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Doug Nadvornick

WSU Tri-Cities readies itself for medical school

A view of the WSU Tri-Cities campus.

WSU Tri-Cities is growing in many ways as it prepares to become one of the clinical campuses for the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

There is growth in the number of students who attend class on campus. There is physical growth with two new projects designed for students under construction on campus. And there is growth in the number and quality of the academic programs offered.

WSU Tri-Cities uses a polytechnic approach with a hands-on, career-focused approach. It offers 19 undergraduate and 33 graduate degrees in programs that range … » More …

Frank returns from prestigious speaking trip

Professor Marcos Frank in his laboratory.

If you’re a university faculty member, one of the benefits of being good at your work is that people ask you to visit them and give presentations. Many Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine faculty members are asked to do outside speaking engagements, sometimes overseas. For some it has become routine, for others, it’s still a big deal.

For Department of Biomedical Sciences Chair and Professor Marcos Frank, who has built a good name for himself in the world sleep research community, it’s a little of both. Frank frequently receives speaking … » More …

Three new deans join the college

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at Washington State University has added three new administrators.

Ann Poznanski is the associate dean for curriculum at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.Ann Poznanski is the college’s new associate dean of curriculum. Ralitsa Akins takes over as associate dean of faculty talent, recognition and enhancement. Dawn Cooper has become the interim assistant dean of medical student scholarship.

Poznanski and Akins both come to WSU from the California Northstate University College of Medicine in Elk Grove, near Sacramento.

In California Ann Poznanski says she helped her medical school develop … » More …

Researching rowers’ sleep habits

This is former WSU graduate sleep researcher Amy Bender.Lisa Roman is a WSU graduate who rowed on the Canadian 'women's eight' 2016 Summer Olympic team.Many of us cheered on our favorite athletes and teams during the recently completed Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Former WSU sleep research assistant Amy Bender (left) had a rooting interest in the Canadian “women’s eight” rowing team (eight rowers plus coxswain). After earning her Ph.D. from WSU in 2015, Bender became a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Calgary and the Centre for … » More …

Goodbye to Roy Almeida

Roy AlmeidaLast week we wrote about a visiting College of Medicine faculty member from Norway (Janne Grønli) who recently departed after two years at WSU Spokane. This week, we add a second name to our “So long, it’s been good to know you” list.

Roy Almeida, DrPH, is an epidemiologist who was the co-chair of the team that is creating the microbiology and infectious disease course for the WSU medical school. He has taught those subjects to University of Washington medical students in Spokane since January 2009.

Now he’s moving south to Florida where he will teach … » More …

John Roll becomes permanent vice dean

John Roll, Ph.D.
The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has named John Roll, Ph.D., as its new Vice Dean for Research. The appointment makes permanent Roll’s position within the college; he has for several months served as the Interim Vice Dean for Research.

Roll will be responsible for promoting and overseeing the college’s faculty research. He will also work with the dean and other administrators to develop a strategic plan to guide the growth and diversification of research in the College of Medicine.

In conjunction with this Roll has also been named as the university’s … » More …

Farewell to Janne Grønli

This is visiting Research Assistant Professor Janne Gronli.

When Research Assistant Professor Janne Grønli (pronounced YAWN-uh GROON-lee) came to WSU Spokane two years ago as a visiting faculty member from Norway, her goal was to gain a deeper understanding of the brain and its role in sleep.

On Friday, she’ll finish her time here having accomplished that. Along the way, she participated in sleep research, co-authored papers with her WSU colleagues and had a wonderful time traveling.

The well-regarded Norwegian sleep scientist – an associate professor at her home institution, the University of Bergen — came to … » More …

New grant to study chronic disease in Native/Pacific populations

Dr. Dedra Buchwald is a professor at the WSU College of Medicine.

Congratulations to ESFCOM Professor Dedra Buchwald (left), recipient of a new federal grant to create one of two Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research on Chronic Disease Prevention. The grant was announced Wednesday by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, part of the National Institutes of Health. The other center will be created at Michigan State University.

For this grant, Dr. Buchwald and her co-investigator, Dr. Spero Manson, will develop innovative ways to work with American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, … » More …

WSU Magazine article highlights Dr. Layton’s work

Clinical Associate Professor Matt Layton

We’re calling your attention to a great article by Rebecca Phillips from WSU Magazine that highlights the work done by ESFCOM Clinical Associate Professor Matt Layton and the Spokane Regional Health District. The article highlights the treatment received by people with heroin addiction and the work done to understand the power of that addiction. Dr. Layton is one of the leading addiction researchers in the region.

College welcomes a new associate dean

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The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine welcomes Daniel Teraguchi, EdD, as its new associate dean for student affairs.

Dr. Teraguchi comes to WSU from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he served as the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and the Director of the Office for Student Diversity for nearly eight years. The southeast Idaho native received his doctorate from Idaho State University in Educational Leadership. 

As the associate dean for student affairs at ESFCOM he will be developing creative and innovative programs to support students throughout their medical education. One such innovative program … » More …