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WSU scientists help detect gravitational waves for third time

black holeBy Will Ferguson, College of Arts and Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Three billion years ago in a distant galaxy, two massive black holes slammed together, merged into one and sent space–time vibrations, known as gravitational waves, shooting out into the universe. » More …

Hampton named chair of NSF advisory committee

By Alyssa Patrick, Office of Research

Stephanie HamptonPULLMAN, Wash. – Stephanie Hampton, director of WSU’s Center for Environmental Research Education and Outreach, was recently named chair of the National Science Foundation biological sciences advisory committee. » More …

STEM minority students find support, giving opportunities

By Erik Gomez, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture

Strategically looking for answers, Ramiro Gonzalez gazes across his table that lies covered in papers, a ruler, textbooks, different colored pens and a cup of tea. It’s a daily routine, as he waits for someone to help. » More …

$1.5M NSF grant funds project to teach real-world math

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

amy-roth-mcduffie-detailRICHLAND, Wash. – A Washington State University Tri-Cities professor is part of a project awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to teach mathematical modeling in elementary school as it applies to real-world cultural and community contexts. » More …

Five grad students earn science foundation fellowships

PULLMAN, Wash. – Five Washington State University students have received National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships. Of 17,000 applicants, 2,000 students across the U.S. received the three-year awards. » More …

Young researcher award funds data science, analysis

By Michelle Fredrickson, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Assefaw-GebremedhinPULLMAN, Wash. – Computer science professor Assefaw Gebremedhin has received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award for exceptional researchers at the beginning of their careers. » More …

Entrepreneurship accelerator will aid students, faculty, state

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Icorps-logoPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to teach its faculty and students how to come up with the “Next Big Thing” and become better entrepreneurs. » 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 …

WSU receives NSF grant to evaluate university partner accommodation policies

McCluskey-J-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University professor of economics Jill McCluskey has been awarded a three-year, $449,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will help fund a study of the effects of partner accommodation policies (PAPs), including their implications for increasing the number of female faculty teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). » More …

Research examines how engineers learn concepts

PULLMAN – Engineering education has been around for several centuries, but for the first time, WSU researchers are examining which engineering concepts engineers actually use and how they apply those concepts in the workplace.

 

Shane Brown, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has received a $400,000 National Science Foundation CAREER Award for a four-year project to better understand how practicing civil engineers learn engineering concepts. He then hopes to develop a model of engineering thought about these concepts and research-based curricular materials.

 

Traditionally, engineering curricula have been focused on concepts that … » More …