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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 …

Philanthropist earns his undergraduate degree

Gary Rubens holds up a shirt with the WSU cougar spirit mark.As a high schooler, Gary Rubens (’22 Psych.) could scarcely pay to put gas in his car. He filled out college applications, not because he had a strong passion for any particular field of study, but because it was what his friends were doing.

“Back then, I just didn’t have the right information on the financial costs of attending college,” said Rubens, explaining that in 1981 he was accepted to Washington State University but his family couldn’t afford it. » 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 …

Closing a gap in Alzheimer’s disease research

3D model of a human brain.Over the age of 50, one in three men and one in six women suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and recent research suggests that OSA increases the risk of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.

As part of her research on health disparities and race and ethnicity, sociologist Anna Zamora-Kapoor will conduct a study on the link between OSA » More …

Opioids kill minorities at younger ages

AlthoughOutline of the state of Washington filled with the image of an ambulance and opioids in the background. opioid use cuts across socio-economic boundaries, WSU researchers have found racial and ethnic minorities in Washington state are more likely to die from an overdose earlier in their lives than non-Hispanic white residents.

“This work confirms the epidemic is far reaching and having dramatic impacts on quality and length of life for Americans of all » More …

Food insecurity related to later diabetes

Man opening an empty-looking refrigerator late at night.An interdisciplinary study of adolescence-to-adult health found young adults who were at risk of food insecurity had an increased incidence of diabetes 10 years later.

WSU researchers in sociology, medicine, and nursing analyzed data on nearly 4,000 people from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. They found that adults ages 24–32 who said they’d been » More …

Volatile shifts linked to high‑cost debt

Mariana Amorim.Time, more than money, appears to influence whether service sector employees end up turning to so-called predatory lenders.

“We found the more schedule volatility people experienced, the more likely they were to take out expensive loans, such as those from pawn shops and auto-title lenders—or they use credit cards in ways that are problematic,” said Mariana Amorim, WSU sociologist and » More …

Race and environmental inequality

Children's playground with a smokestack billowing smoke in the background.Although previous research has shown that Black communities statistically suffer environmental problems more than white communities of similar income levels, a recent WSU study found only 33% of U.S. households believe that Black people are more likely to experience environmental pollution and that this well-documented inequality is unfair. » More …