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Conference highlights WSU’s internationalization efforts

By Theresa Howlett, International Programs

PULLMAN, Wash. – Presentation teams from the Washington State University Office of International Programs (IP) traveled to Spokane last month to share international education and research expertise at the National Association for International Educators’ (NAFSA) Region 1 conference.

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Video: Accidental discovery dramatically improves conductivity

Tarun-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Quite by accident, Washington State University researchers have achieved a 400-fold increase in the electrical conductivity of a crystal simply by exposing it to light. The effect, which lasted for days after the light was turned off, could dramatically improve the performance of devices like computer chips.

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Compost: Closing the loop on urban garbage and local farms

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Commercial compost is spread at a Snohomish County farm. (Photo by Andrew Corbin, WSU)

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Compost produced from urban food and yard waste could be “black gold” to farmers wanting to increase their yields and profits while improving soil and water quality. Washington State University Extension in Snohomish County is exploring how urbanization, long considered a threat to local agriculture, might actually help farmers keep up with demand for local food while recovering a valuable resource from the urban waste stream. » More …

WSU alumna interviews as Marshall Scholarship finalist

Roxanne-Reese-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University alumna Roxanne Reese has made it to the final round of the Marshall Scholarship selection process and will travel Nov. 13 for a personal interview at the British Consulate-General in San Francisco. She is a Seattle native and resident. » More …

Energy workforce gaps addressed in post-recession study

CENTRALIA, Wash. – Electric utility employment in the Pacific Northwest exceeds 40,000 highly skilled workers and generates nearly $2.8 billion in annual payrolls, according to a new labor market study. On average, the region’s utility wages are 82 percent higher than the average for jobs across all industries. » More …

Researchers acquit guava of spreading deadly fungus

By Brian Clark, WSU News

Peever-T-2013-80PULLMAN, Wash. – No more pitting guava against eucalyptus when it comes to explaining how a poorly understood fungal disease spreads. That is the conclusion reported by an international team of scientists in the journal Molecular Ecology (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mec.12545/full). The team used a common forensic technique to clear guava’s good name. » More …