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Researchers explain mystery of cereal grain defense
September 15, 2014

By Rebecca Phillips, University Communications science writer

barley_field-130PULLMAN, Wash. – Crop scientists at Washington State University have explained how genes in the barley plant turn on defenses against aging and stressors like drought, heat and disease.

Sept. 12: Film explores seed preservation, future of food
August 15, 2014

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

FowlerMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – The makers of a film about preserving the world’s food supply will discuss their movie after a free, public showing at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at Washington State University Mount Vernon, 16650 State Route 536.

July 9: U.S. food, ag director to discuss ‘wicked problems’
July 1, 2014

Ramaswamy-80PULLMAN, Wash. – The head of U.S. food and agriculture will address societal changes he refers to as “wicked problems,” – including population growth, climate change and poverty – at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, in room T101, Food Science and Human Nutrition building, at Washington State University Pullman.

Rock Doc column: Ancient climate clues in tree rings
December 17, 2013

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

Peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – On a lark when I was a college student I took a class in field biology. It sounded romantic and I was young, so even though it didn’t really make sense for a geology student to take the senior level class in another discipline, I was there bright and early on the first day of the semester.

Promising approach to ancient mystery gains global acclaim
December 4, 2013

By Adrian Aumen, College of Arts and Sciences

Kohler-by-Roger-Cozien-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Whatever caused tens of thousands of Pueblo farmers to suddenly leave their ancient homeland in southwestern Colorado in the late AD 1200s is one of the great mysteries in archaeology. Discoveries could aid understanding of contemporary societies.

Nov. 12: State carbon emissions tax proposal discussed
November 8, 2013

Bauman-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A proposal to tax carbon emissions and reduce other taxes in Washington will be discussed by an environmental economist at noon Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Bryan Hall 308, part of the Foley Institute’s Coffee and Politics series. Pizza and pop will be served; please RSVP to

Rock Doc column: Clues lead to source of huge eruption
October 29, 2013

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

Peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – When I was a child, I read a lot of murder mysteries. At a young age I favored the books featuring Miss Marple by Agatha Christie. When I was a bit older I fell in love with Lord Peter Wimsey in the books by Dorothy Sayers.

A simpler, cheaper technology for solar panels
August 6, 2013

PULLMAN, Wash. – I recently pulled some weeds in my yard. Sometimes I’m glad to have a little simple work where I can see progress, even if the effects of my labor are only temporary.

I can only do a little bit at a time, having to take it slow due to arthritic knees. But one thing about pulling weeds in August stands out even when taken in small doses: it’s hot work.

With the sun beating down, warming the whole nation, it’s easy to wonder if solar power will some day replace fossil fuels as our mainstay energy resource. That could be … » More …

Summer undergrad research tracks natural gas leaks
July 30, 2013

PULLMAN, Wash. – While some college students spend their summers tracking down the perfect vacation spot, Alex Lambdin spends his tracking down methane emissions leaking from natural gas pipelines.


Lambdin, a senior in civil engineering, is one of more than 60 students from around the country and Washington State University participating in a research experience for undergraduates (REU) program at WSU supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). In the WSU College of Engineering and Architecture, research areas include atmospheric chemistry, smart homes and mechanical and materials engineering.


NSF funds REU programs all over the country as a way of introducing undergraduates to … » More …