Welcome to the 2021-2022 winter weather season!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 Washington University (then called New Whatcom Normal School) in 1906.
Western is excited to announce plans for in-person commencement Saturday, December 11, 2021 for summer and fall graduates.
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.
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 rover landed in February.
Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research and scholarship across a variety of fields. Each week, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in scholarly work at the University. Interested in reading in-depth stories about science and research at Western? Want more research news? Follow @WWUResearch on Twitter.
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