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Instagram’s virtual features have real relationship benefits
December 17, 2019

Young adults say that Instagram helps them develop friendships in real life, especially those who are more hesitant to try new experiences, according to a recent study by researchers in WSU’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

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Study finds flirting among coworkers can reduce stress
December 16, 2019

The WSU‑led research focuses on light-hearted flirtation and banter among peers, drawing clear distinctions between these positive social sexual interactions and the persistent, unwelcome acts of sexual harassment.

More Politics & Society

Living at the edges
December 4, 2019

The prevalence of protected wildlife areas in borderlands makes international relations key to the survival of lynx, bears and other large migratory animals, according to new WSU research.

WSU professor leads investigation into Islamophobia online
November 6, 2019

The most striking finding concerned the fact that much of the anti-Muslim narrative was driven by a small handful of users, disseminating tweets through throngs of automated bots and sock puppet accounts that concealed the true identity of their owners.

Reminder about state restrictions on political activity
October 30, 2019

As a private citizen, employees are free to lobby or support candidates, issues and campaigns. But you must do so on your own time, with your own resources, and while making it clear that you are not speaking on behalf of Washington State University.

Building a new generation of female leaders in higher ed
October 28, 2019

With the help of a $1.2 million NSF grant, a WSU psychologist is leading a new program to empower women to seek career advancement and leadership opportunities in higher education throughout the northwest.

How strangers “speak” to us through the media
September 13, 2019

Visuals of two children affected by the ongoing Syrian conflict underscore connections between communication ethics and processes of mediation, according to new WSU research.