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Global Campus: 30 years of opportunity

A student works on a computer outside.In 1992, Washington State University extended its land-grant mission by launching one of the nation’s first opportunities for students to pursue a degree from anywhere on the globe through distance delivery.

Today, our Global Campus is the second largest campus by enrollment in the WSU system with more than 4,000 students enrolled in one of 21 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate programs, or more than » More …

Fulbright award expands career opportunities

Lauren Hudson.Washington State University’s latest recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Student award, Lauren Hudson (’22 biology, French), will be teaching Southeast Asia this coming year.

“I’m thrilled to be able to teach English to college students in Vietnam, a land that is part of my heritage,” said Hudson. “I’m also happy to explore language and culture as ways to further equity and » More …

Merging virtual and in-person field trips

A mule deer and two fawns in a green field.Prior to 2020, students enrolled in Washington State University’s natural resource ecology course (SOE 300) made field trips to Kamiak Butte County Park, 20 minutes north of Pullman, as part of a semester-long project. As lovely as spending class time off-campus in nature is, it’s also a challenge for students who don’t drive. During the pandemic, in-person field trips were not possible.

Enter the Virtual Ecology project, where School of the Environment instructor William Schlosser, affectionately known as “Dr. Bill,” worked with » More …

Research exchange to explore resilient, high-yielding crops

School of Biological Sciences postdoctoral researcher Mingzhu Lu and doctoral candidates Sandi Thu, Samantha The, and Rachel Snyder show some of their research experiments into plant biology and traits in professor Mechthild Tegeder’s lab.Students from Washington State University will travel to Germany next summer for a new research exchange program exploring complex plant traits underlying resilience and yield.

Funded by a $300,000 award from the National Science Foundation’s International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) initiative, the 10-week program expands WSU’s partnership with Germany’s CEPLAS—Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences—which integrates resources at the » More …

Self‑pollinating plant shows rapid loss of genetic variation

Jeremiah Busch.Pollinators like bees are important to biodiversity in their own right, but a study led by Jeremiah Busch, a Washington State University evolutionary biologist, indicates that their decline will also have potentially devastating impacts on plants, and quickly.

“If pollinators are lost, it’s not just going to be a problem for the pollinators: plant populations will lose genetic variation in tens of generations — not thousands, but tens,” said Busch. » More …

Bollens elected to state Academy of Sciences

Steve Bollens.In recognition of his outstanding research on salt and freshwater aquatic systems “that is both timely and important to understanding the impact of global climate change…and biodiversity in the Pacific Northwest,”  Professor Stephen Bollens has been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

Bollens is a WSU Vancouver professor in » More …

National Gilman Scholarships support study abroad

Closeup of a black and white globe.Eight undergraduates pursing seven different degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences recently received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships toward the study abroad program of their choice. They will use the funding to study in Italy, Japan, Portugal and Spain this summer and fall. » More …

Birds look for social cues, too

Two pine sisken birds.Birds of a feather not only flock together but also appear to settle down together.

“The presence of another bird that isn’t migratory seems to be a really potent cue to stop migration,” said Heather Watts, a Washington State University behavioral ecologist and corresponding author on a study recently published in Biology Letters. “We saw changes in their behavior and changes in their » More …