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High school students win big at sustainability challenge

ImagineTomorrow logoBy Tina Hilding,  Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

PULLMAN – More than $40,000 in cash prizes was awarded to high school teams from Washington and Idaho at the recent Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow Competition. » More …

Health of amphibians in oil sand fields area assessed

wood frogBy Will Ferguson, WSU College of Arts and Science

The impact of pollutants from the world’s largest oil sand field on the health of amphibians marks the focus of a team of research biologists from Washington State University and Canada. » More …

Photographing the elusive, endangered lynx

lynx in wild - wsu researchBy Will Ferguson, College of Arts and Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Deep in the forests of Washington’s Kettle Mountains, Washington State University wildlife biologist Daniel Thornton searches for signs of a rare and elusive type of wild cat — the lynx. » More …

April 10: Disease control in reused wastewater

PULLMAN, Wash. – A warming world climate is expected to increase the need for successful recycling of wastewater for human use and irrigation. Controlling disease-causing viruses in this water will be discussed at 4:10 p.m. Monday, April 10, in PACCAR 202 at Washington State University. » More …

Award-winning apparel prof fosters sustainable industry

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Whether it’s exploring ways to “upcycle” cotton waste into valuable fibers or promoting adoption of biodegradable plastic mulch for farmers, Ting Chi is leading the way to a sustainable future for the textile and apparel industry. » More …

Researchers find new clues for nuclear waste cleanup

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – A Washington State University study of the chemistry of technetium-99 has improved understanding of the challenging nuclear waste and could lead to better cleanup methods. » More …

African roots inspire professor’s varied water research

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – After growing up in drought-afflicted Ethiopia, Yonas Demissie values water. His research to manage the life-sustaining resource reaches from the U.S. military to the Nile River basin, from Washington’s Hanford nuclear site to biofuels crops and the Gulf of Mexico. » More …

WSU research highlights deforestation threat to jaguars

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Accelerating deforestation of jaguar habitat, especially in corridors connecting conservation areas, threatens the long-term survival of the iconic predator, according to new research by Dan Thornton, an assistant professor in the Washington State University School of the Environment. » More …