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  • 08.29.2019
    School of Molecular Biosciences Celebrates Twenty Years
    In August 1999, the Department of Biochemistry-Biophysics, Department of Microbiology and Program in Genetics and Cell Biology fused to form the School of Molecular Biosciences (SMB). Faculty recognized that the differences in each discipline were harder to define and by joining they were in a key position to foster interdisciplinary research collaborations. Ten years later, SMB moved to the College of Veterinary Medicine to aggregate biomedical research on the WSU-Pullman campus and add to the extramural funding used to rate Veterinary Colleges. In two parts during August, SMB hosted esteemed alumni, held a poster competition and learned more about the impact SMB alumni were making in their respective areas ranging from international service, undergraduate teaching, technology start-ups and new reproductive technologies. In addition to welcoming new graduate students, SMB distributed awards to current graduate students, teaching assistants, teaching faculty and research faculty, celebrating their accomplishments in the past year. For more details about the SMB-20 Celebration, including the Agenda and celebration photos, visit:
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    WSU expands Protein Biotechnology Program through new $2.3 million NIH grant
    The National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health has awarded Washington State University NIH Protein Biotechnology Training Program $2.3 million over the next five years to support training of Ph.D. graduate students.
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    Rare Corpse Flower To Release Its Foul Stench At WSU Vancouver
    With the name corpse flower, this rare, tropical plant set to bloom at Washington State University Vancouver has quite the reputation to live up to. “People describe the smell as a mix of rotten fish and dirty socks,” said Steve Sylvester, associate professor of molecular biosciences at the Salmon Creek, Washington, campus.
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    Three WSU STEM undergraduates receive national Goldwater awards
    Two engineering and one science student at Washington State University have received prestigious, nationally competitive awards from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.
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    Kwanhee Kim receives Mentor Academy Award for excellence
    Kwanhee Kim, a faculty member in the School of Molecular Biosciences, has been awarded this year’s Faculty Mentor Award for Excellence by the Graduate School. She received this award on April 4, 2019, at the Graduate School’s fifth annual Evening of Excellence.
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    WSU discovery could aid in battle of debilitative and deadly inflammation
    Most, if not all, infections and diseases in animals and people are met with some level of the body’s own inflammatory response. Sometimes this inflammatory response crosses a line from being protective and useful to becoming debilitative or even deadly.
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    2019 Smerdon/Reeves Lecture
    Come hear six exciting experts in the areas of DNA repair and chromatin speak about compelling new developments in the area of basic cancer research at the 2019 Smerdon/Reeves Lecture on Thursday, April 4, at the Residence Inn in Pullman.
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    Bull ‘super dads’ are being engineered to produce sperm from another father
    Gene-edited ‘surrogate sires’ could help spread desirable traits rapidly in some livestock.
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    WSU tops nation in USDA research funding
    Washington State University received more USDA research and development funding than any other university for the second year in a row.
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  • Erika Offerdahl, associate professor at WSU’s School of Molecular Biosciences, describes learning as a spontaneous reaction and the importance of removing barriers to a student’s learning
    Researchers study visuals’ effect on learning
    Two researchers are studying how visual literacy skills can be incorporated into their teaching. Erika G. Offerdahl, associate professor for WSU’s School of Molecular Biosciences, said visual literacy skills can be described as skills that help students learn how to develop visual representation skills. When students learn to make sense of the symbols around them, they use them to create new meaning.
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