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New “magnifying glass” helps spot delinquency risks
May 6, 2014

By Rebecca E. Phillips, University Communications

Cooper-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Drug abuse, acts of rampage – what’s really the matter with kids today? While there are many places to lay blame – family, attitude, peers, school, community – a new study shows that those risks vary in intensity from kid to kid and can be identified.

Study: Economic, community impacts of farmers markets
April 21, 2014

By Sylvia Kantor, WSU Extension

Colorful-carrots-at-farmers-market-by-Michael-Porter-CC-120WENATCHEE, Wash. – Farmers markets in the state have more than doubled in the last decade, from nearly 80 to more than 160, according to a recent report by Washington State University. The report is based on a 2010 study that examined economic and community impacts of farmers markets that could help shape strategies and policies to sustain them.

Rock Doc: Giving warning of volcano eruptions
April 1, 2014

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

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – I was living in eastern Washington in May 1980 when Mount St. Helens erupted after a massive landslide triggered by a magnitude 5.1 earthquake.

Education Abroad highlights global opportunities at fair
August 25, 2009

VANCOUVER – The WSU Education Abroad Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14, at the Vancouver Adminstration Building Gallery.

Students in any field of study can find cost-effective programs to enhance their education and gain a global perspective on their area of study. Study abroad program providers offering study and internship opportunities in over 40 countries will be available to answer questions. 

Students can also learn about exchange program options where participants enroll directly in a partner university abroad and have access to full curriculum study. Education Abroad staff will be available to answer questions and … » More …

Volunteers needed for study of memory and dementia
March 3, 2009

PULLMAN – Volunteers are needed for a new study of memory loss that is getting under way at WSU.

The researchers hope to enroll 100 volunteers who are not experiencing memory problems, 50 who are experiencing mild memory problems, and 50 who have been diagnosed with a progressive memory disorder such as Alzheimer’s disease. Participants must be age 50 or older, fluent in English and have no history of significant brain injury, stroke or disease other than the possible dementia that would be a subject of the study. Individuals who have participated in other studies with the researchers are welcome to join this study.

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Gender and shift work influence police depression
November 4, 2008

Depression and suicidal thoughts among police officers differ based on gender and work shift, according to a recent study co-authored by Bryan Vila, professor of criminal justice and member of the Sleep and Performance Research Center at WSU Spokane. Results appear in the October 2008 edition of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.


A quarter of female police officers and nearly as many male officers assigned to shift work had thought about taking their own lives, said the study in a report by the State University of New York at Buffalo. In addition, reports of depressive symptoms … » More …

WSU, bee industry to fund study
April 25, 2008

PULLMAN – WSU scientists and Pacific Northwest beekeepers are joining forces to find out what is causing the mysterious Colony Collapse Disorder that has wiped out thousands of hives throughout the region over the past several years.

Two large beekeepers in the Pacific Northwest – Eric Olson of Yakima and Tom Hamilton of Nampa, Idaho – have made donations as seed money for the research. Noyes Apiaries in New Plymouth, Idaho, the Idaho Honey Association and the Washington State Beekeepers Registration Fund also have made contributions. With those donations and dedicated funds from the WSU Agricultural Research Center, researchers will spend nearly $200,000 over the … » More …

Faculty salary study recommends changes
December 5, 2007

Longstanding underfunding by the state Legislature is the major impediment to faculty salary increases, according to a recently completed report by a Faculty Senate salary committee. Salary compression is also a concern.

The Faculty Affairs Committee and Faculty Senate will be considering salary issues, including those raised in the report, and will make recommendations to the WSU administration in the near future. Comments may be made to Michael Kallaher, Faculty Affairs Committee chair, at The report can be found ONLINE @

The report notes that underfunding is not unique to WSU: “Inadequate funding of salary increases is causing similar problems … » More …

Rare disease linkedto speech disorder
October 26, 2007

Photo: Nancy Potter and a grad student work with a child. (Photo by Robert Hubner, WSU Photo Services)


Five weeks, 19 stops in 12 states — lugging 140 pounds of equipment.
No, it’s not the life of a pop musician. It’s how Nancy Potter, assistant professor of speech and hearing sciences, spent last summer. She was doing research on communication disorders in children with galactosemia, a rare disorder that affects one in 53,000 people in the United States.

Galactosemia is a genetic disease that is detected during newborn screening and is … » More …