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Disinfectant causes reproductive problems in mice
August 14, 2014

HuntPULLMAN, Wash. – Mice exposed to disinfectants in commercial-grade cleaning products took longer to get pregnant, had fewer pups and suffered more miscarriages and distressed fetuses, according to a new study coauthored by Pat Hunt, a geneticist at Washington State University.

Award helps grad student study, protect coral reef life
August 5, 2014

kaneVANCOUVER, Wash. – Graduate student Corinne Kane has received federal funding to study changes in coral fishes and their habitats, from shallow to deep waters. She intends to research the role deep-water coral reefs play in protecting fish and other dwellers of shallow-water reefs.

Launch of NASA carbon observatory a success
July 3, 2014

nasa-logo-80VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – A rocket carrying a NASA satellite lit up the pre-dawn skies Wednesday on a mission to track atmospheric carbon dioxide, the chief culprit behind global warming.

Ancient baby boom holds a lesson in over-population
June 30, 2014

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Koehler-80PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University researchers have sketched out one of the greatest baby booms in North American history, a centuries-long “growth blip” among southwestern Native Americans between 500 and 1300 A.D.

Researchers await launch of NASA carbon observatory
June 25, 2014

By Tina Hilding, College of Engineering & Architecture

nasa-logo-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have been heavily involved in the design, development and testing of a NASA observatory set to launch at 2:56 a.m. Tuesday, July 1, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Rock Doc column: A tale of two stoves – and energy choices
June 3, 2014

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

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – My elderly aunt recently came into some money. She decided – very generously – to send part of it to each of her nieces and nephews. This gave me the task of choosing how I wanted to spend an unexpected $1,000.

Alumna, grad student to study abroad on Fulbrights
May 2, 2014

By Beverly Makhani, Office of Undergraduate Education

Dexter-80VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Fulbright U.S. Student Program will fund graduate study in Europe for an alumna and a graduate student from Washington State University. Eric Dexter, who will complete his M.S. degree in environmental science at WSU Vancouver in June, will spend his Fulbright year in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Visit aims to inspire science interest in Native students
April 30, 2014

By C. Brandon Chapman, College of Education

groves-price-p-2011-80PULLMAN, Wash. – As it turns out, Cinco de Mayo will also be a Native American celebration this year – at least for a busload of eighth- and ninth-graders from Paschal Sherman Indian School, part of the Colville Tribe in Omak, Wash.