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Doctoral students pack years of research into three minutes

Three minute thesis contestants with Dean Jockers.Why people cannot regenerate lost appendages the way some frogs and other animals do is the question at the heart of Robyn Reeve’s doctoral research in biological sciences. Explaining her work clearly in a mere three minutes won her both first place and the “People’s Choice” award in the College of Arts and Sciences’ (CAS) recent qualifying event for WSU’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Contest of 2020.

For her presentation, “Leptin: integrator of immune response and regeneration,” Reeve will » More …

Microscopic partners could help plants survive stressful environments

fungi slider.Tiny, symbiotic fungi play an outsized role in helping plants survive stresses like drought and extreme temperatures, which could help feed a planet experiencing climate change, report WSU scientists.

Recently published in the journal Functional Ecology, the discovery by plant-microbe biologist Stephanie Porter and plant pathologist Maren Friesen sheds light on » More …

English students aid game translation

English class.Go Fish. Life. Apples to Apples. Checkers. These are games that bring people to together for the purpose of family and friend bonding. But for some new to the English language, translating how to play the games into a structure that is easy to understand can be difficult, considering the complexity of some instructions.

That is why Tri-City Area Gaming partnered with Vanessa Cozza’s technical and professional writing course at » More …

Nuclear chemist honored with Seaborg Award

Sue ClarkSue Brannon Clark, a WSU Regents Professor and Battelle fellow at PNNL, is the 2020 recipient of the Glenn T. Seaborg Award for Nuclear Chemistry from the American Chemical Society (ACS).

An internationally renowned leader in nuclear chemistry, Clark’s outstanding career-long contributions include advancing innovation in nuclear safeguards and forensics, developing landmark nuclear research capabilities, working toward resolving the national legacy of radioactive waste. » More …

WSU political media expert on BBC

FB-BBCWorld.Several hotly contested government seats and the likely fate of Brexit were all up for grabs in the Dec. 12 general election in the UK. To find out how social media and other digital campaign tactics are being used to influence—or manipulate—British voters, BBC World Service invited Travis Ridout, WSU political science professor and political media expert, to the UK to investigate.

In his 30-minute BBC radio documentary, “The Digital Election: How social media is reshaping UK democracy,” Ridout shares highlights and insights of his » More …

Student video on cryogenics research earns national award

Lillie Williams.A video about WSU cryogenics research produced by DTC senior Lillie Xi Max Williams took first place in the undergraduate category of The Science Coalition’s “Fund It Forward” Student Video Challenge.

The video challenge asked undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at one of the more than 50 research universities » More …

Chemist named as a AAAS Fellow

Aurora Clark.Professor Aurora Clark and three other WSU colleagues were recently elected as Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a high honor recognizing their contributions to science and technology.

Clark’s research includes modeling of complex, multicomponent solutions, providing the basic science needed to help solve many industrial problems. Her work has helped » More …

CAS students, faculty recognized for campus contributions

coughead.Three College of Arts and Sciences undergraduates and one faculty member were honored at the 2019 Safety, Health and Security Fair for their contributions to campus safety, health and security.

President Kirk Schulz congratulated the award winners and discussed the value of security and safe practices on campus and in the community, emphasizing that safety is key to WSU’s success as a university.

The four CAS recipients are: » More …

Music professor blends community, culture, choral conducting

Lori Weist sitting at a desk.Lori Wiest may be a professor of music and director of choral activities, but her interests and involvements extend far beyond the WSU School of Music.

Wiest did not start her undergraduate career as a music major, but added it on to her chemistry track at the end of her sophomore year, she said. She later taught music and chemistry while she decided what she wanted to do.

“I was thinking about that, even as an undergrad, how important it was » More …

Biomarkers could help diagnose male infertility

Michael Skinner in his laboratory at WSU.It can take a year or longer of trial and error for a doctor to determine if a man is infertile but new research by Michael Skinner, a WSU reproductive biologist, could change that.

Skinner and an international team of collaborators discovered infertile men have identifiable patterns of epigenetic molecules or biomarkers attached to their sperm DNA that aren’t present in fertile men. » More …