Geology, music, physics research advances with seed grants

The Office of Research awarded three College of Arts and Sciences faculty with 2024 New Faculty Seed Grants. The grant program supports junior faculty in developing research and scholarly or creative programs and allowing them to effectively seek out extramural funding and providing them opportunities for professional growth. “This institutional investment is crucial funding,” said […]

Washington State University.

$1.89M NIH grant to advance research in rapid evolution

What if scientists could have the funding to explore new directions of research free from the initial goals written into many grants? With a recent $1.89 million Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award from the National Institutes of Health, Seth Rudman has that opportunity. Rudman is an assistant professor in WSU Vancouver’s School of Biological Sciences. MIRA […]

Mt. St. Helens above WSU Vancouver campus.

Research to recover rare earth elements

Xiaofeng Guo, assistant professor of chemistry, is part of a national team of scientists who recently received $39 million to develop market-ready technologies to increase domestic supplies of elements necessary for the transition to clean energy. He will be investigating how supercritical carbon dioxide could be used to recover critical elements, especially rare earth elements, […]

Xiaofeng Guo.

Research exchange to explore resilient, high-yielding crops

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 […]

A new wave of aquatic biology technology

Bolstered by a $1 million upgrade in equipment and facilities, WSU researchers in biology, neuroscience, agriculture, veterinary medicine, and related fields anticipate significant breakthroughs in aquatic phenomics research with wide-ranging applications for human and animal health and ecology. “The new aquatic phenomics system (APS) technology will enable rigorous

Examining socio‑economics of flexible rules

An interdisciplinary team of WSU researchers has been awarded a $1.6 million grant to study under what conditions are individuals, groups and institutions likely to follow rules about the environment “to the letter” versus exercising discretion or making new rules. “In the realm of science-based environmental management, it is useful to have flexibility to adapt […]

$3M grant supports transformative graduate student research

Washington State University will soon be preparing graduate students to tackle a difficult, interdisciplinary problem that is more than 1,200 miles long: the Columbia River. With the support of a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, WSU will develop a research training program focused on the relationships among rivers, watersheds, and communities. The […]

Improving WARNS, a K-12 at-risk assessment tool

An interdisciplinary team of Washington State University researchers received a $1.4 million grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to refine and expand the Washington Assessment of the Risks and Needs of Students program (WARNS), an assessment that helps address truancy in K-12 schools. Developed in 2008, the program uses evidence-driven procedures to track and […]

Arts & humanities grants advance creativity, scholarship

Representing five academic units and more than $75,000 in grant support, the Center for Arts and Humanities (CAH) has selected nine faculty to receive their 2021 Fellowships and Catalyst Award. Funded projects include first-ever recordings of Dutch compositions, research about gendered occupational segregation in the U.S. and Canada, a digital archive of personal narratives from […]