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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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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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Prehistoric turkey DNA used to track ancient Pueblo migration

Tim Kohler

In the mid-to-late 1200s, some 30,000 ancestral pueblo farmers left their homes in southwestern Colorado’s Mesa Verde region and never returned.

Where these people went and why they left are two of American archeology’s longest-standing mysteries.

A new study co-led by archaeologists Tim Kohler, of Washington State University, and Brian Kemp, formerly at WSU, now at the University of Oklahoma, provides the first genetic evidence suggesting that many of Mesa Verde’s ancient farmers moved to the northern Rio Grande area in New Mexico, a region currently inhabited by the Tewa people.

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