General Stories

Published Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 9:27am

Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Chemistry Tim Kowalczyk has been awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to research predictive modeling of photoactive materials.

Published Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:27am

Students Regina O’Kelley (Environmental Science, Seattle, pictured at right) and Roslyn Martin (Biology, Federal Way) are spending the summer researching how light levels and soil biota interact to affect the growth of an invasive plant, spotted knapweed.

Associate Professor of Environmental Science Rebecca Bunn is the faculty advisor for O’Kelley and Martin.

Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 9:05am

This summer, Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Marco Hatch is taking to the islands of the Pacific Northwest to study clam gardens.

“Clam gardens are intertidal areas that indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest have historically cultivated to harvest shellfish,” said Hatch.

Clam gardens are terraced in order to create ideal conditions, similarly to how farmers terrace hills to grow more grapes.

Published Monday, July 10, 2017 - 11:04am

Throughout the last school year, many students pondered an essential question: Who is "Rebel Whiteboard," the artist creating the beautiful dot art on the university’s whiteboards?

The answer to that question: Rebel Whiteboard is a rising sophomore aspiring to be a Design major named Brandon Doak, and his anonymity was a conscious choice.

“You could call it theatricality,” said Doak. “I guess it is more exciting to have the art be the focus as opposed to me.”

Published Monday, July 10, 2017 - 9:41am

Five students from Western Washington University’s Industrial Design program received recognition and $6,000 in scholarships for their furniture designs for small spaces as part of the annual Mount Baker Plywood Furniture Design Competition.

Published Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 10:53am

Western Washington University Professor of Environmental Science David Shull will work alongside the Washington Department of Ecology this summer to sample from 25 sites in Bellingham Bay, the beginning of a multi-year process to attempt to answer one question: How is Puget Sound changing?

Published Monday, June 12, 2017 - 2:00pm

About 2,045 students graduated from Western Washington University in three ceremonies June 10 when Commencement returned to Carver Academic Facility, which is nearing the end of a 2-year renovation.

The ceremony marked the first time Carver Academic Facility was open since renovation work began in August 2015. Only the gymnasium portion of the building was open, and the building is once again closed to the public so work can continue. Carver is expected to be completed in time for the start of fall quarter in late September.

Published Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 10:45am

Editor’s note: The following article was written as an assignment in Regina Barber DeGraaff and Melissa Rice’s PHYS 497: Science Communication course by senior Physics major Holly Christenson.


Western Washington University student Martin Fernandez, a graduating senior in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, uses telescopes to see what the human eye cannot: pairs of stars that orbit each other too closely to be distinguished visually.

Published Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 9:12am

Western Washington University President Sabah Randhawa yesterday signed an open letter to the international community in support of the Paris Climate Agreement and to endorse local, state and governmental action on climate change and carbon reduction.

Randhawa joined more than 180 other university presidents, 125 mayors, nine governors and almost 1,000 businesses in signing the Grand Coalition Statement on the Paris Agreement.

Published Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 10:02am

WWU Rowing overcame a determined charge from Central Okahoma to capture its eighth national championship on Sunday on Lake Mercer in Windsor, New Jersey, capping one of the best years in the history of Viking athletics and marking the first time the program had ever won two team-sport national championships in the same season, after Women's Soccer won in the fall. Thirteen out of 15 programs advanced to the national-tournament level, the most ever.