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WSU research sought for parent-teen project

By Corrie Wilder, Edward R. Murrow College of Communication

parent-teen-communicationPULLMAN, Wash. – Two Washington State University researchers have been asked to join a nationwide Experiment.com crowdfunded project to help parents and teens communicate about romantic and sexual relationships. » More …

Text messaging useful for reaching ‘at-risk’ teens about sex

willoughbyPULLMAN, Wash. – Text messaging that connects teens with sexual health educators is effective for delivering sexual health information, according to a recent study in The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. » More …

WSU 4-H forestry program earns national award

4-H forest program

STEVENSON, Wash. – The Forest Youth Success program (FYS) in Skamania County, http://www.forestyouthsuccess.org, has been recognized nationally for its outstanding impact on youth, the environment and the local economy. The National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) selected the program to receive a Specialty Team Award in Excellence for Natural Resource and Environmental Education.

4-H forest awardSince 2002, teens in the county have spent the summer caring for local forests, developing valuable life skills and exploring potential careers. The value of their work is estimated … » More …

Teens learn about government during conference

PUYALLUP – Nearly 300 Washington state youth and adults from around the state will learn how the judicial process works at the annual WSU Extension 4-H Know Your Government Conference in Olympia, February 14-17.

Teen participants will take on the roles of attorneys, jurors, witnesses and reporters in mock trials.

Washington Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders will address the delegates at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 14 at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia.

On Monday, February 16 mock trials begin with opening statements and prosecution at the Thurston County Courthouse from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The defense and closing statements take place from … » More …

Celebrity endorsements motivate younger voters

PULLMAN –  In a newly published study by WSU researchers, Celebrity endorsements have emerged as an effective political strategy for engaging younger voters and getting them to the polls.

 

Featured in the most recent issue of the journal “Mass Communications and Society,” the study by researchers from the university’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication attempted to gauge the effectiveness of celebrity endorsement campaigns in lowering complacency among young voters and prompting their participation in the political process.

 

Conducted by Erica Austin, Bruce Pinkleton, Rebecca Van de Vord and Evan … » More …

Older teens need more sleep, later wake-up times

Many teens are chronically sleep deprived, resulting in poor school performance, impaired cognitive and memory functioning, and mood problems. This was one of the points made by internationally renowned sleep researcher Mary Carskadon in her December 2 lecture, “How Development of Sleep-Wake Regulation Affects Teen Sleep,” at WSU Spokane. A professor of psychiatry at the Brown University School of Medicine and director of chronobiology and sleep research at the E.P. Bradley Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, Carskadon has done extensive research in the area of sleep/wake behavior in adolescents. Her pioneering work has challenged some commonly held beliefs, including the hypothesis that kids need less … » More …

Teen program launches at WSU Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Washington State University Vancouver has announced the start of the workforce preparation program “WSU Vancouver 4-H Teen-Works,” a cooperative effort between WSU Vancouver, WSU Clark County Extension 4-H and community partners.Teen-Works, a program of the new WSU Vancouver Center for Youth Workforce Preparation, is open to youth ages 13-18. Participants can select one or more areas of interest and attend Career Exploration Tracks (short courses) held on the WSU Vancouver campus. A track series consists of four to eight sessions. Space is limited and early applications are encouraged.Tentative Career Exploration Tracks include, but are not limited to, crime scene investigation, robotics, global … » More …