IPN News

  • WSU employees honored for exceptional grant, contract support

    PULLMAN, Wash. – Six Washington State University employees in May received the 2018 Grant and Contract Administration Awards, which recognize employees for exceptional contributions and service in research administration.

    Savannah Tiedeman
    Program coordinator for the Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, with the College of Veterinary Medicine
    Tiedeman’s colleagues noted her positive demeanor and willingness to go the extra mile to find additional grants for faculty members and following up to ensure correct and timely submissions.

    Emilie Cousins
    Fiscal analyst for the School of Molecular Biosciences
    Cousins was honored for her contributions in establishing internal programs to keep faculty informed about current and upcoming grants, which has helped increase submission numbers and the success rate of submissions in her school.

    Emilie was nominated by Laurilee Kramer and Jonathan Jones as well as Matthew Michener of the Office of Research Support and Operations for her commitment to the development of enhanced grant and contract administration, contributions towards Research Administration instruction and training and improving programmatic efficiencies both within her unit and across the university.

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  • Peter Awinda Receives Five Year Service Award

    Peter Awinda has received WSU's five year service award for his work in the Tanner laboratory.
  • Neuroscience Graduate Student Axel Fenwick Receives Poster Competition Award

    Neuroscience graduate student, Axel Fenwick, received an award at the 2018 Myofilament Conference in Madison, Wyoming for his poster titled Demembranated Skeletal and Cardiac Fibers Produce Less Force and Altered Cross-Bridge Kinetics in a Mouse Model for Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy 2i
  • Sleep study targets brain processes causing poor decision-making

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  • The science behind ‘the munchies’: WSU researcher aims to help cancer, anorexia patients with pot.

    Spokesman Review
  • Assessing how cannabis affects emotional well-being

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  • How Do Marijuana Strains And Doses Affect Depression And Anxiety? A New Study Looks For Answers

    Can marijuana improve symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety, or does it make them worse? As the legalization movement continues pushing forward, that topic is becoming one of the more hotly debated among many, and researchers are trying to find answers. A new study conducted by scientists from Washington State University used a novel approach to address the topic with data from thousands of medical marijuana users, and the results are worth unpacking. Forbes
  • Marijuana And Meditation May Both Reduce Anxiety. Which Is Better?

    A huge number of people deal with chronic anxiety, either in the form of generalized anxiety or social anxiety disorder, or both. There are certainly effective treatments out there, but this week, a couple of studies have been in the news. One study, from Washington State University, looks at the role pot may play: More specifically, it tries to quantify the ratio of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) that’s most effective for stress, anxiety, and depression. The other, from Michigan Technological University, finds that a single session of mindfulness meditation has a significant effect on the anxiety of people with mild-moderate anxiety. But there's an important caveat that's worth pointing out. Forbes
  • 3 Minute Thesis Winner: Naomi Wallace, Neuroscience Graduate Student

    Naomi Wallace, Neuroscience Ph.D. candidate, won the university-wide 3 Minute Thesis competition. For more information, see the 3 Minute Thesis website: 
  • IPN Faculty Promotions: Drs. James Peters, Rita Fuchs Lokensgard, Alli Coffin

    Dr. James Peters has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure; Dr. Alli Coffin has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure; and Dr. Rita Fuchs Lokensgard has been promoted to Full Professor. 
  • Dr. Sue Ritter Awarded NIH Research Grant

    Dr. Sue Ritter has been awarded an NIH grant entitled "Catecholamine Neurons and Metabolic Controls". This award is $1,807,944 over the span of four years. 
  • Dr. Samantha Gizerian Elected Chair of NACADA Faculty Advising Comission

    Dr. Samantha Gizerian has been elected chair of the NACADA Faculty Advising Commission beginning October of 2018. 
  • What dreams may come

    Washington State Magazine
  • Storm runoff presents salmon with toxic one-two punch, study shows

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  • Salmon face double whammy from toxic stormwater

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  • Jessica Higginbotham Awarded NIH Fellowship Grant

    Graduate student Jessica Higginbotham (Fuchs Lab) has been awarded a fellowship grant from the NIH entitiled Regulatory mechanisms of cocaine memory reconsolidation in the basolateral amygdala. 
  • Helping scientists learn to convey their passion

    Alli Coffin just wanted to do well on her thesis defense.

    So when her mom invited her to a meeting of Toastmasters International, the communications and leadership nonprofit, she went. But while the meeting was the beginning of learning how to speak to a room of strangers, it also set her on a path in which communication took on an ever greater role in her career as a neuroscientist. Now the WSU Vancouver assistant professor is leading her second conference on the subject, Science Talk ’18 this March 1 and 2 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. She will also lead a research communication workshop in Pullman next week. WSU Insider
  • Dr. Sue Ritter Awarded American Diabetes Association Research Award

    Dr. Sue Ritter has been awarded an American Diabetes Association grant entitled "Hindbrain Catecholamine Neurons, Glucoregulation and HAAF". This award is $345,000 over the span of three years. 
  • Summer SURE Student Wins ABRCMS Award

    Melissa Vargas, a summer SURE student in Dr. Rita Fuch's lab, won an award at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. 
  • In Memoriam: Dr. Jaak Panksepp

    Dr. Brendan Walker published an article in Neuropsychoparmacology to honor Dr. Jaak Panksepp, who passed away this past spring. The article is available here: Jaak Panksepp: Pioneer of Affective Neuroscience