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Federal Select Agent Program conducts laboratory safety visit at WSU

WSU participates in research and diagnostic work that fall under the regulations in the Federal Select Agent Program (FSAP). FSAP oversees the possession, use, and transfer of biological select agents and toxins, which have the potential to pose a severe threat to public, animal, or plant health, or to animal or plant products. WSU faculty and staff are well-trained to handle highly pathogenic microbial samples and publish high impact articles on their research findings.

FSAP is jointly comprised of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Division of Select Agents and Toxins (CDC DSAT) and the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection … » More …

The Office of Research releases FY17 Annual Research Report

The Office of Research announces the FY17 Annual Research Report is now available online. The report highlights significant and impactful research and achievements.

One of 2017’s most exciting accomplishments was the selection of WSU to lead a nationwide consortium of U.S. universities and industry partners in a five-year, $30 million joint research project with university and industry partners in India to advance the development of the power grid in both countries.

This report highlights other significant and impactful examples of WSU research, including:

WSU scientists addressing growing global concern about the spread of antimicrobial resistance in Africa to prevent the spread of antibiotic resistant … » More …

WSU hosted inaugural Qualtrics Summit

Washington State University hosted the first-ever Qualtrics Summit on February 18-19. The summit featured best practices and new uses for the powerful, secure online survey tool.

WSU offers free Qualtrics access to all faculty, staff and students for data collection and analysis in academic research, opinion surveys and customer feedback.

The keynote speaker featured Shelly Wymer, director of the Office of Measurement Services at the University of Minnesota. Her presentation focused on survey governance in a University setting and the steps she has taken to improve Qualtrics governance at the UMN. As head of UMN’s University Survey Advisory team, Wymer has been leading the efforts … » More …

OR to watch for changes in international research regulatory requirements

Throughout 2018, federal scrutiny of international engagements has grown. For example, in August 2018, Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), issued a “Foreign Influence Letter to Grantees.” Collins also testified to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee regarding concerns about systematic programs of foreign influence in U.S. research. This heightened concern extends beyond NIH. The U.S. Department of Justice is also paying more attention to researchers who they believe are at risk of being co-opted into transferring technology illegally.

There are no new statutory or regulatory requirements being imposed on international research at this time. However, the Office … » More …

The Office of Research to monitor impact of partial government shutdown

On Friday, January 25, a bill was signed to fully fund the government, ending the longest partial government shutdown in history. The bill will fund the government through February 15. Washington State University partners with several federal agencies who were impacted by this shutdown. While we are happy these agencies are now funded and fully functional, we are also aware that the impacts may extend beyond the signing of the bill. Dan Nordquist, deputy vice president for research, is continuing to monitor the impact of the shutdown.

If you have questions about how the partial shutdown will impact your research, please contact Dan Nordquist by … » More …

OC announces 2019 Commercialization Gap Fund awardees

The Office of Commercialization has chosen eight research projects with high commercialization potential to receive awards of up to $50,000 through the Commercialization Gap Fund (CGF) for 2019. The funding was awarded to faculty from diverse fields including agriculture, engineering, human health and veterinary medicine.

The WSU CGF was re-established in 2014 with a generous donation from the Washington Research Foundation to support projects over a two-year period. This gift was matched by internal funding supported by the WSU Offices of the President, Provost, and the Vice President for Research. The goal of the program is to support projects that have a high chance of … » More …

Nominations for the 2019 Golden Goose Award due January 7

The Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships is looking for nominations for the 2019 Golden Goose Award, which honors federally funded research that may be odd, obscure or serendipitous but ends up having a major impact on society.

To nominate someone, contact the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships by email at by January 7, 2019. Make sure to include the name of the person being nominated, what unexpected impact the research has had, and which U.S. federal agency funded the work.

For more information about the Golden Goose Award, visit

Nuclear Science Center, Emily Brashear receive recognition during Safety Awards

The Nuclear Science Center and Office of Research’s Emily Brashear received honorable mentions during the 2018 WSU Safety, Health and Security Fair and Awards. The Safety Awards, which took place on Oct. 16, recognized outstanding health and safety contributions made by individuals and groups across the University.

The Nuclear Science Center received recognition for consistently prioritizing the safety of the department and its staff. Through training and communications, all staff members have made significant contributions to the safety, health and security of both … » More …

WSU joins PNNL, UW and Fred Hutch for SciTech NW

WSU partnered with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the University of Washington, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to host the SciTech Northwest 2018 expo in Seattle. The event showcased more than 40 new technologies from Washington’s top research institutions that are ready or nearly ready for commercialization.

Presenters from WSU showcasing their inventions at SciTech NW 2018 included:

Photon Biosciences
Pipsqueak ai-Rewire Neuroscience















Eight faculty receive awards during Research Week’s Opening and Awards Ceremony

The Office of Research presented awards to eight faculty members for their outstanding achievements in research as part of the opening ceremony for WSU Research Week 2018.

“Our outstanding individual faculty and staff are the “bedrock” of the creative activity, research and scholarship enterprise,” said Chris Keane, vice president for research. “It’s very important to take time to recognize the achievements of our individual outstanding faculty and staff, whether in research, service to the Office of Research, leadership of major efforts, or other activities.”

Recipients received awards in five categories that celebrated individual and team achievements for their research projects and grant awards. The following … » More …

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