Pinky Nelson

Former South Whidbey resident and Western Washington University professor of physics and astronomy George “Pinky” Nelson, the head of Western’s Science, Math and Technology Education program, has been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

New members will be inducted at the…

Western Washington University Professor of Physics and Astronomy George “Pinky” Nelson, the head of Western’s Science, Math and Technology Education program, has been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

New members will be inducted at the academy’s…

High school science teacher John Gallagher has been named the recipient of the Port Angeles Education Foundation's Distinguished Service Award.

Gallagher received the award at the education foundation's annual fundraising dinner in April.

High school science teacher John Gallagher has been named the recipient of the Port Angeles Education Foundation's Distinguished Service Award. The keynote speaker, former astronaut George D. “Pinky” Nelson — who is now program director of science, math and technology education at Western…

Weightless and untethered in the vastness of outer space, astronaut George “Pinky” Nelson maneuvered toward the errant satellite for the world’s first in-orbit satellite repair.

The date was April 11, 1984, but Nelson’s trip into space had really begun back in 1957 when the Soviets’…

[ Editor’s Note: After each Board of Trustees meeting, Western Today provides a recap of decisions and discussion. ]

Western’s Board of Trustees heard presentations on possible Decision Packages to present to the Legislature for the 2013-15 biennium. The trustees heard presentations…

Budget crises are a breeding ground for bad ideas. A particularly bad one is spreading and is in need of stomping out before getting embedded -- the idea that we can save money by shortening Washington's school year.
"It reminds me of the sheriff scene in Mel Brooks' movie…

A new $2.9-million grant awarded to Western Washington University by the National Science Foundation will fund a five-year study of the impact of Western’s innovative elementary science teacher preparation program.

The grant, “Model of Research-based Education for Teachers (…

As a member of the astronaut corps, George "Pinky" Nelson made three trips into space aboard three different crafts in the space shuttle fleet in the 1980s.
The Harvey Mudd College graduate who is now the director of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education at…

At the Kennedy Space Center on Cape Canaveral, Fla., the space shuttle Atlantis awaits its last liftoff. In June, it will be rolled to the launchpad, within sight of the white sands of the Atlantic coast. In the past 30 years, 134 previous space shuttle missions have launched from the same swath…

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