Survey Says…

Thanks! More than 100 of you responded to our recent survey. Here’s a few things we learned:

  • This newsletter is the #1 method VCEA employees use to find out what’s happening in the college.
  • 73% of survey respondents read this newsletter at least once a month.
  • Less than 20% of respondents have submitted news to the newsletter.
  • The Top 3 types of information employees most value are policy changes, training opportunities, and outages/construction impacts to their work.
  • 45% of respondents aren’t signed up for My Facilities Work Notifications that alert them of outages or maintenance issues that may affect their work.

As we sift through the survey results, look for more info and changes in how we communicate better with you!

Go Cougs!

Xiao Zhang and Amir Ameli’s research on “green” alternatives to Styrofoam was highlighted in Science News for Students.


IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Summit July 30

The PNNL Section of the IEEE Women in Engineering is having an International Leadership Summit on July 30, designed for women students and engineers. 

Commercialization Gap Fund Letter of Intent Due July 26

WSU’s Commercialization Gap Fund awards researchers up to $50,000  (with a maximum of $5,000 allocated towards business development activities) to those that demonstrate that their innovation(s) have the ability to make an economic impact in our society.

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.

Laboratory Exploratory

Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach

The Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach (CEREO) is a progressive network of more than 350 faculty, staff, students, and industry leaders working to resolve environmental issues through collaborative partnerships. Guided by a roster of distinguished scientists, CEREO seeks to apply innovative technologies and management tools to the ever-growing challenges of global climate change and environmental sustainability. Learn more about CEREO.

Inclusive Education Ideas


The simple act of putting a smile on your face can lead you to feel actual happiness, joy, or amusement.

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

Be Safe Cougs


To maintain the safety of the workplace, do not place fans in aisles and doorways. Do not remove the protective guards from fans, and ensure that the fan guards have an opening no larger than one-half inch.

For more safety tips, contact Environmental Health and Safety at