Features & Highlights

Book cover shows a brig under full sail under a red moon
Published Tuesday, January 4, 2022 - 9:45am

Western Washington University Associate Professor of History Jared Hardesty’s newest book, “Mutiny on the Rising Sun: A Tragic Tale of Slavery, Smuggling, and Chocolate,” published by NYU Press last October, tells the story of one ship, its crew of smugglers, and the mutiny that overtook the vessel…

Info Fair gets under way in Red Square
Published Monday, December 13, 2021 - 11:30am

Dear WWU Faculty and Staff, As we look forward to a well-earned holiday break, I wish to express my gratitude for your exemplary work and empathetic actions of so many that have characterized our fall 2021 quarter.  I know there have been challenges, and some of you have felt them more…

Five container ships pass through a body of water next to a city
Published Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 10:31am

Supply chain disruptions and labor shortages have been making news for months, but how are these challenges affecting work at Western? Across campus, in Capital Planning and Development (CPD), Facilities Management (FM), and Procurement, seemingly random shortages and unpredictable supply chain…

A rectangular gray building is under construction next to a racing track
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…

Chris Bianco looks at the camera solemnly; behind him are the seats from a concert hall
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…

Lee Maracle smiles at the camera as snow falls around her
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. Raised in Vancouver and a member of the Stó:lō Nation, Maracle was an award-winning writer, poet, teacher, and advocate for Indigenous women, children,…

Fred Wilson relaxes in his studio
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…

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

Welcome to the 2021-2022 winter weather season! Last year we got off pretty light in comparison to other years, but as we all know, what happened last year has little to do with what might happen this year. One thing we can always expect is something unusual! This year, the first new wrinkle…

Jeff Carroll sits on the corner of his desk, looking at the camera
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…

Alia Khan kneels in the snow in Antarctica to get a sample; behind her is a huge ridge of ice that comes down to the water's edge
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…