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Justin Denney
Distinguished sociology professor brings expertise in health inequality
November 8, 2017

When Justin Denney was still an aspiring, young sociologist, he strove to understand the dynamic forces that shape and perpetuate social inequality. Then, in graduate school, he came across the signal texts of renowned sociologist and Washington State University alumnus William Julius Wilson.

African American history at Hanford marks focus of WSU Tri-Cities and National Park Service documentation project. Photo courtesy of Department of Energy Dupont Collection.
WSU and the National Park Service examine African American history at Hanford
November 1, 2017

WSU Tri-Cities will partner with the U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service to research and document the African American migration, segregation and overall civil rights history at the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, Hanford. “This is an important story to tell and an important part of our history that needs to be made known,” says local project director Michael Mays.

Researchers are trying to identify indigenous tobaccos important to Native groups.
Holy smokes
October 17, 2017

WSU researchers Shannon Tushingham and David Gang are using a combination of archeology and high-end molecular chemistry to help identify and restore wild tobacco and other indigenous smoke plants used by Northwest Native groups. Their work also supports a nationwide effort to design culturally-sensitive smoking cessation programs that emphasize the differences between traditional and commercial tobacco use.