Science progresses when it’s a ‘playground of inquiry’

PULLMAN, Wash. – “Knowledge is a big subject. Ignorance is bigger. And it is more interesting.” So begins Stuart Firestein’s book, “Ignorance: How It Drives Science.” Part of the core message in the book about how science should work is wrapped up in a brief story about a physicist named Isidor Isaac Rabi. When Rabi […]

WSU plant, animal scientists ranked 13th internationally

PULLMAN – Plant and animal scientists at Washington State University are among the most productive and most impactful in the world, according to rankings recently released by Thomson Reuters.   In its “Essential Science Indicators,” the business and professional information gathering company ranked WSU 13th in the world and sixth in the United States based […]

World record attempt to use juiced bat developed at WSU

    PULLMAN – Science and baseball are not two things that many people think of as having a lot in common, but baseball is all about science. On April 13, famed hitter and World Series champion Jimmy Rollins will attempt to break the Guinness World Record of 576 feet for the longest batted ball […]

Abelson lecture investigates nanotechnology

 PULLMAN – The 2010 Abelson Lecture at WSU will be delivered by Tobin J. Marks, one of the world’s foremost authorities in the fields of organometallic chemistry, chemical catalysis, materials science, organic electronics, photovoltaics and nanotechnology. He is the Ipatieff Professor of Chemistry and professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern University. Marks’ research has […]

Nuclear engineer to discuss spent fuel, fuel designs

RICHLAND — Brady Hanson, with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will present “From Commercial Spent Fuel to Innovative Fuel Designs” at 12:10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at WSU Tri-Cities.   Hanson will discuss the effect of spent fuel chemistry on properties such as oxidation and dissolution, resonance absorption and the rim effect and how we […]

Students aim high in new 4-H after-school program

    TACOMA – In Washington State, 31 percent of youth in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade take care of themselves after the school day ends.  After-school programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire learning. On Oct. 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Portland Avenue Resource Center will celebrate the opening […]

Expert to discuss contemporary nitrogen challenges

PULLMAN – Paul Fixen, international soil fertility expert, will speak on agricultural science and policy to sustain a world of 9 billion people, with an emphasis on nitrogen. The seminar will be held Monday, Oct. 26 at 2:10 p.m. in Room T101 of the food science and nutrition building.   Nitrogen in commercial fertilizer accounts […]

National Organic Center supports WSU research

PULLMAN – The Organic Center, a national non-profit organization supporting research and education on the consumer and environmental health benefits of organic food and farming, donated $30,000 to support organic agriculture research and programming at WSU.   This latest donation brings the total in gifts and grants to WSU from the Organic Center to more […]