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Grants fuel research energy

Thanks to a steady influx of grant funding in recent years, Washington State University’s Nuclear Science Center has acquired a raft of state-of-the-art equipment significantly expanding research capabilities.

Liane Moreau.

Liane Moreau, an assistant professor of chemistry and research scientist at WSU, said these kinds of instruments are few and far between, noting the closest SAXS is in Berkeley, Calif., so having access to them in one facility is a major advantage to researchers.

“Let’s say we generated a material using the nuclear reactor, we could then directly look at that in our instrumentation here, so it allows us to have capabilities that we don’t have anywhere else,” Moreau said of the SAXS. “To our knowledge there isn’t another instrument in the world that actually exists in the same facility as a nuclear reactor.”

Moreau said there are also major challenges to shipping and transporting radioactive material, and having access to these machines on one site in many cases eliminates the need to move the material from place to place.

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WSU WORD! Fellows inspire faculty to teach writing in their disciplines

Eleven Washington State University faculty members are at work on special plans for the coming year: assigning and evaluating their students’ writing assignments in new ways.

As invited participants in the inaugural WORD! Faculty Fellowship Program—called “Word! Fellows”—the professors spent 12 weeks as learners themselves. In weekly workshop sessions, the experienced educators from several disciplines—most of whom teach large classes—were challenged to think about how to help students write as members in their disciplines.

Paul Buckley.

Now that the workshops have ended, WORD! members like Paul Buckley, associate professor of chemistry, are crafting new student writing assignments for fall.

“Before WORD!, I thought writing lab reports was a pretty straightforward task for students, but now I’m more aware that I can phrase writing assignments to be more understandable to STEM and non-STEM students and encourage them all to experiment a little more with how they express things,” he said. He said it will be important for him to explain the changes to his teaching assistants who help with grading.

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WSU graduate recognized as Time100 Next innovator

A breakthrough in superconductivity has landed a WSU grad in the latest Time Magazine list of top innovators.

Ranga Dias.

Ranga Dias, a 2013 PhD graduate in physics, was named one of 19 innovation leaders in the 2021 Time100 Next list, which highlights emerging leaders shaping the future. His work to develop a room temperature superconductor represents a significant advancement in the field, with wide-ranging applications from transportation to medical imaging, and even hover boards.

His interest in the field of high pressure physicals flourished as a PhD student at WSU under the guidance of professor Choong-Shik Yoo, a member of the chemistry department and the Institute for Shock Physics. He opted to join Yoo’s lab after the professor captivated him with the idea of creating a new periodic table within high-pressure environments.

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2021 Showcase award winners announced

Faculty and staff winners of this year’s Showcase awards were announced today ahead of the week-long celebration of academic excellence.

Mary Wack.

Association for Faculty Women Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award

    Office of the Provost
    Department of English
    College of Arts and Sciences
Nicolas Kiessling.

Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Award

    Emeritus Professor
    Department of English
    College of Arts and Sciences
Melissa Parkhurst.

Faculty Diversity Award

    School of Music
    College of Arts and Sciences


Greg Crouch.

Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award – Leadership

    Department of Chemistry
    College of Arts and Sciences

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Staff and faculty recognized during Research Week 2020 awards ceremony

The Office of Research recognized staff and faculty during the virtual Research Week 2020 awards ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 15. The awards were presented by Washington State University Provost Elizabeth Chilton and Geeta Dutta, assistant vice president in the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships.

This year’s Research Excellence Awards and Research Week grant competitions winners included:

David Makin.
Erica Crespi.
Liane Moreau.
Rock Mancini.





Travel Grant Competition
David Makin, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Multidisciplinary Grant Competition
Erica Crespi, School of Biological Sciences

RA and $10K Competition
Liane Moreau, Department of Chemistry

Largest New Individual Grant Award
Rock Mancini, Department of Chemistry

Jesse Spohnholz.
Caren Goldberg.
Jay Wright.
Joanna Kelley.





Creative Activity, Research, and Scholarship Award
Jesse Spohnholz, Department of History

Pacesetter Award
Caren Goldberg, School of the Environment

Technology with Impactful Contribution to Society Award
Jay Wright, Department of Psychology

Exceptional Service to the Office of Research Award
Joanna Kelley, School of Biological Sciences

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