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The Palouse known as an MS hot spot
September 14, 2007

The unique beauty of the Palouse has inspired glorious names — Paradise Creek… Paradise Ridge… Paradise Street. Yet people in the small towns dotting this bit of heaven also live with a vague uneasiness — the hidden and unpredictable threat of multiple sclerosis.

That threat drew researcher Brett Parmenter to WSU in 2006. As assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, she is in eastern Washington — one of the nation’s hot spots for MS — for the singular chance to help answer questions about this puzzling disease.

What is MS?
MS is a debilitating neurological disorder that reportedly affects more than … » More …

Safety and training stressed among international students
June 5, 2007

“We always think about the safety of our students,” said Candace Chenoweth, director of Education Abroad. “We have an excellent record. The number of incidents involving our students has been very small when you consider that anything can happen in this world.”Over the last five years, Chenoweth explained, WSU students have been involved in fewer than a half-dozen incidents that were serious enough to require her office to take action.  During that five year period, about 2,000 students were involved in study-abroad programs, with 620 students abroad during the 2006-2007 academic year alone.“Those incidents ranged from robbery to illnesses that required the student to return home,” she said.  … » More …

WSU Graduate reports findings in Obstetrical Anesthesia Study
February 9, 2007

SPOKANE, Wash.—Imagine you’re a woman who is about to give birth to her first child via a C-section. Depending on the hospital you go to, your comfort and safety during the procedure might be in the hands of a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) or an anesthesiologist. Should you prefer one situation over the other? The answer is no, according to Dan Simonson, a graduate of the health policy and administration program at Washington State University Spokane. Simonson came to this conclusion in an article, “Anesthesia Staffing and Anesthetic Complications During Cesarean Delivery: A Retrospective Analysis,” which was recently published in the January/February 2007 issue … » More …

Study finds plutonium escaping through groundwater particles
October 26, 2006

PULLMAN – Efforts to design nuclear waste facilities should take into account the tendency of plutonium to attach itself to tiny particles called colloids that are suspended in the groundwater, according to a new study by an international research team that included Washington State University chemist Sue Clark and scientists from Moscow (Russia) State University, the University of Michigan and Cameca in France.Working on samples from a highly-contaminated site in Russia, the researchers found that plutonium that leached into groundwater over the past 55 years can be detected more than a mile and a half from the site, and that at distances of a mile … » More …

Researcher studies infants seeking clues for later behavior
May 3, 2006

PULLMAN, Wash. — Most parents spend time playing with, and closely watching, their newborns, foreseeing their child’s future based on this gesture or that facial expression.Masha Gartstein, assistant professor of psychology at Washington State University, is trying to take that one step farther. By systematically studying the behavior of infants, she hopes to find clues that might point to possible behavior problems later in life and to develop ways to prevent them.”It’s widely agreed that there is a lot going on in the first year of life that is meaningful communication,” said Gartstein, who was born in Moscow and came to this country with her … » More …

Education abroad offers outreach event April 5
March 21, 2006

Faculty can encourage their students to study abroad by referring them to the “Global Insights: Peer to Peer Q & A about Studying Abroad,” presentation on Wednesday, April 5 at 5 p.m. in the CUB auditorium.  A panel of students who have previously studied abroad in different countries around the world will share their experiences during this free event that is open to everyone.              A variety of topics will be covered including: impacts on career/interests, housing, academics, program support, challenges faced abroad, language skills, excursions, financial aid, safety and cultural understanding. Attendees will have a chance to ask questions of their peers after the … » More …

Memory-loss study seeks volunteers
March 3, 2006

Researchers at WSU are seeking volunteers aged 50 and over to participate in a study that may lead to new techniques to assist those suffering from progressive dementia. Led by Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe, associate professor of psychology at WSU, the study is intended to provide a better understanding of how various types of memory and other cognitive functions relate to the daily activities of older adults. The study requires about 120 English-speaking participants, divided equally between those who have experienced no memory problems, mild memory problems and more significant memory problems. Participants must have no history of significant brain surgery, stroke, heart attack, brain damage of … » More …

Study of tissue points to change
September 30, 2005

The call of a top research university is to remain at the forefront of technological change and innovation. To answer this call, the WSU Conner Museum is shifting with the times — expanding its taxidermy specimens to include collections of tissue and their stable isotope signatures.Two years ago, after the museum added the University of Idaho birds and mammals collection to its holding, development began on a tissue collection derived from specimens useful for DNA and other analyses.Now, with an extensive collection from expanded regions and time periods, researchers from the School of Biological Sciences are examining climatic, environmental, genetic and spatial changes and trends … » More …

National study sizes up faculty
August 19, 2005

A national survey of faculty members done every four years by the U.S. Education Department recently revealed that, as of fall 2003:• 56 percent of faculty and instructional staff members were employed full time and 44 percent were employed part time. At WSU, 87 percent of faculty and instructional staff were full time, and 13 percent part time, in the fall of 2004.• Nationally, 80.3 percent of the full-time faculty and instructional staff were white, while 8.7 percent were Asian/Pacific Islander, 5.5 percent were black, 3.5 percent were Hispanic and 2 percent other. In 2004 at WSU, 67.0 percent were white, 7.6 percent Asian/Pacific Islander, … » More …

WSU researchers uncover crime DNA testing backlog
April 21, 2005

Counter to what viewers see on “CSI” and similar popular television shows, a recent study at Washington State University suggests forensic DNA analysis remains a woefully under-used technology in investigating criminal felony cases throughout the United States.Based on information provided by law enforcement and criminal forensic laboratories, the new study suggests available biological crime scene evidence from roughly a quarter million unsolved rapes and homicides nationally since 1982 has yet to be subjected to the type of DNA testing that could aid in identifying a suspect.”In the relatively brief amount of time forensic DNA has been available to the criminal justice system, its impact has … » More …