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Stories from the research lab, part three

Research Assistant Professor Jason Gerstner looks at fruit flies through a microscope in his lab.

As he works in the lab, Research Assistant Professor Jason Gerstner is kept company by hundreds of little companions on his bench. Tiny fruit flies bounce off the walls of small, clear vials standing up in cardboard containers.

The flies are the featured actors in research done by Gerstner’s team. They’re exploring the role that specific fatty acid binding proteins can play in improving the quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients.

So how do the fruit flies fit in? Years ago, scientists decoding … » More …

Stories from the research lab, part two

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 … » More …

Stories from the research lab, part one

This is a photo of Assistant Professor Bin Shan, a cancer researcher at WSU Spokane.

Things slow down on the WSU Spokane campus when most of the students are away. Or do they?

During the summer, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine research faculty members are as busy as ever, applying for grants, doing research projects, writing articles for publication, editing journals and serving on committees.

This week, we’ll highlight a few faculty members and some of their summer activities.

When Assistant Professor Bin Shan works with breast cancer cells in the lab, he tries to … » More …

New grant to fund sleep and decision-making research

This is a thumbnail photo of Research Professor Hans Van Dongen.

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane

Researchers from Washington State University’s Sleep and Performance Research Center received a $1.7 million grant to develop and test cognitive flexibility training to combat the effects of sleep loss on decision-making under rapidly changing circumstances.

Funding for the three-year project comes from the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, a partnership between the U.S. Congress, military and public to fund groundbreaking, high-impact medical research.

The project aims to reduce decision-making errors that contribute to failed military missions, industrial accidents, workplace injuries, … » More …

Camp Candoo on Northwest Public TV

Speech and Hearing Sciences Associate Professor Nancy Potter works with one of the children attending this summer's Camp Candoo for children with apraxia on the WSU Spokane campus.

Clinical Professor Amy Meredith, Associate Professor Nancy Potter (above) and several of their communications disorders graduate students have finished this summer’s Camp Candoo. Thirteen children with severe cases of apraxia and their parents came from all over the U.S. to receive two weeks of intense speech-language therapy and instruction.

Meredith and Potter agreed to allow a crew from Northwest Public Television to film the camp for an afternoon. Their story … » More …

Camp Candoo helps kids with speech issues

Camp Candoo 1

This week, in a corner of a quiet WSU Spokane campus in the middle of summer break, 13 young children are working intently on their speech and language skills.

They are attending Camp Candoo, created by WSU Speech and Hearing Sciences faculty members Amy Meredith and Nancy Potter to provide intensive therapy for children ages 4-8 with childhood apraxia of speech. Apraxia is a motor disorder that makes it hard for some kids to say sounds, syllables and words in the right order. They know what they want to say, but their brains can’t … » More …

College of Medicine shares new WSU research money

Dr. Jingru Sun checks on a sample in her research lab.

The Washington State University Office of the Provost today announced it is awarding at least $30 million in research money to at least eight university multidisciplinary research projects as part of the WSU’s Grand Challenges research initiative. The money comes from the university’s colleges, which were required to hold back 5% of this year’s budget to fund this project.

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is involved in at least four of the funded research initiatives.

Here are the projects that include the College of Medicine:

Functional … » More …

Spokane welcomes new doctors

Two new medical residents reach for journals provided by Providence Health Care on their first official day as doctors.

Two new medical residents reach for journals provided for them at an orientation session this morning at Spokane’s Sacred Heart Medical Center.

“Welcome to your first official day as doctors.”

That’s how Providence Health Care Eastern Washington Regional CEO Elaine Couture greeted a roomful of medical residents at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane this morning.

It’s orientation day for these new physicians, most of whom who recently received their MDs or DOs. This is the start of … » More …

New College of Medicine newsletter

This is the official Elson S. Floyd logo.

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has added a new tool to communicate with the public about what’s going on with the college’s development. The new online newsletter went out this morning and features links to videos of interviews with College of Medicine faculty and administrators, a link to the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences’ latest Wavelength newsletter and a welcome to WSU’s new president and his wife (seen here during their first visit to Spokane).

If you’d like to subscribe, contact


A Speech and Hearing alumna checks in

This is a photo of Speech and Hearing Sciences alumna Stacy Wendle and her family.












This is one of the stories featured in Speech and Hearing Sciences’ 2016 Wavelength newsletter, which will soon be sent to the department’s alumni. If you’d like your own copy, click here.

By Stacy Wendle, Speech and Hearing Sciences, MA ’97 (pictured here with her husband, children and dog)

Becoming a speech-language pathologist (SLP) was one of the best decisions of my life. I was asked recently to reflect back … » More …