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More than just noise

fish artwork over blue backgroundAllison Coffin, a neuroscientist in the College of Arts and Sciences at WSU Vancouver, focuses on hearing, hear-loss prevention, and even on sensory cell regeneration—something no mammal is known to be able to do, unlike many birds and fish.

For sound to get from the air around us to our brains, it passes through a kind of Rube Goldberg device, funneling through a canal, stopping to play a drum solo, then moving through the cochlea where the vibrations tickle tiny cilia sticking out of » More …

International scholars join Electronic Literature Lab

Electronic Literature Lab.Two internationally renowned scholars will spend the 2020-21 academic year at WSU Vancouver as research affiliates in the Electronic Literature Lab (ELL).

One of only a handful of media archaeology labs in the United States, the ELL is used for advanced inquiry into the curation, documentation, preservation and production of born-digital literary works and other media.

The two will collaborate with ELL director and WSU professor Dene Grigar on projects such as » More …

Creative media students earn wine society fellowship

NW & FS.Four undergraduate students in the WSU Vancouver Creative Media and Digital Culture (CDMC) program are gaining real-world experience thanks to a new student fellowship created by the Northwest Wine and Food Society (NWFS).

Mentored by Dene Grigar, CMDC director, the NWFS fellows are developing develop a website, logo and social media promotions for the society, They began the 10-week project in March, just days before » More …

Bridging world history: African metalworking, Caribbean foods, and more

faculty portrait photograph, outsideAlthough she spent much of her career in administrative positions, history professor Candice Goucher has always thought of herself as a scholar first and foremost.

Her research combines the theories and methods of history, archaeology, ethnography, art history, ecology and chemistry. She is well known for her books and articles on African foodways, metallurgy, and popular and political culture, as well as global themes in world history. Candace is currently collaborating on “Striking Iron: The Arts of the African Blacksmith,” an exhibition set to open in June 2018 at the Fowler Museum in Los Angeles, and working on a related book and yet another volume about African ironworking. She’s also an award-winning food history author: her book on how European, African and Asian foods, » More …

Art for Life’s Sake

Art for Life's SakeWSU Vancouver’s fine arts department may not have a lot of person-power, but it has a powerful commitment to the creative well-being of the campus. Art classes can help with practical skills such as eye-hand coordination and the ability to move between digital and analog experiences. And they can instill critical thinking and cultural awareness in students.

“Instead of art for art’s sake, we emphasize more how art fits into everyone’s lives and how it connects to the discipline they’re studying,” says associate professor Harrison Higgs.

Read more on page 8 in WSU Vancouver’s Crimson and Gray magazine >>

Game Day

ControllersImagine running through a fantastical digital world of myth and danger—treasures and ancient artifacts around every corner. Now imagine being a new college graduate and saying “I built that” in a job interview.

Both are reality for the 2017 graduates of the WSU Vancouver Creative Media and Digital Culture program. Last May, the program graduated 28 designers, programmers and developers, all with real-world experience in virtual storytelling already on their resumes.

Read the full story on page 17 in WSU Vancouver’s Crimson and Gray magazine >>