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Winter 2023

Top 10 stories for 2023

2023 was a busy year. Master Gardeners turned 50. The Pac-12 imploded. The editors of Washington State Magazine published a book. As the year comes to a close, here’s a look back at Washington State Magazine’s top 10 stories of 2023, in order of most-viewed according to Google Analytics.

From the president (Winter 2023) President Kirk Schultz discussed the impact of all schools save for WSU and Oregon State University pulling out of the Pac-12 in his letter to readers.
AI for wildlife conservation (Spring 2023) AI wrote this story about the implications of AI for wildlife conservation with a little … » More …

Winter 2022

In praise of simple things

In a world that’s beset with huge changes, it is sometimes hard to appreciate small things.

Consider the mouse-ear cress, Arabidopsis thaliana, which grows by roads and sidewalks. Not much to see, the little weed has a very small genome and in 2000 was the first plant to be completely sequenced. Its very simplicity has made Arabidopsis a powerful research tool for plant scientists at Washington State University and around the world.

WSU scientists have used it to identify a gene that allows the elimination of trans fats from many cooking oils and fats, find ways to help plants adapt to climate change, and investigate many other … » More …

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Spring 2021

What to read: Offerings from WSU Press

Here’s a round-up of reading recommendations featuring 11 titles curated by the staff at WSU Press.

Be Brave, Tah-hy!: The Journey of Chief Joseph’s Daughter by Jack R. Williams with illustrations by Jo Proferes (2012). Exquisitely illustrated and rich with depictions of Nimiipuu Dreamer culture, Tah-hy’s young voice narrates this novel about the harrowing 1877 flight of the Nez Perce.

Edge of Tomorrow: An Arctic Year by Sam Wright (1998). Living in a hand-built, 12-foot-by-12-foot cabin in the Brooks Range of Alaska 100 miles inside the Arctic Circle, Wright records his experiences and thoughts through seasonal changes, as he and his wife spend … » More …