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Study of police officers finds fatigue impacts tactical social interaction

Results lay foundation for addressing impact of shift work-related fatigue on officer-public interaction

Bryan Vila
Bryan Vila

A new study led by a WSU professor found that fatigue associated with shift work influences how officers interact day-to-day during encounters with the public, which can either build or erode trust in the police.

Results show that experienced police patrol officers who worked day shifts were significantly more likely to manage simulated encounters with the public in ways that resulted in full-on cooperation—and significantly less likely to have encounters escalate into violence—when compared with officers working the other three shifts. » More …

Dillman named associate of National Research Council

Don Dillman, sociology, SESRC
Don Dillman

Don Dillman, Regent’s professor in sociology and deputy director for research and development for the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC) at WSU, has been named a national associate of the National Research Council, the operating arm of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

The honor recognizes Dillman’s service to the academies, which frequently advise government and the public on scientific, engineering, and health matters. » More …

What Makes Donald Trump Such A Cranky Baby?

Maybe Donald Trump acts childish because no one tells him he needs to go to bed.

Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, brags about how little sleep he gets.

Paul Whitney
Paul Whitney

“Lack of sleep often affects mood in substantial ways,” Paul Whitney, professor of psychology at WSU, told HuffPost. “There is evidence that lack of sleep decreases the ability to regulate emotion, so sleep-deprived individuals may experience greater emotional reactivity and impulsivity.”

Whitney, who with colleagues has conducted research on the effects of sleep deprivation, explained that lack of sleep profoundly affects tasks that require quick decisions based on feedback from previous tasks. » More …

WSU Enters Worldwide, Exclusive License Agreement for Advanced Ion Mobility Spectrometry–Mass Spectrometry Tech

Herbert Hill
Herbert Hill

Excellims Corporation (Excellims), a leading provider of high performance ion mobility spectrometers (HPIMS), announced that the company has entered into an exclusive worldwide license agreement with Washington State University for a new instrumental method to interface an Ambient Pressure Ion Mobility Spectrometer (APIMS) to a Mass Spectrometer (MS). This new agreement is an expansion of an existing patent licensing agreement between Excellims and WSU. Developed in the laboratory of Dr. Herbert H. Hill Jr., a Regents Professor of chemistry at WSU who has been a leading researcher in the IMS field for 45 years, the new technology will significantly improve the ion transmission into the MS, potentially overcoming sensitivity challenges when interfacing APIMS to MS. » More …

Researcher affirms 86-year-old hypothesis

A Washington State University biologist has found what he calls “very strong support” for an 86-year-old hypothesis about how nutrients move through plants. His two-decade analysis of the phenomenon has resulted in a suite of techniques that can ultimately be used to fight plant diseases and make crops more efficient.

Michael Knoblauch, biological sciences
Michael Knoblauch

Some 90 percent of the food we consume at one time went through a plant’s phloem, the vascular system that carries sugars and other nutrients from leaves, where they are produced by photosynthesis, to roots and fruits. But scientists know so little about how this works, said Michael Knoblauch, professor in the WSU School of Biological Sciences, that they’re like cardiologists who haven’t learned about the heart. » More …