Washington State University

Sports with Art Thiel
11:03 am
Thu October 6, 2011

Preview: WSU starts season strong

Washington State Cougars wide receiver Jeffrey Solomon hauls in a touchdown pass during the first half of last year’s WSU/UCLA match-up. The Cougars and Bruins play again on Saturday, with WSU off to a strong start this season.
Chris Carlson AP Photo

Washington State University's football program is off to its best start since 2006. Following an improbable win against Colorado last week, the Cougars are preparing to take on UCLA this weekend, under the leadership of backup quarterback Marshall Lobbestael.

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Alternative Energy
3:20 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Update: Biofuel demand high; $80 million to UW, WSU for research

Efforts to turn wood into biofuels received a major boost today in with the award of $80 million for research at the University of Washington and Washington State University.
Nigel Beaumont Flickr

Producing biofuels as an environmentally-friendly alternative to petroleum-based fossil fuels is a puzzle that has been bedeviling researchers for years.

Now, with $80 million pouring into research at the University of Washington and Washington State University, stakeholders hope to find the key for turning biomass from wood products into fuel for cars and jets.

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Washington State University
12:04 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

WSU's largest gift ever will advance tree fruit research

A $27 million donation from the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission is aimed spurring tree fruit research at WSU stations.
Brian Clark Washington State University

RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University is receiving its largest gift ever. The $27 million donation announced Tuesday is aimed spurring tree fruit research at WSU stations in Prosser and Wenatchee.

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Preserving History
10:18 am
Tue September 13, 2011

WSU previews largest collection of internment photos

Heart Mountain Internee George Hirahara (shown) created this darkroom in his barracks in the Fall of 1943 by ordering equipment and supplies from Sears and Roebuck catalog.
Courtesy of WSU

Washington State University in Pullman previewed a photo collection this morning that's considered to be the largest ever of a World War II internment camp.

The 2,000 donated images come from the family of a father-son team from Yakima. Frank and George Hirahara took pictures and operated a dark room while they were detained at a camp in Heart Mountain, Wyo. Patti Hirahara says her father, Frank, wanted to depict what life was like at the camp.

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Animal health care
12:05 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

WSU’s story of Gamera, the wheeled-tortoise, goes viral

Gamera moves across pavement outside the Washington State University veterinary teaching hospital on Thursday.
Associated Press

Phone calls and email from around the world have been streaming in since the story broke yesterday of the African tortoise whose injured leg was replaced with a caster wheel, said Washington State University spokesman Charlie Powell.

“The minute I knew of it, I knew the story would be international and had the potential to go viral,” he said. “And, I think you can say it has.”

(Updated with photos inside)

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Animal health care
4:00 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

Update with video: Tortoise's artificial limb from Ace Hardware

Gamera, a 12-year-old African spur-thighed tortoise, shows off his new front "leg" at Washington State University in Pullman, Wash., on July 15.
Associated Press

PULLMAN, Wash. — The artificial limb put on an African tortoise at Washington State University didn't come from a high-tech prosthetics lab. It came from Ace Hardware in Pullman.

(Video inside)

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Environment
3:39 pm
Tue March 29, 2011

Organic farming down in Washington despite growing demand for organic foods

Picking organic Gala apples near Royal City.
David Granatstein Washington State University

As sales of organic foods continue to climb across the country, organic farming in Washington has decreased. That surprised some researchers for a state that's one of the country’s top producers of organic produce.

While people in the agriculture industry expect certain crops to go through challenging cycles now and then, an annual study of the state’s organic farms shows "significant" declines in the past year, according to David Granatstein. He's sustainable agriculture specialist at Washington State University.  Granatstein co-authored a new study that found decreases in the number of organic producers, acreage and farm gate sales. 

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Higher Education
8:11 am
Fri February 25, 2011

Budget cuts could mean fewer spots for Washington students, faculty at state universities

University of Washington's president says fewer in-state students will be accepted if lawmakers cut higher education budgets further than the governor's 2011-2013 budget proposal.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

More than 3,100 Washington students might not get into the state’s largest universities in the next couple of years. Hundreds of faculty and staff could lose their jobs. That’s what university presidents say will happen if the legislature slashes higher education funding beyond what the governor has already proposed.

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Education
12:08 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Higher-ed advocates urge legislature to stop cuts

Washington State University president Elson Floyd at a fund-raising campaign kick-off.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Advocates for Washington's universities are presenting a more unified front in Olympia this year. They hope the closer coordination will help them make a stronger case for higher-ed funding. A coalition of groups gathered on the steps of the state capitol Thursday.

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Higher Education
7:00 pm
Mon January 3, 2011

Governor wants more private funding for public universities

Governor Chris Gregoire says she has a plan to make higher ed funding more stable and boost the number of students who earn degrees, but it could be a long shot.

The governor's plan would let schools decide when to increase tuition and by how much.  She says colleges and universities know best what they’re worth. 

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Holiday Season
12:07 pm
Fri December 17, 2010

How to pick out the perfect christmas tree

Greg Kutz, front, and Rebecca Brown carry a tree they cut down through the snow at a tree farm.
Carolyn Kaster AP Photo

Whether you’re going to a corner lot or snowshoeing into the backcountry – picking the perfect Christmas tree can be daunting. We tracked down a certified Christmas tree expert and have this primer on how to care for evergreen trees.

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Higher Education
5:00 am
Mon November 15, 2010

New university shirts clean up sweatshop image

WSU is one of 3 universities in the state that sells new socially conscious shirts by Alta Gracia
Washington State University Bookstore

Showing school spirit for local Universities could give a big boost to workers in a developing country.  Bookstores at some schools now carry a line of logo shirts that aims to do away with the image of sweatshops.

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Higher Education
12:36 pm
Thu November 11, 2010

Movie-inspired hacker puzzles Pullman

A masked prankster caught the attention - and consternation - of Washington State University officials.
Wired.com

WSU officials aren't laughing.  Students are. A campuswide A/V prank at the Pullman school last Friday is the talk of the tech sites today, including Wired.com.

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