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WSU in the Media – March 2, 2015

The Wall Street Journal – In financial punditry, points are awarded for confidence and consistency. People love a pundit who pounds the table, foretelling the future without wavering an inch. Indeed, in 2013 two economics graduate students from Washington State University showed that confidence trumped accuracy when measuring the popularity of pundit predictions.

The New York Times – Working as a technical photographer at Washington State University, where he studied as an undergraduate, Mr. Barker was selected by an ad hoc committee at the university to travel to Selma, Ala., to support marchers and document their activities. In March 1965, activists would make three attempts to complete a five-day, 54-mile march to Montgomery.Continue reading

WSU in the Media – February 24, 2015

The TODAY Show – Such research is underway at Washington State University Spokane, where officers are trained to handle potentially deadly encounters in a state-of-the-art simulator. TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen observed on monitors as one officer walked through a realistic scenario, during which a simulated suspect fired on him and the officer returned fire. Within 1.1 seconds, the suspect fired twice and the officer fired four times.

The Atlantic – On the biology side, some researchers are trying to identify structures and systems in the brain where emotions come from. One scientist, Jaak Panksepp, a professor of neuroscience at Washington State University, has identified seven circuits of neurons that he says correspond with seven basic emotions. Panksepp’s work is congruous with Ekman’s on the universality issue, but he actually takes it even further—he works with animals, and says there’s something about emotions that’s biologically basic not just to humans but to all mammals.Continue reading

WSU in the Media – February 16, 2015

The New York Times – And in a more recent study, Ionnis Kareklas, Darrel D. Muehling, and TJ Weber, all of Washington State University, found that the comments on a public-service announcement about vaccination affected readers’ attitudes as strongly as the P.S.A. itself did.

BBC News – But are the police themselves ever too quick to initiate a dangerous chase? ”Oh every day” says Professor Geoffrey Alpert, at Washington State University, who collects data on pursuits. “Every day there are these useless chases across America…”Continue reading

WSU in the Media – February 13, 2015

CBS News – Jaak Panksepp, chair of animal well-being science at Washington State University who did not take part in the study, called the research “a compelling demonstration that our canine companions are able to discriminate human emotional faces. “This project goes a long way demonstrating how sensitive domestic dogs are to our emotional cues,” he said, adding that it remains possible that animals that have been selectively bred to respond to human cues are more adept at such tasks.

The Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine – Dirk Schulze-Makuch is a professor of astrobiology at Washington State University and has published seven books related to the field of astrobiology and planetary habitability. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at the Beyond Center at Arizona State University and currently also holds a guest professorship at the Technical University Berlin in Germany.

The Tri-City Herald – The panel includes some members of the Tank Vapors Assessment Team, which provided independent recommendations for improvements. Joseph Iannelli, professor and executive director of engineering and computer science at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

WSU in the Media – February 11, 2015

The Spokesman-Review – OLYMPIA – Washington State University is two steps closer to starting its own medical school in Spokane. Legislative committees in each chamber agreed overwhelmingly Tuesday that a state law restricting medical education to the University of Washington should be changed. But both indicated tough decisions lie ahead on paying for a new school. The bills would give WSU the authority to offer medical education at the Spokane campus but don’t set aside money to do it.

KING 5 – SPOKANE, Wash. – A Washington State University researcher thinks he knows the cause of a mysterious “milky rain” that hit parts of the Pacific Northwest last Friday. Meteorologist Nic Loyd says the dirty rain was the result of a rare weather phenomenon that began near an ancient saline lake nearly 500 miles away.

WSU in the Media – February 9, 2015

The New York Times – “What’s interesting is when we ask people to tell us about a time they got revenge, they can’t recall” — they say “they’d never do that,” said Thomas M. Tripp, a professor of management at Washington State University, Vancouver, who studies revenge in the workplace. “But then you ask them to tell about a time they got even and they have no problem gleefully telling you about the guy who got his just deserts.”

New York Magazine – To investigate, researchers from Washington State University in Pullman conducted two experiments. They publish the results of this study in the Journal of Advertising. In the first experiment, 129 participants were shown two made-up public service announcements – a pro-vaccination announcement and an anti-vaccination announcement. The participants were told that the pro-vaccination announcement was sponsored by the CDC, while the anti-vaccination announcement was sponsored by the National Vaccine Information Council.

The Seattle Times – OLYMPIA — A  bill authorizing Washington State University to open its own medical school in Spokane has hit a snag following a Seattle legislator’s demand that the school promise to not limit its teaching based on the beliefs of religious-affiliated hospitals. The WSU proposal (House Bill 1559) has broad bipartisan support, with 65 co-sponsors. It would end a restriction dating back to 1916 that allowed the University of Washington to operate the state’s only medical school.


WSU in the Media – February 5, 2015

The L.A. Times – “We were quite surprised by the results,” said study lead author Ioannis Kareklas, a professor of marketing at Washington State University’s Carson College of Business. “Given that the CDC’s recommendations are based on scientific evidence, and the CDC’s mission is to protect individuals, we expected the PSAs to be more impactful than the online comments from presumably non-experts.”

The Seattle Times – Senate Bill 5012 received unanimous support Wednesday in the Senate and now heads to the House for consideration. The measure authorizes the growing of industrial hemp as an agricultural activity in the state. It also directs Washington State University to study industrial hemp production in the state, with a report due to the Legislature by Jan. 14, 2016.

Medical Xpress – The disease’s swift spread comes as no surprise to molecular virologist Hector Aguilar-Carreno of Washington State University. Aguilar-Carreno researches the viral family Paramyxoviridae – of which measles and other respiratory diseases, including the deadly Nipah virus, are members. “Measles is one of the most contagious viruses known on the planet, and in recent years childhood immunizations against it have been dropping,” he said. “Add those factors to a crowded theme park and you’ve got prime conditions for the virus to spread among visitors and travel with them after they leave.”

WSU in the Media – February 2, 2015

Time Magazine – Jeff Joireman, an associate professor of marketing at Washington State University, tested how people would respond if they had to wait a long time to order at a coffee shop, and were then handed the wrong drink. As you might expect, people were annoyed — unless they had been told beforehand that the business donated 15% of its profits to environmental causes.

USA Today – A new study has found that Dutch babies laugh and smile more than US infants, and they cuddle more, too, per a Washington State University post at Eureka Alert. American babies do, however, have the Dutch beat when it comes to being noisy, researchers say.

Materials Today – Researchers from Washington State University have created dense ceramics from a lunar dust simulant – they say that it could be used for structural applications on the moon. Lunar bases have always been a dream of science fiction, but with NASA’s Orion program, the Moon has come back into focus. If all goes well, Luna will have a key role to play – a staging post for the next generation of human space exploration missions. In order to do this, we will need some sort of permanent settlement structure on the surface, and work from Washington State University may have found the perfect (and local) building block – moondust!

WSU in the Media – January 28, 2015

Wired – Jaak Panksepp, a Washington State University neuroscientist renowned for his research on rat emotions, says these lines of research raise a fascinating question: How are empathy’s various forms driven by simple mental processes, and to what extent do they involve complex, high-level cognition? If some forms of empathy can be quite simple, Panksepp says, the same could well apply to many other abilities long considered the sole province of humans.

Science Newsline – A new study examining temperamental differences between U.S. and Dutch babies found infants born in the Netherlands are more likely to be happy and easier to soothe in the latter half of their first year. U.S. infants, on the other hand, were typically more active and vocal, said study co-author Maria Gartstein, a Washington State University associate professor of psychology.

The Spokesman-Review – OLYMPIA – If Washington State University wants to start its own medical school, it should do so without using $5.9 million set aside to expand University of Washington’s Spokane medical program, UW officials told legislators on Tuesday. That money was budgeted for WSU as part of a plan to expand the number of medical school students in Spokane when the two universities were cooperating on UW’s program, Ian Goodhew, chief information officer for the UW School of Medicine, told a House committee. WSU shouldn’t get to spend it on plans that could lead to future students; UW should be able to spend it on students coming this year.

WSU in the Media – January 27, 2015

The New York Times – “The reason we do this research is because in many areas, low-impact approaches will be required with new development,” said the lead author, Jennifer McIntyre, a postdoctoral researcher at Washington State University at Puyallup. “With a fully built environment, like a major city, it will be hard to do this.”

Inside Science – “We’ve known for a long time that microbes affected sleep, at least superficially – Hippocrates even wrote about sleep 2,500 years ago,” said James Krueger, a researcher at Washington State University in Spokane, Washington.