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Life Sciences: WSU Researchers Solving Real-World Problems

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Housed in a truly beautiful building on Washington State University’s Pullman campus, the School of Biological Sciences —one of WSU’s life sciences specialties—looks like the kind of place where breakthroughs happen. A massive building with majestic windows and state-of-the-art lab technology, SBS is teeming with students in white coats who are, by their own mission, working to change their community—and the world.

This is the mission statement of the School of Biological Sciences:

The mission of the School of Biological Sciences is to advance and convey fundamental biological knowledge about how organisms function, interact, and evolve in a changing world—information that is critical to confront pressing problems facing our society. Faculty, students, and staff in the School are involved in this mission, which is achieved through effort in education, research, and public outreach.

In this way, SBS—and all of the life sciences programming at WSU—are a model for the larger mission of WSU: To be both a top-tier educational institution, and a steward for innovation, growth, and problem-solving.

Life Sciences: What Do They Do?

WSU offers a variety of academic programming  that could be considered “life sciences.” Medical students, researchers on gender, sexuality, and reproductive health, and those who work in agriculture, biology and chemistry may all fall under the life sciences umbrella. Which means that WSU students around the state (and the country!) are covering a lot of ground – literally.

Scientific developments impact all of us each and every day. In WSU’s many life sciences pursuits, students and researchers are working toward developing new drug treatments, improvements in food science and safety and agricultural practices, breakthroughs in veterinary care and global health, and exciting new ways to administer necessary health care.

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A grant for studying heart disease on a molecular level? They’ve got that.

Workshops for local farmers dealing with pests like beavers? Check.

Pasture management and drought resistance to ensure a safe, abundant, and affordable food supply? Definitely.

WSU researchers have made the news for isolating a gene that might indicate why some people have trouble sleeping, determining factors that lead to workplace happiness, solving major environmental problems related to the recycling of materials, and figuring out why ripe fruit makes the best wine.

The life sciences education that WSU students receive and the research they help conduct doesn’t end when they get their cap and gown, either. For more than a decade, WSU has been invested in biotechnology, helping to mint a new generation of STEM professionals with career-ready degrees in these essential fields.

Why WSU is the place for life sciences

These life-saving, world-changing innovations aren’t possible without the generous support of alumni, donors, and the funding by the Washington state legislature and U.S. Congress. It’s costly and time-consuming to spend years laboring over tiny particles and bacteria, and often, the results—though astounding—do take time and effort to make discoveries that lead to innovation.

For this reason, WSU needs public investments to continue to educate the next generation of scientists (while working with and supporting local farmers, pharmacists, and field researchers). To achieve these goals, WSU needs the support of the community—and we need lawmakers to understand how closely we work with the communities WSU serves

Higher education makes a difference—in the lives of students, in our communities, and in the world. Join WSU Impact to lend your support and ensure that top-tier education is available and accessible for generations to come.

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