2017 has been a year of growth and accolades for the Department of History. The summer newsletter highlights the Roots of Contemporary Issues Program, directed by Professors Jesse Spohnholz and Clif Stratton, which has become a center for transformative learning across the University, plus curriculum innovations, faculty and student awards, alumni updates, and more.
Read the full newsletter on the Department of History website >>
The impact of pollutants from the world’s largest oil sand field on the health of amphibians marks the focus of a team of research biologists from Washington State University and Canada.
The scientists are studying the effects of development in the Athabasca oil sands region of Northern Alberta on the habitat, physiology, behavior and long-term health of wood frogs. » More …
As she stepped up to the employee store counter to pay her bill, LEGO® specialty products manager Katie Regan’08 pulled out a credit card bearing Washington State University’s famous logo. Jordan Paxton ’04, behind her in line, let out a shout of recognition. “Bumping into Cougars on the East Coast is a big deal,” explains Paxton, a consumer service specialist at LEGO. “It rarely happens, so when you come across a Cougar, you’re instant friends.”
Regan and Paxton soon learned they had more than Cougar pride in common. The two attended WSU at the same time, then both accepted jobs with The Walt Disney Company, but it wasn’t until they joined the LEGO team at its main U.S. office in Enfield, Connecticut—Regan in 2012 and Paxton in 2013—that the two actually met. These days, they both spend their days working with the famous LEGO play materials that have entertained and educated children for over 80 years. » More …
Do Americans want to use more renewable energy?
Yes they do – regardless of whether they’re Democrats or Republicans, according to new research by Washington State University sociologists.
Christine Horne, professor of sociology, and Emily Kennedy, assistant professor of sociology, published a study in the journal Energy Policy » More …
Washington State University students and faculty recently returned from a 10-day volunteer effort to help assess whether a health project designed to increase iron levels in the blood of rural Guatemalan people has been successful.
WSU participants worked hand in hand with Hearts in Motion (HIM), a nonprofit organization, on the medical service project.
“After my first year participating in HIM, I realized Guatemalan diets are primarily starch-based,” said Kathy Beerman, a WSU professor in the School of Biological Sciences and a veteran HIM volunteer. “This caused me to believe that many Guatemalans are probably faced with a lack of iron in their diets, and therefore at increased risk for iron deficiency anemia. That is when we started our research.”
Read the full story on WSU News website >>
A Washington State University graduate student turned the unexpected results from a laboratory experiment into a prestigious National Institutes of Health predoctoral fellowship.
Chemistry Ph.D. student Jacob Day is the recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for the accidental discovery and subsequent development of a compound that enables scientists to investigate the protective role that sulfur dioxide plays in the heart.
The highly selective fellowship is awarded annually to top U.S. graduate students in health science-related fields. » More …
Five of this year’s Top Ten Seniors are receiving a degree in the College of Arts and Sciences. A sixth is receiving two CAS minors.
For more than 80 years, Washington State University has recognized 10 of the top seniors in each graduating class. These five women and five men represent the Pullman campus’ highest standards in specific aspects of the college experience, including academics, athletics, campus involvement, community service, and visual and performing arts.
Read about all ten students on the WSU.edu homepage >>
Washington State University marine biologists for the first time have documented a wealth of fish in the “vastly underexplored” deep coral reefs off Hawaii Island.
The study gives fishery managers a more complete picture of fish species and habitat around the Big Island, home to a thriving aquarium fish trade, as well as other deep waters around the globe, said Cori Kane, a doctoral student at WSU Vancouver.
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Casey McNicholas, a U.S. Army officer and senior in political science and history (pictured, left, with Daryll DeWald, CAS dean), has been selected to carry the College of Arts and Sciences gonfalon during Saturday’s commencement ceremony in Beasley Coliseum.
Gonfalons are the shield-shaped banners that represent WSU’s 11 colleges during the commencement ceremony. Being selected as a college’s gonfalon bearer is a prestigious recognition given to a graduate with a record of outstanding achievement.
McNicholas, a 4.0 student with a minor in military science in addition to his double major, » More …
Washington State University freshman Emily Durr will have little time this summer between donning her goalie’s helmet and gear to compete in the national lacrosse championships and donning her sparkling crown and gown to compete in the International Junior Miss (IJM) pageant.
The lively and lovely 19-year-old from Tacoma is Washington’s reigning IJM teen queen and a fierce defensive player on WSU’s women’s club lacrosse team. Durr is also a an energetic champion for curing type 1 diabetes, and on May 6 she will lead a team in the JDRF “Walk for a Cure” at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma. » More …