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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.

Research news

The Spokesman-ReviewJuly 24, 2021‘A pressing national challenge’: WSU to lead new regional cybersecurity education and research institute

Washington State University professor Bernard Van Wie pointed to data breaches at banks and other cyberattacks as examples illustrating the importance of cybersecurity in today’s world.

Phys.orgJuly 12, 2021How to preserve employee morale during cost-cutting

After cutbacks and layoffs, remaining employees were more likely to feel they were treated fairly if the companies invested in them—and morale was less likely to plunge, according to new research.

The Seattle TimesJuly 11, 2021Newly discovered fungus spores spurred by heat and drought are killing Seattle street trees

So-called sooty bark disease is named for the black, powdery patches that are the telltale marks on tree bark of the fungus Crypotostroma corticale. At least 46 street trees have been observed to be suffering or killed by the disease so far in the city, but many more trees may be infected.

The ColumbianJuly 11, 2021Research aims to examine ‘compounding’ health effects of climate change

Claire Richards research, which was awarded funding under WSU’s new faculty seed grant competition, will look at the extent to which the region is experiencing extreme heat, power outages and wildfire smoke and then look at what data exists — or not — to help identify solutions.

Mirage NewsJuly 9, 2021Students spring into science careers

Through the regional partnership, select WSU graduate students spend the last two years of their doctoral program training alongside scientists and engineers at the laboratory. The students conduct hands-on research in existing areas of collaboration between the two institutions. These areas include nuclear science and engineering, electric power grid, bioproducts, catalysis, environmental and soil science, and materials science, among others.

Office of Research Annual Report

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Partners in discovery

Collaboration accelerates and strengthens the discovery of WSU scholars. Partners in industry, government, and academia help WSU faculty address a set of Grand Challenges—priorities that focus on urgent problems of the state, nation, and world.

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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