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WWU Professor Uses Lasers and 3D Printers to Bring Western’s Fossil Collection into the Digital Era

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 1:24pm


Lasers, 3D printers and million-year-old fossils are bringing together high tech and ancient creatures in a digitization project by Assistant Professor of Geology Robyn Dahl.

Dahl uses laser scans to make 3D computer models of the specimens from the department’s fossil collection. Those scans can then be input into 3D printers so students can have tangible items for study, while the 3D models are viewable online in what Dahl calls “the YouTube of digital fossil scans.”          

Western Lecture Series to Present ‘The Future of the News Industry’ May 24 in Bremerton

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 11:30am

Western Washington University on the Peninsulas will host journalist Josh Farley at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 24 at Olympic College at Bremerton’s William D. Harvey Theater (CIC 132) for “The Future of the News Industry.”

WWU Partners With BTC on Grant from National Science Foundation

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 10:43am


Art Sherwood, the Western Washington University David Cole Professor of Entrepreneurship and the director of the IDEA Institute, is teaming up with professors and researchers at Bellingham Technical College (BTC) on a new $650,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Honor Roll and Degrees Awarded lists for winter 2018

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 10:17am

The Honor Roll and Degrees Awarded lists for Winter 2018 are below; each link can be sorted by city, county, zip code, and more for easy searching.

Honor Roll


Degrees Awarded


Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment to Offer New Summer Program in Poulsbo

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 2:22pm

Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment will offer an introductory program on Bayesian networks and ecological risk assessment this summer at the Poulsbo SEA Discovery Center.

WWU’s Robin Kodner to Discuss ‘The Living Snow Project’ May 23 at City Hall

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 11:16am

Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Biology Robin Kodner will present “Watermelon Snow: The Invisible Life in Bellingham's Backyard” starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, at the Bellingham City Council chambers, second floor, Bellingham City Hall, 210 Lottie St.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is offered as part of the annual “Science and the UniverCity” community science lecture series. It is sponsored by Western’s College of Science and Engineering, the City of Bellingham, and the BP Cherry Point Refinery.

Scholar’s Corner: Darby Finnegan

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 11:16am

To Western sophomore Darby Finnegan, the world hidden beneath ocean tides is extraordinary and unknown. Originally from Grangeville, Idaho, the Honors Program student found an opportunity to learn more about life under the sea through Western’s Marine Science Scholar Program.

“The Marine Biology program is absolutely what made me decide to come [to Western],” Finnegan said. “Shannon Point Marine Center, having that satellite campus where undergrads can do research, was my major incentive for coming here.”

Paqui Paredes Named as Dean of WWU’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 11:04am

Paqui Paredes Méndez has been appointed to serve for a two-year term as dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at Western Washington University, Provost Brent Carbajal announced today.

Paredes, who is professor of Spanish and chair of the WWU Department of Modern and Classical Languages, will start as CHSS dean on July 23, 2018. She succeeds current CHSS Dean Brent Mallinckrodt, who is transitioning to serve as a faculty member in Western’s Department of Psychology.

Facing the Future Releases Second Edition of “Exploring Global Issues” Curriculum

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 10:36am

Facing the Future, developer of global sustainability curricula for educators around the world and a program of Western Washington University, has published its second edition of “Exploring Global Issues: Social, Economic, and Environmental Interconnections” for students in grades 9-12.   

“Exploring Global Issues” serves as a both a complementary resource when teaching core subjects and a stand-alone global issues and sustainability course.

UMass' Joshua Dyck to Present ' Initiatives Without Engagement' May 8

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 9:50am

 A Realistic Account of the Secondary Effects of Direct Democracy’ May 8 at 3 p.m.​WWU's Political Science Department and College of Humanities and Social Sciences will host Joshua Dyck, associate professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Center for Public Opinion at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, for his presentation, "Initiatives

WWU's Carolyn Nielsen to Speak about ‘Ferguson, Objectivity, and Journalism's Post-Racial Reckoning’ May 16

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 9:18am

Western Washington University Associate Professor of Journalism Carolyn Nielsen will discuss her research and explore questions sparked by her experiences as a newspaper journalist covering justice issues at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16 at Western Libraries Special Collections.

This event is free and open to the public.

WWU Youth Programs to host GEMS Fair this spring

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 10:31am

Western Washington University Youth Programs invites girls of all ages and their families to participate in the GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) Fair this spring.

The event will be held Saturday, May 12 from noon to 4 p.m. in Western’s Academic West building. Families and friends are welcome to enjoy the event.

Western Gallery to Host ‘Beatnik Jazz’ Event May 7

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 10:26am

Western Washington University’s Western Gallery will host a free concert, “Beatnik Jazz,” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 7.

The WWU Jazz Combo will perform, and writer Serge Lecomte will read poetry in celebration of Ibram Lassaw’s Abstract Expressionist projection paintings, which are currently on display at the gallery.

Noted Disability Rights Advocate Keith Jones Talks at WWU May 18 & 19

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 9:52am

Noted disability rights advocate Keith Jones will speak at Western Washington University on May 18 and 19.

His talk is sponsored by Western’s Woodring College of Education in conjunction with the Ershig Assistive Technology Resource Center and the Department of Special Education and Education Leadership.

Jones is a hip-hop artist and president of Soul Touchin’ Experiences, an organization focused on issues related to inclusion, Civil Rights, and empowerment of people with disabilities. He will present free talks open to the public on Western’s campus at:

WWU Researchers Unveil New Study on the Economic Impact of Regional Food Banks

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 9:41am


Using Skagit County’s Helping Hands Food Bank and Neighbors in Need Food Bank as test subjects, Western Washington University’s Center for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) recently completed a study charting the economic importance of food banks on the communities they serve, from the direct-spending impacts of the food distribution, to the ripple factors on local employment and sales, to the food bank’s impact on vital community statistics around crime and health.

Northwestern’s David Figlio to Give Keynote Speech at WWU’s Scholars Week May 15

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 10:45am

As the keynote speaker for Western Washington University’s Scholars Week, Northwestern University’s David Figlio will present “How Early Life Conditions Affect People’s Life Chances” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15 in the WWU Performing Arts Center.

 The talk, which is free and open to the public, will discuss how exposure to pollution or natural disasters can have lasting impacts on human capital and health later in life. He will also discuss the potential role of public policy in ameliorating some of these effects.

Seattle UX designer Christian Manzella to Speak May 3 at WWU

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 9:35am

Christian Manzella, chief experience officer of Moz in Seattle, will speak at Western Washington University on Thursday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m. in Miller Hall 152; topics include user experience design, usability, and search engine optimization.

WWU Alumni Weekend (formerly Back2B’ham) Set for May 18-20

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 10:52am

Western Washington University will host WWU Alumni Weekend (formerly Back2B’ham) May 18-20.

Western Reads Selects ‘Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements’ for 2018-2019 School Year

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 9:27am

Western Washington University has selected “Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements” as the Western Reads book for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Western Reads is a campus-wide program that serves the university’s first year mission by promoting intellectual engagement, community and civil discourse with new students through experiences related to selected texts.

WWU Student Journalists Win Three Categories in the SPJ Regional Mark of Excellence Awards

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 1:07pm

Western Washington University had three student journalist winners and several additional finalists in the Region 10 Mark of Excellence (MOE) Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) released Monday, April 23.

​SPJ’s Region 10 includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.