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COVID-19 boredom boom brings new parenting challenges

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The COVID-19 crisis is causing a boom in boredom for kids and adults alike as many states issue shelter-in-place orders. A WSU researcher has tips…
WSU scientists enlist citizens in hunt for giant, bee-killing hornet

WSU scientists enlist citizens in hunt for giant, bee-killing hornet

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Bracing for the Asian giant hornet’s emergence this spring, WSU researchers help roll back its spread.
Discovery of a mechanism plants use to toggle on photosynthesis chosen by top journal

Discovery of a mechanism plants use to toggle on photosynthesis chosen by top journal

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Research team led by WSU has developed a new tool to study how lipids interact with proteins in plants to help understand how photosynthesis happens,…
CAHNRS’ finest: 2020 Faculty and Staff Award Winners named

CAHNRS’ finest: 2020 Faculty and Staff Award Winners named

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64th annual awards recognize CAHNRS’ best teachers, researchers, team players and leaders
Washington 4-H shares free, online resources for youth stuck at home

Washington 4-H shares free, online resources for youth stuck at home

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Washington 4-H clubs shift online to build youth potential
India partnership spurs global development of new WSU microwave technologies for safer meals

India partnership spurs global development of new WSU microwave technologies for safer meals

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WSU’s innovative microwave food safety tech rolls into action in India.
In-person to online: instructors prepare to switch courses mid-semester

In-person to online: instructors prepare to switch courses mid-semester

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Online education has been around for almost two decades. Switching a course from in-person to online mid-semester, however, is a new experience.
WSU program helps tri-county farmers grow their operations

WSU program helps tri-county farmers grow their operations

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WSU Extension researchers established the Regional Small Farms Program to help small farm owners come up with personalized solutions to tough questions.
Simulated heat waves to help vineyard owners mitigate heat stress

Simulated heat waves to help vineyard owners mitigate heat stress

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Studying the effects of heat on grapes.
Honey bee and pollinator facility officially opened

Honey bee and pollinator facility officially opened

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WSU’s new Honey Bee & Pollinator Research, Extension, and Education Facility officially opens, allowing for huge expansion in the amount of research scientists can do…
Depressed, rural moms face greater health challenges—and so do their kids

Depressed, rural moms face greater health challenges—and so do their kids

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WSU scientists link chronic depression with more health problems for moms and children in poor rural communities, revealing need for treatment based on trust
New technology helps reduce salt, keep flavor

New technology helps reduce salt, keep flavor

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WSU technology could make it possible to reduce sodium while maintaining safety and tastiness in prepared foods.
March 27: WSU Extension offers succession planning course for farm and forest owners

March 27: WSU Extension offers succession planning course for farm and forest owners

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WSU Extension Forestry offers a Ties to the Land workshop focussing on ways to maintain family ties to the land from generation to generation.
WSU students named finalists in NFL data competition

WSU students named finalists in NFL data competition

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Two WSU graduate students are finalists in an NFL data competition that looked at over 23,000 football plays over two seasons.
Learn Beekeeping this Spring; Harvest More Next Summer

Learn Beekeeping this Spring; Harvest More Next Summer

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To help maintain local pollinators, Snohomish County Extension sponsors the Beginning Hobbyist Beekeeper course.
CAHNRS dean invited to national council

CAHNRS dean invited to national council

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Dean Wright named to the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research’s (FFAR) Advisory Council for Advanced Animal Systems.
Food science panel looks at how music affects our perception of chocolate

Food science panel looks at how music affects our perception of chocolate

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Does milk chocolate taste creamier when you’re listening to Beethoven?
Feb. 18: Zoo nutritionist shares how big data helps exotic animals stay healthy

Feb. 18: Zoo nutritionist shares how big data helps exotic animals stay healthy

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Heidi Bissell will share insights from her work with data that helps improve zoo animal health at the 2020 Halver Lecture in Animal Nutrition. Exotic…
Forestry Winter School helps woodland owners care for their forests

Forestry Winter School helps woodland owners care for their forests

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Western Washington forest owners can learn skills to care for their land at the next Winter School, Feb. 29 in Auburn. Auburn, Wash. – With…
WSU scientists team up for $12.8 million effort to improve blueberries, cranberries

WSU scientists team up for $12.8 million effort to improve blueberries, cranberries

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Scientists team up for $12 million search for genes, valuable traits for new and tastier blueberries and cranberries.
WSU professor wins award for distinction in Extension

WSU professor wins award for distinction in Extension

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On learning that she had won the 2020 Extension Distinction Award from ASEV—the American Society for Enology & Viticulture—WSU associate  professor and Extension specialist, Michelle…
Organic farm advantages in biodiversity and profits depend on location

Organic farm advantages in biodiversity and profits depend on location

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A large-scale analysis led by a WSU graduate student journal club found that overall organic agriculture sites had higher biodiversity and profits, but these advantages…
WSU V&E certificate programs boon for working professionals

WSU V&E certificate programs boon for working professionals

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WSU V&E certificate program boon for working professionals As Washington’s wine industry continues to grow, the need for a skilled, knowledgeable workforce grows along with…
Beach Watchers training available to protect Puget Sound

Beach Watchers training available to protect Puget Sound

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WSU Extension hosts training program for beach lovers who want to help protect Puget Sound’s waters, wildlife and landscape in Snohomish County.
Apparel merchandising students use social media to connect local businesses with customers, community

Apparel merchandising students use social media to connect local businesses with customers, community

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Students in Washington State University’s apparel merchandising program are putting their studies to work this spring to connect local businesses with social media-savvy consumers. Jihyeong…
Microscopic partners could help plants survive stressful environments

Microscopic partners could help plants survive stressful environments

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Tiny, symbiotic fungi play an outsized role in helping plants survive stress
Feb. 1: Winter School helps NE Wash landowners keep forests healthy, safe

Feb. 1: Winter School helps NE Wash landowners keep forests healthy, safe

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Learn to keep woodlands productive, wildlife-friendly, and safe at the Forest Owners Winter School.
Nitrogen-fixing genes could help grow more food using fewer resources

Nitrogen-fixing genes could help grow more food using fewer resources

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Scientists have transferred a collection of genes into plant-colonizing bacteria that let them draw nitrogen from the air and turn it into ammonia, a natural…
Disabling viruses with CRISPR scissors

Disabling viruses with CRISPR scissors

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In scientific first, WSU team delivers a one-two punch to knock out crop-destroying viruses.
2020 Women in Ag Conference cultivates healthy farms, careers

2020 Women in Ag Conference cultivates healthy farms, careers

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Learn how to run resilient farms and businesses while preserving your health at 2020 conference.
Response to fire impacts water levels 40 years into future

Response to fire impacts water levels 40 years into future

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New research shows salvage logging and re-seeding after a wildfire helps reduce flooding and returns water levels to normal faster.