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Unique imaging instrument expands WSU capabilities

Two people look into an imaging source on a 20-foot-long machine.An X‑ray beamline with a first-of-its-kind imaging source is being installed at Washington State University’s Dodgen Research Facility. The instrument, valued at over $1 million, will allow researchers to study a range of materials at nano- and atomic-scales.

“It’s a very versatile instrument,” said Liane Moreau, a WSU assistant professor of chemistry. “It’s the only one currently in the United States that…allows us to take images and get data from a specific spot on a sample and correlate it to » More …

Global Campus: 30 years of opportunity

A student works on a computer outside.In 1992, Washington State University extended its land-grant mission by launching one of the nation’s first opportunities for students to pursue a degree from anywhere on the globe through distance delivery.

Today, our Global Campus is the second largest campus by enrollment in the WSU system with more than 4,000 students enrolled in one of 21 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate programs, or more than » More …

Mentoring focus to advance faculty diversity

Jennifer Thigpen.As the new director of Washington State University’s ADVANCE program, Jennifer Thigpen wants to help provide female and other under-represented faculty members the guidance and mentorship she felt she missed early on in her career.

“The opportunity to make the process smoother for others is one of the reasons why I am passionate about the work of the ADVANCE program,” said Thigpen, an associate professor in » More …

Q&A on gender equality

Closeup of women putting their fists together in a circle.August 26 has been observed as Women’s Equality Day in the United States for nearly 50 years, but equality is still a distant goal, says Amy Mazur, the Johnson Distinguished Professor in political science at WSU Pullman and a global expert on gender equality who has consulted with the World Bank, the European Union, and most recently, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). » More …

Fulbright award expands career opportunities

Lauren Hudson.Washington State University’s latest recipient of a Fulbright U.S. Student award, Lauren Hudson (’22 biology, French), will be teaching Southeast Asia this coming year.

“I’m thrilled to be able to teach English to college students in Vietnam, a land that is part of my heritage,” said Hudson. “I’m also happy to explore language and culture as ways to further equity and » More …

Quintet wins professional competition

Sophia Tegart, Keri McCarthy, Shannon Scott, and Martin King.After a year-long process of adjudication, a quintet featuring WSU School of Music faculty has been named the winner of the 2022 American Prize in Professional Chamber Music.

The Pan Pacific Ensemble brings together talented soloists committed to performing music by composers from Asia and the Americas, and passionate about commissioning, promoting, and recording new music, and providing » More …

Merging virtual and in-person field trips

A mule deer and two fawns in a green field.Prior to 2020, students enrolled in Washington State University’s natural resource ecology course (SOE 300) made field trips to Kamiak Butte County Park, 20 minutes north of Pullman, as part of a semester-long project. As lovely as spending class time off-campus in nature is, it’s also a challenge for students who don’t drive. During the pandemic, in-person field trips were not possible.

Enter the Virtual Ecology project, where School of the Environment instructor William Schlosser, affectionately known as “Dr. Bill,” worked with » More …

Research exchange to explore resilient, high-yielding crops

School of Biological Sciences postdoctoral researcher Mingzhu Lu and doctoral candidates Sandi Thu, Samantha The, and Rachel Snyder show some of their research experiments into plant biology and traits in professor Mechthild Tegeder’s lab.Students from Washington State University will travel to Germany next summer for a new research exchange program exploring complex plant traits underlying resilience and yield.

Funded by a $300,000 award from the National Science Foundation’s International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) initiative, the 10-week program expands WSU’s partnership with Germany’s CEPLAS—Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences—which integrates resources at the » More …

Self‑pollinating plant shows rapid loss of genetic variation

Jeremiah Busch.Pollinators like bees are important to biodiversity in their own right, but a study led by Jeremiah Busch, a Washington State University evolutionary biologist, indicates that their decline will also have potentially devastating impacts on plants, and quickly.

“If pollinators are lost, it’s not just going to be a problem for the pollinators: plant populations will lose genetic variation in tens of generations — not thousands, but tens,” said Busch. » More …