Washington State Magazine

Fall 2002

Fall 2002

In This Issue...


Bulbs and Blooms :: "Roozen" may mean "roses" in Dutch. But in Washington, it means tulips—to the tune of 50 million a year. by Pat Caraher

Fall is the time to plant bulbs—but maybe not the ones you'd planned on

Genetically modified foods :: If you think scientists all agree on genetically modified foods, think again. by Tim Steury

Blackwell makes his mark :: James Blackwell helped establish the clout of black sociologists. This spring he returned to Pullman to receive the University's highest honor. by Pat Caraher

Ain't misbehavin' :: If you're not the leader of your pack, you may want to give Catherine Ulibarri a call. by Mary Aegerter

Field Notes

London: Thames Voices :: As a literary scholar wanders London's streets, he can hear the doubts and questions and skeptical musings of the 16th-century stage. by Will Hamlin



:: CAREERS: Paying it forward

:: SPORTS: "D" is for Doba


Cover: Carlos Sanches, employee of the Washington Bulb Co. Read the story. Photograph © 2002 Laurence Chen, www.lchenphoto.com

Don Dillman with a student. Robert Hubner

Don Dillman with a student. Robert Hubner

The survey expert

© Washington State University

Don Dillman may be the most influential social scientist in developing the scientific basis for research methodology over the last 25 years. His Mail and Telephone Surveys: The Total Design Method is a classic of its genre, the first work to provide detailed procedures for conducting surveys by these methods. In the early 1990s, he was senior survey methodologist for the U.S. Bureau of the Census. He also led development of new questionnaire designs and procedures for the 2000 Decennial Census and other government surveys.

Dillman has worked at Washington State University for 33 years. He directed the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center at WSU from 1986 to 1996, is now the deputy director, and was the founding coordinator of the SESRC’s Public Opinion Laboratory, one of the first university-based telephone survey laboratories in the United States.

For these and other accomplishments, Dillman was honored with the Eminent Faculty Award, WSU’s top faculty honor.

Categories: Social sciences | Tags: Surveys

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