for Atmospheric Research
Biomolecular X-ray Crystallography (BXC) Center
The Laboratory for Atmospheric Research provides a recognized center
of atmospheric studies at Washington State University. The laboratory,
which is administered through the Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering, provides students with graduate training in the atmospheric
sciences. Students are encouraged to participate in the various
grant-supported research projects of the laboratory. Since atmospheric
research requires an interdisciplinary approach, both the faculty
within the laboratory and those who work cooperatively on joint
research programs have diverse disciplinary backgrounds. Research
areas include those of interest to the citizens and industries of
the state, the nation, and the world. Thus, the laboratory is engaged
in research aspects of meteorology, atmospheric chemistry, pollution
abatement, global climate issues, and effects of atmospheric pollutants.
Much of the research involves field measurement programs which have
taken the faculty, staff, and students to such diverse places as
China, the Antarctic Continent, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Ocean
as well as numerous sites in the United States. Sampling platforms
used include mobile trailers, towers, aircraft, and ships. Analytical
technique development in the laboratory and computerized data interpretation
including atmospheric modeling round out the laboratory research.
Laboratory for Biotechnology and Bioanalysis
The Laboratory for Biotechnology and Bioanalysis (LBB) is a campus-wide
research service center that provides a number of important analyses
including: DNA and protein sequencing. The goal of the LBB is to
provide equipment and expertise for support of research that utilizes
costly and state-of-the-art equipment in the disciplines of biology
and chemistry. In LBB-1, equipment and trained personnel are available
for DNA array construction and analysis while LBB-2 is primarily
set up for analysis of small molecules. Mass spectrometry for biological
or synthetic agents is available through LBB-2. LBB is located in
several rooms in Fulmer Hall.
The Biomolecular X-ray Crystallography (BXC) Center is a research and training facility for the study of macromolecules. This Washington State University facility is the only macromolecular X-ray facility in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. The BXC Center serves three colleges: the College of Sciences, the College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. The X-ray laboratory is used for teaching, training, classroom instruction, and laboratory experiments at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The BXC Center is equipped with two RIGAKU rotating anode generators: an RU200H with osmium optics and a MicroMax007 blue confocal Max-Flux. It also houses four detection devices of RAXIS II and IV++ imaging plates, a Saturn 92 CCD and AFC6R diffractometer, several SGI FUELs and OCTANEs, two ACTA FPLCs, several HPLC systems, and gas- and liquid-nitrogen generators.
The center has skilled scientists who assist in various research projects and provide project consultation. Faculty and students are welcome to visit the BXC Center, located on the B5 level of Fulmer Hall. For more information, call: (509) 335-1409.
Franceschi Microscopy and Imaging Center
The Electron Microscopy Center (EMC) is a research and training
facility for the study of biological and non-biological materials.
The EMC provides electron microscopy and light microscopy equipment
for observation and analysis of a diverse array of specimens. Students,
faculty and staff can access the EMC for formal and informal training,
and for conducting research through flexible conditions designed
to ensure success in acquiring and analyzing specimen images. The
center offers courses in electron microscopy for graduate and undergraduate
students each semester.
The EMC maintains aTEM, a STEM, a SEM, a confocal microscope and
various light microscopes. Three of the electron microscopes also
have EDX analyzers for elemental analysis. All necessary ancillary
equipment, computers for image processing and analysis, and three
photographic darkrooms are also maintained for student and faculty
use. The center provides project consultation and has a skilled
staff capable of assisting students and faculty in a wide range
of research projects. Faculty and students are welcome to visit
the EMC located on the ground floor of Science Hall. Inquiries about
services and courses offered or class tours of the facilities can
be made by calling (509) 335-3025.
The Environmental Research Center is an all-university research
unit. The center is the focal point for university development of
interdisciplinary research on problems related to the environment.
It provides an organizational and administrative structure to accommodate
interdisciplinary environmental research projects which cut across
departmental and college boundaries.
The center is closely integrated with the academic Program in Environmental
Science and Regional Planning, and students are encouraged to participate
in the research projects carried out through it. In order to stimulate
an awareness of environmental problems and contributions the university
can make in solving them, the center acts as an information source
for faculty and students of the university and for citizens of the
state. It also assists in securing financial support for research
projects involving faculty and students and acts as a liaison unit
for inter-university and other cooperative activities dealing with
The center provides some direct support for graduate students and
has sponsored a number of conferences and seminars on regional environmental
The GeoAnalytical Laboratory is a Service Center within the Geology
Department which provides analytical services, primarily for geological
research, but also for research in inorganic chemistry and applications
of many fields in material and environmental sciences. The laboratory
comprises an automated Cameca electron microprobe for quantitative
elemental micro-analysis and element mapping, a Siemens X-ray powder
diffractometer for phase identification; an automated Rigaku X-ray
fluorescence spectrometer and HP inductively coupled plasma mass
spectrometer (ICP-MS) for major, trace and rare earth elemental
analysis; and a Finnigan-MAT gas source mass spectrometer for oxygen,
carbon and hydrogen isotope ratio determinations. Recent additions
include a high resolution Thermo-Finnigan ICP-MS for ultra low trace
element analysis, a multicollector Thermo-Finnigan ICP-MS for radiogenic
and stable isotope ratios and a clean room for sample preparation.
Most of our services and equipment are available to other departments
and other institutions for a reasonable fee. For more information
visit our Web site, or call (509) 335-1626.
Information Technology (IT) is a central organization that provides
services and professional expertise in support of computing, networking,
voice, data and video communications at WSU. Many of these
services are a crucial part of WSUs research infrastructure. IT provides administrative, academic, and general purpose computing
services on several platforms:
Administrative computing services are primarily on an IBM
OS/390 platform. Several UNIX and Intel-based NT Server platforms
are used for data warehouse and client/server applications, as well
as for Web, authentication, and other network services in support
of administrative computing applications.
Academic computing services, general purpose computing services,
and standard network services are on several UNIX and NT Server
platforms. Electronic mail, calendar, network fax, USENET
news, time, mailing lists, domain name server, Web servers, authentication
servers, and some software distribution services are on Digital
UNIX, HP-UX, and IBM AIX versions of UNIX or on NT Server platforms.
IT implements and operates campus data networks and wide-area networks
that tie WSU sites together:
IT supports connections to external networks such as the
Internet, Internet2 and the Washington State K-20 Educational Telecommunications
Network. Continuing efforts include enhancing the capabilities of
Washington State University networks through the use of new networking
technologies and increasing network capacity to meet growing demands.
The distributed digital telephone switch network provides
telephone and voice mail services for telephones on WSUs four
campuses and the Intercollegiate College for Nursing in Spokane.
A video distribution and switching network provides for advanced
multimedia capability in general university classrooms.
For more information about IT, visit us on the web.
The IMPACT Center
IMPACT is the acronym for the International Marketing Program for
Agricultural Commodities and Trade established in the College of
Agriculture and Home Economics in June 1985.
The IMPACT Center funds interdisciplinary research, extension and
teaching to assist the state in exporting its agricultural products.
Its major thrusts are in uncovering marketing opportunities, developing
strategies to exploit those opportunities, solving economic and
technical impediments to current agricultural exports, and finding
alternative products or processes with export market potential.
The IMPACT Center receives its funding from state, federal and private
sources. Its programs are closely integrated with those of the Department
of Agriculture and of WSUs College of Agriculture and Home
Economics. In carrying out its mission, the IMPACT Center funds
faculty and staff for both long- and short-term assignments. Personnel
are housed in the appropriate academic department or outlying station.
While the IMPACT Center gives assistance to departments in providing
graduate-level courses in international agricultural marketing,
it does not offer graduate programs. For more information, visit
our Web site.
The Nuclear Radiation Center (NRC) is an education, research and
service facility supporting the entire university. The center has
a one-megawatt TRIGA reactor, a cobalt-60 irradiation unit, and
numerous state-of-the-art radiation detectors and counting systems.
The center supports undergraduate and graduate education, with both
facilities and instruction. Graduate students in engineering, physics,
chemistry, geology, anthropology, food science, animal science,
veterinary science and other fields may conduct their thesis research
at the NRC.
Trace element analysis using neutron activation analysis (NAA) is
routinely available at the center. This technique is applicable
to analytical chemistry, geology, material science, biomedical research,
environmental science, physics and other areas. Consultation is
available to investigators with elemental analysis needs.
Radiation detection and analysis is practical for many radionuclides.
Gamma ray spectroscopy, using Ge(Li), LEP or NaI(Tl) detector systems,
and isotopic identification are available. Liquid scintillation
and alpha-beta counting equipment is available also.
Neutron irradiation service is provided by the NRCs one-megawatt
fission reactor. The reactor also supports other research projects.
Gamma irradiation services are offered on the cobalt-60 unit.
The NRC provides laboratory space for radiochemistry researchers
and other projects and programs. A wide range of services and capabilities
make the Nuclear Radiation Center ideally suited to support elemental
analysis or radiation-related studies at Washington State University.
Tours of the reactor facility can be arranged by calling (509) 335-7592.
Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC)
The Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC) provides
high quality social, economic, and behavioral science research services
to the students, faculty, and administration at WSU, and the citizens
and agencies of the state. The SESRC has three main goals: (1) to
conduct research in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences
that is responsive to the needs and concerns of the state, region,
and local communities; (2) to provide telephone, mail, internet,
and face-to-face survey capabilities to university faculty for conducting
research; and (3) to provide research training for both undergraduate
and graduate students in the social sciences.
The SESRC research facilities include a networked telephone interviewing
laboratory of 60 computers with modems, interview stations with
telephone headsets, a computer assisted telephone interview (CATI)
software, and printers, scanners, and other mail questionnaire and
data entry processing equipment. This facility is located at the
WSU Research Park and is staffed by over 150 students and non-student
interviewers, several supervisors, research managers, and programmers.
Another 20 interview stations are located in Wilson Hall and are
used for cognitive interviewing, development of internet questionnaires,
and other research activities.
The SESRC professional staff provide assistance in all phases of
survey research, and have experience and capabilities for conducting
telephone, mail, e-mail, Internet, and face-to-face interview surveys,
focus groups, data entry of written questionnaires, statistical
analysis of survey data, and preparation of research proposals and
project reports. Faculty and students from WSU's social, behavioral,
economic, and educational disciplines participate in SESRC projects.
Collaboration with other research centers and departments at WSU
lends a strong interdisciplinary emphasis to the work of the SESRC.
For further information about SESRC, contact us by calling (509)
335-1511, sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting our Web site.
State of Washington
Water Research Center
Federal legislation establishing the State of Washington Water Research
Center, along with the 54 other water research centers and institutes
throughout the United States and territories, outlines three major
(1) support of research in multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary
(2) assistance in the education and training of undergraduate and
graduate students toward degrees in water-related professions through
active participation in research projects; and
(3) dissemination of results of research and other current information
on water-related issues through the distribution of technical and
popular publications and through the sponsorship of conferences,
seminars, workshops, and other outreach activities.
The State of Washington Water Research Center was established in
1964 as a joint agency of Washington State University and the University
of Washington with the directorate located in Pullman, at the land-grant
university. Programs and policies of the center are determined by
the director with the assistance of Program Directors and the Joint
Scientific Committee, composed of faculty members from the states
universities and representatives from state and federal agencies.
Washington State University, the University of Washington, The Evergreen
State College, and the three regional universities have all participated
in the centers program through specific research projects,
making the center a truly statewide activity.
The center has fostered extensive research on Washington states
water-related problems. Much of this research is also of regional
and/or national significance. To date, nearly 450 projects have
been funded through the center and completed with technical reports
and journal articles distributed to the professional community and
appropriate agencies. Over 1000 undergraduate and graduate students
have been assisted in meeting their educational goals through their
work on these projects to become the water scientists and engineers
of today and tomorrow.
The research projects in the center, supported by the federal cooperative
program and other grants, may be basic or applied in nature, depending
upon the interests of the sponsor. The center does not maintain
a regular scientific or engineering staff, but instead coordinates
team activities and provides funds to individual investigators through
departments and research units of the states universities.
Further information regarding the program may be obtained by writing
the Director, State of Washington Water Research Center, Washington
State University, P.O. Box 643002, Pullman, WA 99164-3002, or by
calling (509) 335-5531.
WSU Center for NMR Spectroscopy
The WSU Center for NMR Spectroscopy is a central University facility,
currently with four NMR spectrometers: a Varian Mercury 300 routine
liquids NMR spectrometer; a Bruker Avance DRX-400 solid-state NMR
spectrometer, a Varian Inova gradient liquids NMR spectrometer,
and a Bruker Avance DRX-600 liquid-state and solid-state NMR spectrometer.
The Center is managed by a PhD-level Facility Manager, whose specialist
knowledge is in liquids NMR, and an Assistant Manager, whose specialist
knowledge is in solids NMR. Electronics support is provided by the
College of Sciences Technical Services. Also the NMR Center houses
an IBM SP2 16-processor parallel computer, with 2.4 Gb RAM and 40
Gb disk. This machine has parallel and serial versions of CHARMM,
XPLOR and the Biosym/MSI suite of programs, and is used solely by
the structural biology groups at WSU. The Center also has several
Silicon Graphics, Sun, and Linux workstations for off-line data
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