Features & Highlights

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…

amy smiles at camera
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…

Students walk towards a stony beach in the Salish Sea
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…

Published Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 11:59am

The official dedication of Western's first new residence hall in over 40 years was held on Thursday, Oct. 7 in the multipurpose room of Alma Clark Glass Hall. In December 2020, the WWU Board of Trustees approved the naming of this residence hall after the first Black student to attend Western…

A WWU student smiles and raises her fist in triumph after receiving her diploma at commencement
Published Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 12:28pm

Western is excited to announce plans for in-person commencement Saturday, December 11, 2021 for summer and fall graduates.   We are delighted to return to celebrating our graduates in-person, with an audience that is fully vaccinated or tested for COVID-19. Western continues to monitor…

book cover for "Curious about George", with a yellow hat on the ground in front of palm trees
Published Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 10:35am

When Rae Lynn Schwartz-DuPre, Western Professor of Communication Studies and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, pulled out the first Curious George book to read to her children, she found herself awestruck. “When I first read that book to my two young children, it became evident that this was…

the Perseverance rover takes a selfie on Mars
Published Monday, October 11, 2021 - 1:31pm

For the next few weeks, Mars and Earth are on "in conjunction" - on opposite sides of the sun, meaning that the work being done by the Mars rover Perseverance, and all the scientists who monitor its daily work including Western's Melissa Rice - are finally getting their first real break since the…