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Psych grad student seeks help from the campus community on thesis

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 10:00am

My name is Kristín Haraldsson. I am a Master’s student in experimental psychology at Western looking to recruit participants for my thesis project on identity and immigration. Participants will meet us for a 1-2 hour interview where they will be asked questions about themselves, their parents, and any social groups they may belong to. All information shared is completely confidential, and there a number of steps that we take to ensure that your information is handled appropriately. Participants will be compensated a $50 Amazon e-gift card for their time.

WWU to Host Fallou Ngom for ‘The Odyssey of Ajami and the Muridiyya’ March 11

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 9:20am

Western Washington University Provost's Office, Center for International Studies, English Department, and Global Humanities and Religions will host Boston University’s Fallou Ngom for “The Odyssey of Ajami and Muridiyya” at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 11 in Academic West 204.

WWU Ranked Third Nationally in Number of Student Fulbright Scholars

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 9:54am

Western Washington University was named a top national producer for Fulbright Scholarship winners in the 2018-2019 school year, according to a just-released ranking from the Chronicle of Higher Education and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Western produced five Fulbright winners in this same time period, placing it tied for third nationally among masters-granting institutions, and was again ranked highest in the Pacific Northwest.

WWU to Host Tournées French Film Festival this Spring

Fri, 02/22/2019 - 11:26am

Western Washington University’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages will host the Tournées French Film Festival every Monday and Wednesday from April 15 to May 1 in Viking Union 552, on Western’s campus.

Free and open to the public, this year’s festival has the theme of “Intersections: Race, Gender and Sexuality.” All films will include a brief pre and post-screening discussion led by Western faculty. With the exception of “I Am Not Your Negro,” all films will be in French with English subtitles.

WWU's Mart Stewart publishes edited volume, Water and Power: Environmental Governance and Strategies for Sustainability in the Lower Mekong Basin

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 8:36am

Mart Stewart (History) publishes edited volume, Water and Power: Environmental Governance and Strategies for Sustainability in the Lower Mekong Basin (  

WWU to host Anne Cubilié for ‘Impossibility of Witness’ March 7

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 9:26am

In honor of International Women's Day, Western Washington University’s Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of Holocaust, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity will host Anne Cubilié for “Impossibility of Witness: Justice, Gender, and Operational Practice” at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 7 in Miller Hall 152.

Postcards from Senegal

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 10:54am

Professors of English Christopher Wise and Kristiana Kahakauwila  are currently taking 14 English students on a study abroad tour of Senegal for three weeks, including stays in Dakar, Saint Louis, and M’bour.  Western Today caught up with Wise to find out more about the trip, how it coincides with his research, and what kind of experiences the students are having.

WWU's Christopher Wise speaks on 'The Jihad of Iyad Ag Ghali' at UBC

Thu, 01/31/2019 - 8:37am

WWU Professor of English Christopher Wise gave a talk on Jan. 9 entitled "The Jihad of Iyad Ag Ghali" at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, as part of Green College's "Critical Nationalism, Counterpublics" Series.  

Tuesday Q&A: The Electoral College - Working as intended or a democratic dinosaur?

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 11:21am

In this edition of Tuesday Q&A, Western Today chatted with WWU historian Hunter Price and political scientist Todd Donovan about one of the most divisive features of our Democracy: the Electoral College. Only five presidents have been elected even after losing the popular vote, but two of those are since 2000: George W. Bush and Donald Trump.

Is the Electoral College an archaic remnant of our post-Revolution past or a vital cog in our election process? Read on, and decide for yourself.


WWU unveils new ‘Make Waves’ brand campaign

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 10:57am

Western Washington University is embarking on a new brand campaign, called “Make Waves,” which launched on Jan. 22 with billboards, print and digital media concentrated in the Seattle metro area.

WWU's Center for Cross-Cultural Research to host the University of Virginia’s Shige Oishi Feb. 11

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 8:49am

Western Washington University’s Center for Cross-Cultural Research will host Shige Oishi, professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, for a guest lecture at 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, in Academic West 204, titled “What is a good fife? A happy life, a meaningful life, or something else?”

This lecture is free and open to the public.

WWU’s Josh Kaplan to Present ‘Cracking the Cannabis Code’ Jan. 29

Wed, 01/23/2019 - 8:34am

Josh Kaplan, assistant professor of Behavioral Neuroscience at Western Washington University, will present “Cracking the Cannabis Code: How advances in cannabinoid science can improve medicine and limit harm” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan 29 in Academic West 204 the WWU campus.

This lecture is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by WWU’s Behavioral Neuroscience program.

Sugar Nation: WWU's Jeff Grimm working to unravel how the brain feeds addictions and cravings

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 9:26am

Western Washington University Professor of Psychology Jeff Grimm has received a new grant from the National Institutes of Health furthering his research into the body’s craving for sugar, and he and his team of undergraduates recently published a paper showing how a certain protein, DARPP32, was related to sucrose craving and how that craving could be reduced through environmental enrichment. Western Today recently talked with Grimm about his work and the research of his team.


Tuesday Q&A: History has given us a wealth of walls to study ... so do they work?

Tue, 01/15/2019 - 11:01am

Welcome to "Tuesday Q&A," a weekly story where issues of broad topical interest are viewed through the lens of the research expertise of Western's faculty.