Building knowledge for a healthier world
Washington State University researchers untangle complex problems to enrich quality of life for us all. Their work safeguards the health of humans and animals. It helps ensure the security and abundance of our food supply. It cultivates sustainable sources of energy to power future generations. Discoveries and innovations of this Tier 1 research institution fuel prosperity across the Pacific Northwest.
Designing cities for the future
Measuring urban air quality is one step towards healthier, more sustainable cities
By 2050, 66 percent of the world’s population is projected to live in urban areas. Growing cities strain food, water and energy systems, which in turn has a negative impact on economic, social and environmental sustainability and wellbeing.
To address these challenges, regional governments, companies and universities are coming together to develop the technology and proposed system changes needed for “smarter” cities. An initiative in Spokane called Urbanova is one of the innovators in this movement, and Washington State University is a founding partner.
Urbanova is a living laboratory in Spokane’s University District … » More …Read Story
The uncompromising pursuit of healthier people and communities
Addressing health disparities and preventing disease
American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities experience elevated rates of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. These communities are historically underserved when it comes to health care. Little research has been conducted to better understand and address their health care needs.
Dr. Dedra Buchwald of the WSU Health Sciences Spokane campus hopes to equip these communities with powerful tools to improve blood pressure control, and ultimately cardiovascular disease and stroke. With a $10 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Dr. Buchwald will work with a Southwest tribe, an Alaska Native health … » More …Read Story
Stopping the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Advancing the health of communities worldwide
For decades, doctors have trusted antibiotic medicines to fight Infectious bacteria, saving lives and restoring health. Lately, though, the drugs often fail. To blame are newly emerging antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Drug-resistant bacterial infections cause nearly 23,000 deaths annually in the United States. Globally the annual death toll could be as high as 700,000.
WSU is part of global effort
Stopping antimicrobial resistance (AMR) requires a global effort. Washington State University is helping to lead the charge.
In the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, where experts study the emergence and spread of disease, researchers are examining the role … » More …Read Story
Promoting an informed and equitable society
Preserving indigenous traditions in digital form
A complete picture of U.S. history requires the information held in tribal archives, libraries, and museums (TALMs). While many major libraries and museums now digitize their collections for access and use, many TALMs lack the resources to do so. In addition, traditional content management systems are organized under Western standards, not allowing for local narrations and other cultural practices and protocols important to archiving Native heritage.
Digitally preserving and sharing stories, artifacts, and images from diverse cultures is important in a technologically advancing world. WSU researcher Kim Christen is ensuring that digital history includes Native American voices stored and … » More …Read Story
Harnessing technology to improve quality of life
New promise for solar energy
A breakthrough by WSU researcher Kelvin Lynn could help solar energy compete with fossil fuels for generating electricity.
Commercial success of solar technology has been constrained by the cells’ performance and cost. Key to addressing both concerns are the materials from which solar cells are made.
Seeking an alternative to silicon
Silicon solar cells represent 90 percent of the solar cell market. Because silicon is a costly material to use in manufacturing, it keeps the price of solar cells high. A low-cost alternative is cadmium telluride (CdTe), which outperforms silicon in real-world conditions, such as low light and hot, humid … » More …Read Story
Improving security for storage of dangerous materials
New technology safeguards radioactive weapons and waste
Safe storage of nuclear weapons and waste is critical for national security and environmental health. Specialized seals are used to prevent tampering.
WSU researcher Hergen Eilers has developed a seal technology that adds a layer of security beyond what’s found in existing seals. His technology also allows for simple visual inspection to verify that a storage site is secure.
How the seal works
Dr. Eilers’ seals are composed of nano-particles embedded in a polymer. He uses a wavefront-modulated laser, which can control scattered light. When the laser interacts with the seal, the light is scattered by the particles. … » More …Read Story
Creating jobs through sustainable building technologies
Cross-laminated timber could invigorate the regional economy
Buildings stand among the nation’s leading producers of greenhouse gases. To blame is the energy used to operate them and the carbon-heavy materials required to construct them. With populations increasingly shifting toward urban centers, construction will only continue. Reducing emissions created by urban growth will require rethinking our built environment.
Much of that rethinking is happening at WSU, where architecture and engineering scholars are designing future skylines made of wood. Not often used in today’s urban infrastructures, wood is a renewable resource. It can be sustainably forested and manufactured into panels that have high-performance properties comparable to those of … » More …Read Story
HowStuffWorksNovember 16, 2017Scientists Identify Third-Largest Eruption in Earth’s History
Over 1,000 years, explosions of sulfuric gas blocked out the sun and chilled the planet.
The Washington PostNovember 15, 2017Speaking of Science
Long before hedge funds, cattle drove inequality, study says
Northwest Public RadioNovember 15, 2017Monarch Butterflies Are Disappearing, But They May Be Saved, Researchers Say
WSU’s Cheryl Schultz: “We’re really in a critical time now, but it’s not too late.”
The Washington PostNovember 15, 2017Wonkblog
Politics really is ruining Thanksgiving, according to data from 10 million cellphones
QuartzyNovember 14, 2017This Autumn’s Apples Mark the Beginning of the Designer Fruit Era
Across the world, apple growers are looking to replace their Red Delicious and Granny Smith trees with the next big thing in apples.
UnDarkNovember 13, 2017The Allure and Perils of Hydropower
Damming rivers may seem like a clean and easy solution for Albania and other energy-hungry countries. But the devil is in the details.
Applications sought for 2018 Keck Research Program
The program seeks unique, high-risk, paradigm-shifting projects to benefit humanity in two specific areas: medical research, and science and engineering.Read Story
Nov. 20: Application deadline; 3 million Alaska Airlines miles available
PULLMAN, Wash. – Alaska Airlines has committed three million airline miles to WSU faculty, extension employees, graduate and undergraduate students with travel funding needs as part of the company’s three-year sponsorship of WSU’s Imagine Tomorrow program.Read Story
High-efficiency building bloopers revealed through occupant studies
By Erik Gomez, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
PULLMAN, Wash. – Many researchers know that new high-efficiency buildings don’t typically get used as intended. The numbers don’t add up, and occupants can easily waste energy if they do not understand how to use the building.Read Story
Changing climate to bring more landslides on logged land WSU research shows
By Eric Sorensen, WSU News
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers say landslides on logged forests will be more widespread as the Northwest climate changes.Read Story
Huge carbon sink exists in soil minerals WSU researcher finds
By Eric Sorensen, WSU News
VANCOUVER, Wash. – A Washington State University researcher has discovered that vast amounts of carbon can be stored by soil minerals more than a foot below the surface. The finding could help offset the rising greenhouse-gas emissions helping warm the Earth’s climate.Read Story
Top new awards in fiscal year 2016
Bringing innovations to the marketplace
WSU researchers’ technological innovations drive economic expansion for the state of Washington and the nation. Find out how WSU partners with private industry to move from invention to commercialization.
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