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Scientists discover new, simple way to classify marine biomes

Washington State University scientists have developed a new way to classify the ocean’s diverse environments, shedding new light on how marine biomes are defined and changed by nature and humans.

Newly published in Global Ecology and Biogeography, research by

Stephen Katz.
Alli Cramer.

Alli Cramer, a 2020 doctoral graduate of WSU’s School of the Environment, now at the University of California Santa Cruz, and WSU SoE Professor Stephen Katz revealed a new approach which sorts biomes based on their life-supporting potential and stability of the sea floor.

“This means that energy flow and mobility are common organizing forces across a wide variety of marine ecosystems,” Cramer said. “Despite their differences, coral reefs and deep-sea deserts respond to the same processes.”

The new method could help scientists, fisheries managers, and conservationists reconsider the richness and diversity of ocean biomes as well as the value of high productivity regions being impacted by humans.

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Berry named National Jersey Queen

Natalie Berry.

Natalie Berry, Sherwood, Ore., has been crowned the 63rd National Jersey Queen. Natalie was presented the Charlene Nardone Crown by 2019 National Jersey Queen Gracie Krahn on November 8, 2020, at the start of the National Jersey Jug Futurity.

Natalie is a sophomore at Washington State University studying nursing and minoring in psychology. Her goal is to become a pediatric nurse where she can advocate for the dairy industry to children and their families about the importance of having dairy in their diets. This plays into her platform of “choosing Jersey milk products and other milk products to have a well-balanced diet.”

“Being a college student, I now understand the importance of having a well-balanced nutritional diet while not trying to spend all of my money on groceries. Jersey milk and other milk products have seven (7) naturally occurring nutrients that help to maintain a healthy body. College is a time of discovering yourself and where you would like your life to lead. Students tend to be influenced by those around them and this gives me a large audience to teach the importance that Jersey and dairy products can have on someone’s everyday life.”

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WSU students land awards at multicultural STEM conference

Two Washington State University seniors received awards for their undergraduate research presentations at the annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) on Nov. 13.

Jenna Pederson.

Jenna Pederson, a general studies in biological sciences major from Silverdale, received one of 13 awards in the physiology and pharmacology category, which was sponsored by Merck & Co. and the Society for Leukocyte Biology. Her research project is titled “Can Human Pain be Modeled in a Rat?”

Pederson said human pain severity is often assessed by the extent to which it disrupts normal activities such as working and exercising; for her research, she looked at a normal behavior of rats—burrowing. She conducted experiments to determine whether pain can be reliably measured by deficits in burrowing behavior, and whether commonly used pain relievers can reverse pain-suppressed burrowing. She reported that while further study is needed, utilizing burrowing behavior in rats may be a good model for measuring pain and the impact of drugs on that pain. Ultimately, data obtained may improve translation of pre-clinical drug studies to the clinic.

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WSU and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum team up for multi‑year initiative

A collaboration between WSU and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is bringing the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Annual Lecture and programming to the Northwest, beginning a multi-year regional initiative to address anti-Semitism, racism, and histories of persecution in North America.

Ray Sun

Raymond Sun, associate professor in the Department of History, sparked the idea for the lecture coming to WSU.

The goal is for WSU to collaborate with the USHMM for the next several years on regional programming, putting WSU at the center of conversations that engage communities and combat racism.

“We hope that by understanding why and how genocides have happened, that can inform present policy and social attitudes, and prevent things like that from happening in the future,” Sun said.

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Guerrero named associate vice provost for inclusive excellence

Lisa Guerrero.

The Office of the Provost has named Lisa Guerrero as Washington State University’s associate vice provost for inclusive excellence.

Guerrero has been an active advocate for diversity and inclusion since joining the WSU faculty in 2004. She is currently a professor of comparative ethnic studies in WSU’s School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. She will maintain her faculty position, while serving as associate vice provost in a half-time appointment.

“We’re excited to have Dr. Guerrero leading our efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic affairs at WSU,” said Elizabeth Chilton, provost and executive vice president. “Lisa brings outstanding professional experience and institutional knowledge to this position and will be a terrific partner for our colleagues across the WSU system.”

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