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Undergraduates contribute to academic research

Students holding new Electronic Literature Lab t-shirts.Seven undergraduates worked in Electronic Literature Lab during the fall semester. They ranged from sophomores to graduating seniors, with hard skills in coding, videography, multimedia design, and animation. All of them excellent writers and verbal communicators, and  some of the best problem-solvers I’ve ever worked with. All of them Digital Technology & Culture majors enrolled in the Creative Media & Digital Culture program at WSU Vancouver.

All of them also helped to turn out numerous and very important academic resources for scholars in digital humanities: » More …

WSU undergraduate receives Sigma Xi research grant

Sigma XI logoAnnMarie McCracken, a student at WSU Pullman, has been awarded one of only 17 undergraduate research grants from the international scientific research honor society Sigma Xi  and its Grants‑in‑Aid of Research program.

McCracken is pursuing a double degree and plans to graduate with bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and French. She will receive financial support from the program’s ecology category for » More …

If these walls could talk

Aerial shot of historic WSU Pullman campus.The University’s Historic Preservation Committee recently launched a new website that provides the first comprehensive online history of WSU Pullman’s buildings and landscapes.

Developed as a teaching tool and an eventual community history repository, the WSU Building and Landscapes website features photographs, maps and plans from the WSU Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections (MASC).  Currently, the website includes entries for 161 buildings on the Pullman campus, including 39 buildings » More …

Faculty receive Office of Research Awards

Kim Christen, Tammy Barry, and Peter Reilly.The WSU Office of Research presented awards to three faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences for their outstanding achievements in research as part of opening ceremonies for WSU Research Week.

Read more about Kim Christen (English), Tammy Barry (psychology), and Peter Reilly (chemistry) >> » More …

Library instruction increases student educational success

Instructor between two students with laptops discussing library project.Clif Stratton knows the difference library instruction makes for his students. For more than five years, he has brought students in his “Roots of Contemporary Issues” class to Terrell Library to meet with Corey Johnson, WSU’s instruction and assessment librarian. Johnson teaches the students how to find suitable primary and secondary sources for their research assignments, a skill the students will need for the remainder of their academic careers at WSU.

“Corey deals in concrete examples in his demonstrations of how to use databases,” said Stratton, assistant clinical professor in the Department of History and assistant director » More …

Undergraduate students’ research opens doors to the future

Collage showing a mineral, institutional icons, a student with latex gloves inspecting what looks to be a bat wing, and a woman leaning up against a stack of books.Alyssa Sperry’s research for her University Scholars Honors thesis on the history of salt in Jamaica earned her the Library Research Excellence Award for 2018. It also changed her life.

The library research award is designed to recognize students who excel in using the library and its rich resources. Sperry, who graduated from WSU Vancouver in May with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and a minor in history, used the library exceptionally well—and went far beyond it. » More …

History professor emerita teaching in Kazakhstan on Fulbright Fellowship

Maria TomachevaMarina Tolmacheva, WSU professor emerita of history and an expert in Islamic and world history, has been awarded a four-month Fulbright Fellowship to teach and consult on academic development at KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Tolmacheva recently began teaching courses on Central Asian history in the context of world history to graduate and undergraduate students at KIMEP, a North American-style independent university, formerly known as Kazakhstan Institute of » More …

WSM review: Bringing Water to the Idaho Desert

Book cover of Complexity in a Ditch.Growing up on a farm near Inkom, Idaho, the young Hugh Lovin (’56 MA history) would engineer ways to divert water to the crops he produced for his livestock. Later in life, after years of writing histories of labor, Lovin turned his attention again to irrigation. In a number of articles, collected for the first time in this volume, he traced the history of the “dreamers, schemers, and doers” who brought water to hundreds of thousands of acres of southern Idaho desert. » More …

Navarro‑Daniels named Matteson Distinguished Professor

Vilma Navarro-DanielsRecognizing her international reputation in service to language and culture studies, the College of Arts and Sciences named Vilma Navarro‑Daniels recipient of the Marianna Merritt and Donald S. Matteson Distinguished Professorship in Foreign Languages and Cultures.

“Professor Navarro‑Daniels is a prolific scholar whose international recognition and prominence continue to rise, and the Matteson award, with its encouragement of international travel and engagement, is aiding this endeavor,” said Carmen Lugo‑Lugo, SLCR director.

In the last few months, Navarro‑Daniels has traveled to Spain, Chicago and » More …

Debut book earns prestigious honor

Aaron N. OforleaAaron Oforlea’s first book, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison and the Rhetorics of Black Male Subjectivity, has earned the College Language Association’s Creative Scholarship Award for 2018. The international honor, whose previous winners include renowned scholars from Harvard, Penn and Stanford, recognizes excellence in literary criticism and is awarded at the organization’s annual convention.. The nominations » More …