In this Q&A, WWU Professor of Biology Craig Moyer breaks down the mechanical processes of how your greatest ally in the battle to stay healthy this spring - soap - is the enemy a virus never wants to see coming.
Staying at home may not feel like a heroic act but is saving lives. Our essential workers at Western and beyond are on the front lines of maintaining our community’s wellbeing, and many other people are at a higher risk for serious and life-threatening illness due to Covid-19. They are counting on the rest of us to Stay Home, Stay Healthy.
Office of University Communications spring Visual Journalism interns Cody Clark and Hannah Gordon-Kirk will spend their quarter documenting through images the most unique and challenging academic term in Western's history. They will use their cameras to shed light on the online-only campus experience, and show Western's resilience and sense of community in the face of the coronavirus crisis.
Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Health and Human Development Steve Bennett is an epidemiologist who has responded to outbreaks across the globe, from South Sudan (see image) to tracking HIV in Kenya and the spread of food-borne illness in Minnesota. Western Today recently chatted with Bennett about how epidemiologists track down and mitigate outbreaks such as the coronavirus, and what each of us can do to limit its spread.
With the entire world gripped in a crisis about a virus most of us had never heard of a month ago, Western Today had a conversation with Western's own virologist, Associate Professor of Chemistry Gerry Prody, about viruses, how they work, and how we can all best protect ourselves.
Western Today: Many folks lump viruses and bacteria into one box, because they can both do the same thing - make us feel sick. What are differences between the two?
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Western's new Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISB) will add essential teaching labs and active learning classrooms to meet the growing need for degree programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. Flexible spaces will allow for shared use and greater interaction and collaboration among STEM and non-STEM disciplines, support the Washington state goal of increasing STEM graduates, and reduce barriers to fulfilling completion requirements.
Two years ago, Associate Professor of Environmental Science John McLaughlin filled a void in what was being offered to the seniors in his department: he felt they needed an opportunity for a capstone experience they would remember for the rest of their lives.
Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Political Science Rudy Alamillo recently chatted with Western Today about his field of research, which focuses on how white political candidates are successful (or not) at engaging with Hispanic voters and turning that engagement into votes.
Western Today: Your research focuses on understanding how non-Hispanic White candidates appeal (or don’t appeal) to Hispanic voters. How did you get interested in this field of study?
Most people associate cameras with photography, but Western Washington University Associate Professor of Biology Sandra Schulze takes her photos with a scanner, and does it so well that she just traveled to the United Kingdom to accept an international award for her work.