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Rock Doc column: Fighting a sly, crippling disease

E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences

Peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Normally, when a bacterium invades your body, it is surrounded and engulfed by a white blood cell. At least that’s what we were taught in high school biology. If all goes well, the white blood cell kills the bacterium and the infection is over: case closed. » More …

Partnership boosts east Africa, WSU ed, research opportunities

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Photo by Josiah Nombo

PULLMAN, Wash. – “A center for all of east Africa,” is how Jerman Rose describes the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania. It is central for expanding research and education in Africa as well as attracting Washington State University students to study and learn. » More …

Rock Doc column: In the science of detecting bluffs, ‘poker faces’ don’t tell all

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences 

Peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Experienced poker players know the basic odds of drawing the card they need to build a better hand. They also are good at estimating if their hand is likely to be better than those of the other players around the table. In other words, probability and statistics are built into the game of poker. » More …

Personal and social concerns motivate organic food buyers: Study offers tips for green advertising strategists

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By Sue McMurray, College of Business

PULLMAN, Wash. – Predicting whether consumers will purchase organic or conventional food is a multimillion dollar gamble within the food sector. A novel paper by Washington State University College of Business researchers will help advertisers more effectively target the fast-growing organic food market. » More …

Travel awards help faculty strengthen WSU’s global research presence; deadline Nov. 22

By Abbi Delgado, Office of International Programs

PULLMAN, Wash. – Recipients of the first International Research Travel Awards (IRTA) returned to Washington State University with stronger relationships and collaborative research proposals. Applications for the 2013-14 awards are being accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. » More …

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

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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. » More …