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College of Arts and Sciences Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs

Perspectives on democracy, civility, security

James Mattis speaks at Washington State University.The ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, domestic threats to democracy, and the role young people must play in securing the future of the U.S. were among the topics discussed by former Secretary of Defense James Mattis during his Foley Institute Distinguished Lecture in March.

At the heart of his remarks was the importance of cooperation, compromise and the necessity of free speech as a means » More …

PhD students make research meaningful to masses

Jessica Dickson, Furkan Cakmak, and Margaret Reece.Arts and sciences doctoral students from across the Pullman campus recently competed in a semi-final contest in WSU’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) challenge by delivering particularly succinct descriptions of their years-long, often-esoteric research projects. » More …

Faculty career advancements

Collage of unnamed faculty and staff members.Twenty-four College of Arts and Sciences faculty members across the WSU system were promoted and/or granted tenure for 2022—the most career advancements awarded by the Office of the Provost to any of the institution’s 11 colleges this year. Tenure and promotion recognize scholars who are leaders in their fields. Promotions were awarded » More …

Undergraduates tackle important questions in sciences, humanities

Bala Krishnamoorthy and Josiah Cowin.Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, relieving chronic pain, understanding protest behavior, and conserving wildlife are among the goals of eight undergraduate research projects funded this spring by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Students from across the college—in mathematics, chemistry, foreign languages, and political, psychological, environmental, and biological sciences—are working with faculty mentors to solve questions as diverse as » More …

Two CAS outstanding seniors represent college at commencement ceremonies

Emily Paup and Nicole Craze.An aspiring international lawyer and a budding business analyst were honored as gonfalon bearers for the College of Arts and Sciences during separate commencement ceremonies Saturday at WSU Pullman.

Nicole Craze, a political science major who aims to become an attorney specializing in international law and diplomacy, carried the college’s shield-shaped banner at the ceremony celebrating WSU graduates of the fall 2021 semester. » More …

Analysis: No systematic agency bias in WSP traffic stops

Washington State Patrol car. In an analysis of five years of traffic stops conducted by the Washington State Patrol, researchers with WSU’s Division of Governmental Studies and Services (DGSS), with support from faculty from the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, found no evidence for intentional, agency-level racial bias.

“This research connects the expertise of Washington’s land-grant university to a pressing public issue,” said DGSS Director Christina Sanders. » More …

Core-to-Career program enhances career readiness

The inaugural Core to Career cohort.Starting early in their college program, WSU students will soon directly experience how college coursework prepares them to be career ready, thanks to a University Common Requirements (UCORE) general education pilot program.

“In this way, classes across several disciplines will feature messaging about career-readiness, and these lessons will impact students even before they declare their majors,” said Clif Stratton, UCORE director and » More …

Humanities faculty present ways to bridge community divides

Helping to bridge divides of understanding within communities is at the heart of four free, public presentations by Washington State University professors to be hosted online in October.

Sociologist Jennifer Sherman will present “Diamonds in the Rough: The Gentrification of Rural Washington” and philosopher Michael Goldsby will present “Why Deny Science.” » More …