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At Home at School
Summer 2015

Even though they are out of school, homeless and impoverished children in southwest Washington receive high-quality summer educational experiences, thanks to a WSU Vancouver program.


Categories: Education
Tags: Homelessness, Poverty


Do bugs have hearts and brains?
Spring 2015

Dr. Universe answers the question, “Do bugs have hearts and brains?”


Categories: Entomology, Education
Tags: Insects


Pam Nolan-Beasley ’88—Physics for five-year-olds
Fall 2014

Pam Nolan-Beasley ’88, a kindergarten teacher at Waitsburg Elementary School, says kids at that age are sponges for science education.


Categories: Alumni, Education
Tags: Kindergarten, Science education


First Words for Summer 2014
Summer 2014

Washington state is a wonderful place to grow up and be a kid. Hannelore Sudermann reflects on the summer issue and her own Washington childhood.


Categories: Washington state history, Education, Washington State Magazine
Tags: Children


State of Wonder
Summer 2014

A childhood spent in Washington has never been better. Our abundant natural resources, our trove of teachers and volunteers, and our commitment to child development make this a great state to grow up in.


Categories: Washington state history, Education
Tags: Outdoors, Child development, Children


Machine in the Classroom
Summer 2014

Teaching with new technology may involve a microscope and iPad or an affordable circuit board. School children have some exciting new tools with which to conduct experiments and explore their worlds, but now teachers have to decide how to use them.


Categories: Education, Engineering
Tags: Computers, Microscopes, iPad, Science education


Ask Dr. Universe
Summer 2014

Ask Dr. Universe returns, rested and ready to answer science questions.


Categories: Education
Tags: Science education, Dr. Universe


A poor showing in children’s books
Winter 2013

Depictions of poverty in realistic children's picture books are unfortunately rare, says WSU education associate professor Jane Kelley. But it's getting better.


Categories: Children's books, Education
Tags: Picture books, Poverty


Booze, Sex, and Reality Check
Fall 2013

Student drinking may always be with us, but behavior modification could make it less risky.


Categories: Education, Campus life, Psychology
Tags: Prevention science, Sexual assault prevention, Sexual health, Alcoholism, Alcohol


A Summer of Science
Winter 2012

Over nine short weeks this summer, undergraduate Laurel Graves helped develop one of the first research projects to measure how much carbon wheat consumes and releases. “The entire world, all 7 billion people,” she says, “and we’re the only ones doing this thing. It’s kind of a crazy thought.”


Categories: WSU students, Biological sciences, Education
Tags: Undergraduate research


The spirit of the land grant institution
Fall 2012
Had the intent of the land grant spirit been simply to produce homemakers or farmers or carpenters, Justin Morrill, the author of the act that established the land-grants 150 years ago, might have best looked for his model among the craft guild...
Categories: Education, WSU history
Tags: WSU presidents


The China Connection
Fall 2012

China buys $11 billion of Washington exports and sells the state $31 billion of imports, in the last few years overtaking Japan as Washington’s second largest export destination. With WSU’s efforts to overcome linguistic, informational, and trade barriers, who knows where that economic relationship might lead?


Categories: Education, Languages and linguistics, Business
Tags: Trade, International education, Chinese language, China


Attention!
Winter 2011

Cell phones, Internet, car horns, children, commercials—all carry information and all work together to create in us what social scientist Herbert Simon calls "a poverty of attention." How do you rise above the din to capture what is most important? You may be surprised to learn that one of the oldest forms of communication is still one of the best.


Categories: Psychology, Communication, Education
Tags: Attention, Human development, Media


All About Everett
Winter 2011

The blue-collar Snohomish County city just 25 miles north of Seattle recently asked WSU to take over the University Center where graduates of its community college can go on to complete four-year degrees in a variety of  disciplines, including engineering. Snohomish, Skagit, and Island counties have been underserved by the state's four-year programs.


Categories: Washington state history, Education
Tags: Everett, Boeing, Ports, Higher education


Some of the most important things your science teacher taught you are wrong
Fall 2011
There’s the science most of us learned as kids. Then there’s the science that scientists actually do.The K-12 variety is more like a cooking class, but with chemicals, goggles, an occasional Erlenmeyer flask, the unforgettable smell of fo...
Categories: Education
Tags: Teaching, Science education


Cross-cultural pen pals
Fall 2011
One morning this spring a group of WSU students from Jeff Petersen’s Communication Studies 321 class fills half of a small lecture hall at Spokane’s Riverpoint campus. They have traveled here from Pullman to meet their pen pals, 5th...
Categories: Education, WSU students
Tags: Native Americans, Science education


Rhonda Kromm ’86, ’05
Fall 2011
Rhonda Kromm wouldn’t let car problems keep her from going to college. Since her old vehicle wouldn’t make the drive from Moses Lake, she hitchhiked to Spokane and hiked up the hill to Spokane Community College to enroll. Then she hik...
Categories: Alumni, Education
Tags: Alumni Association, Teaching


A plan for Washington
Summer 2011
In 1972, as Scott Carson was preparing to graduate from Washington State University, a counselor told him he was still six credits shy of his degree. The Vietnam veteran was astonished. “He said I had to complete these physical educat...
Categories: Alumni, Education
Tags: Campaign for Washington State University, Philanthropy, Gifts, Volunteer


George Nethercutt Jr. ’67—Knowing our nation
Spring 2011
George Nethercutt Jr. ’67 may not be in Congress anymore, but he still yearns to shorten the distance between Washington, D.C., and his home state of Washington.The effort has kept the Spokane native busy since he left the House of Repres...
Categories: Education, Public affairs, Alumni
Tags: Politicians, Civic education


Elevating engineering in the schools
Fall 2009
Sean Neal is good at math, but one bit of geometry he can’t master involves moving ten feet up and two feet over. The wheelchair-bound teen isn’t able to climb into a combine to help harvest his family’s wheat fields. While Neal’s dad was ...
Categories: Education, Engineering
Tags: People with disabilities, Accessibility


In from the fields
Summer 2009
A dozen preschoolers puff into plastic wands, shrieking as soap bubbles kite across the classroom. Sylvia Guzman, 29, sits cross-legged on the floor, next to a poster showing ways to calm down (put hand on tummy, take deep breaths). She reads alou...
Categories: Education
Tags: Latinas, Distance education


A new college guide
Fall 2008
The market is full of books on how to get into and succeed in college, but few of those books are targeted at students who may be the first in their family to go beyond high school. Even fewer are targeted specifically to the needs of Native Ameri...
Categories: Education, Campus life
Tags: Native Americans


Powerful solutions from young minds
Fall 2008
At Washington State University's inaugural high school energy competition on May 10, Bohler Gymnasium on the Pullman campus buzzed with the ideas and enthusiasm of more than 350 high school...
Categories: Engineering, Education
Tags: Energy, Competition, High school students


A school in the woods
Spring 2008
Many of the children who visit IslandWood have never been to the woods. Some are afraid to try new things, to walk in the woods at night, to touch a slug or pull apart a wild mushroom. Now, they're as much a part of the place as the wildlife.
Categories: Education, Environmental studies
Tags: Environmental education


Vicki Owens: Into Africa
Winter 2006
Twenty-one years ago Vicki Owens stepped off an airplane into the hot air of Kampala, Uganda, thinking she had come for a brief stay, just long enough to help Christian missionary pastors start a primary school."I thought I'd do my little thing fo...
Categories: Education, Alumni
Tags: Africa, Uganda


John Gross: Walking in both worlds
Winter 2006
During his nearly two decades as a forester, there were days when John Gross would gladly have traded jobs with his wife, a teacher.Yet, after he realized his dream and started teaching in 1997, he would occasionally find himself glancing out the ...
Categories: Alumni, Education
Tags: Forestry


Learning what it is to do science
Summer 2006
A few years ago, Tom Dickinson lifted the lid from his grande americano and started wondering about the water droplets that clung to its underside. Why were they that size? Why did some merge into bigger drops surrounded by little drops?Coming fro...
Categories: Physics, Education
Tags: Undergraduate research


Bridging two cultures
Spring 2006
A small school district radically retools to serve its Hispanic students.
Categories: Education, WSU students
Tags: Latinos, Latinas, Diversity, High school students


Dillard finds the world in a village in Africa
Fall 2005
In June 2001, at the village of Mpeasem in Ghana, West Africa, Cynthia Dillard was enstooled as Nkosua Ohemaa Nana Mansa II. "To be enstooled," she explains, "I was bathed and dressed, then to music and dancing, joined in a procession of the local...
Categories: Education, Alumni
Tags: Diversity, Africa


No longer a pipe dream
Winter 2004
Dave Van Curen graduated from Kelso High School and followed his father to Longview Fibre Co. in 1965."In Kelso, during that time, everybody's father worked in a mill," says Van Curen, who spent most of his years at the paper plant as a pipe fitte...
Categories: Education
Tags: Employment


Maughan Brothers
Winter 2004
Following the death of her husband, H. Delight Maughan raised six children-while teaching full-time. Despite the challenge, she clearly did it right. All three of her scientist sons, Paul, David, and Lowell, have been honored with alumni achievement awards.
Categories: Education, Alumni
Tags: Alumni Achievement Award, Family


Opening minds, setting lives on course
Winter 2004
Some believe that the ability to teach and inspire is simply a gift that you either have or don't have. But WSU isn't just leaving it to chance.
Categories: WSU faculty, Education
Tags: Research, Teaching


No Hollow Promise
Fall 2004
Half of all new public-school teachers quit within five years, and the best and brightest are often the first to go. Worse, the attrition rate at high-needs schools is even greater. The CO-TEACH program at WSU decised to change this situation.
Categories: Education
Tags: Children, Teaching


Listening to His Heart
Summer 2004

As a student at WSU in the late '60s, Ken Alhadeff questioned authority with zeal. "I was part of a group of folks that marched down the streets of Pullman to President Terrell's house with torches, demanding that the Black Studies Program not be eliminated. It was a war between us and those insensitive, bureaucratic regents," says Alhadeff . . . who is now a regent.


Categories: Alumni, Education
Tags: Regents, Community activists


Stories about growing up
Summer 2004
Pamela Smith Hill isn't one to forget her roots.Born and raised in Missouri, Smith Hill set one of her novels, A Voice from the Border, in the Show-Me state, and another, Ghost Horses, in South Dakota, where she lived and worked for nearly a decad...
Categories: Education, English, Fiction, WSU faculty
Tags: Writers, Writing


High-stakes tests—what do they tell us?
Spring 2004
Is educational reform in the guise of high-stakes testing harming our children?
Categories: Education
Tags: Tests


Benzel helped set state education reform in motion
Winter 2003
Brian Benzel embraces the challenge of helping every child master key educational skills. As superintendent of Spokane Area Schools, the second largest school district in Washington, he oversees a $264 million annual budget, more than 30,000 stude...
Categories: Alumni, Education
Tags: School administration


Philip Phibbs's legacy
Winter 2003
"No decisions are easy, particularly when you are a university president and you are changing an institution." —Philip PhibbsMore than a decade removed from the presidency of the University of Puget Sound, Philip M. Phibbs remembers the job as t...
Categories: Education, Alumni
Tags: Leadership, Universities


Learning through collaborative research
Fall 2003
In the world of research things aren't always what they seem, or are supposed to be. Psychology students at Washington State University learned that last spring while working together, interpreting data, and writing up results. At an undergraduate...
Categories: Education
Tags: Research


The Great Conversation
Summer 2003
As diverse as the state, each of Washington State University's 10 learning centers has its own character, determined both by location and by the personality of its staff. But they share a common mission—to provide opportunity throughout the stat...
Categories: Education
Tags: Extension, Distance education


The Puyallup Fair
Winter 2002
Every year in late summer, more than a million people gather in Puyallup to eat cotton candy, endure the latest thrill rides--and watch 4-H-ers show their stuff.
Categories: Agriculture, Education
Tags: Fairs, 4-H


Mystery of the Martian mummies
Winter 2002
One of the last places you would expect to find teenage girls in the middle of July is a science classroom. But for Rachel Milhem, Romany Redman, and nine others, the Washington State University Spokane CityLab Young Women's Summer Science Camp la...
Categories: Education
Tags: Science education, Research


"Why do you believe this?"
Fall 2002
"I now think twice when I look in the mirror."Wes Leid remembers the advice Leo K. Bustad, late dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, offered him when he was hired at Washington State University 22 years ago. “You may not think you teach e...
Categories: Education
Tags: Ethics


Future teachers of color
Summer 2002
The gap between minority teachers—about 6 percent—and minority school children—about 24 percent—is widening in Washington. As part of a move to remedy this situation, 176 high school and community college students attended the College of E...
Categories: Education
Tags: Native Americans, Latinos, African Americans


Forcing students to think critically
Summer 2002
“Dr. McNamara wants you to take everything you know and figure out the solution on your own.” - Barbara ZawlockiRather than being “the expert” in the classroom, animal scientist John McNamara wants to shift that role to his students. Those...
Categories: Education
Tags: Animal nutrition


Arts for all
Winter 2001
“WOULDN’T you like to write music for someone famous like NSYNC?” a Clarkston High School student asked Greg Yasinitsky.Tough crowd.But Yasinitsky, a Washington State University music professor and jazz studies coordinator an...
Categories: WSU faculty, Music, Education
Tags: Music education