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IPN's David Rossi, Ph.D. Featured in WSU News
IPN faculty member David Rossi has been featured in the WSU News for his research on alcohol consumption. Read the full article here: Targeted drug makes alcohol guzzling mouse a teetotaler
Dr. Sue Stover ('76 DVM) Honored with 2016 AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research AwardDr. Sue Stover ('76 DVM) honored with 2016 AVMA Lifetime Excellence in Research Award
Dr. Sue Stover ('76 DVM) Selected for University of Kentucky Equine Research Hall of FameDr. Sue Stover ('76 DVM) selected for University of Kentucky Equine Research Hall of Fame
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Student research, retention thrive with team mentoring
By Steve Nakata, Student Affairs
PULLMAN, Wash. – While their friends spent the summer waiting tables or stocking store shelves, three Washington State University seniors donned white lab coats and helped advance research in reproductive biology.
The students are participants in WSU’s award-winning Team Mentoring Program (TMP). Through a combination of workshops, social events, panel discussions and research opportunities, TMP provides personalized support to minority students majoring in STEM and health disciplines as a way to boost retention and graduation rates.
Since the program was established in 2007, the WSU Office of Multicultural Student Services (MSS) reports TMP has helped 925 undergraduates with the aid of 125 student mentors and 30 faculty mentors.
From 2007-14, 76 percent of student participants have or are on-track to graduate, compared to 68 percent of those not active in the program, said J. Manuel Acevedo, MSS director. When looking at just engineering students, 69 percent of active students have or are projected to graduate, compared to 55 percent of those who haven’t participated in TMP.
Last year, TMP was a finalist for the national University Economic Development Association’s Award of Excellence. In the same year, TMP faculty mentors received WSU’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service Award.
Discovering a passion for research
On a recent morning, students Marleny Garcia, Jacob Lizarraga and Karena De La Rosa scurried around the lab directed by WSU molecular biosciences professor Joy Winuthayanon. Each student was conducting separate experiments, but all were trying to resolve problems related to female reproduction.
De La Rosa wanted to try research, but didn’t know how until her TMP student mentor connected her.
“The research I’m doing makes me feel really good because I know many people can’t have children and we’re working towards solutions for them,” said De La Rosa, who aspires to become a researcher for a pharmaceutical company. “I feel like we’re making really good progress.”
Microbiology major Lazarraga described himself as going through the motions prior to becoming involved in research through TMP.
“Before, I didn’t see how my biology and chemistry classes applied to the real world,” he said. “Now I can see that connection and it has sparked a passion that has driven me to do well in school.”
Coming from the small town of Mattawa, Wash., where 90 percent of the population speaks Spanish, Garcia could have been destined to work in the surrounding orchards and vineyards. But this first-generation student aspires to be a doctor and came to WSU to enroll in the pre-medicine program.
“A big thing that can help you succeed in college is surrounding yourself with others who are successful,” Garcia said. “TMP is a great at connecting you with successful people.”
Faculty get support as role models
As TMP faculty mentors, Winuthayanon and Shaui Li, a postdoctoral fellow in Joy’s lab, teach the students about research – including what questions to ask, what equipment to use and how to know if their experiments are successful.
“Joy has been such a good role model for me and is so good at what she does,” said Garcia. “When she explains things to me, she makes sure I understand it completely so that I’m actually learning.”
Winuthayanon admitted that taking on undergraduate students in the lab is time-intensive, especially at the beginning, but said the reward at the end is well worth waiting for.
“The students learn what it takes to work in a research lab and if conducting research is something they like to do,” she said. “I also benefit by gaining experience in training students and by all the great work they contribute to the research we are doing in the lab.”
She appreciates her school’s support for junior faculty by encouraging them to mentor undergraduate students.
“When you see how dedicated these students are, you quickly realize this isn’t about you,” Li said. “It’s about wanting to help them flourish.”
TMP research scholarships are supported by Boeing, AT&T and the WSU Colleges of Engineering and Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, and Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences.
Undergraduate Neuroscience Student Receives FUN Travel Award
Undergraduate Neuroscience student Chloe Erikson has received a travel award from Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN) to travel to the Society of Neuroscience annual meeting for a poster presentation. This travel award totals to $750.
Dr. Thomas Meyer, Vancouver, was installed as AVMA 2016-17 PresidentDr. Thomas Meyer (’78 DVM), Vancouver, was installed as AVMA 2016-17 President
Dr. Roger O. McClellan receives the 2016 AVMA Meritorious Service AwardDr. Roger O. McClellan (’60 DVM) receives the 2016 AVMA Meritorious Service Award
Thrice bitten dog vet not shy to tame rapid spread of rabies"Sharon is a brave nine-year-old Japanese spitz due for her annual rabies vaccination. Dr Joseph Mugachia administers the precautionary injection on her—a shot that is not only lifesaving for Sharon but one that also holds the key to elimination of rabies, a neglected disease responsible for about 2,000 deaths annually. Nonetheless, the number of Kenyans dying yearly from rabies could be under-reported."
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Laura Kinslow Awarded CVM Staff Excellence Award
Congratulations to Laura Kinslow for receiving a 2016 CVM Staff Employee Excellence Award at the CVM BBQ. This is well-deserved recognition for all the effort she makes on behalf of IPN and the CVM.
Neuroscience Graduate Student Katie Tyson Receives ADARP Grant
Neuroscience graduate student Katie Tyson has received an ADARP grant that covers her tuition and salary for Fall of 2016. Congratulations!
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Licensing deal will help Genus combat deadly cattle diseaseA gene editing technology developed at Washington State University is being licensed to Genus plc, a global animal genetics company, to develop cattle that are more resistant to bovine respiratory disease (BRD).
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WSU researchers gain unprecedented look at DNA damage
A cluster of researchers from WSU's School of Molecular Biosciences (SMB) have characterized DNA lesions associated with skin cancer in a novel way. Dr. John Wyrick anchored the SMB team that published a new DNA damage study in PNAS this week.
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Drug-resistant ‘superbug’ in U.S. is a wake-up callDrug resistance usually emerges in parts of the world where antibiotic use in people and food animals is rampant, poorly regulated and largely untracked.
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WSU vaccinates dogs to help eradicate rabies from AfricaDr. Guy Palmer isn’t kidding when he says he got his start in veterinary medicine doing grunt work at a rabies research lab.
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Too much light weakens bones and changes immune systemToo much light is bad for your health. So suggests research in mice, which found that six months of continuous lighting led to a loss of strength and bone mass, and signs of increased inflammation. The findings are worrying for people who experience prolonged light exposure – such as shift-workers and hospital patients – but some of the effects seem to be reversible.
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Successful Ph.D. Defense: Dr. Rong Guo
Congratulations to Dr. Rong Guo on her successful Ph.D. defense: “Sleep Disturbances After Chronic Alcohol Consumption: Homeostatic Dysregulation or Circadian Desynchrony?”