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Accelerated honors program for future veternarians

Emily Austing and Claire Stein.Emily Austin, a WSU sophomore and zoology major, says the accelerated Honors Veterinary Medicine program was one of the main factors that drew her to WSU.

The College of Veterinary Medicine and the Honors College have partnered up to provide an exceptional opportunity for motivated undergraduate students who are dedicated to a profession in veterinary medicine: through early admission to the DVM  program, students can become a veterinarian in just seven years.

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New federal grants support energy research

Kevin Lynn.Kelvin Lynn, Regents Professor with a dual appointment in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has received a $200,000 award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office to advance solar research and development.

Lynn, who is also the Boeing Chair for Advanced Materials, and his group are working to improve cadmium telluride (CdTe) solar technology. Silicon solar cells represent 90 percent of the solar cell market, but CdTe solar cells offer a low‑cost alternative. They have the lowest carbon footprint in solar technology and » More …

Climate change affects breeding birds

White House Finch.The breeding seasons of wild house finches are shifting due to climate change, a Washington State University researcher has found.

The effect of climate change on the breeding season of birds has been documented before, but in a limited context. Heather Watts, an avian physiologist, reported her finding in Ibis, the International Journal of Avian Science. » More …

Rhodes adds to honors at commencement

student in cap and gownSenior Kayla Rhodes was selected to carry the College of Arts and Sciences gonfalon at the December 2018 commencement ceremony in Pullman. Graduating with a double major in math and computer science, Kayla is a peer tutor for the WSU Math Learning Center and the outgoing president of the Math Club. During the past three years, she has completed internships at the Walt Disney Company, Hewlett Packard (HP), and CDK Global. A WSU Regents Scholar, Kayla also was selected as a Boeing Scholar last spring and worked » More …

Japanese anime characters help teach language, culture skills

Still from Macross: Do You Remember Love?Courageous, conflicted, cantankerous or just plain cute, the colorful characters brought to life in Japanese anime film and television can teach a great deal about the country’s culture, says Michael Arnold, incoming Japanese studies instructor at Washington State University.

Featuring vibrant, hand-drawn and computer-animated graphics, anime productions provide glimpses of Japanese life, values, and social norms as well as everyday language and idiomatic expressions used in context, Arnold said. » More …

Fine arts alumna designs, shares iconic drawing

coloring book pageColoring isn’t just for kids any more: many mental health professionals say it’s a good way for adults to destress.

Thanks to Seattle artist and 2005 fine arts grad Tarah Luke, WSU is now part of the landscape. Luke found her niche in the adult coloring book industry and drew an abstract version of the iconic Bryan Hall clock tower for her fellow Cougars and Cougs at heart everywhere.

Luke was profiled in the Washington State Magazine Summer 2016 issue: read the full story below and download the coloring page! » More …

Faculty receive Office of Research Awards

Kim Christen, Tammy Barry, and Peter Reilly.The WSU Office of Research presented awards to three faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences for their outstanding achievements in research as part of opening ceremonies for WSU Research Week.

Read more about Kim Christen (English), Tammy Barry (psychology), and Peter Reilly (chemistry) >> » More …

Holiday concert featured five student groups

Closeup of choir members singing.The WSU School of Music’s annual Holiday Concert, “Joy to the World: A Global Holiday,” held on Saturday, Dec. 1, featured five different student ensembles:

* Madrigal Singers
* Treble Choir
* Tenor/Bass Choir
* Concert Choir
* Symphony Orchestra

The concert included seasonal favorites and concluded with Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Festival, featuring all of the performing groups. » More …

Undergraduate Symposium highlights research and art

student explains research projectStudents highlighted their semester course projects, research, and art as part of the fall Undergraduate Research Symposium and Art Exhibition at WSU Tri-Cities.

“The symposium and art exhibition provides our students with an excellent opportunity to practice communicating their research and course projects, which is an essential skill for when they go out into the professional environment,” said Allison Matthews, clinical assistant professor of psychology. » More …

Library instruction increases student educational success

Instructor between two students with laptops discussing library project.Clif Stratton knows the difference library instruction makes for his students. For more than five years, he has brought students in his “Roots of Contemporary Issues” class to Terrell Library to meet with Corey Johnson, WSU’s instruction and assessment librarian. Johnson teaches the students how to find suitable primary and secondary sources for their research assignments, a skill the students will need for the remainder of their academic careers at WSU.

“Corey deals in concrete examples in his demonstrations of how to use databases,” said Stratton, assistant clinical professor in the Department of History and assistant director » More …

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