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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.

'Once There Were Thousands:' WWU's John Bower researching the declining numbers of Salish Sea marine birds

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 9:01am

Once there were thousands, now there are hundreds.

The number of marine birds in Salish Sea have been greatly reduced over recent decades, according to research by John Bower, a professor at Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Bower’s research reveals an alarming drop in many seabird populations; since 1979, 25 out of the 37 species he surveyed have shown population declines. Out of those 25 species, 12 of them lost more than 60 percent of their populations between 1979 and 2005.

BPRI completes summer phase of border research on Canadian travelers

Tue, 07/31/2018 - 10:19am

Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI), in collaboration with Whatcom Council of Governments, is conducting a two-part survey data collection of the four Canadian border crossings in the county: Pacific Highway, Peace Arch, Lynden and Sumas. The goal behind the research is to determine who is crossing the border and why.

WWU Names 2017-18 Outstanding Graduate Students

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 2:32pm

Dozens of Western Washington University students have received Outstanding Graduate honors for the 2017-18 academic year.

Outstanding Graduate Students are selected by their programs for their achievements in several areas, including research, leadership, teaching, academics, service and promise for the future.

This year’s Outstanding Graduate Students include:


Chloe Allmand
English Studies

WWU Names 2017-18 Outstanding Graduates

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 10:47am

Dozens of Western Washington University students have received Outstanding Graduates for the 2017-18 academic year.

Faculty members from dozens of academic departments and programs select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.

The graduates were recognized at spring Commencement June 16.

This year’s Outstanding Graduates include:

Geology's Jackie Caplan-Auerbach Spends Week at Sea Dropping Instruments Offshore of Kilauea Volcano

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 11:21am

Requesting funding from research grants via the National Science Foundation (NSF) is usually a painstaking, yearlong process.

But when an extreme event occurs – such as the opening up of huge new vents in the southeastern flank of the Kilauea volcano on the big island of Hawaii, and the subsequent lava flows that have destroyed hundreds of homes in the communities of Leilani Estates and Kapoho south of Hilo – the NSF can bring funds to bear quickly, if scientists can be nimble enough to present a sound proposal.

WWU's Josh Fisher Travels to Nicaragua to Study the Complex Web of City Life

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 7:58am


Cities are complex. Interwoven webs connect each aspect of a city to others, and together they form something that somehow functions as a society.

But how does it all work? Josh Fisher, an associate professor of Anthropology at Western, is figuring that out. He researches city environments to find out how pulling on one string of the web affects the others.

Governor appoints Citlaly Ramirez as WWU's new student trustee

Thu, 07/19/2018 - 11:30am

Citlaly Ramirez has been appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to serve a one-year term as the student trustee at Western Washington University.

“Citlaly Ramirez is an outstanding student leader who will bring a valuable perspective to the WWU Board of Trustees,” Inslee said. “Her leadership and service on behalf of students will help ensure they continue to receive the excellent education for which Western is so well known.”

Ramirez will serve as student trustee on Western’s Board of Trustees from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019

Journalism’s Brian J. Bowe receives Fulbright award to teach in Jordan

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 9:26am

Western Washington University Associate Professor of Journalism Brian J. Bowe has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award to Jordan and will be traveling there in January to begin teaching for five months. Bowe is one of 800 U.S. citizens selected who will teach, conduct research or provide expertise abroad for the upcoming academic year.

The Fulbright program is an international educational exchange program that is sponsored by the U.S. government. Its premise is to build long lasting connections between the U.S. and other countries.

WWU Named a ‘2018 Great College to Work for’ by the Chronicle of Higher Education

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 9:40am

Western Washington University is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

chron logoThe results, released in The Chronicle’s eighth annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 43,500 faculty and staff at 278 colleges and universities. 

Journalism Student Awarded Prestigious Gilman Scholarship to Study Abroad in Morocco

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 10:05am

Western Washington University senior Zoe Buchli of Issaquah has been awarded a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad for the fall 2018 academic quarter.

The Gilman Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and provides American students the opportunity to study in diverse cultures and languages around the world to further develop skills that are crucial to their future careers.

Western Finishes Third Nationally as a Producer of Prestigious Hollings/NOAA Scholars

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 8:31am


Western Washington University finished tied with Stanford University for third nationally as producers of prestigious National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholars for 2018.

WWU’s Tim Kowalczyk Named a Cottrell Scholar; Receives New Grant to Continue his Research into Solar Thermal Fuels

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 10:07am

The Research Corporation for Science Advancement has named Western Washington University assistant professor of Chemistry 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.

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

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 12:53pm

L.K. Langley will serve as Western’s inaugural LGBTQ+ director, Melynda Huskey, vice president for WWU Enrollment and Student Services, announced today.

“I am very pleased to announce the appointment of L. K. Langley as Western’s inaugural LGBTQ+ director. Langley is well-known to the Western community, having served for six years in Western’s Equal Opportunity office,” Huskey said.