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Mammatus clouds – odd, eerie and very photogenic

By Nic Loyd, WSU meteorologist, and Linda Weiford, WSU News

weathercatch(2) (2)SPOKANE, Wash. – Anyone lucky enough to see mammatus clouds can’t turn away. Reminiscent of bubble wrap sliding across the sky, they’re a remarkable sight. » More …

$1.7M to counteract poor decision-making due to sleep loss

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Sleep lab at WSU Spokane. (Photo by Robert Hubner, WSU Photo Services)

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. – Researchers from Washington State University’s Sleep and Performance Research Center received a $1.7 million grant to develop and test cognitive flexibility training to combat the effects of sleep loss on decision-making under rapidly changing circumstances. » More …

Scholarship to help increase Native American nurse force

By Alli Benjamin, College of Nursing

Leslie-Randall-webSPOKANE, Wash. – Washington State University Ph.D. nursing candidate Leslie Randall has received a $10,000 scholarship from Johnson & Johnson companies designated for American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) scholars in an effort to increase their representation among the workforce. » More …

Pacific Northwest no ‘Tornado Alley,’ but twisters do occur

By Nic Loyd, WSU meteorologist, and Linda Weiford, WSU News

weathercatch(2) (2)SPOKANE, Wash. – On a single afternoon last month, eight twisters dropped down on southern Minnesota, earning that day the name “Tornado Tuesday” in media reports. Fortunately, the twisters touched down in mostly open areas and no one was injured. A month earlier, 24 tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma, one person was killed and a state of emergency was declared in 15 counties. » More …

Coffee vs. energy drinks: No difference in caffeine absorption

By Lori Maricle, College of Pharmacy

coffee-from-wikimedia-commonsSPOKANE, Wash. – A study at Washington State University is the first published comparison of caffeine absorption after consumption of coffee versus energy drinks and the impacts of temperature and rate of consumption. » More …

WSU receives federal grants to grow nursing workforce

By Alli Benjamin, College of Nursing

WSU-Nursing-Pathways-students-80RICHLAND, Wash. – The Washington State University College of Nursing received three federal grants totaling $1.1 million to reduce health disparities in Washington, increase access to qualified healthcare providers in rural and underserved areas and expand nurse educator preparation. » More …

WSU Spokane hires vice chancellor for student services

By Lorraine Nelson, WSU Spokane

James-Mohr-webSPOKANE, Wash. – A professional in student services in higher education has returned to Spokane as the vice chancellor of student affairs at Washington State University Spokane. » More …

Extension helps new beekeepers care for vital pollinators

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

SPOKANE, Wash. – Apprentice beekeeper Bethe Bowman never thought she would care so deeply about the humble honey bee. Taking beekeeping classes through Washington State University Extension, she installed two buzzing backyard hives, each containing roughly 30,000 bees, this spring. » More …