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Daoud receives $250,000 for cancer research at WSU

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University breast cancer researcher Sayed Daoud is among those chosen this year for a $250,000 grant from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.The grant will allow Daoud to continue with cancer research he hopes will someday result in individual treatment therapy for women with a type of breast cancer that is difficult to treat.“This is a new approach with a very direct clinical application, which is why the Komen Foundation is excited about it,” Daoud said.Daoud’s grant was one of 174 awarded this year by the Komen Foundation to breast cancer researchers. The 2004 grants, which totaled more than … » More …

New chief studies everyday sleep needs

The new WSU-affiliated chief of sleep research briefly presented his vision for the work at a press conference in Spokane on Aug. 18. At the same event, it was announced that WSU sleep research received $3.5 million in federal funding, on top of appropriations of $1.5 million and $50,000 earlier received.Dr. Gregory Belenky, a colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and former director of neuroscience at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, recently was named to head the Spokane Alliance for Medical Research sleep research initiative. SAMR is a collaboration among private and state colleges and universities, medical health service and research centers … » More …

$647,000 awarded to support head injury research

The National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke has awarded a grant of more than $647,000 over four years to support a Washington State University Head Injury Research Program seeking ways to build on the cognitive mental abilities that remain intact following traumatic brain injuries. The project is being done in collaboration with St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane.The grant will support work led by Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, associate professor of psychology at WSU. Schmitter-Edgecombe is trying to understand what happens after a head injury in terms of cognitive brain functionsTraumatic brain injury is a public health concern that has ramifications not only for the injured … » More …

Neuroscience leader accepts top post in sleep research

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Spokane Alliance for Medical Research has selected Gregory Belenky, MD, to head its sleep research initiative. He is also being named a research professor at Washington State University, Spokane.Belenky currently holds the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, and serves as director of the Division of Neuroscience at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.Belenky will be introduced to the community Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2-3 p.m., in the Phase I Classroom Building, Washington State University Spokane, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd. He will give a brief presentation on his vision for developing the sleep research program in Spokane. Congressman George … » More …

WSU junior faculty awarded seed grants for research

The Washington State University Foundation has awarded 10 research grants totaling $100,000 through the 2004 WSU Foundation New Faculty Seed Grant competition. The WSU Office of Research provided an additional $50,000 to these projects.The WSU Foundation New Faculty Seed Grant Program was developed to encourage junior-level faculty to develop research, creative or scholarly programs that have a potential for extramural support. Research projects considered for the award fall into one of four general categories — arts/humanities, biological/health sciences, engineering/physical sciences and social sciences. This year’s recipients were chosen from 51 applicants and featured a range of topics, including nanostructured ceramic sensors, professional development of science … » More …

Researchers receive funding from technology center

SEATTLE —  From contamination detection to cattle waste, semiconductors to sawmill residue, six Washington companies have teamed with researchers from Washington State University to conduct critical research as a result of funding awards from the Washington Technology Center.WTC’s Research & Technology Development (RTD) program awards more than $1 million annually to university researchers working with emerging technology companies on projects that show potential for commercial success. Proposals are evaluated on the basis of technical merit, economic impact and commercial viability. The financing assistance is designed to help the companies advance specific R&D efforts that will enable them to enter or advance in the commercial marketplace … » More …

Pheromone trackers

It’s in the news everywhere -— predictions for another bad wildfire season in the western United States. According to a local report, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources had already fought 70 small fires by the end of May, well above the usual 20, and finds that forests are as dry as they normally are in late July or August.There is no doubt the trees are stressed these days. One of the culprits is the lower-than-average rainfall the western states have been experiencing for a number of years. Another is the lowly bark beetle, which among other things, has been blamed for heightened devastation … » More …

WSU research leadership joins biomed board

SPOKANE, Wash.——Two leaders of Washington State University’s research efforts have been named to the board of the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research:* Jim Petersen, vice provost for research at WSU, and * Dennis Dyck, professor of psychology, associate dean for research at WSU Spokane, director of the Health Research and Education Center, and coordinator of the Spokane Alliance for Medical Research.Under Petersen’’s leadership, the WSU office of research coordinates programs which catalyze high-quality research and scholarly activities across the institution. Such programs include matching funds for equipment acquisition, start-up grants for new faculty, sponsorship of universitywide centers, and the development of new interdisciplinary research initiatives … » More …

Network integrates ed, research, economics

Imagine a virtual research and development (R&D) lab that will enhance regional economic development and educational advancement. The Virtual Possibilities Network (VPnet) is just such an initiative. It will encourage regional collaboration on projects among higher education, medical, business and government communities. The network itself will consist of 200 miles of optic fiber connecting higher education institutions in Spokane, eastern Washington and Idaho.VPnet will be available as an R&D lab for broadband content, multidisciplinary research, advanced collaboration, technological investigation, distance learning and economic development projects. It can be used as a tool to facilitate collaborative research, or it can itself be the focus of research.VPnet … » More …

Bose honored at White House

Susmita Bose, a Washington State University professor doing pioneering research in bone implant materials, was honored May 4 at the White House, where she was one of 20 National Science Foundation-sponsored researchers to receive the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).With the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering since 1998, Bose has focused her research on the development of nanoscale ceramics which have great potential for improving bone implants.News that Bose was selected to receive the reward was welcomed by Anjan Bose, dean of the WSU College of Engineering and Architecture (no relation to Susmita Bose).“This prestigious award indicates the caliber … » More …