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What do the Pavilion, St. Charles's Parish in Spokane and the Steam Plant have in common? They’re all one-of-a-kind feats of architecture and engineering, says a Gonzaga professor who recently co-authored a paper on an iconic Spokane structure.

Joshua Schultz is a professor of civil engineering at Gonzaga University who recently co-authored a paper about the roof of St. Charles's Parish. Buildings on the church property recently caught fire, but the sanctuary and church structure itself received little damage.

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Researchers are looking into all kinds of quality-of-life issues for people as they age. And now that kind of work is extending into the canine realm.

Washington State University researchers are looking into about how your dog can live a better life.

The Dog Aging Project is a joint effort by WSU and several other higher education institutions.

WSU Researcher Dr. Lynne Nelson says the project is investigating questions about genetics, canine cognition, cardiology and age-related mobility.

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A Washington laboratory has been granted the first cannabis research license in the state.

Verda Bio Research in Seattle has been granted a license to produce marijuana for study.

Verda CEO Jessica Tonani says it’s a big deal, as very little research is done anywhere in the U.S. on different properties of cannabis.

WSU Researchers To Examine Decision Making While Tired

May 24, 2018
Washington State University

Washington State University sleep researchers are keeping plenty busy this summer.

Three weeks ago we told you about a new study into whether nurses who work 12-hour shifts, especially overnight, become too fatigued to safely do their jobs.

Now, Professor Hans Van Dongen is leading a team that has a received a new Defense Department grant — $2.8 million — to study this question.


Portable devices that monitor different aspects of our health are becoming more common. We can measure how our bodies perform as we live our daily lives. And now new sensors have been devised to monitor how we function when we sleep.

Washington State University Spokane researcher Devon Grant is testing the effectiveness of one of these new devices for insomniacs.

Sleep Becoming A More Visible Topic With The Public

Nov 22, 2017
Washington State University

Scientists are trying to understand why animals, including human beings, sleep. There’s more to it than just simply resting a tired body.

Researchers at the Sleep and Performance Research Center at Washington State University Spokane (above) are wrestling with some of its basic mechanisms. They’re also testing their hypotheses about how tired people perform in industries such as policing and transportation.

A San Francisco researcher who studies how childhood hardships affect the health of people going forward is coming to Spokane Wednesday to speak at her alma mater. Dr. Nicole Bush has been named the first distinguished alumni researcher at Gonzaga’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Integrity.

Inland Journal, Sept. 14, 2017

Sep 14, 2017

Inland Journal for September 14, 2017

    ▪    This week on Inland Journal, we look back on Wednesday’s fatal shooting at Freeman High School and hear the message of despair and hope from one of the vigils held in response.
    ▪    We’ll meet University of Washington cancer researcher Nora Disis, who will speak about cancer vaccines tonight at Gonzaga University. Dr. Disis leads a group of scientists who hope to develop vaccines that would prevent us from contracting some of the most common forms of cancer.
    ▪    And we’ll talk with Lisa Brown, a longtime Spokane politician, who recently announced she’s challenging eastern Washington U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers for her congressional seat.

UW Researcher Talks Cancer Vaccines

Sep 14, 2017
Photo courtesy of Gonzaga University

We’re familiar with vaccines for chicken pox and polio and other diseases. Nora Disis (DEE-suss) is developing vaccines for cancer. Dr. Disis is the associate dean for translational health sciences and a professor of medicine at the University of Washington.

Five scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have concluded that Earth is on the cusp of warming at unprecedented rates. In a paper published this week in Nature Climate Change, the lead researcher, Doctor Steven Smith, said "Essentially the world is entering a new regime - changing at a rate that natural processes might not be able to keep up with".

Gonzaga Students Lead in Porous Paving Study

Feb 26, 2015
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Some Gonzaga University engineering students won't have far to go to do field testing in an unusual new lab. The experiments will be conducted right outside the university's front door, on Sharp Avenue.

The City of Spokane and Gonzaga have hooked up to test porous pavement as a way to limit storm water runoff which finds its way into the Spokane River at the university's back door.