The Daily Evergreen

Researchers to conduct four-year study on children’s executive functions

In the study, professors will follow 150 children for four years.

JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter

October 26, 2020

WSU professors will investigate the role parent-child interaction plays in brain development by following 150 children from infancy to early childhood for four years. “Our main hypothesis is centered on the interaction between parents and their children — how this will influence [the children...

Horticulture orchard to have more crops planted

A worker picks apples in the R.B. Tukey Orchard on WSU's campus Oct. 7.

ALEXANDRIA OSBORNE, Evergreen reporter

October 23, 2020

Workers began planting crops at WSU's R.B. Tukey Horticulture Orchard this spring, two years since the location was established, but the orchard will still have new crops planted. There will be a variety of crops planted in the orchard, said orchard manager Deb Pehrson. The crops will include apples, ...

Professors design novel process for recycling drywall

Two professors in WSU's School of Design and Construction are recycling drywall to address an environmental problem.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

October 20, 2020

Two WSU professors invented a process to recycle drywall into blocks, which can then be used for construction projects. Drywall is a common building material made from the mineral gypsum, also known as calcium sulfate, said David Drake, scholarly assistant professor in the WSU School of Design and Construction. ...

WSU receives EPA grant to prevent food waste

The grant will engage farmers and public facilities in outreach programs.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

October 15, 2020

WSU is the recipient of a nearly $130,000 Environmental Protection Agency grant to help engage farmers and public facilities in outreach programs to prevent food waste in Washington state. Georgine Yorgey, associate director of WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, said...

ASWSU hosts virtual event on environmental awareness

There are several different routes that can combat climate change, said Kara Whitman, instructor for WSU’s School of the Environment. 

JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter

October 14, 2020

The ASWSU Environmental Sustainability Alliance and TEDxWSU Countdown held an event featuring WSU faculty to discuss how climate change is impacting people locally and worldwide.  There are areas of the Arctic where a boat can be sailed through, said Von Walden, professor for WSU’s Department of Civil...

Recycling bins removed without warning or explanation, student claims

One graduate resident at Yakama Village says there is a large buildup of recycling outside the complex.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

October 12, 2020

WSU removed recycling bins from several student housing complexes without telling residents, claimed one graduate resident at Yakama Village, who raised concerns that the WSU administration no longer cares about sustainability for its students.  When Jose Riera, doctorate student at WSU’s College of Educati...

WSU extension office helps farmers overcome suicide, mental health issues

From 2016 to 2019, three suicides occurred among members of Skagit County’s agricultural industry.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

October 7, 2020

When Bob Engle witnessed his father experience clinical depression, Engle knew he did not want to venture on the same road his father walked on. “It’s just my own recognition to not let depression ruin my life,” said Engle, a farmer from Whidbey Island.  This year has been difficult because of the ...

WSU hosts first digital Ag-athon

Students will be paired in teams for the competition. They will have to answer a question based on four different categories.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

September 30, 2020

WSU is hosting its first digital Ag-athon, inviting students to solve questions about the agriculture industry as part of the Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture. The questions will be based on four categories: farm decision support, breeder decision support, land cover monitoring and digitizin...

Researchers test liquid hydrogen as potential green fuel source

Researchers used liquid hydrogen as a green fuel source for drones. Fueling the drone only requires a few gallons.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

September 28, 2020

A WSU lab is the first university lab in the country to successfully test liquid hydrogen as a green fuel source for unmanned aerial vehicles.  WSU researchers collaborated with Mississippi State University and Boeing subsidiary Insitu Inc. to create a hydrogen-electric version of the ScanEagle dro...

County candidates debate on COVID-19 response, small business assistance

Tom Handy, who is running against incumbent Dean Kinzer for Whitman County commissioner, said he believes the county has a responsibility to provide grant assistance to allow businesses to thrive. 

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

September 25, 2020

Candidates for the Whitman County Commission debated Thursday night about the county’s role in handling the pandemic, support of small businesses and developing long-term plans for rebuilding towns impacted by the Washington state fires.  Incumbent Dean Kinzer and business owner Tom Handy answered each...

Alumnus highlights farmworkers’ fight for justice

Members of the United Farm Workers Foundation stand in front of a building at a mask distribution event. The UFW Foundation has been highly involved in activism for farm workers’ rights.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

September 24, 2020

The Multicultural Student Center and Chicanx/Latinx Student Center highlighted the victories of farmworkers who battled for equity in the workforce during Wednesday’s virtual presentation by WSU alumnus Jerry Martinez. Washington grows several popular crops, occupying a spot as the top grower of...

Town hall discusses environmental justice

When individuals connect with each other and with the environment in a safe way, they have a better chance of fighting ignorance and misinformation, said John Lupinacci, associate professor in WSU’s College of Education.

HUNTER ORCUTT, Evergreen reporter

September 24, 2020

Speakers at a town hall focusing on environmental justice discussed how climate change heightens inequalities on a local and global level. The Wednesday evening town hall was the second in a four-part series of lectures centered on different justice issues and how they interact, said David Jones,...

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