WSU Research Highlights

September 2016

College of Medicine Appoints John Roll as Vice Dean for Research

He will be responsible for promoting and overseeing faculty research. He will work with the dean and other administrators to develop a strategic plan to guide the growth and diversification of research in the college. – WSU Link

Major Interdisciplinary Research and Teaching Initiatives

WSU invests $30 million over five years in major research and student success efforts. – WSU Link

Major New Facility Operated by WSU Dedicated at Argonne National Laboratory

A first-of-its-kind-worldwide research capability will help unravel the mysteries of material behavior at extreme conditions and short time scales in support of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s vital national security missions. – WSU Link

IDREAM Center, DOE Energy Frontier Research Center, Clean Up Hanford

Multimillion dollar grant to support nuclear waste cleanup. – Tri-City Herald Link

$10 Million Grant to Study Disease in Native Populations

NIH establishes new research program to address health disparities of chronic diseases. – WSU Link

Big Data Leads to Better Trees via $3 Million Grant

Scientists at Washington State University are harnessing the power of “big data” to help growers create the next generation of healthy, sustainable forests and tree crops. – WSU Link

Economic Issues Behind America’s Wildfire Problem

WSU’s Yoder co-authors “valuable new report”. – New York Times Link

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduates from universities across the nation will present posters at WSU. – WSU Link

Evolutionary Genetics that could Address Cancer Questions

Tasmanian Devils are evolving resistance to their devastating contagious cancers. – Washington Post Link

Battling Deadly Cattle Disease in Partnership with Genus

WSU technology and licensing deal will help Genus combat deadly cattle disease. This research is an example of the work that will come from the Functional Genomics Initiative, one of the recently launched WSU research initaitives. – WSU Link

Paving Path to Self-Healing Phone Screens with Smart Materials

WSU researchers develop shape-changing ‘smart’ material. – Popular Science Link

Plant-Based Jet Fuel Takes Flight

Alaska Airlines will fly on NARA biofuel. – Seattle Times Link

Eradicating Rabies

WSU vaccinates dogs to help eradicate rabies from Africa. – Seattle Times Link

Amit Dhingra and Stephen Jones in The Atlantic – on Fruit Genomics and Wheat Breeding

Amit Dhingra – The push to make pears the new apples, and success of WSU startup Phytelligence. – The Atlantic Link

Stephen Jones – Bringing flavor and variety back to the American diet, and information about Skagit Valley WSU research station. – The Atlantic Link

** FILE ** Albertsons' brand wheat bread, left, is seen competing against the Mexican-imported white bread made by Bimbo on the selves of a Super Savers market in this April 24, 2003 file photo in Anaheim, Calif. Go ahead, have a piece of bread. Have three. Make it whole-grain, and you'll be following government advice for eating right. Three servings of whole grains each day will reduce your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, according to scientists and doctors who wrote the new federal food guidelines. You may also keep from gaining weight. .(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, Files)

Everett Students and the Mars Rover

WSU students build their future by building the future. – Everett Herald Link


Monica Johnson, Brian Lamb, Jill McCluskey, John Roll

Four researchers named to Washington State Academy of Sciences – WSU Link

Commercialization Efforts

WSU makes list of top 100 universities worldwide filing patents. – Academy of Inventors Link

Schulz named a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer (IEEE)

Noel Schulz recognized as fellow of IEEE. – WSU Link

Don Dillman Receives National Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field of Sociological Methodology

He accepted the 2016 Lazarsfeld Award from the American Sociological Association in Seattle in mid-August. – WSU Link

Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis

A WSU report outlining the benefits and costs of proposed water management efforts in Washington’s Yakima Basin has won a national prize from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. – WSU Link