WSU Microbiology Professor Nancy Magnuson Named First Eastlick Professor

June 8, 2001

Sharon Hatch, WSU News Bureau, 509/335-4262,

WSU Microbiology Professor Nancy Magnuson Named First Eastlick Professor

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University professor of immunology Nancy Magnuson has been named the first Herbert L. Eastlick Distinguished Professor in the WSU College of Sciences.

Magnuson is noted for her research on Pim-1, an oncogene involved in cancer of the blood system and in the production of breast cancer. She is on the board of directors of the American Cancer Society’s Spokane Unit and sits on a U.S. Army review panel that awards grants for research on prostate and breast cancer. She is also on the advisory board for the WSU Cancer Prevention and Research Center.

A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Magnuson received her doctorate from WSU. She has been on the WSU faculty since 1980.

As the Eastlick Professor, Magnuson will deliver an annual fall lecture on a biomedical science topic, assist in advising WSU premedical students and mentor undergraduate students on research projects. She will receive an annual stipend of $10,000.

“It is wonderful that Dr. Nancy Magnuson will be the first holder of the Eastlick Professorship. She will set a standard of excellence for subsequent awardees,” said Leon Radziemski, dean of sciences. “Well known for ground-breaking research in aspects of cancer, she is also a willing mentor of undergraduate students in her laboratory. As such, she has the qualities that Herb Eastlick espoused: excellence in academic endeavors and personal interest in the success of advisees.”

The Herbert L. Eastlick Distinguished Professorship was created in honor of Eastlick professor emeritus of zoology. He who taught at WSU for 33 years and served as adviser to many pre-medicine and pre-veterinary students. Eastlick joined the WSU faculty in 1940 and served as chair of the Department of Zoology from 1947-64. He retired in 1973. In 1979 the Eastlick Biological Sciences Building was dedicated in honor of Eastlick and his wife, Peg.