Interdisciplinary

Ashley Boyd appointed as new UCORE director

Helping faculty design classes for the new equity and justice course designation and addressing the changing educational landscape catalyzed by ChatGPT are two areas that Ashley Boyd, incoming director of University Common Requirements (UCORE), looks forward to addressing.  Boyd, a Washington State University associate professor of English, began her new position as UCORE director on […]

Tracking online political ads improves with new research methodology

It’s not politics as usual since the advent of digital marketing. And because these platforms are largely unregulated, it’s difficult to track who is behind the unprecedented amounts of money being spent on social media and other online platforms to influence voter behavior across the United States. Washington State University political scientist Travis Ridout is part of […]

Q&A with Audry Almeria

Raised in an Air Force family, Audrey Almeria has spent her life traveling and living all over the world, and she even graduated high school in Misawa, Japan. But she has found a home at Washington State University, where she is double majoring in psychology and neuroscience and will graduate this coming spring. When she […]

High winds and Campylobacter

Farmers who keep their chickens outdoors may want to watch the weather. A study of chicken farms in the West found that high winds increased the prevalence of Campylobacter in outdoor flocks, a bacterial pathogen in poultry that is the largest single cause of foodborne illness in the U.S. Researchers found that about 26% of […]

Studying trauma impact of police killings

It feels personal. The Black college students interviewed by Betty Wilson racially identified with unarmed Black victims of highly publicized police killings. In them, they saw their relatives, their friends — and themselves. “Am I next?” one student asked, encapsulating the ongoing fear many expressed. Wilson herself felt deep sadness in learning about the death […]

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 […]

Live performance pairs music & scent

Music and aromas can sometimes transport us to the past, instigating memories from people, places, and moments of our lives. César Haas, professor of guitar and jazz studies at the School of Music, and Carolyn Ross, professor of sensory science from the School of Food Science, have developed a unique live performance experience call “Synesthesia: […]

Eight proteins regulate insulin in hibernating bears

Feeding honey to hibernating bears helped Washington State University researchers find the potential genetic keys to the bears’ insulin control, an advance that could ultimately lead to a treatment for human diabetes. Every year, bears gain an enormous amount of weight, then barely move for months, behavior that would