Physics and Astronomy Department

Western's Spanel Planetarium in Haggard Hall will host a live in-person show, "To the Moon," just for Western students, staff, and faculty at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 11.

This quarter, in addition to finding night sky objects you can see from your own backyard, we'll learn about the past…

Western's STEM Inclusion and Outreach Specialist Regina Barber will take up her dual roles as both a science communicator (she is the host of the podcast Spark Science) and an astrophysicist as the first-ever Scientist in Residence for National Public Radio's "Short Wave," a daily science…

For the next few weeks, Mars and Earth are on "in conjunction" - on opposite sides of the sun, meaning that the work being done by the Mars rover Perseverance, and all the scientists who monitor its daily work including Western's Melissa Rice - are finally getting their first real break since…

Say the word ‘scientist’ and images of stark white lab coats, bubbling test tubes and a Bill Nye-esque researcher might spring to mind; Regina Barber DeGraaff, Western’s STEM Inclusion and Outreach Specialist, is trying to change that.

For the past six years, she’s been working in…

U.S. Representative Rick Larsen visited the Western Mars Lab last week and got a tour of the facility from WWU's own Melissa Rice, a member of the Mars 2020 rover team. In the photo at right, Rice shows off WWU's goniometer, a device which allows for Mars scientists to better understand the…

Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research across a variety of fields. Periodically, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in scholarship and research at the University. Interested in reading in-depth stories about science and research at…

Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research across a variety of fields. Periodically, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in scholarship and research at the University. Interested in reading in-depth stories about science and research at…

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