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WSU Vancouver professors amplify underrepresented workers stories

Monday, as a part of the Feminist/Queer Dialogue Series, an interdisciplinary research team presented their work to a Zoom audience.

The researchers included Cassandra Gulam, associate professor of Spanish language and culture for WSU Vancouver, Harrison Higgs, associate professor of fine arts, and Maria Galindo-Cordova, WSU Vancouver sophomore humanities major.

The research hopes to amplify workers’ voices and illustrate the struggles that they faced during the pandemic. The project also raises awareness of the impact family home childcare providers played on young children’s and family lives.

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The Daily Evergreen

MFA Thesis Exhibition, Opening Reception, and Artist Talks

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU is proud to present the 2022 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Opening Reception, and Artist Talks. The thesis exhibition by MFA candidates will be on view from March 29–May 7, with talks given by each of the artists for Family Weekend on April 1, from 3–4 p.m. An opening reception follows the talks in the museum galleries from 4-6 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

The MFA Thesis Exhibition is an annual showcase culminating two or more years work by the Master of Fine Arts graduate candidates. With its wide range of art-making approaches, the thesis exhibition provides a stimulating experience for faculty, students, and museum visitors. This year’s MFA thesis graduate candidates are: Sarah Barnett, Jaime Durham, Autumn Hunnicutt, Seo Ryung Park, Siri Stensberg, and Meagan Marsh Pine.

Organized by the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU. Funding for this exhibition is provided by the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Endowment and members of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU.

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WSU Insider

How the transition to agriculture affects populations in the present day

Much of the study of how people transitioned away from a lifestyle based mostly on food collected from the wild to one based on cultivated crops has focused on Europe, where the shift to agriculture, or “Neolithic transition,” concluded thousands of years ago. Based largely on genetic studies, the prevailing view is that the transition occurred mainly by population replacement rather than cultural change, said first author Shyamalika Gopalan, a graduate student at the time of the work advised by Brenna Henn, associate professor of anthropology at the University of California, Davis.

Barry Hewlett.

The team, led by Henn and Barry Hewlett at Washington State University, Vancouver, collected DNA samples from five groups of people in the southwest highlands: the hunter-gatherer Chabu; the Majang, who practice small-scale cultivation of crops; and the Shekkacho, Bench and Sheko, who practice more intensive farming. The goals were to assess both the genetic ancestry of the different groups and demographic trends in the recent past.

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Science Daily

Retired general, former defense secretary James Mattis to talk democracy

Former Secretary of Defense and retired U.S. Marine Corps four‑star Gen. James Mattis will be speaking at WSU Pullman later this month as part of the Foley Institute distinguished lecture series.

Cornell Clayton.

Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine is likely to be a central topic of discussion, Cornell Clayton, director of the Foley Institute, said.

“We’ll likely be talking a lot about Ukraine, NATO and its role going forward, China and the situation with Taiwan, as well as the continuing controversies in the Middle East such as what is happening in Afghanistan and nuclear arms agreement with Iran,” Clayton said. “Aside from these international issues, I am sure there will be some discussion about the Jan. 6 insurrection and challenges to democracy at home. There will also be time for questions from the audience.”

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About 16% of couples are divided on COVID-19 vaccination

A small but significant portion of couples contain one partner who is vaccinated against COVID-19 and another partner who is not, a Washington State University survey has found. Reasons for not getting the shot also differed depending on which partner in the couple was reporting it, particularly when it came to religious reasons.

Karen Schmaling.

Partners have been shown to have a lot of influence on each other’s health behaviors, said Karen Schmaling, the WSU psychologist who conducted the first known scientific study to look into this issue, detailing the results in the journal Vaccine.

“Vaccines clearly decrease the likelihood of infection and severity of illness, so discordant couples could be a real focus of identification and intervention efforts,” said Schmaling. “The numbers might be small in this study, but in terms of public health—if this translates to about 16% of the U.S. population, that’s a huge number.”

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