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Four selected as American Chemical Society fellows

 


Sue Clark


 


Kerry Hipps


 


Kenneth Nash


 

Young Wang

PULLMAN – Four WSU faculty members have been named 2010 Fellows of the American Chemical Society (ACS). They are among 192 distinguished scientists who were named ACS Fellows in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments in chemistry and service to ACS, the world’s largest scientific … » More …

Research shows drop in proper restraints

PULLMAN – Washingtonians may lead the nation in buckling up when they drive, but recent research at WSU shows the state’s drivers are not nearly so conscientious when it comes to providing proper child safety restraints for the children riding with them.

Just last month, a study conducted by the Washington Traffic Safety Commission showed more than 96 percent of Washington’s drivers are buckling themselves up when they hit the road.

In contrast, only roughly half the children weighing under 40 pounds and less than 18 percent of children weighing between 40 … » More …

WSU seeking patent on wheat

WSU is seeking international patent protection on Scarlet Rz1, a new spring wheat genotype believed to be the first to have resistance to Rhizoctonia root rot, a yield-limiting root disease found world-wide.

 

“This is the first wheat genotype that we know of that has tolerance to this disease,” said Kim Kidwell, interim spring wheat breeder and associate dean of academic programs for WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. “It’s a major problem in direct seeded spring wheat production. We’ve just started to present data publically, and people are interested in it because the disease is a serious yield-limiting factor in Australia … » More …

WSU Spokane hosts research conference

Washington State University’s Riverpoint Campus in Spokane will be the site of a conference titled “Chromosomes, Reproduction, and the Environment,” on May 18 and 19. Hosted by WSU researchers Patricia Hunt, Terry Hassold and Lisa Shaffer, the meeting will address the causes of chromosomal abnormalities that lead to birth defects, miscarriages and infertility.Participants include nearly 20 researchers and clinicians from institutions in the United States, Canada and Europe who research areas such as the role of a parent’s age or exposure to environmental contaminants in producing chromosomal abnormalities, infertility as a result of chromosome damage and diagnosis of fetal chromosome problems.Conference organizer Smith Lutu said … » More …

Faculty fill up and fraternize

Here are the researchers with office and collaborative lab space in the new Plant Biosciences Building. The names are grouped according to location in the building and shared disciplines. Dennis Johnson, Rm. 107, professor, Plant Pathology, 335-3753, dajohn@wsu.edu. Research: Epidemiology and management of diseases of irrigated crops, and ecology of plant pathogens on natural vegetation. Disease resistance, disease forecasting, spatial patterns of diseased plants, disease etiology and disease management. Joe Poovaiah, Rm. 118-122, professor, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, 335-2487, poovaiah@wsu.edu. Research: Calcium signaling in plants, plant growth and development, biotechnology. Mechthild Tegeder, Rm. 119, assistant professor, School of Biological Sciences, 335-7545, tegeder@wsu.edu. Research: Identification, characterization … » More …

Researchers to study the role of bacteria in sediments

Brent Peyton and Rajesh Sani, researchers in the Washington State University Center for Multiphase Environmental Research, received a four-year $1.2 million grant for a project to characterize indigenous microorganisms in the metal-contaminated sediments of Idaho’s Lake Coeur d’Alene and to analyze their role in the transport of metals through the environment.The work, sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s Biocomplexity Program, could someday be used to better predict metal transport processes in contaminated sediments and improve bioremediation strategies.A long history of mining in the Pacific Northwest has led to high levels of heavy metals in the sediments of some area lakes and rivers. However, microorganisms that … » More …

WSU academia present research findings Dec. 4

New members of the Washington State University academic community will reveal their research findings during the Freshman Seminar Research Symposium on Thursday, Dec. 4, from 3-5 p.m. in the Samuel H. Smith Center for Undergraduate Education, Room 502.The researchers, all first-year students enrolled in the university’s Freshman Seminar Program, have worked under the mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students as well as teaching and library faculty. The 22 projects, a culmination of research and analysis, will be presented using multimedia technologies.The Freshman Seminar Program’s excellence has received national acclaim. In Fall 2001, it was awarded the Commission for Academic Support in Higher Education Exemplary Programs … » More …

Antidepressants, sperm function studied by Spokane researchers

Researchers at Washington State University Spokane are now enrolling subjects in the first-ever study of the effects of a class of common antidepressant on sperm function.The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has awarded $143,000 to fund the study on the effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on sperm function, including their impact on the genetic material in the sperm (the DNA, or chromatin). The SSRIs are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants in the United States (examples include Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil). An estimated 4 million men of reproductive age in the U.S. alone take SSRIs each year.The grant was awarded to … » More …