The Writing Program at Washington State University again has been named among the 21 best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. WSU is the only institution in the Northwest to “typically make the writing process a priority at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum,” according to the rankings criteria.
“It is a great honor to be recognized publicly for the positive affect we have on students and their academic programs,” said Victor Villanueva, Writing Program director and WSU Regents professor of English. “To be on this list of top programs means we are on the radar of university officers and administrators across the U.S.”
Of the seven institutions on the list west of the Mississippi River, those closest to WSU are Stanford and the University of California-Davis. Other top schools across the nation include Brown, Cornell, Duke, Harvard and Princeton.
Washington State University is now offering an online program in American Indian Studies that leads to certification. This will provide an opportunity for those living away from campus to expand their education and enhance their opportunities for future employment. » More …
“The new online American Indian Studies minor will help students expand their knowledge, abilities, and interests in Native American history, culture, politics, and contemporary issues,” said Professor Michael Holloman, who helped create the program.
The Film Studies minor explores how cinema both reflects and influences the facts, ideas, and activities of any given society, said Ana María Rodríguez-Vivaldi, CAS associate dean and professor of Spanish and Film Studies.
The impacts and ethics of waste disposal on the Palouse will be discussed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Todd 116 as part of the WSU Common Reading Tuesdays lecture series.
The free, public talk will be presented by professor Bill Kabasenche and five students in his environmental ethics class (Philosophy 370).
“Where does that bottle, leftover food or old laptop go when you dispose of it?” Kabasenche asks. “Our trash is out of sight but should it be out of mind? What are the ethical issues we should think about in disposing of our waste?”
A Washington State University undergraduate has helped develop a new method for detecting water on Mars. Her findings appear in Nature Communications, one of the most influential general science journals.
Kellie Wall, 21, of Port Orchard, Wash., looked for evidence that water influenced crystal formation in basalt, the dark volcanic rock that covers most of eastern Washington and Oregon. She then compared this with volcanic rock observations made by the rover Curiosity on Mars’ Gale Crater.
The project was funded by the WSU College of Arts and Sciences’ Grants for Undergraduate Scholars and by the NASA Space Grant Undergraduate Scholarship in Science and Engineering.