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U.S. News ranks WSU Writing Program in top 19 nationally

Victor Villanueva
Villanueva

The Washington State University Writing Program, directed by Victor Villanueva, Regents professor of English, has been ranked among the top 19 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its annual “Best Colleges” issue released on Sept. 12.

This ranking includes national, regional and liberal arts colleges and universities. The WSU Writing Program is the only university in the Pacific Northwest, and one of just three in the west, along with Stanford and the University of California-Davis, to earn this recognition.

“It is quite an honor to be recognized once more on this level,” Villanueva said. “We work hard to have a positive impact on students and their academic programs, and this annual ranking validates that we are known for great results.”

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WSU Tri-Cities art professor wins statewide honor

He’s used art and technology to make the Tri-Cities a cleaner and more beautiful place. He’s worked to highlight and elevate women artists in the region.

He’s the catalyst behind a local art collaborative that’s published a magazine and tackled fake news through a social media campaign, among other projects and pursuits. He’s mentored students. Challenged them. Inspired them. And it hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Peter CristensonPeter Christenson, assistant professor of fine arts at Washington State University Tri-Cities, recently won the Governor’s Arts & Heritage Young Arts Leader award from the Washington State Arts Commission.

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Monarch butterflies disappearing from western U.S., researchers say

The monarch butterfly populations in western North America have declined dramatically and face a greater risk of extinction, a new study shows.

Cheryl SchulzScientists at Washington State University found that the decline in western monarch butterfly populations was significantly more than previously believed and greater than eastern monarchs.

“In the 1980s, 10 million monarchs spent the winter in coastal California. Today there are barely 300,000,” said Cheryl Schultz, an associate professor at Washington State University, Vancouver.

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New executive director no stranger to museum or its mission

Camas-Washougal native Brad Richardson has a new title but isn’t a new face at the Clark County Historical Museum.

The histories of Brad Richardson and Clark County, Washington, are intertwined.

Brad RichardsonSeven years ago, while working on his degree in history at Washington State University Vancouver, Richardson volunteered to help out at the museum’s Harvest Days event. The job included helping people build scarecrows.

His other positions there included intern, visitor services assistant, visitor services coordinator and museum experience coordinator.

“We made up the title,” he added.

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The Columbian

WSU chemist Aurora Clark named ACS Fellow

Aurora Clark
Aurora Clark

Aurora Clark, a WSU professor of chemistry, has been named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society.

Clark received the prestigious award for her service to the nuclear/inorganic and computational chemistry communities and for her innovative research, including the pioneering use of computer algorithms and network analysis to understand the behavior of complex solutions and their interfaces.

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