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Opioids kill minorities at younger ages

AlthoughOutline of the state of Washington filled with the image of an ambulance and opioids in the background. opioid use cuts across socio-economic boundaries, WSU researchers have found racial and ethnic minorities in Washington state are more likely to die from an overdose earlier in their lives than non-Hispanic white residents.

“This work confirms the epidemic is far reaching and having dramatic impacts on quality and length of life for Americans of all » More …

Making a splash

Matt and Jennifer Ellison pose with Matt’s parents.Never underestimate the power of an elective, advises  Matt Ellison (’92 business) and GurglePot founder. “It gets people out of their comfort zone,” he says. “That’s the beauty of going to college and broadening your knowledge. At some point in life that random class could become the most important one you ever took.”

For him, it was introductory sculpture. » More …

Food insecurity related to later diabetes

Man opening an empty-looking refrigerator late at night.An interdisciplinary study of adolescence-to-adult health found young adults who were at risk of food insecurity had an increased incidence of diabetes 10 years later.

WSU researchers in sociology, medicine, and nursing analyzed data on nearly 4,000 people from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. They found that adults ages 24–32 who said they’d been » More …

New chemist to research cancer at Cornell

Brianna Knode.Brianna Knode (’22) initially considered WSU as a safety school when she was applying to colleges. She toured the Pullman campus out of convenience, only to fall in love with the friendly environment and the “Cougs help Cougs” mentality.

“I got the chance to directly meet with my current academic adviser, Jeremy Lessman, [and] after my tour, » More …

Poet to pursue journalism career

Ally Pang.Whether it is a work of fiction, a news story, or a poem, Ally Pang (“22) has always loved writing. An English and journalism double major, she chose to attend WSU because it had opportunities for her to pursue both of her interests.

“I love journalism because I’m able to lift up other voices and hear from people who aren’t often heard from. Even though creative writing and multimedia journalism are » More …

There’s an app for that

Group photo.An interdisciplinary team of undergraduate students is developing a smartphone app to help Pullman residents and visitors connect with local businesses.

“The biggest barrier we’ve identified is people not being knowledgeable about what businesses have to offer,” said Marley Schneider, a digital technology and culture and advertising dual major and co-leader » More …

Breathing free from opioid addiction

A patient receiving oxygen through a mask.Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may help people being treated for opioid addiction reduce their methadone dose and better manage pain and withdrawal symptoms, according to a pair of studies led by Washington State University scientists.

The idea for the studies came from earlier research by Raymond Quock, professor of psychology, that showed the therapy provided pain relief and reduced physical » More …

Examining socio‑economics of flexible rules

Resevior.An interdisciplinary team of WSU researchers has been awarded a $1.6 million grant to study under what conditions are individuals, groups and institutions likely to follow rules about the environment “to the letter” versus exercising discretion or making new rules.

“In the realm of science-based environmental management, it is useful to have flexibility to adapt to changing conditions, but it is also good to have clear rules as a basis for making investments toward long-term goals,” said John Harrison, Edward R. Meyer distinguished professor in » More …

Experiment in artistic expression

Pianist and violinist perform on stage in front of video projection.A unique live performance integrating music, video, and literary art drew an audience from across the WSU Pullman campus and around the world for an evening of “Intersecting Expressions.

“The feeling on stage was incredible,” said Christiano Rodrigues, an assistant professor of music who conceived the performance. “There is a sort of excitement that comes with the unpredictable nature of this project, which I think resonated with all present.” » More …