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, 19832013 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.

The new home of the College of Pharmacy and the Medical Science unit opened on the WSU Spokane campus last November. Photo Lori Maricle


What’s new? The new home of the College of Pharmacy and the Medical Science unit opened on the WSU Spokane campus last November. Photo Lori Maricle

Posts for Summer 2014

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Recollecting Washington’s landscapes

Tim Steury’s article “Mountains and Rivers and Prairies Without End—Recollecting Washington’s Landscapes” is a great read for this student of all he writes about.

But the narration also brought back fond memories of places and people significant to me. As a WSC freshman in 1956 I hitched a ride with Ed Claplanhoo, who was a senior at that time, from our farm near Port Ludlow back to Pullman after the between semester’s break.

Then in 1988 my wife Louise (Morse), WSC ’59, and I took a class in anthropology of the North Cascades taught by Bob Mierendorf. To get to Stehekin, where Bob taught the class, we hiked over Cascade Pass and caught the bus to town at Cottonwood. Bob affirmed our knowing that removing people from wilderness is as ridiculous as removing bear, deer, or any other species that has been a significant part of the natural history of this landscape.

Washington State Magazine continues to be one of my favorite reads.

—Richard Guthrie ’61 DVM

Thoroughly enjoyed Tim Steury’s article in the Spring 2014 edition of Washington State Magazine, “Mountains and Rivers and Prairies Without End.” I was wondering if the article was available online. Seems like it would lend itself to an ever growing blog, where readers could input their own experiences. It may become a wonderful travelogue, giving endless possibilities for exploring the state.

I have some very fond memories of my own travels in the state. My family is from the Northwest, with my grandmother’s family moving to the Yakima valley around the beginning of the 20th century. Dad grew up in Grandview and graduated from WSU in ’39. He worked in Alaska during the war, and moved back to the DC area in ’48, but every 3–4 years we would drive back out to the NW to visit with his family, and my mom’s family in Idaho. Then I attended WSU ’64–’68, moved to the Navajo Reservation in the SW to use my education degree, and returned to the Renton area in ’80–’81. Since then I have been back to Washington a few times for brief visits with my family.

Reading your article has brought back many good thoughts of those times and travels, and I am sure other readers have had similar recollections. And I would guess more than one of us would be interested in contributing to a shared tale-telling time. I bet it could provide some very intriguing stories about some of the out of the way places, as well as the better known locations in this great state. Just a thought... .

—Fred Danes ’68

Editor: The article is indeed online at wsm.wsu.edu where each issue can be found in its entirety along with additional material. We also have a place online where you can tell intriguing stories—Our Story, which chronicles WSU history, and myStory, where you can share personal experiences.

It is a shame that Prof. Andrefsky decided to discuss Marmes Rock Shelter (Spr. 2014 issue, pp. 24–25). This site was excavated by WSU personnel (I was there as the second season crew chief), but the research on the excavated collection was never carried out. Stored at WSU, the collection deteriorated over the years to that point that most of it (records and artifacts) have disappeared. At this point, there is nothing about Marmes for anyone to be proud of. WSU dropped the ball on that one—big time. Why bring it up?

—Roger Nance ’66 MA

Editor’s note: We checked with Bill Andrefsky and the WSU Museum of Anthropology and have learned that yes, the immediate follow up to the Marmes excavations was problematic. But in 1995, the Army Corps of Engineers financed a rehabilitation of the collection and located and catalogued 14,826 individual artifacts, project records, and many floral and faunal remains. In the ensuing years, several studies of the collection have resulted in significant publications, says Mary Collins, who recently retired as the museum’s director. Andrefsky, whose tenure at WSU started in the 1990s, long after the Marmes excavation, notes that anthropologist Brent Hicks, working for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, has edited a complete overview of the collection which is available through WSU Press.

Road trips

Having retired in southern Arizona, I am going to frame the Spring 2014 cover as a great reminder of the many road trips I have taken over the years by myself or with family and friends. Enjoyed the last article about the hills of WSU. Brought to mind the somewhat clandestine use of cafeteria trays to slide down the SE Nevada Street hill from Waller Hall to the dorm complex.

—Irene Tichelaar Silverman ’68

Thank you, Tim Steury

A very sincere thank you to [former] editor Tim Steury for his relentless commitment to telling the compelling stories of WSU and residents of our state. I have long appreciated the subject and focus of his articles and issue themes. Of course I have my favorites, but Tim has brought many important stories to light during his career and has made the Washington State Magazine something to savor and share. Thank you for so much Tim, and I hope you find a way to keep telling your stories.

—Anne Schwartz ’78

Covered old ground

I read with relish “A True Story Fraught with Peril” in the Spring 2014 issue of Washington State Magazine. Although it was fascinating, the article unfortunately covered little new ground for me.

The final class I took for my DDP bachelor’s degree in humanities was Geology 210, in spring 2010. I’d been dreading taking a science class, so antithetical to my concentrations in English and history. However, as I researched what lies beneath Walla Walla Valley and the rest of the Columbia Plateau I found the class to be a revelation. I learned a vast amount about the Missoula Floods, the various basalt flows and the original land that lurks beneath these.

Thanks for the enjoyable refresher course.

—Brenden Koch ’10


My husband and I want to thank you for putting out such a wonderful magazine. Your articles are high quality and keep us informed on what is happening around our state. Your articles cover a wide range of topics and keep us up-to-date on the latest research. I recently was surveyed and a lot of the questions dealt with my knowledge of agriculture in our state. The surveyor was surprised at how much I knew!

Our whole family enjoys reading this magazine.

Keep up the good work!

—Elaine ’88 & Dale ’87 Kvamme

Walked a little taller

I was saddened to learn of Dr. Terrell’s passing. I have a fond memory of him to share with you.

During my freshman year (1981), I was walking along the mall near Todd Hall. It was early morning, overcast, drizzling, and nobody was out except for one man walking toward me. As he came closer, I recognized him...Holy smokes, it’s the President! What is he doing out here this early?

Much to my surprise he walked straight up to me and said “good morning!” We introduced ourselves, had a brief chat, then continued on our way. Three years later in almost the exact same situation ... Early morning, drizzling, few people around ... Here comes Dr. Terrell. Once again, he walks straight for me, but this time he says “good morning Wes, how are you?” How on Earth did he remember my name? I was stunned. There are thousands of students at this school, we met only that once for a matter of seconds and he remembered me! Who does that? I walked a little taller that day and I will never forget Dr. Terrell.

—Wes Wilkerson ’85


The story “Dose of Reason” (Winter 2014) should have noted that a series of three shots of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine could prevent 70 percent (not 90 percent) of all cervical cancer. A newer version, which is in the licensing process with the Food and Drug Administration, will prevent 90 percent.


Twitter Richard Daugherty dies at 91; archaeologist studied Makah tribe site http://fw.to/AAGeFNh via @latimes

Twitter A viscous goo promises to solve that pesky burning-battery problem we keep hearing about. http://ow.ly/tmoeH via @Gizmodo

Twitter Nothing says unwieldy quite like a grizzly bear in an MRI machine. http://ow.ly/sHGaj

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