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WSU researcher raises awareness about food insecurity during pandemic

Cedric Habiyaremye, WSU research associate, and his mother in their quinoa research field in Rwanda.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

June 29, 2020

As someone who grew up facing starvation and hunger in Rwanda, one WSU research associate is now using his education to advocate for worldwide food security. Cedric Habiyaremye said he has worked to raise awareness on how COVID-19 is affecting food security and the consequences of this, which include...

Doctoral candidate researches gender, religion in Hindi soap opera

Sreenidhi Krishnan moved to the U.S . in 2016 to complete her doctoral degree, and has since won several awards for her research about cultural impacts on Hindi soap opera productions.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

June 29, 2020

One WSU student turned her love for movies, soap operas and other media into the driving force behind her research. Sreenidhi Krishnan, doctoral candidate in WSU Vancouver's anthropology department, said she won a dissertation grant of $500 to study the culture of Hindi soap opera productions in India. Krishnan sa...

Plant protein may help researchers understand drought resilience

Hollow cells in the xylem have pits that allow water to move from roots to shoots. MAP20 is a protein that helps regulate pit architecture.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 29, 2020

By knocking down the concentration of a protein called MAP20 in plant cells, WSU researchers determined cells with less MAP20 are less likely to recover from drought, providing insight into the function of the protein. The research delves into the vascular system of plants, which is relatively unknown...

WSU researchers test environmental samples for coronavirus genetic material

Humans and other animals shed coronavirus particles when they are infected. These particles are spread throughout the shedder's environment.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 22, 2020

Testing environmental samples for pieces of RNA, the single-stranded genetic material of coronaviruses, may help WSU researchers determine how long the virus can persist outside a host.  Researchers will collect samples of wastewater, soil and stormwater from both urban and rural areas in Washington and ...

Wording of vaccine ads matter, WSU alumna says

Porismita Borah, associate professor of strategic communications in WSU's Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, helped with a study on usage of certain language in ads.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

June 15, 2020

Words matter for any organization trying to reach an audience. The same goes for vaccine ads, according to a new WSU study. A recent WSU alumna and an associate professor conducted the first experimental study on how social normative messages in vaccine ads affect consumer behavior.  Xizhu Xiao, stra...

Technology to lower inflammation, may help COVID-19 patients

WSU professor Santanu Bose discovered the A9 protein. He said blocking some of the protein's function may stop over-inflammation of the lungs and help patients suffering from pneumonia caused by COVID-19.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

May 26, 2020

WSU professor Santanu Bose has discovered a protein that, when some of its function is reduced, may help stop patients who are dying from pneumonia caused by COVID-19. The A9 protein causes inflammation. Some inflammation is good for the body, but in the case of a respiratory virus like COVID-19, to...

Town hall prepares for increase in on-site research

Colleen Kerr, vice president for external affairs and government relations, said research is a primary function of higher education.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

May 20, 2020

WSU research officials held a town hall Tuesday to solicit feedback on draft guidelines for research, scholarship and creative activities, which will allow on-site activities, like lab or office work, to gradually increase.  The goals of the new guidelines are to protect the health and well-being o...

New laboratory signage program available for WSU labs

New laboratory signage program available for WSU labs

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

April 27, 2020

WSU Faculty Operations and WSU Environmental Health and Safety worked together on a new signage program to improve human health and research for WSU laboratories. According to the laboratory safety website, the main goals of the signage program are to protect human health and safety as well as protect research. This includes identifying ...

‘Cancer therapy is a heartbreaker’

Zhaokang Cheng works with postdoctoral research associate Peng Xia in their lab. Cheng said heart disease is one of the main causes of death in cancer survivors, other than cancer recurrence.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

April 24, 2020

Researchers in the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at WSU Spokane recently pinpointed a protein that plays a critical role in heart damage caused by chemotherapy drugs.  Zhaokang Cheng, assistant professor and senior author on the study, said cancer treatments have improved a lot in the past se...

Vulnerability index examines factors contributing to COVID-19

Researchers at WSU's CHaSE Lab created an interactive map that shows what areas of Washington are most vulnerable to COVID-19.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

April 16, 2020

WSU researchers at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine in Spokane developed a vulnerability index that shows which areas in Washington state are particularly at risk for COVID-19. Pablo Monsivais, associate professor in the WSU Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and researcher in ...

Second provost candidate presents to university community

Julie Kmec, co-chair of the Provost search committee, discusses how the search guidelines for a new provost are constantly being adapted to fit the needs of the university on Monday evening in the CUB Junior Ballroom.

JAKOB THORINGTON, Evergreen reporter

April 15, 2020

The second presentation during WSU’s provost search featured a variety of color-coordinated maps from a geography professor seeking to become the university’s next provost. “As a geographer I felt I had to throw in at least one or two maps in,” provost candidate Robert McMaster said. M...

OPINION: Research should be available to all

While WSU does offer access to many research papers, the issue is how much they have to pay for them.

JACOB HERSH, Evergreen columnist

April 8, 2020

Research is meant to be shared. For multi-billion-dollar corporations to lock scientific, sociological and historical knowledge behind a paywall, and demand as much as $50 to $100 for the rights to read a research paper, written by a hard working graduate student, is not only unfair, it’s immoral....

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