WSU News

WSU medical college notified of upcoming accreditation visit

By Doug Nadvornick, College of Medicine

Tomkowiak-80SPOKANE, Wash. – The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has been granted “candidate” status by its accrediting agency, which will send representatives to visit Washington State University Spokane this spring or summer. » More …

WSU physicists contribute to gravitational waves finding

PULLMAN, Wash. – For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of space-time called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos. » More …

Wine and chocolate, with tannins as cupid

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

red-winePROSSER, Wash. – Wine and chocolate go together at Valentine’s Day like hearts and arrows. And it turns out the two icons of romance share some scientific similarities. » More …

Researchers see ‘helpful’ protein causing cancer

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Steven-RobertsPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have determined how a protein that helps cells fight viruses can also cause genetic mutations that lead to cancer. » More …

Genetic mechanism found for fish adaptations to pollution

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Kelley-J-2013-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A Washington State University biologist has found the genetic mechanism that lets a fish live in toxic, acidic water. The discovery opens new insights into the functioning of other “extremophiles” and how they adapt to their challenging environments. » More …

Ask Dr. Universe: Are people getting lazier?

Dr-Universe-230PULLMAN, Wash. – We cats have a reputation for being lazy. We sleep a lot. But the truth is when I got your question, I didn’t know much about laziness. So, I decided to talk about it with a couple of psychologists here at Washington State University. » More …