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Effects of meth use on brain metabolism, sleep studied

By Judith Van Dongen, WSU Spokane

Wisor-80SPOKANE, Wash. – WSU sleep scientist Jonathan Wisor has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the effects of chronic methamphetamine use on brain metabolism and sleep. The two-year, $395,577 grant comes from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which is part of the NIH. » More …

Grant connects WSU with Spokane community college women

By Steve Nakata, Student Affairs & Enrollment

Brown,-Christine-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Single mom Christine Brown nearly fell through the cracks as a transfer student from community college to university. A grant she helped obtain for Washington State University will secure a smoother transition for others and establish a model for four-year institutions working with their regional community colleges. » More …

Fear of death may curb youthful texting and driving

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

texting-driving-160PULLMAN, Wash. – While drivers tend to believe it is dangerous to text and drive, many say they can still do it safely. Now Washington State University researchers say drivers can be discouraged from the practice with public service announcements that evoke their fear of death in graphic terms. » More …

Rock Doc: A step forward in predicting volcanic eruptions

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – There are two main things most people would like to know about particular volcanoes: when is the next eruption and how big will it be? Scientists in Iceland have taken a step forward in monitoring volcanoes to best predict when they will erupt and the size of the eruptions. » More …