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Need for a better microscope prompts launch of a startup

By WIll Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University physicist Matthew McCluskey wasn’t trying to invent the next generation of material characterization microscopes, but when he couldn’t get the results he wanted from the best on the market, he improvised. » More …

Physicists to do super-cool research in space

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

Engels-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University and NASA scientists are set to begin an investigation into the strange world of quantum physics on the International Space Station. » More …

Institute promotes nuclear science research, collaboration

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

Aurora-ClarkPULLMAN, Wash. – The new Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology (INST) will bring together diverse scientists and researchers at Washington State University to address global challenges in security, human health, energy and environmental quality. » More …

Bose-Einstein pioneer Peter Engels elected APS fellow

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

Engels-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Peter Engels, professor of physics and astronomy, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in recognition of his pioneering work studying Bose-Einstein condensates – clouds of atoms laser-cooled to the point where they behave like one wave instead of discrete particles. » More …

Oct. 17: Research role in nuclear nonproliferation program

By Alyssa Patrick, Office of Research

PULLMAN, Wash. – The role of university research in national security will be discussed by the deputy administrator for defense nuclear nonproliferation for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in the Goertzen Hall atrium at Washington State University. » More …

Sept. 28-Oct. 1: Hanford artifacts, national park celebrated

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – Historical Hanford Site artifacts will be part of a free, public exhibit and open house this week at Washington State University Tri-Cities in conjunction with a fundraising and centennial celebration night with the National Park Service. » More …

Finding could improve nuclear reactors, detectors

plutonium-from-pnnlRICHLAND, Wash. – A Washington State University physics instructor and undergraduate have taken part in a study aimed at getting a better understanding of plutonium, a complex element with far-ranging applications in the fields of energy, security and the environment. » More …

Sept. 7: International partnerships for a knowledge economy

Rajagopala-ChidambaramPULLMAN, Wash. – India’s leading scientific advisor will discuss his country’s growing role in the international research and higher education communities at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Bryan Hall at Washington State University. A reception will follow the free, public Creighton Distinguished Lecture. » More …