By Rebecca Phillips, University Communications
PULLMAN, Wash. – The beheading of American freelance journalist James Foley. YouTube videos flaunting a Jordanian pilot’s fiery death. Mass beheadings and other barbaric images tweeted and posted on Facebook. Week-by-week the Islamic State, known as ISIS, ratchets up atrocity and serves it to news outlets around the globe.
By Madison Rosenbaum, WSU Tri-Cities marketing & communications intern
RICHLAND, Wash. – “The Rise of ISIS and the New Iraq War: Threat, Myth and Blowback” will be discussed by an academic and an imam at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in the East Auditorium at Washington State University Tri-Cities, 2710 Crimson Way, Richland.
Algorithm to help soldiers identify safe, enemy shipments
In another project supported by the U.S. Department of Defense, Holder is working to analyze relationships in war zones to try to help the military better identify its friends and enemies.
Much intelligence collection is done by word of mouth, he said. Officers conduct interviews daily, take notes and try to piece together a social network of who knows whom, or who might be working for whom. Based on the relationships, officers identify those who may be a friend or an enemy.
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a new regulation as part of its antiterrorism mission to identify, assess and ensure effective security in facilities where more than 300 chemicals of interest are used, stored or distributed.
This new regulation first requires that chemical facilities, including colleges and universities, locate and inventory chemicals of interest and report to DHS. WSU’s Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) has developed an online registration and inventory tool to aid compliance.
WSU faculty, staff, contractors and tenants who use, store or distribute any chemicals in WSU facilities … » More …
PULLMAN – Sirens will be sounding repeatedly on the WSU Pullman campus from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, as tests and adjustments are made to the university’s new outdoor campus siren/public speaker system.
The siren manufacturer Acoustic Technology Inc. Systems of East Boston, Mass., will be running the test. The speakers were installed in August on five building rooftops at Webster, Carpenter, Holland Library, Plant Bioscience 1 and Central Stores.
The siren/speakers provide the Pullman campus with an alert system that can reach campuswide in minutes, independent of the internet or phones. Each siren is rated at 115 decibels, according … » More …
The Global War on Terrorism in the past two years has claimed the lives of three Washington State University students and alumni. Due to the limited size of WSU Pullman’s veterans memorial, there is nowhere to inscribe their names and permanently recognize their sacrifice.
Recently, the university designated $15,000-$20,000 to have the memorial (located east of Thompson Hall and north of Murrow Hall) expanded to honor the recent and future sacrifices by WSU students.
Helping lead that effort were students, faculty and staff, including Charii Higgins, WSU Veterans Affairs coordinator.
“At first, administrators wanted to wait until the war was over. But no one knows … » More …
A candlelight vigil to honor the life and military service of former student Sgt. Damien T. Ficek and the other men and women who have given their lives in service to their country will be held Wednesday, Jan. 19. Members of the community are invited to gather at 4:15 p.m. in front of the Compton Union Building where candles will be lit for a walk to the WSU Veteran’s Memorial at 4:30 p.m. There, the Colors will be retired at sunset and “Taps” will be played. Ficek’s widow, Kyla, will speak at the service, as will Bill Drake, director of WSU Athletic Training Services, and … » More …
Washington State University lost its first student in the War in Iraq on Dec. 30, 2004, in Baghdad when Sgt. Damien Thai Ficek and his patrol were attacked by enemy forces using small arms fire, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. Ficek, a Pullman resident, was assigned to the Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 161st Infantry Regiment, Spokane, Wash., a part of the 81st Brigade Combat Team.Ficek, 26, was a student at WSU until fall semester 2003, when his National Guard unit was activated, leading him to withdraw from classes. Ficek transferred to WSU from Pierce Community College in Tacoma in the fall semester … » More …