The Office of Research announces the FY2018 Annual Research Report is now available online. The report highlights significant and impactful research and achievements.

In this report, we highlight some of the exciting research, creative activity, and scholarship at WSU, as well as key individuals in the Office of Research that help make this work happen. This demonstrates the firm commitment of the Office of Research to support our faculty and staff system-wide as we pursue the Drive to 25.

Notable and impactful examples of WSU research highlighted in this report include:
• WSU and the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory announced the formation of the WSU-PNNL Institutes, a collection of three joint institutes that will advance discoveries and innovation in nuclear science and technology, advanced grid, and bioproducts.
• WSU researchers and partners in the Serengeti Health Initiative administered approximately 50,000 rabies vaccines in East Africa. Since the inception of the project in 2003, Allen School researchers have administered more than one million vaccinations.
• WSU scientists have created an injectable dye that illuminates molecules with near infrared light, which will help medical researchers track the progression of a wide array of diseases.
• Researchers from WSU’s Sleep and Performance Research Center will study how sleep deprivation affects decision-making.

Additionally, the year also marked notable achievements in WSU faculty recognition. Four WSU faculty, John A. Browse, Hans P.A. Van Dongen, Timothy Alan Kohler, and Yuehe Lin, were elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS). John Roll and Michael (Mick) Smerdon were elected to serve on the WSAS board in 2018.

Kevan Moffett, Hassan Ghasemzadeh, and Andrei Smertenko earned the prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation.

Susmita Bose, the Herman and Brita Lindholm Endowed Chair and Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Hanu Pappu, the President Samuel H. Smith Distinguished Professor and the Carl F. and James J. Chuey Endowed Chair in the Department of Plant Pathology, received the prestigious Humboldt Research Award. M. Kariuki Njenga, professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Global Animal Health and a leader in the effort to address emerging zoonotic diseases, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

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