Gallery: Images of AntarcticaFall 2011
While rock hunting across Antarctica last winter, WSU geochemist Jeff Vervoort was captivated by how the landscape revealed dramatic stories of merging glaciers, tortured ice, wind-sculpted snow, and glacial debris. But where he saw a language of science, Kathleen Ryan, an assistant professor of Interior Design, saw a language of aesthetic elements and principles, of curved lines, shapes, rhythm, and movement. The result was their interdisciplinary, husband-wife exhibit in spring’s Academic Sh...
Tags: Geology, Artists, Antarctica, Design
Creature crossings: A lesson in teaching the nature of scienceFall 2011
How quickly can you determine which expression most accurately describes the animated interaction below? (click the play button to start; rewind button to restart)
Tags: Science education
Map: Soils of Washington stateFall 2011
The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences developed a map of soils and soil types in Washington state. Click on the image below to visit the Remote Sensing and GIS Lab's interactive map. On that website, you can click on a county to view detailed maps and read soil descriptions.Read more about...
Tags: Maps, Soil
How to protect your home from wildfiresFall 2011
If you live in a wildfire-prone area, preparation and forethought is key to your personal safety and preserving your home. You can follow these ten FireSafe steps to prepare your home and land.(Courtesy www.firesafespokane.com, a service of the Washington Department of Natural Resources)1. Recognize the hazardFire is a natural part of our environment. In Spokane Count...
Tags: Wildfire, Natural Resources, Forest fires, Housing
How you contribute to soil healthFall 2011
If you contribute your daily bodily wastes to a municipal waste treatment plant, you are more than likely directly benefiting Washington soils.
According to Puyallup soil scientist Craig Cogger, each person in Washington produces about 60 pounds of biosolids per year. “Biosolid” is a euphemism for human waste and other inputs once they have been treated at a wastewater treatment plant. For the past 15 years, Cogger has helped spread biosolids on wheat land in Douglas County and studied...
Tags: Biosolids, Soil, Soil health
Plans and sketches for new WSU football facilities and Martin StadiumFall 2011
In spring 2011, WSU athletic director Bill Moos, his staff, and the design team took over 6,000 photos and volumes of notes from six different campuses to collect ideas for an expansion of Martin Stadium and construction of new football facilities on the Washington State University’s Pullman campus.Moos presented the plans to WSU’s Board of Regents and President Elson S. Floyd in May 2011. If approved, construction on the facilities would begin immediately after the 2011 football season and ...
Tags: Buildings, Martin Stadium, Football
Looking into the Admiralty Head LighthouseFall 2011
Admiralty Head Lighthouse, designed by architect Carl Leick in 1898 and opened in 1903, was built to guide ships into Puget Sound. It is now located at the Fort Casey State Park on Whidbey Island.Put your cursor on the squares below to look at the tower, the residence, and displays in the lighthouse. Click on the boxes to see a larger photograph....
Coug-o-lantern: Pumpkin-carving stencils of the WSU Cougar head logoFall 2011
Carve your pumpkins with the Coug spirit this Halloween. Select the small or large stencil template below (for a small or large pumpkin), print, and trace on the pumpkin.The large template prints on two letter-size pages, which you can cut and then put together when tracing.Final step: Display your Coug-o-lantern with pride and send us photos of your WSU pumpkins.Small pumpkin tem...
Tags: Project, Halloween, Cougar logo
Video: Small forest managementFall 2011
Kevin Zobrist, a Washington State University Extension agent, teaches forest stewardship in the northern Puget Sound region. He helps landowners manage their forests and keep their woodlands healthy. He explains the differences between natural and human-planted forest growth, and the difficulties in creating a diverse landscape that mimics natural forests. Linda Kast '75, a graduate of WSU’s forest management clinic, tells how she came to own wooded property in western Washington.Read more in ...
Tags: Forest management
Map: Historic wildfires of the Pacific NorthwestFall 2011
Wildfires have been part of the Pacific Northwest for centuries. This map shows some of the historic fires from the 1850s to 2000 in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and western Montana....
Tags: Wildfire, Northwest history, Forest fires, Maps