Washington State Magazine

Winter 2004


Winter 2004

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In This Issue...

Features

How Cougar Gold Made the World a Better Place :: Washington may not yet have reached cheese heaven. But we're now well past the purgatory of cheese sameness. And we have the WSU Creamery, and Cougar Gold as a delicious standard, to thank for much of this progress.

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: The Cheesemaking Process at WSU :: Photography by Robert Hubner.}

Our Kind of Town :: Spokane is undeniably a beautiful place to live and raise a family. Its downtown is once again vibrant. But it takes more than attitude and livability to drive an economy. That's where higher education comes in.

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Story: It's Right Here: An interview with Spokane's economic development officer Tom Reese }

Ideas, Buildings, and Mirrors :: Torn between respect for its natural surroundings and a desire for cosmopolitan sophistication, Spokane lends a unique perspective to the notion that works of architecture reflect what a community thinks of itself.

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE–Gallery: Ideas, Buildings and Mirrors :: Photographs of Spokane by George Bedirian.}

Seen from the Street: Photographs of Spokane :: One lens. One photographer. A unique perspective on Spokane.

Maughan Brothers :: Following the death of her husband, H. Delight Maughan raised six children-while teaching full-time. Despite the challenge, she clearly did it right. All three of her scientist sons, Paul, David, and Lowell, have been honored with alumni achievement awards.

Panoramas

Departments

:: FROM THE PRESIDENT: Opening minds, setting lives on course

:: A SENSE OF PLACE: Plants of the Wild

:: SEASONS|SPORTS: Training Table

Tracking

Cover: Riverpark Square, downtown Spokane. Read the story. Photograph by Rajah Bose.

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Although the original intent of Cougar Summer Science Camp was to dispel fears about science, most of the young teens need little encouragement.

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Although the original intent of Cougar Summer Science Camp was to dispel fears about science, most of the young teens need little encouragement. Robert Hubner

Hazy, crazy days of summer... science

by | © Washington State University

In the chemistry laboratory in Fuller Hall, Cougar Summer Science campers are either making bouncy balls through cross-linking polymers or figuring out the generation properties of oxygen. Tossing her laboratory-produced ball in the air, Kyleigh Kake of Spokane says that she has always wanted to be a doctor. Her lab partner, Elizabeth Perez of Grandview, Washington, attends Cougar Summer Science Camp through an award from her local science fair.

A camper from the next group, slightly less successful with his bouncy ball, says he "did some science at his house." His description of his experiments make it clear he is better off in the hands of the Cougar Summer Science Camp.

Although the original intent of the camp was to dispel fears about science, most of the young teens arriving in Pullman in mid-June need little encouragement to hold human hearts and livers in the anatomy laboratory, test acids and bases, or prod the touch plant in the Abelson greenhouse.

The founder of the camp, former WSU chemistry professor Glenn Crosby, began the Cougar Summer Science Camp after discovering that many high school students who otherwise wanted to pursue degrees in human or veterinary medicine are intimidated by hard science courses such as chemistry. Crosby hoped that if these students were exposed to chemistry in a fun and exciting way, they might be more likely to pursue a medical or veterinary degree in spite of the demanding requirements. Brian Weissbart, the camp's current director, was inspired through his advising and teaching first-year chemistry to continue the camp.

Campers originally spent all five afternoons of lab experience in the chemistry laboratory. But over time the camp has broadened to include hands-on laboratories in biology and physics, as well as demonstrations and lectures concerning a variety of other scientific fields, such as botany, psychology, and astronomy. Although Weissbart says he would like to increase camp attendance from its current 32 to an ideal 48, he enjoys every minute of watching future scientists in action-and looks forward to their return as WSU students.

Campers' highlights of the week ranged from handling local raptors to lying on a bed of nails-but the overwhelming response to the question of what the campers liked most about Cougar Summer Science Camp was the enthusiasm that came from meeting 31 other campers who would rather be nowhere else than in a chemistry lab on a sunny summer afternoon.


Categories: Chemistry, Biological sciences | Tags: Children, Education

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