In the Media

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 11:44am

A new list from has named Bellingham as the best college town in western Washington. released the best college town in each state and only considered cities with fewer than 250,000 residents. 

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 11:41am
SciTech Europa

WWU's Marina Kounkel used data from Gaia’s second release to trace the structure and star formation activity of a large patch of space surrounding the solar system, and to explore how this changed over time. This data release, provided in April 2018, lists the motions and positions of over one billion stars with unprecedented precision.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 8:45am


We gathered a list of college towns and narrowed it down to cities with fewer than 250,000* residents. We kept in mind that the metro areas surrounding the smaller towns would also include the student population.

Using data from the United States Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we analyzed overall population, student population, rental costs, college education rates, transportation access, unemployment rates, and bar availability.

From there, we narrowed it down further by weighing the cost of living, unemployment rates for 20–24 year olds, and easy access to the city.

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:30am
Miami Herald/Associated Press

Students at Western Washington University can minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies with a new program that will be offered starting this fall.

The Bellingham Herald reports the university announced Wednesday that in conjunction with the program officials will honor Nazi concentration camps survivor Noémi Ban of Bellingham in October.

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:25am
Q13 Fox TV

A new study out of Western Washington University found restored wetlands stored a significant amount of carbon from the atmosphere, showing promise in the efforts to mitigate climate change.

Dr. John Rybczyk and his research assistant Katrina Poppe compared the rate of carbon being captured and held in restored wetlands to unrestored wetlands.

They partnered with The Nature Conservancy in 2011 to restore a 150-acre estuary in the Stillaguamish. They removed a levy that was once in place for farming and let the restoration begin. Within a year, the estuary responded positively with thriving wildlife and habitat. They then took dozens of core samples, a meter long, and analyzed how much carbon they contained. They found the carbon was sequestered at a rate twice as fast as the adjacent natural marshes.

"It's a small area of 150 acres, but once the restoration project is maxed out, we estimate that it will store the equivalent of removing 7,000 to 10,000 cars for one year," said Dr. Rybczyk.

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:08am
The Bellingham Herald

Students at Western Washington University can minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies with a new program being offered starting this fall quarter, the university announced Wednesday, Sept. 4.

At a promotional event Thursday, Oct. 17, WWU will honor Noémi Ban of Bellingham, who died June 7 at age 96.

Ban survived Nazi persecution and the concentration camps, but her family was murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators.

Monday, August 26, 2019 - 4:06pm

“We know so little about the seafloor,” said Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, a seismologist and volcanologist at Western Washington University.

It’s often said that 70 or 80 percent of the world’s volcanism happens on the seafloor, but this number is sketchy guesstimate, Caplan-Auerbach said. We actually don’t know how much volcanism is going on down there, but our knowledge of plate tectonics and seafloor surveys suggests that it’s a lot. Sadly, unless we stumble on it by chance, it’s often never caught in the act.

Monday, August 26, 2019 - 10:05am
The Bellingham Herald

Hart Hodges agreed, saying more people seem to be moving here with a belief they can find work. Hodges is the co-director at the Center for Economic and Business Research at Western Washington University.

“People are willing to change jobs and consumers are spending money,” Hodges said in an email.

Monday, August 26, 2019 - 9:59am

Family and friends gathered Friday for a memorial to honor Stephanie Brenner-Cresswell, the Western Washington University student brutally murdered inside her apartment last week.

“She brought so much love and happiness and joy to the world,” her mother Lisa Brenner told KOMO News. “I’m so above proud.”

Monday, August 26, 2019 - 9:53am
Seattle Times

Daphne Scott, 59, is warming up beside the track preparing for the 80-meter hurdles.

Scott, a math faculty member at Western Washington University, started participating in Masters Track & Field 12 years ago.

Keenly focused, she practices her approach to the hurdles over and over.

She’ll have just two competitors in this race — another runner and the clock.

She’s won national championships in the 100, 200 and 400 meters and decathlon, plus world championships in the 400 meters, pentathlon and pole vault.  She’s been named best women’s athlete of the year in her age group by USATF Masters Track & Field, which sanctions the master’s events along with some 8,000 other competitions.

Scott clears the hurdles with a form reminiscent of Edwin Moses, the great Olympian who defined the sport. She waits for the other runner to greet her at the finish line. To compete and finish is often its own goal.

She says she simply “wanted exercise that was fun to do and get out of here healthy.”

Scott’s looking forward to turning 60 so she can be the youngest in the next age group. “I’m happy to be alive.”