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Rock Doc column: Fat and the year you were born

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

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – New Year’s resolutions are being put to the harshest of tests. Gone are the days of early January when all things seemed so easily possible. Now we are in the tougher phase of the year when the will to establish new patterns is being sorely tested by the tug of old habits. » More …

Leading hypothesis ruled out for miscarriage, birth defects

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Rowsey-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University reproductive biologists have ruled out one of the leading thoughts on why older women have an increased risk of miscarriages and children with birth defects. » More …

WSU faculty age, retirement trends change

Along with the graying of the general populace comes the widespread aging of America’s university faculty. In 1994, the tenure exemption of the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) expired — no longer giving colleges the right to enforce mandatory retirement of faculty members at age 70. According to a recent article on faculty age distribution in the Chronicle of Higher Education, older professors offer great depth of experience along with far-reaching institutional knowledge and strong ties to alumni for fund raising. However, the article said, an age imbalance among faculty can pose problems. With less room for younger faculty members, departments potentially miss … » More …

Grant establishes biomedical materials research laboratory

As the U.S. population ages, an increasing number of people are suffering from age-related bone problems, such as arthritis. Washington State University researchers will be helping to solve that problem, thanks to a $750,000 grant awarded by the W. M. Keck Foundation that will establish a biomedical materials research laboratory.Researchers in the laboratory, including Amit Bandyopadhyay, Susmita Bose and Howard Hosick, will work to develop biomaterials for use as bone implant materials and structures.As part of the grant, WSU will become the first academic institution in the U.S. to exploit the Laser Engineered Net Shaping (LENS) technology to develop porous metal-ceramic implants for load bearing … » More …