Washington State University

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Washington State University

Public research university based in Pullman, in the U.S. state of Washington, in the Palouse region of the Pacific Northwest add

Category: Sciences (600)

Founded in 1890.

Countries: United States (63%), (13%), Canada (4%)

Main connections: Biodynamic agriculture, Idaho, Master gardener program

Linked to: Association of American University Presses, Columbia University, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, Graduate School




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Founded in 1890, WSU is the state's original and largest land-grant university add something


Washington State College was established by the Washington Legislature on March 28, 1890, less than five months after statehood was declared on November 11, 1889 add something


After an extended search for a location, the state's new land-grant college opened in Pullman on January 13, 1892 add something


Beacy A. Bryan, appointed July 22, 1893, was the first influential president of WSU. Bryan held graduate degrees from Harvard and Columbia and previously served as the president of Vincennes University in Indiana add something


In 1894, the 6th faculty member, William Jasper Spillman, arrived to teach plant science and mathematics and serve as the first wheat breeder add something


The Connor Museum has its roots in an 1894 gift of the state of Washington's exhibits from the Chicago's World's Fair, encouraged by President of the Board of Regents Charles R. Conner add something


WSU's role as a statewide institution became clear in 1894 with the launch of its first Agricultural Experiment Station west of the Cascade Mountains near Puyallup add something


The first issue of the "Evergreen" was published in 1895, while the magazine's roots trace to the WSU alumni periodical "PowWow", first published in 1910 add something


The year 1897 saw the first graduating class of seven men and women add something


Professional education began with establishment of the School of Veterinary Science in 1899; in 1902 the first two veterinary science students graduated and in 1909 the first Doctor of Veterinary Science degrees were awarded add something


University of Washington - The Apple Cup game is an annual game against cross-state rival Washington State University that was first contested in 1900 with UW leading the all-time series, 65 wins to 31 losses and 6 ties


Established in 1901, the School of Music at Washington State University is recognized for excellence in undergraduate and graduate studies in music add something


Graduate education began in the early years and, in 1902, the first master's degree was conferred, an M.S. in Botany add something


John Rankin Rogers - Rogers Field, the football and track stadium at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, was named for him in 1902


John R. Bender - After graduating from Nebraska, Bender served as head football and basketball coach at Washington State between 1906 and 1908, where he posted a 13–1 record in football


Walter Rheinschild - He later coached for Washington State University in 1908, St. Vincent College in 1909, Throop College in 1913, and Occidental College in 1917


From 1911 to 1923, Rudolph Weaver was the first chairman of the architecture department add something


Alpha Delta Pi was the first sorority at WSU it was established in 1912 add something


John R. Bender - Bender returned to coach Washington State football from 1912 to 1914


John Ernest Weaver - He was "Instructor of Botany" at Washington State College from 1912 to 1913


WSU has two representative student body organizations: the Associated Students of Washington State University founded in 1915 and the Graduate and Professional Students Association founded about 1970 add something


The veterinary school was elevated to college status in 1916, becoming the College of Veterinary Medicine in 1925 add something


In 1917, WSU won its first National Championship in Men's Basketball add something


In 1917, the institution was organized into five colleges and four schools, with deans as administrative heads, and in 1922 a Graduate School created add something


William A. Bugge - After attending Washington State College for three & one-half years, in 1922, he began work with the Washington Department of Highways engineering department


It replaces a sub-standard 9-hole course that was built in 1923 and was mostly unimproved add something


Albert Exendine - From 1923 to 1925, he coached at Washington State, tallying a mark of 6–13–4


Edward R. Murrow - After graduation from high school in 1926, Murrow enrolled at Washington State College across the state in Pullman, Washington, and eventually majored in speech


Babe Hollingbery - He served as the head coach at the State College of Washington, now Washington State University, from 1926 to 1942, compiling a record of 93–53–14


In 1929, the first PhD degree conferred, one in Bacteriology add something


It opened in 1937 and added its second nine in 1970; the back tees are at , with a course rating of 72,4 and a slope rating of 135 add something


Food science is another long-time research field at WSU. Work in the 1940s on types of cheese suitable for storing in cans or tins led to creation of now award-winning Cougar Gold cheese, a white cheddar produced at the WSU Creamery with milk from the university's dairy herd add something


Frank Stojack - After graduating from Washington State, Stojack signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers of the National Football League, where he played for two seasons, and played in the CFL and in 1940 for the Boeing Aero Mechanics semi pro football team


Forest Evashevski - Evashevski served as the head football coach at Hamilton College in 1941, Washington State University from 1950 to 1951, and the University of Iowa from 1952 to 1960, compiling a career record of 68–35–6


Jon Whitmore - Whitmore was born in 1945 in Seattle, WA. He earned BA and MA degrees in Speech from Washington State University, and a Ph.D. in Theatre History in 1974 from the University of California, Santa Barbara


Arthur Cronquist - From 1946 to 1948 he held a position at the University of Georgia, followed by a three year position at Washington State University


Mike McCormack (politician) - From 1946 to 1949, he attended Washington State College and received Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Physical Chemistry


Dudley Pratt - His Carrara marble "Gold Star Mother" was a central part of the World War II memorial on the 1949 Seattle Public Safety Building by NBBJ, and his limestone "The Reader" adorns Holland Library on the Washington State University campus in Pullman, Washington


WSU fruit breeders have developed many varieties for the state including, in 1952, the sweet, yellow Rainier cherry, and in 2010 an apple specifically for Washington, code name WA 2 add something


Ed Bouchee - Bouchee attended Washington State University, where he played college baseball for the Cougars in 1952


John M. Fabian - Graduated from Pullman, Washington High School, Pullman, Washington, Washington, in 1957; received a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University in 1962; a master of science in Aerospace Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1964; and a doctorate in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Washington in 1974


Conference rivals until 1959, their rivalry football game, the "Battle of the Palouse", was played on an annual basis from 1901 until 1978 when the NCAA Division I split add something


Hugh Campbell - Campbell played wide receiver at Washington State University from 1959 to 1962


John Abelson - Abelson graduated in 1960 with a bachelor's degree in physics from Washington State University


The Nuclear Radiation Center is a 1 MW TRIGA Conversion reactor built in 1961 during President Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace initiative add something


Among the 39 WSU alumni to receive the Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award since 1962 are recipient of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Irwin Rose, broadcaster Edward R. Murrow, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, astronaut John M. Fabian, cartoonist Gary Larson, molecular evolutionist Allan Wilson, banking executive Phyllis J. Campbell, Entrepreneur Clint Hedin, sociologist William Julius Wilson, author and film director Sherman Alexie, veterinary researcher John Gorham, wheat breeder Orville Vogel, physicist Philip Abelson and physician Neva Abelson add something


This walkway was named after Glenn Terrell, who was WSU's president from 1967 to 1985 add something


Over the years, WSU research and scholarship included the 1968 discovery of the Marmes Man at the Marmes Rockshelter in southeastern Washington, the nation's oldest human remains at that time; the development of high-yielding dwarf wheat; discovery of insect resistance to pesticides; and creation of a method to store cheese in tins, which led to the university's well known and still produced Cougar Gold Cheese add something


Hugh Campbell - Campbell quit the Roughriders in 1968 to take a position as assistant coach at Washington State but returned for a final year with the Roughriders in 1969


Mike Price - Price started his coaching career in 1969 as a graduate assistant for two seasons at Washington State, was the offensive coordinator at his alma mater, UPS, for three


Dolph Lundgren - After graduating from high school with straight As, he spent some time in the United States in the 1970s on various academic scholarships, studying chemistry at Washington State University and Clemson University


James Donaldson (basketball) - Donaldson, a 7'2" center, starred at Luther Burbank High School and Washington State University in the late 1970s before being drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics in 1979


Dave Campo - Campo began his coaching career in 1971 at his alma mater, coaching two seasons followed by stints at Albany ; Bridgeport ; Pitt ; Washington State ; Boise State ; Oregon State ; Weber State ; Iowa State ; and Syracuse


Ray Nagel - Nagel left Iowa to become the athletic director at Washington State in 1971


Ray Nagel - Nagel served as the athletic director at Washington State University from 1971 to 1976 and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa from 1976 to 1983


Ray Nagel - While at Washington State from 1971–1976, Nagel spearheaded the creation of the Cougar Club, coordinated fundraising, and served on the NCAA Football Rules Committee from 1973–1976


Martin Stadium, the Cougars' football stadium since 1972, holds more than 35,000 spectators, which makes it the smallest stadium in the Pac-12 conference, but still allows it to hold 125 percent of Pullman's population, including the nearly 20,000 student population add something


This is the most major awards won by a Pacific-12 Conference coach in a single season, surpassing UCLA legend John Wooden's five in 1972 add something


Michael Schroeder - He did his undergraduate work at Washington State University and went to graduate school at MIT, obtaining his PhD in 1972


Patty Murray - Murray received her Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education from Washington State University in 1972


Vesa Kanniainen - Vesa Kanniainen studied at the London School of Economics in 1972-73, working within macroeconomic theory and monetary economics, topics that he was teaching as Visiting Assistant Professor at Brown University and Washington State University in 1977-79


In 1973 in Seattle, WSU Extension founded the now national Master Gardener Programs of trained volunteers add something


Master gardener program - The first Master Gardener program was founded in 1973 by Dr. David Gibby of Washington State University Cooperative Extension in the greater Seattle area to meet a high demand for urban horticulture and gardening advice


Master gardener program - The first Master Gardener program was founded in 1973 by Dr. David Gibby of Washington State University Cooperative Extension in the greater Seattle area to meet a high demand for urban horticulture and gardening advice


Jack Thompson (American football) - Known as "The Throwin' Samoan," a nickname bestowed on him by "Spokesman-Review" columnist Harry Missildine during Thompson's breakout sophomore season at Washington State University in 1976, he was a first-round draft choice of the Cincinnati Bengals in 1979 and played for Cincinnati from 1979-82


The Cougars third and most recent National Championship was earned in 1977 Indoor Track and Field add something


Jim Walden - He served as the head football coach at Washington State University from 1978 to 1986 and at Iowa State University from 1987 to 1994, compiling a career college football record of 72–109–7


Mel Hein - He was inducted as a charter member into the Washington State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1978, and was the first alumni athlete inducted into the new Burlington-Edison High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006


KZUU 90,7 FM, a non-commercial college radio station, is a service of ASWSU. It gained FCC approval in 1979 add something


WSU formerly operated its own alpine ski area in Idaho, the North-South Ski Bowl, which was sold in the early 1980s add something


Doug Sisk - Sisk attended Washington State University, where he played college baseball for the Cougars in 1980


Don Collins - The 6-foot-6 Scott High School standout was selected as the Pac-10 Player of the Year after averaging 23 ppg for Washington State University in 1980


Stu Jackson - He worked as an assistant coach at Washington State from 1983 to 1985 and at the University of Oregon from 1981 through 1983


Steve Broussard - Broussard starred at Washington State from 1985 to 1989


Volunteers (film) - The film spoofs a number of David Lean epics, including "Lawrence of Arabia" and "The Bridge on the River Kwai", with the Washington State University Fight Song used in place of the "Colonel Bogey March 1985 "


Sherman Alexie - In 1987 he dropped out of Gonzaga University and enrolled at Washington State University


In 1989, WSU officially gained branch campuses in Spokane, the Tri-Cities, and Vancouver add something


Lewis is an old beef cattle barn renovated in 1989 to be the most luxurious building on campus, with hand-made rugs, palm trees, Italian marble, and beautiful artwork add something


The university operates campuses across Washington known as WSU Spokane, WSU Tri-Cities, and WSU Vancouver, all founded in 1989 add something


Bill Doba - In 1989, Doba became the linebackers coach at Washington State under Mike Price


Mike Price - On the field, Price was noted for his successful head coaching work at Washington State, where he served for fourteen seasons, from 1989–2002


Mike Kinkade - After graduating from Tigard, Oregon High School in Tigard, Oregon, Kinkade was a collegiate star at Washington State University, where he played college baseball for the Cougars from 1992–1995


Isaac Stevens - Pullman, WA: Washington State University Press, 1993


Bryan Chiu - He started all 11 games he played with the Washington State Cougars in 1996 and graduated in 1997 with a degree in Sports Management


Brock Huard - Huard would miss more time in 1997 due to injury and what had been a season that started with the potential of a National Championship ended in a disappointing 7-4 record and a 41-35 loss to Washington State in the Apple Cup


Jerame Tuman - Tuman was the starting tight end for the 1997 undefeated team named National Champions by the Associated Press, and scored the decisive touchdown in the 1998 Rose Bowl victory over Washington State which secured their undefeated season


After Idaho returned to Division I-A, a renewed series lasted a decade, from 1998 until 2007 add something


Patrick Rothfuss - He graduated in 1999, received an MA at Washington State University, and returned to teach at Stevens Point


Game (rapper) - In 1999, Taylor graduated from Compton, California High School and enrolled in Washington State University.


Bernard Lagat - In 2000, Lagat graduated from Washington State University with a degree in management information systems


In 2001, WSU professor M. Grant Norton and University of Idaho physics professor David McIlroy were the first scientists to create nanosprings add something


The university has the Student Recreation Center , which was the largest student recreation center in the United States when it was opened in 2001 add something


Bill Doba - After Price left Washington State for the University of Alabama at the end of the 2002 season, Doba was named head coach, and took office immediately following the Rose Bowl


Calvin Armstrong - At Washington State University, Armstrong was a two time All-Pac-10 player and an integral member of 2002 WSU Rose Bowl team and 2003 Holiday Bowl team


Anson Henry - He blasted onto the track scene when he was the bronze medalist at the 2002 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships while representing Washington State University


Copyright - " Washington State University Press, 2003


The Museum has published 6 trade books since 2004 add something


Jerome Harrison - After two years at Pasadena City College, Harrison transferred to Washington State University, where he played for the Washington State Cougars football from 2004 to 2005


Biodynamic agriculture - Further, in a 2004 overview of biodynamic agriculture, Linda Chalker-Scott, a researcher at Washington State University, characterized biodynamics as pseudoscience, writing that Steiner did not use scientific methods to formulate his theory of biodynamics, and that the later addition of valid organic farming techniques has "muddled the discussion" of Steiner's original idea


Biodynamic agriculture - Further, in a 2004 overview of biodynamic agriculture, Linda Chalker-Scott, a researcher at Washington State University, characterized biodynamics as pseudoscience, writing that Steiner did not use scientific methods to formulate his theory of biodynamics, and that the later addition of valid organic farming techniques has "muddled the discussion" of Steiner's original idea


Peter Jennings - In 2004, he was *awarded with the Edward R. Murrow *award for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting from Washington State University


Paint.net - Paint.net originated as a computer science senior design project during spring 2004 at Washington State University


Paint.net - Paint.net originated as a computer science senior design project during spring 2004 at Washington State University


Jim Dine - " Pullman, Washington: Museum of Art, Washington State University, 2004


Beginning in 2005 the Museum of Art began organizing its own traveling exhibitions add something


Between 2005 and 2011, exhibitions organized by the Museum of Art will have traveled to 20 museums in 11 states, and will have been seen by more than 300,000 people add something


In 2005, 42-year-old WSU elementary education student Ed Swan of Othello, Washington, wrote diversity is perversity in the margins of a book add something


The Swan incident was the second time in 2005 that the university had been reprimanded for violating free speech rights of students add something


Alexis Serna - Austan's cancer going into remission, Serna met Austan for the first time after a victory over Washington State in the 2005 season


Aron Baynes - He attended the Australian Institute of Sport in 2005 and played college basketball at Washington State University


After the conclusion of the 2006 football season, Martin Stadium went under a massive renovation to expand the seating capacity and offer greater amenities for players and spectators, as well as made improvements to the general facilities such as bathrooms and concession stands add something


Freshmen and sophomores were first admitted to the Vancouver campus in 2006 and to the Tri-Cities campus in 2007 add something


It closed in 2006 for the redesign to create Palouse Ridge, on the same site and adjacent land add something


The building closed in May 2006 and re-opened in August 2008 add something


In 2007 National Science Foundation rankings of research and development expenditures, WSU ranked 22nd among public research universities without a medical school, 57th among all public research institutions, and 82nd among all research institutions, public and private add something


In terms of productivity, WSU plant sciences faculty rank No. 2 in the nation, animal sciences faculty rank fourth, and food science faculty rank 6th according to Academic Analytics' 2007 "Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index" add something


Reproductive biologist Patricia A. Hunt was named one of the top 50 researchers of 2007 by Scientific American for her work showing a potential threat to human health posed by bisphenol A , a component of the polycarbonate plastics used to make food and beverage containers add something


Steve Broussard - Broussard continued working as an assistant coach at PSU until he was hired by Washington State prior to the 2007 season


Michael Pollan - It was the book of focus for the University of Pennsylvania's Reading Project in 2007, and the book of choice for Washington State University's Common Reading Program in 2009-10


Steve Broussard - On February 8, 2007, Washington State Head Coach Bill Doba announced that Broussard would be returning to WSU to serve as the Cougars' running backs coach


On March 1, 2007, Washington State was awarded a banner for its 1917 NCAA National Basketball Championship prior to its home game against UCLA. The championship was recently approved by the NCAA. In 1941, Coach Jack Friel led the Cougars to the basketball championship game, losing to Wisconsin 39-34 add something


On April 20, 2007, Washington State hired the recently fired Washington Huskies women's basketball coach June Daugherty as the new head coach of the women's basketball team add something


Floyd, former president of University of Missouri System, succeeded V. Lane Rawlins on May 21, 2007 add something


In 2008, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching granted WSU its Community Engagement elective classification, both for curricular engagement and for outreach and partnerships add something


In 2008, the Residence Halls swept Homecoming add something


Ebba Jungmark - Jungmark won the NCAA Indoor Championship for Washington State University in March 2008


In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of microwave energy for producing pre-packaged, low-acid foods, and WSU professor Juming Tang led development of the technology by university, industry and U.S. military scientists add something


In 2009, this included a record 1,447 international students, the highest since 1994 when there were 1,442 add something


The University has 170,547 living alumni in fall 2009, according to the WSU Alumni Association add something


Medicinal plants - A consortium of plant molecular researchers at Washington State University, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the National Center for Genome Resources, and the University of Illinois at Chicago began an NIH-sponsored study of over thirty medicinal plant species late 2009


As of March 2009 a proposal under consideration by the state legislature would add an eleventh to the board, appointed from the faculty for a three-year term, whose role would be limited to issues not dealing with faculty add something


There are currently 26 fraternities and 14 sororities at WSU. Kappa Sigma, the first national fraternity at WSU, celebrated its centennial on the Pullman campus on March 6, 2009 add something


On March 30, 2009, however, Bennett shocked the Cougar faithful by accepting the head men's coaching position at the University of Virginia add something


On April 6, 2009, WSU announced former Portland State University men's head coach Ken Bone as the new head coach of the Cougars add something


Paul Wulff began his second season as WSU head football coach when the Cougars took on the Stanford Cardinal on September 5, 2009, at Martin Stadium in Pullman add something


On Feb. 15, 2010, San Diego State University announced Jim Sterk as their new athletic director add something


On Feb. 24, 2010, President Elson S. Floyd announced the appointment of William "Bill" Moos as WSU's next athletic director add something


Apple - In 2010, an Italian-led consortium announced they had decoded the complete genome of the apple in collaboration with horticultural genomicists at Washington State University, using the Golden delicious variety


QS World University Rankings rank WSU 354th in 2011/2012 Edition add something


According to the 2011 U.S. News and World Report ranking of public universities, WSU ranked 57th; and ranked 115th among "national universities" add something


Subsequent to the 2011 football season Bill Moos fired Wulff add something


The Times Higher Education World University Rankings rank WSU 301-350 range for the first time in their 2011 edition among 400 institutions in the world add something


On November 30, 2011, former Texas Tech head coach, Mike Leach agreed to terms with Washington State and will coach starting the 2012 season add something


In 2012, WSU launched an Internet-based Global Campus, which includes its online degree program, WSU Online add something


Mychal Thompson - His oldest son, Mychel, played for the Pepperdine University men's basketball team and made his NBA debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2012; his middle son, Klay, played for the Washington State University men's basketball team and was selected with the 11th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors; and his youngest son, Trayce, signed a scholarship offer to play baseball for UCLA but after being drafted in the second round of the 2009 MLB Draft, he decided to sign with the Chicago White Sox


In late October 2012, WSU football coach Mike Leach banned his players from using Twitter add something


On November 7, 2012, a three-judge panel of Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle will hear oral arguments from both sides of the dispute add something


On September 4, 2013, the three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit overturned the trial court decision, saying Demers' 7-Step Plan for reorganizing the Murrow School was protected by the First Amendment add something


On January 29, 2014, the Appeals Court affirmed its earlier ruling and declared that academic speech "related to teaching or research" is protected by the First Amendment add something


Ernie Kent - On March 31, 2014, Kent was hired to replace Ken Bone as the Men's Basketball coach at Washington State University


WSU has until April 29, 2014, to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court add something


WSU is ranked 138th nationally and 70th among public universities in the 2015 U.S. News and World Report rankings add something


The "Academic Ranking of World Universities " in 2016 ranked WSU in the 120-137 range nationally and in the 401-500 range globally add something


WSU is ranked 140th nationally and 70th among public universities in the 2016 "U.S. News & World Report" rankings add something


Cathy McMorris Rodgers - In April 2017, James Allsup, president of the Washington State University College Republicans since 2015, mentioned in an interview that he was in regular communication with Rodgers' office


Rueben Mayes - In August 2017, a group of panelists commissioned by the Pac-12 Network picked the 12 greatest Washington State players of all time and Mayes ranked No. 1


The new crimson-colored cube that distinguishes the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is slated to open in the spring of 2018, just across from the club seating entrance to the football stadium add something