Washington State University

Snohomish County Mudslide
4:55 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Public Universities Offer Help For Students Affected By Slide

Both the University of Washington and Washington State University are prepared to deal with students who have been impacted by the Oso landslide.

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Washington State University
4:52 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

WSU President Floyd's Contract Extended

Washington State University President Elson Floyd.
Credit Washington State University

Washington State University has extended the contract of its president Elson Floyd. 

The WSU board of regents made the announcement at a special meeting today in Pullman. Floyd’s current contract was due to end in 2016. The regents extended that five years to 2021. 

The university says Floyd asked that his current level of compensation—$625,000 a year--remain unchanged at this time. 

Floyd has served as WSU president since May of 2007.

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Washington State University
5:55 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Friday Classes, Calls To Parents Among WSU's New Anti-Drinking Tactics

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 5:53 pm

A new effort to address binge drinking at Washington State University could include more calls to parents, more Friday morning classes, and training in CPR for students themselves.

The university in Pullman, Wash., took a hard look at campus drinking culture after a freshman died of alcohol poisoning last fall.

A task force assigned to the issue found that the number of students drinking isn't going up. But there is more extreme drinking in a small segment of the student population.

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WSU Everett
4:57 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

WSU Delays Academic Programs In Everett

Washington State University

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 4:50 pm

Washington State University has scrapped plans to expand its academic offerings at a satellite college center in Everett. It blames budget uncertainty in the Washington State legislature.

Colleen Kerr is the lead spokeswoman on the project for WSU. She says the university made the announcement Thursday because it can’t pull together the additional degree offerings planned to begin in August if funding isn’t secure.

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Bee Sperm Bank
4:36 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

WSU Researchers To Create Sperm Bank For Honey Bees

Credit Scott Butner / Flickr

Washington State University scientists are developing a sperm bank to capture the biodiversity of honey bees. The hope is to breed stronger pollinators, since populations keep declining.

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Vegetarian Trout
7:30 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Farmed Trout Go Vegetarian (Sort Of), Taste Virtually The Same

Alternative feeds resulted in slightly different colors and textures in trout fillets.
Credit Tom Banse

The search is on for a cost-effective alternative fish food. And we don't mean the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream flavor. What we're talking about is the pellets fed to farmed fish. A key ingredient in commercial feed is other fish caught in the wild. Northwest trout farmers - and some salmon growers - recognize that practice is unsustainable. But trout are carnivores. They can't just become vegetarians, or can they? Correspondent Tom Banse joined a taste test to see if seafood consumers can tell any difference.

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Golf Course Case
5:25 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Washington Supreme Court Hears WSU Golf Course Case

Homeowner Scotty Cornelius says WSU’s golf course is improperly draining the aquifer he relies on for water.
Courtney Flatt Northwest Public Radio

The Supreme Court of Washington heard oral arguments in a case that could change how cities, towns and universities manage water. Northwest conservation groups are suing Washington State University. They say it’s draining the region’s aquifer.

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Golf Course Lawsuit
6:58 am
Thu May 2, 2013

What A Golf Course Could Mean For Washington’s Groundwater

WSU officials say, even though the university is growing, it’s using less water now than 30 years ago. They say that's due in large part to conservation efforts.
Credit Courtney Flatt / EarthFix

Northwest conservationists are suing Washington State University. They say the groundwater used to irrigate the University’s golf course is draining the region’s aquifer. But this case is about more than just watering the fairways and putting greens. It could change how cities and towns manage water for future development. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Pullman Assault
4:28 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

Two Final Suspects Arrested In Pullman Assault

Suspects John Cabanos-Soriano (center) and Robert D. Bean (right) in Whitman County Court Friday morning.
Credit Northwest Public Radio

All four suspects sought in the assault case of a WSU professor have now been arrested. The two final suspects were arrested Friday morning.

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Hanford History
4:27 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Washington State University Leads New Hanford Oral History Project

US Department of Energy

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 3:51 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – A coalition of groups from southeast Washington is collecting oral histories about the the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and communities around it -- from pioneer days to post-war-cleanup. An announcement was made Tuesday by Washington State University Tri-Cities and 10 other community groups.

The project team intends to collect new interviews, digitize existing ones and make them available online and at the university in a permanent collection.

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