Welcome to "Tuesday Q&A," a weekly story where issues of broad topical interest are viewed through the lens of the research expertise of Western's faculty.
Western Washington University Professor of Biology Eric DeChaine in July received a three-year, $225,000 grant from the U.S. National Park Service’s Shared Beringian Heritage Program to document the diversity and distribution of plants across the North Pacific, including the Alaska Peninsula, the Aleutian Islands, and Kamchatka Russia, and how these arctic plants have been reacting to a planet that is growing ever warmer.
Over the last 30 years, the Collins family has collected college degrees the way some people collect postage stamps or rare coins.
The family of four has racked up nine degrees in total including two doctorates; seven of the degrees are from Western. Today, three members of the family also have careers at Western. While their long list of academic and professional accomplishments are undoubtedly impressive, the Collinses aren’t in it for the accolades; instead, they say they strive each day to serve as a success story for other families of color.
WWU Visual Journalism student Roisin Cowan-Kuist, an intern in the office of Communications and Marketing this quarter, will post her photographic insights into the student experience at WWU here each weekday.
Alaska attorney Mark Choate, a Western Washington University alumnus, addressed WWU graduates and their families at the Fall Commencement ceremony on Saturday in Carver Gymnasium. About 758 undergraduate and 32 master’s students graduated from Western; congratulations Vikings!
WWU images by Dan Levine
The Western Washington University Cyber Competition team competed against 70 other colleges and universities in the Department of Energy Competition at the Pacific Northwest National Lab in Richland on Dec. 1.
The team placed first in Washington state, second in the Pacific Northwest and sixth nationally.
John Krieg has been named director of Western’s new Office of Institutional Effectiveness, said Brent Carbajal, WWU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
Western Washington University Professor of English Laura Laffrado has received the 2018 Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) Edition award for her book, “Selected Writings of Ella Higginson: Inventing Pacific Northwest Literature.”
Laffrado was presented the award in early November at the SSAWW conference in Denver.
At the conference, Laffrado was honored for her outstanding contribution to the study of American women writers. Laffrado began work on her book a few years ago and was nominated for the award by her publisher.
Western Washington University’s Wilson Library will host the first "Showcase of Undergraduate Research in the Humanities" from 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30 in the Reading Room.
The showcase will host 28 sections of English 101 (Writing Your Way through Western) and three sections of English 302 (Technical and Professional Writing). Nearly 350 posters will be on display throughout the day, highlighting diverse undergraduate research.
When Hailey Fagerness of Snohomish was a senior in high school and taking AP calculus, she struggled with deciding what college to go to and what to study.
“I looked at the classes I was taking and what I had taken that I liked,” she said. “I liked calculus and I liked math, which is something most people don’t gravitate toward. “A big reason I fell into the Math major here stemmed from me liking math and just saying, ‘why not?’"