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Computer-controlled camera systems at the WSU Compact Plants Phenomics Center helped researchers capture images of plants, such as this one, to better understand photosynthetic energy conversion.

WSU researchers create computer model to understand how plants work in nature

ALEXANDRIA OSBORNE, Evergreen reporter July 12, 2021

A WSU-led research team created a computer model to understand how photosynthesis energy conversion works in plants.  “Life is not possible without energy conversion … if you die, you lose your...

Eric Barrow, Miles Pepper and Scott Hanson, employees of the Voiland College Machine Shop, are helping build the CentriFLEX prototype.

WSU researchers create device to grow cancer-killing cells

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen editor-in-chief June 14, 2021

WSU researchers developed a device to rapidly grow killer T cells, immune cells that can be used to treat cancer.  Chemical engineering doctoral students Kitana Kaiphanliam and Brenden Fraser-Hevlin...

Traditional salmon drying racks are shown in the Native Village of Kokhanok on Lake Iliamna, Bristol Bay, Alaska. Salmon was important to Native Americans’ diets.

Native Americans did not solely eat salmon

KASSANDRA VOGEL April 29, 2021

WSU researchers found that Native Americans had diverse diets that did not rely solely on lean meat, which debunks previous findings that suggested Native peoples’ diets along the Pacific Rim were almost...

Instead of just focusing on how mental processes influence goal-directing behaviors in children, the researchers believe studies should focus on what is going on around the child and how that influences their thinking.

Goal-directed behaviors in children may be affected by outside factors

ERIN MULLINS, Evergreen reporter April 29, 2021

Children’s ability to stay on task and control their behavior may not just be based on the internal workings of the brain but on outside factors as well, found researchers from WSU, Doctrina Education...

Travis Volz, who researched this during his doctoral work at WSU, experiments with diamonds in the Institute for Shock Physics’ Impact Laboratory.

Researchers create stronger diamond

ERIN MULLINS, Evergreen reporter April 29, 2021

Diamonds are the strongest material on Earth, but an even stronger type of diamond has been created in the lab. Hexagonal diamonds are stiffer and stronger than the typical cubic diamonds used for jewelry,...

Seafood waste is underutilized and has limited applications. The project will divert the waste toward a useful purpose.

Seafood waste used to improve concrete

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter April 29, 2021

WSU researchers are using a material found in crab shells to improve concrete and reduce carbon emissions.  The researchers plan to use chitin, which can be found in seafood shells, to create longer...

The research team wants to use a more holistic approach to determine where resources should be put to fight disease at a larger level.

WSU researchers develop way to measure diseases in cows

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter April 29, 2021

WSU researchers are measuring the impact of common diseases in dairy cows to develop more effective treatments and preventative measures. The team is developing a metric similar to one that is currently...

An intestinal cell is infected by Campylobacter jejuni, a bacterium that causes food-borne illness. The bacteria are red, and the host cell is green.

Researchers understand way bacterium infects cells

SYDNEY OPFER, Evergreen reporter April 22, 2021

Researchers have found the mechanism that one bacterium uses to enter the intestinal cells of the body. This bacterium is the most common cause of food-borne illness in the U.S. The bacterium, Campylobacter...

Alumnus Ranga Dias uses equipment that compresses and alters the properties of hydrogen-rich materials in his lab.

WSU alum recognized by Time magazine

KASSANDRA VOGEL April 22, 2021

WSU alumnus Ranga Dias has been recognized as an innovator and emerging leader by Time in its 2021 Time100 Next list for the creation of the first-ever room-temperature superconductor. Unlike ordinary...

Trust and well-being are related. When students feel confident and connected, they are more likely to enjoy the benefits of their college experience.

Students’ trust in college depends on leadership

ANNE-MARIE GREGGS, Evergreen reporter April 22, 2021

Students’ level of trust in a college can impact overall educational experience, WSU researchers found. The research found that trust can influence whether a student will finish college as well as...

Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflamed joints. Over time, the disease affects vital organs, like the heart and liver, as well.

Newly discovered protein helps rheumatoid arthritis symptom

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter April 22, 2021

WSU researchers discovered a protein that will help treat chronic inflammation resulting from rheumatoid arthritis.  They found a protein called GBP5 in tissue cells from diseased joints affected...

A researcher says preventative methods of sexual assault are important, but ultimately, rape culture needs to be changed to lower the number of sexual assaults.

Researcher studies sex offenders’ mindsets

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter April 15, 2021

A WSU researcher has discovered contributing factors to rape culture and is advocating for programs to be implemented in middle schools.  The research focuses on the mindsets of sexual offenders and...

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