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WWU Student Wins Summer Fellowship to Research Huntington’s Disease

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:13am


After spending over a decade in the concert industry touring with bands like The Toadies and Reverend Horton Heat as a tour manager and guitar technician, Texas native Wes Solem felt an overwhelming desire to challenge himself to find a new path — a path he found at Western doing neurodegenerative disease research.

Now, the senior Behavioral Neuroscience and Molecular Cell Biology major has been awarded a $4,000 stipend for the Donald A. King Summer Fellowship that will sponsor his 10-week research project studying Huntington’s disease.

Retirement celebration for Lucky Tedrow and Jay Teachman set for June 1

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 3:25pm

Retirement Reception for Lucky Tedrow and Jay Teachman

Friday, June 1 at 4:00 pm

Miller Hall Collaborative Space

Please join us for cake and drinks as we celebrate the careers of Lucky Tedrow and Jay Teachman.


Visiting professor from Mongolia hoping for more student and faculty collaboration between the two countries

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 11:15am

Byambakhand Chuluundorj, associate professor of Mongolian Language and Linguistics at the National University of Mongolia, is the Henry J. Schwarz visiting instructor this quarter. She is teaching a beginning course in Mongolian Language and Culture in the East Asian Studies program in support of Western’s strategic partnership with her home institution.

Five Western Students, Alumni Awarded Coveted Fulbright Scholarships

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 11:14am

Western Washington University graduates and students have received five Fulbright Scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year, making Western one of the top producers of the prestigious award.

“I’ve always believed Western students can compete with the best around the country,” said Tom Moore, director of Western’s Fellowships Office. “Fulbright application readers know what they’re looking for in students.”

Final Queen's Vernacular film of the school year: 'Vito,' May 15

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 11:27am

The final Queens’ Vernacular screening of the academic year will take place next Tuesday, May 15, at 6:30pm. We’ll be screening Jeffrey Schwarz's award-winning documentary Vito, about Vito Russo. 

Faculty: UComm is seeking your summer research stories!

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 9:31am

WWU FACULTY: Are you preparing for summer field work? Taking a group of students abroad? Working on topical research in an interesting place or with interesting people? If so, the Office of Communications and Marketing would love to know about it, so we can tell everyone about the fascinating work you and your students are doing. Drop us a line at and let us know what you will be working on!

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