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Scientist earns top national award for biofuels research
February 2, 2015

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

xiao-zhang-80RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University professor Xiao Zhang has received a prestigious National Science Foundation award to junior faculty for his work in converting tough plant material to liquid fuels.

IT, researchers secure grant to boost computing, innovation
September 29, 2014

By Casey Hanson, Information Services

PULLMAN, Wash. – An innovative partnership between researchers and information technologists has secured a $498,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for Washington State University to increase computing capabilities in research-intensive buildings. This will enhance scientific and data-intensive research, innovation, discovery and education. 

NSF awards support grad students in pharmacy research
May 1, 2014

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.

NSF grant to study corporate influence on government
November 8, 2013

By Robert Strenge, WSU News

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University sociologist Mikhail Balaev has received a two-year National Science Foundation award of $170,000 to study political and corporate ties in the American government.

Vancouver professor receives $1.1 million in grants to study how the brain understands what it hears
October 17, 2013


By Brenda Alling, WSU Vancouver

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Christine Portfors, associate professor of biology and neuroscience and head of the Hearing and Communication Laboratory at Washington State University Vancouver, has received two federal grants totaling more than $1.1 million over three years. The grants will be used to study how neurons in the brains of mice detect, discriminate and categorize the different types of sounds mice use to communicate.

Humans and robots team up for high-tech fruit harvest
August 28, 2013

fruit harvest concept


Conceptual human-machine interface for collaborative fruit identification. (Image by Manoj
Karkee and Mark De Kleine, WSU)

apple hand sensor

Sensors measure force and pressure during hand picking
of apple. (Photo by Long He, WSU)

PROSSER, Wash. – With a bumper crop of apples expected this season, many Washington tree fruit growers dream of a day when automated technology helps bring in the harvest. Manoj Karkee, assistant professor with the Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems at Washington State University, believes that day will soon be here.

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Movement sensor’s feedback acts as physical therapist
July 30, 2013

NSF REU study

Kindle, left, attaches sensor to study participant’s arm.

PULLMAN, Wash. – Brooks Kindle sits at his desk to demonstrate the simple stretch he has used all summer to collect data. He has divided the stretch into four parts: lowering his forearm to the desk, raising it back into the air, lowering it again and finally sitting back in his chair.


Kindle, a junior in computer science at Washington State University, does this stretch with a rectangular sensor about the size of a garage door opener attached to his arm. It collects movement data. … » More …

Kids learn physics, energy efficiency basics
July 1, 2013

Project SOS


Children learn some basic concepts of physics by using exhibits designed
to also teach home energy efficiency. (Photo by Kathleen Ryan, WSU)


PULLMAN, Wash. – An innovative collaborative project is teaching young people the basics of physics. Using simple models, an interdisciplinary team is simultaneously opening doors to more sustainable, energy-efficient homes.

Project SOS – the Science of Sustainability – is funded by a National Science Foundation grant to teach middle school students from local communities about the physics of energy transfer in their own homes.

The goals of the two-year project are … » More …