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Meet the Outstanding Graduates from CHSS/Social Sciences

Mon, 07/20/2020 - 12:49pm

More than 50 Western Washington University students and graduates received Outstanding Graduate honors for the 2019-20 academic year.

Faculty members from dozens of academic departments and programs select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.

Tesla Monson’s Research Sheds New Light on the Evolution of Vision in Primates

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 9:12am

At Western Washington University’s Primate Evolution Lab, new research led by Assistant Professor of Anthropology Tesla Monson is looking into the relationship of primate cranial shape and eye orbits and how these features evolved and changed the vision of early proto-humans to help them succeed.

Monson, who completed her doctorate in Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, said the skull contains more than just the brain, it holds almost all of the special senses like vision.

Quintin Oliver and Fiona MacMillan to Screen Films, Host Discussion on Peace in Northern Ireland March 4 at Western

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 12:55pm

BELLINGHAM — Quintin Oliver, international conflict resolution expert, and Fiona MacMillan, political communications specialist, will present three short films and lead a discussion about the grass roots sources of peace in Northern Ireland from 1-2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4 in Miller Hall 152.

The three films by award winning film team Below the Radar, “The Story of Yes,” “54 Towns,” and “Hope on the Border” are meant to encapsulate the mood of the time, and serve as a reminder of the history of Northern Ireland. They are each directed by millennials, two by young women.

Beards, Disparity, and the Sciences: Western's Tesla Monson takes aim at gender discrimination through Smithsonian exhibit

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 9:16am

Hanging in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. is a portrait of Western Washington University Assistant Professor Tesla Monson -- with a beard.

Monson, a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at Western, is a part of the Bearded Lady Project, a scientific outreach program designed to increase awareness about gender disparity and discrimination in paleontology and the sciences.

Western Washington University will graduate about 790 students Saturday in Fall Commencement ceremony

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 11:58am

BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University Alumnus Ziad Youssef, an attorney and entrepreneur, will address WWU graduates and their families at the fall commencement ceremony Saturday, Dec. 14 at 9:45 a.m. in Carver Gymnasium.

Anthropology's Brown Bag Lunch Series continues Oct. 24

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 11:14am

The Anthropology Department's Brown Bag Lunch Series continues from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24 in Arntzen Hall 319, with "Hidden Histories: WWU and the Coast Salish Sehome Family" by WWU's Kathleen Young.

The Brown Bag Lunch Series is held once a month; the presentation usually takes about 30 minutes and is followed by a Q&A period. For more information, contact Sean Bruna at 360.650.2290.

Meet the 2018-19 Outstanding Graduates from CHSS/Social and Behavioral Sciences

Thu, 07/25/2019 - 9:49am

More than 50 Western Washington University students and graduates received Outstanding Graduate honors for the 2018-19 academic year. 

Faculty members from dozens of academic departments and programs select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.

Study: Tsunamis battered tribal village

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 9:42am

WWU's Josh Fisher Travels to Nicaragua to Study the Complex Web of City Life

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 7:58am


Cities are complex. Interwoven webs connect each aspect of a city to others, and together they form something that somehow functions as a society.

But how does it all work? Josh Fisher, an associate professor of Anthropology at Western, is figuring that out. He researches city environments to find out how pulling on one string of the web affects the others.

As Retirement Approaches, Daniel Boxberger Looks Back on a Career ‘He Just Sort of Fell Into’

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 2:12pm

Professor and former chair of the Anthropology Department, Daniel Boxberger is retiring after fall quarter, but he said he plans to stay busy and will continue to focus on his research and advocacy work with Native American tribes. 

Boxberger, who has taught at Western since 1983, said when he came to Western’s campus in 1971 as an undergraduate student, he never imagined he would have stayed for so long or that he would become a professor.

“I never had a goal to be a professor, I kind of just fell into it,” Boxberger said.

In Memoriam: Dr. Joan C. Stevenson

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 9:34am

Anthropologist, mentor, scholar, and colleague Joan Stevenson, died far too soon on Monday, Dec. 4.

WWU Anthropology students win national awards

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 9:49am

WWU students Julia Soes and James Johnson won awards from the Center for a Public Anthropology as part of Kathy Saunders' ANTH 201 (Introduction to Cultural Anthropology) class. The students, who submitted opinion pieces as their entries into the contest, were winners in a North American competition involving over 4,000 students from 23 schools.   Their entries are available here:

WWU’s Mike Etnier Receives $100k NSF Grant to Research Climate Change in the Aleutians

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 11:11am

Western Washington University’s Mike Etnier, a research associate in the Anthropology department, traveled to Dutch Harbor on the Aleutian island of Unalaska in August to continue his research into how climate change has affected the marine environment over the past 4,000 years at this remote location.

“In Dutch Harbor, there is a series of archaeological sites that are showing major evidence of climate change, specifically in the animals that formed the basis of the ancient subsistence economy there,” said Etnier.

Summer Field Work: Boxberger Completes Visiting Research Chair at VIU Working with First Nations

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 8:44am

NANAIMO, BC: The Island is not only familiar ground for Dr. Daniel Boxberger, Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) second Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Visiting Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies. It is right in the middle of the research the Anthropology Professor from Western Washington University has been conducting for years.

The research chair position is supported by $250,000 USD in funding over five years, which was provided by the Fulbright Canada Foundation and the Montreal-based Jarislowsky Foundation.