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Regulations apply to hazardous materials shipping

Recently, researchers have attempted to export research materials abroad. The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and other federal law enforcement agencies have increased their surveillance efforts to identify transport of research materials and verify that those exports comply with federal laws. These efforts are part of a nationwide enforcement to control the transport of biological materials that may present a threat to our national security or reduce the theft of intellectual property developed in the U.S., much of it with federal funds.

Transporting certain materials may require import/export permits or other documentation from federal agencies, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Food and Drug … » More …

Rice to feed the world given a funding boost

Asaph Cousins, professor in the WSU School of Biological Science, is a co-PI on a multinational research project focused on revolutionizing global rice production.

The next phase of what is known as the C4 Rice Project has been given the green light for five years during which time scientists believe they will develop a prototype for a strain of rice which would give extra yield and endure harsher environmental conditions.

Put simply, it could help to feed a world which is already struggling to provide for its expanding population, particularly in South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, over 3 billion people in Asia depend … » More …

NSF announces JASON report: Fundamental Research Security

WSU is committed to raising its status as one of the country’s top research universities. But we’re not working alone. Alongside us are funders, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), who are diligently working to ensure their grant money is put towards innovative and exciting research that will benefit our people, our country, and our world.

In order for WSU to grow, we need to continue to retain our talented researchers and staff, and help them collaborate with other brilliant minds across the globe. To ensure WSU is able to do this, we are advising everyone to read and consider the NSF JASON Report … » More …

Visiting researchers required to fill out IP form

As WSU strives to achieve our strategic goals, it is important we make sure we are maintaining our integrity and using our policies to guide our actions.

One of the best ways WSU can improve relations between our institution and others is to invite guest faculty and scholars. Visiting faculty or visiting scholars are faculty members or professionals from other institutions who come to WSU to teach, collaborate, or assist with research.

Typically, a position as visiting scholar is for a couple weeks or longer, though it can be extended. The faculty or professional then returns to their home institution at the end of their … » More …

WSU Office of Research Assurances assists with Export Controls

Research efforts at Washington State University are a global endeavor. Dissemination of ideas is a core value. These two statements are at the intersection of WSU’s Export Control Program, as University faculty, staff, and students will likely cross paths with federal export control regulations that impose restrictions. Export controls are a complex set of federal regulations that govern the release of certain commodities, technologies, and software to foreign nationals in the United States and abroad. These controls are in place to promote national security, foreign policy, anti-terrorism, and non-proliferation. The three U.S. regulations impacting research are Export Administration Regulations (EAR), International Traffic in Arms Regulations … » More …

PNNL-WSU Distinguished Graduate Research Program Applications Open

The WSU Office of Research, the WSU Graduate School, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are pleased to announce the call for applications for the fourth cohort of the Distinguished Graduate Research Program (DGRP). Incoming students are nominated jointly by a WSU faculty and a PNNL scientist.

The DGRP is intended to increase the quality and quantity of STEM doctoral students across the WSU system, while providing an enhanced research experience by aligning WSU faculty, students, and PNNL scientists with the unique capabilities and research programs at PNNL. Funding support is provided jointly from WSU and PNNL sources. Prior to completing required course requirements and … » More …

Hazardous material shipping program helps ship hazardous materials safely

Every day shipments containing hazardous materials are safely transported by land, air, and sea. These shipments include things like lithium ion batteries, biological materials, and chemicals used in the production of plastics, farming, and research. The transport of hazardous materials is important for the continuation of a strong economy.

However, accidents do occur that may release the materials into the environment and expose humans and property to injury or damage.

Hazardous materials are substances or materials capable of posing an unreasonable risk to health, safety and property when transported in commerce. This includes, but is not limited to:
• Samples taken from an animal … » More …

Office of Research to host Research Week October 21-25

Join the Office of Research for our third annual Research Week! This year, featured events include competitions for seed and travel funding, matchmaking flash talks, and workshops for faculty and graduate students. We will announce competition winners and recognize research achievements by faculty and staff during an awards ceremony and reception. All are welcome to come and take advantage of professional development and networking opportunities.

Monday, October 21
• Developing industry partnerships travel grant competition
• New Faculty Seed Grant program information session
• Distinguished VPR lecture by Dr. Dmitri Petrov

Tuesday, October 22
• Team planning grant competition» More …

VPR Distinguished Lecture Series to Feature PNNL’s Nathan Baker on QIS

The Office of Research will kick off the 2019-2020 Vice President for Research Distinguished Lecture Series with a talk by Nathan Baker, director for the Advanced Computing, Mathematics, and Data Division at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

The talk, titled “Accelerating Scientific Discovery through Quantum Information Sciences,” will take place on Wednesday, September 4, at 3 p.m., in the Engineering Teaching/Research Building (ETRL), room 101 on the WSU Pullman campus. A reception will follow in ETRL, room 119.

Quantum information science (QIS) is an emerging field with an immense potential to revolutionize various science and engineering applications involving quantum computing, communication, and quantum simulation. … » More …

NIH Announcement on Requirement for ORCID iD

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announce that individuals supported by research training, fellowship, research education, and career development awards will be required to have Open Researcher and Contributor Identifiers – ORCID iDs – beginning in FY 2020.

Background and Related Information

ORCID iDs are unique, persistent digital identifiers that distinguish individual investigators and can be used to connect researchers with their contributions to science over time and across changes of name, location, and institutional affiliation. These free identifiers are assigned and maintained by the non-profit organization ORCID.

In … » More …

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