July 2021 WMU News

Immersive program aims to empower next generation of science teachers

Science-related jobs are among the fastest growing in the United States, but the country is facing a shortage of workers to fill them. The Pathways to Science Teaching program at Western Michigan University looks to change that by making science less intimidating for aspiring teachers.

Western student chapter receives superior merit award

Western's chapter of the Society for Excellence in Human Resources has once again been recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management for providing superior growth and development opportunities to its student members.

WMU researchers develop framework for creating more efficient masks

Drs. Steve Durbin and Robert Makin have developed a method for predicting particle removal efficiency of filters used in personal protective equipment, such as N95 masks. It could pave the way for a process to create more effective masks or equally effective masks using different materials.

Student skin care company claims entrepreneurship award

WMU student Irene Roberts was recently named the recipient of the Wendell Christoff Award, which honors students in Starting Gate who use their talent to create opportunities for others through their entrepreneurial endeavors. Roberts's business, Transparent Beauty Company, is an eCommerce beauty retailer that focuses on helping customers pinpoint the ingredients that irritate their sensitive skin.

Western advances White House COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge

Great strides have been made to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan and across the country, but it will take a collective effort to defeat the virus. It's what drives Western Michigan University's commitment to the White House COVID-19 College Vaccine Challenge—urging all community members who are able to get vaccinated.

New facility propels Western’s College of Aviation into the future

The aviation industry is ready for takeoff after a pandemic pause, and a new, innovative facility puts Western Michigan University at the head of the pack to meet the growing demand. The $20 million Aviation Education Center (AEC), which has been in the works for more than a decade, dramatically expands educational opportunities for the College of Aviation and doubles the number of students it can accommodate.