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Research determines link between crops, climate change

Research determines link between crops, climate change

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

November 8, 2018

Research about climate cooling thousands of years ago offers new insight into how societies changed their diets, agricultural practices and trade routes to adapt to the change. WSU adjunct professor Kyle Bocinsky and former WSU professor Jade d’Alpoim Guedes are studying the effects of cooling events...

Nez Perce used tobacco before many historians thought

Nez Perce used tobacco before many historians thought

ISAAC SEMMLER, Evergreen reporter

November 6, 2018

WSU researchers have recently discovered that Native American tribes in the Northwest grew and smoked tobacco long before scientists and historians previously thought. David Gang, a professor in the Institute of Biological Chemistry, and Shannon Tushingham, an assistant professor and director of the...

Plant history, genomes, what makes chocolate so tasty

Plant history, genomes, what makes chocolate so tasty

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

November 1, 2018

A WSU researcher is working with a team of scientists to analyze specific varieties of cacao plants, an essential ingredient of chocolate, to better understand the evolutionary history and create a variety that can yield optimal flavor while producing at a high rate and resisting disease. Omar Cornejo,...

Study finds not all E. coli is bad

Study finds not all E. coli is bad

ANNABELLE HUTSON, Evergreen contributor

October 30, 2018

While it can be a danger in many cases, the bacteria E. coli is on the horizon for researchers as they find out more about its benefits. Stephanie Smith, a food safety specialist at WSU working to increase food safety practices across the state of Washington, said foodborne illness is a large issue...

Student does market research on gift timing

Student does market research on gift timing

HAYLEY MARTINEZ, Evergreen reporter

October 29, 2018

A research activity created by a WSU graduate student aims to find out consumer preferences when giving gifts and bring students free coffee as well. The study, designed by graduate student Sheng Bi, collects data about what affects a person’s preference for the time and day when they send gifts. “I...

WSU researchers develop sugar sensor

WSU researchers develop sugar sensor

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

October 26, 2018

WSU researchers have created a sensor made of a biofuel cell and an electronics component which detects diseases such as diabetes or cardiac problems. “The novelty in what we have done is that a biofuel cell is not new by itself,” said Subhansu Gupta, assistant professor in the School of Electrical...

Agricultural robots combine future, farming practices

Agricultural robots combine future, farming practices

ANGELICA RELENTE, Evergreen reporter

October 26, 2018

In a partnership with the University of Technology Sydney in Australia, WSU scientists are working to create agricultural robots to help local farmers and industries maintain and harvest crops efficiently. The partnership started on Sept. 24, said Manoj Karkee, an assistant professor in the biological...

Professor working to prevent animal illness

Professor working to prevent animal illness

ISAAC SEMMLER, Evergreen reporter

October 24, 2018

A professor at WSU is working with universities, national agencies and non-profit organizations to study and find solutions on animal disease issues worldwide. “I’ve been working on this for about 15 years, spending my time looking into these diseases locally and internationally,” said Thomas...

Severe drought, famine may reoccur, professor says

Severe drought, famine may reoccur, professor says

ISAAC SEMMLER, Evergreen reporter

October 17, 2018

A possible reprise of the worst-known drought and famine may be resurfacing, according to WSU researchers. Deepti Singh, a professor at WSU Vancouver’s School of the Environment, has spent the last year and a half studying droughts and famines that have occurred around the world in the past several...

Astronomers discuss Pluto planetary debate

Astronomers discuss Pluto planetary debate

CAMERON SHEPPARD, Evergreen contributor

October 16, 2018

The debate over Pluto’s classification as a planet has been fought by astronomers and the public ever since the International Astronomical Union, a global assembly of astronomy experts, voted to establish a definition of a planet that excluded Pluto in 2006. Pluto was deemed not to be a planet because...

Researches create controller, aim for renewable energy

Researches create controller, aim for renewable energy

HANNAH WELZBACKER, Evergreen reporter

October 12, 2018

WSU researchers have designed a new type of controller to address the challenge of maintaining a stable power supply when integrating renewable energy into the power system. Led by Ali Mehrizi-Sani, associate professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, recent graduate Saleh...

School gifted $2.2 million grant, graduate fellowship created

HAYLEY MARTINEZ, Evergreen reporter

October 12, 2018

The estate of Bernadine and James Seabrandt gifted $2.2 million to the School of Molecular Biosciences, creating the Bernadine Fulfs Seabrandt Graduate Fellowship at WSU. The fellowship will be awarded to graduate students who are in the School of Molecular Biosciences and favors students researching...

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