This week we’re telling you about some of the work Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine research faculty members are doing this summer.

Here is a partial list (with apologies to the faculty we’re omitting):

Sleep and Performance Research Center Director Hans Van Dongen and a group of colleagues announced a $1.7 million grant to develop new ways to help fatigued workers make fewer mistakes on the job.

This is a photo of Associate Professor Jonathan Wisor.Van Dongen and several other WSU faculty and staff attended Sleep 2016, the annual sleep research conference, held in Denver last month. Besides Van Dongen, other ESFCOM presenters included Marcos Frank, Jonathan Wisor (pictured), Janne Gronli, Brieann Satterfield and Michele Schmidt. Other presenters from other WSU campuses included Ilia Karatsoreos, Paul Whitney and John Hinson.


Associate Dean Yvette Roubideaux presented at the national American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions in New Orleans. Her talk focused on diversity in American Indian/Alaska Native communities and strategies that address diversity in diabetes education, treatment and prevention programs.

This is a photo of Speech and Hearing Sciences Assistant Professor Laurie Swineford.Congratulations to Speech and Hearing Sciences Assistant Professor Lauren Swineford. She’s one of 10 recipients of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Advancing Academic-Research Career Award. The goal is to support junior level faculty members. Swineford has picked a teaching mentor (Dr. Ella Inglebret) and a research mentor from NIH to help her develop both parts of her careers.


Dr. Sterling McPherson – ESFCOM’s new director for biostatistics and clinical trial design – has been selected as a statistical editor for The American Journal of Drug of Alcohol Abuse. McPherson will review 5-10 manuscripts annually to assess research design, statistical methodology, and data interpretation.

In the media:

Research Professor Gregory Belenky was recently featured in a Spokesman-Review Q-and-A, talking about his life and work.

Davis-Chris 2015A fellow sleep researcher — Clinical Assistant Professor Chris Davis — was quoted in a Daily Evergreen article about why adequate sleep is an important ingredient in a healthy lifestyle.