Will electric cars short-circuit?

By Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times January 12, 2015 6 a.m.

In April 2013, when Washington state gas prices averaged more than $3.80 per gallon, Herman Briggs, a retired Postal Service worker, made the big switch to an electric car that liberated him from the gas pumps.

WSUV students' interactive auto exhibit unveiled at OMSI

By Gordon Oliver June 13, 2012 6 a.m.

There it was, at last: A vehicle stripped down to its bare frame, perched as the showcase at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland.

WSUV students seeing bright future

By Gordon Oliver May 6, 2012 6 a.m.

On their last official day in the classroom, students in Washington State University Vancouver’s Creative Media & Digital Culture program should have been saying goodbye to each other and enjoying the coffee and pastry treats set out on a corner table.

Autovation exhibit hitting high gear

By Gordon Oliver April 10, 2012 6 a.m.

With a deadline looming to create a major exhibit for Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, some Washington State University Vancouver students were just too busy to travel to Portland for another project meeting.

‘Autovation’ project revving up

By Gordon Oliver March 12, 2012 6 a.m.

This meeting about the planned “Autovation” exhibit at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, to be created by a dozen students from Washington State University Vancouver, would be anything but digital daydreaming.

WSUV students seek inspiration for 'Autovation'

By Gordon Oliver February 9, 2012 6 a.m.

Rick Stoker led his dozen visitors through rows of deconstructed cars at Dick Hannah Collision Center. As the center’s director, Stoker was eager to tell stories about the inner workings of automobiles. The visitors were from Washington State University Vancouver and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland. Arriving late for their 10:30 a.m. tour, the visitors first huddled with Stoker and Kent VanArnam, Hannah’s marketing director, in a conference room above the adjoining Chrysler dealership at the Vancouver Auto Mall. There, the WSUV students and staff rolled out digital images of their latest ideas for the exhibit on automobile technology they’re creating for OMSI.

WSUV students shift into high gear with OMSI exhibit

By Gordon Oliver January 24, 2012 6 a.m.

The 10 Washington State University Vancouver students walked into the meeting at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry with two ideas, knowing only one idea would survive. They’d spent weeks in friendly competition over how to create an educational exhibit on automobile technology that would appeal equally to adults and children.