WSU Honors Students Present Work at Western Regional Honors Council Conference March 5-7

PULLMAN, Wash.—Eleven students from Washington State University’s Honors College are among the undergraduates selected to present their research, scholarship, and creative work at the Western Regional Honors Conference March 5-7 at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Wash.

“WSU is the host university for this year’s conference so we are especially pleased that many of our outstanding students will be there to showcase their work,” says Libby Walker, Honors dean.  Thirty colleges and universities will attend and more than 160 students and faculty will give presentations.

W. Grant Norton, associate dean for research in WSU’s College of Engineering and Architecture, will give the keynote address on Saturday, March 7.

Students making presentations and/or showing posters at the conference are (in alphabetical order):

Brian Carlton, “Ocean Energy Technology and its Applications in China”

Alan Emanuel, “The Ablation of Hindbrain Catecholamine Neurons Innervating Medial Hypothalamic Nuclei Abolishes Glucoprivic Feeding but not Ghrelin-induced Feeding”

Laurissa Hale, “Is Sustainable Urbanism a Viable Solution to Suburban Sprawl? A Critique of Douglas Farr’s Sustainable Urbanism”

Brittany Navarre, “Sucrose Preference as a Measure of Anhedonia in Postpartum Rats”

Julian Reyes, “An Odyssey through Germany: Research, Culture, and the Environment”

Gianne Souza, “Mapping Regions of Env Important in the Neutralization of Equine Infectious Anemia”

Amy Van Nortwick, “Investigating Neurovascular Coupling Under High Stimulation”

Renee Walker, “Educational Process and Politics: Implementing HB 1495 (2005)”

Lauren Young, “Easter Island: Degradation of Soil and Society”

Students Ainsley Nix and Leah Rosenkranz will also attend the conference to receive cash awards for winning submissions to “Scribendi,” the literary magazine of the WRHC.

CONTACT: Beverly Makhani, Communications Director, WSU Office of Undergraduate Education, 509-335-6679,