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Preserving the Puget Sound shoreline

Washington State University is partnering with conservation organizations to protect an important portion of Puget Sound shoreline along Henderson Inlet, south of Olympia, The agreement between Capitol Land Trust (CLT), WSU, and affiliated groups, including the Squaxin Island Tribe, will also provide environmental research and education opportunities to the entire region, The land trust purchased […]

Honoring undergraduate excellence

The College of Arts and Sciences honored Zachary Humphreys, an aspiring lawyer and public official, as bearer of its gonfalon in the fall 2022 commencement ceremony at WSU Pullman. Humphreys, who majored in political science on the pre-law track, carried the college’s shield-shaped banner in the event celebrating December graduates. Selection as a college gonfalon […]

Once a Coug, always a Coug

Transfer student Carrie Colbert earned her bachelor’s degree in women’s studies at WSU, graduating in 2009, and then earning an MBA at Grand Canyon University. She currently works for ALSCO, a linen company. One of her tips for current students: ask for help when [you need] help and remember “that you become part of a […]

$1.89M NIH grant to advance research in rapid evolution

What if scientists could have the funding to explore new directions of research free from the initial goals written into many grants? With a recent $1.89 million Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award from the National Institutes of Health, Seth Rudman has that opportunity. Rudman is an assistant professor in WSU Vancouver’s School of Biological Sciences. MIRA […]

Power of Poetry

From her theater work to becoming editor-in-chief of a literary journal, Noelle Niemeier is determined to prove writing is just as important as careers in STEM. Niemeier, an English major on the creative writing track, wanted to work in writing ever since she was a little kid. She began journaling song lyrics and channeling her […]

Research to recover rare earth elements

Xiaofeng Guo, assistant professor of chemistry, is part of a national team of scientists who recently received $39 million to develop market-ready technologies to increase domestic supplies of elements necessary for the transition to clean energy. He will be investigating how supercritical carbon dioxide could be used to recover critical elements, especially rare earth elements, […]

Twin study links exercise to beneficial epigenetic changes

A new WSU-led study indicates consistent exercise can change not just waistlines but the very molecules in the human body that influence how genes behave. Published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers found the more physically active sibling in identical twin pairs had lower signs of metabolic disease as measured by waist size and body mass […]

Hands-on classroom: ancient dart throwing

The first complex weapon system developed by humans is helping Washington State University students learn about both ancient technological innovation and modern-day experimental archeology.  Originating in Europe over 30,000 years ago, the “atlatl” consists of a short stick or board with a cup at one end that enables the wielder to throw a dart farther […]

A new holiday song with a rat pack vibe

Just in time for the holidays, Washington State University Emeritus Professor of Music Greg Yasinitsky has a new song, “It’s Santa!,” which is now streaming on Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon, Deezer, and more.  “It’s Santa!” has a fun, swinging rat pack vibe of vocals backed by a roaring big band. The band is Yasinitsky’s […]