPSNSFContinuous
Experiential, Cooperative, and Work-integrated Education Research GrantsCEED- ASEEContinuous
Commercialization Gap FundWSU07/27/2018
2019 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) Self Drive Challenge

US Army07/31/2018
Major Research Instrumentation Program  (MRI)

VCEA submissions must include a letter of acknowledgment from the Assoc. Dean for Research
Fundamental Research to Counter Weapons of Mass DestructionDOD09/30/2018
Fluid DynamicsNSF10/22/2018
Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and TeachersNSF09/05/2018
Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) ProgramNSF09/27/2018
Cooperative & Experiential Education Division Student Co-op of the Year / Student Intern of the Year AwardCEED-ASEE11/02/2018

WSU Office of Research’s Large Funding Opportunities Database

Student Research Opportunities and Internships

WSU offers a number of opportunities available to undergraduate students who wish to gain experiences working in their field of interest, including:

WSU Honors College Research Opportunities and Internships Database

Voiland College Career & Internship Center

WSU’s student employment/internship portal: Handshake

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Deadlines for submissions to Voiland College This Week are 12 pm Thursdays.
Contact VCEA.News@wsu.edu to submit items for Voiland College This Week.