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Young researcher award funds data science, analysis

By Michelle Fredrickson, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Assefaw-GebremedhinPULLMAN, Wash. – Computer science professor Assefaw Gebremedhin has received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award for exceptional researchers at the beginning of their careers. » More …

Data analysis group to advance interdisciplinary research

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

CISER-150PULLMAN, Wash. – A new statistics community at Washington State University will enhance educational opportunities and strengthen research initiatives. Faculty in all areas and at all campuses are invited to join as affiliate members. A kickoff meeting is being planned for later in the semester. » More …

WSU flu outbreak provides rare study material

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

h1n1PULLMAN, Wash. – Five years ago this month, one of the first U.S. outbreaks of the H1N1 virus swept through the Washington State University campus, striking some 2,000 people. A WSU math and biology professor has used a trove of data gathered at the time to gain insight into how only a few infected people could launch the virus’s rapid spread across the university community. » More …

WSU scientists pursue single test for plant viruses

By Terri Reddout, WSU Extension Prosser

PROSSER, Wash. — To determine if a fruit tree has a virus currently takes a minimum of nine separate laboratory tests in combination with several biological assays, and these can identify only known viruses.

 

Scientists dream of running a single test to detect all viruses in a plant. That idea is closer to reality thanks to the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, which has funded a two-year project to evaluate a universal plant virus microarray test.

 

Potentially, such a test might even be able to detect previously unknown viruses.

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