According to a report recently published by the Center for Economic and Business Research at Western Washington University, 6,033 jobs are created or supported by the marine trades representing 7 percent of Whatcom County’s total workforce. The Working Waterfront Coalition and Whatcom Commercial Fisherman’s Association sponsored the economic impact analysis and played a key role in volunteer data-gathering.
Larson, a 2016 graduate of Arlington High School, made a big splash in her first season at Western, playing a significant role in the Vikings claiming the NCAA Division II national championship.
Larson, a freshman forward, had seven goals and five assists for the Vikings as she started 23 of Western’s 25 games. She helped the Vikings to a 24-0-1 record as Western knocked off three-time defending champ Grand Valley State 3-2 in the national title contest.
I spoke with Gov. Inslee about all this and more at a recent event on sustainable transportation at Western Washington University. (Check out WWU’s Institute for Energy Studies, which has pulled together an excellent inter-disciplinary energy program for undergrads. More schools should follow suit!) An edited transcript of our conversation follows.
"To see strong differences in growth in what we thought was a purely temperature-limited environment is surprising," Andy Bunn of Western Washington University told environmentalresearchweb. "[And] means that the temperature environment at treeline is more heterogenous than we thought."
Volcanic eruptions are ecological reset buttons. They allow scientists to see how a complex ecosystem eventually emerges from barren rock. After an eruption on land, lichens are the first pioneers. In the water, Venus’s hair appears to play that role. It attaches—very firmly—to rock, gaining a foothold for other microorganisms and marine animal larvae. “It’s really acting like a foundation species,” says Craig Moyer, a marine microbiologist at Western Washington University, who was not involved in the study.
The title of the meeting was “Western’s Extended Education: Today and Tomorrow.” And “Go Where the Students Are” was the thematic thread that ran through the presentations at the April 20 Western Washington University Board of Trustees meeting.
Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson will be at Western Washington University on May 2 for a discussion about his lawsuit challenging an executive order by President Donald Trump.
“See You in Court, Mr. President!” will run from 2-3 p.m. in Miller Hall 138, the university said. The event is free and open to the public.
Federal funding for education and research has been critical to America’s competitiveness and innovativeness. The recent budget blueprint released by the administration projects deep cuts to several student aid programs, including programs that aid low-income and minority students, and decreases in funding for agencies that support research, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.
Among those who spoke was Melissa Rice, an assistant professor of Planetary Science at Western Washington University, who drew cheers from the crowd after summarizing her work: “I drive robots on the planet Mars.”
“We cannot sit idly by while there are forces at work to undermine science, while evidence is being undermined by illogical fallacies and by political agendas on all sides,” Rice said.
The Washington state Senate honored the Western Washington University women’s soccer team Thursday by passing a resolution recognizing the Vikings for their outstanding 2016 season, which culminated with the program’s first NCAA Division II national title.