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Researchers use fungi to expand bee lifespan

Researchers use fungi to expand bee lifespan

NAPHTALI CALLES, Evergreen reporter

March 29, 2019

Two WSU researchers are using certain fungi extracts to improve bee health. Jennifer Han, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Plant Pathology, and Nick Naeger, a postdoctoral researcher from the Department of Entomology, focused on polypore — multiple pore — mushrooms becaus...

Researchers present work at annual showcase

Researchers present work at annual showcase

HANNAH WELZBACKER, Evergreen reporter

March 29, 2019

Faculty, staff and graduate and professional students from all specialties presented their research Thursday morning at the 2019 Academic Showcase and GPSA Research Exposition. The Academic Showcase had a poster session that included over 260 boards with both creative and research work. The GPSA...

Researchers find link between herbicides, Parkinson’s

Researchers find link between herbicides, Parkinson’s

KAYE GILL, Evergreen reporter

March 28, 2019

A WSU epidemiologist aided a research study that found a link between the use of some herbicides and higher death rates from Parkinson’s disease among those living in agricultural areas. Ofer Amram, an assistant professor at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, said the research team looked at...

Research says cannabis use has decreased among youth

Research says cannabis use has decreased among youth

CODY SCHOELER, Evergreen reporter

March 28, 2019

WSU researchers found cannabis use among adolescents who work fewer than 10 hours per week decreased since its legalization. This group was led by Janessa Graves, WSU College of Nursing assistant professor and senior Research Scientist Julia Dilley, who was a co-author of the article published in...

Researchers aim to save fuel used by marine vessels

Researchers aim to save fuel used by marine vessels

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

March 27, 2019

A team of WSU researchers are creating a way for marine vessels to save fuel. They are doing this by reducing the drag of the vessels, said Konstantin Matveev, associate professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. The team has created an air layer between the vessel hull and ...

Researchers to create green housing materials

Researchers to create green housing materials

SANDY VO, Evergreen reporter

March 25, 2019

Researchers from WSU’s Composite Materials and Engineering Center (CMEC) partnered with a nonprofit recycling center in Port Angeles to combine recycled carbon fiber from airplanes with thermally-modified timber to construct better housing materials. CMEC Director Don Bender said they were looking...

Veterinary college replaces long-lasting MRI machine

Veterinary college replaces long-lasting MRI machine

LAUREN ELLENBECKER, Evergreen reporter

March 21, 2019

The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine has replaced its 22-year-old MRI machine after three and a half years of fundraising. It is recommended to replace the machine every three to five years, but Kay Glaser, associate development director of the veterinary medicine office, said the college’s MRI machin...

USDA funds WSU biofuel research

USDA funds WSU biofuel research

CAMERON SHEPPARD, Evergreen reporter

March 20, 2019

WSU leads all other universities in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-funded research and development spending in the last fiscal year. The amount of research and development spending by WSU is a testament to the quantity and importance of research being done by WSU faculty and students,...

New device furthers WSU research on thermal bacteria

New device furthers WSU research on thermal bacteria

SANDY VO, Evergreen reporter

March 19, 2019

WSU graduate researchers worked with Montana State University (MSU) students to find an improved method of enriching thermophilic bacteria — bacteria that thrive in water with high temperatures — in their native environment. Abdelrhman Mohamed, WSU graduate research assistant, said WSU teamed...

WSU students take first in national construction competition

WSU students take first in national construction competition

ELAYNE RODRIGUEZ, Evergreen reporter

March 19, 2019

The WSU Construction Management team earned top rankings for their solution strategies in the Associated Schools of Construction competition in early February. Anne Anderson, WSU construction management assistant professor, said the virtual design and construction team competed with schools across...

Proposed laws may remove daylight saving time switch

Proposed laws may remove daylight saving time switch

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

March 18, 2019

Proposed bills in the Washington State Legislature involve the removal of the daylight saving time switch, as WSU researchers found that the hour switch negatively impacts sleep. SB 5139, a Senate bill to make daylight saving time year-round, passed in the Senate, according to the Washington State Legislature web...

Microscope allows three-dimensional reconstruction

Microscope allows three-dimensional reconstruction

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen reporter

March 8, 2019

A new microscope is open for student and faculty use at the Franceschi Microscopy and Imaging Center (FMIC). FMIC staff scientist Daniel Mullendore said the Apreo VolumeScope is a scanning electron microscope (SEM) capable of taking thin sections of a biological sample, resulting in a three-dime...

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