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Western Welcome Week

September 19-25, 2021

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In the News

IPSI student Ghada Dhaouadi interviews a woman in Tunisia during September 2019.

Nearly two years after their trip to Tunisia, three Western professors and their Tunisian counterparts have published the first of several journal articles exploring student journalist motivations… Continue reading Voices of a New Democracy: Journalism faculty reflect on Tunisia trip, research  

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Western bike riders of all levels can join WWU Transportation and the Outdoor Center for BikeFest events throughout Welcome Week, with classes starting Monday, Sept. 20, and culminating in a… Continue reading BikeFest brings classes, festival, group rides to campus Sept. 20-25

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Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research and scholarship across a variety of fields. Each week, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in… Continue reading Research Recap for Sept. 17

Students make their way up the oval staircase in Haggard to the library's circulation desk.

Western Libraries Haggard and Wilson buildings reopened to the public on Sept. 16. During open hours, both the Wilson and Haggard sides of the library are accessible via the Haggard Hall library… Continue reading Western Libraries Fall Quarter News: Hours, Services, & Reminders 

Text 'Let's Get Things Started' in front of students wearing masks and leaping into the air

Students are back and so is Western Welcome Week! Western Welcome Week is September 19-25, and is a week of fun, free, and engaging events to welcome all new and returning students. A wide array… Continue reading Western Welcome Week to run Sept. 19-25; come join the fun!

Research at Western

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From flashy magazine covers guaranteeing a perfect ‘summer body’ to the endless sea of flawless photos on social media, the pressure to change our bodies is everywhere. For Anna Ciao, a Western… Continue reading WWU's EVERYbody Project: Challenging Our Beliefs About Body Image 

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Western Environmental Science student Madison Gard of Tucson, Arizona has been awarded a 2021 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship, which recognizes… Continue reading Meet Western's newest NOAA Hollings scholar, Madison Gard

Karen B. McLean Dade, professor Olavo Bilac Cardoso and professor Susana Gomes Reis smile as they hold an plaque from the Morse Institute.

As travel restrictions ease and vaccines become increasingly available, Western professors are venturing out into the world to conduct research and engage with the global community. Professor of… Continue reading Connecting to Cabo Verde: A Q&A with WWU's Karen McLean Dade 

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Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research and scholarship across a variety of fields, from marine science and climate change to teaching, the humanities, and the arts.… Continue reading Research Recap for July 9: Work on hemoglobin and virtual reality assistive technology

Interested in Research at WWU?

Check out Gaia, Western's online journal of research, discovery, and scholarship.

Find out more about Undergraduate, Graduate, and Faculty research on campus and how to become involved.

Read Stories of Climate Change to learn how Western's faculty, staff, and students are working to make a difference in the most existential threat facing the global community today.

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