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WSU Tri-Cities partners with Thai, Canadian universities in exchange program

Memorandum signingBy Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University Tri-Cities signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday, June 28, to partner with Vanwest College from Vancouver, British Columbia, and Mahasarakham University from Talat, Thailand, for a language and cultural exchange program that will benefit students from each of the three campuses and countries. » More …

April 20: Event to promote Indigenous language, culture

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A pair of internationally renowned Maya scholars will visit WSU on Thursday, April 20, to speak about Indigenous language revitalization, as well as research ethics and relationships between Native and non-Native scholars. » More …

WSU among top 10 innovative schools for foreign language

By Adriana Aumen, College of Arts & Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University recently was recognized among colleges and universities nationwide for its pioneering approach to teaching foreign languages. » More …

Literacy education professor wins early career award

By Kyla Emme, College of Education intern

sarah-newcomerRICHLAND, Wash. – Sarah Newcomer, an assistant professor of literacy education at Washington State University Tri-Cities, recently earned a national award for her work to increase opportunity and equity in education. » More …

How a joking phrase builds rapport … no kidding

By J. Adrian Aumen, College of Arts & Sciences

Nancy-BellPULLMAN, Wash. – The phrase “just kidding” is more than a way to escape a failed attempt at humor. Research has found it serves at least four distinct functions and plays an important role in maintaining relationships. » More …

Language, immigrant status tied to toxic exposure

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

Raoul-LievanosPULLMAN, Wash. – New research finds that economically disadvantaged immigrant neighborhoods of non-English speaking Latinos are more likely to be exposed to cancer-causing air toxics than comparable communities of any other racial group in the United States. » More …

By avoiding baby talk, dads may help kids acquire language

From the Acoustical Society of America

child-research-cropSPOKANE, Wash. – In an era of shifting parental roles and increased involvement, researchers from Washington State University are investigating whether fathers modify their speech in the same way as mothers when talking to their children. This is the first study that has examined fathers’ verbal interactions with their children in a real-world setting using automatic data processing. » More …

Senior wins Boren Award to study Mandarin in Taiwan

By Beverly Makhani, Office of Undergraduate Education

PULLMAN, Wash. – Thomas G. Taylor, a senior in the Washington State University Global Campus, has received a Boren Scholarship from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) to study the Mandarin language in Taiwan during the 2014-15 academic year. » More …

WSU students gain from autism learning center partnership

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane

Domino-project-120SPOKANE, Wash. – In a bustling classroom, college student Kellie Carns shows Daniel Fast, age 4, a small yellow car and encourages him to point to a matching picture and name the object: “Kuh…” she prompts. “Car,” he responds – to her satisfaction. » More …