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Chemist honored as Fellow in top physics organization

Aurora Clark.Aurora E. Clark, a WSU professor and expert in physical chemistry, has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the nation’s leading association for physicists.

Her research “underpins the basic science needed to solve a variety of important industrial problems that impact human health, environmental management, and technological innovation,” Clark said.

The prestigious award recognizes » More …

Pivoting academics during the pandemic

hands on a laptop computer_stockTen minutes before the official start time, Paul Buckley posts the first note in the chat box. “Happy Friday, everyone!” Today’s topics are already listed on the screen: properties of gases, gas pressure and units, and gas laws. As the clock ticks on, more and more Washington State University students log in via Zoom on Blackboard, most without video.

While online teaching and learning were new to most faculty and students, “WSU has almost three decades of experience in » More …

Teaching the teachers

Writing with a fountain pen.Earlier this year, six CAS professors spent 12 weeks as learners themselves in the new WORD! Faculty Fellowship program. The experienced educators were challenged to think about how to help students write within the context of their various disciplines.

WORD! workshops help faculty understand “how writing can be the process through which students learn the content and [how to] inspire students to become better » More …

Cannabis research center established

Cannabis plants.Early efforts in cannabis research at WSU have now grown into a full, multi-disciplinary research center with nearly 100 scientists working on a diverse range of cannabis-related projects. More than a dozen CAS faculty across chemistry, sociology, psychology, criminal justice, and political science are affiliated with the newly christened Center for Cannabis Policy, Research and Outreach, or CCPRO. » More …

New seed grants for research, creative projects

Four CAS faculty leading projects in forest ecology, underrepresented composers, environmental remediation, and effective messaging have been selected to receive New Faculty Seed Grants from the Office of Research and Office of the Provost to encourage development of their research, scholarly, or creative programs.

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Showcase 2021 faculty honorees

Crouch, Parkhurst, Wack, Kiessling.Four CAS faculty were recognized with 2021 Showcase awards for their outstanding achievements

Faculty awards are given annually to honor excellence in the pursuit of the university’s mission and goals. These individuals share an unflagging commitment to the University community. By encouraging and challenging students to reach their highest potential, they have created a legacy of excellence that will endure for generations to come. » More …

Fueling course material innovation

Student with pen, notebook, and e-reader. WSU’s Affordable Learning Grants are helping boost course engagement and saving students thousands of dollars in textbook costs each semester.

Faculty grant recipients Johanna Phelps (English), Collin Shull (Spanish) and Paul Buckley (chemistry) each took different approaches to developing open educational resources (OER), with each project proving highly beneficial to students. » More …

Alumnus recognized for superconductor advancements

Ranga Dias.A breakthrough in superconductivity has landed a WSU physics graduate in the latest Time Magazine list of top innovators.

Ranga Dias (’13 PhD) has been named one of 19 innovation leaders in the 2021 Time100 Next list, which highlights emerging leaders shaping the future. His work to develop a room temperature superconductor represents a significant advancement in the field, with wide-ranging applications from transportation to medical imaging, and even hover boards. » More …

Collaborative research indicates behavioral effect of vaporized cannabis

Medicinal cannabis.A study conducted by a team of WSU researchers found rats with regular access to cannabis seek more of the substance and tend to show increased drug-seeking behavior when cannabis is absent.

The research—a collaboration of chemists, psychologists, and neuroscientists—is the next step in better understanding cognitive and neural effects of cannabis use in humans. » More …