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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 …

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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 …

Undergrads display their year of research
April 19, 2004

Members of Washington State University’s undergraduate scholarly community will reveal their research findings during the Freshman Seminar Research Symposium Wednesday, April 21st from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm 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. 11 seminars will participate in presenting 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 …

Undergraduate research focus of WSU symposium
April 15, 2004

The second annual Washington State University Psychology Undergraduate Research Symposium will be Thursday, April 15, and involve poster presentations by 11 student researchers.The lecture will begin at 3 p.m. in the Samuel H. Smith Center for Undergraduate Education, Room 203. Posters showcasing psychology undergraduate research projects will be available for viewing from 2-5 p.m. in the atrium of the Smith Center. Presenters will be on hand to answer questions about their research from 4-5 p.m. Research titles range from “Understanding text: Online inferences and memory operations after severe closed-head injury” to “Habituation: An investigation of the role of the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus.” “The … » More …

Provost approves 63 requests for professional leave
April 9, 2004

Sixty-three requests for professional leave in 2004-05 have been approved by Provost Robert C. Bates. He noted there will be no additional costs to WSU for this program. Here are the recipients divided by college.Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences• Preston K. Andrews, associate professor and associate horticulturist, August 2004-August 2005, to research and write a popular science/gardening book that compares natural and cultural histories of apples and roses. • John H. Bassman, professor and scientist, July 2004-June 2005, to collect field data to assess changes in flora and plant communities along the track of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. • Drew Lenore Betz, extension … » More …

Patents reward research, boost economic growth
April 9, 2004

There could be gold in that junk mail you threw out — or maybe a royalty check. Just ask Pat Moore, a scientist in the small fruit breeding program at WSU’s Puyallup Research and Extension Center. About to toss out an offer for expensive document framing, Moore realized the company was pitching it to him to frame his new patent. It was the first he’d heard that his raspberry, WSU 1090, had just been issued Washington State University’s most recent patent as of Feb. 10, 2004.WSU Puyallup began its raspberry breeding program in 1928 and has since released nine new varieties. However, WSU 1090, sold … » More …

Researcher receives grant to look at groundwater risks
March 9, 2004

Frank Loge, a Washington State University assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has received a $1.8 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to study the health risks associated with drinking groundwater from aquifers. When bacteria in drinking water sickened thousands and killed more than 100 people in the Milwaukee area in 1994, all the current regulations regarding safe drinking water were being followed. These and other incidents like it have led a WSU research group to investigate. For acute illnesses caused by pathogens, government regulations were developed and based on the success of treatment technologies. For instance, researchers found in a lab that … » More …

Nation’s decision makers learn about WSU strengths
February 23, 2004

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 …