Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson Wang Symposium Keynote Address at Pacific Lutheran University March 8th, 2018 Bob Ferguson is Washington State’s 18th Attorney General. As the state’s chief legal officer, Bob is committed to protecting the people of Washington against powerful interests that don’t play by the rules. He is a fourth-generation Washingtonian, a graduate of the University of Washington and New York University law school.
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Heidi Schutz, assistant professor of biology, and her two student assistants are are studying populations of three-spined stickleback fish (Gasterosteus aculeatus). They are about the size of an index finger and live throughout the Northern Hemisphere. They are similar to salmon, in that they live mostly in marine environments but travel to freshwater to spawn. However there are several populations that live out their lives in rivers or lakes close to the ocean. Their behavior, biology and body shape or skeletons shift depending on their environment, Schutz said. These various environments are ideal for studying how the sexes evolve differently.
Tarka Wilcox, assistant professor of geosciences, has traded the lab for mountain biking, cliffside rappelling and drones. Luckily for him, his two student research assistants have former military experience, perfect for their treks through Western Washington.
Katie Gardiner ’18, is one of the summer research assistants for Dean Waldow, professor of chemistry. Gardiner is working alongside Jacob Finney ’18 to build better, safer batteries.
Renzhi Cao and his team are working on applying machine learning to bioinformatics. They are writing an algorithm that will take huge amounts of data on protein sequences and produce conclusions, notice patterns and speed up analysis for scientists to use. It is a little bit of biology, statistics, mathematics and computer science. One application of this research is more efficient pharmaceutical drug design.