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Study shows high eastern WA mortality rates

Study shows high eastern WA mortality rates

HANNAH WELZBACKER, Evergreen reporter

February 6, 2019

WSU researchers in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine have discovered that mortality rates in 10 of the 11 most common causes of death are higher in eastern Washington than western. Residents in eastern Washington were more likely to die from: cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, unintentional...

Researcher finds alternatives to pesticides

Researcher finds alternatives to pesticides

KAYE GILL, Evergreen reporter

February 4, 2019

A WSU assistant professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering received a $300,000 grant from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research to research pesticide use on crops. Lav Khot said he and his team are researching ways to reduce the use of broad-spectrum pesticides on crops,...

AAVMC awards WSU researcher

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen reporter

January 30, 2019

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) awarded Guy Palmer, WSU Regents professor of pathology and infectious diseases, with the 2019 AAVMC Excellence in Research Award. Bryan Slinker, college of veterinary medicine dean, said Palmer deserves the award based on his academi...

Chapter to fundraise for clean water

Chapter to fundraise for clean water

CODY SCHOELER, Evergreen reporter

January 30, 2019

Engineers Without Borders at WSU will hold a fundraising event Feb. 15 to raise money for their plan to provide clean water to a community in Panama. The group plans to set up and implement a solar pump project to provide clean water at the Zapote community in the Ngabe-Bugle Comarca region in Panama,...

Palouse soil acidity at critical level, local farmers say

Palouse soil acidity at critical level, local farmers say

HANNAH WELZBACKER, Evergreen reporter

January 29, 2019

The WSU Extension and The Farmers Network will host a soil acidity workshop on Thursday, Feb. 21, at Banyans on the Ridge at the Pavilion in Pullman. Doors open at 7:45 a.m. and the event goes until 3:45 p.m. The workshop is comprised of a variety of speakers including scientists from WSU, the University...

Study will focus on whether college impacts health

Study will focus on whether college impacts health

KURIA POUNDS, Evergreen reporter

January 29, 2019

Ben Cowan, an associate professor at WSU, received a $200,000 grant to study health effects of students in higher learning. Cowan said they conducted this study to see why individuals with formal schooling tend to have better health outcomes later in life. “The purpose of the study is to figure...

Composting remains could take the place of burial, cremation for Washington residents

Composting remains could take the place of burial, cremation for Washington residents

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

January 28, 2019

Washington could become the first state to legalize the composting of human remains as an option after death. Katrina Spade, founder and CEO of Recompose, a public benefit corporation, said she started the company to in the future offer recomposition, a process to convert human remains to soil. She...

Robot helps those with memory impairment

Robot helps those with memory impairment

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

January 23, 2019

WSU’s engineering, psychology and computer science departments worked together to develop a robot to help older adults with memory impairment. The robot, also called Robot Activity Support (RAS), is meant to help older adults do daily activities like taking medication, said Bryan Minor, associate...

Doctors use 3D printing to treat cat with tumors

Doctors use 3D printing to treat cat with tumors

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

January 22, 2019

A team of WSU doctors treated multiple meningioma tumors in a cat’s brain last year. Meningioma is a type of brain tumor that arises between internal and external coverings of the brain, Faculty Neurologist Annie Chen-Allen said. There were three separate tumors, which she said is abnormal. Chen-Allen...

Online publication labels professor as AI trailblazer

Online publication labels professor as AI trailblazer

KURIA POUNDS, Evergreen reporter

January 18, 2019

The online magazine “Connected World” recognized a WSU associate professor as one of the 2019 artificial intelligence pioneers. Manoj Karkee, a biological systems engineering associate professor, said the magazine chooses its pioneers based on their use of artificial intelligence, data analytics and...

Researchers advance in plant breeding efforts

Researchers advance in plant breeding efforts

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

January 18, 2019

Researchers from the WSU Department of Plant Pathology recently pinpointed the gene pathways responsible for immune systems in plants. This research can have implications for breeding plants that are more resistant to pests and pathogens, said Kiwamu Tanaka, an assistant professor and principal investigator...

WSU waits on funding from 2018 Farm Bill

WSU waits on funding from 2018 Farm Bill

HANNAH WELZBACKER, Evergreen reporter

January 14, 2019

WSU is waiting to hear how the 2018 Farm Bill funds will be allocated. Colleen Kerr, vice president for external affairs and government relations and chief legislative officer at WSU, said the $867 billion bill was approved by both houses of Congress and signed Dec. 20 by President Donald Trump. “The...

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