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People feel less boredom as pandemic continues, study finds

If someone cannot engage with their environment in a way that satisfies them, they are more likely to experience a sense of boredom.
ALEXANDRIA OSBORNE, Evergreen reporter November 20, 2020

Researchers found that people experienced more boredom at the beginning of the pandemic, but as restrictions continue, people have become adept at finding something to occupy their time. After states...

WSU creates new faculty position to research potato production, health

The new chair will research how farmers can protect potatoes from soil pathogens, said Scot Hulbert, associate dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences Office of Research.
BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter November 20, 2020

After receiving a $3 million endowment from members of the potato industry, WSU created a new endowed chair position to lead research on potato production and soil health. The individual chosen as the...

WSU to test students arriving on campus, increase housing next semester

Students living on campus, athletes and employees will have to be tested upon arrival in Pullman.
TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter November 19, 2020

WSU officials discussed plans for spring semester COVID-19 testing, housing availability, spring classes and COVID-19 research at a town hall Nov. 18. Spring semester The university will implement...

Economic worries, state policies affect workers complying with COVID-19 guidelines

Researchers found that people who work in states with fewer COVID-19 restrictions take fewer safety precautions than workers who live in states with more restrictions.
BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter November 17, 2020

WSU researchers found that workers are less likely to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 prevention guidelines if they are facing job and financial insecurity. Workers...

In-person sporting events could increase COVID-19 transmission

In-person sporting events can bring large numbers of people to travel to town to watch them, which is a concern with COVID-19.
EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter November 13, 2020

WSU researchers are using mathematical modeling to understand the spread of COVID-19 associated with in-person college sporting events, which can be high-risk even if the virus is well controlled within...

Misinformation found on social media impacts whether people get vaccinated

Social media does not create disinformation but it does make it spread more quickly, said Porismita Borah, associate professor for the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.
SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter November 6, 2020

Whether people get a vaccine heavily relies on trusted local sources and mainstream media messaging, according to WSU researchers who collected national survey data about vaccine adoption attitudes during...

Panel to discuss how syllabi impact academic success of first-generation students

Amy Nusbaum, assistant professor at Heritage University, said she, Anna Plemons and Samantha Swindell coauthored “Kindness at First Sight: The Role of Syllabi in Impression Formation.
LEIANNA KUNZ, Evergreen reporter November 4, 2020

Most first-generation students have to navigate college on their own and sometimes universities are not prepared to deal with their specific needs.  Amy Nusbaum, assistant professor at Heritage University,...

Increasing sleep may reduce fear-associated memories from trauma

A WSU researcher tested the effects sleep has on rats that are exposed to trauma.
MICHELLE PAREDES STRONG, Evergreen reporter November 4, 2020

In a new study, researchers looking to ease the adverse effects after trauma used a light technique to manipulate sleep-promoting neurons in rat brains, which in return, eases adverse effects after trauma. The...

Undecided voters had few responses to presidential debates, study shows

It is difficult to say who will win the presidential election because of the low emotional response from undecided voters. The winner will depend on which candidate made a subconscious impact on undecided voters.
BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter October 29, 2020

A study found that voters supporting President Donald Trump had stronger emotional responses to the presidential debates than undecided voters and supporters of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Trump...

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 25, 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...

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 19, 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...

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 13, 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...

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