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Research Symposium set for Dec. 2
November 19, 2004

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
October 15, 2004

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
October 15, 2004

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
October 1, 2004

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 …

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WSU fetes 63 of its world class inventors
September 3, 2004

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 …

Daoud receives $250,000 for cancer research at WSU
September 1, 2004

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
August 20, 2004

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
August 9, 2004

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
August 6, 2004

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
July 23, 2004

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
July 14, 2004

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
June 18, 2004

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
June 3, 2004

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
May 10, 2004

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
May 7, 2004

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 …

Math approach may help scientists with predictions
May 7, 2004

A research team led by a biologist and a mathematical biologist from Washington State University is using special statistical methods to study how traits of biological organisms change. Associate professors Patrick Carter, an evolutionary physiologist, and Richard Gomulkiewicz, a mathematical geneticist, won a $2.1 million, four-year grant from the National Science Foundation to fund their research on function-valued traits. A trait that can be described as a mathematical function of some other variable is called a function-valued trait. These traits include such things as the body size of an animal — perhaps a mouse — that varies depending upon its age, or the size of … » More …

Vision for the future
May 7, 2004

The following article reflects comments from two interviews that WSU Today had with Washington State University’s President V. Lane Rawlins on April 15 and 28. Q: In your Quarterly Messages to employees, you consistently point to the progress WSU has made in the past several years through prioritization, pursuit of its strategic plan, and the hard work its faculty and staff. Given that progress and our current position, where do you see the university headed from here?LR: I recently reread a book by Frank Rhodes, past president of Cornell University, titled “The Creation of the Future: The Role of the American University,” which intrigued me. … » More …

Researchers show potential of farm waste as fuel
April 23, 2004

People have used biomass energy or bioenergy — the energy from organic matter — since the first use of fire for heat. Today, wood is still our largest biomass source. But other sources are becoming increasingly useful and — with the help of researchers like Shulin Chen, a Washington State University professor and associate director of the Northwest Bioproduct Research Institute — dreams of turning undervalued biowaste into valuable products like fuel are becoming reality. “We are doing research to obtain valued commodities from agricultural products and/or waste,” said Craig Frear, a research associate for the WSU Department of Biological Systems Engineering. “Our biomass inventory … » More …

Freshmen seminar presentations April 21
April 20, 2004

Members of Washington State University’s undergraduate scholarly community will reveal their research findings during the Freshman Seminar Research Symposium from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 21 on the 4th floor of the Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE). The researchers, all first-year students enrolled in the university’s Freshman Seminar Program, have worked under the mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students as well as teaching and library faculty. Students from 11 seminars will present their projects. These projects are a culmination of research and analysis and are presented using multimedia technologies. The Freshman Seminar Program’s excellence has received national acclaim. In Fall 2001, Freshman Seminar was … » More …

Spokane sleep research candidates to present
April 19, 2004

SPOKANE, Wash. — Greg Belenky and Scott Campbell, candidates for a sleep research position with the Spokane Alliance for Medical Research, will visit Spokane this month to deliver public lectures on their sleep research as part of the interview process.The lectures are free and open to the public. The candidates will also meet with area researchers and practitioners who specialize in sleep and tour area sleep clinics. Dr. Belenky, a colonel in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. and director of the Division of Neuroscience at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, will give his lecture Friday, April 23. The talk, “Managing Sleep to Sustain … » More …