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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.

Kimberly Christen honored with the 2024 WSU Woman of the Year award

Kimberly Christen, associate vice president for Research Advancement and Partnerships, was honored with the 2024 WSU Woman of the Year award, presented during National Women’s History Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of women to the academic and local communities, society, and the lives of women.

Research news

Spokesman-Review July 17, 2023 As heavy drinking rose during the COVID-19 pandemic, deaths and hospitalizations for liver disease also jumped, according to WSU research

The well-documented increase in drinking alcohol during the COVID-19 pandemic coincided with a rise in people with life-threatening liver disease going to the hospital or dying, according to recently published research led by a Washington State University clinician and educator.

KGW8-TV July 16, 2023 WSU Vancouver research team finds high numbers of invasive clams in Columbia River

Invasive Asian clams have appeared in the Columbia River in large numbers, according to a study by a team from Washington State University, Vancouver. July 13, 2023 Investigating the porous metals in orthopedic implants and beyond

Prof. Amit Bandyopadhyay’s group from Washington State University presents a knowledge-based discussion of the challenges and possible future directions for the fabrication and application of porous metallic implants.

Medical Xpress July 5, 2023 Kenyan hospital visits linked to increased exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Kenyan patients who spend more than three days in the nation’s hospitals are more likely to harbor a form of bacteria resistant to one of the most widely used antibiotic classes, according to a recent study led by Washington State University.

Science Daily June 22, 2023 New 3D-printing method builds structures with two metals

Taking a cue from the structural complexity of trees and bones, Washington State University engineers have created a way to 3D-print two types of steel in the same circular layer using two welding machines. The resulting bimetallic material proved 33% to 42% stronger than either metal alone, thanks in part to pressure caused between the metals as they cool together.

Columbia Basin Herald June 22, 2023 WSU researchers studying oil production in plants

Washington State University scientists are spearheading a new project, funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, to figure out how to make plants produce more oil and produce oils of different fatty acid compositions. It’s a complex process.

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