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

Alia Khan kneels in the snow in Antarctica to get a sample; behind her is a huge ridge of ice that comes down to the water's edgeAlia Khan gets a snow sample high in the Himalayas

Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Alia Khan has been awarded a five-year, $1.2 million CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation to continue ongoing international collaborations with scientists from the Chilean Antarctic Program to evaluate the role of temperature, light absorbing particles, snow-algae growth, and their impacts on snow and ice melt in the Western Antarctic Peninsula.

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Despite the significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Western Washington University’s fall enrollment numbers held steady with the previous year, while posting record gains for diversity, its Graduate School, and a sizeable increase in its first-year class over Fall 2020.

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Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research and scholarship across a variety of fields. Each week, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in scholarly work at the University. Interested in reading in-depth stories about science and research at Western? Want more research news? Follow @WWUResearch on Twitter. Broad-Energy Germanium Detector

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Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research and scholarship across a variety of fields, from marine science and climate change to teaching, the humanities, and the arts. Periodically, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in scholarship and research at the University.

Azucena Zavala Montalvo wears her Presidential Scholar medal outside in front of a patch of purple iris.College of Science and Engineering Presidential Scholar Melody Gao wears her medal outdoors on Western's campus.Kathryn Anderson wears her capgown and stole as she holds her diploma on the lawn in front of Old Main as the cherry tree blooms overhead.Brahm VanWoerden poses with his medal for being a Presidential ScholarSummer Pascual poses in her graduation capCFPA Presidential Scholar Luke

Each summer Western Today honors the seven Presidential Scholars chosen to represent their colleges at spring commencement. Each day in Western Today we will add one of the scholars to this story, so check back to see them all!

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.

Events

text on dark blue background: grad student thesis presentations open to the public
Nathan Roueche, Biology

Topic - Geographic variation of desiccation resistance in Rhagoletis zephyria (Diptera: Tephritidae) in the Pacific Northwest: An adaptive response to local bioclimate

Tuesday, May 3 @ 2 p.m. | via Zoom

Sydne Tursky, Environmental Studies

Topic - Faith in a Changing Climate: Policy Framing and Southern Evangelical Christian Views on Climate Policy

Thursday, May 5 @ 9 a.m. | ES 534

Jameson Goff, Environmental Studies

Topic - Arthropod and Microbial Community Response to Mixed Biochar and Compost Application in a Skagit Silt Loam

Thursday, May 5 @ 10 a.m. | via Zoom

Madeline Downie, Creative Writing

Title - High Gravity Days

Thursday, May 5 @ 3 p.m. | via Zoom & HU 104

Kathleen Byrd, Creative Writing

Title - Hold the Babies

Friday, May 6 @ 10 a.m. | HU 105

Brooklynn Smith, Experimental Psychology

Topic - “Say Her Name”: The Influence of Victim Race, Demeanor, Severity of Force, and Individual Difference Factors on Perceptions of Excessive Force Against a Woman

Tuesday, May 10 @ 2 p.m. | via Zoom

Jeremy Talusig, Chemistry

Topic - Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications of Thiolated Silk Fibroin

Thursday, May 12 @ 10 a.m. | location TBA

Katelyn Damron, History

Topic - Larger than Jelly Alone: Appalachian Reproductive Politics in the Depression Era

Thursday, May 12 @ 12:30 p.m. | location TBA

Caitlin Scott, Creative Writing

Title - Bitter Roots: An Exploration of Autonomy through Branching Narratives

Friday, May 13 @ 1 p.m. | HU 105

Johnathon Lyons, Music

Title - A gospel musician’s journey to orchestral conducting; lessons learned from Anton Filtz, Arcangelo Corelli, and Leonard Bernstein

Friday, May 13 @ 3:30 p.m. | PAC

Paul Sage, Kinesiology

Title - The Current State of Running Economy: A State-of-the-art Review of the Exploration of the Underlying Mechanisms of Running Economy

Thursday, June 16 @ 10 a.m. | TBA

Nicole Masurat, Environmental Science

Title - Off-channel habitat restoration using groundwater infiltration galleries in the Methow River Basin, Washington

Thursday, June 23rd @ 10 a.m. | via Zoom

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The Hacherl Research and Writing Studio is where you can get connected with support for research and writing across all subjects. Join us on Zoom on Tuesday, October 26 at 4:00 pm for an intro to Grad Studio resources and an in-depth overview of the helpful research tool, Zotero.

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The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and financially supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF’s mission. 

Join former WWU faculty member and GRFP director Gisèle Muller-Parker in a Zoom workshop On Tuesday, October 5 at 4:00 pm to learn how to apply for this incredible program.

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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.