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Research symposium slated for Dec. 5
November 22, 2002

 PULLMAN, Wash. — First-year students enrolled in Washington State University’s nationally recognized Freshman Seminar Program will present their semester-long research projects from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, in Lighty Student Services Building, Room 260.The 26 research projects are on subjects ranging from John F. Kennedy to the connection between MTV and image. Student researchers will be on-hand to discuss their projects. The university president, V. Lane Rawlins, also will make an appearance.The Freshman Seminar Program is a two-credit course offered to first-year students designed to teach them how to learn, rather than just study, said Sharon Singleton, program coordinator for the Student … » More …

Small town jobs growing with research, matchmaking
October 22, 2002

When you live in Colville, Okanogan or even Pullman, Wash., good job opportunities can be few and far between. Oddly, at the same time, employers in urban areas often grumble about having too limited a pool of trained workers and high employee turnover.That’s just the nature of living in a small town or locating in an urban area. But it may not be that way much longer. WSU’s Telework Project is laying the groundwork to help merge and solve both of these problems. In short, when the state’s current limping economy snaps back to life, small rural communities that have worked with the Telework Project … » More …

Cancer-alcohol links investigated by faculty
September 6, 2002

It’s something of a puzzle. Scientists know that ethyl alcohol (the drinking kind) tends to suppress the spread of cancer yet worsen the patient’s overall condition.And Washington State University researchers have learned that alcohol administered to cancerous lab mice causes loss of body fat but not protein. Loss of both is a common experience of advanced cancer patients. Finding the “why” of these two phenomena is the current pursuit of Gary Meadows and former graduate student Nomelí Núñez and collaborator Patrick Carter, a WSU associate professor. They are getting help in funding from the NIAAA branch of the National Institute of Health. 25 years of … » More …

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Faculty research exceeds $100 million, 14 percent growth
September 6, 2002

Washington State University conducted research valued at more than $100 million over the last year on a myriad of projects. This represents a 14 percent increase over the last fiscal year.”We are proud of this achievement,” said James N. Petersen, interim vice provost for research. “Our faculty have been very successful in acquiring funding for their research that also supports undergraduate and graduate education associated with it,” Petersen said. “Faculty members throughout the university are expending tremendous effort to compete for major grants.””Significant funding enables us to better understand our environment and how we interact with it,” the vice provost said, adding that this research … » More …

Cost a barrier to prescriptions for people with disabilities
July 8, 2002

A national study published in the July issue of “The American Journal of Public Health” suggests that 1.3 million adults with disabilities do not take their medications as prescribed because they cannot afford to do so, and more than half report resulting health problems. Principal investigator Jae Kennedy, assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration at Washington State University Spokane, says, “the analysis shows how drug costs are affecting the health behavior of one of the most vulnerable populations in this country, adults with disabilities.”One of the key study findings indicate that most of the adults with disabilities who reported cost-associated noncompliance … » More …

Rodent control target of agriculture research
July 1, 2002

Rod Sayler, WSU wildlife ecologist (right, with hat), and David Huggins, USDA Agricultural Research Service, talk with farmers Thursday, June 27, about understanding and managing rodent populations in direct-seed systems during a field day at the Palouse Conservation Station. (Photo by Dennis Brown, College of Agriculture and Home Economics.)Direct seeding — planting the next crop into the residue of the previous crop — has been a major focus of research conducted by WSU and USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists at the station since 1996. About 120 area farmers attended the event at the station located outside of Pullman.WSU has been holding field days – under … » More …

Feds aim to double science research budget
June 21, 2002

Photo: Grad student Carrie Gillaspie (l) and associate professor Sue Clark (r) research the role microorganisms play in rendering uranium solids less mobile, under a grant from NSF. (Photo by Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services.)Congress might increase spending on the National Science Foundation (NSF) by 15 percent annually in 2003, 2004 and 2005, “The Chronicle of Higher Education” reported last month.Some lawmakers feel president Bush’s proposed 2003 increase — 5 percent, for a total of $5.036 billion — didn’t go far enough. College lobbyists and other sponsors want to double NSF’s budget over the next five years, in a funding boost plan similar to what … » More …

Reducing anxiety and pain
June 21, 2002

Photo: Raymond Quock, professor of pharmacology, observes effects of nitrous oxide in easing mouse’s anxiety. (Photo by Bob Hubner, WSU Photo Services.)Deep in your brain are a myriad of lock-and-tumbler type systems that, when activated, trigger the production of substances that can reduce pain or help you to deal with anxiety. Raymond Quock, professor of pharmacology, and his staff are trying to gain a better understanding of these systems by looking for and testing various “keys” that can activate these processes.Quock’s research is opening doors that allow his staff and others to explore how the brain and body work. His successes, and those of his … » More …

‘Gut reaction’ emphasis of mosquito research
May 10, 2002

“Mosquitoes are by far the world’s most medically significant insects.”So says David Moffett, a professor in the School of Biological Sciences, who, with his wife Stacia Moffett, an associate professor, has been studying structure and functions of the mosquito stomach tract for the past four years. The species, Aedes aegypti, a yellow fever carrier, is under particular scrutiny, and David leads the research.World-recognized problemThe abstract from Moffett’s research project proposal states, “They (mosquitoes) are potential vectors for approximately 100 arboviruses that cause human disease, including yellow fever, dengue and a number of forms of encephalitis. They also transmit nematodes that cause elephantiasis, and plasmodia that … » More …

WSU micro engine research powered by $7 million contract
April 11, 2002

Think small. R-e-a-l s-m-a-l-l !That’s the kind of thinking that has netted the researchers in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and the Center for Materials Research a whopping $7 million in funding. The Army Space and Missile Defense Command together with sponsorship by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are backing WSU researchers to build the tiniest engine possible and to produce a portable micropower generation system for military applications.In response, researchers have built what may indeed be the world’s smallest engine. It would fit inside the hole of a lifesaver and is thinner than paper. One day, it may replace batteries in … » More …