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Oct. 15: Deadline to nominate next common reading book

By Beverly Makhani, Undergraduate Education

PULLMAN, Wash. – Nominations of books about leadership and social justice will be accepted through Oct. 15 for the 2016-17 common reading used by students in first-year classes at Washington State University. » More …

Common Reading Tuesdays to begin

PULLMAN – “Common Reading Tuesdays” – the newest addition to the popular Common Reading program at Washington State University —  starts this week, bringing some of the most compelling research on campus directly to the students.

Dr. Brian Kemp, molecular anthropologist and ancient DNA specialist, will meet with freshmen and others at 7 p.m. Tuesday in room 203 Smith Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE).  His presentation, “Old Genes (Sometimes) Never Wear Out,” will explore the topic of DNA.  Kemp, who had a Top 100 story in Discover magazine in 2007, examined the DNA in a 10,000-year-old man’s tooth found in an Alaskan cave and found … » More …

WSU historian and pandemic expert returns to campus

Historian, author, and expert on the 1918 influenza pandemic Alfred W. Crosby, a former WSU faculty member, returns to campus after more than a 30-year hiatus to present a lecture on that deadly flu, the topic of the university’s first common reading book for freshmen.

Crosby’s public presentation is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in room 203 of the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE). The event is free and open to the public.

Crosby is an acclaimed researcher on the 1918 pandemic, also known as the “Spanish Flu,” that killed more than … » More …