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.
Managing reservoirs for the health of the environment
Water bodies produce more methane than landfills
Reservoirs dot the Pacific Northwest, providing water for irrigation, fish conservation, hydropower and recreation. Yet these freshwater bodies also contribute to climate change by releasing methane—a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide—into the air.
The use of fertilizers, fossil fuels and other practices common to industrial civilizations increases the discharge of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous into lakes, streams and coastal areas, causing algae growth, depleting oxygen and posing a hazard to human health. By slowing the flow of water through watersheds, thereby providing favorable conditions for algal growth and sediment trapping, reservoirs can greatly alter … » More …Read Story
Collaborative to study health reform impact on disabled
Inquiry to see if reforms address cost and access disparities faced by people with disabilities
Professor of Health Policy and Administration Jae Kennedy is heading up a new initiative to establish the Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living, a multi-institutional effort to evaluate the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the well-being of working-age adults with disabilities. Funded through a five-year, $2.5 million grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, the collaborative brings together disability advocates and researchers from WSU, the University of Kansas, George Mason University, and the Independent Living Research Utilization program at TIRR Memorial … » More …Read Story
The haptic touch
Two new patented inventions by Hakan Gurocak can help advance the digital experience.
One difference between hands-on experiences and digital experiences is the sense of touch. When you shop at a retail store, for example, you can handle an item before you buy it. But when you shop online, you only see a picture of it.
Technology that conveys a sense of touch—called haptics—currently is used in the automotive industry, in medical training, in videogames and even on your smartphone’s keypad. But it has not spread to everyday use.
Hakan Gurocak, director of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University Vancouver, … » More …Read Story
Police training in a new light
WSU seeks better ways to handle tense encounters
The call came into 9-1-1 from a Spokane YMCA last October: A middle-aged man was threatening to break the kneecaps of an eight-year-old, because he said the boy could “ruin my NBA career.”
Corporal Jordan Ferguson of the Spokane Police Department responded, fully aware of the suspect’s antagonistic and unpredictable behavior. Ferguson’s body camera footage shows what happened next.
In the lobby of the YMCA, an employee first describes the man’s erratic statements. Ferguson tracks the man to the gym, who then walks away yelling. Rather than restraining the man immediately, Ferguson asks him questions and listens … » More …Read Story
REM sleep vital for young brains
Sleep’s final stage key to development
A recent study of the role of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep in the development of young brains suggests that it makes experiences “stick” in the brain. The discovery was published in Science Advances by Professor of Medical Sciences Marcos Frank and his former graduate student Michelle Dumoulin Bridi.
Frank said their findings emphasize the importance of REM sleep in early life and point to a need for caution in giving young children REM-suppressing medications like antidepressants and stimulants for ADHD.
The idea for Frank’s study came from earlier research that suggested a relationship between sleep … » More …Read Story
Conserving water, improving Washington’s white wine
WSU researchers inform irrigation strategies
Washington is a leading producer of Riesling and Chardonnay wine grapes. In fact, these two grapes account for 75 percent of the white wine grape production in the state.
In arid eastern Washington, where most of the state’s wine grapes are grown, efficient irrigation is the name of the game. But it can be particularly challenging for white wine grapes. If a grower anticipates a heat wave, he or she can have a hard time figuring out how much to irrigate. Overwatering could result in too much canopy growth at the expense of berry production, and not enough water could … » More …Read Story
Measuring community well‑being
WSU Vancouver’s Probst looking at mix of stressors, employment, resources
Does where you live affect your ability to cope with financial and employment stress? That question is on the minds of policymakers with limited dollars to spend on social services. The answer could help them determine how best to support struggling individuals.
The question was also on the mind of Washington State University psychology professor Tahira Probst. It seems logical that people with access to more services would fare better. But Probst wondered whether, instead, people might compare their situations’ with their neighbors’ in a “keeping up with the Joneses” fashion. If so, those … » More …Read Story
The Seattle TimesJuly 25, 2016WSU Vaccinates Dogs to Help Eradicate Rabies from Africa
More than 59,000 people still die from the terrifying disease, mostly in Africa and Asia, but vaccinating dogs can eliminate the threat.
The Seattle TimesJuly 25, 2016Drug-Resistant “Superbug” in U.S. is a Wake-Up Call
Drug resistance usually emerges in parts of the world where antibiotic use in people and food animals is rampant, poorly regulated and largely untracked.
The Tri-City HeraldJuly 18, 2016PNNL Picked for Research on Hanford, Other Radioactive Tank Waste
WSU a partner
The Spokesman-ReviewJuly 17, 2016WSU researcher Greg Belenky has spent a lifetime researching the importance of sleep
“It turns out that those networks of the brain where important decisions are made dim and shrink with sleep loss.”
Vanity FairJuly 14, 2016What the Data Really Says About Police and Racial Bias
Eighteen academic studies, legal rulings, and media investigations shed light on the issue roiling America.
The Wall Street JournalJuly 14, 2016For Rats, a Good Tickling Can Change the World
A study of tickled rats shows how emotions can affect how we view the world.
WSU researchers gain unprecedented look at DNA damage
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have mapped the damage of ultraviolet radiation on individual units of DNA, opening a new avenue in the search for how sunlight causes skin cancer and what might be done to prevent it.Read Story
Importing frozen honey bee sperm is key to conservation
By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences
PULLMAN, Wash. – Going through customs can be frustrating for travelers. Imagine going through with a container of frozen bee sperm.Read Story
Researchers ‘watch’ crystal structure change in real time
By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have met the long-standing scientific challenge of watching a material change its crystal structure in real time.Read Story
Northwest wineries, vineyards promote wine country tourism
By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities
RICHLAND, Wash. – Pacific Northwest wineries and vineyards are exploring a new, specific way to promote their wines: “terroir tourism.”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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