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Published Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 11:17am

Editor's note: Trying to find new ways to gather data is never easy - and as Geology student Keeley Chiasson explains in this story, it's a process of trial and error, of learning to overcome frustration and dead ends, and, hopefully at the end, a feeling of reward and accomplishment.


March 2018

We drove up logging roads on the Van Zandt dike, based in the foothills of the North Cascades, Washington. Several turns seemed to lead nowhere. When we reached a dead end, Geoff turned off the car.

Published Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 11:45am

Western Washington University will award a posthumous honorary bachelor’s degree at spring commencement Saturday, June 15 to James K. Okubo, a Medal of Honor recipient and former Western Washington College of Education student who was unable to finish his degree because his family was incarcerated during World War II along with about 120,000 West Coast residents of Japanese ancestry.

The degree will be presented at commencement Saturday, June 15, at 8:45 a.m. Tickets are required to attend the ceremony, which will also be livestreamed at

Published Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:47am

Western Washington University President Sabah Randhawa will honor seven graduates as Presidential Scholars during Commencement on Saturday, June 15.

Presidential Scholar awards honor top students in six colleges for their exceptional scholarship and service to the university and community.

Randhawa will present each of the following Presidential Scholars with a medallion:


Jona Paulreti Akelipa

College of Business and Economics

Published Friday, May 24, 2019 - 10:50am

Western junior Risa Askerooth’s commitment to environmental justice on and off campus has led to Western’s first Udall Undergraduate Scholarship winner in more than a decade.

Published Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 2:36pm

WWU junior Darby Finnegan’s passion for marine life and hard work has led her to become Western’s first Barry Goldwater Scholarship award winner since 2007.

The incredibly competitive $7,500 scholarship is awarded to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering, and is awarded to fewer than 10 percent of those who even qualify to be part of the rigorous application process.

Finnegan said she was honored to be Western’s first Goldwater recipient in more than 10 years.

Published Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 11:25am

Contact: Dennis Matthews, Map Collection Manager, Western Washington University Libraries, (360) 650-3272, or

Melissa Rice, Assistant Professor of Planetary Science at Western Washington University,  will give a talk called “Mapping Mars: Our Evolving Vision of the Red Planet - Part II” on Tuesday, May 28 at 4 p.m. at Western Washington University in the Map Collection, located in Wilson Library Room 290. This event is free and open to the public.

Published Monday, May 13, 2019 - 10:23am

Computer Vision - the field of research surrounding the effort to give computers the ability to perceive the world through images - is becoming a bigger part of our daily lives, from facial-recognition security on smartphones to content-based image search. Western Today talked with WWU Assistant Professor of Computer Science Scott Wehrwein about his research in Computer Vision and how it could continue to impact our lives in the years ahead.


Published Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 9:55am

Western Washington University’s Scholars Week, an annual celebration of the research and scholarly work done by the university’s undergraduate and graduate students, is set for the week of May 13-17.

The undergraduate and graduate Scholars Showcase will be held in Carver Gym B from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, and will feature the work of 119 undergraduates and 58 graduate students. The campus community is invited to attend, browse the posters, and chat with students about their research.

Published Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 10:27am

There isn’t much Western Washington University cybersecurity student Kim Huynh hasn’t managed to accomplish in the last four months.

In January she started Western’s chapter of Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering and bringing together women from academia, research and industry to share in their experiences and help to further play a role in the future of cybersecurity.

Published Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 11:59am

The inaugural E-Higgy Doggy Dash: 5k Fun Run/Walk was held last Sunday, with all participants winding their way through campus to raise funds for the Whatcom Humane Society. Well done, dashers!