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Bernard Van Wie, Vikram Yadama, Hongfei Lin, Anurag Srivastava, Mona Ghandi, and Feng Zhao received Commercialization Gap Fund awards from WSU’s Office of Research and Washington Research Foundation.

WSU’s Outdoor Research Facility, founded by Jacob Leachman, was featured in the Daily Evergreen.

Jin Liu was featured in a TechExplore article on the use of supercomputers to aid battery research.

David Wang was selected the Journal of Interior Design’s Reviewer of the Year in recognition of his many contributions to their review process.

The Spokesman Review featured a story on a team of WSU students, advised by professors Jake Leachman, John McCloy and Konstantin Matveev, that received an approximately $130,000 grant from NASA for a project to wash lunar dust out of spacesuits.

Work led by graduate student Aqeeb Arka along with Jana Doppa and Partha Pande, researchers have developed a computer chip design that saves energy and time by better managing useless information.

Miss last Friday’s VCEA Town Hall? Watch the Zoom video!


Tuesday, February 9 @ 11:10 AM

Canvas tests and quizzes:
In this training we will review the full array of powerful question formats and setting options that allow you to precisely control and manage delivery of online assessments.

Tuesday, February 9 @ 11:00 AM

ESIC Power Group Seminar Series: AI for Cyber-Physical Power Systems Operation and Control with DERS:
The increasing penetration of stochastic and uncertain inverter-based distributed energy resources (DERs), such as wind and solar PVs, has a considerable influence on the power system dynamics, and the total inertia of the power grid is reduced significantly, causing reliability and resiliency concerns.

Wednesday, February 10 @ 10:10 AM

Perusall: Ensure your students are reading:
Use this tool to proactively engage students in reading and provide a focus of conversation with automatically graded annotations.

Thursday, February 11 @ 2:10 PM

Canvas gradebook:
In this training we will explain different setup, filtering and communication options.

Tuesday, February 16 @ 1:10 PM

Canvas getting started:
WSU is moving from Blackboard to Canvas and we are here to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Share Your Events

Add your events to the WSU online calendar to share with students, staff, and faculty.


2021 Voiland College Staff Excellence Awards – Nominations Due Feb. 22

It is time to submit nominations for the VCEA Staff Excellence Awards. Please see the Jan. 22 email from Chris Gass for nominations and criteria.

Smith Teaching and Learning Grant – Apply by March 15

Washington State University faculty with innovative ideas to enhance teaching and learning are encouraged to apply by March 15 for a Smith Teaching and Learning Grant of up to $5,000.

Oaks Academic Technology Award Nominations Due March 22

Nominations are now being accepted for the fifth annual Oaks Academic Technology Award, which recognizes an instructor’s innovative application of an existing technology to transform teaching and learning in their classroom (face-to-face, online, videoconferencing).

Picture a Scientist Film Screening Feb. 11

The WSU Health Sciences Spokane Office of Research presents Picture a Scientist documentary viewing on Feb. 11, 2021. Picture a Scientist is a feature-length documentary film chronicling the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. The screening will remain open through Feb.  14. Dr. Celestina Barbosa-Leiker will facilitate a discussion of the film of February 16, 12 – 1pm.

WSU SURCA opens student applications, judge registrations

Students’ applications and judges’ sign-ups are now open online for the ninth Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA), which will be held virtually on March 29.

Cougar Cage Funding Program – $20,000 – $50,000

Washington State University is launching a new, competitive funding program that seeks to match private donors with worthwhile projects pitched by students, faculty and staff in a format modeled after the popular entrepreneurial TV show Shark Tank.

Zoom Webinar Option Now Available to All Instructors

The WSU Zoom support team at Information Technology Services (ITS) is excited to offer all WSU instructors a semester-long Zoom webinar option for spring 2021 courses. These webinars will allow up to 100 or 500 attendees.

Research Funding and Awards

Visit Voiland College’s website or The Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships for lists of some of the national major research funding opportunities.

Office of Research Guidance

The Office of Research posts all guidance for on-site research, scholarship, and creative activities during the Covid-19 pandemic on their website.

Crimson Spirit Award

Have you noticed a WSU employee going out of their way to help a colleague or customer? Nominate them for the Crimson Spirit award to recognize their excellent service. Submit a nomination.

Graduate Student Opportunities

2021 VCEA Three Minute Thesis Competition – Nominations Due March 4

The 2021 VCEA Three Minute Thesis Competition is open to all Ph.D. candidates who have successfully passed their preliminary exam by March 11th, 2021. That date also happens to be VCEA’s qualifying competition to be held virtually on Zoom at 2pm (students must be able to attend at this time).

Students will be competing for a chance to move on to the WSU-wide competition as well as a $1,500 scholarship for Fall 2021 (first runner-up will receive a $1,000 scholarship and second runner-up will receive a $500 scholarship). Additional prize money in the form of travel stipends is up for grabs at the main WSU event.

NASA Space Grant – Postponed

The Washington State NASA Space Grant for graduate students and undergraduate students will not be awarded in Spring 2021. There will be a call for applications for this award in the Fall semester – likely in the October/November time frame.

Additional Opportunities

More opportunities for VCEA graduate students.

Be Safe Cougs

WSU COVID-19 Information

Visit WSU’s website to get the latest information and resources on WSU’s COVID-19 testing and response.

Caring for Self, Caring for Others – Resources

Self-care is more important than ever. Caring for others adds an additional layer of complexity, but self-care continues to remain paramount. Please use these resources to help you on your self-care journey.