Welcome to the new Facilities, Collections and Technology Manager of SMATE

Lori Torres and Whitney Morrison

Whitney Morrison

Whitney Morrison (right) is an educator that has dedicated the last 15 years to public schools and preparing preservice teachers for the workforce.  She is excited to support the students, staff and faculty of SMATE.  In her new role, Whitney hopes to develop the Learning Resource Center into a more inclusive space and draw in more k-12 partnerships!

Need help thinking about science lessons, checking out curriculum and materials, or finding a children's book that is connected to science content? 

Whitney is in the Learning Resource Center, ready to help!


We are an interdisciplinary Science Education Center striving towards the best in science teaching education. Our mission and values guide us to improving teaching and learning through the lens of equity, inclusion and STEM literacy for all.  

Learn about SMATE's work with partners in our Bellingham Community!

SMATE is open Monday-Friday 9am - 4pm

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Taxidermied bald eagle and swan in a display case
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News and Events

Dr. Norda Stephenson, assistant professor in chemistry and SMATE, has been awarded a Social Justice and Equity Committee (SJEC) grant for the 2023-24 academic year. The title of her project is, …

Norda Stephenson Assistant Professor in Western's Chemistry Department.

Please join us for the Annual Irwin L. Slesnick Interactive Symposium. This year, we are excited to welcome our guests to Western's campus and a couple sessions are virtual for those unable to…

Irwin Slesnick

Hillary Hunsaker and Natalie Reeder, both former Elementary education/General Science BAE students and current teachers in Western Washington, each received the 2023 Maitland P. Simmons…

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