005 Bruya-Wood Undergraduate Research Conference

Twice a year, undergraduates earning a kinesiology degree from Washington State University have the opportunity to take part in the Bruya-Wood Undergraduate Research Conference. We talked with instructor Kim Holmstrom, who is a co-chair of the conference.

004 Learning how kids neurocognitively learn

Dr. Richard Lamb is an assistant professor of science education technology. He’s also the director of Washington State University’s Neurocognition Science Lab and Data Center. He explains what that means and why it matters. It could make a huge difference in better understanding how kids learn, especially kids with disabilities.

003 Faculty Research Writing Retreat

Every year, new WSU College of Education faculty members take part in an intensive retreat to improve their writing skills for research articles and grant proposals.

The college’s annual retreat also provides opportunities for creating community and motivating career progress.

Only a few large, public universities in the country have colleges that offer such writing programs.

“Writing well, often and fluidly is central to a faculty member’s life at a research university such as WSU,” says co-facilitator and distinguished professor A.G. Rud. “For a faculty member to be successful here they must write. This college seeks to be known for its research.”

The college’s dean Mike Trevisan said feedback from faculty has been good for both years of the retreat.

“Last year, faculty mentioned the open times for working on manuscripts and time to explore collaborations as most important,” he said. “This year’s participants mentioned the grant proposal development training and time to explore collaborations.”

While it will be difficult to improve on three successes, he said the college will continue to tailor the workshop to the unique needs of the faculty participants.

The group stays at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory guesthouse on the WSU Tri-Cities campus. A retreat is the best way to maximize faculty time, Rud says.

“The time away from daily activities and distractions in order to focus is invaluable,” he says.

001 Native Americans and PTSD

While post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has devastating effects on 5-17 percent of U.S. military veterans, those veterans who are Native American suffer PTSD at a much higher clip. One counseling psychology Ph.D. student (and Native American veteran) at Washington State University’s College of Education shares his research on the subject.