http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/topics/1757/0 en Lizard Field School http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/lizard-field-school <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oregon Public Broadcasting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://watch.opb.org/video/2365183865/" target="_blank">http://watch.opb.org/video/2365183865/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Student biologists learn the how-to&#039;s of wildlife research by studying the life and death of lizards in Oregon&#039;s Alvord desert. For 15 years Dr. Roger Anderson has been leading students on a three-week immersion into lizard ecology and behavior. Students cope with the primitive conditions of life in a desert encampment while enduring the blazing sun and harsh desert conditions. </div> </div> </div> Biology Department research students Roger Anderson College of Science and Engineering Mon, 24 Feb 2014 23:40:41 +0000 Western Today 22815 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Western Washington University professor completes study of mercury contamination in South River http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/western-washington-university-professor-completes-study-of-mercury-contamination-in-south <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Augusta Free Press </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://augustafreepress.com/western-washington-university-completes-professor-completes-study-of-mercury-contamination-in-south-river/" target="_blank">http://augustafreepress.com/western-washington-university-completes-professor-co...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> For the past five years, Wayne Landis, director of Western Washington University’s Institute of Environmental Toxicology and professor of environmental sciences, has worked to understand how the mercury in the South River affects humans as well as the fish and animals that live in and along it. Assisting him has been a corps of graduate students, each adding their research to the work of a team consisting of state and federal environmental agencies; the Army Corps of Engineers; environmental nonprofits such as Save Our Streams and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation; DuPont; and other academic institutions such as Virginia Tech, James Madison University, and the University of Delaware. </div> </div> </div> faculty research Wayne Landis Huxley College of the Environment Wed, 27 May 2015 18:05:35 +0000 mary.gallagher 26007 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Living green: Project with WWU professor looks underground for Alaska energy http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/living-green-project-with-wwu-professor-looks-underground-for-alaska-energy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bellingham Herald </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/05/26/4314673/living-green-project-with-wwu.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/05/26/4314673/living-green-project-with-wwu...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pete Stelling, assistant professor of geology at Western Washington University, is working to make the Alaskan island of Akutan less dependent on diesel fuel by tapping the island’s renewable geothermal energy. </div> </div> </div> faculty research Pete Stelling Wed, 27 May 2015 18:02:47 +0000 mary.gallagher 26006 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Fossil fuel divestment slows climate change, puts WWU on right side of history http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/fossil-fuel-divestment-slows-climate-change-puts-wwu-on-right-side-of-history <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bellingham Herald </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/05/27/4315795_fossil-fuel-divestment-slows-climate.html?rh=1" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/05/27/4315795_fossil-fuel-divestment-slows-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> San Francisco recently divested from fossil fuels, as did Oslo, Norway. These two international cities stand with hundreds of communities, churches, associations, foundations, universities and individuals as testaments to making a bold choice to stop funding the known primary cause of climate change. </div> </div> </div> Western Foundation Beth Hartsoch Gene Myers Grace Wang James Loucky Jill MacIntyre Witt John Riopelle Nicole Brown Shirley Osterhaus Wed, 27 May 2015 18:00:10 +0000 mary.gallagher 26005 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Artist Profile: Musician Tim Kraft shows his versatility http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/artist-profile-musician-tim-kraft-shows-his-versatility <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bellingham Herald </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/05/27/4306523/musician-tim-kraft-shows-his-versatility.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/05/27/4306523/musician-tim-kraft-shows-his-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> I love my job. I admit that some of the bands that I’ve played in probably played a little too loud at times, so it’s fitting that I now work in a clinic where we try to help prevent and treat hearing loss. </div> </div> </div> Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic Tim Kraft Wed, 27 May 2015 17:49:49 +0000 mary.gallagher 26004 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Whatcom County home values up 5 percent in first quarter of 2015 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/whatcom-county-home-values-up-5-percent-in-first-quarter-of-2015 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bellingham Herald </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/05/26/4314734/whatcom-county-home-values-up.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/05/26/4314734/whatcom-county-home-values-up...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The federal report is consistent with what’s been seen in local data, said Julia Hansen, an economics professor at Western Washington University. She noted that April home sales were up nearly 50 percent compared to a year earlier and that inventory was down to 3.6 months. </div> </div> </div> Julia Hansen Wed, 27 May 2015 17:46:18 +0000 mary.gallagher 26003 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday FESTIVAL: WWU student robot competition and festival open to community May 29 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/festival-wwu-student-robot-competition-and-festival-open-to-community-may-29 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bellingham Herald </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/05/27/4296087/festival-wwu-student-robot-competition.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/05/27/4296087/festival-wwu-student-robot-co...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Western Washington University’s annual Robot Competition and Festival takes place from noon to 4 p.m. Friday, May 29, in the lobby of WWU’s Communications Facility building. The event is a collaboration of Western and the Bellingham Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Society. </div> </div> </div> Robot Competition and Festival upcoming events Jianna Zhang Wed, 27 May 2015 17:39:50 +0000 mary.gallagher 26002 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Registration open for Bellingham walk to support brain cancer research http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/registration-open-for-bellingham-walk-to-support-brain-cancer-research <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bellingham Herald </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/05/27/4314452/registration-open-for-may-30-bellingham.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/05/27/4314452/registration-open-for-may-30-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The walk, which will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is being carried on by students and community volunteers as a legacy left by Hannah Dashiell. Hannah’s dad, Dennis Dashiell, who works in Western Washington University’s Human Resources department, said in an announcement that the continuation of the walk was what Hannah would have wanted. </div> </div> </div> Dennis Dashiell Wed, 27 May 2015 17:31:43 +0000 mary.gallagher 26001 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday HR Today for April 27, 2015 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/hr-today-for-april-27-2015 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/imagefield_default_images/westernlogo_onblue.png" length="9121" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>FAQ: &nbsp;Student Employees - Summer</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>What if my student is not attending summer school? &nbsp;Can they still work as a student employee?</strong></p> <p>Yes!&nbsp; Your student does not need to be enrolled during the summer in order to work during summer break.&nbsp; After completion of their last final, student employees are allowed to work up to full-time (40 hours per week) during break periods in a student employment position. To be eligible to work during the summer break period, the student employee must have been a half-time (or greater) fee paying student during spring quarter and must intend to continue enrollment as a half-time (or greater) fee paying student in a degree or certificate program during fall quarter.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>My student employee has graduated and is not coming back as a student. May they still work as a student employee for the summer?</strong></p> <p>No.&nbsp; In order for a graduate to continue working for Western, they will need to be hired as a temporary employee. For guidance in hiring temporary employees, please contact Human Resources at x3774.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>3.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>Can my employee work as a student employee and as a temporary employee at the same time? </strong></p> <p>No, the two cannot overlap. Using EPAF, enter the end date for the student job so that it will stop before the temporary staff job begins. <em>You may need to contact HR to remove the termination date if the date is prior to the mass termination. For work study, the mass term date is 6/15, for dept. funded 6/30.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>4.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>When can I hire Work Study positions for Fall AY 15/16?</strong></p> <p>All 2015-2016 Work Study positions will require an EPAF through Web4U or Banner, which can be completed and submitted any time after August 1, 2015. The earliest that <strong>returning </strong>work study students may begin working is <strong>Wednesday, September 16, 2015</strong>.&nbsp; <strong>New</strong> work study employees may begin working on <strong>Friday, September 25, 2015.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>5.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>What if my department hourly student&rsquo;s job starts in June?</strong></p> <p>EPAFs completed in Banner prior to June 5 will have an end date effective June 30.&nbsp;&nbsp; To continue employment past June 30, submit a new EPAF with a QUERY DATE of July 1 or later.</p> <p><em>Example:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Student is starting work on June 4.&nbsp; If EPAF is in &ldquo;completed&rdquo; status before June 5, the student will have a June 30 job end date added in Banner.&nbsp; Rehire student on July 1 by submitting a new EPAF.&nbsp;&nbsp; </em></p> <p><strong>or</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Wait until after June 5 and enter the job in Web4U or Banner using the actual hire date as the Query Date.</p> <p><em>Example:&nbsp; Student is starting work on June 4.&nbsp; Wait until after HR updates the mass termination on June 5, THEN hire student effective June 4. (No additional termination date from HR would be added, and you won&rsquo;t have to REHIRE the student in EPAF.</em>)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>6.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>What if the job end date has already been entered in Banner and I need to make a change before the job end date?</strong></p> <p>You will need to contact HR via email (<a href="mailto:hr.forms@wwu.edu">hr.forms@wwu.edu</a>) to have the future termination record removed before any update actions can occur.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>7.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>&nbsp;How can I see if my student employee will have a timesheet on July 1?</strong></p> <p>On July 1st, run the PWRTIME report to see if your returning student is listed there.&nbsp;&nbsp; If they are not on this report, you will need to submit an EPAF to hire/rehire them.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>8.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>&nbsp;What are the activity dates associated with student employment, including terminating or continuing employment?</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <strong>WORK STUDY:</strong></p> <p>June 5</p> <p>AY 14/15 Work Study Student Employees Mass Termination entered into Banner (Work study may continue working until June 15)</p> <p>June 15</p> <p>Last Day AY 14/15 Work Study Students may work;</p> <p>Student Employees submit hours worked by 11:59 pm</p> <p>June 16</p> <p>Time Approver approves hours by 12:00 pm</p> <p>August 1</p> <p>Work Study Students EPAF transactions may be submitted for &nbsp;AY 15/16 through Web4U or Banner</p> <p>September 16</p> <p>First Day <strong>RETURNING</strong> AY 15/16 Work Study Students may work</p> <p>September 25</p> <p>First Day <strong>NEW</strong> AY 15/16 Work Study Students may work</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>DEPARTMENT FUNDED:</strong></p> <p>June 5</p> <p>AY 14/15&nbsp;Department Funded Student Employees Mass Termination entered into Banner (students may continue working to June 30)</p> <p>June 8</p> <p>Employer may begin EPAF rehiring process for AY 15/16 student employees (including summer).</p> <p>June 30</p> <p>Student Employees submit hours worked by 11:59 pm</p> <p>July 1</p> <p>Time Approver approves hours by 12:00 pm</p> <p>July 1</p> <p>First day AY 15/16 department funded student employees may work for summer and AY 15/16 year</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>9.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong><strong>How does my student employee update his/her W2 address using Web4U?</strong></p> <p>W2 addresses are located in Web4U under Personal Information, Addresses and Phones &ndash;View/Update; check the box for the W2 address update.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> HR Today Wed, 27 May 2015 16:50:07 +0000 mary.gallagher 26000 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Q&A: Why is sugar so addictive? http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/videos/qa-why-is-sugar-so-addictive <p>Periodically, Western Today is reaching out to Western Washington University faculty and staff to get their expertise on topics of interest to the community.</p> <p>For today&#39;s question, we reached out to psychology professor Jeff Grimm&nbsp;to ask a question he&#39;s been researching for some time:</p> <p><strong>Western Today: </strong>Your research, among other things, points to the ability of sugar to be as great an addiction to humans as many hardcore drugs such as cocaine. What is it about our brains&rsquo; relationship to sugar that makes it so potentially addictive?</p> <p><strong>Jeff Grimm: </strong>&ldquo;Sugar addiction&rdquo; or, more generally, &ldquo;food addiction&rdquo; has become a fairly common term. This has been cheered by some but not by others. For example, self-proclaimed sugar or food addicts have expressed that they finally can better conceptualize their uncontrolled urges and behavior. Others, in particular some in the drug abuse research and treatment community, scoff at placing sugar along cocaine and heroin.</p> <p>The truth is that both sides have reasonable arguments for and against the food addiction concept. Certainly, people develop food-related behaviors that are similar to drug addictions. Some key features include intense craving (urges), often in response to food-paired cues, impulsive consumption of food, and eating certain foods or amounts of foods despite negative health consequences. Some rat studies have also identified a physiological withdrawal state following excessive sugar consumption similar to withdrawal from heroin. On the other hand, the psychoactive effects of food do not parallel the intense high of many drugs of abuse nor the wide variety of other effects specific to some drug classes such as pain reduction (opiates) or anxiety and paranoia (<span data-scayt_word="psychostimulants" data-scaytid="5">psychostimulants</span> such cocaine and the amphetamines).</p> <p>It is difficult to ignore the commonalities between food and drug addiction, however. As noted above, a key feature of both is the intense craving, impulsive behavior, and intake/administration despite negative health consequences. Focusing on these core features, an answer to what is it about our brains&rsquo; relationship to sugar that makes it so potentially addictive is then that sugar (and likely highly palatable foods containing combinations of sugar, fat, and salt) and drugs of abuse affect the same brain circuitry that has been selected for through the course of evolution to impress upon an individual the importance of stimuli in the environment that will promote survival (food, water, social interaction, reproductive opportunity) and further, promote learning to facilitate future interaction of the individual with those stimuli.</p> <p>For example, a rat comes across a chocolate chip and consumes it. The rat will likely keep returning to that location several times seeking another chip. The same would be observed with a drug&mdash;if the rat had the opportunity to drink a solution containing morphine they would likely return to that location seeking the morphine.</p> <p>In either case, the &ldquo;addictive substance&rdquo; (chocolate chip or morphine) is not a stimulus the brain evolved to detect and direct behavior towards. Highly sweet (and fatty and salty too) foods and drugs affect this survival circuitry in a way markedly beyond what the circuitry evolved to come into contact with, as it evolved before concentrated sweets and drugs of abuse became commonplace. This has led some researchers to suggest that highly palatable foods and drugs of abuse &ldquo;hijack&rdquo; the normal pro-survival circuitry in the brain. A reasonable conclusion is then that the foods and drugs just do this to a different degree. They are both addictive, but along a spectrum of addiction.</p> faculty Psychology Department research Jeff Grimm College of Humanities and Social Sciences Wed, 27 May 2015 11:23:44 +0000 Western Today 25999 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Western Way: Lunday, Barnes honored http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/features/western-way-lunday-barnes-honored <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/BrittneyLunday.jpg" length="453837" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/JulietBarnes.jpg" length="396078" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Do you work with an outstanding colleague at Western Washington University? The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wwu.edu/westernway/" target="_blank">Western Way program</a>&nbsp;provides the opportunity for faculty and staff to recognize the great efforts of others on campus.</p> <p>Any time throughout the year, folks in the <span data-scayt_word="WWU" data-scaytid="1">WWU</span> community can&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wwu.edu/westernway/" target="_blank">visit the Western Way website</a>&nbsp;to recognize a Western employee who demonstrates excellence in serving students, visitors or colleagues, based on the characteristics that make them uniquely Western: inviting, engaging, distinctive, collaborative and adventurous.</p> <p>Western Way honorees are recognized online on the Western Way Wall of Acknowledgment, in Western Today and in a slideshow at the Employee Recognition Ceremony in April.</p> <p>Recently recognized was Brittney <span data-scayt_word="Lunday" data-scaytid="2">Lunday</span>, front counter lead in the Registrar&#39;s Office, who was praised by <span data-scayt_word="Taya" data-scaytid="3">Taya</span>&nbsp;Winter, Western&#39;s assistant registrar:</p> <blockquote><p><em>&quot;Brittney is recognized by faculty, staff and students as a go-to person in the Registrar&#39;s Office with a vast amount of knowledge. Her caring demeanor, consistently positive attitude and unbelievable work ethic represent the very best of Western. When the Registrar&#39;s Office began overseeing faculty course evaluations it was Brittney who learned the process, identified inefficiencies and improved the turnaround time, while always providing superior customer service. The high volume of transactions Brittney oversees as Front Counter Lead are critical to the mission of the Registrar&#39;s Office and she is to be commended for consistently producing accurate and thorough results with a kind and generous spirit.&quot;</em></p> </blockquote> <p>Also receiving recognition recently was <span data-scayt_word="AMSEC" data-scaytid="4">AMSEC</span> Department Manager Juliet Barnes, who was praised by <span data-scayt_word="Caleena" data-scaytid="6">Caleena</span> Phillips, a clerk in <span data-scayt_word="AMSEC" data-scaytid="5">AMSEC</span>:</p> <blockquote><p><em>&quot;Julie is one of the best bosses I could ask for! She&#39;s always helping and understanding. And she&#39;s always trying to make things better, finding inventive ways to improve things!&quot;</em></p> </blockquote> <p>To view more information on the nominees to date,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wwu.edu/westernway/" target="_blank">visit the Western Way website</a>&nbsp;at<a href="http://www.wwu.edu/westernway/" target="_blank">www.wwu.edu/<span data-scayt_word="westernway" data-scaytid="7">westernway</span>/</a>.</p> AMSEC awards recognition Registrar's Office staff Brittney Lunday Caleena Phillips Juliet Barnes Taya Winter Wed, 27 May 2015 11:13:04 +0000 Western Today 25998 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Neuroscience discussion to look at alcoholism, aging and memory http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/neuroscience-discussion-to-look-at-alcoholism-aging-and-memory <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/imagefield_default_images/westernlogo_onblue.png" length="9121" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">On Monday, June 1, the last &ldquo;Neuroscience on Tap: BYOB Bring Your Own Brain&rdquo; will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Club Glow in Bellingham. Western faculty with an interest in Neuroscience can take part in the round table discussion about neural processes and functions and the impact of these on a person&rsquo;s everyday life.</p> <p dir="ltr">The topic of the upcoming discussion, &ldquo;What Can Flies, Worms and Slugs Tell Us About You? &nbsp;The Squishies and Crunchies of Neuroscience&rdquo; will be facilitated by Jackie Rose, professor of behavioral neuroscience. According to Rose the discussion will introduce insights into alcoholism, aging and memory, and address the question &ldquo;why should we care about research in Fruit Flies and other organisms?&rdquo;.</p> <p dir="ltr">&ldquo;When people think of Neuroscience, and Medical Research in general, typically experiments involving monkeys or rodents come to mind,&rdquo; Rose said in an email. &ldquo;However, many significant findings that impact human health were originally discovered using less well-known organisms like fruit flies, worms and slugs.&rdquo;</p> <p dir="ltr">The &ldquo;Neuroscience on Tap&rdquo; discussions have been taking place once a quarter since October 2008, Coco <span data-scayt_word="Besson" data-scaytid="3">Besson</span>, behavioral neuroscience program coordinator, said. They were started as an opportunity for faculty of the behavioral neuroscience program to reach out and inform the local community about topics of neuroscience such as addiction and mental illness.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Behavioral Neuroscience Program Biology Department Psychology Department upcoming events Jackie Rose College of Humanities and Social Sciences College of Science and Engineering Wed, 27 May 2015 10:40:34 +0000 Western Today 25997 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Move-Out Madness event aims to reduce furniture abandoned in neighborhoods http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/releases/move-out-madness-event-aims-to-reduce-furniture-abandoned-in-neighborhoods <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Office of University Communications and Marketing: (360) 650-3350 </div> </div> </div> <p>Western Washington University and the City of Bellingham will once again partner on a year-end event to help students sort their unwanted materials generated from moving out.</p> <p>Bins for reusable household items, clothing, non-perishable food, recyclable materials, and landfill waste will be available at three sorting stations in neighborhoods near the university from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, June 12, as part of this&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wwu.edu/sustain/involved/moveout/" target="_blank">Move-Out Madness</a>&nbsp;event.</p> <p>Previous years&#39; events have reduced the number of abandoned items left in neighborhoods and diverted many pounds of recyclable and reusable items from the landfill.</p> <p>&quot;Moving out can be stressful and wasteful given the large amount of stuff accumulated throughout the year,&quot; said Jacob de Guzman, previous Zero-Waste Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability. &quot;Move-Out Madness provides all the necessary resources so students can sort their unwanted goods properly and begin their summer on the right foot.&quot;</p> <p>Three neighborhood locations will be available around Western from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, June 12. The locations are:</p> <ul> <li> Franklin Park in the York Neighborhood (400 block of Whatcom Street);</li> <li> Laurel Park in the&nbsp;Sehome&nbsp;Neighborhood (Laurel &amp; Indian St.);</li> <li> 26th &amp; Douglas in the Happy Valley Neighborhood.</li> </ul> <p>The Office of Sustainability is recruiting volunteers to assist with the event. A training session will be provided for volunteers right before the event by Office of Sustainability staff. Those interested in volunteering should contact Gwen&nbsp;Larned&nbsp;at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:gwen.larned@wwu.edu">gwen.larned@wwu.edu</a>.</p> Office of Sustainability students upcoming events Tue, 26 May 2015 20:21:25 +0000 mary.gallagher 25996 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Priority deadline for service-learning course in Kenya is Monday, June. 1 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/priority-deadline-for-service-learning-course-in-kenya-is-monday-june-1 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/kenya2016.jpg" length="201763" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The&nbsp;priority deadline&nbsp;for the&nbsp;INTL 437H Field Studies and Collaborative Intl. Service Learning in Kenya (15 credits)&nbsp;is&nbsp;<strong>Monday, June 1st</strong></p> <p>Western students of all levels and majors are invited to participate in an international service-learning experience in Kochia, Kenya, during winter quarter 2016.&nbsp;The course will explore the history and cultures of Kenya through a nine-week program that includes intensive pre-trip preparation and six weeks on the ground. Students will actively collaborate with in-country experts in the implementation of selected service-based field experiences.</p> <p><strong>Through this faculty-led study abroad course (INTL437H &ndash; 15 credits) students will:</strong></p> <ul> <li> Discover the culture and politics of the region.</li> <li> Explore the challenges that rural Kenyans face.</li> <li> Examine grassroots approaches to community development.</li> <li> Apply these perspectives to your own academic area of interest.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Interested students are encouraged to apply ASAP.&nbsp;More information can be found&nbsp;</strong><strong><a href="http://www.wwu.edu/csl/International-SL.shtml" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;</strong><strong>or attend the upcoming info session on Thursday, May 28&nbsp;at 5&nbsp;p.m. in Arntzen Hall 518.</strong></p> <p>Please contact&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Liz.Mogford@wwu.edu">Liz.Mogford@wwu.edu</a> for more details.</p> Center for Service-Learning study abroad Tue, 26 May 2015 19:57:23 +0000 mary.gallagher 25995 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Western student returns to land after three nights on Arctic Challenger anchor chain http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/western-student-returns-to-land-after-three-nights-on-arctic-challenger-anchor-chain <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Western Front </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.westernfrontonline.com/2015/05/25/western-student-returns-to-land-after-three-nights-on-arctic-challenger-anchor-chain/" target="_blank">http://www.westernfrontonline.com/2015/05/25/western-student-returns-to-land-aft...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Activists chanted and cheered along Cornwall Beach as Western Washington University student Chiara D’Angelo returned to land after spending 63 hours harnessed to the anchor chain of the Arctic Challenger, a Shell Oil Company drilling support vessel, in Bellingham Bay. </div> </div> </div> Tue, 26 May 2015 18:27:35 +0000 mary.gallagher 25994 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday