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Tri‑Cities professor honored for teaching excellence

Allan FelsotA curiosity for the world and the yearning to know how it works is what brought Allan Felsot to the world of science. It also inspired his interest in teaching and his passion for sharing his knowledge with students.

The academic director for the CAS math and science sector at WSU Tri-Cities and professor of entomology, Felsot was recently honored with the Entomological Society of America’s Pacific branch award for excellence in teaching. » More …

Doctoral students pack years of research into three minutes

11 faces and 3MT logoFrom creating voice-responsive materials, to enabling regrowth of lost fingers and limbs, to reducing stress on caregivers of autistic children, to unearthing cultural history in Puget Sound, a wide range of high-impact research topics were expeditiously explained in the recent CAS Three Minute Thesis contest.

Eleven Pullman-based doctoral students competed for valuable fellowship prizes by presenting their years of dissertation work in three minutes or less, using just one visual slide, and in language anyone could understand. » More …

Six CAS faculty to be honored at Showcase celebration

The Office of the Provost has selected Maureen Schmitter‑Edgecombe, professor in the Department of Psychology, to deliver this year’s Distinguished Faculty Address. Five other College of Arts and Sciences faculty have also been selected to receive 2019 Showcase awards.

“Outstanding achievements of our faculty serve as an inspiration to our community,” said Provost Dan Bernardo said. “Showcase is an excellent opportunity to pay tribute to some of our colleagues who have made notable contributions to their fields and to the University community.“

Read more about our outstanding faculty: » More …

Data analysis, text mining drives literary research

outdoor portraitEnglish major Matthew Jockers wasn’t always a computer whiz. The new dean of the WSU College of Arts and Sciences recalls a class in high school in which he struggled to program a mainframe to print out his name. “It was that tricky,” he says.

A love of reading, writing, and literature led him to become a very good coder indeed. Jockers is an expert in R, a programming language he uses to write the pattern-detecting algorithms at the heart of his research. Jockers uses it to analyze texts—lots and lots of text. One wag wrote that Jockers may be the only literature professor to assign 1,200 novels in a single class. » More …

LIFT principles inspire teaching

Paul BuckleyA duck gliding across the surface of a lake often appears to be doing so with ease, but look below the surface and you’ll see the frenetic paddling required to make it happen.

If you think of college as the lake, and students as the ducks, you may find students experiencing the same phenomenon.

Paul Buckley, clinical associate professor in chemistry, recognized this comparison  after taking part in the LIFT Fellowship’s first cohort in » More …

CAS faculty initiatives to enhance future undergraduate education

CAS logo on white with borderFive College of Arts and Sciences faculty members have been selected to receive funding from the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Teaching and Learning Endowment for four projects that will enhance undergraduate teaching and learning.

College of Arts and Sciences recipients of the 2018‑19 competitive grants and their projects are: » More …

Faculty earn Research Week awards

WSU logo on green dot backgroundAs part of opening ceremonies for WSU Research Week, the Office of Research presented awards to three College of Arts and Sciences faculty members for their outstanding achievements in research.

Read more about Kim Christen, Tammy Barry, and Peter Reilly: » More …

Cougar Marching Band makes the grade

Cougar Marching BandPerhaps the secret to the academic success of the Cougar Marching Band is, there are very few secrets.

Junior Kevin Kissinger says he gained almost 200 friends when he joined the group as a freshman. That kind of support system helped him stay on track and reach out for help when he needed a hand.

While setting the stage for many great moments at Martin Stadium, Beasley Coliseum and Bohler Gym, the Cougar Marching Band members posted an average GPA of 3.23 for the year. Close to half posted GPAs over 3.5 and » More …

New CAS dean blends humanities, arts, sciences

professor portrait, outsideAs a young scholar, Matthew Jockers loved both the wildness of literature and the controlled logic of computer programming. And much like Rudyard Kipling’s description in East and West: at first “never the twain shall meet,” but in the end, they combine to form a strong bond.

“There is a thread in my literary training that was focused on » More …