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Online psychology program ranked third in nation

The Best Schools
The Best Schools
The online bachelor’s degree in psychology has been ranked third in the nation.

The award from TheBestSchools.org cited the Department of Psychology’s accreditation, the Global Campus’ use of academic consultants to guide students, and the online program’s student government, which offers face-to-face student events.

Best Schools also mentioned WSU’s consistent ranking in the top tier of public schools both nationwide and across the globe. “The Times Higher Ed report named the institution as one of the best in the world,” the group said.

Read more at WSU News

WSU observatory holds star party

WSU's Jewett Observatory
WSU’s Jewett Observatory

Jazz and Barbecue Star Party

Enjoy live music, BBQ dinner, dessert, and good company at the Jewett Observatory! Sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Palouse Astronomical Society, the event is free but a $7 donation is suggested.

When: Saturday, September 7, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: You’ll find the observatory on Olympia Avenue, up the hill from Grimes Way

Read the article in the Tribune

Research furthers food security, sovereignty

Amber Heckelman. Photo by Laura Evancich, WSU Vancouver.
Amber Heckelman. Photo by Laura Evancich, WSU Vancouver.
Amber Heckelman, a doctoral student of environmental science at Washington State University Vancouver, has won the 2013-2014 Bullitt Foundation Environmental Fellowship worth $100,000 for research that centers on alleviating the suffering of Philippine peasants by restoring food security and sovereignty.

Awarded annually since 2007, the prize goes to an outstanding, environmentally knowledgeable graduate student from an underrepresented community who has demonstrated an exceptional capacity for leadership as well as scholarship. This is the third year in a row the honor has gone to a WSU student.

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March changed lives of former WSU employees

We were there …

Elaine Zakarison, Pullman resident and daughter of Fred Yoder, founder of the sociology department, and LeRoy Ashby, retired history professor, are among members of the WSU community who have special memories of attending the March on Washington (D.C.) in 1963, when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.

Read the article and find related stories at WSUNews

Text corrected 9:35am 8/30/2013

Officials learn new rules for chat on social media

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Political timesaver

Michael Rabby, an instructor in digital technology and culture at WSU Vancouver and a specialist in social media, says social media is a timesaver for politicians. “At the local level, it’s an easier means of communicating than going door to door… And it’s certainly less invasive.”

But the rise in politicized social media also creates what’s known as a silo effect. People take partisan sides from which they don’t deviate and follow only politicians with whom they agree, Rabby says.

Social media pitfalls