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Coug Life
Closeup of Sarvenaz Bagheri
Neurology resident’s special bond with animals
July 30, 2021

Sarvenaz Bagheri developed a special connection with animals after immigrating to the United States as a child with her Iranian parents. Now, she is a neurology resident at WSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Food & Agriculture,
Research
Six people standing in an orchard and inspecting a drone.
WSU to lead national AI research institute for agriculture
July 29, 2021

With a $20 million federal grant, WSU will lead a multi-institutional research institute to develop artificial intelligence solutions to tackle agricultural challenges related to labor, water, weather and climate change.

University Affairs
Student Recreation Center closed Aug. 1–7
July 30, 2021

The Student Recreation Center on the WSU Pullman campus will be closed for a deep cleaning the first week of August. The SRC backyard, tennis courts, and Valley Roads Playfields will remain open while the center is closed.

Campus and Community

August 5 | Coaching the Van Driver
July 29, 2021

In this training program you will learn about conducting a vehicle inspection, safe driving skills and driving environments.

August 5 | Whistleblower Act
July 29, 2021

The intent of the Whistleblower Act enacted by the Washington State Legislature is to provide an avenue for state employees to report improper governmental actions.

August 5 | State Ethics Law
July 29, 2021

Each Washington State officer and employee has the personal responsibility to comply with the Ethics in Public Service requirements found in RCW 42.52 and WAC 292.

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Announcements

Call for Events for Week of Welcome
July 30, 2021

Hello New Student Programs Campus Partners,

We wanted to reach out because we know that there is expressed interest in hosting events during Week of Welcome (WOW), August 14 to 22.

Student Employment Job Fair
July 30, 2021

ASCC will be hosting a Student Employment Job Fair during WoW. The fair will be open to on and off-campus employers who are seeking to hire students.

August Human Resource Services Newsletter—HR Source
July 30, 2021

This issue of HR Source includes:

Sexual Misconduct Statement Process
Wildfire Air Quality Reminder
Benefits Reminders
Modernization Initiative Updates
Learning Opportunities
National Immunization Month

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Science & Technology

Researchers collect soil samples in a forest
Bacterial film used to strengthen soils
June 30, 2021

WSU researchers have used granules made from potato waste bacteria to strengthen soil, offering a new alternative to cement additives that are currently used to shore up soils for building and erosion control.

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Food & Agriculture

Apples on a tree with damage from hot sun and drought
Helping save apples from sunburn
July 7, 2021

A WSU team is developing a system that senses fruit surface temperature and fine-tunes delivery of cool water for evaporative cooling, saving the apples while conserving water and energy.

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Health & Medicine

Mona McGraw, Jeff Stuncard, and their dog, Keylo.
Finding a cure for Cushing’s disease at WSU
July 26, 2021

Pennsylvania residents Mona McGraw and Jeff Stuncard knew time was running out for their 9‑year‑old Maltese mix, Keylo, who was suffering from a rare condition that occurs from exposure to high cortisol levels.

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Arts & Culture

Closeups of Louis Armstrong and an issue of the Daily Evergreen promoting his upcoming performance for the Junior Prom.
Imagine Louis Armstrong playing your prom
July 27, 2021

In the spring of 1951, legendary jazz musician Louis Armstrong took the stage at Bohler Gymnasium to play for Junior Prom. Tickets cost $3.25 per couple, and the theme was “Bayou Blues.”

Closeup of Roland Hayes and portion of a Daily Evergreen article covering his upcoming concert.
Acclaimed tenor Roland Hayes frequented Pullman
June 24, 2021

Nearly a century before Billie Eilish or Drake, the WSU Pullman campus was a regular stop for Roland Hayes, the man world-renowned for his mellow tenor voice and wide-ranging musical selections.

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Politics & Society

Reporting the protests
May 25, 2021

Murrow College graduates were on the front lines of the protests and demonstrations that swept the nation following George Floyd’s murder a year ago today.

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Reports & Updates

Entrance to Washington State University's Pullman campus.
We’re back, Cougs!
June 30, 2021

We are thrilled that we can now officially announce that Cougs at all our campuses across the state will be back in‑person in full capacity this fall.

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