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
KUOWJanuary 31, 2018Where’s The Wheat?
Farmers, foodies want to bring grains back to the west side.
Spokane Public RadioJanuary 29, 2018WSU Spokane Researcher to Test New Sleep App for Insomniacs
New sensors have been devised to monitor how we function when we sleep.
National Public RadioJanuary 29, 2018What Kind of Screen Time Parent Are You?
Take this quiz and find out.
Spokesman-ReviewJanuary 28, 2018WSU’s “Drive to 25” Campaign Puts the Focus on Research
Campaign aims to have the university ranked among the top 25 public research universities by 2030.
Spokesman-ReviewJanuary 28, 2018When Cows Were the Cornerstone of Income Inequality
Research led by a WSU professor suggests that the advent of domesticated oxen, cattle and other large livestock coincided with sharp increases in wealth inequality.
WiredJanuary 24, 2018Why Robots Should Shake the Bejeezus Out of Cherry Trees
Researchers at Washington State University have developed algorithms that scan a tree for individual branches, then determine what bit of each branch to grasp and shake to extract the most cherries.
Virtual reality technology developed at WSU enables virtual Olympics participation
By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
PULLMAN, Wash. – Can’t swing a plane ticket to PyeongChang on short notice? You might still be able to participate in the 2018 Olympics, virtually anyway. Immersive VR technology developed at WSU, and being used at this year’s winter Olympics, is set for a series of public demonstrations on the Pullman campus.Read Story
WSU Tri-Cities, WRPS partner to develop technology, protect Hanford workers
By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities
RICHLAND, Wash. – Two teams at Washington State University Tri-Cities are partnering with Washington River Protection Solutions to develop tools and methods to improve worker safety and safely immobilize solid secondary wastes.Read Story
Salmon face double whammy from toxic stormwater
By Eric Sorensen, WSU News
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have found that salmon face a double whammy when they swim in the stormwater runoff of urban roadways.Read Story
Sodium battery research could provide cheap, effective lithium alternative
By Mary Catherine Frantz, intern, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture
PULLMAN, Wash. – Sodium-ion batteries might soon provide a less expensive, viable alternative to lithium-ion batteries thanks to research developed at Washington State University.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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