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WSU professor, Spokane Police featured in CNN segment on crisis intervention research

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Bryan Vila

Bryan Vila

WSU professor of criminal justice Bryan Vila and the Spokane Police Department are featured in a CNN program for their collaboration on research into the physical and emotional responses of law enforcement in crisis situations.

As part of its “AC360” program hosted by Anderson Cooper, reporter Gary Tuchman visited a police confrontations lab run by students at WSU Spokane. Volunteers, including members of the Spokane Police Department, are placed in a virtual reality situation involving dramatizations of real-life confrontations, and their heart rate, brain waves and other vital signs are monitored as they make decisions about use of force.

Find out more and watch the program segment online

Sept. 1: Tri-Cities exhibit to feature Northwest wood creations

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Peter Christenson

Peter Christenson

“Wood Creations,” a month-long exhibit by 14 Pacific Northwest artists featuring art made primarily from wood, will open Sept. 1 at WSU Tri-Cities.

Located at the Art Center in the WSU Tri-Cities Consolidated Information Center, 2710 Crimson Way, in Richland, the exhibit will showcase 36 works reflecting a variety of techniques and proficiencies.

Peter Christenson, WSU assistant professor of fine arts and curator of the Art Center, said a number of the 14 exhibiting artists will also be on hand to discuss their works at the exhibit’s opening reception, which is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Sept. 9.

Learn more about “Wood Creations”

Foley distinguished speaker Nick Hanauer offers insights for saving U.S. capitalism

Friday, August 29, 2014

Seattle business owner, economics activist, and one of the Northwest’s most ardent advocates for income equality, Nick Hanauer will present the 2014 Thomas S. Foley Distinguished Lecture “Saving American Capitalism: The Truth about Jobs, Prosperity, and Economic Growth” in two events Oct. 2 in Pullman and Spokane, Wash.

Hanauer will speak and take questions from the audience at 2:30 p.m. in the Compton Union Building (CUB) Auditorium at WSU Pullman and at 7:30 p.m. at the Fox Theater in downtown Spokane. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Thomas S. Foley Institute at WSU provides public-affairs programming and education, supports student engagement in public service, and fosters scholarly research on public policy and political institution in a nonpartisan setting.

Learn more about Nick Hanauer’s Foley lectures:
WSU News
The Spokesman-Review

WSU flu outbreak provides rare study material

Thursday, August 28, 2014
Elissa Schwartz

Elissa Schwartz

In 2009, WSU took on the national distinction of having one of the first and largest H1N1 outbreaks at an American college. The epidemic gave Elissa Schwartz, an assistant professor of both math and biological sciences, an ideal phenomenon for scientific study. Using a trove of data gathered during the outbreak in Pullman, Schwartz has gained insight into how only a few infected people could launch the virus’s rapid spread across the university community.

Read more:

WSU News

Washington State Magazine

Science Newsline

(e) Science News

Health Canal

2014′s Best and Worst States for Women’s Equality

Monday, August 25, 2014
Julie Kmec

Julie Kmec

Women’s rights in the United States have made leaps and bounds since the passage of the 19th Amendment. Yet many women today still struggle to crack the proverbial glass ceiling. And it doesn’t take a feminist to convince anyone that the gender gap in 21st-century America remains disgracefully wide. In 2013, the U.S. failed to make the top 10 — or even the top 20 — of the World Economic Forum’s list of the most gender-equal countries.

Participating in a Q&A about workplace inequality, Julie Kmec, professor of sociology and Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor in the Liberal Arts, said women can be proactive by promoting their attributes and successes. When a woman encounters a situation she deems unfair or unequal, she should not hesitate to (professionally and armed with details and facts) inquire why she was overlooked, Kmec said.

Learn more about the gender gap problem and solutions

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