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In the News

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Western's Commencement Weekend took place June 10-12, with eight ceremonies over three days. 

WWU photographer Luke Hollister captured the celebration.

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WWU’s Madeleine Gerst, Rose Kirby, Elliot Quasha and Carson Porter-Keese, juniors in the Industrial Design Program, won the prestigious Global Innovation Awards (GIA) for each of their kitchenware…

The sun rises in shades of pink and purple over a placid Lake Samish.

Stillness. Silence. Pitch black. Then, a flutter in the dark. A heron takes flight, spreading its wings as it launches off a jagged stump sticking out of murky water. 

Then back to…

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On April 2, Western Washington University sent 20 students to New York City to partake in the annual National Model United Nations Conference, representing the country of Iran, and were honored…

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Research at Western

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WWU junior Caitlin Bannister’s interest and research efforts into the mysteries of the nervous system have allowed her to be Western’s first behavioral neuroscience student to receive a…

Tetrahymena thermophila, a single-celled organism studied by Suzanne Lee, with a yellow body and blue center under the microscope

Two Western biology assistant professors, Suzanne Lee and Nick Galati, were recently awarded National Science Foundation CAREER grants, the foundation’s most prestigious award in support of early-…

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“It takes some getting used to,” says WWU Lab and Classroom Support Technician Becky Lancaster, in reference to Hera and Achilles, the two visitors to Western’s new Anatomy and Physiology Lab that…

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Three graduate students at from Western’s College of the Environment, Lamai Cox, Katey Queen and Virginia MacDonald, were recently announced as recipients of research scholarships from Anchor QEA…

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