Physic and Astronomy Department

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Perseverance rover landing on Mars, and it has been quite a year of discovery. Western Today caught up with Associate Professor of Planetary Science Melissa Rice, who worked the Martian night shift to guide and monitor the rover during its first two…

NASA celebrated the successful landing of its Perseverance rover on the surfaces of Mars on Thursday. Now, the real work begins, as the rover begins its search for signs of life on the planet’s surface, with the aid of Western Washington University planetary geologist …

NASA celebrated the successful landing of its Perseverance rover on the surfaces of Mars on Thursday. Now, the real work begins, as the rover begins its search for signs of life on the planet’s surface, with the aid of Western Washington University planetary geologist …

NASA has selected 28 researchers as participating scientists for the Curiosity Mars rover mission, including six newcomers to the rover’s science team.
The six new additions work in Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Tennessee. Eighty-nine scientists around the world…

A “Guys & Guts” workshop aims to steer middle-school boys toward the careers in the medical profession that are more frequently held by women with presentations and activities from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Whatcom Community College.

Participants will visit a biology lab…

The International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) and Western Washington University’s Compass 2 Campus Program will host “An Evening of Light” from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Western Performing Arts Center.

The free event open to everyone features Melissa Rice, a…

An OU physicist is leading a research team that has created a new molecule, resulting in an article in Science magazine and a possible pathway to quantum computers.

James Shaffer, a professor of atomic, molecular and optical physics, led a team that included Hossein Sadeghpour of Harvard…

George "Pinky" Nelson, a former NASA astronaut and current professor of physics and astronomy at Western Washington University, has been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

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