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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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The Future of Ethics Training for Business A new book, co-edited by Professor Emeritus Jerry Goodstein and visionary Mary Gentile, heralds limitless potential for a widely used curriculum on values. The responsibility of educating ethical corporate leaders and employees falls … Continue reading

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Abstracts from the winning projects at the 18th annual WSU Vancouver Research Showcase

First place – graduate student podium Sofia D’Ambrosio – PhD student in School of the Environment Large variations in methane flux across the bottom boundary layer of a eutrophic lake Methane (CH4) produced in anoxic sediments plays a significant role … Continue reading

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Why make music?

Military music and lullabies hold keys to the evolution of musical sounds When he was a graduate student in California, Ed Hagen heard a song on the radio and found himself singing along with it, even though he had not … Continue reading

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The Pandemic’s Psychological Toll

Hospitality workers have suffered an unprecedented loss of well-being since COVID-19 shut down much of their industry. When you enter a restaurant or check in at a hotel, you typically feel a sense of anticipation. You expect the staff—from hosts … Continue reading

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