Washington State Magazine

Spring 2003

Spring 2003

In This Issue...


Philip & Neva Abelson: Pioneers on the knowledge frontier :: Philip Abelson '33 developed the process, adopted by the Manhattan Project, for separating U-235 from U-238. He went on to make significant contributions to biochemistry, chemistry, engineering physics, and other fields. Neva Abelson '34 developed the test for the Rh factor in newborns. What was once Science Hall now carries their name. by Pat Caraher

Between humor and menace: The art of Gaylen Hansen :: Gaylen Hansen paints his alter ego as he confronts giant grasshoppers and a buffalo lurking behind the bed. by Sheri Boggs

Resilient Cultures—A new understanding of the New World :: The history of European and Indian interactions is being dramatically rewritten. In a new book, a WSU historian produces an update. by John Kicza

Whirlwind tour :: On an August morning, Senator Murray '72 visits Dayton to hear its concerns. by Treva Lind

Homage to a difficult land: An African scientist returns home :: Beset by a relentless drought, the Sahel seems in unstoppable ecological decline. But Oumar Badini will not give up. There must be some way to help Mali farmers reclaim the land. Story and photos by Peter Chilson

Field Notes

Halloween in Iraq :: A traveler explores rumors of genuine "evildoers." by Nathan Mauger




Cover: A young fan gets his autograph from quarterback Jason Gesser. Read story. Photo by Shelly Hanks.

Larry Hufford

Larry Hufford

One hot link: WSU's Ownbey Herbarium Web site

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"From Rainforest to Grassland," on WSU's Ownbey Herbarium Web site, takes you on a virtual tour of Washington plant communities, from Cape Flattery on the northwestern tip of the Olympic Peninsula to the confluence of the Snake and Grand Ronde Rivers at the southeastern corner of the state. Along the way you not only learn about the state's varied plant communities-coastal forest, temperate rainforest, salt marsh, Cascade forest, timberline & alpine, sagebrush steppe, meadow steppe, butte slope, and riparian-you also get what amounts to a private viewing of the gorgeous color photographs of Larry Hufford, herbarium director. Hufford's photos also appear on two similar programs, "Native Plants of the Palouse" and "Delicious Pieces: The Vegetables We Eat," as well as pages devoted to plants of Moscow Mountain, Kamiak Butte, Smoot Hill, and the Rose Creek Reserve. Lest you think this site too regional in its focus, check the "Links" page, www.wsu.edu:8080/~wsherb/links.html. This is your springboard for online travel to Chicago's Field Museum, the New York Botanical Garden, Britain's Kew Gardens, the National Botanical Institute in Capetown, South Africa, and the Australian National Botanic Gardens, among other destinations. You can also access sites on flora projects and databases, plant systematics and evolution, ethnobotany, poisonous plants, bryophytes and lichens, gardening and horticulture, and botanical directories. So log on and enjoy!

Categories: Websites, WSU collections | Tags: Herbarium

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