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It was the summer of 2019, and WWU student Haley Holliday – then a Chemistry undergrad and now a Chemistry graduate student – was on crutches after ankle surgery following a rock-climbing injury, and was feeling a little sorry for herself.  

She stopped by the office of Assistant…

Darkness falls on Western’s campus and in the chill night air, there’s a new sound.

“Hello.”

Between the distant footsteps of late-night walkers and the crunch of leaves and whoosh of wings that comprise the usual evening soundtrack, you hear it. A strange voice, a layered,…

Western’s Canadian-American Studies Program will fund a new tenure-track faculty position and expand offerings exploring environmental and social justice issues on both sides of the border, thanks to a renewed federal grant.  

The U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant, which…

When I arrived in the Methow Valley on a late June afternoon, there was no way I could have predicted the experience I was about to undergo. Driving down Highway 20 through the North Cascades was mesmerizing, and with every tree I passed, so did my excitement for the possibility and opportunity…

Museum educator Zoë Fejeran wouldn’t usually advise visitors to the Western Gallery to take off their shoes in the space, but barefoot Dance students moving through the Isamu Noguchi sculptures is one of her favorite moments in the gallery since she took on her role at the start of fall quarter…

Communication is a two-way street; when one speaks, the other listens, and tries to interpret the sometimes subtle signals in the language.

But when you’re a geophysicist, and what you’re listening to are the not-so-subtle signals of one of the most active fault systems in the world –…

Western students have populated the Bellingham campus and Sehome Arboretum with ghosts – or at least, ghost stories.   

Students in English Instructor S. Hayley Steele’s Mixed Genre Writing class picked particular spots on campus and created an idea for a ghost that could linger there. “…

In June 1969, Cleveland's Cuyahoga River, polluted with oil and chemicals from the city's steel mills, caught fire, and the images of city fire crews fighting a river so fouled with pollution that it could actually catch fire set in motion what would become in 1972 the Clean Water Act, federal…

Summer at Western is usually a quiet time, with fewer in-person classes making for nearly empty buildings.

That’s one of the reasons why the Biology Department created the new Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), led by seven faculty in the department. SURP cuts some of the…

Assistant Professor Mary Hunt of the Health and Human Development Department studies several aspects of sexual and reproductive health. But an area of enduring fascination is the complexity of people’s attitudes about abortion.

“You probably know someone who has had an abortion — and yet…

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