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College of Arts and Sciences

Centers and Facilities

Investigation and inquiry are central to the mission of the College of Arts and Sciences. Researchers and investigators address fundamental questions across many disciplines and advance the frontiers of knowledge.

Museum of Anthropology

In addition to hosting exhibits and special events, the museum rehabilitates and curates archaeological and ethnographic collections and is an official repository for archaeological collections generated by the work of federal, state, and county agencies in eastern Washington. The museum also houses a collection of objects representative of the culture of Native American tribes in the Inland Northwest since contact with Europeans.

Applied Sciences Laboratory

ASL transforms science into solutions by providing scientific expertise, state-of-the-art equipment, and capabilities for local, national, and global customers. Research is focused on problems related to energy, national security, and advanced materials and sensors, and can be customized to address specific to industry needs.

Biomolecular X-Ray Crystallography Center

Research focuses damaged DNA and its repair, and implications for calcium regulation. Equipment includes an FRE generator, robotic platesetter, 4-cycle diffractometer, 3D computer lab, perfusion chromotography, and more.

Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation

An interdisciplinary program and collaborative space for creating digital tools, projects, public programming, and educational opportunities with an emphasis on social justice and ethical frameworks. Faculty, staff, and students focus on meeting the unique digital challenges and needs of underserved populations, fostering inclusiveness, and empowering partnerships.

Center for Materials Research

An interdisciplinary group of faculty who collaborate on cutting-edge research in materials science. Projects include processes for active sensors, radiation detection, positron annihilation, and solar cell technology. Facilities include specialized laboratories for laser materials, semiconductors and thermal fluids, a Class 1000 microfabrication cleanroom, and more.

Center for Social and Environmental Justice

The center engages community capacities to address poverty, inequality, discrimination, and unequally borne environmental dangers, and supports interdisciplinary approaches to positive cultural, political, social, economic, and environmental change.

Conner Museum of Natural History

The largest public collection of birds and mammals in the Pacific Northwest, the Charles R. Conner Museum of Natural History regularly exhibits more than 700 mounts of birds and mammals and is host to a scientific research collection of more than 65,000 specimens.

Division of Governmental Studies and Services

DGSS is an applied social science research unit devoted to providing high quality and respected research, training, and technical assistance services to active federal, state, and local government agencies in Washington. Graduate and undergraduate students have the opportunity to work with faculty in applied research and gain valuable workforce experience.

Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service

The Thomas S. Foley Institute fosters civic education, public service, and public policy research in a nonpartisan, cross-disciplinary setting. It supports programs in the four substantive policy areas most relevant to Speaker Tom Foley’s long-term interests: agriculture policy, environment and natural resources, media and ethics, and government studies and public service.

Franceschi Microscopy and Imaging Center

The center is a research and educational facility for the imaging and ultrastructural study of biological and non-biological materials. F-MIC provides electron microscopy and light microscopy equipment for observation and analysis of a diverse array of specimens. Facilities include two transmission and two scanning electron microscopes, three confocal microscopes, a fluorescence microscope, and more.

GeoAnalytical Laboratory

The WSU GeoAnalytical Lab provides analyses of rocks and minerals to the worldwide geologic research community. Capabilities include bulk rock and mineral elemental analyses for approximately 50 elements and measurement of nearly any isotopic ratio. Facilities include a Finnigan Neptune and Element2, an automated X-ray fluorescence spectrometer and powder diffractometer, an inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer, and more.

Institute for Shock Physics

A leader in shock wave and high pressure research, the Institute for Shock Physics (ISP) conducts interdisciplinary research examining physical and chemical changes in solids and liquids under very rapid and large compressions. ISP’s world-class emphasis on materials research in extreme conditions spans the fields of physics, chemistry, materials science, solid mechanics, planetary sciences, and applied mathematics.

Ownbey Herbarium

A collection of nearly 400,000 specimens of vascular and nonvascular plants and lichens, the Marion Ownbey Herbarium provides research and educational support, curates new collections and maintains an active specimen exchange program. The collection includes plants from around the world, with a focus on the Pacific Northwest, Great Basin, and California.

Stable Isotope Core Laboratory

The lab provides stable isotope analyses to the WSU community, as well as other academic, government, and private agencies around the world, and hands-on training for graduate and undergraduate students.

Technical Services

The only facility of its kind in eastern Washington, CAS Technical Services provides custom instrumentation and electronics fabrication and graphic/media support for researchers, instructors, and creative activities across the University.

 

Related Centers

College of Arts and Sciences faculty play a central role in interdisciplinary research across the institution. Collaborative programs include: