Cancer research: A blend of theory and reality
Theory isn't meaningful without real-world understanding, according to Nancy Magnuson, professor of molecular sciences. That belief drives her to enrich her classes with real applications of basic theories.
She wants to do more than bring out new information — she wants to bring it to life for you.
"I want my students to walk away from class feeling like they've gained important insights into some of the basic areas of medicine," she says. "Hopefully, when it comes to having an opinion about some important health issues in their lives, my students will be able to take an appropriate stand."
A leader in medical research on cancer, Magnuson's passion for her work is unmistakable, and her enthusiasm rubs off on her students and colleagues.
She is active in the Spokane chapter of the American Cancer Society, the U.S. Army review panel that awards grants for research on prostate and breast cancer, and the advisory board for the WSU Cancer Prevention and Research Center.
Professor Magnuson is an exceptional mentor to her students, demonstrating extraordinary commitment and effectiveness in outreach and public service. In 2010 she was selected to give the Distinguished Faculty Address because of her outstanding service.