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March 15-18: Conference considers Manhattan Project legacy
February 28, 2017

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Hanford History Project at Washington State University Tri-Cities will host a conference March 15-18 at the Red Lion Hanford House that details the global impact of secret U.S. World War II nuclear weapons research and development.

New physics, astronomy chair starts Feb. 1
January 30, 2017

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Brian Saam, an expert in experimental atomic physics, will become professor and chair of the Washington State University Department of Physics and Astronomy on Feb. 1.

Need for a better microscope prompts launch of a startup
January 5, 2017

By WIll Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University physicist Matthew McCluskey wasn’t trying to invent the next generation of material characterization microscopes, but when he couldn’t get the results he wanted from the best on the market, he improvised.

Ask Dr. Universe: How do cats land on their feet?
November 1, 2016

Dr-Universe-230PULLMAN, Wash. – Curiosity can lead cats to some pretty great heights. We like to climb trees and sneak along tall bookshelves. Sometimes we might have a bumpy landing, but more often our amazing cat reflexes help us land on our feet.

Physicists to do super-cool research in space
October 26, 2016

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

Engels-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University and NASA scientists are set to begin an investigation into the strange world of quantum physics on the International Space Station.

Institute promotes nuclear science research, collaboration
October 24, 2016

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

Aurora-ClarkPULLMAN, Wash. – The new Institute for Nuclear Science and Technology (INST) will bring together diverse scientists and researchers at Washington State University to address global challenges in security, human health, energy and environmental quality.

Bose-Einstein pioneer Peter Engels elected APS fellow
October 17, 2016

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

Engels-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Peter Engels, professor of physics and astronomy, has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in recognition of his pioneering work studying Bose-Einstein condensates – clouds of atoms laser-cooled to the point where they behave like one wave instead of discrete particles.

Oct. 17: Research role in nuclear nonproliferation program
October 10, 2016

By Alyssa Patrick, Office of Research

PULLMAN, Wash. – The role of university research in national security will be discussed by the deputy administrator for defense nuclear nonproliferation for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in the Goertzen Hall atrium at Washington State University.

Sept. 28-Oct. 1: Hanford artifacts, national park celebrated
September 27, 2016

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

RICHLAND, Wash. – Historical Hanford Site artifacts will be part of a free, public exhibit and open house this week at Washington State University Tri-Cities in conjunction with a fundraising and centennial celebration night with the National Park Service.

Ask Dr. Universe: How can birds fly but people cannot?
September 20, 2016

Dr-Universe-230PULLMAN, Wash. – No matter how much you flap your arms or I flap my paws, gravity keeps us pulled to Earth. But when birds use their strong muscles to start flapping their wings, something amazing happens.