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Grant focuses on better biofuel
April 10, 2008

PULLMAN – Developing plants that include more of what it takes to replace petrochemicals in fuels, plastics and other applications is the focus of an $840,000 USDA grant awarded to WSU Regents Professor Norman G. Lewis.

The three-year award, which was announced April 10, is part of an $18.4 million investment into biomass research, development and demonstration projects by USDA and the U.S. Department of Energy. The funded projects specifically aim to break down critical barriers to making the production of biomass more efficient and cost effective. Only 21 of the 750 proposals submitted from researchers throughout the U.S. received funding.

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Four faculty promoted to regents
March 19, 2008

Four WSU faculty members have been promoted to the standing of Regents professor. This promotion honors the highest level of international distinction in the discipline that raises university standards through teaching, scholarship and public service. Here are the recipients:

Michael D. Griswold, dean of the College of Sciences and professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences, joined the WSU faculty in 1976.
He is recognized as one of the leading authorities in the study of male reproductive biology. He received a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health and has … » More …

Four faculty named Regents professors
March 4, 2008

PULLMAN, Wash.– Four WSU faculty members have been promoted to the standing of Regents professor. This promotion honors the highest level of international distinction in the discipline that raises university standards through teaching, scholarship and public service.

Michael D. Griswold, Norman G. Lewis, B.W. Poovaiah and Gregory W. Yasinitsky will be honored March 28 during the Celebrating Excellence recognition banquet, part of WSU’s “World Class. Face to Face. Showcase” festivities to honor the achievements of faculty and staff across the university.

Griswold, dean of the College of Sciences and professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences, is recognized as one of the leading authorities … » More …

Beauty in the quest for biofuel
September 28, 2007

Painstaking days slicing through alfalfa stems with a razor blade not only confirmed grad student Ann Patten’s scientific point, but also landed her work on the cover of the June 2007 issue of the Journal of Botany.

This wasn’t a first. Her photographs have been featured on the covers of four national scientific journals since 2005.
 
“It’s a relatively rare form of recognition,” said her mentor, Norm Lewis, director of WSU’s Institute of Biological Chemistry. “The editors ask contributors to submit photos for consideration, and they liked Ann’s so much that they used it for the kiosk poster at the annual meeting … » More …

Wood lab simulates natural disaster on 32-foot-long wall
October 3, 2005

Dan Dolan, a WSU professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Scott Lewis, research associate at the Wood Materials and Engineering Lab, are working with other wood lab associates to construct a 32-foot-long wall, which will be knocked down at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7 during a test simulating natural disasters’ effects on buildings.A filmmaking crew will film the simulation as part of an hour-long documentary titled “Disaster Resistant Homes,” which is set to air on PBS in December. The test will also be broadcast by WSU Extension to show what is going on at the wood lab.”The test will quantify strength and displacement capacities,” … » More …