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Graduate student wins American Heart Association Fellowship

By Mary Catherine Frantz, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University Ph.D. student Thu (Lily) Ly has won a prestigious graduate fellowship from the American Heart Association. » More …

WSU receives NIH grant to study heart problems at molecular level


By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have received a $1.57 million National Institutes of Health grant to understand the molecular-scale mechanisms that cause cardiomyopathy, or heart muscle disease. » More …

NSF awards support grad students in pharmacy research

By Lorraine Nelson, College of Pharmacy

NSF-pharmacy-studentsSPOKANE, Wash. – The National Science Foundation has awarded three years of research support to two doctoral students in the College of Pharmacy at the Washington State University health sciences campus in Spokane. » More …

Heart concert highlights Dad’s Weekend

Heart - Nancy and Ann Wilson

Nancy and Ann Wilson lead Heart with guitar and vocals for four decades



PULLMAN, Wash. – Heart – the legendary band inducted in 2013 into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – will headline this year’s Dad’s Weekend concert, 7:30 p.m. Oct 11, at Beasley Coliseum.

Led by sisters lead singer Ann Wilson and guitarist Nancy Wilson, Heart rose to fame in the mid-1970s with music influenced by hard rock, heavy metal and folk. The North American band first found success in Canada and Seattle and later in the … » More …

Hibernation provides clues to heart disease

PULLMAN – In hibernation, a bear’s heart function mimics certain heart diseases of humans and other animals. When a bear comes out of hibernation, its heart resumes normal functioning, unlike humans and other animals with diseased hearts.

Hibernating bears have heart rates of
about 18 beats per minute. In humans, heart rates this slow would cause congestion and heart failure, usually within a matter of weeks. The bears show no illeffects, even after four or five months of slow heart rates.

Lynne Nelson, a cardiologist in WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and … » More …

33rd heart memorializing murderer questioned

Signs were attached to WSU’s giant blue heart statue this morning, carrying messages disagreeing with there being a 33rd paper heart memorializing the suicidal gunman who killed 32 innocent people at Virginia Tech on April 16. The April 16 killing rampage was the most deadly incident on any U.S. college campus in history. The gunman, Seung-hui Cho, 23, was a senior English student at Virginia Tech.Signs read: Dear Campus Involvement. Suicide does not equal murder. Please stop counting it, 32. The 33 paper hearts were placed in the ground by Campus Involvement to remember all the deaths at Virginia Tech. Greg Wilkins, director for Campus Involvement, said his group was hopeful that the hearts would stay up … » More …

Art critics display opinion on giant blue heart

Early morning art critics displayed their opinion Tuesday by draping a huge tarp with the words “Return to Sender” over the the giant blue heart sculpture located near Grimes and Stadium Way. The painted bronze casting by artist Jim Dine, titled Technicolar Heart, was part of a large fall outdoor art exhibit that included 11 works by Dine, as well as others by eight different artists. At the end of the exhibit, Technicolor Heart and several other works were purchased by the Washington State Arts Commission. WSAC purchases art works through a program that receives 1/2 of 1 percent of all tax dollars used to construct public buildings.Boone … » More …

Infant hearts contain body’s largest protein

Titin is a giant, spring-like protein that helps give all muscles their elastic recoil. It also gives the heart its ability to retain its shape after each beat. Veterinary research conducted at Washington State University has revealed that an unusually large form of titin in nearly born and newborn children makes their growing hearts more elastic than those of adults. Sunshine Lahmers, a veterinary cardiology resident, and her WSU research colleagues made the discovery, which was published in the March 2004 issue of Circulation Research. Lahmers’ work is a collaboration between veterinarians and physicians to understand species differences and similarities in heart development and disease. … » More …