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It was the summer of 2019, and WWU student Haley Holliday – then a Chemistry undergrad and now a Chemistry graduate student – was on crutches after ankle surgery following a rock-climbing injury, and was feeling a little sorry for herself.  

She stopped by the office of Assistant…

The team’s work is part of the small but growing field of snow algae research. The scientists hope to figure out what allows snow algae to thrive, and where it’s most likely to live. The Living Snow Project, a citizen science…

When I arrived in the Methow Valley on a late June afternoon, there was no way I could have predicted the experience I was about to undergo. Driving down Highway 20 through the North Cascades was mesmerizing, and with every tree I passed, so did my excitement for the possibility and opportunity…

This week is National Geography Awareness Week! The Environmental Studies Department is hosting two free events open to all students, with no previous experience necessary. Please join us to celebrate the significance of space and place and the power of spatial knowledge! We will have a…

The Western Washington University Honors College invites proposals for not fewer than 24 seminars to be offered during the 2023-2024 academic year. Honors Seminars are junior/senior-level courses and may be on any subject; interdisciplinary proposals are strongly encouraged. Seminars are small,…

In June 1969, Cleveland's Cuyahoga River, polluted with oil and chemicals from the city's steel mills, caught fire, and the images of city fire crews fighting a river so fouled with pollution that it could actually catch fire set in motion what would become in 1972 the Clean Water Act, federal…

WWU also sees gains in Graduate School, Honors College enrollment

 

Recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Western Washington University’s fall enrollment is showing strong signs of a return to pre-pandemic levels with the largest incoming first-year cohort – 3,225 new…

WWU is coordinating the 2023 Salmon Recovery Conference on April 18 and 19, 2023 in Vancouver, Washington, and event organizers are calling for abstracts through Oct. 28.

The theme of this year’s conference is "A Shared Future," which reflects the desire to hear broad…

The plentiful seaweed off the shores of Fidalgo and other surrounding islands has concentrated contaminants, according to a study published recently by a team at Western Washington University.

It's the same seaweed that is often eaten by area tribal members and kayakers looking for a…

The toxicity levels of seaweed at two Skagit County sites were included in a Salish Sea study done by Western Washington University researchers

The study, published in the scientific journal PLoS One on Sept. 23, looked at three species of edible seaweed at 43 Salish…

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