Author Archives: wsuvresearch

Dmitri Kalashnikov, PhD student in the School of the Environment, studies extreme weather events.

Large wildfires and severe heat events are happening more often at the same time, worsening air pollution across the western United States. As part of his doctoral dissertation research, Dmitri Kalashnikov found that in 2020, more than 68% of the … Continue reading

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Spotlight on graduate student excellence

Andrea Bazzoli (he/his) is a PhD candidate in the department of psychology. Bazzoli’s area of expertise is occupational health psychology (a branch of organizational psychology). He is a member of the Coalition for Healthy and Equitable Workplaces Lab led by Tahira … Continue reading

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Researching rapid evolution in fruit flies

Seth Rudman, an assistant professor in WSU Vancouver’s School of Biological Sciences, has research interests centering around rapid evolution, rapid adaption in response to environmental stressors, and whole genome evolutionary change within a changing environment. Rudman received his Ph.D. in … Continue reading

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Humanizing mathematics education

Everyone is capable of making sense of the mathematics around them, says Kristin Lesseig, who works to help teachers encourage mathematical reasoning and confidence in their students. Try to figure out some everyday calculation, like how inflation has affected the … Continue reading

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Competitive gossip

Anthropologist Nicole Hess studies the ways and reasons we praise other people or put them down. Competition for scarce resources—such as food, territory, sex, power—comes naturally to primates, human and non-human alike. But while physical contests, including warfare, are well … Continue reading

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The evidence for human connections

Amy Salazar’s research provides evidence that meaningful connections are essential to help foster youth achieve independence. A patchwork of federal, state and county programs spends billions of dollars a year on various aspects of foster care, yet there is little … Continue reading

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Climate extremes in a warming world

Climate change is already here. Deepti Singh is working to help people understand its impacts. Deepti Singh earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, planning to specialize in aeronautics and astronautics. Today, however, she is an assistant professor in … Continue reading

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Exploring how the past informs the future

Colin Grier’s archeological studies explore how indigenous societies adapted to social and ecological change. For thousands of years, numerous small-scale societies, mostly coastal hunting, gathering and fishing peoples, populated the Pacific Northwest. What remains of these small-scale societies, and what … Continue reading

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Expanding understanding of pigmentation diseases

With a new NIH grant, Cynthia Cooper is probing some “unexpected effects” related to diseases of pigmentation. Cynthia Cooper has spent  18 years studying the relationship of pigmentation to human diseases, notably melanoma and albinism, using zebrafish as a model. Zebrafish … Continue reading

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Autism and juvenile justice

Laurie Drapela’s book examines how autism research can improve juvenile justice policies in the United States and Canada. Laurie Drapela has been studying inequities in the justice system for more than 20 years. Drapela, an associate professor of criminal justice … Continue reading

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