Washington State University Health Sciences Launches Life Sciences Incubator, sp3nw, Supported by $250,000 Grant From Bank of America – Press Release

SPOKANE, Wash.–(Business Wire)–Washington State University (WSU) Health Sciences today announced the launch of Spinout Space in Spokane (sp³nw), a new life sciences incubator that will launch start-up companies. As part of this launch, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation confirmed its support for sp3nw with a $250,000 grant, allowing sp3nw to begin incubating WSU research and innovation into biotech, pharma, diagnostics, and medical device companies, while also connecting regional entrepreneurs with WSU faculty expertise.

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“There is a long-unmet need in the state of Washington for an entity like sp3nw to identify, support, incubate and accelerate early-stage life science and health care companies,” said Glenn Prestwich, WSU President’s Distinguished Professor, and director of sp3nw. “With Bank of America’s support and commitment to creating economic advancement across the state, sp3nw can now begin to spin out companies from WSU technologies, while also connecting emerging life sciences companies to WSU researchers and experts.”

With its extensive networks of affiliates and mentors, sp3nw offers something truly unique to WSU and community bio-entrepreneurs. The collaborative program makes it easier to commercialize discovery and invention. The resulting products will catalyze global health care innovation, while also driving economic opportunity and job growth in the region.

sp3nw, its partners and supporters join a growing movement to apply life sciences beyond the laboratory. Organizations are coming together to bring life-saving and life-enhancing products to market faster and at a reduced cost. The resulting products will catalyze global health care innovation, drive economic growth, and create high-value jobs.

The grant provided by Bank of America is intended to advance economic mobility by supporting nonprofit organizations serving education and workforce, community development and basic needs. In addition to funding from Bank of America’s $1 billion, four-year initiative, year to date, the bank has deployed more than $830,000 to 32 local organizations across Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho to address basic community and health needs.

“The health and humanitarian crisis brought on by the coronavirus illustrates the importance of health care innovation. This grant represents our confidence in sp3nw’s mission to provide vital support for local entrepreneurs and researchers bringing life-changing technologies to market,” said Kurt Walsdorf, Bank of America Spokane and Idaho market president. “At Bank of America, we believe this innovative incubator model will help foster economic growth that further anchors Eastern Washington’s prominence in our state’s fast-growing health care industry while creating sustainable, local, high-wage jobs in the Inland Northwest.”

This project ties to the foundational land-grant mission of WSU and its health sciences campus, where service to the community is bolstered by students’ access to life-changing education and research. These future physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and researchers then bring the benefits of innovation to the health care needs of the citizens of Washington.

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College Football Playoff Rankings reactions: Georgia still overrated, Washington underrated in new top 25

In past years, we’d be gearing up for championship Saturday in college football. But, since it’s 2020, we are just two weeks into the College Football Playoff rankings party that is guaranteed to stir up some discussions around the college football world. 

The top of this week’s edition wasn’t too much of a surprise, with Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State taking the top four spots, respectively. Texas A&M and Florida followed them, as was the case last week. 

These rankings weren’t perfect, though. Several teams are out of place this week. Let’s break them down.

The Cowboys have lost to a very average Texas team and got blown out by rival Oklahoma in Bedlam. They deserve to be ahead of FIVE undefeated teams — three of which are Power Five teams? How on Earth does that make sense?

I understand that the selection committee has to place value on games played, and that Washington, USC and Colorado don’t have that data point. They do have that win over Iowa State under their belts, which is nice. But does a win over Tulsa do anything for ya? How about West Virginia? Nah. 

Oklahoma State is getting by on name recognition and one signature win. That shouldn’t put it ahead of undefeated Power Five teams — even if those teams are in the Pac-12.

No. 22 Washington — Underrated

When Oregon lost last weekend, the narrative around the Pac-12 centered around the conference being essentially eliminated from CFP contention. Did people forget about the Huskies? A lot did … including members of the selection committee, apparently. 

The conference is tough to gauge this season, but the 21-point come-from-behind win over Utah last weekend was one of the most spectacular comebacks of the season. Oregon State is another one of Washington’s wins, which just beat Oregon. Those Ducks are ranked No. 23 this week and were at No. 15 last week. Transitive property doesn’t mean an awful lot in college football, but it’s pretty much all we have when discussing the Pac-12. 

Three-loss North Carolina is ranked No. 17 and two-loss Iowa is ranked No. 19. Scarcity of games matters. I get that. But if the committee is going to punish Washington for something that is out of its control, shouldn’t the committee punish North Carolina for losing to Florida State and Virginia, and Iowa for losing to Purdue? 

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No. 8 Georgia — Overrated

The Bulldogs donned the overrated crown last week, and the same case can be made this week. The offense has looked great for two straight weeks … but those are the only weeks it has looked functional. 

Auburn is the only win Georgia has over a team with a .500 or better record. And let’s be real … does a

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HES Supports Washington University Employee Emotional Health During COVID Crisis

MIDLAND, Mich., Dec. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — More than 1400 Washington University employees recently participated in a new emotional well-being program developed by HES. The 4-week program emphasizes mindfulness, optimism, gratitude, and connection — giving employees the option to choose activities best suited to their needs during the pandemic and beyond. 

The program, called Work of Art, was rolled out through WashU Wellness Connection, part of the Human Resources’ Employee Experience initiative. “We have a highly diverse population with significantly different challenges at any time, but especially during the pandemic,” explains Emily Page, Senior Employee Wellness Manager. “Jobs range from frontline healthcare workers to faculty suddenly working remotely. We wanted something that gave employees the flexibility to make the experience fit their circumstances.” 

Work of Art, one of HES’s theme-based employee well-being campaigns delivered through web and mobile platforms, enhances resilience and boosts happiness while giving participants tools and resources to thrive at work and in their personal lives. “In the midst of all of this chaos and turbulence, I am feeling centered and calm,” said Julie Mahoney, participant. “Now, meditation is becoming a regular practice and I feel the benefits, which last all day long. I credit Work of Art for that.”

WashU Wellness Connection participants logged more than 32,600 emotional well-being activities throughout the campaign, resulting in significant gains in Flourishing Scale scores. “We want to know the investments we’re making in our employees are having a positive impact,” confirms Emily Page. “With everyone’s life disrupted by COVID and the lingering uncertainty, we don’t want to just add more noise.” 

Work of Art takes advantage of social support techniques including teams, buddies, and an interactive message board. In addition to choosing their priorities from 20 emotional health activities, participants can personalize how they experience progress — using photos of family, friends, pets, and special places to create unique works of art. They can share completed artwork in a virtual gallery for all to see, like, and comment on as well. “I just want to share that I have had several co-workers tell me how timely the Work of Art activities have been for them. They have been dealing with sudden deaths, COVID-19 scares, taking care of family members, and being the rock that holds their family units together. The activities help remind them to appreciate the little things in life” adds Karen Leingang, a member of the Wellness Champion Leadership Team. “Thank you for the change of direction in the employee wellness challenge.”

To learn about Work of Art, HR and well-being professionals can visit myWorkofArt.com.  

About WashU Wellness Connection

The Washington University Wellness Connection program serves over 16,000 faculty and staff, spread across 4 St. Louis campuses, plus satellite clinics and staff at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. The program is designed to help employees thrive at work and outside of work. For more information, visit WashU’s Wellness Connection at https://hr.wustl.edu/wellness-connection or contact [email protected]

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Utah vs. Washington odds, line: 2020 college football picks, Week 13 predictions from proven computer model

The Utah Utes and the Washington Huskies will square off in a Pac-12 clash at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Washington is 2-0 overall and 2-0 at home, while the Utes are 0-1 overall and making their first road appearance of the season. Utah is 4-1 in its last five games played in November, while Washington 18-2 in its last 20 home games. 

The Huskies are favored by seven-points in the latest Utah vs. Washington odds from William Hill Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 48.5. Before entering any Washington vs. Utah picks, you’ll want to see the college football predictions from the advanced computer model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $3,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is also a sizzling 44-23 on all top-rated picks through 12 weeks of the 2020 college football schedule, returning over $1,200 in profit already. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Washington vs. Utah. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college football odds for Utah vs. Washington:

  • Utah vs. Washington spread: Washington -7
  • Utah vs. Washington over-under: 48.5 points
  • Utah vs. Washington money line: Washington -280, Utah +230

What you need to know about Washington

Washington is coming off a dominant 44-27 victory over the Arizona Wildcats in its last outing. Quarterback Dylan Morris had a strong showing in Washington’s win, completing 15-of-25 pass attempts for 230 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Richard Newton also had a big day, rushing for 81 yards and two scores against Arizona. 

Washington enters Saturday’s Pac-12 battle averaging 440.0 yards per game on offense this season. The Huskies have also fared well against the Utes over the years. In fact, Washington is 6-2 in its last eight meetings against Utah. 

What you need to know about Utah

Meanwhile, Utah suffered a setback in its season opener against the USC Trojans, losing 33-17. South Carolina transfer Jake Bentley struggled in his first start for the Utes, throwing for just 171 yards and two interceptions against the Trojans. Bentley will need a better performance on Saturday against a stingy Washington secondary that’s giving up 172.0 passing yards per game this season, which ranks seventh in the country. 

Despite their most recent setback, the Utes will enter Saturday’s contest confident they can keep it close. That’s because Utah is 4-2 against the spread in its last six meetings against Washington. In addition, the Utes are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games against an opponent from the Pac-12. 

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The Washington Post’s brand studio adds immersive audio to its suite of innovative storytelling capabilities

“Americans are investing more of their time with audio, listening an average of nearly four hours each day. We continue to explore immersive storytelling formats, just like The Post newsroom, to help elevate a brand’s message and drive engagement with that growing population,” said Denise Burrell-Stinson, Head of WP BrandStudio. “For those craving a getaway or planning a visit to Florida, the program for VISIT FLORIDA showcases the state’s rich culture and views and puts the power in readers’ hands to create their own sound journey in a compelling, sensory experience.”

The program’s landing page presents readers with a highly visual and interactive way to virtually visit alluring corners of Florida. By clicking on icons ranging from an open-air market in Little Havana to manatees at Three Sisters Springs, readers can be transported to Florida destinations through audio. Multiple tracks can be selected for a layered listening experience. Readers can also dive deeper into iconic locations to hear and learn more about the sounds signature to those sites.

“Florida is full of diverse landscapes, cultures, experiences and people that make up the unique sound of the Sunshine State, said VISIT FLORIDA President and CEO Dana Young. “We’re thrilled to partner with WP BrandStudio to allow readers to virtually vacation in Florida through their senses and hopefully entice them to visit Florida to create their own Florida soundtrack.”

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Duane Washington Jr. Has Career-Day Against UMASS-Lowell

Duane Washington Jr. was far from perfect on Sunday afternoon, but he delivered when the Buckeyes needed him most.

That’s a strange thing to say about someone who dropped a career-high 21 points against UMASS-Lowell and led his team to a less-than-comfortable win. Washington only connected on 7-of-17 from the floor, but he was reliable when it really counted. In a year where everyone has been trying to make the most of imperfect situations, Washington’s performance was what Ohio State needed.

“He was probably pressing,” said head coach Chris Holtmann after the game. “He was so open on a couple of those shots, he was probably pressing a little bit and he’s gotta just relax and knock those down. I’m gonna roll with that, he got great looks. The bulk of his missed shots were really good looks.”

Washington hit two huge 3-pointers in the second half of the game. The first one came in direct response to a River Hawks 3-ball on the other end that had tied the game at 56-56.

Then with OSU looking for a dagger to squash UML’s hopes of pulling off the upset, Washington buried a contested 3-pointer to make it a 3-possession lead with just over one minute to play.

Perhaps more impressive to me than his 21 points and big shots in key moments was the job he did defensively against River Hawks’ top threat Obadiah Noel.

“Coming into this game, I knew that he was their best player and he was going to be my matchup the whole game,” said Washington. “I wanted to show how hard I worked on my defense this off-season. It’s something I worked really, really hard on.”

“I thought defensively he competed and I thought he was really engaged in the game,” said Coach Holtmann afterwards. “We’ve talked about his defensive inefficiencies before and we need to help him keep making strides there, but I really did think he was engaged with the game at a pretty high level.”


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With Apple Cup called off, University of Washington football team shifts sights to Utah

After COVID-19 concerns within the Washington State football program eventually led to the cancellation of the 113th Apple Cup, the Huskies needed a new opponent.

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At one point in the week’s game prep, Washington football head coach Jimmy Lake had four depth charts on his desk.

“This week, leading up to the Apple Cup, we heard whispers that game was going to be canceled,” Lake said at his Wednesday news conference. “There was definitely some potential games that we were trying to get ahead of that we felt would replace the Apple Cup this weekend.”

Though the Huskies (2-0) were rumored to have considered out-of-conference opponents like BYU and San Diego State, a conference opponent was preferred, Lake said.

Washington moved swiftly to lock in a game against conference foe Utah, and is slated to kickoff  at 4:30 p.m. at Husky Stadium on ABC. The Pac-12 canceled Utah’s originally scheduled matchup against Arizona State this weekend as the latter has struggled with a coronavirus outbreak the last few weeks. Luckily for Lake and the Huskies, that was the team they suspected they would play.

“We played the odds a little bit, we tried to get some intel where we could,” Lake said. “Thankfully we did practice against Utah yesterday, Tuesday’s practice, and then of course we practiced today against Utah, so our guess was right.”

Utah (0-1) was not afforded the same luxury. Arizona State hasn’t played since its opening loss to USC on Nov. 7, and though Utah suspected the Sun Devils would be unable to play, head coach Kyle Whittingham and company were forced to at least partially gameplan for ASU until Tuesday’s decision.

Per Whittingham, Utah allocated roughly 60% of its game prep to Arizona State, and 40% to Washington before the announcement late Tuesday night.

But now, with a team, time, and place locked in, the uncertainty, at least in the interim, is gone.

“They have always been one of the toughest teams to go against, year in and year out,” Lake said. “We know that they will be coached up on offense, defense, and special teams. They will be tough to defend, they are going to be really tough on defense, historically every single year it’s either us or them as the best defense in the Pac-12. And the film that we’ve watched, they’ve replaced all that talent that went to the NFL with players that are just as good if not better.”

Utah lost its first matchup of the season to USC last Saturday, 33-17, after a COVID-19 outbreak forced two cancellations to start its season. After losing starting quarterback Cameron Rising due to a shoulder injury just 14 plays into his season, backup transfer Jake Bentley struggled, throwing for 171 yards, just one touchdown, and two interceptions.

The Huskies, meanwhile, have had a strong start to their season, beating Oregon State 27-21 in their opener, and thumping Arizona 44-27 last Saturday.

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Washington loses thriller in Detroit, 30-27, as penalty helps foil Alex Smith’s career game

The loss was much like others for Washington this season: a train wreck of a first half, an impressive second half and as many positive plays as costly mistakes. The penalty by Young wasn’t the sole reason for Washington’s loss; it was merely last on a long list of self-inflicted wounds.

“I thought we played well enough to win,” Coach Ron Rivera said. “It’s just unfortunate it didn’t work out that way. Like I told the guys, we left nine points out on the field and we gave them three. You can’t play against two teams on Sunday — them and us. And sometimes we do ourselves in by some of the mistakes we make.”

Washington tied the score at 27 to give Detroit 16 seconds to try to win it before the game would go into overtime, and the Lions nearly did on a deep pass along the left sideline. But after he overthrew Quintez Cephus, Matthew Stafford was pushed to the ground by Young, and the roughing-the-passer penalty gave Detroit a free first down and moved it 15 yards closer to field goal range.

After Stafford’s quick completion to Marvin Jones Jr., Matt Prater nailed the long kick for the win as the clock expired.

The loss is crushing for Washington’s playoff hopes, minimal as they may have been, but it showed the resolve of its players — especially its quarterback. Smith had career highs in completions (38), passing attempts (55) and passing yards (390); completed 69 percent of his passes; spread the ball to eight different receivers; and, for the first time in his career, had back-to-back 300-yard games. More significant, he turned around an offense that sputtered in the first half.

“I think that the scary part was how normal it felt,” Smith said. “It felt really good; it felt really normal and a little bit of I got to pinch myself of how lucky I am to feel that way.”

The game’s opening sequence was a snapshot of Washington’s greatest frustrations this season. Smith led the offense to the Detroit 14-yard line after completing 22- and 19-yard passes to Isaiah Wright and Terry McLaurin scrambling for five yards himself and turning to his backs to carry the rest.

But a reverse to J.D. McKissic was blown up and resulted in a loss of 10 yards. And then Smith was sacked for a loss of 14 yards. Washington not only lost its chance to finally score a touchdown on its first possession, but the sack took it out of field goal range.

Detroit needed only five plays and 1:52 to score on its opening drive. After the Lions picked up 37 rushing yards, Stafford found wide receiver Marvin Hall, who sped past cornerback Kendall Fuller for a 55-yard touchdown.

Fuller hadn’t allowed a single touchdown in coverage this season, according to Pro Football Focus. Two drives later, he was involved in another long passing touchdown, though it’s unclear whether it was he or cornerback Jimmy Moreland

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Washington coach mum on starting QB vs. Cal; San Jose State QB honored

In Jimmy Lake’s debut as Washington head coach, he’s not going to share anything about who his starting quarterback will be before Saturday’s opener at Cal.

“Great question. I guess we will find out about 7:34 p.m. Pacific time, right around there on Saturday night,” Lake said Monday.

No bigger question surrounds Lake’s first game in charge of the Huskies than who will be under center against the Bears. After several weeks of practice and a few scrimmages, Lake is still keeping the decision under wraps as to which of his four options will take that first snap.

The favorite from the start has appeared to be graduate transfer Kevin Thomson because he has the most experience. Thomson was the Big Sky Conference offensive player of the year last year at Sacramento State before deciding to transfer back home to finish his college career at Washington.

Thomson threw 450 passes and 27 touchdowns in 2019. Washington’s other three QB options — Jacob Sirmon, Dylan Morris and Ethan Garbers — have combined to throw three passes in college, all of them by Sirmon last season.

Whoever the starter is, he will direct a new offense under first-year offensive coordinator John Donovan. Lake has also said the Huskies could use multiple QBs to start and all four were listed as potential starters on the depth chart.

“If there’s a guy that can just take over the reins and be the guy, then he’ll be the guy,” Lake said. “But from a defensive standpoint, if there’s a guy back there that can just take control, that’s difficult to defend. If there’s a two-headed monster back there, that’s difficult to defend. We’re going to do whatever is best for our team to make sure we get victories.”

Washington has been blessed with experience at the position for years. Jake Browning was a four-year starter at quarterback for the Huskies and Jacob Eason brought one year’s worth of experience starting in the SEC when he took over for Browning last season.

San Jose State quarterback Nick Starkel was named Mountain West bOffensive Player of the Week.

San Jose State quarterback Nick Starkel was named Mountain West bOffensive Player of the Week.

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Lake said his decision to not announce the starter comes from a competitive standpoint. His predecessor, Chris Petersen, did the same ahead of Browning’s first game in 2015.

Honor for Spartan: San Jose State quarterback Nick Starkel was named the Mountain West Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week. The grad transfer from Arkansas completed 34 of 47 passes for 467 yards and five touchdowns in the Spartans’ 38-21 win over New Mexico on Saturday. The Spartans will try to go 3-0 for the first time since 1982 when they face San Diego State (2-0) in Carson (Los Angeles County) on Friday night.

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Briefly: Pittsburgh safety Paris Ford, a redshirt junior and an All-ACC selection last season, has opted out of the Panthers’ final four games. … The SEC docked Florida coach Dan Mullen $25,000 for his role in a benches-clearing brawl

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Career years for John Wall, Bradley Beal has calm Washington Wizards on rise

BOSTON — The visitors’ locker room was quiet. Its tenants were packing up and preparing for another day. Such is life for the young Washington Wizards in their approach to the postseason — unhappy and yet optimistic.

“When we’re making shots, we’re a great defensive team,” John Wall was saying after the Wizards’ 110-102 loss to the Celtics Monday. “When we’re not making shots, we’ve got to play with that same defensive intensity. We’ve got to figure that out and do that. That’s what we have a problem with at times.”

The Celtics had celebrated the return of Isaiah Thomas (25 points after an absence of two games) by splitting their season series with Washington and increasing their chances of maintaining the No. 2 seed in the East for a potential semifinal-series matchup against the No. 3 Wizards. The Celtics have a home-friendly schedule over the next four weeks; the Wizards, with eight of 12 remaining on the road, will be pushing uphill.

The success of the Celtics is no longer a surprise, even though their best player is Thomas, the 5-foot-9 former No. 60 pick who has turned himself into a two-time All-Star and the NBA’s best closer this season. While Thomas and his Celtics have arrived ahead of schedule, the Wizards were bred for contention. Wall, the All-Star point guard, was a No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 Draft. Bradley Beal, the Wizards’ leading scorer, went No. 3 two years later, and Porter — a leading Most-Improved candidate – was the No. 3 pick in 2013.

But the road to NBA maturity is a winding pass up through the mountains. After winning first-round series in 2014 and again in ’15, the Wizards — injured and demoralized — backslid last year to .500 and missed the playoffs. That negative trend appeared to be snowballing this season amid a 7-13 start by early December. So how is it that the Wizards have managed to go 35-15 since then — with a win total (26) for 2017 that ranks No. 1 in the NBA?

Much of it has to do with the calming presence of new coach Scott Brooks. But there is also something good to be said for the doubts and disappointments the Wizards have endured in recent years — frustrations that may enable their young leaders to play with unexpected maturity in the playoffs next month. “I definitely feel older than 23,” said Beal at the morning shootaround as he looked forward to the game against the Celtics that night. “Everything that we’ve been through the last five years, it definitely puts some years on you.”

“As a player I wasn’t as even-keel as I am now,” said Brooks. “I was up and down with every shot, or everytime someone would score on me. But as a coach I feel like you have to be consistent. In order to have our players be consistent, I have to show that consistent leadership. On the outside I’m looking calm, but

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