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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.

Published Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 2:12pm

WWU Visual Journalism student Roisin Cowan-Kuist, an intern in the office of Communications and Marketing this quarter, will post her photographic insights into the student experience at WWU here each weekday.

Published Monday, December 17, 2018 - 11:29am

Alaska attorney Mark Choate, a Western Washington University alumnus, addressed WWU graduates and their families at the Fall Commencement ceremony on Saturday in Carver Gymnasium. About 758 undergraduate and 32 master’s students graduated from Western; congratulations Vikings! 


WWU images by Dan Levine

Published Friday, December 7, 2018 - 12:10pm

The Western Washington University Cyber Competition team competed against 70 other colleges and universities in the Department of Energy Competition at the Pacific Northwest National Lab in Richland on Dec. 1.

The team placed first in Washington state, second in the Pacific Northwest and sixth nationally.

Published Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 11:10am

John Krieg has been named director of Western’s new Office of Institutional Effectiveness, said Brent Carbajal, WWU provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Published Monday, December 3, 2018 - 1:17pm

Western Washington University Professor of English Laura Laffrado has received the 2018 Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) Edition award for her book, “Selected Writings of Ella Higginson: Inventing Pacific Northwest Literature.”

Laffrado was presented the award in early November at the SSAWW conference in Denver.

At the conference, Laffrado was honored for her outstanding contribution to the study of American women writers. Laffrado began work on her book a few years ago and was nominated for the award by her publisher.