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WSU Research Highlights

May 2016

Cosmic Crisp

Our new apple is changing the industry. – US News Link

Big Data – Kamiak high-performance computer

Big-data computer will facilitate research, collaboration. – WSU Link

Disability Research

Jae Kennedy receives $2.5M to examine the Affordable Care Act and those with disabilities. – WSU Link

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Clouds amplify warming in Arctic, study finds (Von Walden). – WSU Link

Mystery of Pueblo People

Regents Professor Tim Kohler, trying to solve the mystery of Pueblo people vanishing from the Four Corners area, found three other periods of social disruption. – The Santa Fe New Mexican Link

Biological Systems Engineering

Juming Tang has found a way of using microwave technology to preserve food with more nutrition and flavor than our current methods. You might think of it as the greatest invention since the can. He was recently awarded $4 million from the US Department of Agriculture to create a Center of Excellence that will bring his technology to market, working directly with researchers, industry, regulatory agencies and consumers.

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Philip Lazarus receives $2.6M to study tobacco carcinogens. – WSU Link


Psychologist Joyce Ehrlinger has made some startling discoveries about the danger of overconfidence. – NPR Link

Materials Science

Key improvement made in solar cell voltage technology (Kelvin Lynn). – WSU Link

Global Animal Health

Kariuki Njenga, a professor in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, has received a $2.5 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control to help Kenya adopt a One Health approach to minimizing the spread of animal diseases to humans, responding effectively to disease outbreaks, and limiting the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance.

Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience

Neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp has discovered a promising drug therapy for suicidal feelings. – New Scientist Link

Energy Innovation

WSU researchers in the Energy Systems Innovation Center will install photovoltaic modules on the Pullman campus and integrate them into Pullman’s “Smart City” test bed and WSU’s micro grid system (Chen-Ching Liu). – WSU Link

WSU Vancouver

WSU Vancouver mathematicians are predicting what forests will look under climate change 1,000 years into the future. – New York Times Link


Gravity Waves

WSU researchers share in ‘Breakthrough Prize’. – WSU Link

Washington State Academy of Sciences

Four elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences. – WSU Link


Matt Sutton was just announced as a winner in this year’s John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship competition. There have been only 8 Guggenheim fellows in WSU’s history. – WSU Link

Women in STEM

Jennifer Adam among top 100 inspiring women in STEM. – WSU Link

Three new NSF CAREER awards

Three WSU faculty received new NSF CAREER awards this year. Here is one story: – WSU Link

College of Education

Richard Lamb won the Early Career Research Award from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching. – WSU Link

College of Nursing

Cindy Corbett was inducted into the Western Academy of Nursing on April 8. – WSU Link

National Academy of Inventors

Yong Wang, an internationally known researcher in catalysis and reaction engineering for energy and renewable fuels and chemicals, has been named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. – WSU Link

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