Would you expect to notice a unicycling clown if you were walking down the street near one? If you are talking on your cell phone, then you probably wouldn't see the clown. People talking on their cell phones are more than twice as oblivious as those not on their phones, according to a recent study conducted by Western Washington University Psychology Professor Ira Hyman.
When Jason Morris saw pictures sent to him by his mother - an Anglican minister doing mission work in Uganda - of pedicab operators in downtown Kampala shuttling their clients around the city on cushions mounted on the back fenders of their bikes, he knew he could do better.
Western Washington University students Derek McFaul, left, a kinesiology major, and Robert Hamlin, a history major, chat on a couch in Red Square. The sun that these two were enjoying appears to be gone for a while, with forecasters predicting rain and highs in the upper 50s for the foreseeable future.
Ernesto Sagás, an associate professor of ethnic studies at Colorado State University, spoke on the WWU campus Oct. 7 as part of the Inter-American/Caribbean Forums.
The last two events in the series take place today on the Western Washington University campus. The inaugural series of talks and film screenings have highlighted life, culture and history in the Caribbean.
The first-ever Moonlight Ramble in Bellingham began with a kickoff event at Western Washington University Oct. 3 featuring vendors, prizes, bike safety information booths and live music. The route took riders through downtown Bellingham and Fairhaven and back to the WWU campus. Proceeds from this event went to benefit the new Pickford Film Center in Bellingham.
Filmed and edited by Michael Leese | WWU intern
The Huxley College Speaker Series at Western Washington University presents Daniel Donato of the U.S. Forest Service, who will give a lecture titled "Adventures in Science: Story of the Biscuit Fire Controversy" at 3 p.m. Oct. 9 in Communications Facility Room 125.
This presentation is free and open to the public.
Western Washington University’s Sanford Piano Series will begin its 2009-2010 season with a concert featuring Charlie Albright at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9 in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) Concert Hall.
Reid Nelson, who has a master’s degree in experimental psychology from WWU, will present “Effects of Similarity and Tourist Status on Prosocial Behavior: A Field Study in Spain” at noon today in College Hall Room 131. Nelson will discuss the results of his research on the likelihood of a Spaniard helping a suspected tourist based on the tourist’s attire, stated nationality and choice of language.
The lecture is part of WWU's Center for International Studies Fall Lecture Series.
Andy Bunn, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Western Washington University, participated this summer in the Polaris Project in the Siberian arctic. It was the second consecutive summer that Bunn took a pair of WWU undergraduates on the summer research project to study the effects of climate change on these ecologically vital and sensitive areas.
Bunn and the undergraduates, Kayla Henson of Spokane and Max Janicek of Golden, Colo., left for Siberia July 2.
The Center for East Asian Studies and the Center for International Studies will present "Kuniyoshi's Faces: Ukiyo-e and the Renaissance," a presentation by Piergiacomo Petrioli, at 3 p.m. Today, Sept. 28, in Viking Union Room 552.
Petrioli is an expert in medieval and Renaissance art and 19th-century American and English criticism of Italian Renaissance.
Currently a visiting scholar at Baylor University, Petrioli is exploring the existence of crucial links between Renaissance Tuscan aesthetics and pre-modern Japanese art.