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Biochemistry major Elise Tahti is Western's newest Goldwater Scholar

Elise Tahti, a third-year biochemistry major from Gardnerville, Nevada, has been awarded a prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship, a federally endowed program that gives $7,500 to recipients studying engineering, science or mathematics. Fewer than 10% of applicants become Goldwater scholars. 

Tahti extended thanks to teachers and professors along the way who fueled her interests. Through her education, Tahti said she is always looking to understand things on the smallest level. 

“I think it's a really elegant way to explain how chemistry integrates into the human body’s biological processes,” Tahti said. “I think it's really cool to look at the molecular level of how things happen.” 

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Engineering & Design Chair Jeff Newcomer heading to new job this summer 

Jeff Newcomer, chair of Western's Engineering & Design Department for the past 11 years and a professor of Manufacturing Engineering at the university for 25 years, will retire from Western with professor emeritus status to accept a new position in Denver, Colorado on Aug. 1.

“ENGD has a great group that has a long history of working well together to achieve the department’s mission, so it’s been a pleasure to be part of that team. I’ve also had the chance to work with a large number of great people on things outside of the department on all sorts of interesting problems,” he said. “We’re going to miss a lot of things about Western and Bellingham, but mostly we will miss the people.”

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