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WSU creates Tom Fritz medical school fund

img-xl-coug-hats.fritz and elson 600 pixTom Fritz had a lot of friends in high places. After his recent death, many of those friends spoke publicly about Fritz’s enormous influence in the Spokane community. He was the retired CEO of Inland Northwest Health Services, leading the development of electronic medical records in Spokane’s hospitals. But Fritz was involved in many other business and community projects as well.

When you have that kind of influence, you get to work and play with others at that level. In this picture Fritz (left) celebrates with his friends, the late WSU … » More …

WSU Medicine on cable TV

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Now that WSU has the authority and state money to create its own medical school, how does it go about doing it? It’s a question Acting Dean Ken Roberts addresses on WSU Spokane’s cable TV show, “Health Sciences Update.” The program will soon begin airing on WSU’s cable channel 17 in Spokane; you can also watch it on WSU Spokane’ YouTube channel.

That’s one of four new interviews. Another features Speech and Hearing Sciences Assistant Professor Mark VanDam talking about his recent research that confirms men and women communicate differently … » More …

Marcos Frank and REM sleep

One of WSU Spokane’s newest sleep researchers is receiving widespread media coverage about a new journal article he and several colleagues published last Friday about REM sleep and its importance in developing the brains of young children. Professor Marcos Frank came to Spokane last summer from the University of Pennsylvania and this article is based heavily on work he and his co-workers did in Philadelphia.

Here’s the link to Becky Phillips’ press release from WSU News, announcing the article in the journal Science Advances.

Media outlets such as ABC, Reuters and the Seattle Times asked for copies of Dr. Frank’s article. … » More …

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