A silent slow burn consumes thousands of acres of Washington State every year and the tribal lands are no exception to this burn. This burn isn’t caused by a wildfire and doesn’t produce any visible smoke. It’s the encroachment of invasive species as they slowly consume native and beneficial vegetation.
Tribes in the Pacific Northwest rely heavily upon natural resources for income generation and sustaining a way of life. There are significant wildlife, agriculture, and rangeland impacts to the Tribal lands.
(The video below was produced by Nathan Moses-Gonzales, M3 Consulting Group.)
Read about Native prescribed fire practices.
Former Coug and NBA basketball star James Donaldson (’79 Socio.) faced a lot of adversity over the last decade. He has turned his struggles with mental health into a new purpose: helping others through sharing his experiences.
Video: Eric Johnson (’84 Comm.) interviews Donaldson for Eric’s Heroes on Seattle’s KOMO-TV
Your Gift of Life: Donaldson’s nonprofit to increase awareness of mental health
Read more about Donaldson’s journey back in “Standing tall.”
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Watch the the bears at the Washington State University Bear Research, Education, and Conservation Center, a one-of-a-kind facility providing information and understanding for bear conservation.
The bears also provide invaluable insight into human health because of their ability to regulate insulin and avoid muscle atrophy during hibernation.
Watch the bears at the WSU Bear Center:
Bear Conservation and Research
Bears digging a den
October enrichment for the bears
A key to human heart disease could lie with hibernating grizzly bears
More photos and videos of the grizzlies at the WSU Bear Center
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Eye-controlled wheelchairs and other devices can help people with neurodegenerative diseases, such as ALS, communicate and connect.
Watch how engineer Jon Campbell (’03 Comp. Sci. & Comp. Eng., ’05 MS Comp. Sci.) and the Microsoft Research Enable Team are developing eye control technology.
Read more about Campbell and eye-control technology.
In this artist’s talk from the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU, Tokyo-born, Seattle-based artist Etsuko Ichikawa discusses the creative motivations and processes that brought about Etsuko Ichikawa: Broken Poems of Fireflies, an immersive installation commissioned by the museum.
A moderated Q&A follows the talk.
A longtime motorcycle enthusiast, Pedro Castro (’92, MS Arch.), owner of Magellan Architects in Redmond—who calls himself Magellan’s “Chief Explorer Officer”— enjoys planning long rides.
He recently rode from Tijuana through Baja California with his sons, Lucas and Peter, a videographer who documented the adventure in a YouTube series.
Watch the first six episodes here, and read about Castro’s support of women and underrepresented architects.
Baja Bound Day 1: Adios Amigos
Baja Bound Day 2: Ensenadaway
Baja Bound Day 3: Mike’s Sky Rancho
Baja Bound Day 4: Nada
Baja Bound Day 5: Coco’s Corner
Baja Bound Day 6: Otro Lado
Conductor Danh Pham, an associate music professor at Washington State University, brings joy and wonder as he directs various musical pieces.
Read more about Danh Pham’s work to introduce diverse and underrepresented composers.
Conducting the WSU Symphony Orchestra at The Fox [Theater in Spokane], 2019
Conducting Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin
Washington State University Symphony Orchestra, 2016
Conducting the Erhu Concerto “Jinghua’s Dream” (Mvt. 4 – Winter) by Guan Naizhong
Guang Xi Symphony Orchestra
Conducting the Clarinet Concerto (Mvt. I – Giocoso) by Philip Sparke
Seogwipo Philharmonic Wind Orchestra
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The Fallen Cougars Project memorializes soldiers and others with ties to Washington State University who gave their lives for the nation during World War II. It is a collaborative effort of WSU Department of History students and faculty.
Read more about Fallen Cougars
A remastered version (with higher resolution historical footage) is available on YouTube here.
Glenn Johnson has been the Voice of the Cougs for 40 years. Listen to a few highlights below.
Glenn Johnson leads a 1980 Cougar Electronic Journal celebrating WSU’s 90th anniversary:
A short 2012 tribute to Glenn Johnson from Murrow College: