Grad Student Explores Sea Star Wasting Disease

November 28, 2018

A mysterious disease has infiltrated the waters of the West Coast, leaving hundreds of once-healthy sea star colonies dead in its wake. For several years, researchers worked tirelessly to identify the cause, to no avail. WWU graduate school alumna Chelsea Hutchinson, native of the Tri-Cities, may have gotten us one step closer to understanding the epidemic. read more

Bellingham Review Releases Issue 77

November 15, 2018

Bellingham Review is an international literary journal run by Western's MFA and MA graduate students under the editorial direction of Susanne Paola Antonetta. The latest issue is dazzling. Read it here.

Social Gathering for LGBTQ+ Graduate Students

November 15, 2018

Want to connect with other LGBTQ+ graduate students? Join LGBTQ+ Western and the Graduate School for a social gathering! Refreshments will be provided. read more

Campus Recreation Services

November 7, 2018

Graduate studies can be stressful and demanding. One excellent way to de-stress and increase mental acuity is through exercise. For ideas on how to improve your self-care, check out this short video about Campus Recreation Services from WWU Video on Vimeo .

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2018

Many students were spotted on campus today sporting all manner of costumes to celebrate Halloween. Enjoy WWU's photostream capturing some of those moments by clicking here.

Jane Goodall, Chimpanzee Expert, Speaks at Mount Baker

October 9, 2018

Jane Goodall, conservationist and world-renowned expert on chimpanzees, spoke at the Mount Baker Theatre last night as part of Western's Fraser Lecture Series. Goodall, the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace, talked to the sellout crowd about her life experiences—from her dream of working in Africa and having that dream realized with her research in Tanzania, to the creation of Roots and Shoots, a worldwide service program for youth of all ages, and her continuing efforts around environmental education and sustainability. See the full Flickr gallery here.

Welcome Back, Students!

September 2018

Welcome Back Western 2018 from WWU Video on Vimeo.

Katie Mills-Orcutt Spent Her Summer on (and under) the Puget Sound

September 25, 2018

Biology graduate student Katie Mills-Orcutt of Culver City, California, was the lead researcher over the summer working with various restoration groups testing new methods of supplementing wild pinto abalone stocks in the San Juan Islands. read more

Recent Grad Katrina Radach Awarded 2018-19 WSG State Fellowship

August 27, 2018

Growing up in Washington State, Katrina has been constantly influenced and driven by the outdoors and her community. After attending the UW for a degree in oceanography, she became inspired to bridge the gaps between communities and marine sciences. She then attended graduate school at Western Washington University in environmental policy with a focus on marine policy. read more

Graduate School Fall Welcome 2018

August 21, 2018

Get set to kick off your year with WWU Graduate School's Fall Welcome, a mini resource conference and evening social! Daytime sessions include an introduction to Western's resources especially for graduate students. Get the info you really need from the Graduate School and Research & Sponsored Programs; Western Libraries and the Graduate Research and Writing Studio; Prevention, Health and Wellness Services; Financial Aid, and more. Even if you were an undergrad at Western, the resource conference will help start off your graduate career on the right track. For more info, and to register, click here.

Melissa Rice Spends a Week Teaching Space Science to Kids from Rio's 'City of God' Favela

August 14, 2018

On the edge of Cidade de Deus, or City of God, one of Rio de Janeiro’s most infamous neighborhoods, Western assistant professor of Geology and Physics/Astronomy Melissa Rice spent a week this summer teaching young students about space exploration and the importance of science and education. read more

Geology Grad Student Kevin Lally Assists in Study of Kilauea Volcano

August 10, 2018

"Working a week at sea with Jackie [Caplan-Auerbach] and others was a dream come true," Lally said. "It was such an amazing learning experience to be taking action on Hawaii's most recent eruption." read more

Recent MFA Graduate Mike Oliphant Wins Gas Station Prize

August 8, 2018

In Thin Air Magazine's most recent issue, they hosted the Gas Station Prize, celebrating and seeking out hybrid forms. The contest's winner, Mike Oliphant's "Medium Warp: Excerpts of a Digital Consciousness," inhabits shapes and forms present in code and web landscapes to explore the boundaries and relationships present in a digital consciousness. To read an interview with Oliphant, click here.

Head in the Clouds: Huxley's Wayne Landis talks about his love of flying

August 8, 2018

When WWU Professor of Environmental Science and Director of the Institute of Environmental Toxicology Wayne Landis isn't teaching, working to unravel the ethical boundaries of genetic testing, or helping state agencies understand the impacts of industrial toxins, there's a good chance he is in the air somewhere, flying in his beloved Cessna from Point A to Point B, with a smile on his face. read more

Biology Professor Merrill Peterson Writes New PNW Insect Field Guide

August 7, 2018

Peterson has just had his new comprehensive 528-page field guide, Pacific Northwest Insects, published by Seattle Audubon and distributed by UW Press in the United States and UBC Press in Canada. It is the first of its kind to enable readers to identify insects down to the species level. read more

Happy National Book Lover's Day!

August 6, 2018

Recent MFA grad, Rebecca Beardsall, reads almost 100 books a year. Why does she read so much you ask? To open up the world. read more

Rust-Colored Water in Parts of Whatcom

July 17, 2018

Wondering what's causing the marine water in parts of Whatcom County to look strange—sort of rusty red or rusty brown? It is mostly likely due to a red-blooming plankton called noctiluca and is non-toxic. In fact, when the blooms are disturbed in the dark in mid- to late-summer, a phenomena called bioluminescence occurs. read more

WWU Grad Student Ellyn Ayton Using Machine Learning to Detect Fake News on Twitter

July 16, 2018

In a society bombarded with information, Western Washington University Computer Science graduate student Ellyn Ayton of Tacoma is working to detect some of the false information that heads our way by taking a machine-learning approach to identify “fake news” on Twitter. read more

L.K. Langley Hired as Western's Inaugural LGBTQ+ Director

July 13, 2018

During the national search process, Langley demonstrated a clear commitment and ability to lead Western's inclusion efforts for LGBTQ+ communities and to engage in meaningful collaboration with students, faculty, staff, and administrators across the university. read more

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Tim Kowalczyk Named a Cottrell Scholar

July 13, 2018

Research Chat Room TK from WWU Video on Vimeo.

The Research Coporation for Science Advancement has named Western's Tim Kowalczyk a 2018 Cottrell Scholar, an honor that comes with a grant stipend to allow him to continue his research into the developing technology around solar thermal fuels and molecular photoswitches. read more

Megafire: Strategies for a Growing Threat to the West

July 10, 2018

In this Window article, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and pyrogeorapher Michael Medler talks about fire mitigation—fighting fire with fire—as well as smart steps to take for protecting your home. (Hint: clean out your rain gutters!) read more

Western's Weekend MBA Program to Begin Annual Cohorts in January

July 2, 2018

For over nine years Western's MBA Program has been operating in Snohomish County, having served four cohorts in a program that begins every two years. In January 2019 the program will be expanding to include an every-year start option for interested students. read more

autumn leaves

May-June 2018

June 28, 2018

The "MBA for a Night" event gives prospective students the chance to ask questions about the program. read more

June 19, 2018

Watch the Spring Quarter commencement ceremony here

May 24, 2018

Bellingham Review, Western's graduate-run international literary journal, releases issue 76. read more

March-April 2018

April 10, 2018

Re-Shelving Ceremony Received by Packed Audience at Wilson Library read more

March 14, 2018

WWU Students Hold 'Die In' to Protest Gun Violence read more

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