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Rock Doc column: From shopping bags to alternative fuels
April 29, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – My household accumulates quite a number of plastic shopping bags. Most come home with me from the grocery store. I use them to line the little garbage pail that sits under the kitchen sink and the wastebasket that’s in the bathroom. I also have the joy of using them to pick up poop deposited by Buster Brown, my faithful mutt from the pound.

Rock Doc: FDA considers changes to nutrition labels
April 22, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

PetersPULLMAN, Wash. – While I have been dinking around for months trying to lose five pounds, two of my friends have gotten serious about weight loss. Each of them is down 50 pounds.

Rock Doc column: It’s important to check vitamin D levels
March 25, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – My mother lives with me and I’m involved in her medical care. She’s a tough cookie. But like many 88-year-olds, she has several health problems.

Rock Doc: Air pollution knows no borders
March 11, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – We’ve all seen globes in classrooms. They represent the Earth well – better than flat maps.

Rock Doc: A step forward in predicting volcanic eruptions
February 25, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – There are two main things most people would like to know about particular volcanoes: when is the next eruption and how big will it be? Scientists in Iceland have taken a step forward in monitoring volcanoes to best predict when they will erupt and the size of the eruptions.

Rock doc: Designing better asphalt at WSU
February 18, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Haifang Wen grew up in a rural area of Shandong province in eastern China. In his youth there were not many paved highways in the Chinese countryside.

Rock Doc: Small but splendid snowflakes
February 12, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Those of us living in the northern half of the country can be forgiven for being tired – at this stage of winter – of shoveling snow.

Rock Doc: A brisk walking pace is better
February 4, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – One of the things my mutt from the pound and I like to do together is go on long walks.

Rock Doc: How to better interpret what science reports
January 21, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – We live in an age shaped by scientific research. Medical practice, for example, changes a bit each year because of new discoveries in the laboratory or in drug trials. We have come to expect progress in a variety of technical fields, and science often lives up to our hopes for it.

Rock Doc column: Get help to kick the habit this year
January 7, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Thirty years ago I was a light smoker. What can I say? I liked the effect nicotine had on my brain.