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Increasing trend of concurrent wildfire air pollution and severe heat

Orange skyline resulting from wildfiresLarge wildfires and severe heat events are happening more often at the same time, worsening air pollution across the western United States, a study led by Washington State University researchers has found. In 2020, more than 68% of the western U.S.—representing about 43 million people—were affected in one day by the resulting harmful-levels of air pollution, the highest number in 20 years.

“We have seen an increasing trend in » More …

Scouting for a forgotten few

Man standing with white car.WSU Vancouver teaching assistant Ryan Booth (’21 PhD history) spent last summer traveling the American West with a cooler loaded with smoked salmon and Cougar Gold cheese, a stack of Pendleton blankets with the price tags removed, and a suitcase full of every possible academic tool needed.

His research focuses on the Northern Cheyenne and White Mountain Apache who served as scouts for the US Army from » More …

Concurrent heat waves becoming more frequent

Bright orange sunset silhouetting water tower on WSU Pullman campus. In a study of climate data from 1979 to 2019, WSU environmental researchers found the number of large-area heatwaves occurring simultaneously in the mid- to high-latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere was seven times greater in the 2010s than in the 1980s.

On average, there were concurrent heatwaves on 143 days each year of the 2010s—almost every day of the 153 days of the warm months of May through » More …

Q&A with first-generation students

Hagedor, Burley, Rangel, and Wesley.A WSU system-wide celebration of National First-Generation Day on Monday, Nov. 8, honored first-generation students, faculty, and staff on each of our campuses. Meet four of our extraordinary CAS students:

Angela Hagedorn, a junior majoring in history; Brian Burley and Alma Rangel, both seniors majoring in psychology; and LaShay Wesley, a senior majoring in digital technology and culture. » More …

Examining socio‑economics of flexible rules

Resevior.An interdisciplinary team of WSU researchers has been awarded a $1.6 million grant to study under what conditions are individuals, groups and institutions likely to follow rules about the environment “to the letter” versus exercising discretion or making new rules.

“In the realm of science-based environmental management, it is useful to have flexibility to adapt to changing conditions, but it is also good to have clear rules as a basis for making investments toward long-term goals,” said John Harrison, Edward R. Meyer distinguished professor in » More …

Populous regions bear brunt of increasing humid‑heat

The sun over the city.The world is not only getting hotter but also more humid, and new research by WSU environmental scientists shows people living in areas where humid-heat extremes are already a significant hazard are bearing the brunt of the impact.

“We identify a greater increase in population exposure to humid-heat as compared to » More …

Award honors Peabody’s groundbreaking historical work

Sue Peabody.The French Colonial Historical Society has established a new prize in honor of Sue Peabody, Meyer Distinguished Professor of History at WSU Vancouver.

Peabody is considered a major scholar of race and the law in the Atlantic world, and her books have helped transform the field of French colonial history. Her most recent book, “Madeleine’s Children: Family, Freedom, Secrets, and Lies in » More …

Digital media expert recognized for teaching excellence

Dene Grigar.There’s a reason why WSU Vancouver’s Creative Media and Digital Culture (CMDC) program has grown exponentially since it was founded in 1997: Dene Grigar, its director. Since she arrived on campus in 2006, the program has grown from 44 to 232 majors and serves 600 WSU Vancouver students each semester. Mindful of the competitive nature of » More …

Notable alumni award

Karissa Lowe.Meet cultural ambassador, program manager, and volunteer extraordinaire Karissa Lowe (’01 BA English, ’03 MA education).

After earning her degrees  at WSU Vancouver, she served as an elected member of the Cowlitz Tribal Council for 15 years, until 2020. During that same period, she sat on several Cowlitz Tribal boards, the Grantmakers of Oregon and » More …