Washington State University

WSU Medical School
4:57 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Bill Would Change 100 Year Old Med School Law

Skeptics wonder if the legislature is prepared, or willing, to fund two Spokane med schools.
Credit Washington State University

Two Spokane lawmakers submitted bill’s Wednesday to change a nearly century-old state law regarding medical schools.

Republican Senator Michael Baumgartner and Democratic Representative Marcus Riccelli introduced the bills to help Washington State University create its own medical school. The bills would amend a 1917 state law that allows only University of Washington to operate a medical school, and caps the amount of students at 120.

Riccelli’s measure has 60 co-sponsors from the House, which makes a super-majority.

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New Medical School
5:12 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Gonzaga and Legislature Enter Medical School Conversation

The Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences Building on the WSU Spokane campus is used by medical students.
Credit Paige Browning

This week both Washington State University and University of Washington revealed their next moves in developing a Spokane medical school.

UW has asked Gonzaga University to consider a medical education partnership, now that UW and WSU dissolved their Spokane program. GU President Thayne McCulloh says a partnership is not set in stone.

“Gonzaga wants to be an active part of the and we are looking forward to opportunities to talk more broadly about what role Spokane sees Gonzaga playing,” McCulloh says.

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WSU Medical School
4:44 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

WSU President Hopes To Present 'Unified Front' On Medical School

An existing building on the WSU Spokane campus would be used for the proposed medical school.
Credit Washington State University

This January, Washington State University plans to ask lawmakers for permission to open a medical school in Spokane.

The question is will the University of Washington oppose that effort? It currently runs its own prominent medical school.

WSU President Elson Floyd said his goal is to avoid what one lawmaker has termed the “Apple Cup of medical schools.”

“We are in the process now of negotiating those things so it’s my hope that we’ll be able to present a unified front to the legislature as we go forward next year,” Floyd said.

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WSU Comedian Returns
3:36 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Comedian Returns To WSU To Teach

Ted Tremper graduated from Washington State University and is now coming back to teach a week-long workshop.
Credit Ted Tremper

After graduating and becoming a successful up-and-coming comedian, why would you return to your old college? To teach, of course!  

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WSU Wine Science Center
8:36 am
Wed November 5, 2014

WSU Wine Science Center to Open in March

A conceptual rendering of the view from the street at the WSU Wine Science Center.
ALSC Architects

Construction for the new Wine Science Center at Washington State University Tri-Cities should be mostly completed this year. A grand opening is planned in March at the $23 million center. Some professors could move in early next year and students could start taking classes next fall. The center is located in the heart of wine country on the WSU Tri-Cities campus in Richland.

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Rock Doc
6:00 am
Sat October 4, 2014

Smarter Than Your Average Bear

The Rock Doc, Kirsten Peters
Credit Washington State University

WSU is known for its smart Cougars. But soon it could have a reputation for something else – intelligent bears. Bears that use tools, like some primates and birds. Veterinary student Alex Waroff tested the bears’ intelligence, and found some surprising results. WSU’s Rock Doc, Kirsten Peters, has the story of WSU’s bright bears.

Alex Waroff had a fantastic summer job this year. The veterinary student at Washington State University worked with faculty members as they tested just how clever grizzly bears are. What’s at issue is the use of tools.

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WSU Med School
7:21 am
Thu September 18, 2014

WSU Plans Med School While UW Highlights Flaws

Washington State University
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Washington State University leaders announced plans Wednesday for a medical school in Spokane. School leaders approved the idea last week, which has the University of Washington on edge about its own Spokane program.

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WSU Medical School
5:45 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

WSU Board Green Lights New Medical School In Spokane

An existing building on WSU’s Spokane campus would be used for the university’s proposed new medical school. WSU faculty already teach University of Washington students here through a collaborative agreement between the universities.
Credit Northwest News Network / Northwest News Network

Washington State University's Board of Regents unanimously approved a plan Friday to establish a medical school in Spokane. It has the potential to generate 120 new doctors every year in the Northwest. But the move also tees up a fight between Washington's two largest public universities.

The University of Washington in Seattle is currently the state's only public medical school.

But WSU Spokane chancellor Lisa Brown says the program just isn't enough to satisfy the shortage of doctors.

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Illia Dunes Closed
5:54 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Epic Swim Hole, Party Spot Closed After Strewn With Trash, Feces

The Dunes were crowded with party-goers Saturday.
Credit U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers / Northwest News Network

In Eastern Washington, an epic swim hole and university party spot on public land was just closed down. This past weekend, nearly 2,000 people mobbed the spot. The horde littered the place known as “The Dunes” with trash, adult-beverage containers and … well, other leavings. 

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Grizzly Research
6:41 am
Wed August 6, 2014

How A Fat Grizzly Bear Could Help You Avoid Diabetes

Washington State University is home to the nation's only captive grizzly bear research center.
Credit Courtney Flatt / EarthFix

Washington State University’s mascot is the cougar, but the university is also home to the nation’s only captive grizzly bear research center. Correspondent Tom Banse reports a new study involving those bears yields insights into possible therapies for human obesity and diabetes.

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