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U-Idaho students involved in mumps outbreak

U-Idaho students involved in mumps outbreak

An outbreak of mumps involving University of Idaho Moscow students is leading public health officials to urge students to use the upcoming holiday break to check their vaccination records to make certain they are current for the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccination before they return for classes.

As of Wednesday, November 19, 10 laboratory-confirmed cases of mumps have been reported, with over 20 additional reports being investigated, including two in the Moscow community.

The MMR vaccine is the best way to prevent mumps. Students who have not previously had mumps or who have no record of any doses of MMR vaccine should receive two doses at least 28 days apart; students who received only one dose of MMR vaccine should receive a second dose. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) and Welfare said students can check with the University of Idaho Student Health Services, their primary care provider, local public health office or a local pharmacy about receiving an MMR vaccine.

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Holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” opens Dec. 4 at U-Idaho

Holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” opens Dec. 4 at U-Idaho

David Lee-Painter has an intimate knowledge of the holiday classic A Christmas Carol. He’s played Scrooge in three different productions over the decades and for the second consecutive year directs the play for University of Idaho Theatre Arts and Idaho Repertory Theatre.

A self-described “terminally naïve optimist”, Lee-Painter is a theatre professor at UI, and continues to be moved by the story of Ebenezer Scrooge.

“His journey from death to life – from hard-hearted to open – from scarcity to abundance – moves me every single time I read it or see it,” Lee-Painter said.  

Filled with music, heart and spirit and with a cast and crew of about 50, Lee-Painter’s production will capture the magic and menace of Dickens’ story in spectacular form — from the irascible Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Daniel Haley, and the ever joyful Tiny Tim, played by 5-year-old newcomer Isaak Crout, to larger-than-life puppets created by props master Michael Brandt and UI theatre professor Stephanie Miller.

18 Cougars named to Pac-12 All-Academic Cross Country Teams

18 Cougars named to Pac-12 All-Academic Cross Country Teams

Seven men and 11 women from Washington State University were named to the 2014 Pac-12 Conference Cross Country All-Academic teams, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Wednesday. WSU had the third highest total of all-academic honorees, behind Stanford’s 20 and Oregon’s 19.

Gonzaga accounting students need votes to make national finals

Gonzaga accounting students have made the PWC National Accounting Case Competition Semi-Finals, but they need the public's help to move on to the national finals.

Gonzaga's team was selected as one of five schools given the chance to move on to the competition's national finals via a social media competition. The other teams competing in this competition are Villanova University, University of Texas, University of Connecticut, and University of Arizona.

Each of the teams had two days to post a video to the PWC Facebook page. At the end of the week, the video with the most votes will move on to the national finals competition in New York City.

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WSU and UI students practice forensic accounting at local mock trial competition

Washington State University and University of Idaho students will showcase their investigative and prosecution skills in a free, public mock arbitration exercise 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday, November 20, at the UI Law School’s model courtroom.

“WSU accounting students will get experience in detecting and testifying about fraud, while UI law students will get to practice litigating in court,” said Kimberly A. Houser, business law professor in the WSU Carson College of Business. “This exercise provides critical experience to prepare students for the real world.”

Graduate students in the Carson College forensic accounting class taught by professor Keith Nelson have been collaborating with Idaho law school students on a mock criminal exercise involving Tallahassee BeanCounters (TBC), a minor league baseball team.

Pullman Regional Hospital invests in bacteria-killing copper to reduce potentially deadly infections

Pullman Regional Hospital invests in bacteria-killing copper to reduce potentially deadly infections

Pullman Regional Hospital  has installed copper components throughout its facility as another way of reducing hospital-acquired infections and keeping their patients safe. The hospital has become an early adopter of antimicrobial copper after studies found the age-old metal could continuously kill deadly bacteria.

Each year, 2 million people in the United States are diagnosed with a hospital-acquired infection and nearly 100,000 people die. These infections are caused by common bacteria such as E. coli, MRSA, C. diff, CRE and VRE.

WSU wide receiver Vince Mayle named 2014 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist

WSU wide receiver Vince Mayle named 2014 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist

Washington State senior wide receiver Vince Mayle has been named a 2014 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club announced Monday.

The Biletnikoff Award is presented annually to the nation's outstanding college football receiver by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., (TQC). The award defines receiver as any player who catches a pass regardless of position. Mayle is the first Cougar to be named a finalist since Jason Hill in 2005.