Despite his attempts, Nathan Tarlyn is a frustrated huckleberry picker. He ventures out, looking for the wild berry that’s treasured throughout the Pacific Northwest, but often comes up short, finding only bushes that are picked over.
He’d have more luck if he looked deeper in the woods — or if someone shared their secret trove. But that’s not likely to happen. No one shares that kind of secret.
Read the rest of Taryn Phaneuf’s article in Crosscut here.
WSU Innovation Corps (I-Corps) is the first step many Cougs are taking to become better entrepreneurs. Lean, a term coined by Toyota’s James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones in Lean Thinking is a leadership approach used to engage people in an organization to assist in the identification, reduction and/or elimination of waste within any process. Using Lean principles, the I-Corps lean teams will determine whether their ideas have commercial worth. Fall 2016 Team 3DbioC will be mentored by Professor Amit Dhingra. Learn more about WSU I-Corps at https://research.wsu.edu/icorps/.
From BBC Radio 4: New research by scientists at Washington State University in the U.S. has discovered ripening compounds that could bring an end to the crunchy unripe pear which suddenly goes bad, without becoming ripe at all. Listen or Read More
Amit Dhingra is on a mission to make America fall in love with the pear.
In a lab at Washington State University, the 45-year-old horticulture researcher has dedicated much of the last decade to the shapely fruit. Building off relationships with pear growers who say their businesses are held back by a lack of scientific understanding of their product, Dhingra has mapped the pear genome, bred new trees, and even found a way to ripen the notoriously stiff fruit. Read More Here
CisSERS, open source software for analyzing sequence data, developed at WSU.
High-throughput sequencing continues to produce an immense volume of information that is processed and assembled into mature sequence data. Data analysis tools are urgently needed that leverage the embedded DNA sequence polymorphisms and consequent changes to restriction sites or sequence motifs in a high-throughput manner to enable biological experimentation. CisSERS was developed as a standalone open source tool to analyze sequence datasets and provide biologists with individual or comparative genome organization information in terms of presence and frequency of patterns or motifs such as restriction enzymes. Predicted agarose gel visualization of the custom analyses results was also integrated to enhance the usefulness of the software. Read the rest of this PLOS article.
Citation: Sharpe RM, Koepke T, Harper A, Grimes J, Galli M, Satoh-Cruz M, et al. (2016) CisSERS: Customizable In Silico Sequence Evaluation for Restriction Sites. PLoS ONE 11(4): e0152404. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0152404
Congratulations to PhD student Seanna Hewitt! She received an Honorable Mention for her application for the 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. An Honorable Mention is considered a significant academic achievement by NSF and provides recipients with enhanced access to resources, such as supercomputing time, in support of their graduate program.
PULLMAN, Wash. – A peer-mentoring program to help Washington State University faculty commercialize their research will launch on Jan. 19 with a reception 4-6 p.m. in the CUB junior ballroom.
The goal of the Entrepreneurial Faculty Ambassadors (EFA) is to build a stronger entrepreneurial infrastructure at WSU by creating a resource of faculty mentors who are both outstanding academic scholars and have successfully commercialized university research.