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Summit addresses inequities through storytelling, innovation

Summit addresses inequities through storytelling, innovation

Participants at Washington State University’s recent Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit told stories about how the COVID-19 pandemic laid bare existing and historical inequities in their communities. They also shared messages of hope and programs that are making a difference.
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MIRA Program

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WSU lands NIH grant for biomedical, engineering undergraduate MIRA program

PULLMAN, Wash.—A new, five-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for more than $700,000 will fund a “motivating innovation and research achievement” (MIRA) program for Washington State University Honors College underrepresented student researchers in biomedical science and engineering fields, said the three faculty members serving as co-principal investigators. » More …

Honors College names first Elma Ryan Bornander Chair

Honors College names first Elma Ryan Bornander Chair

Will HamlinWashington State University English Professor William M. Hamlin has been selected as the first faculty member to serve the Honors College as the Elma Ryan Bornander Honors Chair.

“Will is a scholar, author, researcher, and award-winning teacher and mentor who has served the university, his department, and the Honors College and its students for years in innovative and impactful ways,” said M. Grant Norton, Honors dean. “We are very pleased that our relationship with him will progress even further and more deeply over the next two years through this endowed chair position.” » More …

WSU’s first Marshall Scholar bound for U.K. graduate studies

WSU’s first Marshall Scholar bound for U.K. graduate studies

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University chemical engineering senior Kristian Gubsch, a member of the Honors College, is headed in fall to the United Kingdom’s University of Sheffield as WSU’s first recipient of a Marshall Scholarship for graduate study. » More …

Three WSU STEM undergraduates receive national Goldwater awards

Three WSU STEM undergraduates receive national Goldwater awards

Kristian Gubsch and Von Walden.
Kristian Gubsch and Von Walden make technical adjustments to a drone.

Two engineering and one science student at Washington State University have received prestigious, nationally competitive awards from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.

The students are seniors Courtney Klappenbach, a genetics and cellular biology and microbiology double major, and Kristian Gubsch, a chemical engineering major; and, junior Daniel Goto, the only student at WSU with a double major in electrical engineering and materials science engineering. » More …

Fulbright Summer Institute to the U.K. award takes WSU sophomore to Wales

Ava Beck

Fulbright Summer Institute to the U.K. award takes WSU sophomore to Wales

Ava Beck
Ava Beck will study at Aberystwyth University in Wales for three weeks this summer, thanks to a Fulbright Summer Institute to the U.K. award.

Washington State University linguistics major and Spokane native Ava Beck will study at Aberystwyth University in Wales for three weeks this summer, thanks to a Fulbright Summer Institute to the U.K. award.

Beck is one of around 60 U.S. students selected to undertake short academic and cultural programs at any of nine hosting institutions throughout the United Kingdom. At Aberystwyth, on that country’s western coast, Beck will join fellow Americans exploring contemporary issues in identity and nationhood “through the lens of Wales.” She will attend classes in the university’s Dept. of International Politics, explore the city, visit the National Library of Wales, and learn a bit of the Welsh language. » More …

Kim Andersen to receive WSU Libraries’ Excellence Award

Kim Andersen
Kim Andersen

Kim Andersen to receive WSU Libraries’ Excellence Award

Kim Andersen will receive the 2019 WSU Libraries’ Excellence Award during a 1 p.m. reception Wednesday, May 15, in the Terrell Library Atrium.

Andersen is a clinical professor in the Honors College. The award recognizes a non-library faculty or staff member who has shown consistent support for the WSU Libraries. » More …

WSU researchers see health effects across generations from popular weed killer

MIchael Skinner.
Skinner in his laboratory at WSU. (Photo by WSU Photo Services)

WSU researchers see health effects across generations from popular weed killer

Washington State University researchers have found a variety of diseases and other health problems in the second- and third-generation offspring of rats exposed to glyphosate, the world’s most popular weed killer. In the first study of its kind, the researchers saw descendants of exposed rats developing prostate, kidney and ovarian diseases, obesity and birth abnormalities.
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Fulbright takes WSU pianist Garrett Snedeker to London

Garrett Snedeker sitting by a piano.Fulbright takes WSU pianist Garrett Snedeker to London

Washington State University senior Garrett Snedeker has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to London’s Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance to explore the topic “harnessing music’s ability for social change” in the coming year. » More …