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Biofilm granules like the ones pictured here contain extracellular polymeric substances that act as

Researchers strengthen soil using environmentally-friendly bacterial ‘glue’

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

Slimy layers of bacteria called biofilms can act as an environmentally-friendly glue to improve the strength of soil, according to a WSU study published in the journal Biofilm.  Biofilms occur when...

It is important for people to learn tips to prevent asthma exacerbation before wildfire season starts.

Researchers study impacts of wildfire smoke on lung function

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen editor-in-chief June 23, 2021

WSU College of Nursing researchers conducted a study using an app to help asthma sufferers monitor their symptoms during wildfire season. The study’s goal was to identify how and when air quality...

The conservation of Tasmanian devils is crucial as they are one of only a few species consuming bones as part of their diet.

Researchers find Tasmanian devil genome responds to unique transmissible cancer

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen editor-in-chief June 18, 2021

An international collaboration involving researchers from the University of Idaho and WSU is studying transmissible cancers and evolution in Tasmanian devils.  Tasmanian devils are marsupials that...

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...

Soft X-rays resonate differently with certain bonds and molecules, giving scientists insight into the structure of nanocarriers, such as the one pictured here.

‘Soft’ X-ray method helps scientists investigate molecules with potential biomedical applications

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen editor-in-chief June 7, 2021

In a recent study published in Nature Communications, scientists used a type of “soft” X-ray to probe organic structures, allowing them to locate and identify different structural components. This...

Feeling the movement: Kinesiology professor connects exercise, body image

JAYCE CARRAL, Evergreen reporter May 28, 2021

A WSU kinesiology professor is developing a physical education program that will introduce girls aged 12 to 14 years to a wide range of movements that will help them feel more comfortable in their bodies.  Anne...

India Dykes, junior bioengineering major, said she spent months working on the application. Her research focuses on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Three WSU students named Goldwater Scholars

STEFFI LUDAHL, Evergreen reporter April 28, 2021

Three WSU students received awards from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.   Over 5,000 students from 438 institutions across the country applied to be...

Students will use a variety of online platforms to present their work to the judges on Zoom.

SURCA student and judge applications open

ABBY DAVIS, Evergreen managing editor February 1, 2021

Applications for students and judges are now open for the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities.  The virtual event will take place March 29. Students can compete and win...

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi can help plants absorb light and water. They expand the plant’s root zone and act as a biofertilizer.

WSU Tri-Cities researchers use fungi to replace chemical fertilizers

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter December 8, 2020

A team at WSU Tri-Cities is researching a type of fungus that could replace chemical fertilizers in crops. The team is working to see if applying inoculants that contain arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi...

Jenna Pederson, senior general studies in biological sciences major, said she is interested in studying animal behavior and conducting drug research.

WSU undergrads receive awards during national STEM conference

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen editor-in-chief December 7, 2020

Two WSU students received a $175 award each for their undergraduate research projects during an annual national STEM conference. Seniors Jenna Pederson and Ezra Mead attended the Annual Biomedical Research...

Marcus Poppen, assistant professor of special education, said his research team plans to use the money to learn about how partnering with employers and schools helps students prepare for life after college.

Grant funds employment opportunities for students receiving special education services

ANNA MICHALSON, Evergreen reporter December 2, 2020

A team from the WSU College of Education received a two-year $300,000 grant to prepare students who receive special education services for employment after graduation.  Marcus Poppen, assistant professor...

A third of survey participants considered themselves food insecure, and a third were also claiming unemployment benefits.

Pandemic leads to increase of food-insecure people in Washington

STEFFI LUDAHL, Evergreen reporter November 30, 2020

A team of researchers found the number of food-insecure people in Washington has doubled from 1.1 million to 2.2 million since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.  The WAFOOD Survey Team researched...

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