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Study results to help improve research impact
March 9, 2017

By Alyssa Patrick, Office of Research

PULLMAN, Wash. – Increasing faculty incentives and regional industry and community engagement are among recommendations from a recent report of how Washington State University can better connect its research to non-academic stakeholders.

Human tissue, data study eyes nuclear impact
October 4, 2010


RICHLAND – Tucked away in a metal-sided warehouse at the Richland Airport, WSU researchers sift through years, even decades, of data files and human tissue samples in an attempt to track how previous nuclear workers were affected by plutonium, uranium and other nuclear-industry related elements.


The project is called “The United States Transuranium & Uranium Registries,” (USTUR) and is operated by the WSU College of Pharmacy, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Health and Safety.


“The project is to basically increase the confidence in the regulatory system for protecting workers and also, by extension, members of the public … » More …

Flooding impacts WSU Extension staff
December 6, 2007


Many people in western Washington, including WSU Extension and Research staff,  are still without power or phone service due to flooding earlier this week. Below are a few of their stories and some photos from that region.



* Jennifer Leach, WSU County Extension director, Wahkiakum County: “We were without phone service until this evening….we can now call out and can now receive e-mails…..but not sure if we can receive incoming calls.”

* Don Tapio, area extension educator, Grays Harbor County:   “I have been confined to the barn (photo above) … » More …

IMPACT scientist selected for prestigious fellowship
February 7, 2007

PULLMAN – Gustavo Barbosa-Canovas, a Washington State University professor and International Marketing Program for Agricultural Commodities & Trade scientist, was elected as a Fellow for the Institute of Food Science and Technology on Tuesday. Barbosa-Canovas is a professor of food engineering in the School of Biological Systems Engineering at WSU, where he teaches food processing and engineering courses. Fellowship is the senior grade of membership within the IFST and is awarded to only those who have made either a substantial contribution to food science and technology or who have reached a position of seniority and authority with the profession, according to the IFST Web site. Barbosa-Canovas works with the … » More …

WSU scientists perfecting mechanical harvest of cherries
August 30, 2006

PROSSER, Wash. — Rich, velvet-red, fresh sweet cherries are in high demand, and so are skilled laborers to harvest the highly perishable crop. However, labor shortages and labor costs may soon be a thing of the past for Northwest cherry producers, if consumers will accept their fresh cherries free of stems. In a project funded by Washington State University’s International Marketing Program for Agricultural Commodities and Trade Center, scientists here are perfecting a mechanical alternative to hand-picking fresh sweet cherries. Cherries are the most labor intensive fruit crop and one of the fastest growing fresh fruit exports in the Northwest. According to Matt Whiting, a … » More …

WSU wine marketing partnership under way
May 2, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. — WSU researchers are looking at ways to work together to better market Washington wine from vineyard to glass.Thomas I. Wahl, director of WSU’s International Marketing Program for Agricultural Commodities and Trade (IMPACT) Center, funded research projects that examine consumer wine preferences. Those projects revealed a need to strengthen working relationships between marketing and agricultural researchers, and leaders in the wine industry.”There is a need to develop more collaboration when it comes to wine,” Wahl said. “Different segments in the wine industry face marketing challenges, yet as researchers, we are not hearing the challenges in the same language. I’d like to see Washington … » More …

Wine workshop brings leaders to the Palouse
March 29, 2006

“Marketing Washington Wines to the World” is the focus of a WSU Wine Researchers’ Workshop sponsored by the International Marketing Program for the Agricultural Commodities and Trade (IMPACT) Center at WSU’s Pullman campus on April 6.The workshop brings together marketing, economics, viticulture and enology researchers to discuss their work and future plans for the Washington wine industry and will help identify issues Washington faces in the marketing of wines locally, nationally and internationally. Discussion across disciplines also will help to better identify key concerns and opportunities for collaboration in research, in addition to the marketing of Washington wines to promote economic growth and trade.Speakers include … » More …

Lentil snacks survey receives a healthy response
September 2, 2005

Nutritious snacks developed at WSU were a hit with most of the 400 people who sampled the food at Pullman’s Lentil Festival in mid-August.“We have tremendous positive feedback from both adults and children based on taste,” said Juming Tang, project leader and fellow in food technology at WSU’s International Marketing for Agricultural Commodities and Trade (IMPACT) Center. According to festival survey results, more than 80 percent of tasters would buy the lentil snacks and about 72 percent would buy the pea-based products.Snack food is a $17 billion per year industry with an annual growth rate of 3.5 percent. The share of value-added snacks is $9.46 … » More …