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Grant Continues Support of Indigenous Culture Preservation

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Kim Christen Withey

Kim Christen Withey

A recent federal grant of $698,605 will help WSU continue to provide training to local tribal archives, libraries, and museums in preserving their cultural assets through digital archiving technology.

The grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will also support a new tribal digital archives curriculum coordinator in the WSU Libraries.

The libraries and College of Arts and Sciences are creating a three-year project, the “Tribal Stewardship Cohort Program: Digital Heritage Management, Archiving, and Mukurtu CMS Training.”

The new program will address a key need to provide hands-on, long-term training for tribal archives, libraries and museums that emphasizes both the technical and cultural issues surrounding digitization and preservation of cultural heritage materials, said Kim Christen Withey, WSU associate professor of English and director of digital projects for the WSU Plateau Center, Native American Programs.

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Oct. 16: President Carter part of U.S.-China relations gathering

Friday, October 17, 2014

WSU is among some 70 venues nationwide that simultaneously accessed a free, public, webcast conversation with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, including the option to send in questions via email, during the annual CHINA Town Hall at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in College Hall 220.

The nationwide programming about China, offered by the National Committee on United States-China Relations, has been a featured event of the Asia Program at WSU for several years. The WSU Department of History is a co-sponsor this year.

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Oct. 19: Deadline for submissions from female artists

Friday, October 17, 2014
Peter Christenson

Peter Christenson

Female artists and designers in the Columbia Basin and surrounding region are invited to submit art for a public exhibit in November at the WSU Tri-Cities’ Art Center.

“Historically ‘women in art’ have been unfairly marginalized,” says Peter Christenson, assistant professor of fine arts. “This is an opportunity to proudly support and celebrate some of the underrepresented artists in our region.”

Deadline for submissions – including contact information, 3-5 images of proposed art and artist’s statement – is midnight Oct. 19.

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Distracted officers are dangerous drivers, research says

Monday, October 6, 2014
Bryan Vila

Bryan Vila

Even distractions that are “far less demanding” than police vehicle equipment increase the risk of an officer getting into a traffic collision by more than double, according to early findings of a performance study.

“It seems clear that looking at a data terminal and making decisions about what’s going on there and driving at 55 miles an hour on a straight road still significantly degrades driver performance,” said the study’s principal investigator Bryan Vila, a former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy and now a professor of criminology at WSU Spokane.

Law enforcement officers were asked to drive a simulated police sedan at a rate of 55 miles an hour, while staying in their own lanes and remaining no more than 100 feet behind a red Chevy. At random intervals, the Chevy would slam on its brakes and the officer would have to try to avoid a collision. In the second segment, officers were asked to drive and complete a simple reading task intended to simulate the use of a patrol car computer.

The extensive laboratory study was funded by California’s Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training and the Office of Naval Research. Vila, a principal at WSU’s Sleep and Performance Research Center, is now analyzing his team’s findings.

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Hanauer sees danger of rising economic inequality

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

Dickens could have written about the United States today. Some 46 million Americans – 15 percent of the population – live below the poverty level, including one in four American children.

Meanwhile, since 2008 the stock market’s value has doubled, CEO salaries are at record highs, and according to the Commerce Department the after-tax profit of corporations topped $1.7 trillion last year, the highest ever (in both absolute terms and as a percentage of GDP).

Nick Hanauer, a successful Seattle venture capitalist, civic activist and self-described plutocrat, is raising the alarm about the economics of ever-rising inequality. Hanauer argues that capitalist economies only function with a virtuous cycle: Rising consumer demand requires businesses to hire workers and raise productivity; productivity leads to higher worker incomes; higher worker income leads back to more consumer demand. Break any part, and the cycle collapses.

Hanauer will present this year’s Thomas S. Foley Distinguished Lecture, sponsored by the Foley Institute at Washington State University. On Thursday he will speak at 2 p.m. on WSU’s Pullman campus and at 7:30 p.m. in the Fox Theater in Spokane. Both are free and open to the public.

Read more in the Spokesman-Review

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