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WWU research teams awarded $1.4M in NSF grants 2014-09-19
Ice cream social will honor retired Bellingham public health nurse Anne Brown

When she was a child, Anne Brown’s family members treated themselves to ice cream every year on the date they landed in New York City in 1939 to escape the Nazi terror in their native Germany.

Decades later, Brown and her own family still gather for ice cream every…

Fighting the stereotype: female students start Women in Physics club

A group of physics majors at Western recently formed a club oriented toward a longtime minority in their field: women.
The Women in Physics Club has objectives to combat stereotypes that have prevented women from entering heavily math-based fields such as physics, astronomy, engineering…

WWU planetarium gets 3-D upgrade

People who want to see the depths of the universe can get a glimpse at Western Washington University's recently upgraded planetarium.

The planetarium, on the third floor of Haggard Hall, has been outfitted with a new digital projection system that can project 3-D, high-resolution…

Names announced for winter undergrad research awards 2014-03-24
Snowder collects dirt from far-flung locales 2013-02-22
Look to the sky Wednesday nights with the Astronomy Department! 2013-02-20
Electricity museum hopes to juice interest with MegaZapper

There is no denying this is an excellent way to promote a museum devoted to electrical inventions: Let patrons sit inside a 9-foot-tall metal cage and zap it with blue sparks carrying 4 million volts.

OK, so maybe the insurance company will have a few questions,…

Professor's research on galaxy clusters submitted to The Astrophysical Journal 2012-09-27
Former astronaut turned WWU professor elected to state science academy

George “Pinky” Nelson, a professor of physics and astronomy at Western Washington University, has been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

The academy provides expert scientific and engineering analysis to inform public policymaking and works to increase the role of…

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