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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...

Researcher explores data on cannabis users

Researcher explores data on cannabis users

CODY SCHOELER, Evergreen reporter

January 11, 2019

A WSU assistant professor partnered with researchers to study the relationship between using cannabis and driving. Carrie Cuttler, assistant professor of psychology, said they wanted to understand the percentage of cannabis users who think it is safe to drive under the influence. They also wanted...

Website brings WSU’s history to life

Website brings WSU’s history to life

CODY SCHOELER, Evergreen reporter

January 10, 2019

The Historic Preservation Committee has created an online platform dedicated to the history of WSU’s campus. The project is funded by the Manuscripts, Archives & Special Collections unit and the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation at WSU, Andrew Gillreath-Brown, creator of the website...

Kinesiology major tackles mobility treatment for Parkinson’s disease

ANGELICA RELENTE, Evergreen news editor

January 8, 2019

A sports science kinesiology major won the grand prize for her research on Parkinson’s Disease at the College of Education’s 2018 semi-annual Bruya-Wood Undergraduate Research Conference. Collette Edge, the author of the research, defined Parkinson’s Disease as a degenerative neurological disorder. “Individuals...

Combating alcohol abuse in Native populations

Combating alcohol abuse in Native populations

DAISY ZAVALA, Evergreen reporter

January 7, 2019

A WSU professor is leading research on alcohol abuse among Native people to promote effective, long-term treatments. Dedra Buchwald, director of the Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH), said the research is supported by a 5-year, $7.1 million grant from the National...

Researcher studies environmental impacts of clothing fibers

Researcher studies environmental impacts of clothing fibers

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

December 7, 2018

A WSU professor is researching microplastic fibers’ movements and impact on the environment. The main source of microplastic fibers are clothes made of synthetic fibers, such as polyester or nylon, but fabrics like cotton also have microplastic fibers. These fibers come off when clothes are being...

Professor exploring tumors in Tasmanian devils

Professor exploring tumors in Tasmanian devils

HANNAH WELZBACKER, Evergreen reporter

December 7, 2018

A WSU researcher is leading a team studying the genes and other genetic variations behind the shrinking of contagious cancerous tumors in Tasmanian devils. Andrew Storfer, an evolutionary geneticist and professor of biology, is working with an international team of researchers to investigate how some...

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