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International Programs partners with Unibuddy to recruit international students

WSU’s Office of International Programs (IP) has partnered with digital student-to-student engagement platform Unibuddy to attract, enroll and retain prospective students. The Unibuddy platform provides an avenue for WSU’s prospective international students to connect with IP’s student ambassadors and staff through one-on-one chat, communities, live events, and more.
Commercialization Gap Fund supports high market potential research in 2022

An improved method for treating age-related eye diseases is one of nine projects by Washington State University researchers awarded with commercialization gap funding this year.

The Commercialization Gap Fund (CGF) provides funding to help WSU scientists such as Kuen-Ren “Roland” Chen bring their technology from the research laboratory to the market. Chen is developing a microneedle technology that could ultimately help reduce the frequency of intravitreal injections patients need to treat macular degeneration and other age-related eye diseases.
WSU-designed, nano-engineered sealer leads to more durable concrete

A nanomaterials-engineered penetrating sealer developed by Washington State University researchers is able to better protect concrete from moisture and salt – the two most damaging factors in crumbling concrete infrastructure in northern states.
“We focused on one of the main culprits that compromises the integrity and durability of concrete, which is moisture,” said Xianming Shi, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering who led the work. “If you can keep concrete dry, the vast majority of durability problems would go away.”

Shi and graduate student Zhipeng Li recently published their work in the Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering and have applied for a provisional patent.
Trapping sperm in semen's natural gel could lead to new contraceptive

A discovery that blocks the normal transition of semen from a thick gel to a liquid shows promise for development of a new form of non-hormonal, over-the-counter contraception. ...Typically, after ejaculation the PSA acts on the gel-forming proteins called semenogelins, explained first author Prashanth Anamthathmakula, who worked as a WSU post-doctoral fellow on the project.
Doctoral student wins national fellowship

A doctoral candidate in Washington State University’s College of Education has been selected as a recipient of a nationally competitive fellowship for the second year in a row.

Ola Kehinde, a student in the educational psychology program, was awarded the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Fellowship for Minoritized Professionals in Educational Measurement, the goal of which is to increase representation of minorities in the field.
WSU research scientist Ying Zhai examines a tobacco plant inoculated with a geminivirus.
Viral proteins join forces to lower plants' defense 'shields'

New research, led by Washington State University scientists, into how viral proteins interact and can be disabled holds promise to help plants defend themselves against viruses—and ultimately prevent crop losses.
Postdoctoral researcher Avishek Chanda, left, and doctoral student Vyasgowtham Prabhakar, right, demonstrate part of the process of turning hazelnut shells into strong, eye-catching architectural panels.
Hazelnut shells get new life as strong, sustainable panels

Harvest a hazelnut, and you’re left with a shell.

These hard, thin, slow-decaying husks are typically mulched or discarded, but Washington State University scientist Vikram Yadama has found a new way to upcyle leftover hazelnut shells into durable panels for cabinets, tables, and other products.
Murdock grant funds digital infrastructure

A WSU research team has received an MJ Murdock Charitable Trust grant to develop a market-ready wireless receiver for next-generation data communications systems.

Modern wireless networks are capable of much higher data volumes than in the past and make possible a growing market of “smart” devices and applications in areas ranging from telemedicine to aviation communications, says Subhanshu Gupta, associate professor in WSU’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science who is leading the project.

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