Students from Western Washington University’s chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) attended the 2017 SACNAS national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah last month.
“There is a compelling intimacy to the handling of skeletal remains,” said Ellen Hallingstad, a Western senior in the Honors Program who is hoping to do graduate work next year at England’s Sheffield University.
No, Ellen doesn’t plan to be a grave robber. Rather, she wants to earn a doctorate in Bioarcheology, which is the study of human remains in an archeological context.
Ian Vincent, Men’s Resiliency specialist with Western’s Counseling Center, by his own admission didn’t come to Western as a student in 2012 feeling super-focused or driven.
In fact, it was just the opposite.
After stints at two community colleges and the Art Institute of Seattle, Vincent moved into Nash with an idea to do some scholarship around comparative religions, but really just planned to sort of wing it and see how things panned out.
Faculty members in Western Washington University’s Engineering and Design Department have been awarded a pair of grants totaling over $160,000 by Washington’s Joint Center for Aerospace Innovation.
The Early Childhood Education teacher preparation program in Western's Woodring College of Education and the Associated Students' Child Development Center (CDC) have a longstanding collaborative partnership to engage in the understanding of principles and practices in early childhood education. One of the projects this term in the ECE 434: Environments for Young Children class is to design and materials for the classroom to support children’s knowledge and skills related to scientific thinking and to support children’s ability to represent their thinking.
Western Washington University students Stephanie Mason of Bellingham and Ted Weber of Shoreline won first and second place, respectively, at the Association for Computing Machinery’s ACM Student Research Competition in Orlando, Florida last month.
Shannon Point Marine Center Art interns Abby Kuchar and Ruby Jones have created "Disintegration," an exhibit of their work meant to focus attention on the increasing acidification of the Salish Sea that is running through Nov. 9 in the WWU B Gallery, a student-run exhibition space within the Fine Arts Building on Western's campus. A reception for the exhibit will take place from 5-7 p.m.on Wednesday, Nov. 8 in the B Gallery.
Jim Helfield is in a race against time, and he knows it.
Helfield, an associate professor of Environmental Science at Western Washington University, is researching ways improve the habitat for spring- and summer-run Chinook salmon on the South Fork of Whatcom County’s Nooksack River. Also known as king salmon, Chinook are the largest Pacific salmon species, growing to sizes upwards of 100 pounds in some rivers.
Last summer, WWU students from the College of Business and Economics and Western's IDEA Institute attended a study abroad in China as part of the MGMT 337 course. The course was a focused cultural and business class, delivered in English by destination university professors, and was a joint entrepreneurship-oriented project providing an opportunity for students to interact closely with university students in Shanghai.
WWU Honors Program student Alisa Aist spent last summer at a remote biological research station on Kodiak Island, Alaska working as a Fish and Wildlife Technician, or "fish tech," for the state of Alaska. Aist, who is a Biology major with a Marine Biology emphasis, made a video of her summer job, her duties, and the beautiful surroundings. To watch the video, go here. We caught up with Alisa after her return to campus and asked her a few questions about her summer.