Washington State Magazine

Winter 2011

Winter 2011

In This Issue...


When Memory Fades :: With memory notebooks and smart apartments that use motion technology to track their residents’ daily behaviors, WSU neuropsychologists are exploring ways to help patients and their families cope with age-related memory loss. Meanwhile, two scientists have discovered a means to restore neural connectivity. by Tim Steury

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Video: Smart Apartment Research }

Attention! :: Cell phones, Internet, car horns, children, commercials—all carry information and all work together to create in us what social scientist Herbert Simon calls “a poverty of attention.” How do you rise above the din to capture what is most important? You may be surprised to learn that one of the oldest forms of communication is still one of the best. by Eric Sorensen

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Tips: How to focus your attention }

All About Everett :: The blue-collar Snohomish County city just 25 miles north of Seattle recently asked WSU to take over the University Center where graduates of its community college can go on to complete four-year degrees in a variety of disciplines, including engineering. Snohomish, Skagit, and Island counties have been underserved by the state’s four-year programs. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Map: Everett: City Snapshots }


Collegiate athletics in the 21st century :: by Thabiti Lewis


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: Sabermetrics As Told By The Simpsons }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Recipes: Unifine Flour Cookbook from Leonard Fulton’s Fairfield Milling Co. (PDF, 2.2MB) }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Story: Flourgirls and the WSU-Unifine connection }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Video: A talk with architect Jim Olson}


:: Sports: John Olerud: Faith, hope, and horses

:: In Season: Wheat: A 10,000-year relationship

:: Last Words: Are our pictures worth a thousand words? (Washington State Magazine 2012 calendar)

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Timeline: John Olerud’s baseball career }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Books and videos: Bread }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Calendar: Order your Washington State Magazine 2012 calendar }


New Media

:: The Man Who Dammed the Yangtze: A Mathematical Novel by Alex Kuo

:: Building New Pathways to Peace edited by Noriko Kawamura, Yoichiro Murakami, and Shin Chiba

:: Montaña Y Caballo by Yarn Owl - Tyler Armour ’10, Tim Meinig ’10, Ted Powers ’09, and Javier Suarez ’10

:: New & Noteworthy: Standing Above the Crowd by James “Dukes” Donaldson ’79; Eliminate the Chaos at Work by Laura Leist ’91; Pick Up Your Own Brass: Leadership the FBI Way by Kathleen McChesney ’71 and William Gavin; The Itty Bitty Guide to Trees: A Children’s Identification Guide to Trees of the Inland Northwest by Jaclyn Gotch ’07 MED, Lisa Bird, and Amy Ross-Davis; The Alpine Tales by Paul J. Willis ’80 MA, ’85 PhD

Cover photo: William Lipe, PhD, Archaeology, born 1935 — came to Washington State University in 1976. (See First Words.) By Robert Hubner

Randall Johnson ’38 and Jeanne Johnson. <em>Courtesy Gene Miller ’68</em>


Randall Johnson ’38 and Jeanne Johnson. Courtesy Gene Miller ’68

Letters in the Winter 2011 issue

© Washington State University

Which way was that again? 

Your article “When wildfire comes to town” locates the Dishman Hills west of Spokane. The Dishman Hills actually are located near the west city limits of the City of Spokane Valley and are southeast of the City of Spokane. I used to hike in the hills as a boy.

John Vlahovich ’62


A second look

I have always looked through the magazine, but for some reason I read it this month. I don’t remember it being this good. Very informative and gave good insight. The Moos article, Judy Morrison, “A Fine Thin Skin,” “Billions Served,” and the story on Mr. Johnson’s Logo design is always fun to revisit. Thank you, I will read the next one as well.

Rick Judy ’62

We have just finished reading the latest issue of the Washington State Magazine and feel compelled to tell you how fabulous we found three articles. They are “A Fine Thin Skin,” “Above and Beyond,” and “Billions Served.” Each one was incredibly interesting to us and fascinating. They have given us a far greater understanding of the issues and possible solutions to problems we all face. These are the best articles we have read in many years of receiving the magazine.

Thank you for such an enlightening and interesting issue.

Dave and Jan Welch

Class of ’63

Randall Johnson

Gene Miller ’68 took us to task for not including a photo of Randall Johnson himself with the article in our last issue on the 75th anniversary of the Cougar Head logo. With admirable follow-through, Mr. Miller also sent photographs. 

“These pictures were taken on April 15 of 2005,” he writes, “outside Randall and Jeanne’s small apartment on Spokane’s south side. They were visited by three anonymous Cougars, one of whom snapped the pictures.”

By the way, we did produce a slideshow of Mr. Johnson and the evolution of the Cougar Head on our website: wsm.wsu.edu/extra/coug-logo.



Due to a miscommunication, we mistakenly printed an In Memoriam notice for S. LeRoy Whitener (’54 DVM). It was his brother Keith Whitener (’60 DVM) who passed away on March 25, 2011.

Categories: Alumni | Tags: Letters, Cougar logo

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