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Nation’s decision makers learn about WSU strengths

Washington State University research will make the most of its time to shine in the national spotlight next week, as university representatives host a reception in Washington, D.C., and deliver federal requests to the state’s congressional delegation.“The purpose of the Feb. 24 reception is to communicate with those who influence opinions of many in D.C. about the significance that WSU research and scholarship have on the nation,” said Jim Petersen, vice provost for research. Those confirming plans to attend include lawmakers and corporate and federal agency representatives. Those attending will learn more about WSU research programs in which the federal government has significant interest, Petersen … » More …

Leading mad cow test developed in Pullman

It’s almost like a secret around the Palouse — not only was the nation’s first case of mad cow disease confirmed in a Washington State cow, but the test used to diagnose it is also produced in the region — in Pullman to be exact.Long before the holstein on the southeast Washington farm caused an international uproar last December, researchers at Washington State University had been diligently working on ways to better diagnose and understand the devastation caused by transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), a group of prion-induced diseases including bovine spongiform encephalopathy — BSE or mad cow disease. A prion is a protein particle similar … » More …

Spokane spinoff gets $6.5M

Washington State University recently announced the extension of its internationally recognized Institute for Shock Physics to Spokane.U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt joined university leaders and a Navy representative in Spokane on Jan. 30 to announce $6.5 million in grant funds from the Office of Naval Research. The money was set aside by Nethercutt in the 2004 defense budget.The money will support research to be conducted through the new Applied Sciences Laboratory, with operations in Spokane and Pullman. “Today demonstrates the power of a research university’s mission,” said WSU Provost Robert C. Bates. “Our faculty create knowledge the entire world values, right here in Washington and right … » More …

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 …