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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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  • A bowl of meal worm larvae Styrofoam-eating mealworms could be safe for dinner

    Research by WSU graduate student Brenden Campbell found mealworm larvae fed polystyrene waste, discarded polymers better known by their trade name of Styrofoam, could be safe for human consumption.

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  • 'Washington State University' sign at entrance to the Pullman campus. WSU awarded $4 million in education grants

    The funding will be used to provide intensive advising, peer mentoring, emergency aid and discipline-specific support to veterans, STEM students and future teachers.

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  • Mustard with rainbow WSU researchers, students develop agriculture water monitoring website

    A growing number of fruit and vegetable growers in the Columbia Basin are working with researchers in WSU Extension to find an easier way to track and share data on water quality used for crop irrigation.

    “Measuring water quality is important, because it lets growers know the likelihood that the water they are using might be contaminated with a foodborne pathogen,” said Faith Critzer, associate professor and produce safety extension specialist at the WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, Washington.

    “By monitoring water quality, we can make educated decisions about risks tied to that source,” Critzer said.

    Producers have historically tested their … » More …

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  • Zoom composite Friday public research presentations online

    Two WSU NSF-sponsored undergraduate summer research programs move ahead despite pandemic challenges.

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  • COVID-19 Amplifies Inequality; We Must Do Better

    By Christopher J. Keane, Vice President for Research

    COVID-19 has loomed large over Washington State University. With respect to research, scholarship, and creative activity, the Office of Research (OR) has worked closely with faculty, staff, and administration leaders to reduce disease spread as part of the University’s initial response to the pandemic. More recently, WSU has implemented a staged return to research in a safe and appropriate manner. In this post, I would like to focus on the broader implications of COVID-19 for research, scholarship, and creative activity at WSU.

    COVID-19 amplifies existing significant economic, gender, and racial inequalities both in research and … » More …

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  • IREO podcast features research on policing and the impact on bias

    In a special episode of Inside Industry with IREO, the Innovation and Research Engagement Office (IREO) interviews David Makin, associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, and Lois James, assistant dean for research and assistant professor in the College of Nursing, about their research on policing, how it is being used to improve policing, and how their research can be used to fight racism.

    Makin and James have partnered with police agencies across the state to learn more about police interactions and the impact of bias on police decision-making. By partnering with police agencies, Makin and James are able to analyze real-world … » More …

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  • IREO launches Inside Industry with IREO podcast

    The Innovation and Research Engagement Office (IREO) recently launched a new podcast.

    The podcast, titled, Inside Industry with IREO, features topics that cover how WSU researchers can work with industry to fund research. Additionally, this podcast highlights research conducted by WSU scientists in collaboration with industry.

    The first three episodes cover topics including the role industry and the IREO team play at WSU, how the Small Business Development Center supports and aids small businesses across the state, and how research is being used to improve policing and fight racism. Episodes range between 25-50 minutes.

    Check out these podcasts and more by visiting

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  • WSU cougar logo. Graduate programs move to distance delivery this fall

    The vast majority of graduate student courses will be delivered at a distance this fall in keeping with WSU’s efforts to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Participants at 2019 Academic Showcase Academic Showcase and GPSA Research Exposition abstracts now available online

    Abstracts of research and creative work submitted by faculty, staff and graduate students for the poster sessions have been made available in a searchable format on the Showcase website.

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  • WSU looking for feedback on draft plan for returning to on‑site research

    The deadline for submitting feedback is close of business Wednesday, May 20. The draft guidance can be found on the Office of Research website.

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