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Bats must be studied more to understand transmission of viruses, researchers say

Scientists do not fully understand how bats have so many viruses that can spill over to humans, a WSU researcher says. When humans contract a virus from bats, it can cause disease and death.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

July 20, 2020

In a literature review, WSU researchers determined bats must be studied more. This is because scientists do not know enough about how to lessen the threats they pose to human health.  When bat viruses jump to another species, they tend to be highly pathogenic, said Stephanie Seifert, assistant p...

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...

Wording of vaccine ads matter, WSU alumna says

Porismita Borah, associate professor of strategic communications in WSU's Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, helped with a study on usage of certain language in ads.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

June 15, 2020

Words matter for any organization trying to reach an audience. The same goes for vaccine ads, according to a new WSU study. A recent WSU alumna and an associate professor conducted the first experimental study on how social normative messages in vaccine ads affect consumer behavior.  Xizhu Xiao, stra...

WSU urged to cease animal testing

The animal rights organization cites three public records reports from the USDA where, according to PETA, there have been violations of the Animal Welfare Act. One report involves three bighorn sheep.

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

April 8, 2020

The animal rights organization People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a letter to WSU President Kirk Schulz on April 1 urging the university to stop animal testing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Shalin Gala, PETA vice president of international laboratory methods, said the letter calls for WS...

MAPS supports minority students in pre-health

MAPS supports minority students in pre-health

JOEL KEMEGUE, Evergreen reporter

April 7, 2020

The Minority Association for Pre-Health Services, or MAPS, focuses on helping all students of color in pre-health. Members of the club, which runs under the Health Professions Student Center, do not need to be in pre-health nor do they need to be a minority, but the club is focused on promoting m...

Antibiotics fail against resistant germs

Sylvia Omulo, clinical assistant professor at the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at WSU, reflects on Thursday on her time in Kenya. She works to raise awareness on seeking medical treatment before resorting to antibiotics.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

February 26, 2020

Growing up in Kenya, Sylvia Omulo had two guarantees: falling and infectious diseases. “I really liked to play,” she said. “Some of my favorite games involved speed and falling was a consequence of that — the other thing I was prone to was infectious diseases.” Omulo, clinical assoc...

Bacteria can be used to make nitrogen

Engineering bacteria could reduce the need for human-made fertilizers. Controlling nitrogen in bacteria can help plants.

TJ YOCKACHONIS, Evergreen reporter

February 25, 2020

Some bacteria transform nitrogen in the air, which is useless to all life, into useful nutrients for plants and animals.  The importance of these “nitrogen-fixing” bacteria was the focus of the McCarter Seminar Series “Hierarchical regulation of nitrogen fixation in bacteria associated wi...

Frozen leaves cause unusual taste in red wine

Unusual floral aromas are found in red wines when the grapes used to make the wine have been exposed to cold snaps in the early fall. This causes frozen leaves to stick to grape clusters which often end up harvested and bottled.

BROOKLYNN HILLEMANN, Evergreen reporter

February 20, 2020

Unusual floral notes found in red wines are caused by frozen and dead leaves, according to a WSU professor.  Jim Harbertson, associate professor of enology for WSU’s Wine Science Center, specializes in the study of wines. He said he was tasked by Washington wine producers with explaining why re...

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...

Local agencies prepare for COVID-19

Local agencies prepare for COVID-19

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

February 14, 2020

While cases of the novel coronavirus continue to increase, several public health officials and medical providers on the Palouse are preparing for the outbreak. Previously known as the novel coronavirus, the new strain of the virus was renamed COVID-19 two days ago by the World Health Organization....

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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