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Project aims to preserve voices of Hanford’s history

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Bob Bauman. Photo by KING5 News.

Bob Bauman. Photo by KING5 News.

Seventy years ago, the U.S. military evacuated two small communities in southeast Washington and created a place called Hanford. The historic moments that happened there since can get lost in all the news the nuclear cleanup is creating today. Now, a major effort is underway to preserve the voices of Hanford’s past.

Bob Bauman, professor of history at WSU Tri-Cities, is recording memories of the area through the Hanford Oral History Project.

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JFK assassination: Gen Y students weigh in during new class

Monday, November 18, 2013
Scott Stratton

Scott Stratton

From the grassy knoll in Dallas to the wheat-covered hills of the Palouse, President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 remains a whodunit that stumps the old and young alike.

Or maybe not.

Though Kennedy’s shooting is one of the “greatest mysteries of all times,” according to students in history instructor Scott Stratton’s course “50th Anniversary of the JFK Assassination,” it’s not such a mystery after all.

Read the article at WSU News

Exploring citizenship in Asian American women’s lit

Saturday, November 16, 2013
Pamela Thoma, Critical Cultures, Gender, and Race Studies

Pamela Thoma

Pamela Thoma, associate professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies, published a new book exploring the conditions of cultural and political belonging for Asian American women depicted in popular fiction.

Asian American Women’s Popular Literature; Feminizing Genres and Neoliberal Belonging examines the ways Asian American female writers address various family and financial pressures on women to reconcile the demands of work, motherhood, and consumer culture.

Read more about Thoma’s book

Nov. 18: New compositions to illustrate faculty music lecture

Friday, November 15, 2013
Greg Yasinitsky

Greg Yasinitsky

“Where Did that Come From? Musical Composition and the Creative Process” will be discussed in a free, public presentation by Regents Professor Gregory W. Yasinitsky at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in the Honors Hall lounge, WSU Pullman. Part of the Honors College Distinguished Lecture Series, Yasinitsky will premiere one of his compositions to illustrate his topic.

Through demonstrations with fellow WSU musicians, he will answer a wide variety of questions: What goes into creation of a piece of music? How much is intellectual and how much intuitive? How may basic building blocks of music (rhythm, melody and harmony) be assembled and reassembled to create new musical structures? What are the characteristics of spontaneous composition and improvisation? What are the roles of the performers and audience?

Read more at WSU News

Psych prof evaluates Microsoft’s plan to end employee ‘stack ranking’

Friday, November 15, 2013
tahira probst

Tahira Probst

Tahira Probst, professor of psychology and interim assistant vice chancellor of Academic Affairs, WSU Vancouver, discusses employee evaluation methods, including the controversial practice of “stack ranking,” which Microsoft recently announced it will discontinue.

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