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Meet: Megan Slaker

Megan Slaker grew up in Maple Grove, Minnesota, and always lived within a two hours’ drive of her parents’ house. Even as a child, she remembers feeling incredibly homesick when she went off to summer camp, and again in high school, when she spent a month in Germany as an exchange student. “Moving half way across the country for graduate school,” Megan says, “was one of the scariest things I’ve done. But it’s proven to be one of the best decisions I made.”

It was during middle school when Megan first became interested in human behavior; specifically what caused some individuals to use or … » More …

Simpson Strong-Tie gift supports WSU engineering research

An annual $100,000 donation for the next eight years from Simpson Strong-Tie will support Washington State University construction and engineering research in the new PACCAR Environmental Technology Building on the WSU Pullman campus.

SST-Logo-rgb-white-box-BG-INDICATORThe commitment establishes the Simpson Strong-Tie Research and Testing Laboratory and an excellence fund that will support research in areas such as concrete durability, repair and retrofit; tall timber buildings; deck safety; post-frame buildings and seismic retrofit. The fund will support fellowships for professors and graduate students and equipment purchases.

“We believe this partnership will drive our research innovations and lead to safer and … » More …

Seeing a need; filling a niche at WSU

WSU President’s Associates Gayle (’74) and Alan Weiss

WSU President’s Associates Gayle and Alan Weiss are taking the lead to help students in the School of Hospitality Business Management (SHBM) become well-informed and knowledgeable in the proper and safe handling of foods for special needs guests. Their annual gifts to WSU support Food Allergy Safe Certification training offered to SHBM majors.

Gayle (’74) and Alan know firsthand the risks and dangers of food allergies, food intolerances, and food sensitivities. Fifteen years ago, Gayle and her brother-in-law (Alan’s brother) were diagnosed with Celiac Disease (gluten intolerance) along with other food sensitivities. Having to eat a strict gluten-free diet for life—no wheat, rye, barley, or … » More …

Sharing their knowledge, expanding their reach

WSU sophomore Keesha Matz, and seniors Luis Cortez and Raven Conyers, with WSU Assistant Vice Provost Mary Sánchez Lanier

WSU seniors Raven Conyers and Luis Cortez and sophomore Keesha Matz received awards for outstanding presentations at the recent Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Seattle.

All three were able to attend ABRCMS thanks to financial support from the Scott and Linda Carson Undergraduate Research Endowed Excellence Fund. Established in 2013, the endowment is administered by the Office of Undergraduate Research, part of WSU Undergraduate Education. The Carsons have supported student activities at WSU for many years. Last fall, they were publicly honored by the WSU Foundation as Platinum Laureates for their exceptional investments in scholarships and student services. Scott (’72) serves … » More …

Evolution of an idea: from the lab to the marketplace

Dr. Amit Dhingra

His conversations with the owners of orchards and berry fields led to the idea. An idea challenging traditional thinking. An idea addressing consumer demand.

Amit Dhingra, Ph.D., took his idea into the laboratory in the Department of Horticulture at Washington State University. The idea moved forward, fueled by the skills and creativity of a team of undergraduate students and graduate researchers working side-by-side with Dhingra, a specialist in plant genomics and biotechnology.

Their discoveries in the lab led to a product and a process to enhance propagation and speed the development of root stock sold to nurseries. A product and a process that utilizes a … » More …

Rough to Refined

WSU dedicates new Ste. Michelle wine science center

Washington State University Thursday dedicated its new wine science center here and announced that the center will bear the name of its top supporter.

wine-science-bldg2“For more than 25 years, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates has supported the WSU wine program with their own contributions as well as shepherding support from others,” said WSU President Elson S. Floyd. “In recognition of their outstanding commitment and contributions, I am pleased to announce the center will … » More …

$5 million gift funds research facility, ups state grain game

The Washington Grain Commission announced a $5 million gift to expand facilities and advance grain research at Washington State University on September 17. Plant growth facilities are central to developing grain varieties through WSU’s plant breeding programs.

Phase-1-of-grain-research-facility-550-300x145“When the Washington Grain Commission asked researchers at WSU what they felt the biggest limiting factor for moving their research forward was, they told us they needed more greenhouse space,” said Washington Grain Commission Chairman Steve Claassen. “This will be a huge benefit to Washington grain growers as they will be able to plant improved varieties of wheat and … » More …

Meet Our Donors: Sheridan Miller

While most teenagers spend their extra time browsing social media sites and playing video games, Sheridan Miller uses hers spreading awareness and raising funds to support a cause very dear to her heart—saving the honey bee. The 16 years old Mill Valley, California native began her fundraising efforts six years ago at the age of ten, and has recently chosen WSU as a recipient of her generosity. » More …

Washington Cherry, Stone Fruit Growers Invest in WSU Research, Extension

Washington Cherry, Stone Fruit Growers Approve $5 Million Special Assessment to Support WSU Research, ExtensionCherry and stone fruit growers throughout the state have agreed to make a $5 million investment over the next eight years to support research and extension at Washington State University Centers in Prosser and Wenatchee. This investment builds on a similar measure passed by apple and pear growers in 2011 to galvanize the partnership between the Washington tree fruit industry and WSU.

“The close partnership between Washington’s tree fruit industry and Washington State University continues to be transformational,” said WSU President Elson S. … » More …

Preserving the Past

With the help of generous donors, the WSU Libraries has secured a highly technical new gadget—the Zeutschel Omniscan 14000 AO—that will help to digitize thousands of historical documents, including oversized books, newspapers, and maps, and make them broadly accessible via the Internet.

“This remarkable equipment allows us to share WSU’s big ideas with the world,” says Anna Wheatley, assistant director of development for The Libraries at WSU. “The possibilities for preserving and creating unique digital collections from WSU’s holdings are now unlimited.”

The scanner is a critical investment as many irreplaceable documents within the Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections department are showing the wear of … » More …

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