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Styrofoam-eating mealworms could be safe for dinner

Mealworms in a wooden bowl.Brenden Campbell, a master’s student in the School of the Environment, won recognition from the Comparative Nutrition Society for virtually presenting research on a recently discovered ability in mealworms. In his WSU undergraduate honors research project, Campbell found that the larvae can safely eat polystyrene waste, discarded polymers better known by their trade name of Styrofoam.

At the society’s virtual conference in summer 2020, Campbell received the Best Poster Oral and Q&A Award for » More …

Dasgupta elected to lead international statistics organization

Nairanjana Dasgupta.Mathematics and statistics professor and director of the data analytics program, Nairanjana “Jan” Dasgupta has been elected president of the international Caucus for Women in Statistics.

“I feel blessed to be working in a field I love,” Dasgupta said. “Teaching at WSU has always been energizing for me because I thoroughly enjoy the beauty of statistics and mathematics as well as working with students and faculty. I look forward to serving as the 2021 president of the Caucus for Women in Statistics and anticipate a great year.” » More …

Sociologist elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences

Trophy on a stack of books.Alair MacLean, associate professor of sociology at WSU Vancouver, will join the 2020 class of the Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS).

The academy announced its newest members in July, including seven from WSU. The honor recognizes researchers for their outstanding scientific and technical achievement as well as their willingness to work on behalf of the academy to bring the best available science to bear on issues within the state of Washington. » More …

Digital archivist earns Mellon Fellowship

Anastasia Tucker.Anastasia Tucker, education and outreach archivist in the WSU Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation (CDSC), has been selected from a national pool to receive an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Heritage. One of only 15 fellows, Tucker will participate in a three-year program that includes an orientation, coursework through the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, community symposia and other » More …

Music student earns national honors

Timothy Schrader.Timothy Schrader, a first-year student majoring in tuba performance and music education,  placed second in the 2020 Music Teachers National Association Senior Brass Division Competition in April.

He was one of five finalists from a national pool of applicants for the online competition. Timothy performed an impressive program of » More …

Biology, music senior headed to Wales as Fulbright Student

Thomas LeClair.Senior biology and music double major Thomas LeClair received a prestigious, nationally competitive Fulbright Student Award that will fund his master’s degree studies in marine biology at Bangor University in Wales.

“Studying and being in Bangor for a year will allow me to plug into both halves of my life. I’ll be able to gain the skills and knowledge I’ll need to succeed while » More …

French major earns national distinction

Vanessa Giramata. French and economics double major Vanessa Giramata, from Rwanda, is the university’s first finalist for the nationally competitive Schwarzman Scholar award, said April Seehafer, director of WSU’s Distinguished Scholarships Program.

“Vanessa’s career goals evolved from her past in Africa but reflect her future as a change agent and policy leader,” said Seehafer. “Becoming our first Schwarzman is a credit to her academic preparation from WSU as well as her drive to be » 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 …

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 …