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Venera Arnaoudova, Stephen Austin, Julia Day, Subhanshu Gupta, Qizhen Li, Jacob Murray, Min-Kyu Song, Anurag Srivastava, John Swensen, Hua Tan, Dave Torick, Carrie Vielle, and Xuechen Zhang were among the 36 WSU faculty members who were granted tenure this year across the WSU system, or received promotions, according to the Office of the Provost.

The current issue of Washington State Magazine has articles on former alums Charles Kahlsdorf, (’14 MS Eng. Tech. Mgmt.) who recently penned a children’s book about civil engineering, and his chosen profession, and Wayne Chang (’10 Civ. Eng.), who has a passion for international disaster relief and humanitarian work.

The Daily Evergreen interviewed and Erin Hanan and Jennifer Adam about their wildfire research.

Praveen Sekhar helped Dr. Universe explain how touch screens work in The Spokesman Review.

The Daily Evergreen featured a story on mechanical engineering student Sean Murray and his budding cribbage board manufacturing business.

Mechanical engineering major Neri Ganzarski contributed to SAE International’s new book, ‘Flight Paths to Success: Career Insights from Women Leaders in Aerospace.’


Events

Tuesday, March 9 @ 10:10 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, March 9 @ 11 AM

MME Seminar: Safe robot autonomy in unknown environments:
Dr. Yiannis Kantaros, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania. Recent advances in machine learning & AI, computer vision, and control theory offer an opportunity to deploy autonomous robot systems to uncharted environments to accomplish complex missions.

Tuesday, March 9 @ 2:10 PM

Teaching from a distance: Strategies and best practices:
In this training, we will cover simple ways to engage with students and optimize your course space.

Thursday, March 11 @ 9:10 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, March 11 @ 11 AM

Working with Industry: Support structures and how-to guides for WSU faculty:
The value of having research partnerships with industry is multifaceted: access to new routes for funding, new directions for research, opportunities for students and a broader audience for your research.

Thursday, March 11 @ 1:10 PM

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

Thursday, March 11 @ 2 PM

VCEA Three-Minute Thesis Competition:
Ph.D. students will be competing for a chance to move on to the WSU-wide competition as well as a $1,500 scholarship.

Monday, March 15 @ 8:10 AM

VoiceThread Basics:
VoiceThread is a tool used to engage students in meaningful conversations around media. Learn the basics features including how to create, comment, collaborate, and share with your class.

Monday, March 15 @10:10 AM

VoiceThread and Canvas:
Learn how to engage students in meaningful conversation by interacting with their peers and media.

Tuesday, March 16 @ 9:30 AM

JCDREAM Symposium Series: “Building Industry-University Research Partnerships” w/ Brian Kraft & Aaron Feaver

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Opportunities

Access Center Recognition Awards – Nominations Due March 15

Do you know someone who helps make WSU a better place for all students with disabilities? Nominate a student, staff or faculty member by March 15.

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.

Women of Distinction Awards – Nominations Due March 19

The WSU Women of Distinction and Woman of the Year awards recognize the achievements and contributions of women to the WSU system, and to our society. Nominations are due March 19.

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).

Top Ten Senior Awards – Nominations Due March 26

The Top Ten Senior Awards provide an opportunity for faculty, staff, community members, and other students to nominate a deserving senior for their contributions to Washington State University. Nomination forms, selection criteria, and information about the selection process can be found at alumni.wsu.edu/seniors.

AP Contribution Award Nominations Due March 31

Do you know a WSU administrative professional that goes above and beyond the expected or required job performance; makes a unique difference in the workplace; and/or performance that has far-reaching, compelling impacts to their work area or the university? Nominate them for a AP Contribution Award!

WSU Spring Family Weekend April 9-11 – Submit Your Virtual Event!

Family Weekends always offer fun and meaningful opportunities for families to engage with WSU. This year especially, students, parents, and alumni are looking for more ways to connect with the Coug community.
For this reason, we encourage you to host an event for Family Weekend! It’s a great way to build a connection between your school, department, or program and the Cougs who support your amazing work. We invite you to submit your event to be featured in our official Family Weekend calendar at family.wsu.edu. The deadline to submit an event is Monday, March 22.

Community and Equity Certificate Program Courses

WSU HRS is excited to introduce a new professional development opportunity available to all WSU faculty and staff. The Community & Equity Certificate lays the groundwork for a challenging, personal journey for individuals who are committed to creating equitable and inclusive environments. Through the certificate program, faculty and staff will expand their understanding of equity-mindedness and build a toolkit for engaging more effectively with students, colleagues, and community partners. Faculty and staff must complete seven workshops across four areas to earn the certificate.

Canvas Resources & Support

AOI and LMS Tutorials are available now to help instructors get the most out of the Blackboard and Canvas learning management systems.

Live Auto-Generated Captioning Now Available for Zoom

WSU Zoom now provides live automatic speech recognition captioning/transcription capability for live virtual meetings, webinars, and course lectures.

Zoom Webinar Option Now Available to All Instructors

The Zoom support team at Information Technology Services 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.


Graduate Student Opportunities

Preparing Future Faculty Virtual Workshop May 14 & 21

Designed for Ph.D. students and postdocs interested in pursuing academic careers, this workshop will include sessions on how to obtain a faculty position (hiring process, preparing documents, interviewing, negotiating) and how to be successful in beginning an academic career (articulating research, prioritizing activities, work-life balance).  You will also have the opportunity to engage with other aspiring academics to expand your network of colleagues and collaborators. For those interested in participating in this workshop, please complete the application on the event website.

Faculty, staff, and post-docs: sign up to judge at SURCA 2021 on March 29

Your expertise is needed! Faculty, staff and post-docs are sought to register to serve as judges by the March 10 deadline to help judge student presenters at the annual Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (SURCA) on March 29. Learn more at surca.wsu.edu.

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.

WSU Crisis Resources

Call 911 in any emergency situation or if a student poses an immediate threat to self or others.

Cougar Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Call 509-335-4511 during business hours, or 509-335-2159 after hours.

Student Care Network

WSU Employee Assistance Program
1-877-313-4455

Office of Compliance and Civil Rights
509-335-8288

Center for Community Standards
509-335-4532

Office of the Dean of Students
509-335-5757

Title IX Coordinator
509-335-3288

WSU Campus Police
509-335-8548

Community Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Press 1 for veteran’s services or send a text to 838255

En Español
1-888-628-9454

For Deaf and Hard of Hearing via TTY
1-800-799-4889

Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741
Text STEVE to 741741 for support specific to individuals of color

Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ)
1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678

Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse
509-332-4357

After hours and/or emergency medical care:
For emergency care, dial 911 or contact Pullman Regional Hospital 509-332-2542.

Helping Students in Distress

Select your campus for a full list of local resources.