Dr. Robin Kodner regularly goes to extremes in the name of science. That’s because the microscopic algae she studies live only on glaciers and snowfields high in the mountains. At 2 billion years old, these single-celled colonies predate plants, animals and even fungi. By observing these archaic creatures, Robin can learn how all life evolved in the very beginning — and how it might survive into the future.
Snow School instructors Olivia Finley (center) and Vivien Zoller, both students at Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment, taught Concrete eighth-graders Feb. 14 about algae that live in the snow and how to collect samples for research.
“It sends the signal that your culture, your community, your food, is American too,” Ramakrishnan said. “It suggests that immigrants don’t need to assimilate, that the candidate is comfortable with the prospect of a multicultural nation.”
And research shows these gestures do help garner votes, said Rudy Alamillo, assistant professor of political science at Western Washington University.
In an analysis of 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s appeal among Latino voters, Alamillo and his coauthor Loren Collingwood found that Bush’s identity-based strategy was one of the most influential factors. Cross-racial mobilizations — things like speaking Spanish, emphasizing that he has a Mexican American wife, and commercials depicting Bush eating Mexican food — were a more powerful factor than even party identification or ideology.
SAM isn’t the only lucky recipient of Virginia Wright’s love for the visual arts. In the 1970s, she set up the Virginia Wright Fund, which essentially bankrolled a significant outdoor sculpture collection at Western Washington University in Bellingham. Wright also shepherded Seattle’s 1976 acquisition of “Adjacent, Against, Upon,” the monumental stone sculpture sited at Myrtle Edwards Park on the Seattle waterfront.
The Virginia Wright Fund donated several well-known public sculptures to Seattle (including Barnett Newman’s “Broken Obelisk” in University of Washington’s Red Square and Jonathan Borofsky’s “Hammering Man” looming above Seattle Art Museum) as well as the campus of Western Washington University in Bellingham, her hometown (including works by Richard Serra, Nancy Holt, Bruce Nauman and others).
Holly Folk, a professor at Western Washington University, is sympathetic. “Once you examine the track record,” she says, “you realize none of the accusations are true.” Analyzing the campaign against the CAG, “You see the exact same move by the Chinese government against the Falun Gong.”
As for the image of God incarnate, says Folk, “they are extraordinarily Calvinist, their theology is similar to the theology of the Puritans.” A theme, she says, is predestination —the sense that God has preordained the fate of all living things.
Sure, she concedes, “there are certain things they do, they use false names and are doing this covert stuff,” but that’s because “they are worried about immigration”—permanent residence abroad—to save them from forced repatriation to China. As for those elusive leaders in New York, they “are concerned about assassination.”
The Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council released the State’s quarterly revenue forecast today, projecting a $606 million increase in Near General Fund revenue for the current 2019-21 biennium, which brings the total Near General Fund projected revenues to over $52.3 billion for the current two-year state budget cycle. Projected revenues for the 2021-23 budget cycle are also up by $536 million for the State’s Near General Fund.
The House and Senate proposals for the 2019-21 supplemental operating, transportation and capital budgets are expected to be released in the next few days.
Learning to be an ally is particularly important at a time when FBI crime statistics and several recent surveys have shown that hate crimes and white supremacist organizing are rising in Bellingham and across the United States, according to Alex Czopp, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Western Washington University, and others.
If household debt is rising in Whatcom County, that is something to monitor, said Hart Hodges, director at Western Washington University’s Center for Economic and Business Research. More debt can work if income is going up so that it can be serviced appropriately, and that can be a sign of confidence. But it’s not good if economic conditions change, he added.
"If there is a book you want to read but isn’t written yet, write it.” This straightforward advice comes from author Shel Silverstein in Roger Was a Razor Fish, and Other Poems.
WWU Emeritus Professor Nancy J. Johnson pictured a conference that wasn’t created yet, so she built it—one that supports children’s literature and those who create it, teach it, share it, and just enjoy it. Now in its seventeenth year, the Western Washington University Children’s Literature Conference brings 600 annual attendees in contact with visiting working authors for a day of inspiration, education, and community.