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Researchers to conduct four-year study on children’s executive functions

In the study, professors will follow 150 children for four years.

JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter

October 26, 2020

WSU professors will investigate the role parent-child interaction plays in brain development by following 150 children from infancy to early childhood for four years. “Our main hypothesis is centered on the interaction between parents and their children — how this will influence [the children...

Professors design novel process for recycling drywall

Two professors in WSU's School of Design and Construction are recycling drywall to address an environmental problem.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

October 20, 2020

Two WSU professors invented a process to recycle drywall into blocks, which can then be used for construction projects. Drywall is a common building material made from the mineral gypsum, also known as calcium sulfate, said David Drake, scholarly assistant professor in the WSU School of Design and Construction. ...

Asian giant hornet could spread in US, researchers say

The Asian giant hornet does not have predators in the U.S and can destroy a honey bee colony within minutes.

ANGELICA RELENTE, Evergreen editor in chief

October 5, 2020

The Asian giant hornet could potentially settle on the west coast, according to a recently published research article by WSU researchers.  The hornet is native to Asia, and it preys on honey bees, according to the research article. A hornet’s nest was first sighted in September 2019 on Vancouver...

WSU lab in Kenya to focus on East Coast fever

Milk-producing animals, such as zebu cattle, are especially susceptible to East Coast Fever. Researchers at the Animal Health Innovation Lab in Nairobi, Kenya, hope to develop more readily available vaccines and diagnostic testing for the disease.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

October 1, 2020

WSU’s Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health received $6 million to establish an Animal Health Innovation Lab in Nairobi, Kenya, aimed at solving food insecurity and malnutrition problems.  Researchers at the lab will focus on improving vaccinations and diagnostic testing for East Coast ...

Researchers test liquid hydrogen as potential green fuel source

Researchers used liquid hydrogen as a green fuel source for drones. Fueling the drone only requires a few gallons.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

September 28, 2020

A WSU lab is the first university lab in the country to successfully test liquid hydrogen as a green fuel source for unmanned aerial vehicles.  WSU researchers collaborated with Mississippi State University and Boeing subsidiary Insitu Inc. to create a hydrogen-electric version of the ScanEagle dro...

Horticulture researchers find ways to combat climate change in vineyards

Researchers in Prosser are developing ways to preserve the quality of wine-making industries by creating ways to prevent grapes from overheating.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

September 15, 2020

As climate change threatens Washington vineyards, a group of viticulture and enology researchers in Prosser are developing ways to preserve the quality of wine-making industries.  Markus Keller, professor of viticulture at WSU, and a team of postdoctoral students worked to determine how best to co...

Splice grafting could save Washington watermelons, WSU study finds

Splice grafting involves growers finding the most compatible rootstock and attaching its roots to a growing watermelon vine.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

August 31, 2020

A new study could help watermelon farmers in Washington fight a deadly fungal disease.  WSU researchers at the Department of Horticulture found that splice grafting, a centuries-old technique that attaches roots of other plants to a growing watermelon vine, could help watermelons build resistance ...

WSU tree researchers attempt to prevent Little Cherry Disease

Scott Harper, WSU assistant professor of virology, examines diseased cherries, which can be small and bitter.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

August 28, 2020

WSU scientists and cherry growers are finding new ways to prevent Little Cherry Disease, an infection that spreads between trees and can significantly decrease fruit yield.  When a tree growing fruit with pits, such as cherries or peaches, is infected with the disease, the only known way to keep i...

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 ...

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