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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 The draft guidance can be found on the Office of Research website.

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  • The WSU Vancouver Research Showcase must go on: Virtually

    Research Showcase is one of the largest events for graduate and undergraduate students on the Washington State University Vancouver campus to showcase their research. But when the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order threatened to cancel the annual event, Christine Portfors, vice chancellor for research and graduate education, and her assistant Holly Davis, knew that they had to find some other way to host Research Showcase. They immediately knew to ask Dene Grigar, professor and director of The Creative Media and Digital Culture Program, to find a solution that would allow them to host the showcase virtually.

    Since the early 1990s, Grigar has been working in … » More …

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  • The Office of Research promotes wellness through health challenge

    When the results from the last WSU employee survey were released, the Office of Research (OR) was surprised that most employees had little to no information about the health and wellness programs offered at the University.

    In response to the survey, Denise Keeton, assistant director of business operations in the Office of Commercialization, created the “New Year, New You: Healthy Lifestyle Challenge” for OR employees to participate in throughout the month of January.

    “A few years ago, I made some healthy lifestyle changes for myself. Shortly after, I started to see positive changes in other areas of my life as well,” said Keeton. “After the … » More …

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  • IREO to host online course on working with industry

    Industry brings a unique perspective to basic research in university settings and provides insights that can help guide efforts to ensure students are career ready and faculty are submitting competitive proposals. However, due to unique barriers, the process for finding industry funding requires a distinct approach. The Innovation and Research Engagement Office (IREO) will host an online course for faculty interested in developing an industry partnership to add to their funding portfolio.

    The four-session course called, “Working with Industry 101: Tools and tips for getting private sector funding,” will take place from 3-5 p.m. on May 13, 15, 19, and 21. Faculty are asked to … » More …

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  • A closer look at cold atoms and quantum computing

    Experts in quantum computing, sensing, and simulation with cold atoms gathered on the Washington State University (WSU) Pullman campus in February for a Northwest Quantum Nexus (NQN) workshop and to discuss the state of quantum physics research in the region. The workshop, held prior to the current meeting restrictions, focused particularly on the role of atomic systems in the future of quantum technology and included participants from across the Pacific Northwest, Midwest, and Canada.

    The implementation of cold atom systems, including trapped ions, degenerate gases, Rydberg excitations, and ultracold molecules, have generated a boom in the development of fundamental quantum science over the last few … » More …

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  • OR COVID-19 website provides resource for research guidelines and information

    In conjunction with the WSU COVID-19 website, the Office of Research has also created a dedicated section on its website to provide COVID-19 related information and resources for the research community.

    Over the past two months, the Office of Research has provided guidance for conduct of research during the pandemic to the WSU research community. Those messages can be found at

    The Office of Research has developed a COVID-19 research related Questions and Answers page. We recognize that not every concern or question may be addressed, especially those with uniquely individual circumstances. We will continue to provide research related updates through … » More …

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  • WSU research plays a vital role in the pandemic response and recovery

    As we observe the COVID-19 crisis unfold across our community, state, nation, and the world, we are continually reminded of the important role research plays in fighting and recovering from the current pandemic. WSU researchers are rising to this challenge, applying their skills and knowledge to directly respond to the coronavirus crisis. WSU faculty and staff also continue to advance knowledge across a wide range of disciplines while working under Governor Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” declaration.

    All of these activities are vital to WSU’s continued fulfillment of its land-grant mission. As we move towards recovery, it is important that you be prepared … » More …

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  • WSU cougar logo. IREO to host online course on working with industry

    The four-session course called, “Working with Industry 101: Tools and tips for getting private sector funding,” will take place on Zoom from 3-5 p.m. on May 13, 15, 19, and 21. Faculty are asked to bring a senior graduate student or postdoc for joint participation.

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  • A student presents her research at the 2019 SURCA event. SURCA 2020 abstract book now available online

    Around 250 students submitted nearly 200 abstracts summarizing their work and results from mentored research, scholarship and creative pursuits.

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  • Prescription bottle of medicinal marijuana lays open on a table. Study indicates vaporized cannabis creates drug-seeking behavior

    The WSU research team found that rats with regular access to cannabis seek more of the substance and tend to show increased drug-seeking behavior when cannabis is absent.

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  • A group of students interact with a dog. WSU research made headlines worldwide in 2019

    From Instagram selfies to an ancient tattoo tool, WSU research reached a potential audience in the billions last year.

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  • Engaging our statewide community

    Over the next four weeks, four WSU researchers will share their work and expertise with communities across the state as part of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau.

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  • Two women work together at a laptop. Faculty invited to apply for Affordable Learning Grants

    The Office of the Provost is offering Affordable Learning Grants to fund faculty exploration and adoption of affordable learning materials. Grants ranging from $1,500 to $4,500 are available for faculty at all levels and all WSU locations.

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  • A student presents on her research at the annual SURCA event. Undergrads take center stage at SURCA

    On March 30, the CUB Senior Ballroom will be filled with posters on research and creative activities from the full spectrum of WSU’s academic enterprise as part of the annual Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities.

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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 …

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  • The Office of Research Celebrates 2019 Achievements

    Raising our institutional profile through the Drive to 25 opens new opportunities for research, creative activity, and scholarship. Over the past year, this newsletter has highlighted numerous outstanding achievements of WSU faculty, staff, and students engaged in research activities supporting the Drive to 25.

    The Office of Research and other college, campus, and administrative offices actively support the WSU research enterprise. In this newsletter, we recognize some notable 2019 accomplishments of the Office of Research in support of the university’s research mission.

    Advancing research and its application

    WSU research continued to see growth in fiscal years 2018 and 2019. In FY2018, WSU set a record … » More …

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  • WSU biologist Joanna Kelley takes water samples from a stream College-funded grants ‘seed’ big-picture, interdisciplinary research

    CAS faculty and graduate students in diverse areas are combining forces with colleagues across the university to tackle critical questions by integrating knowledge in a wide array of fields—criminology, biology, English, medicine, archaeology, nursing and more.

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  • Closeup of Assefaw Gebremedhin. Connecting AI research

    A new web portal includes information to connect faculty interested in AI across WSU, serving as a resource for researchers as well as for collaborators and supporters.

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  • WSU cougar logo. Office of Commercialization awards 10 WSU researchers with commercialization funding

    The Commercialization Gap Fund is intended to be the final funding step for near market-ready technologies in the areas of clean tech, engineering, human and animal health, and agricultural and/or information technologies.

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  • Participants at 2019 Academic Showcase Submit abstracts by Jan. 15 for Showcase poster sessions

    Each applicant must submit an abstract of 250 words or less about their research or creative activity. Topics presented at last year’s event ranged from genetics and medical sciences to agricultural practices and literature.

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