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WSU Tri-Cities student named a Goldwater Scholar

  Video by Matthew Haugen, WSU News Service     Related: Details on the Goldwater Scholarship program Details on PNNL’s bio-based product research program are at pnl.gov/biobased RICHLAND – A WSU Tri-Cities student and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory intern earned the national Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year.   Kristen Meyer, a […]

Automation scientist leads precision ag systems

Zhang PROSSER – Qin Zhang, a professor in the department of biological systems engineering and a senior scientist in agricultural automation, is the new director of WSU’s Center for Precision Agricultural Systems headquartered in Prosser.   Zhang, who has served as assistant director of CPAS for the past year, assumed his new responsibilities on July 1. […]

DNA variation uncovered; may control gene activity

PULLMAN – Researchers at Washington State University have identified a new class of DNA sequence variation in gene promoter regions that could help control the activity of genes. The novel variations, dubbed “multiple nucleotide length polymorphisms,” or MNLPs, altered transcription of the genes they were associated with as much as 11-fold. The presence of such […]

Graduate fellowship bridges disciplines, universities

Two Ph.D. students at Washington State University, Chad Brock and Meredith Schulte, have been accepted into a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowship program that aims to bridge the gap between anthropology and biology and produce professionals versed in evolutionary approaches integrating the study of biology and culture. Photo: Meredith Schulte, Ph.D. student in evolutionary anthropology […]

Top plant scientist’s impact exceptional

Colleagues describe John Browse as simply one of the top plant biologists in the world. Best known for identifying and cloning the desaturase gene in Arabidopsis, which is responsible for the synthesis of polyunsaturated fatty acids in plants, Browse has since been a leader in the effort to bioengineer crop plants to produce oils with […]

Math approach may help scientists with predictions

A research team led by a biologist and a mathematical biologist from Washington State University is using special statistical methods to study how traits of biological organisms change. Associate professors Patrick Carter, an evolutionary physiologist, and Richard Gomulkiewicz, a mathematical geneticist, won a $2.1 million, four-year grant from the National Science Foundation to fund their […]

Retired zoologist Herbert Eastlick dies

Herbert L. Eastlick, professor emeritus of zoology at Washington State University, died June 20 at Pullman, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 94. During his 33 years at WSU, Eastlick was devoted to preparing students for professional careers in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine. He once described himself as a “taskmaster and autocrat in […]

‘Gut reaction’ emphasis of mosquito research

“Mosquitoes are by far the world’s most medically significant insects.” So says David Moffett, a professor in the School of Biological Sciences, who, with his wife Stacia Moffett, an associate professor, has been studying structure and functions of the mosquito stomach tract for the past four years. The species, Aedes aegypti, a yellow fever carrier, […]