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WSU researchers see popular herbicide affecting health across generations

By Eric Sorensen, WSU News

Skinner Michael in WSU lab
Skinner

PULLMAN, Wash. – First, the good news. Washington State University researchers have found that a rat exposed to a popular herbicide while in the womb developed no diseases and showed no apparent health effects aside from lower weight. » More …

Monarch butterflies disappearing from western North America

By Eric Sorensen, WSU News

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Monarch butterfly populations from western North America have declined far more dramatically than was previously known and face a greater risk of extinction than eastern monarchs, according to a new study in the journal Biological Conservation. » More …

Twelve WSU faculty win eight Smith Teaching and Learning grants

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Wack

PULLMAN, Wash. – Twelve WSU faculty on three campuses have received funding for projects that will enhance undergraduate learning, thanks to the Samuel H. and Patricia W. Smith Teaching and Learning Endowment. » More …

Algae cultivation technique could advance biofuels

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering

Sandra Rincon grad student algae research
Rincon

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have developed a way to grow algae more efficiently — in days instead of weeks — and make the algae more viable for several industries, including biofuels. » More …

Something’s missing – where are all the wasps?

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Richard Zack
Richard Zack

PULLMAN, Wash. – A force of nature has taken the sting out of the region’s wasp population.

“The number of yellow jackets is really down from what we normally see this time of summer — really down,” said Washington State University entomologist Richard Zack. » More …

Health of amphibians in oil sand fields area assessed

wood frogBy Will Ferguson, WSU College of Arts and Science

The impact of pollutants from the world’s largest oil sand field on the health of amphibians marks the focus of a team of research biologists from Washington State University and Canada. » More …

WSU students land Gilman international scholarships

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Marquez, Iniguez, O’Connel, Meza (l-r)

PULLMAN, Wash. – Four WSU students have won nationally competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad in summer 2017. A fifth student was named an alternate. » More …

WSU receives NIH grant to study heart problems at molecular level

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Tolkatchev

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have received a $1.57 million National Institutes of Health grant to understand the molecular-scale mechanisms that cause cardiomyopathy, or heart muscle disease. » More …

WSU researchers deliver first “nanotherapeutics” to tumor

By Eric Sorensen, WSU News

SPOKANE, Wash. – For the first time, WSU researchers have demonstrated a way to deliver a drug to a tumor by attaching it to a blood cell. The innovation could let doctors target tumors with anticancer drugs that might otherwise damage healthy tissues. » More …

WSU researchers find plague bacterium endures in soil

By Laura Lockard, WSU College of Veterinary Medicine

PULLMAN, Wash. – The bacterium that causes bubonic plague has been found to survive in the common amoeba, the microorganism most children often see first in a grade school microscope. » More …