PULLMAN, Wash. – Murrow College student Jake Sirianni recently created a rap about The Tonight Show for a shot at an internship.
The Puget Sound Business Journal – Since 2011, researchers at WSU’s Composite Materials and Engineering Center have been working with local companies, governments and economic development groups to improve the performance and manufacturing process of cross-laminated timber, as well as analyzing cost effectiveness and logistics of a rural-to-urban supply chain. WSU is already working with milling and manufacturing partners to launch a supply chain in Eastern Washington, and to identify Western Washington opportunities.
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. » More …
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 … » More …
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 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. In one strand of research, the team drew on the rich history of archaeology in the region to compile a database of 18,000 prehistoric sites, which allowed them to measure the population and how it shifted over time1.
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. » More …
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.