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Researcher’s love of molecules is good for society too
February 11, 2016

By Alyssa Patrick, Office of Economic Development

SorgVANCOUVER, Wash. – Barbara Sorg studied functions of the brain for years before she saw the tiny nets in her microscope that made her heart skip a beat.

Students bridge science, policy to solve global challenges
January 21, 2016

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Rachel-Wieme-headPULLMAN, Wash. – Rachel Wieme has big ideas growing in a quinoa plot near Pullman. Her organic experiments hold the potential to improve soil and help feed the world. But it’s a long way from idea to impact.

March 23: Marijuana laws, policy compared, considered
March 16, 2015

By Jeffrey Dennison, WSU Tri-Cities

LovrichRICHLAND, Wash. – A comparison of Washington and Colorado public policy following marijuana legalization and the impact on the rest of the country will be discussed at 5 p.m. Monday, March 23, in the Washington State University Tri-Cities East Auditorium, 2710 Crimson Way, Richland.

Video: Interns learn to translate science into policy
December 15, 2014

NSPIRE-program-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Graduate students gained experience translating their research into science information for policy makers during recent internships with governmental, political, scientific or nonprofit groups. They share what they learned in a new video.

First-generation student to speak at U.S. Capitol briefing
November 17, 2014

By Steve Nakata, Administrative Services

Leo-Castellano-80WASHINGTON – A Washington State University student will have the ear of about 50 policy makers when he speaks at a U.S. Capitol briefing Tuesday on behalf of a national TRIO program called Student Support Services.

Feb. 27: Legalizing recreational marijuana in Washington
February 24, 2014

Marr-80PULLMAN, Wash. – The challenge of balancing democracy and good public policy in the new recreational marijuana industry will be discussed by Chris Marr of the Washington State Liquor Control Board at noon Thursday, Feb. 27, in 308 Bryan Hall.

WSU scientists discuss pros and cons of I-522 in Foley panel
October 30, 2013

Benbrook-Neff-compositePULLMAN, Wash. – As voters prepare to submit their ballots, two Washington State University scientists joined a Foley Institute panel Monday to discuss ethics, science, politics of food and Initiative 522 – the proposal to determine labeling regulations for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Washington state.

Rural land use restrictions curb wildfires – up to a point
October 8, 2013

PaveglioT-2013--80PULLMAN, Wash. – Using Montana’s fast-growing Flathead County as a template, a Washington State University researcher has found that moderately restrictive land-use policies can significantly curb the potential damage of rural wildfires. However, highly restrictive planning laws will not do much more.

Foley remodel makes room for events, memories
June 24, 2013


PULLMAN, Wash. – Pieces of political history are on display at the Thomas S. Foley Institute of Public Policy and Public Service, thanks to recently completed renovations and additions. The institute is a place for study and discussion of public affairs and public policy research, as well as student involvement.


“Having our own space to host events and display the large collection of congressional furnishings and political memorabilia has been a long term goal,” said Cornell Clayton, institute director.


Remodel follows relocation


The institute was founded in 1995 to honor the service of Tom Foley, who represented the citizens of eastern … » More …