Graduate Students In The News
Doctoral Student Researches Language and Technology to Help Others
By Elle Ciaciuch O’Neill and Cynthia Hollenbeck
Jose Riera, Ph.D. candidate in Washington State University’s College of Education, focuses his research on developing computer applications to help foreign language learners, immigrants, and individuals with communicative disabilities to improve their pronunciation skills. According to Jose, there are 1 billion foreign language learners, 275 million immigrants, and 550 million individuals with communicative disabilities worldwide. With these numbers, Jose hopes this research will make a notable impact on the language-learning world.
One of the main challenges for second language learners is understanding and articulating unfamiliar new sounds in their target language. Jose believes that by providing these learners … » More …Read Story
Horticulturist Explores Genetics of Resistance to Fire Blight in Apples
By Cynthia Hollenbeck and Elle Ciaciuch O’Neill
Sarah Kostick, Ph.D., is making great strides in the world of apple breeding at Washington State University. By investigating resistance/susceptibility to fire blight in apples to enable more efficient development of apple varieties with resistance to fire blight, she has found that specific genomic regions (also called genetic loci) are associated with resistance, and much more.
Fire blight is a devastating bacterial disease that affects a range of apple cultivars (varieties). This disease has the potential to cause tree death and, depending on the year, can destroy entire orchards. Fire blight, caused by the bacterium Erwinia amylovora, can infect … » More …Read Story
Tammy Barry selected as new associate dean in the Graduate School. Read More.Read Story
Education doctoral student wins $15,000 sisterhood scholarship
By C. Brandon Chapman
Roxanne Moore, who is earning her PhD in math and science education, has been dedicating her efforts to helping WSU preservice reserchers become better math teachers. Read moreRead Story
Coug nurse helps his native country with free medical clinic
by Addy Hatch, WSU News
Coug nurse Abel Saba’s goal is to open a medical clinic in his native Burkina Faso. This summer he and fellow Coug nurse David Oni took a step toward that dream by traveling to the West African nation to hold free medical clinics. Read More.
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. Read MoreRead Story
Student Pharmacist awarded $2,500 scholarship
by Tia Weyrauch
Student pharmacist Megan Baker is interested in owning her own pharmacy someday, and she just received a scholarship designed to help her get there. Read MoreRead Story
The World of Scientific Research
Now off to Switzerland in search of new insights about aquatic invasive species, Eric Dexter is a late-blooming research success story. Read MoreRead Story
Zebrafish and Hearing Loss
By Yue Hang
It was a typical Thursday for Alexandria Hudson, a doctoral candidate in neuroscience at the Washington State University Vancouver campus. She went to the Coffin Lab, where she worked, to check the result of her experiment.
“The result will be used for my presentation at the Association for Research in Otolaryngology conference next week,” says Alexandria, though she had no idea what the result would be. “It’s the fun part of science—sometimes, the results will be surprising.”
The upcoming conference is not the first one Alexandria has participated in. Since starting her Ph.D. program in 2016, … » More …Read Story
By Cheryl Reed
Michael Gonzalez, a 2015 WSU doctoral graduate and ARCS scholar, recently visited WSU to talk with graduate students about postdoctoral opportunities at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where he now works.
After completing his doctoral degree at WSU, Michael did a postdoc at the Center for Applied Genomics at CHOP and is now a staff scientist at the hospital utilizing computational and bioinformatics tools to identify genetic mechanisms involved in a number of disorders in pediatric medicine, specifically attempting to answer basic questions about how the immune system functions in certain disease states. His research has looked at some rare diseases … » More …Read Story