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Published Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 1:05pm

In his final year at Western in 2018, Industrial Design student Scotty Paton received the prompt from Professor Del King for his capstone project: “Act like an entrepreneur and design something that matters.”

Published Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 1:04pm

The Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival will feature 18 short and full-length films on Western Washington University’s campus between Feb. 22 and March 2 at Fairhaven College Auditorium (FCA), Academic West 204 (AW) and Communications Facility 115 (CF).

Free and open to the public, these films will explore critical human rights issues with the goal of promoting thoughtful dialog about the dilemmas facing us today.


Friday, Feb. 22

Disaster Capitalism (52 min) 7 p.m. (FCA):

Published Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 11:21am

In this edition of Tuesday Q&A, Western Today chatted with WWU historian Hunter Price and political scientist Todd Donovan about one of the most divisive features of our Democracy: the Electoral College. Only five presidents have been elected even after losing the popular vote, but two of those are since 2000: George W. Bush and Donald Trump.

Is the Electoral College an archaic remnant of our post-Revolution past or a vital cog in our election process? Read on, and decide for yourself.


Published Friday, January 25, 2019 - 10:11am

Western Washington University students Celida Moran (San Francisco, California/Environmental Science) and Samara Almonte (Bothell/Urban Planning) have been awarded prestigious two-year Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program fellowships.

Moran is completing her fellowship at the University of Washington, while Almonte is completing hers at the University of Michigan.

Published Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 9:14am

In this edition of Tuesday Q&A, Western Today talked with WWU Assistant Professor of Computer Science Michael Tsikerdekis about Russia's cyber attacks on this country during the 2016 election and afterwards, how they did it and were eventually caught, and how the nation's voracious appetite for social media and willingness to spread disinformation contributed the the attack's success.

Published Friday, January 18, 2019 - 9:26am

Western Washington University Professor of Psychology Jeff Grimm has received a new grant from the National Institutes of Health furthering his research into the body’s craving for sugar, and he and his team of undergraduates recently published a paper showing how a certain protein, DARPP32, was related to sucrose craving and how that craving could be reduced through environmental enrichment. Western Today recently talked with Grimm about his work and the research of his team.


Published Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 11:01am

Welcome to "Tuesday Q&A," a weekly story where issues of broad topical interest are viewed through the lens of the research expertise of Western's faculty.

Published Friday, January 11, 2019 - 11:06am

Western Washington University Professor of Biology Eric DeChaine in July received a three-year, $225,000 grant from the U.S. National Park Service’s Shared Beringian Heritage Program to document the diversity and distribution of plants across the North Pacific, including the Alaska Peninsula, the Aleutian Islands, and Kamchatka Russia, and how these arctic plants have been reacting to a planet that is growing ever warmer.

Published Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:02am

Over the last 30 years, the Collins family has collected college degrees the way some people collect postage stamps or rare coins.

The family of four has racked up nine degrees in total including two doctorates; seven of the degrees are from Western. Today, three members of the family also have careers at Western. While their long list of academic and professional accomplishments are undoubtedly impressive, the Collinses aren’t in it for the accolades; instead, they say they strive each day to serve as a success story for other families of color.