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Symposium to allow quinoa enthusiasts learn from leaders in the field

There will be several presentations on different quinoa-related topics during the International Quinoa Research Symposium. The presentations will include ways to cook, grow and market quinoa.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

July 24, 2020

Within the last several years, quinoa has become a household grain after being a rather unknown crop in many parts of the world. Researchers will call more attention to the crop by sharing cutting-edge research at the second International Quinoa Research Symposium. The symposium will spotlight how quinoa cont...

WSU team designs masks, tests level of protection for use

Shawn Brow, nurse anesthetist in Spokane and adjunct faculty with the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, wears a mask that she and her team designed.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

July 17, 2020

Members of WSU faculty designed and tested facial coverings to see if they can be used by healthcare professionals as a last resort. Early in the pandemic, the team heard there was going to be a shortage of N95 masks. They wanted to design a mask a healthcare provider might use if they lacked suffic...

Bacterial compound may treat entire class of parasites

Roberta O’Connor, associate professor in WSU’s Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, extracts shipworms from wood in the Philippines. Shipworms contain bacteria that produce useful compounds for drugs.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

July 3, 2020

A compound produced by bacteria in shipworms may help WSU researchers create a drug treatment for a class of parasites called apicomplexans.  “This is the only drug we know of that targets this whole class of parasites,” said Roberta O’Connor, associate professor in WSU’s Department of Veter...

Environment, neighborhood characteristics affect people’s longevity, researchers say

Walkability is correlated to a person’s likelihood of living to 100 years old, according to a study conducted by WSU researchers.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

July 1, 2020

Factors such as neighborhood walkability and socioeconomic status are correlated to a person’s likelihood of living to 100 years old, according to a study conducted by WSU researchers.  It is more likely for people to live to 100 years old if they are female, white or live in areas where there is a higher perce...

Plant protein may help researchers understand drought resilience

Hollow cells in the xylem have pits that allow water to move from roots to shoots. MAP20 is a protein that helps regulate pit architecture.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 29, 2020

By knocking down the concentration of a protein called MAP20 in plant cells, WSU researchers determined cells with less MAP20 are less likely to recover from drought, providing insight into the function of the protein. The research delves into the vascular system of plants, which is relatively unknown...

Researchers to create robotic system for fruit flower pollination

Manoj Karkee, associate professor in WSU’s Department of Biological Systems Engineering, has worked on several projects including a robotic system that selectively prunes fruit tree branches.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

June 26, 2020

Researchers at WSU and Pennsylvania State University are collaborating to create a robotic system that will artificially pollinate fruit tree flowers due to threats to natural pollination worldwide. The robotic system will be able to detect where flowers are  using cameras and a computational s...

WSU researchers receive grant for new computing system design

Researchers from WSU’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Duke University are utilizing 3D chips to develop a new computing framework.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

June 26, 2020

The National Science Foundation gave WSU and Duke University researchers a three-year grant to develop a new computing framework, which will use 3D chips to increase the efficiency of computing and communication.  Partha Pratim Pande, director of WSU’s School of Electrical Engineering and Comput...

Employment of certain groups more likely to be affected by pandemic, study says

A study examining unemployment during COVID-19 found that women with children, people with disabilities, as well as certain racial and ethnic groups were more likely to lose employment or experience a decrease in hours.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

June 24, 2020

A WSU associate professor interested in the effects of the pandemic and resulting recession authored a paper on groups of people whose employment is more likely to be affected during COVID-19.  Ben Cowan, associate professor for the WSU School of Economic Sciences, conducted a study that found peop...

WSU researchers test environmental samples for coronavirus genetic material

Humans and other animals shed coronavirus particles when they are infected. These particles are spread throughout the shedder's environment.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 22, 2020

Testing environmental samples for pieces of RNA, the single-stranded genetic material of coronaviruses, may help WSU researchers determine how long the virus can persist outside a host.  Researchers will collect samples of wastewater, soil and stormwater from both urban and rural areas in Washington and ...

Five bacterial proteins could be used for vaccine in cattle

Some cattle, especially younger ones, seem to better withstand infection from a disease called anaplasmosis.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 22, 2020

WSU researchers investigating the bacteria Anaplasma marginale have identified five proteins that could potentially be used in a global vaccine against it. A. marginale is a tick-borne bacteria that infects red blood cells in cattle, said Kelly Brayton, professor in WSU’s Department of Veterinary Micro...

Virtual study abroad program reflects on cultural influence, architecture

Steve Austin, clinical assistant professor for WSU’s School of Design and Construction, said the virtual study abroad program helps students gain an understanding of other cultures.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

June 19, 2020

A WSU professor launched a free virtual study abroad program for students who missed out on study abroad trips due to COVID-19. Steve Austin, clinical assistant professor for WSU’s School of Design and Construction, said he created the program to help students gain a better understanding of other cult...

Research center director moves from Puyallup to Wenatchee

The arid environment of the Cascades allows for large pear, apple and cherry orchards to bloom best in the Wenatchee area, says incoming director of WSU's Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

June 15, 2020

The director of the Mt. Vernon and Puyallup WSU research centers will take a permanent position at the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center based out of Wenatchee, Washington.  Chad Kruger spent much of his career at WSU; he grew up in eastern Washington and started working for the universit...

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