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84 percent at WSU pleased with roommate matches

By Steve Nakata, Administrative Services

PULLMAN, Wash. – Most of Washington State University’s 4,000-plus freshmen don’t meet their roommates until arriving on campus at the start of the school year. But 84 percent report getting along well with each other several months later. » More …

New course prepares students for personalized medicine

By Lori Maricle, College of Pharmacy

SPOKANE, Wash. – Using a patients’ individual genetic information to select drugs and drug dosages specifically effective for them is part of pharmacy’s future. A recent study of a new course in pharmacogenomics at Washington State University Spokane found the class expanded students’ understanding of these possibilities for their profession. » More …

Researchers get patents to improve knee, hip replacements

WSU researcher Susmita Bose, in foreground, works with student Sahar Vahabzadeh at a 3-D ceramic printer. (WSU photo)

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – For almost two decades, Washington State University researchers Amit Bandyopadhyay and Susmita Bose have worked to improve the materials used in hip and knee replacements that up to a million people in the U.S. receive each year. » More …

Ask Dr. Universe: Why are plants green?

PUYALLUP, Wash. – A lush tropical rainforest, a field of sunflowers, a garden in your neighborhood. Our Earth is home to all kinds of plant life. From trees to catnip, there are thousands of different species of plants. Most of these plants are green, but not all of them. » More …

Mechanism triggers spread of prostate cancer to bones

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

SPOKANE, Wash. – A Washington State University researcher has found a way that prostate cancer cells hijack the body’s bone maintenance, facilitating the spread of bone cancers present in some 90 percent of prostate-cancer fatalities. » More …

Potholes and the groundhog – what they share in common

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

SPOKANE, Wash. – How fitting that when the groundhog saw its shadow on Feb. 2, signaling six more weeks of winter, it would turn out to be February’s coldest day in the Spokane area. With a high of 27 degrees and a low of 9, he shivered in temperatures 14 degrees colder than normal. » More …

Study results to help improve research impact

By Alyssa Patrick, Office of Research

PULLMAN, Wash. – Increasing faculty incentives and regional industry and community engagement are among recommendations from a recent report of how Washington State University can better connect its research to non-academic stakeholders. » More …

Grant funds expansion of indigenous digital archiving

By Nella Letizia, WSU Libraries

PULLMAN, Wash. – Representatives from indigenous archives across the country are at Washington State University through Thursday for planning and training on a free, open-source platform to help tribal communities share their digital cultural heritage. » More …