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Ohio State University soil professor gets World Food Prize

DES MOINES, Iowa – A soil scientist whose research led to improved food production and a better understanding of how atmospheric carbon can be held in the soil to help combat climate change was named this year’s recipient of the World Food Prize on Thursday.

Prosecutors drop obstruction charge against Eastern Washington student involved in November protest

Maya Caruth, 26, was arrested on Nov. 7 after crossing a “safety zone” that separated hundreds of student protesters from three religious activists who had arrived on campus with signs and a portable speaker, preaching in derogatory terms about LGBTQ people. Police said Caruth was uncooperative and refused to return to the student group. Her attorney has argued she was trying to broker peace between the two sides.

EWU notifying 400 employees of potential layoffs, furloughs

EWU President Mary Cullinan said Monday she has asked the board of trustees to declare a “severe financial crisis” as the school faces 15% cuts in state funding, declining enrollment and losses in revenue from housing, dining and other campus services.

EWU set to declare ‘severe financial crisis’ due to COVID-19

In a presentation to the board of trustees on Friday, Mary Voves, EWU’s vice president for business and finance, said the university could lose more than $12 million in state funding and more than $24 million from tuition and other sources.

Higher education

Colleges and universities across the country are offering cannabis-related courses and degree programs in science, business, medicine and law.

Washington colleges brace for potential 15% cut in state funding

Washington’s public colleges and universities, already taking financial hits from the COVID-19 pandemic, may have to contend with a 15% reduction in state funding in the next fiscal year – a move that could cost jobs and academic programs.

WSU Nursing College instructor Janessa Graves inspires next generation of nurses, without being one herself

For the past three years, Graves has served as a fellow at WSU’s Honors College, allowing her to work with students in the nursing program with an eye toward clinical research. Graves is quick to point out that she’s not a registered nurse (her background is in environmental biology), but over the past several years she’s worked with students preparing to treat patients and introduced them to the importance of scientific literature in a profession that’s demanding more academic knowledge from its front-line workers.

With virus, US higher education may face existential moment

When Jamie Bolker started teaching composition at MacMurray College in January, she felt she’d won the lottery. After sending out more than 140 resumes, she had a tenure-track position in English. Last month, though, Bolker delivered a dire Twitter announcement: “Welp. MacMurray College is permanently closing … They were already on the edge and coronavirus was the final nail.”

Idaho student leaders denounce anti-transgender laws

“These bills have no constitutional or scientific basis and are negatively targeting a community that already faces a host of hurdles and discrimination based on who they are,” the students wrote. “The bills are unnecessary, potentially expensive, and may produce various legal repercussions.”

Washington, Idaho colleges to receive $281 million from federal stimulus package

At least half of that money will go directly to students in the form of emergency grants to help with tuition, child care, technology and other needs. Schools will have some discretion in how they spend the rest, although officials at several Eastern Washington institutions say they’re awaiting clarification from the U.S. Department of Education on what kinds of expenditures will be permitted.

Whitworth University postpones graduation ceremony until October

Graduation events previously scheduled for May now will take place during Whitworth’s Homecoming Weekend, which begins Oct. 9. Graduating students still will receive their degrees next month, the university said in a news release Wednesday.