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Carla Peperzak’s story and honors have one goal: never again

Carla Olman Peperzak has told her story of helping Jews during World War II many times. She’s been honored for her heroism, including receiving an honorary doctoral degree from Washington State University that will be conferred at commencement in May. On this cold February day, however, she has something else on her mind. “Germany before the war […]

Carla Peperzak.

‘Memoirs’: Master of fine arts candidate exhibit on campus

Abigail Nnaji presents painting series inspired by experiences, changes throughout career “Memoirs” is a curated collection of ten paintings inspired by artist Abigail Nnaji’s memories, experiences and changes throughout her career and on display in the SEB gallery. The Student Entertainment Board hosted a gallery reception Feb. 15 featuring the master of fine arts candidate […]

Gallery attendees viewing works by Abigail Nnaji.

Geology, music, physics research advances with seed grants

The Office of Research awarded three College of Arts and Sciences faculty with 2024 New Faculty Seed Grants. The grant program supports junior faculty in developing research and scholarly or creative programs and allowing them to effectively seek out extramural funding and providing them opportunities for professional growth. “This institutional investment is crucial funding,” said […]

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Wildlife ecology senior to carry CAS gonfalon

The honor of carrying the College of Arts and Sciences gonfalon for the 2024 Washington State University commencement ceremonies in Pullman has been awarded to Lola Taylor, the college’s outstanding senior in the School of Environment. Selection as a gonfalon bearer is a prestigious honor awarded to outstanding students who have had notable achievements throughout […]

Lola Taylor.

Awards honor outstanding faculty, staff, and students

Undergraduate awards Twenty-three outstanding seniors, each representing a degree program offered in the College of Arts and Sciences at WSU Pullman, will be honored at a separate medallion ceremony on Friday, May 3, the day before commencement. By College of Arts and Sciences for WSU Insider.

Group photo of College of Arts and Sciences award winners on stage.

Two CAS students receive national Goldwater Awards

Julia Jitkov and Clara Ehinger are two of the latest WSU recipients of national Barry Goldwater distinguished scholarships. “These future scientists will receive significant financial support for the next academic year, which recognizes their outstanding accomplishments in research,” said April Seehafer, director of the WSU Distinguished Scholarships Program. Since 1986, Goldwater awards have been available to […]

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Research on issues of violence receives recognition

Melanie-Angela Neuilly, associate professor of criminology, is among 14 researchers who recently received a Distinguished Scholar Award for 2024 from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. The Distinguished Scholar Awards are granted to individuals in the natural and social sciences whose work will result in creating understanding around the causes, manifestations, and control of violence and aggression. […]

Melanie-Angela Neuilly.

Genes identified that allow bacteria to thrive despite toxic heavy metal in soil

Some soil bacteria can acquire sets of genes that enable them to pump the heavy metal nickel out of their systems, a study has found. This enables the bacteria to not only thrive in otherwise toxic soils but help plants grow there as well. A Washington State University-led research team pinpointed a set of genes […]

A mostly green hill with a strip of barren rock and soil.

Bone defect research takes first at 3 Minute Thesis

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) 3 Minute Thesis qualifier competition took place on March 6, in which 10 PhD students challenged themselves to present a distilled thesis within three minutes and with only one slide as a visual aid. Under the pressure of time and conveying their research to a general audience and […]

2024 CAS 3MT Qualifer group shot.

Jeffrey Vervoort elected 2024 Geochemistry Fellow

In recognition of his research to advance understanding of the Earth’s crust, geology Professor Jeffrey Vervoort has been elected as a 2024 Geochemistry Fellow by the Geochemical Society and European Association of Geochemistry. “This award is particularly gratifying because the Geochemical Society and European Association of Geochemistry make up my closest scientific community, and therefore this award represents recognition from my scientific […]

Closeup of Jeffrey Vervoort.