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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.”          

WWU Professor Seeking Participants for Relationship Study

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 11:24am

Kate McLean, a professor of Psychology at Western, is conducting a study about personal development in romantic relationships and is seeking participants.

Participants in this study will be asked to participate in from 2 - 5 online survey sessions. Participants will receive a $10 Amazon voucher for each session completed and will be entered for a chance to win an additional $50 at each session.

Participants must be 18 or older, and currently be in a romantic relationship for at least 6 months and no longer than two years.  

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

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.

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

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

​Western's Political Science Department and College of Humanities and Social Sciences will host WWU alumnus 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 presentati

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.

Journalism's Stephen Howie ghost-writes "Anti-Cancer Living" for Viking Press

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 10:18am

May 1 marks the release of “Anti-Cancer Living,” ghost written by WWU Senior Instructor Stephen Howie for Dr. Lorenzo Cohen, director of Integrative Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and his wife, educator Allison Jefferies. Published by Viking, the book has been translated in 10 different languages with more than a dozen foreign contracts. 

Journalism's Carolyn Nielsen wins Outanding Dissertation award from UW

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 8:54am

Carolyn Nielsen, an associate professor in the Department of Journalism, has been awarded the University of Washington Department of Communications Faculty Award for Outstanding Dissertation of 2017. Her doctoral dissertation, "Moment or Movement: U.S. News Coverage of Racial Issues in a Digital Era," is the foundation for her forthcoming book under contract with the University of Missouri Press.

WWU’s Center for Cross-Cultural Research to host Kristin Pauker May 7

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 10:05am


Kristin Pauker, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, will present “Beyond ‘Racist People’: How Beliefs About the Malleability of Prejudice Impact the Emergence of Interracial Tension in Children” at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 7 in Academic West 210 on the Western Washington University campus. 

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.


In Memoriam: Peter J. Elich

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:43pm

WWU's Steve Bennett to Discuss 'Pandemic on the Horizon? Climate Change and Infectious Disease' April 25 at City Hall

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:32pm


BELLINGHAM – Steve Bennett, a lecturer in the Community Health Program in the Department of Health & Human Development at Western Washington University, will give a talk titled “Pandemic on the Horizon? Climate Change and Infectious Disease” from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, in the Bellingham City Council Chambers, 210 Lottie Street. 

The free, public talk is an installment of the WWU College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the City of Bellingham.

Daniel Garvey to Present 'The Politics of Disability' April 19

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:56am

WWU will host Daniel E. Garvey, president emeritus of Prescott College and intermittent executive dean for Semester at Sea, for "The Politics of Disability” from 4-5 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 in Miller Hall 138. 

The event is free and open to the public; for disability accommodations, please call (360) 650-3660.

National Geographic reporter Tom Clynes coming to WWU April 16

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 12:29pm

The Department of Journalism will host a public lecture with journalist Tom Clynes, reporter for National Geographic, contributing editor for Popular Science and author of "The Boy Who Played with Fusion."  


Who: Journalist Tom Clynes

WWU to host ‘Chai Why? The Making of the Indian National Drink’ April 19

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 9:35am

The Western Washington University Department of Liberal Studies will host speaker Philip Lutgendorf, professor of Hindi and Modern Indian Studies at the University of Iowa, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 in Communications Facility 115.  

WWU Speech-Hearing Clinic to hold fundraiser at Boundary Bay May 11

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 1:37pm

Please join WWU staff, faculty and students for Better Speech and Hearing Month Celebration, hosted by Western Washington University's National Student Speech Language Hearing Association chapter.

Please join us as we celebrate this month by bringing awareness to the speech and hearing related disorders in our community.

$7 Admission at the door - cash, card or Venmo accepted. All ages welcome.

Registration Open for Spring Employee Language Program Workshops

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 9:40am

Registration is now open for Western's Employee Language Program workshops, with sessions starting the week of April 9th.

Open to all Western employees, these workshops support faculty and staff through professional development, and encourage multicultural outreach and awareness. Language learners of all levels are welcome.