General Stories

Published Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 9:47am

The human body has a complex system of defenses designed to find, attack and destroy any foreign body that makes its way inside; sometimes that attack can take the form of physically destroying the intruder, or the body can simply encase the object in proteins, in effect wrapping it up and isolating it.

But as advances in medical science push boundaries into new and exciting territories, finding ways to fool our body’s defenses – because something being introduced into the body is actually helpful, not harmful – is becoming more important.

Published Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 9:33am

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Professor Hilary Schwandt returned from Rwanda at the end of July after a month of researching the country’s impressive family planning program.

The purpose of her trip was to analyze, recognize and share Rwanda’s successful program in the hopes that other nations could follow on its success as well.

The research was conducted in three parts to give a full understanding of Rwanda's programs; the first trip was last summer, followed by the second trip in February, and finishing with the most recent trip this summer.

Published Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 9:35am

WWU Web Developer Brent Carey was tired of the hour-and-a-half commute by bus to get to campus from his home in Birch Bay.

Carey experiences seizures, and because of their frequency is no longer able to drive. Being an avid cyclist, he decided it was time to look into alternative forms of transportation, which led him to purchasing an ELF, a solar and pedal hybrid electric vehicle made in Durham, North Carolina by Organic Transit.

Published Friday, August 10, 2018 - 10:39am

On the edge of Cidade de Deus, or City of God, one of Rio de Janeiro’s most infamous neighborhoods, Western assistant professor of Geology and Physics/Astronomy Melissa Rice spent a week this summer teaching young students about space exploration and the importance of science and education.

During the middle of one teaching session, automatic gunfire crackled through City of God, just a few blocks away. This isn’t like any classroom at Western.

Published Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 10:40am

When WWU Professor of Environmental Sciences Andy Bunn isn't doing field work into his research in carbon cycling, in the classroom with his students at Western, or home with his wife, WWU Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences Rebecca Bunn and their family, odds are you will find him sitting down with friends, his guitar in his lap, picking on a few bluegrass tunes or performing locally in one of two bluegrass bands. 

Published Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 10:10am

Western’s formula-car racing team, WWU Racing, came in 10th place at Formula SAE Lincoln at the Airpark in Lincoln, Nebraska June 20 - 23. This year more than 65 teams from around the globe took part in the competition.

Published Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 11:31am

As an 11-year-old growing up in Seattle, Western Washington University Professor of Biology Merrill Peterson was absolutely captivated by insects.

By the time he was a teenager, he was regularly attending entomological meetings and going on collecting expeditions with mentors that included Jon Pelham, curator of butterflies at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum, and Sharon Collman, one of the founders of the national Master Gardener program.

Published Monday, August 6, 2018 - 9:01am

Once there were thousands, now there are hundreds.

The number of marine birds in Salish Sea have been greatly reduced over recent decades, according to research by John Bower, a professor at Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Bower’s research reveals an alarming drop in many seabird populations; since 1979, 25 out of the 37 species he surveyed have shown population declines. Out of those 25 species, 12 of them lost more than 60 percent of their populations between 1979 and 2005.

Published Friday, August 3, 2018 - 10:31am

When WWU Professor of Environmental Science and Director of the Institute of Environmental Toxicology Wayne Landis isn't teaching, working to unravel the ethical boundaries of genetic testing, or helping state agencies understand the impacts of industrial toxins, there's a good chance he is in the air somewhere, flying in his beloved Cessna from Point A to Point B, with a smile on his

Published Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 10:19am

Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI), in collaboration with Whatcom Council of Governments, is conducting a two-part survey data collection of the four Canadian border crossings in the county: Pacific Highway, Peace Arch, Lynden and Sumas. The goal behind the research is to determine who is crossing the border and why.