Orlan Svingen, professor of history, has worked with the descendants of Sacajawea, the Agai Dika people, since 1991.
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News of a potential four-fold increase in strontium titanate crystals by WSU researchers was reported in newspapers, on blogs, in academic circles and over the airwaves from Seattle to Toronto to Europe to the Philippines. (See original post on 11/14/2013.)
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This fall, 16 WSU students are seeking ways to reduce, and hopefully prevent, pollution in the Spokane River. Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences’ student ambassador program, the Save the Spokane research challenge “is a way for students from different majors to collaborate,” says Devon Seymour, a senior studying French and global politics and organizer of the project.
“We thought we understood how things happened, but maybe they happened for another reason,” says Emily Jones, a Rice University researcher in evolutionary ecology who started pondering Darwin’s conundrum while a post-doctoral researcher in the Washington State University lab of Richard Gomulkiewicz. Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Jones and colleagues Gomulkiewicz and Scott Nuismer of the University of Idaho say the relatedness of new and established species is not as important as the details of how they go about doing their business..
“Darwin put out a lot of interesting ideas back in the day but he didn’t have the means to check them with rigor,” says Gomulkiewicz, a professor in the WSU School of Biological Sciences. “That’s what we did with our mathematical model, and we found that Darwin’s logic on this issue doesn’t quite pan out.”
By volunteering as a memory research subject, Johnnie Bosworth of Spokane is helping WSU researchers develop strategies for people with age-related memory loss or cognitive impairment to live safely in their own homes.
We really want to keep people “functioning as independently as possible for as long as possible,” said Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, a clinical neuropsychologist in the Department of Psychology who’s leading the research with faculty in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Considering that nearly one in five U.S. residents will be 65 and older in 2030, “There’s some concern about how we’re going to handle this aging population,” Schmitter-Edgecombe said.