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Sept. 18: WSU Common Reading lecture ‘The Future Has Always Been Female’

By Emma Epperly, Undergraduate Education

Whitson Roger WSU EnglishPULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington State University Common Reading Program hosts “The Future has Always Been Female: Mary Shelley, Ada Lovelace, and the Origins of Science Fiction and Computing,” a lecture by Roger Whitson, 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in CUE 203. » More …

WSU fine arts professor named state’s young arts leader

By Adriana Aumen, College of Arts and Sciences

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Christenson

RICHLAND, Wash. – Peter Christenson, assistant professor of fine arts at Washington State University Tri-Cities, has received the Governor’s Arts & Heritage Young Arts Leader Award from the Washington State Arts Commission. » More …

Sept. 16: WSU Tri-Cities interactive robot artwork focus of TEDxRichland talk

Designed to pique curiosity along with uneasiness, the Huminal is about the size and shape of a large dog and covered with white plastic discs resembling scales or fur. Its four jointed legs give the appearance of walking as it rolls in an elliptical path outside its apparent den.RICHLAND, Wash. – “The Huminal,” an interactive, kinetic sculptural installation featuring an autonomous, mobile robot that senses and responds to changes in its environment, was completed this month by an interdisciplinary team at Washington State University Tri-Cities. » More …

Monarch butterflies disappearing from western North America

By Eric Sorensen, WSU News

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Monarch butterfly populations from western North America have declined far more dramatically than was previously known and face a greater risk of extinction than eastern monarchs, according to a new study in the journal Biological Conservation. » More …

Sept. 12: Jazz, blues, funk focus of WSU Faculty Artist Series concert

Gator Tail to play jazz, funk and jazz, at Sept. 12, WSU Faculty Artist Series concert
Gator Tail 

PULLMAN, Wash. – “Jazz, Drenched with Blues and Funk” is the title of the Washington State University Faculty Artist Series concert slated for 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in Kimbrough Hall. » More …

Sept. 21: Concert features two ensembles – En Chamade, Equinox – at Bryan Hall

faculty-artist-series bannerPULLMAN, Wash. – Two instrumental groups, En Chamade and Equinox, will play independently and together starting 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, to present a Faculty Artist Series in Washington State University’s Bryan Hall. » More …

New device could turn heat energy into a viable fuel source

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts and Sciences

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PULLMAN, Wash. – A new device being developed by Washington State University physicist Yi Gu could one day turn the heat generated by a wide array of electronics into a usable fuel source. » More …

Prehistoric turkey DNA used to track ancient Pueblo migration

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts and Sciences

Pueblo sitePULLMAN, Wash. – In the mid-to-late 1200s, some 30,000 ancestral pueblo farmers left their homes in southwestern Colorado’s Mesa Verde region and never returned. » More …

Aug. 16-18: ‘Las Memorias,’ an evening of life-changing stories

Las-Memorias-2012PULLMAN, Wash. — High school students from central Washington will share stories of their own life joys and struggles in a performance entitled “Las Memorias,” 7:30 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 16-18, in Daggy Hall’s Jones Theatre. » More …

WSU scientists help detect gravitational waves for third time

black holeBy Will Ferguson, College of Arts and Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Three billion years ago in a distant galaxy, two massive black holes slammed together, merged into one and sent space–time vibrations, known as gravitational waves, shooting out into the universe. » More …