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12 companies awarded $657,000 for research

12 companies awarded more than $657,000 in funding Washington Technology Center’s Research & Technology Development (RTD) grants program awards more than $1 million annually to university researchers teamed with technology companies on projects that show potential for commercial success.  Twelve Washington companies received awards totalling more than $657,000 in the most recent round of funding. These recipients represent businesses all across Washington, east to west and north to south, with research support provided by three of the state’s major academic institutions: University of Washington, Washington State University and Central Washington University. Five of the 12 grants involve WSU research projects.  Below are short summaries of … » More …

Researchers, entrepreneurs can apply now for 2005 grants

The Washington Technology Center is now accepting applications for its spring round of research funding awards. WTC’s Research and Technology Development (RTD) awards are designed to help integrate new technologies into Washington business operations.   Companies that team with researchers from academic institutions or research centers can receive up to $240,000 in financial support for collaborative research projects. WTC invests more than $1 million annually on behalf of the state towards technology projects with strong commercial potential through this grants program.   Winning an RTD grant could help companies fund critical research to accelerate to-market delivery of an innovative technology or next-generation product release. It … » More …

WSU Press releases new Lewis and Clark book

What is a cataplasm, and what do you do with one?Would you be insulted if someone called you argillaceous?What does it mean when a canoe flacks?These are all words that were familiar to Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, and were penned by expedition members in their notes, but are less commonly used and understood today.As the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition draws near, Washington State University Press is pleased to announce a new title that will serve as one of the few lexical resources available for the Corps of Discovery journals: “Lewis and Clark: Lexicon of Discovery,” by Alan H. Hartley.“The journals are … » More …

Effective diet has no magic pill

Diet. How’s that for a four-letter word, especially this time of year? The jolly season has been packed away with the tinsel and party hats. Suddenly, ‘tis the season to lose a few pounds.Low carb? Low fat? No flour? No sugar? What’s a body to do?We turned to WSU’s own informal “Food Intake and Obesity Group” in the Department of Veterinary, Comparative Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology for answers.Well, they said, it isn’t easy. And ultimately, the best answer right now is an eight-letter word: exercise.Okay, you didn’t need a Ph.D. to figure that out. But, you probably do need a Ph.D., and years of research, … » More …

Research Symposium set for Dec. 2

Students from 23 Washington State University Freshman Seminars will present their research findings during the Freshman Seminar Research Symposium from noon to 5:00 p.m. on Dec. 2 in the Compton Union Building. Students will present fair-style in rooms 123-127 and formal presentations will take place in rooms 212-216.The researchers worked with undergraduate and graduate students as well as teaching and library faculty to produce their multimedia projects. In 2001, the Freshman Seminar Program was awarded the Commission for Academic Support in Higher Education Exemplary Programs Award as well as the American College Personal Association Excellent Student Program Award. The program was nominated for recognition by … » More …

Role of microorganisms studied in moving, cleaning sediment

Brent Peyton and Rajesh Sani, researchers in the Center for Multiphase Environmental Research, received a 4-year, $1.2 million grant for a project to characterize indigenous microorganisms in the metal-contaminated sediments of Lake Coeur d’Alene and to analyze their role in the transport of metals through the environment. The work, sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Biocomplexity Program, could someday be used to better predict metal transport processes in contaminated sediments and improve bioremediation strategies. A long history of mining in the Northwest has led to high levels of heavy metals in the sediments of some area lakes and rivers. However, microorganisms that live in these … » More …

Academic structure considered

Provost Robert Bates, during a recent dialogue, highlighted the development of an academic plan that works in conjunction with the university’s strategic plan. The academic plan will:• Identify selective areas of emphasis and build upon them. • Improve the quality of WSU’s core academic programs and focus on high priority academic majors and degrees to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. • Evaluate the feasibility of organizing related disciplines and functions into common academic or administrative units that would be more visible at the national and international level. • Establish benchmarks aligned with four strategic areas. These four areas are: the undergraduate experience, the graduate experience, social impact and … » More …

Scientists find it all in Spokane

Excelling in one area would be enough of an accomplishment, but Lisa Shaffer and Bassem Bejjani are excelling in three: basic research, clinical work and a startup company on the side.And the beauty of it is, they are doing it at WSU Spokane. Two years ago they were tenured faculty members at Baylor Medical College in Houston, home of one of the most prestigious and highly-funded genetic research programs in the country. They knew their work environment was top-tier and their research was flourishing. What they didn’t know was whether they could trade up in quality of life issues and still maintain their pioneering research … » More …

WSU fetes 63 of its world class inventors

Washington State University will celebrate its world class inventors –— researchers whose cutting-edge discoveries have led to the creation of 887 protected patents — during a Friday, Sept. 17, address and reception.Open to the public, the celebration will include an address by Arden L. Bement Jr., National Science Foundation acting director. It will be held at 2:10 p.m. in the new addition to the Murrow Communications Center, Room 21. The title of his address is “Science Connects: How Discovery Drives Our Global Future.” A program and reception honoring some 63 inventors will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Smith Center for Undergraduate Education, Room 518. WSU President V. … » More …