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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
Misa Shimono, Experimental Psychology

Topic - Influences on the Path to Life Satisfaction: A Two-Stage Mediation Model of Attachment, Emotional Intelligence, Emotion Regulation, and Dispositional Resilience

Wednesday, November 10 @ 4pm | via Zoom

Jeffrey Pratt, Environmental Science

Topic - Using principal component analysis and hierarchical clustering to explore trends in water quality, metal concentrations, and algal taxa of 68 lakes across Northwest Washington

Friday, November 12 @ 8:30am | via Zoom

Shaun Peters, Chemistry

Topic - Structural and Mutational Characterization of the Blood Coagulation Factor VIII C Domain Lipid Binding Interface

Tuesday, November 16 @ 2pm | SL 150 

David Hanna, Anthropology

Topic - Intergroup Conflict and the Spread of the Bow and Arrow in the Salish Sea Region

Wednesday, November 17 @ 6pm | Venue TBA

Hannah Fisher, Biology

Topic - Primary cilia display a non-uniform response to intracellular calcium release

Friday, November 19 @ TBA 

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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.