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• Two studies by WSU scientists rank among the most-cited and most-read papers by other scientists, according to lists recently published by two leading journals.

In its September issue, The Scientist announced that a 2005 paper by Michael Skinner and three graduate students has been referred to in 112 scientific articles. According to the announcement, an “average” paper of the same age and in the same field would have been cited one or two times during the first two years after publication.

The original paper, published in Science, showed that in utero exposure to certain environmental toxins causes health problems in male rats that can be passed on to future generations.

Also in September, Nature announced that a study co-authored by former grad student Bryan Thines, John Browse and Yajie Niu made its “Top Ten” list of the papers most frequently downloaded by visitors to the magazine’s website in August.

The article, published in July, identified a family of proteins that allows plants to perceive and respond to the hormone jasmonate, which plays a key role in plant reproduction and defense.

Michael Pavel, associate professor in educational leadership and counseling psychology and member of the Skokomish Nation, is one of four finalists for the seventh annual Buffett Award for Indigenous Leadership. It recognizes leadership that improves social, economic, political or environmental conditions.

• Veterinary specialist Patrick Gavin received the WSU Faculty M
ember of the Year Award from the state Veterinary Medical Association in recognition of his long association with WSU, the association, and his specialties of veterinary radiology and veterinary radiation oncology over more than a quarter century.  He is one of four veterinarians worldwide who founded the veterinary cancer care specialty known as veterinary radiation oncology


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