WWU Professor of Biology Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez’s research on harbor seals could yield important new information about the potential impacts the seals may have on the Salish Sea salmon crisis.
In addition to the things Gutierrez does as a professor for Western, he also has a long list of accomplishments in his life, including a key to the city of Tampa, Florida, an Oscar nomination for the IMAX movie “Dolphins,” and the Museum of Science and Industry's National Hispanic Scientist of the Year award.
Like cherry blossoms opening up on campus or Frisbees flying across the Old Main lawn, certain activities indicate that spring has sprung at Western, and one of those annual rites is celebrating the successes of Western students and the scholarships and fellowships they have been awarded, from NOAA Hollings fellows to Fulbright winners.
WWU junior Darby Finnegan’s passion for marine life and hard work has led her to become Western’s first ever Barry Goldwater Scholarship award winner.
The incredibly competitive $7,500 scholarship is awarded to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering, and is awarded to fewer than 10 percent of those who even qualify to be part of the rigorous application process.
Finnegan said she was honored to be Western’s first Goldwater recipient.
Every college student has had days, weeks, months and maybe even years when they feel the weight of the world pushing down on them as they try to juggle school, work and social responsibilities.
Faculty members Katherine Anderson of the English Department and Nick Galati of the Biology Department know the pressures of a university environment as well as anyone. To try to alleviate some of this pressure they are creating the “Community Office Hours” program to provide extra support for students and to contribute to a supportive campus community.
All WWU faculty are invited to attend the 2019 Faculty Awards & Recognition Ceremony from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, in the Wilson Library Reading Room, hosted by Provost Brent Carbajal and Faculty Senate President McNeel Jantzen.
Harriet Ritvo, the Arthur J. Connor Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present "A Whiff of Danger: Hybridity, Breed, and Wildness," from 4:30-6 p.m.on Thursday, April 4, in SL 140.
This event is free and open to the public.