Author Archives: wsuvresearch

Homemade masks for a pandemic

Shelly Fritz and colleagues tested two homemade masks and found one showing potential for respirator protection for health-care workers. When COVID-19 began to spread in spring 2020, Shelly Fritz started hearing that protective N95 respirator masks were in short supply. … Continue reading

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Racial discrimination and health: The Asian American story

Racial bias against Asian Americans is seldom the subject of research. Sara Waters and SuYeon Lee say that has to change. The signs you see everywhere during the COVID-19 pandemic proclaiming “We’re all in this together” don’t ring true for … Continue reading

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Compliance with CDC guidelines: what makes a difference?

For many employees, economic stress inhibits compliance with guidelines intended to limit the spread of COVID-19. In March, seeking to control the spread of COVID-19 within their jurisdictions, countries and states ordered businesses closed and asked employees to work from … Continue reading

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WSU Vancouver scientist, Stephanie Porter, receives $1 million NSF grant to study food crops

Stephanie Porter, an assistant professor in the School of Biological Sciences at WSU Vancouver, has received a prestigious $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. Over the five-year grant period, beginning March 1, … Continue reading

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Health technology in a community setting

A small study aiming to reduce hospital admissions among underserved individuals provided gratifying results. Technology to help people age in place is a hot research and development topic these days. For the most part, such studies involve sophisticated technologies that … Continue reading

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BAM! Chicago’s Black Arts Movement – a rich documentary from English professors Lewis and Narayanan

A Chicago Story The role of artists and writers “is to make the revolution irresistible,” said African-American author, documentary filmmaker, civil rights activist, and scholar Toni Cade Bambara. During the 1960s, many cities cultivated an innovative and revolutionary arts scene … Continue reading

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The world of scientific research

Now off to Switzerland in search of new insights about aquatic invasive species, Eric Dexter is a late-blooming research success story. Eric Dexter was planning to become an acupuncturist when he inadvertently discovered a love for research. A high school … Continue reading

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The puzzle of pediatric pain

What is the relationship between physical pain and psychological pain in children and adolescents? Early in her academic career, Jessica Fales realized that hardly anyone had studied what she most wanted to learn about—the relationship between chronic pain and social … Continue reading

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The space between “us” and “them”

Marcelo Diversi’s second book on “betweener” culture urges tackling social justice issues from a personal perspective. On the 9-hour flight between his native Brazil and his current home in the Pacific Northwest, Marcelo Diversi acquires a new identity. “I’m going from … Continue reading

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Preparing teachers for bilingual students

Gisela Ernst-Slavit is spearheading a grant to improve the way schools and teachers can support students who are learning English along with their lessons. Communities and families will benefit too. For many years, Gisela Ernst-Slavit has been troubled by the … Continue reading

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