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WSU researchers working to launch breath test for pot use

Herbert Hill
Herbert Hill

Washington State University researchers say they’re close to having a portable breath test that police can use to detect if someone has recently consumed marijuana.

The News Tribune reports WSU professor Herbert Hill says his research team will soon begin its second round of testing of the marijuana breathalyzer in hopes of making the device available for police to use sometime next year. » More …

Copycat molecule may be throwing off Parkinson’s diagnoses

Herbert Hill
Herbert Hill

An imposter molecule may be misleading doctors who monitor dopamine levels in their patients with Parkinson’s disease.

Washington State University Regents Professor Herbert Hill used a new, high-speed technology to discover a previously unknown compound in the brains of affected rats that looks just like dopamine on standard diagnostic tests.

The finding suggests that doctors who think they are measuring dopamine levels may actually be measuring levels of its “identical twin.”

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CAS faculty named AAAS fellows

Eight WSU faculty members have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, including six in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Sue Clark, regents professor of chemistry
  • Daryll DeWald, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Herbert Hill Jr., regents professor of chemistry
  • Ursula Mazur, professor of chemistry and materials science
  • Kenneth Nash, professor of chemistry
  • Michael Skinner, professor of biological sciences

Also named a fellow this year is psychology alumnus John Roll, professor of nursing and associate dean for faculty affairs in the WSU College of Nursing.

You may read more details at the WSU News Center.