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Researchers use math, computers to model spread of COVID-19

WSU researchers are using computational epidemiology to model the spread of COVID-19.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 8, 2020

Eric Lofgren and other researchers in his lab at WSU are using computational epidemiology — a combination of computer simulations and complex mathematics — to model the spread of diseases, like COVID-19, in certain populations. Lofgren, assistant professor in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Heal...

High river temperatures dangerous to salmon

Salmon and most other fish do not internally regulate their temperatures. Instead, they adapt to water temperatures, so if the water is too hot or cold, the fish will not survive.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

June 8, 2020

The Environmental Protection Agency released a report May 18 for public comment stating the temperatures of the Columbia and Lower Snake rivers do not meet Washington’s and Oregon’s water quality standards, which can be harmful to salmon. The report creates a temperature standard for the Lower Columbia and Lower Snake rivers in Washington and Oregon. The report states it is challenging to establish standards b...

WSU official submits declaration supporting lawsuit against DOE

Phil Weiler, WSU's Vice President for Marketing and Communications, wrote in an email that WSU is not a direct party in the lawsuit.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

June 8, 2020

A WSU official filed a declaration in support of the Washington state attorney general’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education.  Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s lawsuit states the department’s decision to withhold critical aid from thousands of Washington college students...

Whitman County libraries take different approach to summer programs 

Children, teenagers and adults can win a grand prize for completing the Whitman County Library summer reading program.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

June 8, 2020

While Whitman County Library had planned to offer many programs this summer, those events had to be put on the back burner, said Sheri Miller, associate director and youth services manager of Whitman County Library. Sarah Phelan-Blamires, WCL public services librarian, said she hosts trivia night a...

Interim chair’s past experience influences path to horticulture

Amit Dhingra, interim chair for the horticulture department, began his two-year term as chair June 1.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

June 8, 2020

Amit Dhingra was recently named interim chair for the horticulture department.  His two-year term started on June 1. He has served as a horticulture professor at WSU since 2006. Growing up in New Delhi, India, Dhingra said he had an interest in farming but did not know much about the topic. His...

WSU Athletics reduces spending in effort to maintain budget recovery

Matt Kleffner, WSU Athletics chief financial officer, said their main priority is to keep the student-athlete experience the same.

LUKE HUDSON, Evergreen reporter

June 8, 2020

The WSU Athletics Department is expecting a drop in revenue due to COVID-19. It will reduce spending this year to maintain its financial recovery plan. Matt Kleffner, WSU Athletics chief financial officer, said the department expects lower revenue from ticket sales, donations and concessions. A...

Latah County libraries provides summer reading, virtual performances

Latah County residents can participate in virtual performances, as well as check out summer reading titles chosen by library staff.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

June 8, 2020

Residents of Latah County can get their fill of reading, crafts and virtual performances this summer through the Latah County Library District. LCLD is offering a Neighborhood Reads program with the theme, “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” inspired by Mr. Rogers, LCLD Outreach Special...

Whitman County receives six positive COVID-19 cases

Whitman County receives six positive COVID-19 cases

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen news editor

June 7, 2020

Six new people have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Sunday, bringing the total to 26 positive cases in Whitman County.  All six patients are stable and isolating at home, according to a news release from the Whitman County Emergency Operations Center.  The county’s COVID-19 risk has mov...

‘We’re tired of being silent’

Demonstrators kneel for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, which was how long former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin pinned down George Floyd's neck.

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen news editor

June 5, 2020

Editor's note: Some sources asked to go under a pseudonym to protect themselves from retaliation.  A crowd repeated the phrase, “I can’t breathe,” after the name of each Black person killed by police was read out into a microphone. The second after each name was read — before the crowd respo...

Local hospital to seek public input before expanding its district

Rueben Mayes, Pullman Regional Hospital chief development officer, said the COVID-19 fund started March 24 to help pay for the hospital’s equipment, operations and supplies.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

June 5, 2020

Pullman Regional Hospital has put on pause the consideration of enlarging its tax base by expanding its district boundaries.  PRH Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday evening to accept the strategic planning committee’s recommendation of engaging in a public involvement process before deciding on the exp...

Researchers study how often household pets contract COVID-19

Household pets like dogs, cats, hamsters and ferrets are being tested for COVID-19. In order to be tested, the animals have to be from a household where at least one person has tested positive for the virus.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 5, 2020

WSU researchers, in cooperation with University of Washington's Center for One Health Research, are studying how often household pets can contract COVID-19.  Katie Kuehl, veterinarian and shelter medicine clinical instructor in WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, said researchers are testing dogs, cats, hamsters and ferrets in households where at least ...

WSU’s Bear Center builds new cave

There are 11 bears at WSU's Bear Center. They were given a new cave, which researchers say will be used as hibernation approaches.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 5, 2020

The 11 bears currently living at WSU’s Bear Center have a new cave to explore in their outdoor yard. The cave is made out of a 10-foot-long culvert, or round metal tunnel, that has been compressed to make it flat on the top and bottom so it is more comfortable for the bears to lay in, said Faci...

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