Researchers see more West Nile virus in orchards

January 2013, WSU News Washington State University researchers have linked orchards and vineyards with a greater prevalence of West Nile virus in mosquitoes and the insects’ ability to spread the virus to birds, horses and people. The finding, reported in the latest issue of the journal PLOS ONE, is the most finely scaled look at… » More ...

‘Composing the New Classroom’ series

Series begins January 16 PULLMAN, Wash. - Teaching with effective communications tools, and ascertaining what students have learned, is the focus of an eight-part spring seminar series created for faculty members at Washington State University. It begins Jan. 16, and concludes with a guest expert workshop and lecture May 8. "Composing the New Classroom: The… » More ...

A Mechanism of Extreme Growth and Reliable Signaling in Sexually Selected Ornaments and Weapons

August 17, 2013 | Science Magazine Many male animals wield ornaments or weapons of exaggerated proportions. We propose that increased cellular sensitivity to signaling through the insulin/insulin-like growth factor (IGF) pathway may be responsible for the extreme growth of these structures. We document how rhinoceros beetle horns, a sexually selected weapon, are more sensitive to… » More ...