General Stories

Published Friday, August 10, 2018 - 10:39am

On the edge of Cidade de Deus, or City of God, one of Rio de Janeiro’s most infamous neighborhoods, Western assistant professor of Geology and Physics/Astronomy Melissa Rice spent a week this summer teaching young students about space exploration and the importance of science and education.

During the middle of one teaching session, automatic gunfire crackled through City of God, just a few blocks away. This isn’t like any classroom at Western.

Published Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 10:40am

When WWU Professor of Environmental Sciences Andy Bunn isn't doing field work into his research in carbon cycling, in the classroom with his students at Western, or home with his wife, WWU Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences Rebecca Bunn and their family, odds are you will find him sitting down with friends, his guitar in his lap, picking on a few bluegrass tunes or performing locally in one of two bluegrass bands. 

Published Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 10:10am

Western’s formula-car racing team, WWU Racing, came in 10th place at Formula SAE Lincoln at the Airpark in Lincoln, Nebraska June 20 - 23. This year more than 65 teams from around the globe took part in the competition.

Published Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 11:31am

As an 11-year-old growing up in Seattle, Western Washington University Professor of Biology Merrill Peterson was absolutely captivated by insects.

By the time he was a teenager, he was regularly attending entomological meetings and going on collecting expeditions with mentors that included Jon Pelham, curator of butterflies at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum, and Sharon Collman, one of the founders of the national Master Gardener program.

Published Monday, August 6, 2018 - 9:01am

Once there were thousands, now there are hundreds.

The number of marine birds in Salish Sea have been greatly reduced over recent decades, according to research by John Bower, a professor at Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Bower’s research reveals an alarming drop in many seabird populations; since 1979, 25 out of the 37 species he surveyed have shown population declines. Out of those 25 species, 12 of them lost more than 60 percent of their populations between 1979 and 2005.

Published Friday, August 3, 2018 - 10:31am

When WWU Professor of Environmental Science and Director of the Institute of Environmental Toxicology Wayne Landis isn't teaching, working to unravel the ethical boundaries of genetic testing, or helping state agencies understand the impacts of industrial toxins, there's a good chance he is in the air somewhere, flying in his beloved Cessna from Point A to Point B, with a smile on his

Published Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 10:19am

Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI), in collaboration with Whatcom Council of Governments, is conducting a two-part survey data collection of the four Canadian border crossings in the county: Pacific Highway, Peace Arch, Lynden and Sumas. The goal behind the research is to determine who is crossing the border and why.

Published Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 2:32pm

Dozens of Western Washington University students have received Outstanding Graduate honors for the 2017-18 academic year.

Outstanding Graduate Students are selected by their programs for their achievements in several areas, including research, leadership, teaching, academics, service and promise for the future.

This year’s Outstanding Graduate Students include:

 

Chloe Allmand
English Studies

Published Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 10:47am

Dozens of Western Washington University students have received Outstanding Graduate honors for the 2017-18 academic year.

Faculty members from dozens of academic departments and programs select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.

The graduates were recognized at spring Commencement June 16.

This year’s Outstanding Graduates include:

Published Monday, July 23, 2018 - 11:21am

Requesting funding from research grants via the National Science Foundation (NSF) is usually a painstaking, yearlong process.

But when an extreme event occurs – such as the opening up of huge new vents in the southeastern flank of the Kilauea volcano on the big island of Hawaii, and the subsequent lava flows that have destroyed hundreds of homes in the communities of Leilani Estates and Kapoho south of Hilo – the NSF can bring funds to bear quickly, if scientists can be nimble enough to present a sound proposal.

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