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Academy elects former astronaut

Former South Whidbey resident and Western Washington University professor of physics and astronomy George “Pinky” Nelson, the head of Western’s Science, Math and Technology Education program, has been elected to the Washington State Academy of Sciences.

New members will be inducted at the…

Western's George "Pinky" Nelson elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences 2012-08-07
WWU planetarium director to relay Mars rover updates on social media

Lifelong "space geek" Brad Snowder was born the year the Soviet satellite Sputnik launched the Space Race, but he was too young to celebrate the ensuing first U.S. satellite success.

Fifty-five years later, the Bellingham resident finds himself with an unexpected opportunity to…

Manager of WWU Planetarium is part of NASA's Mars rover team

Brad Snowder, manager of the Western Washington University Planetarium and lecturer in Western's physics and astronomy department, has been selected by NASA to join a team of 25 social networking mission specialists working to create buzz about the landing of the Mars Science Laboratory…

Into the World: RAL grads paint a path to future success

Jessica Reyna and Allison Anderson are Renaissance women.

The two recent graduates of R.A. Long High School are busting out of the pack through their love of art. Both have used it to enhance their school and Reyna has won thousands of dollars with it.

The young women also love…

WWU offers closer look at Venus in transit across sun

Anyone interested in watching as Venus passes between the Earth and the sun Tuesday afternoon, June 5, will be able to use equipment set up at Western Washington University.

WWU's department of physics and astronomy will set up solar telescopes in Red Square at 3 p.m. so the public…

Solar telescopes in PAC Plaza will allow for viewing of Venus June 5 2012-06-04
Huge "Structure" of Satellites Found Orbiting Milky Way

A huge "structure" of satellite galaxies and star clusters has been found wheeling around the Milky Way, according to a new study.

The discovery surprised scientists, in part because the structure might spell trouble for theories of dark matter, the mysterious, invisible…

AAUW honors Whatcom County's top math, science students

Twenty-eight young women from Whatcom County high schools were honored May 14 by the Bellingham branch of the American Association of University Women at the annual High School Scholars Recognition Program. The high school juniors were nominated by their respective schools for excellence in math…

Musical farewell to Western Washington University professor

Western Washington University’s Richard Vawter, an associate professor of physics and astronomy, is retiring after decades of teaching.

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