Monday, December 9, 2013
In December, Pat Carter, associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences (SBS), received the Outstanding Advising Award from the WSU chapter of the National Academic Advising Association. He is associate director of the SBS undergraduate program and the school’s dedicated advisor for pre-veterinary studies.
Of his 17 years as a student advisor, Carter believes “advising is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job.”
Read more about Carter and three other WSU honorees
Thursday, December 5, 2013
This fall, 16 WSU students are seeking ways to reduce, and hopefully prevent, pollution in the Spokane River. Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences’ student ambassador program, the Save the Spokane research challenge “is a way for students from different majors to collaborate,” says Devon Seymour, a senior studying French and global politics and organizer of the project.
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
“We thought we understood how things happened, but maybe they happened for another reason,” says Emily Jones, a Rice University researcher in evolutionary ecology who started pondering Darwin’s conundrum while a post-doctoral researcher in the Washington State University lab of Richard Gomulkiewicz. Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Jones and colleagues Gomulkiewicz and Scott Nuismer of the University of Idaho say the relatedness of new and established species is not as important as the details of how they go about doing their business..
“Darwin put out a lot of interesting ideas back in the day but he didn’t have the means to check them with rigor,” says Gomulkiewicz, a professor in the WSU School of Biological Sciences. “That’s what we did with our mathematical model, and we found that Darwin’s logic on this issue doesn’t quite pan out.”
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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
By volunteering as a memory research subject, Johnnie Bosworth of Spokane is helping WSU researchers develop strategies for people with age-related memory loss or cognitive impairment to live safely in their own homes.
We really want to keep people “functioning as independently as possible for as long as possible,” said Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, a clinical neuropsychologist in the Department of Psychology who’s leading the research with faculty in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Considering that nearly one in five U.S. residents will be 65 and older in 2030, “There’s some concern about how we’re going to handle this aging population,” Schmitter-Edgecombe said.
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