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  • An open prescription bottle with medicinal marijuana and a blank prescription slip. Cannabis use blunts stress reactivity in female rats

    New WSU research indicates there may be significant differences in how chronic cannabis use affects males and females.

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  • Closeup of a phone Context, not screen time, is a better predictor of well-being among student-athletes

    Why and when students-athletes use social media, rather than how much, has a greater influence on their mental health, according to one of the first wide-scale surveys of social media engagement and well-being in college athletes.

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  • NIH certification for safe and healthful work environment now available

    The new National Institutes of Health (NIH) Certification about Safe and Healthful Work Environment form is now available on the Office of Research and Support website at

    In order to remain compliant with NIH policy NOT-OD-20-124, found here, this form will be required for all awards where there is an Arrival, Departure or Changes in PI/Key Personnel Named in Notice of Award (including multi-PI arrangements), Reduction in Effort of those PIs/Key Personnel of 25% or more (this includes changes submitted on the RPPR). Each PI/Key Personnel with these changes for an award must submit a form.

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  • ORSO Contracting Group to provide help with sponsored research agreements

    Come to the Office of Research Support and Operations (ORSO) Contracting Group if you need assistance with your sponsored research agreements!

    The ORSO Contracting Group is ready, eager, and able to help with more than just the interpretation, negotiation, and acceptance of complex sponsored research contracts. The ORSO Contracting Group will support you with material transfer agreements (both incoming and outgoing), data use agreements (both incoming and outgoing), nondisclosure agreements (whether bilateral or unilateral), and other no-money agreements that are critical to the success of your research project.

    Additionally, if you have already received an award and need to issue funding to external collaborators, the … » More …

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  • The Office of Research releases the FY2019 Research Annual Report

    The Office of Research announces the FY2019 Annual Research Report is now available online. The report highlights significant and impactful research and achievements.

    With this report, we are excited to highlight the outstanding research, scholarship, and creative activities conducted by Washington State University faculty, staff, and students and their collaborators during fiscal year 2019. We are proud of our researchers accomplishments as they push back the frontiers of knowledge and seek novel solutions to societal problems in support of the University’s land-grant mission and President Kirk Schulz’s Drive to 25.

    WSU research continues to grow. In FY2018, we set a record of $360.5 million in … » More …

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  • SESRC celebrates 50 years of social science research

    The Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC) is celebrating 50 years of conducting social science research for Washington State University and others in need of information on people’s opinions and behaviors.

    This 50th anniversary celebration comes during a year with a “perfect storm” of seemingly intractable problems: racial injustice, climate change, and a global pandemic with all of its effects on businesses and daily lives. It is fitting to note that the SESRC – originally named the Social Research Center – and its Public Opinion Laboratory were created during another turbulent year: 1970.

    Don Dillman, deputy director for research and development at the SESRC … » More …

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  • Family interactions could hold key to widespread use of contact tracing apps

    New WSU research is shedding light on family attitudes towards online privacy. The project could ultimately help increase the use of contact tracing apps.

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  • Two women in lab coats in a lab. Woman in foreground is holding a petri dish and before a boxlike irradiation machine UV light may be a greater risk for melanoma than suspected

    Studies conducted in yeast show that exposure to ultraviolet light induces new types of DNA damage that may cause the deadliest form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma.

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  • WSU cougar logo. WSU lands NIH grant for biomedical, engineering undergraduate MIRA program

    Participants in the Motivating Innovation and Research Achievement program will receive $12,000 for tuition for four academic years plus $4,000 for summer research with a faculty member.

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  • Students in the WSU Tri-Cities GEAR UP program WSU Tri‑Cities GEAR UP receives $40 million in grant funding to support college readiness

    The program has helped more than 35,000 students in their quest to attend college since it was founded in 2002.

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  • joint being passed Teen boys link marijuana use with more, better sex

    New WSU research shows teen boys exposed to pro-marijuana messages are more likely than female peers to associate marijuana use with improving sexual activity.

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  • WSU-PNNL DGRP provides real-world research experience

    Katherine Naasko’s interest in how climate affects soil led her to move from Michigan out West to join the graduate program in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University.

    “I do not regret moving across the country as I have been gifted a tremendous amount of support,” Naasko says. When the opportunity of the WSU-Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Distinguished Graduate Research Program (DGRP) presented itself to Naasko, she knew it was the next step … » More …

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  • VCR and ADR provide research support for faculty and staff

    As we have transitioned between in-office and remote work, we know you have questions and need support. The Office of Research works closely with Vice Chancellors for Research (VCR) and Associate Deans for Research (ADR). They may be a great resource you may not know you have.

    Your VCR’s and ADR’s are there to help with more than leadership. They are your faculty representation for research-related committees, help with research coordination and faculty development, and can assist with internal reviews of proposals and other applications. They also support and mentor faculty and oversee the adherence to compliance mandates, policies, and procedures within and on campus … » More …

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  • How do you get your research and inventions to make an impact?

    CITI’s new Technology Transfer course will provide you a comprehensive insight into what it takes to advance your research and inventions into the commercial realm and make a difference. Whether your interest rests in having your name on a patent that can be licensed, creating your own start-up company, or witnessing your invention positively impact our society, this course can help you understand what is involved along the way.

    The course is recommended for any faculty, staff, researchers, post-docs, or graduate students wishing to learn more about the tech transfer process. For more information on the course and how to sign up please visit the … » More …

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  • Closeup of a bull ‘A modern approach to selective breeding’

    A new video explains WSU’s ground-breaking science behind surrogate sires.

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  • WSU cougar logo. Survey on animals’ role in lives of 4‑H youth during COVID‑19 pandemic

    A WSU 4‑H faculty member is curious how animals like pets and livestock might be providing much needed social interaction for young people during the pandemic.

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  • Michael Smith named 2020 NRMB Technician of the Year

    Michael Smith, animal technician III in the Washington State University’s Office of Campus Veterinarian, received the Northern Rocky Mountain Branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) Technician of the Year Award.

    This award recognizes animal care technical staff that go above and beyond their job descriptions and is a tribute to the technician’s integrity, work ethic and excellence.

    “Michael’s acute perception at identifying animal health problems is noteworthy by both veterinary and research staff. He is well-respected by fellow animal care, veterinary and research personnel,” said Nina Woodford, director of the Office of Campus Veterinarian and attending veterinarian.

    Smith started as a … » More …

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  • WSU cougar logo. WSU receives EPA funding to support anaerobic digestion projects

    Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources will use the grant to identify optimal areas in Washington for multi-partner digester projects to reduce food waste.

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  • DoD proposals to require cybersecurity certification

    All faculty submitting proposals for Department of Defense (DoD) funding via federal contracts or as flow-through dollars from industry need to be aware of the upcoming requirements for cybersecurity practices and be prepared for the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC).

    CMMC is the federal government’s latest effort to standardize a set of cybersecurity practices, following previous familiar cybersecurity frameworks. Specifically, the CMMC is being rolled out by the DoD as a framework for protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and Federal Contract Information (FCI) associated with DoD-funded projects. As such, it will initially apply only to DoD-funded projects which work with CUI or FCI. The declared … » More …

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  • Inside Industry with IREO podcast releases three more episodes

    The Innovation and Research Engagement Office (IREO) released three more episodes in its recently launched podcast titled, “Inside Industry with IREO.” The podcast features topics that cover how WSU researchers can work with industry to fund research and highlights research conducted by WSU scientists in collaboration with industry.

    Episode four features Tiffany Reiss, the head of the E3 group, which supports the land-grant mission of WSU by aligning efforts, energies, and resources across the WSU system.

    Episode five highlights research conducted by Jacob Leachman, associate professor in the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, on rocket and space vehicle … » More …

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