The Spokesman-Review – Amid shouts of “Go Cougs” in the normally sedate chambers, both houses passed resolutions honoring Floyd, who died last weekend of complications from colon cancer. Lawmakers described him as a winner who worked to make sure the university was a winner, too. He expanded the university’s programs, not just in Pullman but at branch campuses in Spokane, Everett, the Tri-Cities and Vancouver. In recent months he was working with legislators to change state law to allow a new medical school in Spokane, even as he was fighting the colon cancer that eventually took his life.
The Huffington Post – New research suggests that the answer may lie not in men’s skills or interests, but rather in the beliefs they hold about their abilities to do the complicated mathematics central to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. Researchers from Washington State University found that men tend to significantly overestimate their math abilities, while women are generally more accurate in their self-assessments.
The Wall Street Journal – The strong preference among major leaguers might suggest maple bats perform better. Not so. “The great irony is there is no advantage in using maple,” said Lloyd Smith, director of the Sports Science Laboratory at Washington State University, which measures the performance of baseball bats. “The speed of the ball coming off maple is no different than the speed of the ball coming off ash.” So, maple breaks. When it does, it sometimes hurts people. And science suggests there is no advantage to using it. Why does it prevail?