Opportunities

NSF – MRI Applications Due September 12

The MRI program supports the acquisition or development of a shared instrument for use in research and teaching. Institutional submissions are limited to two Track 1 (budget > $100K and <$1M) proposals and one Track 2 (budget >$1M and <$4M) proposal. See NSF Program Solicitation 18-513 for details. The WSU deadline to submit applications for the internal competition is September 12.

Voiland College Survey

We want to hear your thoughts on how we can improve our communications with you.

Please take our short survey by July 7.

Mandatory Accessibility Training

WSU is committed to making its website content available and usable for all people. This includes making content accessible to people with disabilities.

An online training program has been created to equip people with the fundamental skills needed to make websites accessible and to help meet WSU, state, and federal accessibility guidelines, regulations, and laws. The training is required annually.

Anyone who has a role in creating or updating website content should take this training. 

While the training is Web focused, it will also help you begin to understand what needs to be considered when developing all electronic content including email (and attachments), press releases, posts for social media, and digital displays. Take WSU’s accessibility training.

Multiple live and online resources are now available on the Web Communication website.

Laboratory Exploratory

The Institute for Shock Physics

The Institute for Shock Physics at Washington State University is a DOE/NNSA “Center of Excellence” and multi-disciplinary research organization with a strong focus on understanding condensed matter response at extreme conditions.

WSU and three outstanding academic partners – Princeton University, California Institute of Technology, and Stanford University – conduct substantive research leading to advances/innovations in the field of Dynamic Compression Science. Multidisciplinary research activities, involving students, postdocs, and faculty members from different academic disciplines at the four participating institutions, comprehensively address the exciting scientific challenges. In addition, meaningful and mutually beneficial collaborations with scientists are undertaken at the NNSA Laboratories: Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, and Sandia.

WSU is a leader in shock wave and high pressure research. The research activities, supported by the DOE/NNSA and other federal agencies, involve examining and understanding physical and chemical changes in solids and liquids under very rapid and large compressions. Using state-of-the-art experimental and computational capabilities, world-class faculty at the ISP conduct interdisciplinary research spanning the fields of physics, chemistry, materials science, solid mechanics, planetary sciences, and applied mathematics. Graduate students and faculty from various academic departments participate in the research activities.

Learn more about the Institute for Shock Physics.

Be Safe Cougs

Fireworks Safety

Here are a few tips to make this Independence Day a safe one:

  • A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities.
  • Never give fireworks to children.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
  • Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
  • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and placing in a metal trash can away from buildings or combustible materials until the next day.
  • Never shoot fireworks of any kind near pets.
  • Make sure your pet has an identification tag, in case it runs away.

For more fireworks safety tips, go to the National Council on Fireworks Safety.

Inclusive Education Ideas

Build a Community

Early in the semester find out more about your students by having them provide information on an index card. Questions posed to students can include:

  • Name according to the office of the registrar and if they wish to share preferred alternate names or gender pronouns. You can then update your attendance and other records with these preferences.
  • The reasons why they signed up for the course and what they are most looking forward to learning.
  • What are their goals after graduation and how will this course help them achieve their goals?
  • If applicable, the reason why they might need to arrive late or leave early to your course. This can help with seating logistics and minimize possible future disruptions.
  • Fun questions help to get to know students such as: If a song played when you entered the room, what would that song be? If you won one million dollars, what would you do first?

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

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