Washington State Magazine

Spring 2012

Spring 2012

In This Issue...


On Closer Inspection—The curiouser and curiouser world of the small :: In some ways, with so much science now involving tools that detect things outside the five senses, examining the world with a microscope seems quaint. But a corps of WSU researchers—let’s call them microscopists—are wrangling photons, electrons, glowing proteins, exotic stains, and remarkably powerful devices in their pursuit of the small. by Eric Sorensen

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Gallery: Micrographs from WSU }

Lessons from the Forest—The anthropology of childhood :: Anthropologist Barry Hewlett has spent the last 40 years gleaning lessons from the Aka, a people who personify hundreds of thousands of years of human history. by Tim Steury

A Feast of Good Things :: How do we Washingtonians eat? The author travels from farm to table to explore and explain Washington cuisine. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Photo: A delicious dilemma: Ingredients for a photographic still life }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Recipe: Swiss Chard with Garlicky Chickpeas }


{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Video: The Amazing Leaproach (and how it can jump like that) }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Video: Feeding styles demonstrated }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Video: Creator of The Wire David Simon’s speech at WSU }


:: First Words: Time’s Warehouse

:: Thank you: Our 10-year event

:: Short Subject: A hidden history

:: Sports: Let him swim: The Tom Jager story

:: In Season: A cattle drive

:: Last Words: The Lowell Elm

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Slideshow: Life at Heart Mountain internment camp for Japanese Americans }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Tips: How to cook lean beef }


New Media

:: The Long Journey of the Nez Perce: A Battle History from Cottonwood to Bear Paw by Kevin Carson ’81

:: Good Science: The Pursuit of Truth and the Evolution of Reality by Timothy McGettigan ’95 PhD

:: The World’s Beaches: A Global Guide to the Science of the Shoreline by Orrin H. Pilkey ’57,William J. Neal, Joseph T. Kelley, and J. Andrew G. Cooper

:: All You Can Eat by Richard Harlan Miller

Cover illustration by Colin Johnson

WSU Alumni Association News

Renewing your plates

© Washington State University

Get Your “Crimson to Go”
New Cougar Plates Hit the Road

For several years the Washington State University Alumni Association has had designs on a new WSU license plate. This January, plans to replace the blue, white, and Cougar logo plate with an all-crimson plate came through. Now alumni and friends can license their cars, show their affinity for WSU, and raise money for scholarships.

The first Cougar license plate was introduced in 1995 to wide appeal. About 3,000 sold in the first few months of the program. By 2000, that number had grown to well over 11,000. And today, WSU’s 13,348 plates outnumber those from all the other state colleges and universities combined.

But with only about 15 percent of all Cougars in Washington State buying the plates, the time has come for an eye-catching new approach. WSU staff members and volunteers had something very specific in mind. They took their inspiration from the WSU flag, “Ol’ Crimson,” like the one flown by WSU fans on ESPN’s College GameDay broadcast. “Since the Department of Licensing currently offers about 45 special plates, we wanted the WSU plate to stand out,” says Tim Pavish ’80, executive director of the WSU Alumni Association.

The all-crimson plate with silver/white numbers and letters and the Cougar logo needed some tweaking to meet the state requirements and get approved. But it was worth it. “No other plate on the road looks anything like it,” says Pavish. “We think Cougars will love it.”

In addition to the special WSU plate, the Department of Licensing provides personalized WSU plates. They have the same all-crimson background and the opportunity to design your own unique message. Those who currently have WSU special or WSU personalized plates can keep their same numbers or message on the new all-crimson plates.

The special plate costs an initial $40 in addition to standard license plate fees. The renewal is $30 plus fees. Personalized plates cost an additional $49.75 to purchase plus other standard license plate fees. Of the costs, $28 from each plate goes to scholarships for WSU students. Last year alumni plates raised over $350,000.

For more information about the WSU license plate program visit alumni.wsu.edu/license or your local DOL office.

Categories: Alumni | Tags: License plates, Cougar gear

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