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- Alum, researchers team up to bring Japanese melons to U.S.
- Future student-exchange to Germany explores resilient, high-yielding crops
- Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport breaks ground on new terminal project
- WSU professor to co‑lead NSF‑funded institute for emerging virus research
- Growth, succession planning, and cybersecurity are top priorities for businesses
Upcoming Events, Seminars, Etc.
Past Events, Seminars, Etc.
Chemistry PhD Final Defense — Robert Lusk
Chemistry PhD Final Defense — Austin Ryan
Chemistry Proposal Defense – Xiaodong Zhao, Chemistry PhD Student
Chemistry PhD Final Defense — Shane Kelly
Chemistry Proposal Defense — Ashley Hunt, chemistry PhD student
Chemistry proposal defense — Nate Buzitis, chemistry PhD student
Physical Chemistry Seminar – Jayson DeMers, Chemistry PhD Student
AER Chemistry Seminar — Elizabeth Groetsema, Chemistry PhD Student
Organic Chemistry Seminar – Esther Dodson, Chemistry PhD Student
Chemistry Departmental Seminar — Dr. Shengqian Ma
- Jul 26 Chemistry PhD Final Defense — Robert Lusk
- Jul 26 Chemistry PhD Final Defense — Austin Ryan
- Jul 13 Chemistry Proposal Defense – Xiaodong Zhao, Chemistry PhD Student
- Jun 29 Chemistry PhD Final Defense — Shane Kelly
- May 12 Chemistry Proposal Defense — Ashley Hunt, chemistry PhD student
- May 5 Chemistry proposal defense — Nate Buzitis, chemistry PhD student
- Apr 29 Physical Chemistry Seminar – Jayson DeMers, Chemistry PhD Student
- Apr 29 AER Chemistry Seminar — Elizabeth Groetsema, Chemistry PhD Student
- Apr 26 Organic Chemistry Seminar – Esther Dodson, Chemistry PhD Student
- Apr 25 Chemistry Departmental Seminar — Dr. Shengqian Ma
SURCA presents undergraduate research awards
Several students from across the College of Arts and Sciences were among WSU scholars who presented posters at the Showcase for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (SURCA) 2022 on March 28.
SURCA is the unique WSU-wide venue for students from all majors, years in college, and all WSU campuses to share their mentored research, scholarship, and creative activities, and have judges evaluate their work shown on a poster. At this year’s event, around 140 students from four campuses were among those accepted to present 112 posters to 90 judges. Faculty, postdoctoral students, and community experts used a common rubric to evaluate and score presentations across nine … » More …Read Story
Kettel Love Story: After more than 70 years, the chemistry is still there
After 70 years of marriage, Ernie and JoAnn Kettel’s chemistry is undeniable.
In 1949 they met in a chemistry lab at Washington State College (now WSU). Actually, they’d briefly met a few months before when they both hitched a ride from the West Side of the state to Pullman.
Raised on a dairy farm in Sequim, Washington, he was on his way to becoming a veterinarian. JoAnn had grown up in Arlington, Washington, and chose Washington State College over University of Washington because she wanted to go to a smaller school.
The couple plunged into community life. Ernie served on the city council, the planning … » More …Read Story
WSU’s nuclear reactor pool gets a new coat
The tank that holds WSU’s research nuclear reactor will soon be coated with a new, flexible epoxy lining without the reactor ever having to leave its watery home.
The university’s Nuclear Science Center has a unique reactor pool: a relatively large, rectangular concrete-walled tank about 25-feet deep and filled with 65,000 gallons of water. Near the bottom, the glowing blue reactor core rests in a square box. It’s hooked to a bridge on a track so it can be moved to one side of the pool while work is done on the other, keeping it constantly under several feet of protective, highly deionized water.
The … » More …Read Story
Undergraduate researchers tackle important questions in sciences, humanities
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, relieving chronic pain, understanding protest behavior and conserving wildlife are among the goals of eight faculty-mentored undergraduate research projects funded this spring by the College of Arts and Sciences.
Students from across the college—in mathematics, chemistry, foreign languages and political, psychological, environmental and biological sciences—are working with faculty researchers to solve questions as diverse as what are a book’s chances of becoming a best seller and which food sources threatened butterflies prefer.
“The College of Arts and Sciences enthusiastically supports our students’ intellectual curiosity and the wide range of exciting and impactful research they conduct,” said Courtney Meehan, CAS associate dean for research and graduate studies. … » More …Read Story
Jeremy Lessmann appointed director of Office of Undergraduate Research
Washington State University has appointed Jeremy J. Lessmann, chemistry associate professor, as the director of the Office of Undergraduate Research (UR).
“Jeremy brings to his new position a wealth of knowledge about, and experience with, the office and undergraduate research, in general, and we are excited to have him on board as its leader,” said Mary Sánchez Lanier, assistant vice provost.
Lessmann said, “I am excited to serve all WSU students and the university in this new capacity, and I look forward to helping to advance students’ high-impact learning activities associated with research, scholarship, and creative activities across all majors.”
Lessmann’s own research interests include novel … » More …Read Story
Washington State University Vancouver breaks ground on science building
Set to open to students in fall 2023, the building will serve as an instructional and research facility featuring lab space, classrooms and offices primarily for those studying life sciences such as biology and chemistry. It will also feature space for programs in nursing, psychology and medicine.
Along with Netzhammer, WSU President Kirk Schulz and a handful of state legislators spoke to articulate how education projects like this have been critical in recent years.
“Since the start of the pandemic, a lot of people have become curious about medicinal research and vaccines,” Schulz said. “Even though we planned this building way before that, I think … » More …Read Story
WSU’s Aurora Clark honored as fellow of American Physical Society
Aurora E. Clark, a Washington State University professor and expert in physical chemistry, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society, the nation’s leading association for physicists.
The prestigious award recognizes Clark’s work in developing innovative methods to advance the study of complex chemical solutions and their interfaces using molecular simulation and integrating methods from graph theory, topology (shape) and geometry.
“This knowledge underpins the basic science needed to solve a variety of important industrial problems that impact human health, environmental management and technological innovation,” Clark said.
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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, 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 … » More …Read Story
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.
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 … » More …Read Story
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, 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 … » More …Read Story