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If life can make it here, it can make it anywhere
July 11, 2016

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

Dirk Schulze-MakuchPULLMAN, Wash. – If the origin of life is common on other worlds, the universe should be a cosmic zoo full of complex multicellular organisms.

Leading FAA center for alternative jet fuels
September 13, 2013

Photos by Heather Willoughby/Tri-Cities Herald
U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, Go Cougs!RICHLAND, Wash. – Fostering a new industry with jobs focused on developing alternative jet fuels and helping to meet the emerging environmental needs of the nation’s aerospace industry are primary goals for a new Federal Aviation Administration Center of Excellence for Alternative Jet Fuels and the Environment led by Washington State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

FAA officials announced WSU’s successful bid for the center today following a months-long competitive process that drew proposals from around the … » More …

Distinguished professor Jerry A. Hausman to discuss the merits of Wal-Mart
April 3, 2009

The School of Economic Sciences presents distinguished speaker Jerry A. Hausman, the John and Jennie S. MacDonald Professor of Economics at MIT, as part of the Bertha C. and Roy E. Leigh Distinguished Lecture in Economics series.


The lecture, Is Wal-Mart good or bad for supermarket shoppers? will be on Friday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Todd Hall Auditorium. A reception will follow in Todd Hall Atrium.


Hausman has taught at MIT for 30 years, and is the director of the MIT Telecommunications Economics Research Program. He has received the John Bates Clark Award from the American Economics Association in 1985 for … » More …

Philosopher, linguist gives Potter Memorial Lecture
March 25, 2005

Noam Chomsky, MIT professor of linguistics and philosophy, will give the 2005 Potter Memorial Lecture at Washington State University at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, in the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum. Chomsky’s speech will be entitled “Imminent Crises: Responsibilities and Opportunities” and will be open to the public free of charge.“For almost 50 years Noam Chomsky has been the most influential and best known American linguist,” said Lynn Gordon, associate professor, Department of English, and coordinator of WSU’s linguistics program. “The fact that many people refer to much of modern linguistic theory and research as ‘Chomskyan’ illustrates the breadth of his influence.”Chomsky’s influence also has … » More …

MIT mathematician talks about fed research policies
January 9, 2004

Mathematician Gilbert Strang, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will deliver the 23rd annual Theodore G. Ostrom Lecture, “Fun with Congress, Fun with Pascal,” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, in the Center for Undergraduate Education, Room 202. A reception will follow in the Hacker Lounge, Neill 216.Strang served as the 1999-2000 president of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and is the 2003-04 chair of the U.S. National Committee on Mathematics.“This lecture will address two separate topics,” said Strang. “The first came from working with the applied math society SIAM. I was lucky to have two opportunities to explain to Congressional committees why … » More …