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New police training draws from science of deadly force

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

simulator-detailSPOKANE, Wash. – A portable use-of-force simulator aimed at launching a new era in police training is being rolled out by Washington State University. » More …

Researchers grow cyberforests to predict climate change

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences


VANCOUVER, Wash. – It can take Mother Nature 1,000 years to grow a forest. But Nikolay Strigul, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics at Washington State University Vancouver, can grow one on a computer in three weeks. » More …

‘Deadly force’ lab finds racial disparities in shootings

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Lois-JamesSPOKANE, Wash. – Participants in an innovative Washington State University study of deadly force were more likely to feel threatened in scenarios involving black people. But when it came time to shoot, participants were biased in favor of black suspects, taking longer to pull the trigger against them than against armed white or Hispanic suspects. » More …

WSU teams up to develop water management simulator

PULLMAN – Preventing water pollution caused by agricultural practices is no game, but game-like software simulating the impact of certain on-farm decisions could help a whole new generation of agriculture producers make better management choices that help improve water quality.


Researchers at WSU and University of Florida have won a $567,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a computer decision-making tool that incorporates agricultural management, water quality data, economics and socio-political issues to help growers understand the use of vegetation as a buffer between fields and surface waters. The game-style program simulates and allows users to see on screen the impact … » More …

ICN students gain awareness through Refugee Project

More than 50 students and faculty from the WSU Intercollegiate College of Nursing participated in a simulation project to raise awareness and learn about the treatment of refugees fleeing persecution and seeking asylum in the United States. The simulation, “Refugee Project- Escape to Freedom,” was sponsored by World Relief Seattle. It featured four different stations simulating the types of experiences and challenges refugees face with agencies when entering America: a United Nations interview, food rations, a medical clinic, and an HIV/AIDS clinic. The photograph above pictures nursing students who are portraying a family from Afghanistan at a United Nations interview simulation.Sharon Miller, a WSU Intercollegiate College … » More …

Simulation breaks down natural disaster effects

WSU film crews taped the process of structural splits and cracks during a Wood Materials and Engineering simulation at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7.The simulation, headed up by Dan Dolan, a WSU professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Scott Lewis, research associate at the Wood Materials and Engineering Lab, demonstrated natural disasters’ effects on buildings.The film will be used as part of an hour-long PBS documentary titled “Disaster Resistant Homes,” set to air in December.

Wood lab simulates natural disaster on 32-foot-long wall

Dan Dolan, a WSU professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Scott Lewis, research associate at the Wood Materials and Engineering Lab, are working with other wood lab associates to construct a 32-foot-long wall, which will be knocked down at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7 during a test simulating natural disasters’ effects on buildings.A filmmaking crew will film the simulation as part of an hour-long documentary titled “Disaster Resistant Homes,” which is set to air on PBS in December. The test will also be broadcast by WSU Extension to show what is going on at the wood lab.”The test will quantify strength and displacement capacities,” … » More …