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April 8-14 Humanities Week: Human impact on nature

By Adrian Aumen, College of Arts & Sciences

McKibbenPULLMAN, Wash. – The effects of human activities on the natural world will be explored in four free, public events during Humanities Week 2016 at Washington State University April 8-14. » More …

Nov. 30: Ecologist touts power of nature in prison reform

By Adrian Aumen, College of Arts & Sciences

Nadkarni-webPULLMAN, Wash. – An internationally renowned forest ecologist and leader in prison reform will talk about blending science, nature and social justice in a free, public address at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, in the CUB auditorium at Washington State University. » More …

Study puts a price on the help that nature provides agriculture

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Cover crop-webPULLMAN, Wash. – A team of international scientists has shown that assigning a dollar value to the benefits nature provides agriculture improves the bottom line for farmers while protecting the environment. The study confirms that organic farming systems do a better job of capitalizing on nature’s services. » More …

Scientist part of call in Nature for diverse conservation values

Nature-comment-220PULLMAN, Wash. – A call for inclusive conservation published in this week’s issue of the journal Nature is signed by 240 leading conservation scientists, including Stephanie Hampton, director of the Center for Environmental Research, Education and Outreach at Washington State University. » More …

Oct. 28: Authors to discuss nature’s wisdom, agriculture

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Denison,-left,-and-MarrisPULLMAN, Wash. – A free, public symposium, “Saving Nature and Improving Agriculture: Where Does Nature’s Wisdom Lie?” will begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in the CUB junior ballroom at Washington State University Pullman. » More …

April 17: Lawyer discusses patenting aspects of nature

Eric-Williams-80PULLMAN, Wash. – New federal guidelines for what products of nature might be eligible for patents will be discussed by a pharmacist/intellectual property lawyer at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building 305 at Washington State University Pullman. The presentation will be videoconferenced in SPBS 409 at WSU Spokane. » More …

Roundworms help scientists understand cholesterol, fat

PULLMAN — Microscopic roundworms are helping scientists better understand what regulates cholesterol and fatty acid levels in the body, according to Washington State University researcher Jennifer Watts.Her work is included in an article published today in the scientific journal Nature.The article, with lead authors from the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Harvard Medical School, focuses on a substance that activates the SREBP protein, which in turn, activates genes that regulate cholesterol and fatty acids levels.Watts, an assistant research professor in the Institute of Biological Chemistry and a scientist in the WSU Agricultural Research Center, uses C. elegans to examine the role unsaturated fatty acids … » More …

Lecture addresses degradation of support base

Harold Mooney, an environmental biologist from Stanford University, will deliver the annual Lane Family Lecture at the WSU Pullman campus. The lecture, titled “Taking Stock of Nature’s Assets,” is slated for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Todd auditorium.Mooney will discuss a recent international assessment of the world’s ecosystems by 1,300 social and natural scientists that focused on the future capacity of these systems to provide goods and services for human well-being. According to Mooney, the results of the evaluation are troubling and clearly indicate that we are degrading our natural support base and the “free” services it provides. He will describe the assessment … » More …

Weeds: Fight nature with nature

The approach of summer often brings with it delightful thoughts of gardening, scenic drives and nature watching. What could mar this beauty? Weeds!Washington is home to more than 500 weed species, 129 of which are noxious or non-native species. Though annoying pests to gardeners, weeds also cause statewide problems to acres of open terrain — far more than a bottle of weed spray can cure.To combat the destruction noxious weeds cause to the environment — such as disturbing plant communities, livestock grazing, wildlife habitat and water quality — WSU Extension is fighting nature with nature through its Invasive Weed Species Bioagent Enhancement Program, with regional … » More …