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Five WSU faculty named AAAS Fellows

Professors Santanu Bose, Tom Kawula, Bernd Markus Lange, Jill McCluskey, and Katrina Mealey have all been elected as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Campus & Community

WSU’s nuclear reactor pool gets a new coat

January 24, 2022
The tank that holds the research nuclear reactor will soon be coated with a new, flexible epoxy lining without the reactor ever having to leave its watery home on the Pullman campus.

Science & Technology

Benefits & Training

Pay-affecting benefits changes – January 2022

January 27, 2022
Supplemental Life Insurance premium rates are set by age, and increase Jan. 1 of the following year when you age up into the next bracket. If you had a 5th or 10th birthday in 2021 (turning 45, 60, etc.), you will see an increase to the next life insurance premium level effective with your Jan. […]

Employee Assistance Program: ‘Strategies for Stress Management’

January 13, 2022
This is a special offering from the Washington State Employee Assistance Program.  We all experience stress from time to time. Some of it is “good” and some we call “bad”. Most of us could benefit from adopting effective strategies for managing the stress that comes our way. During this presentation, we will: Explore what stress […]

University Affairs

Hearing boards seek new members

January 27, 2022
Washington State University’s Community Standards boards are seeking new faculty and staff members from all disciplines at any campus location.

Arts & Culture

WSU art featured in new Spokane sports complex

January 10, 2022
The installation consists of 11 pod‑like pieces made of salvaged Western cedar. On the inside, the pods are painted different colors and illuminated with LED lights in the evening.

Politics & Society

WSU’s cannabis research center names new leaders

January 14, 2022
The new director of the Center for Cannabis Policy, Research, and Outreach, David Gang, and the new assistant director, Tracy Klein, have complementary expertise in plant biochemistry and human health.

Outreach program aims to recruit future physicians

January 7, 2022
A Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine mentorship program intended to inspire students to enter health sciences careers will enroll 155 new junior and high school students from Stevens County this year.

Health & Medicine

How does COVID‑19 affect our household pets?

January 21, 2022
As the COVID‑19 omicron variant continues to spread, some pet owners may be wondering how the virus will affect their favorite furry friend. The fictional feline Dr. Universe discusses the topic in this recent piece.

Veterinary Medicine

Grants to improve animal disease detection

January 13, 2022
The grants will help WSU scientists at Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory implement a new notification system that will alert local, state, and federal agencies of testing results more efficiently and quickly.

Aspen’s Fund to make giant impact for pets

January 6, 2022
The death of their beloved cat Aspen inspired Tim Ma and Melissa Greenough to establish a new fund at WSU to help pet owners pay for treatments for their animals they otherwise couldn’t afford.

Food & Agriculture

Business & Economics

Not everybody hates looking at themselves on Zoom

January 3, 2022
People low in the trait of public self-consciousness tended to have more positive attitudes toward virtual meetings the more often their own faces were visible to them, according to a WSU study.

Masks level playing field for hospitality workers

December 16, 2021
While attractive hospitality workers typically earn higher customer service scores than their peers, wearing face masks—a practice widely adopted during the COVID‑19 pandemic—levels the playing field, a new study says.

Reports & Updates

A message from Kirk and Noel Schulz

January 13, 2022
Spring is a time to move forward with important changes, including those arising as part of the continued growth and evolution of WSU as a statewide system.

Light posting ahead for WSU Insider

December 9, 2021
The last day for regular daily posting to the website for the remainder of the year—including WSU Announcements—will be Friday, Dec. 17, ahead of the holiday and reduced operations schedule the following week.

Awards & Achievements

Journalist Ann Curry to receive Murrow Award

January 27, 2022
Curry, who will also deliver the Murrow Symposium keynote address, has worked as a journalist and photojournalist for more than 30 years with a focus on human suffering in war zones and natural disasters.

Five WSU faculty named AAAS Fellows

January 26, 2022
Professors Santanu Bose, Tom Kawula, Bernd Markus Lange, Jill McCluskey, and Katrina Mealey have all been elected as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.