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Wolf researcher resigns in settlement with WSU

Wolf researcher resigns in settlement with WSU

IAN SMAY, Evergreen news editor

May 15, 2018


Filed under Administration, Faculty, News, Pullman Community, Research, Top-feature, WSU Pullman campus

Robert Wielgus, the wolf researcher in the center of a conflict with the university over his work, has reached a settlement with WSU resulting in his resignation on Monday. Wielgus will receive $300,000 as a part of the settlement, according to a news release from the Public Employees for Environmental...

Engineering students showcase capstone tech

Engineering students showcase capstone tech

SANG JUNG, Evergreen reportere

April 30, 2018


Filed under News, Research, WSU Pullman campus

WSU engineering students showcased their capstone projects that ranged from miniature airplanes to medical devices in the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center on Friday. Tyrell Turner, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, said he and his team members have been working on creating a mechanical tree....

Prof studies scar hair growth

Prof studies scar hair growth

ZARA CRUDEN, Evergreen reporter

April 30, 2018


Filed under News, Research, Showcase

An assistant professor and researcher in the School of Molecular Biosciences is working on manipulating fibroblasts in cells to stimulate hair growth in scarred areas. Ryan Driskell’s research is not limited to scars. It has other uses, and could even be a solution for scarring diseases such as...

WSU tries to rid shore of problem crustacean

WSU tries to rid shore of problem crustacean

HANNAH WELZBACKER, Evergreen reporter

April 30, 2018


Filed under News, Research

A WSU researcher is working with the Department of Agriculture to determine how to use $534,000 of state funds for burrowing shrimp control after the Willapa Bay shellfish industry’s permit to spray insecticide was denied. Kim Patten, interim director of WSU’s Long Beach Research and Extension...

Bird songs could parallel human speech

Bird songs could parallel human speech

LINH NGUYEN, Evergreen reporter

April 27, 2018


Filed under News, Research, Showcase

In order to gain a better understanding of how humans develop and process speech, a neuroscientist is taking a closer look at the environments in which songbirds learn to sing and interact with their peers. Kendra Sewall, an assistant professor of biological sciences at Virginia Tech, presented her...

Research seeks to explain munchies

Research seeks to explain munchies

CODY COTTIER, Evergreen reporter

April 20, 2018


Filed under News, Research, Showcase

Joanne Kunze pointed to a tinted plastic box. A hose attached to one end of the container ran to a nearby device labeled “VapirRise 2.0.” “This is where we get them high,” she said. The cage is empty now, but the rats Kunze hotboxed over the past year gave some insight into the mechanisms...

Prenatal cannabis exposure may affect cognition

Prenatal cannabis exposure may affect cognition

BREANNE SEARING, Evergreen reporter

April 20, 2018


Filed under News, Research, Showcase

As more states have legalized recreational cannabis, it has grown more popular among pregnant women. A WSU undergraduate researcher thinks the scientific community needs to take a closer look at the behavior of adults who were exposed to cannabis while in the womb. Neuroscience senior Collin Warrick...

Cannabis could reduce stress from pain

HANNAH WELZBACKER, Evergreen reporter

April 20, 2018


Filed under News, Research

A WSU neuroscience undergraduate is looking into how the psychoactive component of cannabis affects different types of pain, as more people turn to cannabis for medicinal pain relief. Abby Pondelick, a junior in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is currently conducting research to determine how...

Corals suffer as climate changes

Corals suffer as climate changes

BAILEY CAMPBELL, Evergreen reporter

April 19, 2018


Filed under News, Research, Showcase, WSU Pullman campus

Thriving and vibrantly colored coral reefs, home to all kinds of sea life, have long blanketed the ocean floor. But now, much of it lies dull and lifeless. Zack Rago is an underwater camera technician for View Into The Blue, the first company to capture underwater time lapse footage, which can be...

Graduate Student Discuses microbiome in human milk

Graduate Student Discuses microbiome in human milk

BREANNE SEARING, Evergreen reporter

April 19, 2018


Filed under News, Research

Editor's Note: The original version of this article misrepresented the nature of graduate student of biology Kimberly Lackey's research.   While researchers have developed treatments for leprosy, one of the oldest recorded diseases in the world, how people contract the infection is still a myste...

Scientist looks to bridge gap between current, future energy tech

BREANNE SEARING, Evergreen reporter

April 6, 2018


Filed under News, Research

A WSU researcher received hundreds of thousands of dollars to work on a fuel cell design that could fill the gap between the energy technology of today and the future. The Department of Energy awarded Dustin McLarty, a mechanical and materials engineering assistant professor, $678,000 to research...

Students showcase innovation, research questions

Students showcase innovation, research questions

BREANNE SEARING, Evergreen reporter

April 3, 2018


Filed under News, Research, Showcase, WSU Pullman campus

Students presented their research in topics ranging from artistic design to how various drugs impact the symptoms of terminal diseases at the seventh annual Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities on Monday. The research students present at SURCA can enhance a student’s undergraduate...

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