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NIH grant writing insights offered
September 6, 2002

A workshop designed to help researchers learn the fundamentals of preparing a strong application for National Institutes of Health funding will be held at WSU Spokane Sept. 10. The workshop is open to local grant administrators, researchers (particularly those new to NIH funding), and graduate students.The workshop will be held in the auditorium of the Phase I Classroom Building at the Riverpoint Higher Education Campus, 668 North Riverpoint Dr. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with a welcome and opening remarks at 8 a.m. The workshop concludes at 5 p.m. There is no charge for the workshop. However, seating is limited and an RSVP is required … » More …

Cost a barrier to prescriptions for people with disabilities
July 8, 2002

A national study published in the July issue of “The American Journal of Public Health” suggests that 1.3 million adults with disabilities do not take their medications as prescribed because they cannot afford to do so, and more than half report resulting health problems. Principal investigator Jae Kennedy, assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Administration at Washington State University Spokane, says, “the analysis shows how drug costs are affecting the health behavior of one of the most vulnerable populations in this country, adults with disabilities.”One of the key study findings indicate that most of the adults with disabilities who reported cost-associated noncompliance … » More …

Girls encouraged in science
July 5, 2002

WSU Spokane has been encouraging girls to explore science as it hosted its popular CityLab summer science camp, July 8 – 12 on the Riverpoint campus. This year the program took young women grades 6 – 8 on an astrobiology quest. Young investigators will use tools of DNA analysis, blood typing, food analysis, and gel electrophoresis to solve the mystery of the Martian mummies! The camp includes an overnight trip to the WSU Pullman campus to visit various science departments and the reopened WSU Jewett Observatory. For more information, contact Glynis Hull at 509-358-7638 or ghull@wsu.edu, or visit the WSU Spokane CityLab Web site at … » More …

Graduate exercise science program okayed
May 28, 2002

Students may now enroll in a new master’s degree program at Washington State University Spokane focusing on the cellular physiological responses to exercise.The Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board recently approved the M.S. in exercise science. The degree replaces the M.S. in kinesiology formerly offered at WSU Pullman.Exercise science is a scientifically based discipline that focuses on the body’s response to exercise. The degree is Washington’s only research-based graduate program in exercise science focusing on clinical and experimental exercise physiology with an emphasis on cellular and molecular mechanisms, said Sally Blank, associate professor of exercise science and coordinator of the graduate program. “We will benefit … » More …

Antidepressants, sperm function studied by Spokane researchers
May 13, 2002

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 …