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University Affairs

WSU Board of Regents host retreat in Pullman June 8-9

The WSU Board of Regents retreat on June 9 will begin at 8:00 a.m. following an hour-long executive session. The meeting will take place inside the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center. The business portion of the retreat will be broadcast live on YouTube.

WSU Spokane Medicine Building opens in August

The transformed building will be a central hub for the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and expand the educational capacity for WSU’s College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

WSU-related Podcasts

From WSU:

Food safety, WSU stories, science answers for kids, and more—listen to podcasts from Washington State University.

About WSU:

A selection of programs about Washington State, produced by alumni and friends.

WSU Podcasts

Benefits & Training

DRS Pre-Retirement Seminar — June 2023

Are you considering retiring? Join a pre-retirement seminar to assist you in your planning. Topics include: Retiree Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance Enrollment Processes; Medicare and Social Security; Voluntary Employee’s Benefit Association Medical Expense Plan (VEBA MEP); Annual Leave Payment; Voluntary Investment Programs; Retirement Income, and; Retirement Supplementation for WSURP participants. These seminars are split […]

WA State Employee Assistance Program: ‘Disruptive and Bullying Behaviors: Considerations for the Workplace’

This live webinar, presented by the Washington State Employee Assistance Program, will review opportunities to identify disruptive and bullying behaviors, how to place disruptive behaviors on a continuum of concerning behaviors, and learn about the impacts of disruptive and bullying behaviors on physical and emotional safety. May 31, 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Register now to save your spot and learn […]

Awards & Achievements

Science & Technology

Researchers build bee robot that can twist

With four wings made out of carbon fiber and mylar as well as four light-weight actuators to control each wing, the Bee++ prototype is the first to fly stably in all directions.

Food & Agriculture

Too much water can make whiskies taste the same

While adding a little water is popularly thought to “open up” a whisky’s flavor, a study led by WSU researchers indicates there’s a point at which it becomes too much: about 20%.

Health & Medicine

Veterinary Medicine

WSU lab joins network identifying new pathogens

As part of the $1.7 billion Pathogen Genomics Center of Excellence, the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory will play a key role preventing the spread of disease-causing pathogens, including new COVID-19 variants.

WSU cardiologist ensures chimps have healthy hearts

As the lead cardiologist at WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Dr. Lynne Nelson recently visited the Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in Cle Elum to perform cardiac exams on three newer residents.

Special needs dog rescue seeks specialized care

WSU provides veterinary care to many of the Double J Dog Ranch sanctuary’s permanent residents — all with disabilities ranging from neurological and orthopedic disorders to blindness and deafness.

Arts & Culture

Recycling fashion helps educate WSU students

Designers will be showing off their upcycled apparel and accessories, including dresses made from kitty litter bags and discarded liquor pouches, as part of this year’s Washington State Recycling Association’s Trashion Show.

Business & Economics

Politics & Society

Committee works to eliminate hazing at WSU

The committee creates regular opportunities for representatives across the WSU system who work with student groups, departments, and organizations to share hazing prevention strategies and learn from one another.

Gov. Inslee signs capital, operating budgets

In addition to funding a significant portion of WSU’s compensation request for 2023–25, the operating budget includes millions for new degree programs, scholarships and university-affiliated centers across the state.

Reports & Updates

Cougar Athletics budget update

WSU has made steady progress toward balancing the athletics budget the past several years. Unfortunately, though, we are facing tremendous headwinds that will make closing out fiscal year 2023 more challenging than expected.

Addressing WSU’s rankings and reputation

Rankings shouldn’t drive how WSU educates or serves its communities but the university should take steps to ensure everything practically possible is being done to improve the university’s national reputation and rankings.

Our long-term fiscal health

President Kirk Schulz provides some details on how WSU has navigated its long‑term fiscal health since 2016, including comparisons with peer public research universities.