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U.S. News Rankings Show WWU as Top Public Master’s-Granting School in Pacific Northwest

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 9:41am

Western Washington University is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report college rankings. 

Western also ranked second among top public master’s-granting universities in the West, a region stretching from Texas to the Pacific – for the sixth year in a row. 

‘Modest Forms of Biocultural Hope’ Opens Sept. 26 at the Western Gallery

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 2:45pm

Can species thrive together? Can we learn from nature to remediate environmental problems? Is hope possible in the Anthropocene?

Western Gallery’s fall exhibition, “Modest Forms of Biocultural Hope,” which runs Sept. 26 through Dec. 8, focuses on these questions as well as creative efforts to address ecological concerns. Four art installations explore the complex relationships between biology and culture.

Academy for Lifelong Learning on the Peninsulas Opens Fall 2018/Winter 2019 Course Registration

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 3:25pm

POULSBO, WA – Academy for Lifelong Learning on the Peninsulas (ALL) is proud to present its fall 2018/winter 2019 catalog of courses for adults of all ages. The classes will be offered in five cities: Kingston (Village Green Community Center), Shelton (Olympic College), Poulsbo (Olympic College), Port Townsend (Fort Worden) and Bremerton (Olympic College and Kitsap History Museum). Course registration is now open.

Western Washington University biologist explores how biodiversity can help – or hurt -- carbon storage in forests

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 1:09pm

Biodiversity plays a significant role in forest carbon storage, but surprisingly less than previously thought, according to research in Ecology Letters that was led in part by Western Washington University Biology Professor David Hooper.

Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center Co-Sponsors an Exporting Workshop Sept. 12

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 12:35pm

Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is partnering with the Washington Export Outreach Team and the Port of Bellingham to share tools and resources that are designed to help small businesses grow via international sales opportunities.

Join the Washington Export Outreach Team (WEOT) for this free half-day export workshop where you will:


• Meet the local, state, regional & federal export resources who will help you on your export journey.

Western’s Extended Education Releases Digital Look Book

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:03pm

The Extended Education (EE) marketing team is excited to announce the release of a new digital look book titled “The Extended Forecast” which represents the department’s mission of connecting learners of all ages to the Western experience. Extended Education collaborates with colleges, departments and the community, linking university resources with educational needs and opportunities both on and off main campus.

WWU to Co-Host Bellingham Sister Cities Event, the Global Dialog for Community Solutions, Sept. 4-6

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 11:47am

Western Washington University and the Bellingham Sister Cities Association will host the mayors or representatives from all seven of Bellingham’s sister cities for the first Global Dialog for Community Solutions and a celebration of 60 years of the sister-city partnership between Bellingham and Tatayama, Japan on Sept. 4-6.

Western’s Babafemi Akinrinade Researching Genocidal Atrocities Across Africa

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 11:27am

Genocide is nothing new.

The atrocities of murdering and displacing entire groups of people based on their ethnicity, nationality or religion has been a festering scar on humanity for thousands of years. It wasn’t until after the Holocaust that the international community, as a group, began to seek trials and punish those involved in committing such abhorrent crimes against humanity.

Western Washington University will graduate about 470 students Saturday in Summer Commencement ceremony

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 11:17am

Western Washington University alumnus Brett Jordan, manager of Internal Audit at Russel Investments in Seattle, will address WWU graduates and their families at the summer commencement ceremony Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. in Carver Gymnasium.

About 445 undergraduate and 35 master’s students are expected to graduate from Western summer quarter. There will be one ceremony for all graduates and no tickets are required to attend the ceremony in Carver Gymnasium. Overflow seating will be available on campus.

Trojan Horses and Chemical Velcro: How WWU's Amanda Murphy is Researching Silk's Use in the Fight Against Cancer

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 9:47am

The human body has a complex system of defenses designed to find, attack and destroy any foreign body that makes its way inside; sometimes that attack can take the form of physically destroying the intruder, or the body can simply encase the object in proteins, in effect wrapping it up and isolating it.

But as advances in medical science push boundaries into new and exciting territories, finding ways to fool our body’s defenses – because something being introduced into the body is actually helpful, not harmful – is becoming more important.

WWU to Hold Symposium to Honor Legacy of Professor Mark Wicholas Oct. 5-6

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 8:34am

The Western Washington University Chemistry Department will hold a two-day symposium on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6, in honor of the late Mark Wicholas, who joined the WWU Chemistry Department in 1967 and served as its chair from 1982 to 2007.

Creative Writing students start new online fiction magazine, ‘The Kitchen Sink’

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 10:25am

Creative Writing seniors Jensen Goldberg of Seattle and Benjamin Brown of Kirkland wanted to create a welcoming space for Western students to publish their fiction writing, so they launched  “The Kitchen Sink” online magazine to give students just that opportunity.

“We are trying to create a really inviting space and encourage Western students to get their work published or get a little more publishing experience before graduation,” Goldberg said. “It will give students an opportunity to showcase their work where it otherwise would not be accepted.”

Fairhaven’s Hilary Schwandt returns from research trip to Rwanda

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 9:33am

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Professor Hilary Schwandt returned from Rwanda at the end of July after a month of researching the country’s impressive family planning program.

The purpose of her trip was to analyze, recognize and share Rwanda’s successful program in the hopes that other nations could follow on its success as well.

The research was conducted in three parts to give a full understanding of Rwanda's programs; the first trip was last summer, followed by the second trip in February, and finishing with the most recent trip this summer.

Sociology’s Lucky Tedrow finishes new study on the career spans of MLB pitchers

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 9:43am

Retiring Western Washington University Sociology professor Lucky Tedrow has published new innovative findings on the working lives of major league baseball pitchers.

In collaboration with David Swanson of University of California at Riverside, Jack Taymen of the University of California at San Diego and Jack Baker of HealthFitness Corporation, Tedrow found career expectancies of MLB pitchers to be much shorter than one would think, with the average career in the Big Leagues lasting just about four years.

The story of a man, his dog, and the awesome commute they share each day

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 9:35am

WWU Web Developer Brent Carey was tired of the hour-and-a-half commute by bus to get to campus from his home in Birch Bay.

Carey experiences seizures, and because of their frequency is no longer able to drive. Being an avid cyclist, he decided it was time to look into alternative forms of transportation, which led him to purchasing an ELF, a solar and pedal hybrid electric vehicle made in Durham, North Carolina by Organic Transit.

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

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 10:39am

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.

During the middle of one teaching session, automatic gunfire crackled through City of God, just a few blocks away. This isn’t like any classroom at Western.

Rick Larsen tours Shannon Point

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 10:19am

Congressman Rick Larsen visited WWU’s Shannon Point Marine Center yesterday to discuss marine science research with students participating in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Students participating in the program this year came to Washington from all around the country and Puerto Rico to study with WWU faculty advisors and utilize the unique research opportunities available to students at the Shannon Point Marine Center.

Library closed to the public on Wednesday, Aug. 29 for Staff Development Day

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 10:24am

Western Libraries will hold its annual Staff Development Day on Wednesday, Aug. 29. In order to provide an opportunity for as many staff members as possible to participate, including the Libraries’ student employees, Western Libraries will be closed to the public on this day.

WWU Racing places in Top 10 at Formula SAE Lincoln

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 10:10am

Western’s formula-car racing team, WWU Racing, came in 10th place at Formula SAE Lincoln at the Airpark in Lincoln, Nebraska June 20 - 23. This year more than 65 teams from around the globe took part in the competition.

Biology's Merrill Peterson Writes New ‘Pacific Northwest Insects’ Field Guide

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 11:31am

As an 11-year-old growing up in Seattle, Western Washington University Professor of Biology Merrill Peterson was absolutely captivated by insects.

By the time he was a teenager, he was regularly attending entomological meetings and going on collecting expeditions with mentors that included Jon Pelham, curator of butterflies at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum, and Sharon Collman, one of the founders of the national Master Gardener program.