Scientific American – Funded by the US National Science Foundation, the nearly US$2.5-million initiative is assessing how social and environmental factors influenced the populations of prehistoric Pueblo farmers from about 600 to 1300, says Tim Kohler, the VEP’s principal investigator and an archaeologist at Washington State University in Pullman. Continue reading
The Atlantic – While men do produce sperm into old age, their sperm carries more mutations and there’s less of it. “There are a lot of changes that compromise spermatogenesis,” says Patricia Hunt, a reproductive biologist at Washington State University. “It’s like a machine that gets rusty with age.”
The Washington Post – Organic farms can provide a quicker route to profits because farmers can fetch higher prices. Premiums paid to organic farmers can range 29 to 32 percent above conventional prices, according to a study published this summer by Washington State University researchers.
The Atlantic – Professional pickers tend to work seasonally, with many driving hundreds of miles (sometimes with families in tow) to reap pumpkins, pears, berries, or whatever is in season in various parts of the country. (Researchers at Washington State University, which is near America’s biggest apple-producing region, announced last summer that they were testing an apple-picking robot.)
PBS Newshour – Recommended cleanups and exposure studies were shelved. Awareness campaigns stalled. Data was lost. Meanwhile, the contamination lingers and families have been left in the dark. “[the Department of Ecology] is aware of all this stuff. They have a legal right to enforce this stuff, but they’re choosing not to,” said Frank Peryea, who studied lead and arsenic for decades with Washington State University. He said state regulators have no easy answer for such widespread contamination.
The New York Times – Anyone can taste that Cosmic Crisp is special, but it takes a professional like Kate Evans, the apple breeder at Washington State University, to analyze why. Sampling seedling fruits here on a sunny afternoon in her research orchard, rimmed by towering cliffs and the Columbia River, she said her program primarily judges apples by three measures: texture, storability and balance of acid and sugar.
Nature – Funded by the National Science Foundation, the nearly $2.5 million initiative is assessing how social and environmental factors influenced the populations of prehistoric Pueblo farmers from about 600 to 1300, says Tim Kohler, the VEP’s principal investigator and an archaeologist at Washington State University Pullman. Continue reading
The New York Times – Because he published in a police magazine and not a scientific journal, Dr. Lewinski was not subjected to the peer-review process. But in separate cases in 2011 and 2012, the Justice Department and a private lawyer asked Lisa Fournier, a Washington State University professor and an American Journal of Psychology editor, to review Dr. Lewinski’s studies.
National Geographic – Some scientists even placed plastic backpacks on cows in an attempt to collect methane for biofuel. It hasn’t caught on. 3NOP is the most promising solution yet, says Kristen Johnson, animal scientist at Washington State University. If the results hold up with longer-term testing, the additive could work for the long haul in milk-producing cows—who are under great stress and have a high demand for nutrients, says Hristov.Continue reading
The Spokesman-Review – Amid shouts of “Go Cougs” in the normally sedate chambers, both houses passed resolutions honoring Floyd, who died last weekend of complications from colon cancer. Lawmakers described him as a winner who worked to make sure the university was a winner, too. He expanded the university’s programs, not just in Pullman but at branch campuses in Spokane, Everett, the Tri-Cities and Vancouver. In recent months he was working with legislators to change state law to allow a new medical school in Spokane, even as he was fighting the colon cancer that eventually took his life.
The Huffington Post – New research suggests that the answer may lie not in men’s skills or interests, but rather in the beliefs they hold about their abilities to do the complicated mathematics central to STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. Researchers from Washington State University found that men tend to significantly overestimate their math abilities, while women are generally more accurate in their self-assessments.
The Wall Street Journal – The strong preference among major leaguers might suggest maple bats perform better. Not so. “The great irony is there is no advantage in using maple,” said Lloyd Smith, director of the Sports Science Laboratory at Washington State University, which measures the performance of baseball bats. “The speed of the ball coming off maple is no different than the speed of the ball coming off ash.” So, maple breaks. When it does, it sometimes hurts people. And science suggests there is no advantage to using it. Why does it prevail?
The Seattle Times – Floyd’s death on Saturday leaves a significant vacuum, both on the Palouse and in the state’s education community. In Pullman, his legacy includes surging student enrollment, research funding and university fundraising. He helped WSU weather the Great Recession by cutting his own annual salary by $100,000 for two years. He leaves the university with new colleges and schools, including his signature achievement: a just-authorized medical school in Spokane. Away from Pullman, Floyd was a galvanizing force for a more broadly imagined education continuum: “cradle to college.” He brought together the state’s colleges and universities to speak as a single voice against the Legislature’s wrongheaded policy of jacking up tuition, and was an equally eloquent advocate for early learning. As the University of Washington went through four presidents during Floyd’s eight years, he emerged as the steady, credible elder statesman of higher education in the state.
The Northwest Georgia News – Once he arrived on campus, Floyd quickly became involved in all aspects of campus life. A three-sport athlete, he was co-captain of the football team and a member of the track and basketball teams. He was also president of the “Y” Cabinet, president of Student Council, vice president of the Explorers, vice president of the Honor Council, and participated in many social school activities, including Advisory Committee and Social Committee. A leader among his peers, he was even voted “Class Favorite.”
The New York Times – “The reason there’s no consensus is because it’s really hard to measure how much of any export is due to this trip,” said Andrew Cassey, an associate economics professor at Washington State University who analyzed more than 500 gubernatorial trade trips taken from 1997 through 2006. It can take years to know whether the personal relationships forged on foreign trade trips pay off with increased business, he said. Cassey found the most common destinations were countries to which states already were exporting relatively large amounts of goods.
The Seattle Times – The late president of Washington State University was more than a scholar-statesman. He was an economic asset to the state that we can’t easily replace. The death of Elson Floyd, too young at age 59, is a crushing loss not only to Washington State University but also to the state and its economy.
The New York Times – SEATTLE — Elson Floyd, the popular president of Washington State University whose influence in higher education and politics spread beyond the school in rural eastern Washington, has died from complications of colon cancer. He was 59. Floyd, WSU president since 2007, had gone on medical leave earlier this month. He died Saturday morning at Pullman Regional Hospital, school spokeswoman Kathy Barnard said.