Washington State Magazine

Spring 2002

Spring 2002

In This Issue...


Nurses to the homeless :: Gypsy's camp is evidence of the harsh living conditions faced by a growing number of homeless in Spokane. It also doubles as a classroom, and a lesson in reality, for student nurses. By Andrea Vogt.

A campus full of wonders :: All over campus, curiosities emerged from closets to form one of the most popular and unusual shows ever to fill the art museum. By Tim Steury.

What don't we know? :: James Krueger wants to know why the average person will spend 219,000 hours asleep. By James Krueger and Tim Steury.

Memories are made of this :: Neuroscientists Jay Wright and Joe Harding can approximate Alzheimer's symptoms in a rat by injecting a certain protein into its hippocampus. What's more, they can reverse those symptoms. By Tim Steury.

Catherine Mathews Friel is thankful for...Life in a small college town :: Catherine Friel has lived in Pullman nearly 100 years, and she has some stories to tell. By Pat Caraher.

Opening Day...a great way to reunite Cougars :: Cougars batten their hatches and hoist their mainsails. By Pat Caraher.


The Peking Cowboy :: He wanted to tell the story in the third person, but it came out in the first; he wanted to tell it in the past, but it came out happening in the now; even if he wanted to, he could not change a word of it, its sequence and language clarifying its own shape and direction in his voice. A short story by Alex Kuo.




Cover: Student Jennifer Schwarzer and Intercollegiate College of Nursing instructor Carol Allen. Read the story here. Photograph by Ira Gardner.

Thomas M. Maloney reflects on a lifelong career in wood science. Robert Hubner

Thomas M. Maloney reflects on a lifelong career in wood science. Robert Hubner

Maloney honored for contributions to wood materials engineering

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Growing up in the mill town of Raymond, Washington, alumnus Thomas M. Maloney may have been destined to wind up in the wood products industry. In fact, he spent his entire professional career at Washington State University working with wood.

Now professor emeritus, Maloney was director of the Wood Materials Engineering Laboratory in the College of Engineering and Architecture from 1972 until 1996. Last summer, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the International Society of Wood Science and Technology for his “extraordinary career contributions to the wood science and technology profession.”

Earning a degree in industrial arts at Washington State in 1956, Maloney led research and development in wood composites for four decades and strengthened the laboratory's international programs. He expanded the lab’s research focus from products that increase efficient use of forest materials, such as particleboard and other wood composite materials, to adhesives, adhesion, and wood engineering.

In 1967, he founded the International WSU Particleboard/Composite Materials Symposium. Each spring the symposium attracts as many as 500 people to Pullman from some 30 countries. He also oversaw construction of new laboratory facilities, completed in 1988.

The Pullman resident is a former president of the International Academy of Wood Scientists. He has been honored with the Forest Industries annual award (1988) and WSU's Faculty Excellence Award for Public Service (1983) and Alumni Achievement Award (1999). He is the author of Modern Particleboard and Dry-Process Fiberboard Manufacturing, which is used throughout the world.

Categories: Engineering, WSU faculty, Awards and honors | Tags: Materials engineering, Wood

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