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Honoring a 100-year legacy: WSU professor receives ROTC award; audience commemorates the ‘war to end all wars’

Ray Sun

Dr. Raymond Sun, an assistant professor of history at Washington State University, received an Honorary Cadet award from WSU’s Reserve Officer Training Corps on Thursday evening as part of a small ceremony to commemorate 100 years since the U.S. formally entered World War I on April 6 , 1917.

“It feels wonderful,” Sun told the Daily News after the event with the framed award in hand.

As it was being reported by national news sources that the U.S. military had launched approximately 50 cruise missiles at a Syrian military airfield – the first direct U.S. assault on President Bashar al-Assad’s government in six years – Sun spoke to a small audience in the WSU library atrium about what was supposed to be “the war to end all wars.”

Army ROTC member and WSU history student Ian Melendez had been organizing the event since the first of February, coordinating participants and studying the war. “It’s been a very emotional study because the war is so depressing,” Melendez said.

To him and others, World War I made America the power it is today, ending years of European dominance and leading independence movements across the globe.

He said it also paved the way for future conflicts.

“We’re fighting in the countries we are now because of World War I,” Melendez said, citing the Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916, often credited as creating borders in the Middle East that have resulted in conflict.

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Moscow-Pullman Daily News

Tri-City project tweets fake news, but for a good cause

Some WSU Tri-Cities students are participating in a local interventional art project aimed at exploring the ease, power, and impact of misinformation or fake news.

Peter Christenson

Peter Christenson, assistant professor of fine arts at Washington State University Tri-Cities, invited students in his Information Structures class to participate in the project of creating and distributing parody news via the Twitter account @nullsetnews.

The project is run through Null Set, a local art collaborative that has taken on several different projects in the last few years, including publishing a magazine. Christenson is the catalyst behind Null Set and curates the fake news posts.

“We’re sending a message that says, ‘Be careful what you read. Make sure you do your research before you share it with others,’” said Daria Naidenov, a WSU student and project contributor.

The public is also encouraged to participate by tweeting to @nullsetnews or using the hashtag #nullsetnews.

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Tri-City Herald

Ripples in spacetime: Science’s 2016 Breakthrough of the Year

LIGO Hanford Observatory

Washington State University researchers and adjunct faculty were part of the international research team that discovered gravitational waves in 2016. Science Magazine recently named the discovery its 2016 Breakthrough of the Year. The achievement fulfilled a prediction made 100 years ago by Albert Einstein and capped a 40-year quest to spot the ripples in spacetime.

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Science Magazine

Panel tackles police-involved violence, race

In the wake of police-involved shootings that left two black men dead in two cities, Washington State University hosted an expert panel discussion on race and policing in America.

The event, held Tuesday afternoon in the CUB auditorium, drew a large crowd of students and community members. Put on by WSU’s Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service, the panel addressed the growing outrage over police use of force against minority members.

Cornell Clayton
Even the two presidential candidates are daring to speak out on the issue, said institute director and professor of political science Cornell Clayton.

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WSU News

Licensing deal will help combat deadly cattle disease

A gene-editing technology developed at Washington State University is being licensed to Genus plc, a global animal genetics company, to develop cattle that are more resistant to bovine respiratory disease (BRD).

The outcome of a discovery by WSU researcher Subramaniam Srikumaran, the new technology and its translation to disease-resistant animals is an example of the WSU expertise behind the recently launched Functional Genomics Initiative (FGI). FGI was developed by the College of Veterinary Medicine in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences to address grand challenges around health and global food supply.

The goal of this initiative is to use gene-editing approaches and advanced reproductive technologies to produce livestock that will increase food production, enhance disease resistance and allow livestock to thrive as global demand for food increases. Funding for the initiative and a center dedicated to this work will lead to additional important discoveries.

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