CAS News Arts and Sciences Headlines

Why Clinton Is Hitting Trump on Outsourcing

It’s about something bigger than white working-class votes.

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has chosen a central line of attack for its commercials, recently flooding the airwaves with ads focused on her opponent’s outsourcing jobs to overseas countries.

Travis Ridout
Travis Ridout

“Some people might say that Donald Trump is looking out for the average guy,” says Travis Ridout, a political science professor who studies campaign advertising at Washington State University. “These ads make you stop and think. Is that really the case?”

Find out more

New Republic


Why These U.S. College Students Are Carrying Sex Toys On Campus

University of Texas students protesting the state’s new gun law—which allows anyone over 21 with a state-issued handgun license to carry a concealed gun on public school campuses—are using sex toys to make their point.

TV Reed
TV Reed

TV Reed, a WSU professor of English and American Studies who has studied culture in protest movements, said that while the protest effort “will be ridiculed by some,” it’s important to remember that “now-revered figures like Gandhi and Martin Luther King were also ridiculed for their symbolic protests.” And the approach is creating an easy entry point for students to get involved, he said.

“The protest is already successful because the amusing, theatrical plan has drawn far more attention to the issue of open carry than any letter to the editor or more conventional demonstration ever would,” Reed said.

Find out more

Refinery 29

PNNL gives students hands-on experience

Many of us remember writing that dreaded essay about how we spent our summer vacation — often struggling to recall what we did or make it sound interesting.

That won’t be a problem for the almost 800 students at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory this summer.

Tenisha Meadows, a graduate student in chemistry at WSU, is working to understand conditions that affect the processing of legacy tank waste at places like Hanford. She is using a scientific measurement technique called spectroscopy to observe what is happening inside the tank. This data will improve predictions of when certain solids will form, which in turn helps us understand the correlation between material characteristics and process history.

Find out more

Tri-City Herald

Book to expose religious spies working for U.S. government in World War II

A new book, tentatively titled “(Un)Holy Spies: Religion and Espionage in World War II” by Washington State University (WSU) history professor Matthew Sutton, will uncover the role of religious figures and clergy in secret U.S. government operations during the time of President Franklin Roosevelt. It will be published in 2019.

Matthew Avery Sutton
Matthew A. Sutton

The book has been granted a $50,000 Public Scholar Program grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities, part of the $79 million the agency granted for 290 humanities projects and programmes in the U.S.

Sutton has discovered never-before-seen archival materials that detail a “secret army” whose activities “laid the foundation for the development of the CIA and continue to influence U.S. policy today,” he said. The NEH grant will allow him to continue “doing cutting-edge research and making it accessible to the broader public,” he said.

Find out more

Christian Today
WSU News

The Centrality of Dual Career for Recruiting Women

Dual-career programs have become widely seen as vital in faculty recruiting. To get one half of a faculty couple, a college needs to offer a good opportunity to the spouse, the theory goes. Colleges do this in a variety of ways, sometimes going so far as to authorize new lines in some departments so that both halves of a couple have a reason to move. But other institutions do relatively little to help.

Julie Kmec
Julie Kmec

Julie Kmec, a professor of sociology at Washington State University, and Hong Zhang, a doctoral student there, used survey data from faculty couples at seven universities to examine dual-career issues in academe. » More …