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WSU Undergraduate Research Heats Up while Students Cool Down Computers

MEDIA CONTACT: Jared Brickman, Communications Assistant, Office of Undergraduate Education at WSU, 509-335-8070, UCHCCommMar.4@wsu.edu

SOURCE: Partha P. Pande, Professor, EECS, 509-335-5223, pande@eecs.wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash. — Behind the quiet whir of our computers and beneath the flashing screens of our cell phones lies hardware soaking up power and giving off heat. That can be a major problem – one to the tune of 100 billion kilowatt hours of energy used each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Ten undergraduates from around the country, including four from Washington State University, are working on projects this summer with WSU faculty and graduate students in Pullman to tackle the issue of power efficiency in computing through a National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU).

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WSU Horticulturist Dhingra Planting the Seeds for Undergraduate Research

MEDIA CONTACT: Jared Brickman, Communications Assistant, Office of Undergraduate Education at WSU, 509-335-8070, UCHCCommMar.4@wsu.edu

SOURCE: Amit Dhingra, Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, 509-335-3625, adhingra@wsu.edu

PULLMAN, Wash. — From savoring the distinctive, flavorful crunch of an apple to eyeing the plump, crimson cherries adorning mouth-watering summer produce displays, people love fruit. But few perhaps know fruit like Washington State University horticulturist Amit Dhingra, who looks beyond the pits and leaves into the genome of these sweet treats.

“A genome is kind of like the map to a city,” says Dhingra, an associate scientist and professor in the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences at WSU. “If you need to buy a book, you use the map to find a bookstore. If you need to find which gene will protect a plant from a virus or make it more efficient at using nutrients, you use the genome.”

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