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Making sense of big data

We collect mountains of information about everything, but what are we supposed to do with it? Bala Krishnamoorthy says mathematics can help figure it out. People, businesses and institutions are collecting more and more data, but often don’t know what … Continue reading

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RETURN OF THE BUTTERFLIES: As environmental conservation efforts put science into practice, Cheryl Schultz finds reasons to be optimistic about the future of endangered species.

Butterflies have captivated Cheryl Schultz ever since she was a “naïve and idealistic” graduate student at the University of Washington, looking for a way “to make real contributions to conservation.” The first professional conference she attended opened her eyes to … Continue reading

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AGING IN PLACE THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

Roschelle (Shelly) Fritz usually draws her research conclusions from qualitative rather than quantitative data. That is, instead of building a case with numbers, she typically reads a narrative or asks questions to detect patterns and derive meaning. A recent grant … Continue reading

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Discovering some of world history’s missing links

In the late 1970s, when Candice Goucher began researching African metalwork, she had the field practically to herself. “I’m recognized as being kind of an old timer in terms of research on African ironworking,” said Goucher, professor of history at … Continue reading

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ENVIRONMENT AS ART EXPERIENCE: Geography and architecture inspire Avantika Bawa’s installations.

Visitors entering the gallery see jagged swaths of color—the earthy colors found in topographical maps of the San Fernando Valley and San Gabriel Fault line in California. Rumbling sounds of tremors and earthquakes interrupt the silence. It is as if … Continue reading

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Studying soil processes of the critical zone on the Vancouver campus

For Marc Kramer’s fall 2016 class called Soil Processes in the Earth’s Critical Zone, students found an outdoor laboratory just steps from their classroom. Five students measured various aspects of the “critical zone,” where the bulk of the planet’s life … Continue reading

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RESEARCH EQUIPMENT FOR THE NEXT GENERATION: John Harkness and Ryan Todd want to make lab equipment practical, affordable and beautiful.

Postdoctoral fellow John Harkness and scientific assistant Ryan Todd were working in Barbara Sorg’s neuroscience lab on the WSU Vancouver campus when they ran into an expensive equipment problem. They were investigating sleep deprivation in rodents by examining how structures … Continue reading

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