The ROAR (Responsibility, Opportunity, Advocacy, and Respect) program is launching this fall, offering college
education to young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Brenda Barrio, assistant professor in the College of Education, is the program’s cofounder and
interim director. She and her staff will offer workshops, specialized training seminars, career development, and on‑campus living to empower students to become
self‑determined, independent adults.
A team of researchers from WSU are working to find solutions to frequent outbreaks of foot and mouth disease
among rural household cattle in East Africa. Thomas Marsh and Umesh Bastola from the School of Economic Sciences and the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, and
Felix Lankester from WSU Global Health Tanzania are working with colleagues from the University of Glasgow and Tanzanian collaborators to present findings that show FMD
outbreaks are limited to specific virus types that are spread through the domestic cattle population.
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences graduate student Yadira Pérez‑Páramo was recognized by
several international research organizations for her work with Boeing Distinguished Professor Philip Lazarus on how genetics effect the body’s reactions to and removal
of nicotine. Pérez‑Pádamo received travel awards from both the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and Nasa Astrobiology.