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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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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.

    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 …

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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, 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 …

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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.

    Association for Faculty Women Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award

    Office of the Provost
    Department of English
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Emeritus Society Legacy of Excellence Award

    Emeritus Professor
    Department of English
    College of Arts and Sciences

    Faculty Diversity Award

    School of Music
    College of Arts and Sciences


    Sahlin Faculty Excellence Award – Leadership

    Department of Chemistry
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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:





    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


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  • Boeing executive and WSU alumna joins the Board of Regents

    Jenette Ramos, a Boeing Co. executive who started out as a summer employee while an undergraduate at Washington State University, is joining the university’s Board of Regents.

    “I’ve always had a warm spot in my heart for Washington State University, and as an alumna, I feel it is really important to give back,” Ramos said. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to spend time with students during this important time in their careers and to help shape the leaders of the future.”

    In her sophomore year studying pre-medical science, Ramos was invited to spend the summer working at Boeing. By the third summer, a job … » More …

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  • WSU research behind potential game-changing Alzheimer’s drug

    Medicinal chemist and now-adjunct professor of psychology Joe Harding was in his lab at Washington State University trying to isolate, purify, and clone the protein receptor for the hormone angiotensin II when he noticed something unusual but interesting.

    It was 1991 and Harding was researching potential new options for relieving high blood pressure, but if the anomalies showing up in his lab tests meant what he thought they might, he and his research partner, fellow WSU scientist and then-professor in the Department of Psychology, Jay Wright, were on the brink of a different breakthrough.

    In the years that followed, the WSU scientists discovered that a … » More …

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  • Nuclear Science Center to acquire high‑resolution X‑ray spectrometer

    The Nuclear Science Center, in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry and the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, will acquire a new high-resolution X-ray spectrometer to perform both X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy.

    “Nuclear science and technology has been a flagship program at WSU for decades. Having the advanced lab-based spectrometer focusing on actinides and other nuclear material investigations will greatly expand research and development opportunities while also bringing together researchers from multiple disciplines,” said Xiaofeng Guo, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and lead principal investigator on the instrumentation grant.

    The X-ray spectrometer will improve the infrastructure for both research and development … » More …

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