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Research nets $400,000 for companies, universities

SEATTLE, Wash. — The Washington Technology Center awarded more than $400,000 in funding support to nine companies across the state to help support its research and development programs. Three of those involve Washington State University research efforts.Each year through its Research and Technology Development program, WTC awards more than $1 million to joint-research projects between university researchers and companies in Washington. This round of diverse projects supports advances in ceramic heating elements, the remote operation of unmanned aerial vehicles, radiographic imaging, environmentally-friendly plastic disposable food packaging, scanned beam displays, a diagnosis of bovine tuberculosis, composting from waste materials, ultrasonic power toothbrushes and drying fruit for … » More …

Research explores anti-DUI messages

Three health communication researchers in the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication are hoping to break new ground in the war on teenage drinking and driving, an issue the National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine call a “largely invisible public health epidemic.”The research by professors Bruce E. Pinkleton, Erica Weintraub Austin and Paul Bolls is made possible through a recent grant from the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation. The ABMRF describes itself as the largest independent, nonprofit foundation in North America devoted solely to supporting research on the effects of alcohol on health and behavior and the prevention of alcohol-related problems. With funding … » More …

Early indicators, verdict on Mission to DC

A year ago, James Petersen, then interim vice provost for research, began a program called Mission to DC — Washington, D.C. that is. Today, Petersen — a quiet, innovative, forceful, no-nonsense administrator — is officially the vice provost for research. The question is, what has Mission to DC accomplished and will it keep going? The thrust of the project is to take teams of WSU research faculty to the nation’s capital and have them meet with program managers from federal research agencies, foundations and corporations in the D.C. area. While there, they also meet with representatives from Washington’s congressional delegation. The goals are to increase … » More …

Research team lands $9.9M grant from NIH

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded $9.9 million to a team of Washington State University researchers seeking ways to protect the safety of the nation’s food and water supply.The long-standing interdisciplinary group will conduct research and develop products to rapidly identify, prevent and treat food and waterborne disease agents, such as E. coli, listeria and salmonella. The funding comes as a direct result of more than a decade of the WSU group’s productivity in food safety funded by a broad spectrum of public and private agencies. Recently, this support also included the Washington … » More …

Variety reflects university breadth

The new federal Department of Homeland Security needs the research WSU can offer but has yet to organize much in the way of funding. When more money becomes available, however, WSU plans to be ready.“We’re already working in this area,” said Candis Claiborn, associate dean for Research and Graduate Studies for the College of Engineering and Architecture and point person for a group of WSU leaders identifying projects and collaborations that might attract homeland security money. “There’s very little funding yet” specifically from the federal department, Claiborn said. “But many other funding agencies are redirecting some of their resources to homeland security.” Various WSU projects … » More …

Research helps arthritic dogs

Veterinary arthritis researchers in Washington State University’s teaching hospital have launched three concurrent studies and are looking for dogs in need of humane, noninvasive care for arthritis.In return, veterinarians from the Comparative Orthopedic Research Laboratory will pay owners up to $600 for volunteering their animals and will provide up to eight months of free pet food and medications.Arthritis, obesity and hipsWSU veterinarians are trying to determine the effects of obesity on arthritis in dogs with chronic hip dysplasia, a common condition in which the hip joints in animals and (humans) do not form properly. After years of use, the joint can develop a painful arthritis.In … » More …

Farming field day slated

The 2nd Direct Seed and Precision Farming Research Field Day will be Thursday, June 26, at Washington State University’s Cunningham Agronomy Farm located northeast of Pullman. The 140-acre farm is a new long-term research site, managed since 1999 under continuous direct seeding with field-scale equipment. Research is focused on developing direct-seed cropping systems and precision-agriculture technologies for a “typical” Palouse landscape. More than 20 scientists are involved in the research, which is guided by a 12-member advisory committee of growers, scientists and representatives from agribusiness and agencies. A 90-acre portion of the farm has been intensively grid-sampled at 370 sites referenced to global positioning satellites … » More …

Petersen to head research

James Petersen, interim vice provost for research, professor of chemical engineering and associate dean for research and graduate programs in the College of Engineering and Architecture, has been named the vice provost for research.”I am very pleased that Jim has agreed to serve as vice provost for research,” said Provost Robert Bates. “In a very short time, as interim vice provost, he has measurably advanced the research agenda for the university through strong support for research faculty, and the creation of new opportunities and development of a number of new programs that will support individual and collaborative research. His strong support for research, demonstrated success … » More …

Four candidates selected for vice provost of research

Four candidates have been selected from a field of applicants for the vice provost of research position. Finalists include:• Neil C. Olson, associate dean for research at North Carolina State University. Olson earned his bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree from University of Minnesota, and his Ph.D. in physiology from Michigan State University. Olson made his first on-campus appearance Jan. 18 – 19 for interviews and visitation. He gave his seminar and open presentation last Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Murrow 53 in Pullman, with live videostreaming.• Colin Guy Scanes, interim director of the Center for Designing Food to Improve Nutrition … » More …