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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...

Board of Regents approves addition of two new degree programs

A Master of Science in Kinesiology degree and a Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Enology degree will be available at WSU in the fall.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

May 18, 2020

Two new degree programs will be available for students in the fall to help WSU compete with other institutions that have similar programs. On May 8, the Board of Regents voted to establish a Master of Science in Kinesiology degree and a Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Enology degree. “We...

WSU to demolish Johnson Hall

The demolition of Johnson Hall will cost about $8 million and will be replaced by a new USDA Agricultural Research Services building.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

May 13, 2020

WSU hopes to receive state funding between the 2021 and 2023 fiscal year in order to demolish Johnson Hall, which would cost about $8 million.  Phil Weiler, WSU’s vice president for marketing and communications, said they plan to replace Johnson Hall with a new USDA Agricultural Research Services...

WSU develops its own hand sanitizer

WSU develops its own hand sanitizer

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 8, 2020

WSU Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) is making “Cougar Clean,” an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that will help combat the hand sanitizer shortage and protect essential university workers.  Jason Sampson, assistant director of Environmental Services, Public Health and Sustainability, ...

WSU microwave technologies help keep food safe

WSU microwave technologies help keep food safe

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

April 30, 2020

WSU Regents Professor Juming Tang developed a new system of microwave food safety technologies in an effort to make meals healthier and safer around the globe. The new technologies protect food from pathogens and spoilage using electromagnetic wave pulses called microwaves, which could help decrea...

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 ...

‘Cancer therapy is a heartbreaker’

Zhaokang Cheng works with postdoctoral research associate Peng Xia in their lab. Cheng said heart disease is one of the main causes of death in cancer survivors, other than cancer recurrence.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

April 24, 2020

Researchers in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at WSU Spokane recently pinpointed a protein that plays a critical role in heart damage caused by chemotherapy drugs.  Zhaokang Cheng, assistant professor and senior author on the study, said cancer treatments have improved a lot in the past se...

Professor describes uses and history of hallucinogens

Use of hallucinogens can cause hallucinations within 20 to 90 minutes after ingestion. The “trips” can last from six to 12 hours.

AMAAN RAHMAN, Evergreen reporter

April 24, 2020

For centuries, hallucinogens, also known as psychedelics, have been used by people in many cultures for religious rituals and recreation as well as by artists to spark creativity.  Kenneth Faunce, a WSU history clinical assistant professor who teaches classes on drugs and its history, said ha...

100 years later, where is the physics department now?

The WSU physics and astronomy department is located in Webster Hall. Brian Saam, physics and astronomy department chair, said the department was created by Paul Anderson, William Band and George Duvall.

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

April 24, 2020

Since the WSU physics and astronomy department’s founding 100 years ago, researchers have made developments that make the program known worldwide. Brian Saam, physics and astronomy department chair, said the history of the department started with three men that helped lift the department ...

Second provost candidate presents to university community

Julie Kmec, co-chair of the Provost search committee, discusses how the search guidelines for a new provost are constantly being adapted to fit the needs of the university on Monday evening in the CUB Junior Ballroom.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

April 15, 2020

The second presentation during WSU’s provost search featured a variety of color-coordinated maps from a geography professor seeking to become the university’s next provost. “As a geographer I felt I had to throw in at least one or two maps in,” provost candidate Robert McMaster said. M...

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