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Science students strut their stuff
March 28, 2005

Undergraduate research took center stage Friday, March 25, in the Compton Union Building Ballroom, when 50 Washington State University undergraduate science majors displayed posters explaining the results of their research at the second College of Sciences Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.Faculty members, emeriti faculty, postdoctoral and graduate students served as judges for the event and awards were given to top presentations and research projects.Guest speaker Ralph Yount, professor emeritus of biochemistry and former chair of the Department of Chemistry, discussed the successes of former WSU students who were involved in research as undergraduates in a speech titled “Tales from the Past: Why Undergraduate Research is Important.”» More …

Undergraduate research to be showcased March 25
March 21, 2005

Fifty Washington State University undergraduate science majors will display posters explaining the results of their research at the second College of Sciences Undergraduate Research Poster Competition on March 25.The exhibit will take place in the Compton Union Building Ballroom. Student researchers will be available to explain their posters when the session opens to the public at 4:15 p.m. A program and awards presentation will follow at 5:30 p.m.Guest speaker Ralph Yount, professor emeritus of biochemistry and former chair of the Department of Chemistry, will discuss the successes of former WSU students who were involved in research as undergraduates in a speech titled “Tales from the … » More …

OGRD announces Mission to DC presentations March 10
March 7, 2005

Several Mission to DC attendees will present a brief summary of their visits to different federal agencies, as well as the benefits received as a result of their trip, on Thursday, March 10 from noon-1:30 p.m. in EME B0046.The presentation will cover the Physical Sciences and the Security and Safety trips to D.C.For more information on the presentations or to sign up for the program, go to the Office of Grant & Research Development’s Web site at www.ogrd.wsu.edu.

Infant hearts contain body’s largest protein
February 18, 2005

Titin is a giant, spring-like protein that helps give all muscles their elastic recoil. It also gives the heart its ability to retain its shape after each beat. Veterinary research conducted at Washington State University has revealed that an unusually large form of titin in nearly born and newborn children makes their growing hearts more elastic than those of adults. Sunshine Lahmers, a veterinary cardiology resident, and her WSU research colleagues made the discovery, which was published in the March 2004 issue of Circulation Research. Lahmers’ work is a collaboration between veterinarians and physicians to understand species differences and similarities in heart development and disease. … » More …

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Is private research objective? Study tackles question
February 18, 2005

A WSU researcher is gleaning preliminary results from a project that took seed about five years ago in an Oregon conference on sustainable agriculture in western states. At that time, said WSU’s Leland Glenna, farmers and other participants expressed to two academics — who would become members of the project team — their reluctance to trust some university research. They suspected some researchers’ close ties with the biotechnology industry might taint the objectivity of the research, and thus the reliability of the counsel the farmers received from the university. The two speakers joined with several other scientists to propose a national study to examine the … » More …

Industry collaboration helps researcher target needs
February 18, 2005

WSU research and industry collaborate through projects funded twice a year by grants from the Washington Technology Center’s Research and Technology Development program. WSU’s Karl Englund has participated in three RTD-funded projects with three different companies. A research associate in WSU’s Wood Materials and Engineering Laboratory, Englund works with wood-plastic composites used to produce building products like decking and door and window frames. Benefits of these products include durability, environmental friendliness and practical use of recycled and waste materials. Working collaboratively with industry on research can help build a better understanding of each others’ needs, Englund said. “There may be a vital (industry) need that … » More …

New website raises visibility of research
February 18, 2005

A new website aims to raise the visibility of research, scholarship and creative activities carried out by Washington State University faculty. The site, http://researchnews.wsu.edu, will be unveiled officially the first week of March. As the site’s content expands, it will have stories from seven areas of academic emphasis, including arts and culture, environment, health and life sciences, innovations and leadership, physical science and technology, security and safety, and society. It will feature the latest stories as well as offer archives of previously published articles in each category. The site reflects WSU’s strategic plan to emphasize world-class research, scholarship and arts as well as the … » More …

Collaboration, funding sprout from IMPACT Center seed grant
February 4, 2005

Dong-Hyun Kang, WSU assistant professor and researcher in Food Science and Human Nutrition, is one of the principal investigators for a grant of $700,000 through the National Institute of Health’s Small Business Innovation Research to develop rapid methods for identification of pathogens in foods.Kang’s research works specifically with rapid methods developments initially begun with a seed grant from the IMPACT Center in 2001. Through that research, Kang was able to establish contacts with several companies interested in his research and, ultimately, receive additional funding from the NIH. Established by the state Legislature in 1985, WSU’s IMPACT (International Marketing Program for Agricultural Commodities and Trade) Center … » More …

Grant establishes biomedical materials research laboratory
February 4, 2005

As the U.S. population ages, an increasing number of people are suffering from age-related bone problems, such as arthritis. Washington State University researchers will be helping to solve that problem, thanks to a $750,000 grant awarded by the W. M. Keck Foundation that will establish a biomedical materials research laboratory.Researchers in the laboratory, including Amit Bandyopadhyay, Susmita Bose and Howard Hosick, will work to develop biomaterials for use as bone implant materials and structures.As part of the grant, WSU will become the first academic institution in the U.S. to exploit the Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) technology to develop porous metal-ceramic implants for load bearing … » More …

Graduate Student Research Symposium Planned
February 2, 2005

Washington State University graduate students will showcase their research in the second annual Graduate Research Symposium Feb. 9-10 on the Pullman campus.This public symposium, entitled “Toward a Community of Scholars,” is sponsored by the Education Graduate Organization of the College of Education.The Wednesday, Feb. 9 presentations will be in Cleveland Hall Room 160A, from 1-5:30 p.m. The Thursday, Feb. 10 presentations will continue in Cleveland 160A from 9 a.m. to noon and move to Cleveland 247 from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.Twenty graduate students from several colleges across campus will present their research through paper presentations, panel discussions, roundtable discussions and poster presentations.The Education Graduate Organization … » More …

12 companies awarded $657,000 for research
January 21, 2005

12 companies awarded more than $657,000 in funding Washington Technology Center’s Research & Technology Development (RTD) grants program awards more than $1 million annually to university researchers teamed with technology companies on projects that show potential for commercial success.  Twelve Washington companies received awards totalling more than $657,000 in the most recent round of funding. These recipients represent businesses all across Washington, east to west and north to south, with research support provided by three of the state’s major academic institutions: University of Washington, Washington State University and Central Washington University. Five of the 12 grants involve WSU research projects.  Below are short summaries of … » More …

Researchers, entrepreneurs can apply now for 2005 grants
January 21, 2005

The Washington Technology Center is now accepting applications for its spring round of research funding awards. WTC’s Research and Technology Development (RTD) awards are designed to help integrate new technologies into Washington business operations.   Companies that team with researchers from academic institutions or research centers can receive up to $240,000 in financial support for collaborative research projects. WTC invests more than $1 million annually on behalf of the state towards technology projects with strong commercial potential through this grants program.   Winning an RTD grant could help companies fund critical research to accelerate to-market delivery of an innovative technology or next-generation product release. It … » More …

WSU Press releases new Lewis and Clark book
January 21, 2005

What is a cataplasm, and what do you do with one?Would you be insulted if someone called you argillaceous?What does it mean when a canoe flacks?These are all words that were familiar to Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, and were penned by expedition members in their notes, but are less commonly used and understood today.As the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition draws near, Washington State University Press is pleased to announce a new title that will serve as one of the few lexical resources available for the Corps of Discovery journals: “Lewis and Clark: Lexicon of Discovery,” by Alan H. Hartley.“The journals are … » More …

Effective diet has no magic pill
January 7, 2005

Diet. How’s that for a four-letter word, especially this time of year? The jolly season has been packed away with the tinsel and party hats. Suddenly, ‘tis the season to lose a few pounds.Low carb? Low fat? No flour? No sugar? What’s a body to do?We turned to WSU’s own informal “Food Intake and Obesity Group” in the Department of Veterinary, Comparative Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology for answers.Well, they said, it isn’t easy. And ultimately, the best answer right now is an eight-letter word: exercise.Okay, you didn’t need a Ph.D. to figure that out. But, you probably do need a Ph.D., and years of research, … » More …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …