CWUCWU NewsCWU News Resigns, Takes Head Coach Post at Harvard, 16 Aug 2017 16:44:54<p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 600px; height: 338px;" alt="Mel Denham" src=""></p><p>Central Washington University Women's Rugby Head Coach Mel Denham has resigned to take the women's rugby head coach post at Harvard University.</p><p>"Central Washington is a special place, and I have enjoyed my time here. I appreciate the opportunities I have been given, and I thank the department and leadership for their commitment to NCAA collegiate rugby and advancing the game," Denham said.&nbsp;</p><p>Denham led the Wildcats to a third place finish in the USA Rugby National Sevens Championships this past season and landed five players on the USA Rugby's WJAA National Team. She has led the Wildcats to three national championship appearances in her three seasons at the helm.<br>&nbsp;<br>Read&nbsp;more of this story&nbsp;on the <a href="" target="_blank">CWU Athletics website</a>.</p></br></br>CWU Signs MOU with Japan’s Kurume Institute of Technology, 16 Aug 2017 14:05:08<p><img alt="Kurume Institute of Technology President Katsumi Imaizumi and CWU President James L. Gaudino" src="" style="width: 400px; height: 353px; margin: 3px; float: right;">CWU has completed work on a new Memorandum of Understanding with <a href="" target="_blank">Kurume Institute of Technology</a>. The MOU, signed by CWU President James L. Gaudino and Kurume President Katsumi Imaizumi, was completed a year after a group of about a dozen Kurume students came to Ellensburg to study English language and culture at the university and in the community.</p><p>Those students were led by CWU alumnus Rich Lee, who works for Kurume Institute, and professor Hidenobu Igawa, from the school’s department of engineering.</p><p>“It turned out that the professor is also an advisor to President Imaizumi,” explained Sherri Fujita, <a href="" target="_blank">CWU director of University English as a Second Language Program</a>. “He [Igawa] loved it here and got a really good impression. While they were here, I introduced them to the faculty, particularly in engineering technology. They had a meeting just to talk about mutual interests. Both sides were excited about the possibilities. So, we decided to mutually move forward with the MOU.”</p><p>While the memorandum was actually completed last fall, the decision was to hold off on an official signing until now, in order to allow Imaizumi to come to Ellensburg to sign it in person and meet with President Gaudino.</p><p>“President Imaizumi decided to come and see us in person, probably, about six-months ago—which was exciting for us,” Fujita pointed out. “At the same time, they decided to bring a group of students to study in our WorldCat Summer Program.”</p><p>The program included having the students participate in a service-learning project at Olmstead State Park, along with visits to Seattle, Leavenworth, and Roslyn.</p><p>Now that the MOU is complete, additional partnership between the two higher education institutions are expected to be crafted and launched.</p><p>“It could be faculty or student exchanges, shared or a joint research project, or our faculty might want to provide distance education linking classes in both schools, where they could interact and collaborate digitally,” Fujita pointed out. “Those details will be worked out at the department level.”</p><p>Collaborations involving CWU Information Technology and Administrative Management and Aviation are among other potential partnerships.</p><p>“They (the Kurume students) had a look at our flight simulators,” Fujita added. “It was very interesting, because the Kurume Institute of Technology is planning to open an aviation management program on its campus. So, they’re very interested in collaborations specifically to do with aviation management and, maybe, pilot training.”</p><p>The new accord builds upon a long-standing relationship that CWU already enjoys with the University of Shimane Junior College, which is also located in Japan, and similar agreements the university has in place with other schools and communities around the world.</p><p><strong>Media contact: </strong>Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,</p><p><strong>Photo:</strong> Kurume Institute of Technology President Katsumi Imaizumi and CWU President James L. Gaudino participate in gift exchange as part of the Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony.</p>CWU Chemistry Alumna Named ACS Fellow, 16 Aug 2017 07:59:01<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/Clark%20WSU.jpg" style="width: 158px; height: 174px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 4px; float: left;">Aurora Clark, a WSU professor of chemistry, has been named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.</p><p>Clark received her BS in chemistry from CWU in 1999.</p><p>Clark received the prestigious award for her service to the nuclear/inorganic and computational chemistry communities and for her innovative research, including the pioneering use of computer algorithms and network analysis to understand the behavior of complex solutions and their interfaces.</p><p>Read more of this story in <a href="" target="_blank"><em>WSU News</em></a>.</p>CWU Astrophysicist, Students Take Part in NASA Eclipse Experiment, 15 Aug 2017 08:03:03<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/high_altitude_shot.png" style="width: 475px; height: 277px;"></p><p>As part of a NASA mission, physics professor Darci Snowden and a group of Central Washington University students will launch a weather balloon with an imaging payload during the August 21 total eclipse. They will be one of more than 52 teams from 31 states from Oregon to South Carolina who will conduct high altitude balloon flights to capture—and livestream—video and images of the eclipse from near space. The effort is funded through the NASA Space Grant network.</p><p>There has never been live video and images from the edge of space to the internet, and certainly not in a network of coverage across a continent.</p><p>"There are a lot of technological challenges with this experiment," said Snowden, in the physics lab. With her are two seniors, Kayla Brown, from mechanical engineering technology and Joe Cuthbertson, industrial engineering technology, who are working on creating a stable platform for the imaging payload. The balloon is also equipped with GPS responders so their location can be tracked via satellite.</p><p>Snowden's team has already performed one test flight--"a risky business," she noted, since balloons are notoriously unpredictable once they are released. The balloons are roughly six feet in diameter, and filled with helium. As they rise, and atmospheric pressure decreases, they can expand to more than 10 times that size. And then they pop.</p><p>"After they pop, they go down pretty fast," she commented. "We have the GPS spot trackers so we can roughly locate where it lands."</p><p>Snowden, and her group of seven students will leave to camp out at a football stadium with other teams in Culver, Oregon the Sunday before the eclipse.</p><p>All the teams will launch at a specific time to have the balloons aloft at maximum altitude at totality. Students are building various payloads, such as magnometers, gas sensors, and thermometers to measure changes wrought by the eclipse.</p><p>For more information about the upcoming solar eclipse, go to,, or<br></p><p>To watch the eclipse via lifestreaming, go to</p><p>Photo: <em>High altitude image captured by Snowden's group from test balloon launch</em></p><p>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></br>CWU Takes Part in $4.9 Million Earthquake Early Warning System Grant, 15 Aug 2017 07:58:41<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 225px; height: 169px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px 4px; float: left;">The US Geological Survey awarded approximately $4.9 million this week to six universities and a university-governed non-profit, to support transitioning the west coast “ShakeAlert” earthquake early warning system into a production system.</p><p>The awards are for a new set of two-year cooperative agreements with California Institute of Technology, Central Washington University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Oregon, University of Washington, University of Nevada, Reno and University NAVSTAR Consortium.</p><p>CWU will provide real-time GPS positioning for about a 1,000 West Coast sensors for rapid earthquake characterization, and will receive approximately $250,000 per year for its efforts, according to Tim Melbourne, geology professor and director of the Pacific Northwest Geodetic Array laboratory at the university.</p><p>An earthquake early warning system can give people a precious few seconds to stop what they are doing and take protective actions before the severe shaking waves from an earthquake arrive. Under the new cooperative agreements, the USGS and its seven university and non-profit partners will collaborate to improve the ShakeAlert system’s sensor and telemetry infrastructure across the west coast of the United States. ShakeAlert is a new product of the USGS Advanced National Seismic System, a federation of national and regional earthquake monitoring networks throughout the country, including networks in southern California, northern California, and the Pacific Northwest.</p><p>These agreements include work to incorporate real-time GPS observations into ShakeAlert. The USGS and its university and nonprofit partners will also further the development and streamlining of scientific algorithms to rapidly detect potentially damaging earthquakes, more thoroughly test the warning system, and improve its performance.</p><p>In addition, they will upgrade the networks and install new seismic stations to improve the speed and reliability of the warnings. The ShakeAlert partners will also continue user training and education efforts, in collaboration with state and local partners, and add additional ShakeAlert pilot users.</p><p>There are currently about 60 organizations that are test users, from sectors such as utilities, transportation, emergency management, state and city governments, and industry. Several of these are engaged in pilot projects to demonstrate the practical use of ShakeAlert in a variety of applications.</p><p>The ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system has been in development for 11 years.</p><p>In 2014, the USGS estimated that it will cost $38.3 million in capital investment to complete the<br>ShakeAlert system on the West Coast to the point of issuing public alerts, and $16.1 million each year to operate and maintain it. This is in addition to current support for seismic and geodetic networks.</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,<br>&nbsp;</p></br></br></br>CWU Foundation Announces Len Thayer Grant Winners, 14 Aug 2017 17:08:42<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 200px; height: 80px; margin: 3px; float: right;">A family literacy effort, a new culinary medicine program, and a solar power conference top the list of this year’s recipients of the 2017-2018 Len Thayer Small Grants.</p><p>“We’re extremely honored to announce the eleven recipients of this year’s Len Thayer Small Grants,” said Scott Wade, Vice President of University Advancement and Executive Director of the Central Washington University Foundation. “A total of $50,370 was awarded to these worthy projects that will benefit students during this coming academic year.”</p><p>The following projects were awarded grants, based on an application asking for a summary of whom the project benefits, how the proposed work is successful, and how the work will align with the CWU strategic plan and other CWU program plans:</p><p>• Culinary Medicine - The faculty in the Department of Health Sciences plan to develop and implement a nutrition education program to students in the following programs:<br>1) Central Washington University: Dietetic Internship &amp; Paramedicine programs<br>2) Pacific Northwest University: Osteopathic School of Medicine<br>3) Washington State University: Nursing &amp; Pharmacy programs<br>4) Heritage University: Physician Assistant &amp; Nursing programs</p><p>• Historical Aerial Photograph Project - The geography department plans to use the Len Thayer Grants funds to purchase historical aerial photographs to complete the Benton and Klickitat portions of the Central Washington Historical Aerial Photograph Project. These historical aerial photographs will be freely available on the CWU Geography website for all interested parties including students, faculty, K-12 teachers, resource managers, and the general public.</p><p>• CWU Opera - The CWU Opera Ensemble will present a number of “run-out” performances at schools in the region to perform a shortened version of an opera suitable for children. Music Education majors will help develop the curriculum that will be distributed to the school teachers prior to the performances and introduce the performances and lead the students in activities before, during, and after the performances.</p><p>• Family Literacy Nights - In collaboration with the teacher candidates enrolled in Teaching Children’s Literature, Family Literacy Nights (FLNs) have been conducted for more than 8 years in collaboration between the Department of Education, Development, teaching and Learning, the Center for Diversity and Social Justice, and recently, the Brooks Library. The purpose of this project will be to purchase books for distribution to the children who attend the FLNs, including board books, picture books, Spanish language children’s books, and chapter books.</p><p>• Re-Writing the Streets at the MCE - The Museum of Culture and Environment (MCE) proposes to bring in a traveling exhibit, Re-Writing the Streets: The International Language of Stickers. The exhibit is planned for the Ellensburg area from January 3rd through March 10th, 2018, accompanied by a series of lectures, workshops, and an exhibition component that will engage students and faculty from a range of disciplines, as well as community members.</p><p>• Solar Power Conference - The Institute for Integrated Energy Studies will hold a half-day conference with presentations by and a panel discussion among a variety of stakeholders about the economic, policy, and cultural implications of utility-scale solar development in Central Washington, and beyond.</p><p>•&nbsp;CESME STEM Events - The Center for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Education (CESME) plans to organize and host family STEM events in the regions served by the Central Washington University campuses. The events would take place over the next year.</p><p>• Enhancing Geology Science II - The CWU Geological Sciences department has requested funding to support an undergraduate student intern for academic year 2017-2018 to develop several, important projects for the success of the department overall.</p><p>• Natural History Collections - The Department of Biology is requesting funding to be able to digitize various collections of information, as well as to purchase a freezer to assist with pest control. The natural history collections (preserved biological specimens) at universities and museums are critical resources for scientists and the communities they serve, therefore it is essential to protect future projects and/or specimens from potential harm.</p><p>• Visiting Writer Series Seeking Novelist and Filmmaker - To enhance the sustainability theme chosen by the Social Justice and Human Rights Dialogues committee, the Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series (hosted by the English Department) and the Brooks Library, plan to bring an award-winning novelist and/or filmmaker to campus. The guest, who has been identified but not yet confirmed, would offer a reading and Q &amp; A open to the public and online students, as well as commentary for some of the student work from advanced creative wiring classes. Targeted timing is spring of 2018.</p><p>• SOURCE - The Office of Undergraduate Research hosts the annual Symposium of University Research and creative Expression (SOURCE), the longest-running student research symposium in the State of Washington. Funds will be allocated for two purposes; (1) to allow them to expand their preliminary efforts to involve local and regi</p><p>onal high school students in presenting at and attending SOURCE, providing supporting activities in advance of SOURCE and while they are on-campus, to introduce them to college in general and promoting involvement in research and scholarly activities for everyone, and (2) to continue to offer the SOURCE Celebration dinner as an awards banquet that brings together students, faculty, staff, alumni, and donors.</p><p>CWU has been involved in the Len Thayer Grants application and awards for the past five years. The projects were evaluated by a committee of CWU Foundation staff, students, CWU faculty, and staff.</p><p>The grants are awarded to efforts at CWU that serve a large population, contribute to the university and student’s needs, and promote the advancement of knowledge. Partial grant funding comes from the Leonard and Betty Thayer Endowment, and bears Thayer’s name in honor of his contributions and service to Central and the Ellensburg community.</p><p>Media Contact: Claire Cox, University Advancement Communications, (509) 963-2145,</p></br></br></br></br>CWU Professor Emeritus Promotes Motorcycle Safety, 14 Aug 2017 07:50:58<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/images/cwu%20motorcyle%20safety.jpg" style="height: 400px; width: 225px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px 4px; float: left;">Bob Wieking of Ellensburg isn’t the kind of guy to put just any old bumper sticker on the back of his vehicle, but he put one on earlier this year.</p><p>Wieking, a retired professor emeritus of industrial and engineering technology at Central Washington University, is displaying a message “Save A Life — Look Twice, Motorcycles Are Everywhere” on the back window of his SUV so other drivers can see it clearly.</p><p>Wieking, is a motorcycle enthusiast-connoisseur. He has an enduring attraction to vintage machines that reflect a unique heritage of mechanical history and are in pristine, safe operating condition.</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Daily Record</a>.</p>Return Of Rail Services Could Be Good For Local Agribusiness, 11 Aug 2017 07:57:01<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 475px; height: 267px;"></p><p>Could passenger rail services soon return to Central Washington, and how could that benefit the Ag industry?&nbsp; John Bowen [geography chair] teaches at Central Washington University.&nbsp; He and several of his students are conducting a survey to determine interest in returning rain service, connecting the Tri Cities, Yakima, Ellensburg and other communities to the greater Seattle area.</p><p>Bowen told the Washington Ag Network while many have expressed an interested in using the train to travel from east to west, there could also be a huge boon for local ag.</p><p>Read more of this story&nbsp; on the <a href="" target="_blank">Washington Ag Network</a>.</p>CWU Professor Illuminates the Eclipse, 11 Aug 2017 07:36:04<p><img alt="" src="" style="width: 475px; height: 324px;"></p><p>We sat down with Professor Bruce Palmquist, who teaches both physics and astronomy at Central Washington University, to learn more about the upcoming solar eclipse. Palmquist reported, “There are two types of eclipses, lunar and solar. Both happen two times a year. They aren’t always total, and they aren’t always over the same space.”</p><p>He used an example that the moon is orbiting around the edge of a plate. The Earth is at the center of that plate. That plate is tipped compared to the angle of the plate that has the Earth orbiting the sun. The Earth plate “wobbles,” which takes about 19 years to go all the way up and back down, which is why the eclipses aren’t in the same places every year. Because of the variation, there are also eclipse “seasons” which change slightly year to year, about half a month. That means sometimes there could be three eclipses in a year.</p><p><br>Read more of this story in the <a href="" target="_blank">Advocate Tribune</a>.</p><p><em>Photo of white light corona courtesy of NASA</em></p></br>CWU professor and mother invents versatile maternity jacket, 09 Aug 2017 08:29:47<p><img alt="" src="/sites/default/files/Transitional%20Coat2.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 135px; margin: 3px; float: right;">A Central Washington University professor in Ellensburg wins a national competition for her one-of-a-kind design for a jacket. The inspiration for it? Her own pregnancy.</p><p>When Andrea Eklund, a professor of the Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising program at CWU was just starting out as a new mom to now 1-year-old son James. It took a lot of work to keep her and the baby warm in the winter.</p><p>Learn more about this story on<a href=""> KNDO TV.</a></p>