Go Cougs!

Jena Jauchius’ design-build class project to build an outdoor learning lab for Jefferson Elementary was featured in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.

Andy Shu and Mona Ghandi were among 10 faculty to receive WSU 2019 New Faculty Seed grants.

The Reflector wrote a story about WSU Vancouver graduate Zeke Estes.

Led by Amir Ameli and Xiao Zhang, researchers have developed an environmentally-friendly, plant-based material that for the first time works better than Styrofoam for insulation.

Led by faculty advisor Omar Al-Hassawi, students Ezekiel Nelson, Mohamed Ismail, Samantha Geibel, Taylor Chadwick, Jacob Monroe, and Garrett Kenny are designing a memorial to honor three fallen veterans.

Oregon Public Broadcasting interviewed Karl Englund on his efforts to recycle wind turbine blades.

Opportunities

Amazon Catalyst – Apply by May 31

Amazon and the WSU have teamed up to create Amazon Catalyst help you launch your next big idea. If you’ve got a big, bold solution to a problem in the world, we want to help fund your solution!

WSU Employee Presidential Scholarship – Apply by June 2

The WSU Employee Presidential Scholarship assists WSU employees who are interested in advancing their professional development through coursework from the WSU Global Campus. Scholarships will be awarded to cover three (3) WSU Global Campus credits for the fall semester. Apply by June 2.

Inclusive Education Ideas

Setting Reasonable Expectations #2

Establish what you will provide for your students to be successful. This may include in-class material, study guides, meaningful and prompt feedback on assignments, facilitation of discussion, attention to students with special needs, and a positive and welcoming classroom environment.

Read more ideas to create a welcoming, engaging and inclusive classroom from the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

Be Safe Cougs

Properly Store and Label Hazardous Waste

Faculty and staff that work in labs, shops, and any areas that generate hazardous or universal waste should review this checklist and verify they are following proper procedures:

Universal Waste, including oil, lights, and batteries must be labelled with the words “Universal Waste Lights/Batteries” or “Used Oil”. Lights and Batteries also need to list the start date for accumulation, which should be sometime within the past year. All waste boxes or containers must be properly closed or sealed when not being filled.

Dangerous Waste must be properly labelled. At a minimum a dangerous waste label must have the words “Dangerous Waste”, it must list the major hazard, and show all constituents written out with no abbreviations and the percentages associated with each. Label showed be attached to container before the first drop of waste is added.

Dangerous Waste must be properly stored. Waste should be kept in compatible containers. In some situations, it is also necessary to have some form of secondary containment for liquid waste. A specialized storage cabinet is ideal, but a tub made of chemical resistant plastic is also acceptable. All containers must be closed when not being filled. Incompatible wastes should be separated by distance or segregated by secondary containment tubs.

Keep floors clean of debris and tripping hazards, counters should be free of clutter, and chemicals should be put away when not in use. Pay special attention around sinks and drains.

Old chemical containers which have not be used in a long time and appear to have no practical use may be scrutinized by inspectors as improper storage of dangerous waste. Environmental Health and Safety will remove unwanted materials upon request.

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

Center Spotlight

Energy Systems Innovation Center

ESIC is a leading center of excellence for research, education, technological innovation, and technology transfer in energy systems, including smart grids.  With an exceptional team of faculty in power, energy, and computer science, and more than 20 faculty in allied fields (including economics, public policy, and sociology), ESIC provides a strong synergistic environment for conducting major multi-disciplinary studies on electric energy and its social and economic impacts, facilitating the development of public policy at the state and national levels. Learn more about ESIC.