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
U.S. News & World ReportAugust 26, 2016More Americans Can Afford Medications Under Obamacare
“The takeaway is that health policy matters,” study leader Jae Kennedy said.
The Seattle TimesAugust 26, 2016Profanity Peak Wolf Pack in State’s Gun Sights After Rancher Turns Out Cattle on Den
The state is going to wipe out the Profanity Peak wolf pack because they are killing cattle, but a WSU researcher monitoring the den says the conflict is predictable and avoidable.
CrosscutAugust 26, 2016Taming the Northwest’s Beloved Huckleberry
Researchers estimate that within another year, the first domesticated variety will be ready.
Yakima HeraldAugust 25, 2016WSU Scientists Studying Effects of Smoke on Vineyards
Wine can develop an unpleasant smoky smell or ashy aftertaste when vineyards are flooded with smoke from nearby wildfires.
National Public RadioAugust 24, 2016Bread Grains: The Last Frontier in the Locavore Movement
“You can’t just use any wheat. You have to find the right variety.”
U.S. News & World ReportAugust 24, 2016Fish Fraud: Something Fishy Is Happening With the Labeling of Seafood
Besides being a rip-off, fish fraud at stores and restaurants could jeopardize your health.
Yakima HeraldAugust 20, 2016Study: Neonicotinoid Pesticides Pose Low Risk for Honey Bees in Real-World Scenario
A new study shows that a suspected cause of collapsing bee populations may not be to blame.
Walker named Honors College Distinguished Professor
By Adrian Aumen, College of Arts & Sciences
PULLMAN, Wash. – Brendan M. Walker has been appointed Honors College Distinguished Professor for 2016-18 at Washington State University, based on demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and service.Read Story
Sept. 21: Supercomputing and biomedical research
By Alyssa Patrick, Office of Economic Development
PULLMAN, Wash. – Supercomputing’s roles in biomedical research and policy making will be discussed by U.S. Department of Energy chief scientist Dimitri Kusnezov at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the CUB junior ballroom at Washington State University.Read Story
$10 million grant to study disease in native populations
By Doug Nadvornick, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
SPOKANE, Wash. – A Washington State University researcher has received a $10 million grant to work with American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities to reduce health risks related to high blood pressure.Read Story
Highly cited sociologist receives national career award
PULLMAN, Wash. – Don Dillman, who is among Washington State University’s most cited researchers, has won a national award for a career of distinguished contributions to the field of sociological methodology.Read Story
Top new awards in fiscal year 2016
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