Brittany Ledall stands by her poster at the Inland Northwest Research Symposium at WSU Spokane on April 1, 2016.

This is a week that has seen its share of big events for the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and its host campus, WSU Spokane.

The splashiest event happens late this afternoon when new WSU President Kirk Schulz and his wife Noel make their first appearance in Spokane to finish a day that started in Pullman and continued in the Tri-Cities. The president will meet campus and academic leaders, lead a Q-and-A session on campus, appear at a news conference and then finish with dinner with campus dignitaries.

That’s the crescendo for a day that started with one of the campus’s most significant annual gatherings, the Inland Northwest Research Symposium. Faculty and student researchers, including Brittany Ledall (above), presented more than 90 posters. COM Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Leadership Yvette Roubideaux gave one of two presentations (“Preventing Diabetes in American Indian Communities: Research to Policy to Practice”).

On Thursday, Founding Dean John Tomkowiak gave the keynote address at the Life Science Leadership Summit on the WSU Spokane campus.

In addition, the College of Medicine announced that several new faculty and adminstrators have been hired as the process of preparing for accreditation continues.

  • Dr. Dawn DeWitt will join the college in mid-May as the Vice Dean for Student and Faculty Experience.
  • Dr. Luisita Francis will become Assistant Dean for Community Engagement.
  • Nancy Fike has been named Development Director.
  • Drs. Janet Walker, Eric Johnson, Philip Delich and Rebecca Miller have been added as Clinical Assistant Professors.

And there are awards galore. Interim Vice Dean for Research John Roll and Speech and Hearing Sciences faculty member Amy Meredith were among those honored as part of WSU’s annual Showcase 2016 celebration. Dr. Roll was given the Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award for Leadership; Meredith was promoted to Clinical Professor.

Speech and Hearing Sciences students Sarah Vest and Haille Heid were presented with Gray awards at Monday’s Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities event in Pullman. Vest led a team that created a Spanish-language video that explains cleft palate and the surgery needed to repair it. The video is now used by faculty/student teams led by Clinical Professor Amy Meredith that go to Guatemala as part of a medical mission group each spring. Heid leads a student team that is transcribing audio recordings of parent-child interactions as part of National Science Foundation-funded research led by Assistant Professor Mark VanDam.