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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 …

New leadership for WSU undergraduate research efforts

Jeremy Lessmann.An experienced researcher, instructor, and student advisor and mentor, Jeremy Lessmann has been appointed as the director of the WSU Office of Undergraduate Research.

Faculty-mentored research activities benefits students in all majors and helps them engage deeply in their education. In any field, research can take the form of seeking resolutions to contested questions, creating original work, making empirical observations, using cutting-edge technologies, and more. » More …

Helping students succeed

A chemists hands holding liquid chemistry experiment.Senior zoology major Cassandra McElroen became a Chemistry 105 teaching assistant because she enjoys helping people and wants to provide students with a better understanding of the material.

Her role as a TA includes holding office hours once a week, where students can ask questions about anything chemistry-related. She also runs a lab section, where she helps her students run experiments and then » More …

Chemist honored as Fellow in top physics organization

Aurora Clark.Aurora E. Clark, a WSU professor and expert in physical chemistry, has been named a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the nation’s leading association for physicists.

Her research “underpins the basic science needed to solve a variety of important industrial problems that impact human health, environmental management, and technological innovation,” Clark said.

The prestigious award recognizes » More …

Pivoting academics during the pandemic

hands on a laptop computer_stockTen minutes before the official start time, Paul Buckley posts the first note in the chat box. “Happy Friday, everyone!” Today’s topics are already listed on the screen: properties of gases, gas pressure and units, and gas laws. As the clock ticks on, more and more Washington State University students log in via Zoom on Blackboard, most without video.

While online teaching and learning were new to most faculty and students, “WSU has almost three decades of experience in » More …

Teaching the teachers

Writing with a fountain pen.Earlier this year, six CAS professors spent 12 weeks as learners themselves in the new WORD! Faculty Fellowship program. The experienced educators were challenged to think about how to help students write within the context of their various disciplines.

WORD! workshops help faculty understand “how writing can be the process through which students learn the content and [how to] inspire students to become better » More …

Cannabis research center established

Cannabis plants.Early efforts in cannabis research at WSU have now grown into a full, multi-disciplinary research center with nearly 100 scientists working on a diverse range of cannabis-related projects. More than a dozen CAS faculty across chemistry, sociology, psychology, criminal justice, and political science are affiliated with the newly christened Center for Cannabis Policy, Research and Outreach, or CCPRO. » More …

New seed grants for research, creative projects

Four CAS faculty leading projects in forest ecology, underrepresented composers, environmental remediation, and effective messaging have been selected to receive New Faculty Seed Grants from the Office of Research and Office of the Provost to encourage development of their research, scholarly, or creative programs.

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Showcase 2021 faculty honorees

Crouch, Parkhurst, Wack, Kiessling.Four CAS faculty were recognized with 2021 Showcase awards for their outstanding achievements

Faculty awards are given annually to honor excellence in the pursuit of the university’s mission and goals. These individuals share an unflagging commitment to the University community. By encouraging and challenging students to reach their highest potential, they have created a legacy of excellence that will endure for generations to come. » More …

Fueling course material innovation

Student with pen, notebook, and e-reader. WSU’s Affordable Learning Grants are helping boost course engagement and saving students thousands of dollars in textbook costs each semester.

Faculty grant recipients Johanna Phelps (English), Collin Shull (Spanish) and Paul Buckley (chemistry) each took different approaches to developing open educational resources (OER), with each project proving highly beneficial to students. » More …