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
The Spokesman-ReviewDecember 6, 2017Spokane Takes Step to Become a “Smart City” Research Center
Streetlights pilot one of first projects in living laboratory of University District
NatureDecember 4, 2017Archaeologists Uneasy as Trump Shrinks Bears Ears Monument Lands
Thousands of ancient Native American sites to lose protections.
SalonDecember 2, 2017Can capitalism be saved? Robert Reich’s new movie isn’t quite sure
Bill Clinton’s labor secretary argues that the capitalist system needs rescuing. Yea, but should we bother?
The Capital PressNovember 29, 2017Seattle Firm Helps Fight Citrus Greening Disease
Florida citrus producers are looking to a Seattle company to help rebuild the state’s citrus orchards devastated by disease and recent hurricanes.
CBS Sunday MorningNovember 26, 2017Was Johnny Appleseed for real?
An apple a day may or may not keep the doctor away, but it’s a sentiment shared by just about everyone CBS’s Mo Rocca has been visiting.
The EconomistNovember 23, 2017Wealth Inequality has been Widening for Millennia
Neolithic societies were far more egalitarian
New catalyst meets challenge of cleaning exhaust from modern engines
By Eric Sorensen, WSU News
PULLMAN, Wash. – As cars become more fuel efficient, less heat is wasted in the exhaust, which makes it harder to clean up the pollutants being emitted.Read Story
Adults with disabilities benefitting from Affordable Care Act
By Addy Hatch, College of Nursing
SPOKANE, Wash. – As politicians continue to wrangle over the future of the Affordable Care Act, newly published research shows the law has been clearly beneficial for at least one group of Americans – working-age adults with disabilities.Read Story
Office of Research announces 2018 Commercialization Gap Fund awards
PULLMAN, Wash. – Seven research projects with high commercialization potential have been chosen to receive awards of up to $50,000 through the Commercialization Gap Fund for 2018. The funding was awarded to faculty from diverse fields including clean technology, human health, agriculture and engineering.Read Story
WSU College of Medicine lands $10 million in new research grants
By Christina VerHeul, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
SPOKANE, Wash. – Fewer than three years since its inception, Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is making its mark on university research by securing $10 million in new grants and contract awards this fiscal year.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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