General Stories

Published Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 12:08pm

Western’s newest academic building, the Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISB), is making good progress toward its expected opening in Spring Quarter 2022. The ISB will feature teaching labs for Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Marine and Coastal Science (MACS), along with flex lab spaces and active learning classrooms.

Published Monday, November 29, 2021 - 11:56am

A $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation will put equity and inclusion into action — and the classroom — for Western’s programs in science, technology, engineering and math.

Published Friday, November 19, 2021 - 11:30am

Western Washington University Professor of Music Christopher Bianco has accepted an invitation from Provost Brent Carbajal to serve a fixed-term appointment as the new dean of WWU’s College of Fine and Performing Arts, effective Nov. 5; he will serve as dean until the national search for the permanent position is completed next year.  

Bianco takes over for Kit Spicer, who is retiring from the university. 

Published Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 9:30am

The Center for Canadian-American Studies and Canada House Programs mourn the recent passing of Lee Maracle and celebrate her extraordinary life.

Published Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - 9:26am

Internationally acclaimed artist Fred Wilson will install two large glass chandelier sculptures created in collaboration with the Murano glass company in Venice inside the Viking Union this week.

Wilson is renowned for his interdisciplinary practice that challenges assumptions of history, culture, race, and conventions of display. By reframing objects and cultural symbols, he alters traditional interpretations, encouraging viewers to reconsider social and historical narratives.

Published Monday, November 8, 2021 - 10:48am

Welcome to the 2021-2022 winter weather season!

Published Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 9:56am

With COVID vaccines in the news on a daily basis, the average person is more familiar with the process of drug trials than ever. 

Months if not years of drug development. Thousands of people in trials for months more. FDA panels for approval, and even that was accelerated with federal funding and fast-tracking because of the pandemic. 

But what if you’re the only person in America with your disease? What hope would you have of finding a treatment? 

Published Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 11:22am

Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Alia Khan has been awarded a five-year, $1.2 million CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation to continue ongoing international collaborations with scientists from the Chilean Antarctic Program to evaluate the role of temperature, light absorbing particles, snow-algae growth, and their impacts on snow and ice melt in the Western Antarctic Peninsula.

Published Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 11:21am

Western Today reached out to Amy Westmoreland, Western's new director of Multicultural Student Services, as she slowly but surely made her way across the country from Pennsylvania for her first day on campus on Nov. 1. We tracked Amy down somewhere outside of Fargo, North Dakota as she drove west towards that night's stop in Billings, Montana, and she filled us in on why she is so excited to get to campus, what she sees as the main challenges ahead, and the messages she has for the students she will be working with.

Published Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 10:47am

On a typical morning, the high-pitched caws of gulls and the constant roar of the salty Salish Sea waves would be a formidable foe to any other noise. But today, they pale in comparison to the animated chatter of the students arriving at Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes.