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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. ...

OPINION: Calculus is the foundation for all science

Calculus helps students of all persuasions learn and understand math and science.

HANNA YUZYUK, Evergreen columnist

October 14, 2020

If someone decides to be a STEM student, having myriads of prerequisites beforehand preps them for their professions. I am certainly not an exception. I was faced with calculus for my future career as a microbiologist, which I believed to be a drag at the beginning, but ended up being a major benefit...

Students receive learning kits to gain hands-on experience

The kits are funded by lab fees and the WSU provost office. One instructor is using kits for his Mechanical Engineering 401 class.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

September 28, 2020

Although classes are virtual, some WSU professors were able to send learning kits to students in lab sections for a hands-on experience. The kits are funded by lab fees and the WSU provost office, said John Swensen, assistant professor at WSU's School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.  Some pro...

OPINION: Individual changes will help stop wildfires

As we've seen so far, wildfires are a fact of nature. But we can help mitigate their damage by taking responsibility for our environment.

HANNA YUZYUK, Evergreen columnist

September 22, 2020

Forests on fire and smoke in the air — this is the best advertisement for the Green New Deal. We see something wrong is going on in nature. We have to realize that this is a stopping point. Our dividing line is to see how ready we are to sacrifice some of our habits to let our children know and...

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 ...

New podcast from SEL to explain science topics

David Whitehead, host of Schweitzer Drive podcast, has made episodes with guests covering electrical power technology and business startups.

ASHLIE OXFORD, Evergreen reporter

August 28, 2020

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories created a new podcast aiming to turn complicated subjects, such as technology, business startups and engineering, into comprehensible information for the average listener. Four episodes have been released, including an introduction to the podcast, said David W...

Exhibits offer outdoor exploration at science center

Although staff members at the Palouse Discovery Science Center already had plans to open outdoor options, the center made it possible on a faster timeline due to COVID-19.

JENNA GEELAN, Evergreen reporter

July 20, 2020

Although school is out for summer, children on the Palouse can still expand their curiosities about the outside world through the Palouse Discovery Science Center. The PDSC in Pullman recently opened outdoor activities for the community while still abiding by state and local health guidelines.  ...

100 years later, where is the physics department now?

The WSU physics and astronomy department is located in Webster Hall. Brian Saam, physics and astronomy department chair, said the department was created by Paul Anderson, William Band and George Duvall.

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

April 24, 2020

Since the WSU physics and astronomy department’s founding 100 years ago, researchers have made developments that make the program known worldwide. Brian Saam, physics and astronomy department chair, said the history of the department started with three men that helped lift the department ...

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