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WSU funding programs emphasize university research

The WSU Office of Research is providing research-related funding in response to the WSU Strategic Plan’s emphasis on enhancing university research. Three funding programs will allow researchers to branch out in their research ventures, including:*The WSU Technology Gap Fund Program focuses on furthering the development of WSU innovations with commercial potential, but may need additional research or prototype development before acquiring licensing or a company start. The Office of Research, through the Office of Intellectual Property Administration, will be soliciting proposals for qualified projects. The pre-proposal deadline is Monday, Oct. 31. Solicitations may be accessed at http://www.wsu.edu/~oipa/Technology%20Gap%20Fund%20Program%20Announcement%202005.pdf*The WSU Office of Research is also soliciting … » More …

Growth research highlighted in Nature

Waist-high corn stalks laden with full-size ears; squash plants that don’t sprawl over half your yard; a miniature tomato plant offering hefty red fruits to astronauts weary of freeze-dried food: these are just a few of the possibilities raised by new research at Washington State University. Lead investigator B.W. (Joe) Poovaiah and research associate Liqun Du have discovered a way to control the ultimate size of a plant. By altering a specific gene, they were able to change the size of the plant that grew from an experimental seed. Different alterations led to different size plants, showing that plants might be “size-engineered” to fit the … » More …

Seed companies contribute to revitalize research center

Hideo Takahashi first came to the Skagit Valley more than a quarter century ago to be an intern at the Alf Christianson Seed Co.As a young employee of Sakata Seed, he spent a year in the Mount Vernon area working on a joint venture breeding project for spinach in the Asian market with Alf Christianson Seed. He improved his English skills and gained a better understanding of the American seed industry.Takahashi moved on to work at Sakata Seed America in California and rose through the ranks to become president of the nearly 100-year-old, international corporation in 2000.In 2002, Alf Christianson Seed Co. became a subsidiary … » More …

WSU air quality research and outreach featured

The first program of the new season of Extension Engaged will take place 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept 23. Those wishing to be part of the studio audience will meet by 9:15 a.m. in Food Science and Human Nutrition T-101. For information on viewing via satellite or videostream, go to http://caheinfo.wsu.edu/video/satellite.html. The program will look at WSU’s research and outreach in the area of air quality and will focus on work being conducted by the Columbia Plateau PM-10 project and the Northwest Airquest Consortium. Guests will include: • Brian Lamb, Regents Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering and Architecture. • Joe Vaughan, … » More …

Watermelon in western Washington

They have names like Baby Doll, Belle, Jubilee, Tiger Baby and Melitopolski.  Their fruit may be the traditional red, or they may be pink, yellow or orange.  They are varieties of icebox watermelon that are being field tested at Washington State University’s Vancouver Research and Extension Unit as a potential crop for Western Washington farmers.Next Wednesday the WSU Vancouver REU will offer not only the results of its latest field trials on more than 100 varieties of icebox watermelon but also the opportunity to taste some of them.The annual icebox watermelon field day will be held from 2 – 4 pm, Wednesday Aug. 31, at … » More …

Research team rewriting book on photosynthesis

PULLMAN — Toss out that old biology book you were hanging onto for reference. The chapter on photosynthesis is about to be rewritten, thanks to work by David Kramer and his research team at Washington State University’s Institute of Biological Chemistry.Using instruments they designed and built themselves, Kramer and his group have discovered that plants adjust their light intake to match their metabolic needs by regulating the level of protons within sealed chambers in the chloroplasts.Traditionally, plant physiologists have focused on the role of electrons in photosynthesis. Kramer’s lab has changed the field by looking at what’s happening with the protons inside chloroplasts in intact … » More …

Prof’s research featured in Scientific American magazine

PULLMAN — The work of Washington State University anthropology professor Timothy A. Kohler will be highlighted in the July 2005 issue of Scientific American magazine. Utilizing grants from the National Science Foundation, Kohler is principal investigator of a project that is helping to create new understanding about settlement system changes in the U.S. Southwest between A.D. 600 and 1300.“I think what is especially interesting to the scientific community,” Kohler said, “is that our research combines traditional archaeological methods with high-tech tools, including computer modeling and imaging. We are finding that our simulations, using new agent-based modeling tools, help us to put the results of traditional archaeology … » More …

Mount Vernon research groundbreaking slated

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — The public is invited to join the festivities at the groundbreaking for the new agricultural research and technologyfacilities at Washington State University’s Mount Vernon Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center.The groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Wednesday, June 1, at 10:30 am on the grounds of the NWREC, 16656 SR 536 (old MemorialHighway), Mount Vernon.  A reception will follow the ceremony, featuring displays of the center’s history of supporting agriculture.Local supporters who have nurtured and contributed to the project to modernize and expand the aging research facility and broaden its mission will be recognized during the event.Participants in the ceremony will … » More …

WSU physicist Tomsovic awarded Fellowship

Steven Tomsovic, professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Washington State University, has been offered the 2006-2007 Martin-Gutzwiller Fellowship by the Max-Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems.  The fellowship provides a stipend that will allow Tomsovic to spend a year conducting research at the institute in Dresden, Germany. It also includes funding for a doctoral or postdoctoral fellow to accompany him.  Tomsovic is noted for his theoretical physics research in the area of quantum chaos, the study of the underlying role of complex particle motions in the wave-like behavior found in the microscopic world. His work has covered quantum … » More …

Undergrad research demand doubles

The concept of providing top-level science research experience to Washington State University undergraduate students comes down to one thing — giving them the opportunity to work in a laboratory. That in turn is an issue of time, space and money. Three years ago, WSU adopted its 2002-2007 Strategic Plan, committing itself to building a nationally recognized academic program for undergraduates at a research university — one that offers face-to-face mentoring with recognized researchers (see http://provost.wsu.edu/strategic_plan/documents/OfficeofResearch.pdf). Since then, undergraduate research programs have been expanding to the limits of their funding and resources. Several colleges and units on campus have “made a commitment to provide the … » More …