WSU News safety

Green highway snow and ice control cuts the chemicals

By Rebecca Phillips, University Communications

XianmingShi-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Ice-free pavement. “Smart snowplows.” Vegetable juice ice-melt. Cold-climate researchers at Washington State University are clearing the road with green alternatives to the salt, sand and chemicals typically used for highway snow and ice control. » More …

Deck collapse: Swaying people can be worse than a hurricane

By Rebecca E. Phillips, University Communications

Bender-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Sultry summer barbeques on the deck don’t usually include third-degree burns and concussions. But for dozens of people each year, happy gatherings are cut short when the floor below their feet suddenly gives way, resulting in serious injuries and death. » More …

WSU ranks high for LGBT student inclusion, safety

GIESORC anniversary

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University ranks as one of the best universities in the nation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students.   Campus Pride, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making colleges and universities safer, more inclusive spaces for LGBT individuals, this week released its annual nationwide list, “Top 25 LGBT Friendly Colleges and Universities.” It is the first time WSU has been included.   “I am proud of the work we have done as a campus and community to address the needs and concerns of our LGBT students,” said Heidi Stanton Schnebly, director of … » More …

WSU shares ‘smart home’ technology with the world

smart home sensors   Sensors are in place throughout this smart home.   PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have received a National Science Foundation grant to share their “smart home in a box” technology with 60 institutions and scientists around the world in what will be the largest-ever installation of such home monitoring systems.   The collaborators will develop their own monitoring projects in a home or a lab and report back their results. With this data, the WSU researchers will be able to develop a system for using and sharing cutting-edge, smart environments data on a … » More …

Take Back the Night march draws large crowd

To view photos individually, click the arrows to the right, under the photos.     Photos by Robert Hubner and Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services     PULLMAN – The 27th annual Take Back the Night march drew a sizable crowd Wednesday evening bringing together the Pullman and WSU communities in solidarity against violence.   The march began on the Glenn Terrell Mall – near the annual Clothes Line Project that displays hundreds of personal messages about how violence has affected many lives – and wound its way through campus, ending near Beasley Coliseum.   A short candlelight vigil followed the march, giving participants a moment to reflect … » More …

Sexual harassment, discrimination prevention training

    PULLMAN – “Eradicating discrimination and sexual harassment and fostering a respectful environment requires an ongoing, demonstrated commitment from all members of the university community,” said WSU President Elson Floyd in an April 2010 statement.   Human Resource Services and the Office for Equal Employment, in response to the president’s statement, have developed  an online training program that includes WSU policy and processes through the WSU Online Learning System.   “The focus of this training is to assist WSU in maintaining safe and respectful working and learning environments,” said HRS Director Theresa Elliot-Cheslek.   Entitled “Sexual Harassment and Discrimination … » More …

Family Forest Expo presented in Auburn

  OLYMPIA – The second ever Family Forest Expo will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13, at Green River Community College in Auburn.   Family owners of private forestland in Washington will have the opportunity to learn how to keep their forests safe and healthy.   Some 220,000 families in Washington own more than half of the state’s private working forestland.   Gates at the event will open at 7:30 a.m. and presentations will begin at 8:30 a.m.   Participants will be able to attend up to seven different expert presentations, choosing from more than two-dozen topics. Among the topics … » More …