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Keller named director of School of the Environment

Keller portrait imageKent Keller, professor and fellow of the Geological Society of America, has been named director of the School of the Environment at Washington State University.

A WSU researcher and teacher since 1988, Keller began his career studying geological processes deep under the Earth. Today he studies the critical zone, the vital skin of Earth where rock meets air and water to support life. » More …

Digital Technology and Culture newsletter, October 2017

screen shot of DTC newsletterFrom winning awards to winning grants, new courses and new equipment, the Digital Technology and Culture faculty and staff are working hard to expand our reach, notoriety, and resources. Our goal is to continue to empower the DTC students who inspire us each and every day. Read the full DTC e-newsletter >>

 

Art for Life’s Sake

Art for Life's SakeWSU Vancouver’s fine arts department may not have a lot of person-power, but it has a powerful commitment to the creative well-being of the campus. Art classes can help with practical skills such as eye-hand coordination and the ability to move between digital and analog experiences. And they can instill critical thinking and cultural awareness in students.

“Instead of art for art’s sake, we emphasize more how art fits into everyone’s lives and how it connects to the discipline they’re studying,” says associate professor Harrison Higgs.

Read more on page 8 in WSU Vancouver’s Crimson and Gray magazine >>

CAS students receive Carson, Auvil undergraduate research awards

portion of the cover of printed programA total of 10 College of Arts and Sciences students received two types of awards from the WSU Office of Undergraduate Research.

Recipients of the Carson and Auvil awards will work with faculty mentors throughout the 2017-18 academic year on research, scholarly and creative projects that advance or create new knowledge in a specific field. » More …

Monarch butterflies disappearing from western North America

butterflies on a pine branchMonarch butterfly populations from western North America have declined far more dramatically than was previously known and face a greater risk of extinction than eastern monarchs, according to a new study in the journal Biological Conservation.

“Western monarchs are faring worse than their eastern counterparts,” said Cheryl Schultz, an associate professor at Washington State University Vancouver and lead author of the study. “In the 1980s, 10 million monarchs spent the winter in coastal California. Today there are barely 300,000.” » More …

Game Day

ControllersImagine running through a fantastical digital world of myth and danger—treasures and ancient artifacts around every corner. Now imagine being a new college graduate and saying “I built that” in a job interview.

Both are reality for the 2017 graduates of the WSU Vancouver Creative Media and Digital Culture program. Last May, the program graduated 28 designers, programmers and developers, all with real-world experience in virtual storytelling already on their resumes.

Read the full story on page 17 in WSU Vancouver’s Crimson and Gray magazine >>

WSU researchers find wealth of fish at deep Hawaiian reef

dozens of fish around coral reefWashington State University marine biologists for the first time have documented a wealth of fish in the “vastly underexplored” deep coral reefs off Hawaii Island.

The study gives fishery managers a more complete picture of fish species and habitat around the Big Island, home to a thriving aquarium fish trade, as well as other deep waters around the globe, said Cori Kane, a doctoral student at WSU Vancouver.

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Time, Place, and the River

River and students-WSUVA research project led by scientists at WSU Vancouver is working to understand how increasing human activity affects the Columbia River, upstream and down. Called CRESCENDO, the Columbia River Scientific Education and Outreach program is a partnership between five Washington high schools along the river and WSU Vancouver that integrates scientific and educational research. CRESCENDO has received $213,496 for this two-year project from Washington Sea Grant, a state entity set up to manage funds from the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Read more on page 19 in WSU Vancouver’s Crimson and Gray magazine >>

WSU among top 10 innovative schools for foreign language study

WSU recently was recognized among colleges and universities nationwide for its pioneering approach to teaching foreign languages. TheBestColleges.org, a national reviewer of online education, lists WSU among the 10 Most Innovative Colleges for Foreign Language Study.

Read the full story at WSU News >>