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Student highlights lives of World War II GIs attending WSC

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Claire Thornton

Claire Thornton

WSU honors student Claire Thornton grew up hearing stories of her grandfather Dell, a combat medic during World War II. This year, Thornton studied the impact GIs had on Washington State College as they left the war behind and entered the halls of higher education.

Drafted in the Army in April 1942 and stationed with the oft-decorated 3rd Infantry Division, Dell fought in 10 campaigns and participated in four amphibious D-Day landings with more than 500 days of frontline duty. He was wounded three times, received the Bronze Star for valor in battle and the French Croix de Guerre, and was made an honorary member of the French Foreign Legion for walking onto a minefield to save two injured soldiers.

He eventually started a medical practice in Republic, Wash., and cared for the town’s residents for 37 years, seeing patients up to a month before he died in 1998. And Dell was the motivation behind his granddaughter’s final research paper (pdf) in History 300 (Writing about History), which she plans to present at two prominent academic conferences this spring.

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Inclusion is focus of Humanities Week events Feb. 17-19

Friday, February 13, 2015
David William Foster

David William Foster

Three free, public events highlighting the central and inclusive nature of the humanities will be held Tuesday-Thursday, Feb. 17-19, on the WSU campus and at Neill Public Library in Pullman. A reception will follow each event.

“Humanities Week 2015: A Humanities of Inclusion” (http://hub.wsu.edu/hpg/) features presentations by humanities faculty and specialists at WSU and by guest speaker David William Foster, regents professor of Spanish, women and gender studies at Arizona State University.

In the Tuesday roundtable, six members of the WSU humanities community will explore with the audience a range of topics including emerging trends in filmmaking, immigration, globalization, gender issues and successfully working across disciplines within the academy.

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WSU re-establishes updated major in Forestry

Friday, February 13, 2015
Keith Blatner

Keith Blatner

Washington State University is re-establishing a new, updated major in forestry that will begin admitting students in the fall of 2015. The recently established WSU School of the Environment will offer the program in Pullman.

“We already are advising students interested in pursuing this degree,” said Keith Blatner, professor of forest economics and program leader for forestry in the School of the Environment. “We have revamped and refreshed the curriculum to give our students a strong foundation in science with an emphasis on forest ecosystems. Our graduates will be field ready with a strong background in forest measurements and sampling.”

Blatner said WSU would begin immediately to seek accreditation from the Society of American Foresters. Many employers require new employees to graduate from an accredited program.

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The Spokesman-Review

Conservation buffers please the eye, protect the landscape

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Researchers know that adding natural buffers to the farm landscape can stop soil from vanishing. Now a scientist at Washington State University has found that more buffers are better, both for pleasing the eye and slowing erosion.

Linda Klein, a recent doctoral graduate in WSU’s School of the Environment, worked with six other researchers at the university, plus one at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Moscow (Idaho) Forestry Sciences Laboratory, to explore the role that buffers – strips or clumps of shrubs, trees and natural vegetation – play in the landscape and in people’s visual preferences.

Klein surveyed Whitman County residents to see if conservation features made for more scenic fields and valleys. She found that Palouse residents prefer more nature with their wheat fields.

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Science Newsline

Berthiaume selected to present Distinguished Faculty Address March 26

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Gerald Berthiaume

Gerald Berthiaume

Gerald Berthiaume, long-time professor of music, will deliver the 2015 Distinguished Faculty Address as part of the annual WSU Showcase celebration.

This annual award from Washington State University recognizes a faculty member whose achievements in research, scholarship and teaching place him or her in the front ranks of his or her discipline.

Berthiaume’s address, “From the Practice Room to the Stage: Do Your Research,” will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in Kimbrough Concert Hall. He will explain the elaborate, disciplined process of preparing for a musical performance – a process that includes research, artistic evaluation and soul-searching as well as physical preparation through conscientious, diligent practice.

Reservations are requested at http://showcase.wsu.edu/dfaregistration/.

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