Washington State Magazine

Summer 2014

Summer 2014

State of Wonder

In This Issue...


State of Wonder—Growing up in a state that fosters belonging :: A childhood spent in Washington has never been better. Our abundant natural resources, our trove of teachers and volunteers, and our commitment to child development make this a great state to grow up in. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: A storybook story The Inga Kromann children’s book award }

Machine in the Classroom—New tech tools engage young scientists :: Teaching with new technology may involve a microscope app for an iPad or an affordable circuit board for a budding engineer. School children have some exciting new tools with which to conduct experiments and explore their worlds, but now teachers have to decide how to use them. by Larry Clark ’94

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Video: Focus Microscope Camera captures the world beyond the eye’s reach }

Lost Highway—John Mullan closed the last link of the Northwest Passage and vanished from history—until now :: More than 150 years ago, a contingent of road builders and a military escort set out on a rugged pilgrimage to build a wagon highway across the Rocky Mountains and into the west. Historian Keith Petersen ’73 has traced the tumultuous life of the lead engineer John Mullan and, in the process, uncovered some fascinating facts about what is now known as Mullan Road. by Eric Sorensen

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: Mullan Road Monuments by Keith Petersen }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: Gustav Sohon’s illustrations of the Mullan Road and the West }


:: Charting the course of a globe-trotting pathogen

:: Sex, drugs, and differences

:: The time in between

:: Consider the dragon

:: A matter of taste

:: The scoop on Ferdinand’s murals

:: 100 years of the Bookie

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Video: Bruce Lee vs. Chuck Norris }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: A century of the Bookie }


:: First Words

:: Posts

:: In Season: Salmon

:: Sports: Summer spikes

:: Last Words: Ask Dr. Universe


:: Tom Norwalk ’75—Visit Seattle

:: Tim Hills ’93—Hotels and history

:: Cori Dantini ’93—Art and whimsy

:: Allison Helfen ’89—A crush on local wine

:: Alumni news: Lewis Alumni Centre “re-barn”

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—List: Seattle sites you may not have visited }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Book excerpt: The Many Lives of the Crystal Ballroom }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Video: The Lewis Alumni Centre Story }

New Media

:: The Aesthetics of Strangeness: Eccentricity and Madness in Early Modern Japan by W. Puck Brecher

:: Hunger Immortal: The First Thirty Years of the West Seattle Food Bank, 1983–2013 by Ronald F. Marshall ’71

:: Legal Guide to Social Media: Rights and Risks for Businesses and Entrepreneurs by Kimberly A. Houser

:: New & Noteworthy: Kierkegaard for the Church: Essays and Sermons by Ronald F. Marshall ’71; The Whiskey Creek Water Company by Jan Walker ’60; Into the Storm: Journeys with Alzheimer’s edited by Collin Tong; Teeing Up for Success Cheri Brennan ’72, contributor; So This Is Christmas by Jim Devitt ’86

On the cover: Milky Way galaxy over Mount Rainier from Sunrise Point—meteorites show up as streaks of light. This image was a winner in Smithsonian magazine’s 10th annual photo contest. Photo by Dave Morrow. See the entire image.

First Words

First Words for Summer 2014

by | © Washington State University

As spring surrenders to summer, so must we yield our state to its youngest residents, approximately 1.15 million children and teens who will soon take over our communities, yards, pools, beaches, and parks.

Milky Way over Mt. Rainier

One of my early memories is of exploring a campsite on Mount Rainier. I remember roaming around the spot on a cool June morning, exploring a paved road dusted with pine needles and peering into the wet shadows of the woods. Laced into my first hiking boots, I followed my parents along the Sunrise Nature trail, an easy 1.5 mile loop that took us through lush alpine meadows and gave us views of our state’s iconic mountain.

My fellow editor Larry Clark grew up on the opposite side of the state. But he has similar memories of exploring the woods around Newport with his dog Sport, fishing and rafting along the Pend Oreille River, and hunting for huckleberries, contending with stinging nettles and a mad badger.

Though we spent our childhoods on different sides of Washington, one of us in a city and the other in a rugged rural community, we’ve had similar experiences and feel similar attachments to this most amazing state. What a great place Washington is to grow up in!

“You sort of belong to a place and the place belongs to you,” says John Lupinacci of the College of Education. His expertise is in place-based learning, but he has expanded his inquiries to reflect on how Washington’s unique landscape fosters a deeper connection to the natural world.

In this issue we try to recapture the promise of a long summer ahead, new places to explore, and the wonder that is Washington. We do that through our University, at once a microcosm of the state with students and alumni from every corner, and a conduit to it with the extension of its research and education throughout. As the magazine’s new editors, we accept the challenge to tell the stories of our faculty members’ passion for their fields, the pride in their students. We also promise to follow our students and alumni on their adventures into the state, region, and world. 

Milky Way over windmill

Eric Sorensen introduces us to an alumnus historian and transports us back more than a century to tell the story of the man who built the first wagon road from Montana into Washington.

In his feature story, Larry Clark focuses in on several alumni entrepreneurs who are creating new tools—like a device to tie a microscope to an iPad—to help students see more deeply into the world in front of them. And with kids’ constant state of wonder in mind, our newest writer Nick Deshais brings Dr. Universe, our intrepid feline guide, back to WSU to continue her important work finding the answers to their intriguing questions. 

After working in California, living in Washington, D.C. and Belgium, and finishing graduate school in Illinois, I was delighted to come back to Washington for a job in journalism. Larry’s path took him to New Mexico, Oregon, and Japan. But he, too, moved home to Washington, where he and his wife Jenni would start their family. “We’d been gone long enough to appreciate how amazing it is to live here,” he says. “This is where we wanted our children to grow up.” 

Whether you’ve spent your life in Washington, or were settled here for your years at the University, you must share this feeling of belonging.

Hannelore Sudermann, Content Editor

Categories: Washington state history, Education, Washington State Magazine | Tags: Children

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