General Stories

Published Sunday, April 5, 2020 - 2:31pm

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.

Published Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 11:51am

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.

Published Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 1:16pm

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?

Published Friday, March 20, 2020 - 11:36am

Looking for Western's central hub of coronavirus resources, information, messaging, and Frequenty Asked Questions? It's right here:

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Published Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 11:33am

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.

Published Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 1:22pm

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.

Published Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 11:32am

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?

Published Friday, February 21, 2020 - 10:01am

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.

Published Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 10:53am

Alaskan author, 1995 Western alumna and Pulitzer Prize finalist Eowyn Ivey will visit campus March 6 as part of Whatcom READS 2020.

Published Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 9:47am

A new exhibition of photographs in celebration of Black History Month will be on display beginning February 6 through March 2, 2020 in multiple locations throughout Western Washington University. The exhibition is entitled "I Am Black History, Herstory, Hxstoryand features students, staff, and faculty of Western.