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WSU developing innovative technology to improve policing, public safety

By Adrian Aumen, College of Arts and Sciences

Axon Flex 2 shoulder cameraPULLMAN, Wash. – As the nation grapples with policing and security issues, criminal justice experts at WSU are developing innovative technology to improve police–community relations, officer training and public safety. » More …

Teens sought for research project about emotions, pain

teen-studyVANCOUVER, Wash. – Teens ages 14-18 in the Vancouver area are invited to earn $40 in gift cards for participating in a study about how positive emotions affect pain in healthy teens. Parents would get $10 in gift cards to help cover transportation. » More …

Vaccine skeptics aren’t swayed by emotional scare tactics

By Darin Watkins, Edward R. Murrow College of Communicaton

DixonPULLMAN, Wash. – On the heels of a nationwide measles outbreak comes a report that campaigns aimed at scaring people about the consequences of non-vaccination might not be as effective as many think. An upcoming article in the journal Communication Research challenges the popular assumption that emotional appeals have a wide, sweeping effect on people’s health beliefs. » More …

Creating music that gives meaning and hope to life

Composers make choices, choices beyond number. During the 20th century perhaps the biggest choice was: follow your head or your heart?Charles Argersinger, a WSU professor of music and alumnus of the prestigious artists’ retreat Yaddo, chose his heart, and that has made all the difference.On the door outside Argersinger’s office in Kimbrough Hall is a quote by the late 19th century French composer Claude Debussy: “There is no theory. You have only to listen. Pleasure is the law.”The Debussy quote goes on, “I love music passionately. And because l love it, I try to free it from barren traditions that stifle it. It is a … » More …