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In this week's Research Recap, we have three award winners from Scholars Week and a new piece of equipment has found its way to the Anthropology Department. For in-depth stories on research at Western, go to Gaia, the university's online journal of research and scholarship, at https://medium.com/gaia-wwu, and follow @WWUResearch on Twitter.

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They say bad things come in threes, but don’t tell that to WWU Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jeanine Amacher. She has received three career milestones during just this school year alone – a paper about to be published and a pair of important grants – and she shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. “It feels odd to say anything positive about the past year given the pandemic, but wow, I’ll take it,” Amacher said.

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Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research and scholarship across a variety of fields. Each Friday, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in scholarly work at the University.

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Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research across a variety of fields. Periodically, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in scholarship and research at the University.

Western Washington University graduate student Hannah Hein studied the vast rolling prairies of her native Minnesota as an undergrad at St. Olaf College – and she has now shifted her research focus to a vital underwater grassland, the critically important eelgrass meadows of the Pacific Northwest, and specifically those found in Skagit County’s Padilla Bay.

Western undergrad Hailey Dearing sampling stream flow in a restored section of Schell Creek as part of David Hooper's laboratory work.

Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research across a variety of fields. Periodically, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in grants and research at Western Washington University. Interested in reading in-depth stories about science and research at Western? Go to Gaia, the university's online journal of research, discovery and scholarship.

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Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research across a variety of fields. Periodically, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in grants and research at Western Washington University.

The sun begins to set on another Martian day in this image from the Opportunity rover. The Mars 2020 mission, featuring the Perseverance rover, begins in earnest when the rover touches down on Mars on Thursday, Feb. 18., Perseverance is loaded with cameras and sensors in its search to answer the same question each rover before it was tasked to discover: Did life ever exist on Mars? (Image courtesy NASA), Ingenuity will bring aerial support to a rover mission for the first time., Orbiter image

Western Washington University Associate Professor of Geology Melissa Rice is going to be working nights for the next three months. Martian nights. Rice, who is a science team member of NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission that lands on the Red Planet on Thursday, Feb. 18, said she is prepping for “90 days of jet lag” once the rover sets down.

Events

Setting Our Sights on Mars

Mars rover on the surface of the red planet

February 12: The WWU Alumni Association and College of Science and Engineering co-sponsor a webinar hosted by WWU Associate Professor and Mars rover team member Melissa Rice, along with current and former graduate students Jess Mollerup and Darian Dixon. Register here.