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Google ranking molecules
Spring 2014

Chemistry Associate Professor Aurora Clark adapted Google's PageRank algorithm to better understand the network of molecules and how that relates to their physical properties of a chemical system.

Categories: Chemistry
Tags: Molecules, Google, Networks

George R. “Bob” Pettit ’52—A profile in persistence
Spring 2013

George R. “Bob” Pettit ’52, a Regents Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient and prominent cancer researcher and chemist, has faced an uphill climb in his quest for cancer-fighting compounds.

Categories: Chemistry, Alumni
Tags: Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award, Cancer, Research

Cultivating new energy
Fall 2010
With just a whiff of irony, let’s sing a song of praise for gasoline.A single gallon contains more than 30,000 calories. You wouldn’t want to drink it, but in straight-up energy terms, that’s enough to power a human for about two weeks.Gaso...
Categories: Chemistry, Engineering, Agriculture
Tags: Sustainability, Algae, Methane, Fuels, Biofuels

You, too, can run a nuclear reactor
Summer 2010
Particles moving faster than the speed of light. Elements transmuted from one to another. A million watts of power. Hands-on practice controlling a nuclear reactor. These are some of the selling points of Chemistry 490, a specialized elective c...
Categories: Chemistry, WSU students
Tags: Nuclear reactors, Nuclear safety

Bring on the boron
Summer 2009
by Cherie Winner :: Lai-Sheng Wang has an impish smile, an infectious laugh, and a high-powered research program that studies matter a few atoms at a time. He uses massive machines to create tiny clusters of atoms. Wang’s clusters aren...
Categories: Chemistry
Tags: Chemical engineering, Boron

Special delivery
Winter 2008
Cliff Berkman is taking aim at prostate cancer.The Washington State University chemist is using part of the cancer cells themselves as a bull's eye, targeting a protein that occurs on prostate cancer cells and nowhere else.The protein, called PSMA ...
Categories: Chemistry
Tags: Prostate cancer

Electricity from a beet
Fall 2008
Chemists around the world are looking to the plant kingdom for ideas about harvesting the energy of sunlight. Plants, after all, have been making a living exploiting sunbeams for almost four billion years. And part of what plants accomplish each d...
Categories: Chemistry
Tags: Solar power, Electricity

Student of light: Recent grad transcends boundaries
Fall 2007
"When you come to a fork in the road," said Yogi Berra, "take it."Xavier Perez-Moreno has done just that.Last spring the effusive, pony-tailed Spaniard received a Ph.D. conferred by Washington State University and The Catholic University of Leuven...
Categories: Chemistry, Physics, WSU students
Tags: Theoretical physics

Getting serious about biodiesel
Fall 2006
It's taken 25 years of basic research for work on plant-oil biochemistry to begin to pay off. And there's more work yet to do.
Categories: Biological sciences, Chemistry
Tags: Biodiesel, Biofuels

Hazy, crazy days of summer... science
Winter 2004
In the chemistry laboratory in Fuller Hall, Cougar Summer Science campers are either making bouncy balls through cross-linking polymers or figuring out the generation properties of oxygen. Tossing her laboratory-produced ball in the air, Kyleigh ...
Categories: Chemistry, Biological sciences
Tags: Children, Education

Abelson shaped thinking as a scientist, editor of Science
Winter 2004
Regents' Distinguished WSU AlumnusDuring a life spanning 91 years, Tacoma native Philip Hauge Abelson left an indelible imprint on science. As a scientist and as longtime respected editor of Science magazine (1962-83), he shaped thinking in the sc...
Categories: Physics, Chemistry, Alumni
Tags: Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award

How do bonds break?
Summer 2003
The underlying question that motivates my current work is,What are the forces on atoms and ions associated with surfaces that result in these particles leaving or reattaching to the surface when stimulated with an outside agent?These surfaces may b...
Categories: Physics, Chemistry
Tags: Atoms