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How does COVID‑19 affect our household pets?

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.

Campus & Community

Science & Technology

Benefits & Training

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 […]

Pre-retirement seminar

January 11, 2022
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 open […]

University Affairs

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.

WSU partnership addresses vaccine hesitancy

January 4, 2022
Faculty from the Murrow College of Communication, WSU Extension, and the College of Education will lead engagement efforts to reduce vaccine hesitancy in rural and underserved communities with a nationwide initiative.

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

Better hops, better beer

November 22, 2021
WSU researchers are developing disease and pest-resistant hops as well as biocontrols that feed on damaging insects as part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant.

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

Students win environmental challenge competition

December 9, 2021
Civil and environmental engineering students recently took the top prize in the 2021 Pacific Northwest Air & Wastewater Management Association Environmental Challenge for their creative solutions to climate change.