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To gain a better understanding of the age, number, and magnitude of earthquakes on the faults, Elizabeth Schermer at Western Washington University and her colleagues plan additional trenching of fault scarps and coring of swampy areas along some scarps later this year.

The new BSSA study…

Hilary Schwandt, assistant professor in WWU's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, recently published a new article about family planning methods in urban Nigeria in the journal BMC Women's Health titled "Inadequate birth spacing is perceived as riskier than all…

recent study by John All et al., “Fire Response to Local Climate Variability,”…

Chess is a centuries-old game of attack, defense, feint, and surprise. The Internet, and all the devices connected to it, is akin to a global chessboard – with programmers probing, attacking and defending constantly in their efforts to overcome their opponents.

In an effort to…

Two Western Washington University faculty members have been awarded a five-year, $1 million S-STEM grant from the National Science Foundation to prepare students for careers in computer science and math and to support women, underrepresented minorities, and first-generation students in their…

Western Washington University graduate student Jefferson Emm and Professor of Environmental Science David Wallin are using a pair of unmanned aerial vehicles to complete a census of the eelgrass beds in Skagit County’s Padilla Bay.

Healthy eelgrass beds are vital nursery habitat…

Western Washington University is one of five regional schools to partner with the U.S. Department of the Interior on its Northwest Climate Science Center; the University of Washington will host the center on its campus, and Boise State University, the University of Montana and Washington State…

Western Washington University Associate Professor of Chemistry John Gilbertson has been named a 2017 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, an award that comes with a $60,000 research grant.

The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award provides an unrestricted research grant to faculty at…

Meanwhile, on the snow-covered slopes of the North Cascades, skiers and climbers have been patrolling for “watermelon snow,” or sections that look as if they’ve been dusted with red Kool-Aid powder.

It’s actually snow algae blooming on or beneath the surface,…

Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Chemistry Tim Kowalczyk has been awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to research predictive modeling of photoactive materials.

Kowalczyk’s group is creating computer simulations that have…

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