Election administration performance linked to counties’ economic, racial makeup

Voters who are neither wealthy nor white are more likely to live in counties with fewer resources available to make sure ballots are counted on time, a new election index revealed. Researchers developed the County Election Administration index, detailed in the Election Law Journal, to evaluate election performance by county rather than just by state. Election […]

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A century of WSU sociology

Gang dynamics, effective surveys, rural communities, families, environmental issues—Washington State University’s sociology department explored these societal topics and many others over the last 100 years. The department always kept an eye on the university’s mission to connect research with people and communities across the state. Fred Yoder was appointed as the first sociologist at Washington State […]

Stone ornamentation above the entrance to Wilson-Short Hall.

Juneteenth provides opportunity to learn about Black history

Juneteenth commemorates a moment in time, June 19, 1865, when enslaved Black Americans in Texas were finally told they were free. Freedom Day has been celebrated for decades in Black communities. Now a federal holiday, Juneteenth can also be a time of teaching and learning Black history everywhere, said R. Xach Williams, an assistant professor of ethnic studies at Washington State University. […]

R. Xach Williams.

For Republican men, environmental support hinges on partisan identity

Who proposes a bill matters more to Republican men than what it says — at least when it comes to the environment, a recent study found. In an experiment with 800 adults, researchers used an article describing a hypothetical U.S. Senate bill about funding state programs to reduce water pollution to test partisan preferences, changing only the […]

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Carla Peperzak’s story and honors have one goal: never again

Carla Olman Peperzak has told her story of helping Jews during World War II many times. She’s been honored for her heroism, including receiving an honorary doctoral degree from Washington State University that will be conferred at commencement in May. On this cold February day, however, she has something else on her mind. “Germany before the war […]

Carla Peperzak.

Pagan-Christian trade supplied horses for sacrifices overseas

Horses crossed the Baltic Sea in ships during the Late Viking Age and were sacrificed for funeral rituals, according to a study led by Cardiff University and Washington State University researchers. Published in the journal Science Advances, the study on the remains of horses found at ancient burial sites in Russia and Lithuania show that they were […]

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Passion for land, people, and diversity drives doctoral research

Fostering positive change through scholarship Tiarå Freeman, an experimental psychology graduate student, was raised on an organic farm in northern New Mexico. Her family grew everything, she said—squash, corn, peppers, tomatoes, okra, spinach, broccoli, and “swaths of cosmos”—which are related to sunflowers and come in lovely shades of fuchsia, pale purple, and bright orange. foraged for wild spinach, […]

Tiarå Freeman with outstretched arms on a dirt path in the forest.

Nothing So-So About Marco

Clinical psychology doctoral student loves working with moms and infants Marco Ramirez Gonzalez came to the U.S. from Mexico when he was five and lived in El Paso, Texas, close to the border. Later, his family moved to Houston where he attended Seven Lakes High School, an enormous school with an enormous population of 3,600 […]

Marco Ramirez.

Don’t sleep on population health science

It’s not just chance, who is healthy and who isn’t. There are patterns, and the patterns are often far beyond an individual’s control. Finding patterns in health and wellbeing is population health scientist and William Julius Wilson Distinguished Professor Justin Denney’s specialty. But his work doesn’t stop there. He then finds explanations for those patterns […]

Justin Denney holding an open book at his desk.

A new era for the Institute for Shock Physics

Physics professor and former Los Alamos National Laboratory physicist Brian Jensen is the new director of Washington State University’s state-of-the-art Institute for Shock Physics (ISP). He succeeds founding ISP Director Yogendra Gupta, who led the program for 26 years. “The Institute for Shock Physics embodies more than 65 years of excellence in shock wave research and education at WSU. I am truly honored to […]