Yes, and…

There are few two-word expressions that are as powerful as ‘Yes, and…’  

The phrase is as practical in a brainstorming session as it is in a debate, and as striking in negotiating a sale as it is in strengthening a team. It is as effective in the boardroom as it is in the bedroom. ‘Yes, and…’ is cross functional, cross situational, cross cultural, and, once the concept is understood and practiced, truly universal. ” 

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Highlights from the Arts & Sciences Story Hub

  • Members of the Washington State University community participate in National Day of Racial Healing activities around the Pullman campus. AAPI students work together on art for racial healing

    On Jan. 17, in a bustling hallway on the main floor of WSU Pullman’s Compton Union Building—known by students as the “CUB”—some people had stopped to stare. In between the crimson pillars was a long panel half-painted in earthen shades, periwinkles, and soft warm tones. Off to the side, the accompanying sign read: “AAPI Mural.”

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  • Donna Campbell and Ayad Rahmani. New certificate program to combine engineering & humanities

    From Thoreau’s cabin to Wharton’s mansions to Dreiser’s skyscrapers and Ann Petry’s streets, American literature brims with vivid depictions of built environments that strongly influence individual lives, communities, and culture. Exploring these stories to understand ways

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  • César Haas and Carolyn Ross. Live performance pairs music & scent

    Music and aromas can sometimes transport us to the past, instigating memories from people, places, and moments of our lives. César Haas, professor of guitar and jazz studies at the School of Music, and Carolyn Ross, professor of sensory science from the School of Food Science, have developed a unique live performance experience call “Synesthesia: […]

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  • Lauren Hudson. Fulbright award expands career opportunities

    Washington State University’s latest recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Student award, Lauren Hudson (’22 biology, French), will be teaching in Southeast Asia this coming year. “I’m thrilled to be able to teach English to college students in Vietnam, a land that is part of my heritage,” said Hudson. “I’m also happy to explore language and […]

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  • A mule deer and two fawns in a green field. Merging virtual and in-person field trips

    Prior to 2020, students enrolled in Washington State University’s natural resource ecology course (SOE 300) made field trips to Kamiak Butte County Park, 20 minutes north of Pullman, as part of a semester-long project. As lovely as spending class time off-campus in nature is, it’s also a challenge for students who don’t drive. During the pandemic, […]

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  • Bernoulli Box from LGR Oddware on YouTube (2013). Maintaining our digital heritage

    “Software preservation is almost a losing battle,” says Roger Whitson, WSU associate professor of English who conducts research in the field of media history. “It’s a complicated problem. There is no perfect file format that will be accessible forever. Inevitably, these media types degrade, the actual signal we’re trying to preserve degrades, so you always […]

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  • Matt and Jennifer Ellison pose with Matt’s parents. Making a splash

    Never underestimate the power of an elective, advises  Matt Ellison (’92 business) and GurglePot founder. “It gets people out of their comfort zone,” he says. “That’s the beauty of going to college and broadening your knowledge. At some point in life that random class could become the most important one you ever took.” For him, […]

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  • Annie Lu, Noah Hansen,, Lauren Forseth, and Vanesa Marar. Pullman Outstanding Seniors excel in diverse fields

    An international researcher, a police cadet, a certified nursing assistant, and a young mother who speaks five languages (in addition to baby talk) are among the 24 College of Arts and Sciences students named Outstanding Seniors of 2022, all of whom are exemplary in their academic achievements, leadership, and service to the community. With roots […]

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  • Washington State University. Global Campus. Global Campus Outstanding Seniors 2022

    In recognition of outstanding academic performance and service to the university and/or their community, WSU Global Campus recognized eight College of Arts & Sciences outstanding seniors for the 2021-22 academic year. Caroline CovakAnthropology Callie JenckesCriminal Justice Sydney YeargersData Analytics Amanda MottersheadEnglish Andrea HalpinHumanities Seirra SumnerPsychology Jen BullSocial Sciences Trisha NelsonSociology Read their stories, in their […]

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  • Cougar spirit mark. Tri-Cities Outstanding Seniors for 2022

    One graduating student from each department in the College of Arts & Sciences at WSU Tri-Cities was honored as an “Outstanding Senior” at a reception in April 2022. Students were selected by faculty in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement during their time at WSU Tri-Cities. David Cancino – BiologyRochelle Delacruz – Digital Technology & […]

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  • Aydan Garland-Miner. Turning community service into state law

    As a sophomore, Aydan Garland-Miner (’22) founded the WSU chapter of PERIOD, a nonprofit organization that provides support for those who face period poverty. Three years of events, workshops, emails, and distribution events later, she found herself on a Zoom call with members of the Washington State for Menstrual Equity Coalition, watching Gov. Jay Inslee […]

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  • Ally Pang. Poet to pursue journalism career

    Whether it is a work of fiction, a news story, or a poem, Ally Pang (“22) has always loved writing. An English and journalism double major, she chose to attend WSU because it had opportunities for her to pursue both of her interests. “I love journalism because I’m able to lift up other voices and […]

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  • Jelani Christopher. Political science major committed to campus food security

    Jelani Christopher (’22 Poli. Sci.) has always been interested in how  government can help create a better society. During his time at WSU, he put his passion into practice as an ASWSU senator and played a key role in establishing the Cougar Food Pantry on the Pullman campus. “It was a great experience being able […]

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  • Group photo. There’s an app for that

    An interdisciplinary team of undergraduate students is developing a smartphone app to help Pullman residents and visitors connect with local businesses. “The biggest barrier we’ve identified is people not being knowledgeable about what businesses have to offer,” said Marley Schneider, a digital technology and culture and advertising dual major and co-leader of the project. Whether […]

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  • Medicinal cannabis. Collaborative research indicates behavioral effect of vaporized cannabis

    A study conducted by a team of WSU researchers found rats with regular access to cannabis seek more of the substance and tend to show increased drug-seeking behavior when cannabis is absent. The research—a collaboration of chemists, psychologists, and neuroscientists—is the next step in better understanding cognitive and neural effects of cannabis use in humans. […]

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