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USDA Agricultural Research Service and WSU

A unique research partnership

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) funds more than 800 research projects annually at nearly 100 research locations, many of them jointly operated by universities.

At Washington State University, unlike most research sites, USDA-ARS scientists work side-by-side with WSU faculty in labs on campus. It’s a fruitful partnership, and you’re probably munching those fruits on a regular basis.

The Western Wheat Quality Laboratory does what may be the most delicious research in the world: they bake batches of cookies daily to evaluate the milling and baking quality of wheat. Researchers in this lab ensure the economic vitality of … » More …

Improving access to different views of history

Database chronicles life in the Pacific Northwest in the early 1900s

Doctoral student Ying Lee researches language literacy and technology. She also holds a day job with WSU Libraries, scanning physical collections to digital form.

Her work helps to build the Kimble Northwest History Database, an online repository of some 300,000 to 400,000 newspaper clippings collected in the late 1930s by the Works Progress Administration. In 2001, WSU alumni Wallis and Marilyn Kimble donated seed money to launch the digitization effort.

The database gives researchers ready access to newspaper accounts that vividly document life in the Pacific Northwest from 1900 to 1938. Topics covered … » More …