Winter 2014
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Finding the artist: An absurd, incredible journey :: We trace the history of Harold Balazs ’51, one of the most prolific public artists in the Northwest. Settling in Washington, he has made our corner of the universe a nicer place to be. by Hannelore Sudermann

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Art: A sampling of the varied and extensive artwork of Harold Balazs }

Art in public places

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Map: Sculptures around campus }

The Scrambled Natural World of Global Warming, A Travelogue :: More than 20 years ago, entomologist Jesse Logan ’77 predicted that global warming would lead to the rise of the mountain pine beetle and the devastation of forests around the West. He was right. Now a menagerie of creatures, including beetles, salamanders, ticks, and birds, are caught up in climate change. by Eric Sorensen

Map: The Scrambled Natural World of Global Warming (PDF)

Mapmaker Mystery :: A hunt for the author of a hand-drawn map leads to an exploration of the history of geology at WSU. by Nicholas Deshais

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Map: Detailed geology maps of the Palouse }


:: Lost writer from a lost time

:: The roots of Tilth

:: Hair and history

:: Diving deep in a unique tropical paradise

:: Lessons from Geronimo

:: A place for faith and support

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Excerpt: From Geronimo: Leadership Strategies of an American Warrior }

{ WEB EXCLUSIVE—Image: Mural in K-House }


:: First Words: Seeing and Knowing

:: Posts

:: Sports: The right color back on

:: In Season: Holiday Sparklers and Caviar

:: Ask Dr. Universe: If there were a black hole between the Earth and moon, what would we see?

:: Last Words: In plain sight


:: Joanne Hanley ’80—Preserving public treasures

:: Mike Seely ’84, ’09—A passion for peppermint

:: Ted Tremper ’04—The art of improv

:: Alumni News: The classes of ’54 and ’64 come back to campus

New Media

Nikkei Baseball: Japanese American Players from Immigration and Internment to the Major Leagues by Samuel O. Regalado ’83 MA, ’87 PhD

Red Light to Starboard: Recalling the Exxon Valdez Disaster by Angela Day

Trail to Gold: The Pend Oreille Route by Linda Hackbarth

New and Noteworthy: After Artest: The NBA and the Assault on Blackness by David J. Leonard; Emergence and Collapse of Early Villages edited by Timothy A. Kohler and Mark D. Varien; Another Autumn by Yvonne Higgins Leach ’83

Cover photo Tim Halloran/Creative Life Spokane

2015 Calendar

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October 30, 2014 : Calendar
Join us in celebrating the 125th anniversary of the founding of our University. To commemorate the occasion, we have compiled a collection of histori...Read more

Detailed view of a mystery map
October 30, 2014 : Map
A hunt for the author of this hand-drawn map leads to an exploration of the history of geology at WSU. Read more in "Mapmaker Mystery" and explore th...Read more

Focus Microscope Camera captures the world beyond the eye's reach
July 21, 2014 : Video
The Focus Microscope Camera, created by Jeff Stewart ’01 and Michael Baum, can record videos from an iPad connected to any microscope. It can a...Read more

Poverty in children's books
January 8, 2014 : Story
School is starting back up for a lot of children. But do kid's books show the facts about poverty? Jane Kelley at the WSU College of Education has lo...Read more

Magical baked beans
January 2, 2014 : Recipe
Cold wintry weather just begs for baked beans. Check out a recipe for Grandma Smith's Rockwell Baked Beans at the magazine site. The Rockwell Bean is...Read more

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