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Technology to lower inflammation, may help COVID-19 patients

WSU professor Santanu Bose discovered the A9 protein. He said blocking some of the protein's function may stop over-inflammation of the lungs and help patients suffering from pneumonia caused by COVID-19.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

May 26, 2020

WSU professor Santanu Bose has discovered a protein that, when some of its function is reduced, may help stop patients who are dying from pneumonia caused by COVID-19. The A9 protein causes inflammation. Some inflammation is good for the body, but in the case of a respiratory virus like COVID-19, to...

Town hall prepares for increase in on-site research

Colleen Kerr, vice president for external affairs and government relations, said research is a primary function of higher education.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 20, 2020

WSU research officials held a town hall Tuesday to solicit feedback on draft guidelines for research, scholarship and creative activities, which will allow on-site activities, like lab or office work, to gradually increase.  The goals of the new guidelines are to protect the health and well-being o...

Chemistry department now using take-home lab kits

Lab fees for summer sessions are waived for students taking chemistry courses, so they can purchase lab kits instead. The cost of each kit varies for different courses with some costing over $200. 

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 18, 2020

WSU's Department of Chemistry is adjusting to online classes this summer by using lab kits that allow students to perform laboratory experiments at home.  Cole Mercer, lab manager for CHEM 345, said the experiments included in the kits range from measuring the melting point of hydrocarbons, which...

‘Lost’ apple rediscovered near WSU

David Benscoter, founder of the Lost Apple Project, said the Mihalyfi was one of 20 Hungarian apple varieties brought to the then Washington State Agricultural College in the late 1800s.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

May 15, 2020

Approximately seven miles southeast of WSU’s Pullman campus on Rocky Butte, a historic apple was rediscovered by the Lost Apple Project. Roy Druffel, a farmer who owns land on Rocky Butte, is a committee member of the Lost Apple Project and discovered the Mihalyfi apple. Project founder David Bensc...

Cougs in Space prepare satellite

One of the designs for the nano-satellite built by the WSU Cougs in Space club on Oct. 14, 2018 in the electrical and mechanical engineering building.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

April 27, 2020

Teams from Cougs in Space are working together to build a satellite that will be launched from the International Space Station by this October.  Mathew Bauer, junior computer science major and president of Cougs in Space, said the satellite is a 10-centimeter cube, or “CubeSat.” It will conta...

New laboratory signage program available for WSU labs

New laboratory signage program available for WSU labs

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

April 27, 2020

WSU Faculty Operations and WSU Environmental Health and Safety worked together on a new signage program to improve human health and research for WSU laboratories. According to the laboratory safety website, the main goals of the signage program are to protect human health and safety as well as protect research. This includes identifying ...

Vulnerability index examines factors contributing to COVID-19

Researchers at WSU's CHaSE Lab created an interactive map that shows what areas of Washington are most vulnerable to COVID-19.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

April 16, 2020

WSU researchers at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine in Spokane developed a vulnerability index that shows which areas in Washington state are particularly at risk for COVID-19. Pablo Monsivais, associate professor in the WSU Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and researcher in ...

Viral movement: Coronavirus spreads through infected droplets

As the World Health Organization declares a “pandemic,” some researchers offer advice and
explanation into how the COVID-19 strain works, and why washing your hands is worth the time.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

March 13, 2020

The World Health Organization upgraded the severity of the current COVID-19 outbreak to a pandemic on Wednesday.  As the illness continues to spread, officials say frequent hand washing with soap and water is the best way to stay healthy.  Alan Goodman, assistant professor in the WS...

The Big Picture

Mark Lees, a junior landscape architecture major, and Jesus Gomez, a junior landscape architecture major, discuss how they predicted the population for the future project on March 2 at Carpenter Hall.

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

March 10, 2020

Landscape architecture students at WSU are applying research on rising temperatures that is due to climate change for a year-long project focused on developing Pullman’s Gateway District. Steve Austin, a clinical assistant professor in the School of Design and Construction, said the Gateway Dist...

A ‘berry’ important research project

The $12.8 million research project is being funded by the USDA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative and led by North Carolina State University. Berries will be bred by various staffing and molecular tools.

LAUREN ELLENBECKER, Evergreen reporter

February 14, 2020

WSU researchers are examining ways to alter genetic traits and breed berries in order to grow better, tastier varieties.  Lisa DeVetter, WSU Department of Horticulture associate professor, said the Vaccinium Coordinated Agricultural Project (VacCAP) was created to develop DNA-based tools whic...

Reshaping stream structure to improve habitats

Palouse Conservation District coordinator, Randy Stevens talks about his plan to design a better structural element in streams on Wednesday at Paradise Creek Brewery.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

February 13, 2020

The Palouse Conservation District (PCD) held a presentation about stream structure on Wednesday in the Paradise Creek Brewery Trailside Taproom. Randy Stevens, PCD conservation coordinator, said changing stream structure can produce diverse habitats, which can help address drought and flooding. ...

Bees on the move

“The queens need to be productive,” says entomology professor Steve Sheppard. “During the main part of the season they may be laying 1500 eggs a day, so you need a queen that can really crank out that many eggs.”

ALANA LACKNER, Evergreen reporter

January 29, 2020

After almost 20 years working out of temporary quarters, WSU’s Honey Bee and Pollinator Research and Education program will be moving much of its work to a new facility in Othello. Entomology professor Steven Sheppard said the new building alone will allow for more than double the number of bees cur...

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