In the Media

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:57am
The Bellingham Herald

Bellingham Police say a suspect arrested in an indecent exposure last weekend is not the man sought in a series of similar cases dating to late summer.

Javier A. Pequeno-Contreras, 26, of Bellingham, was booked Wednesday into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of indecent exposure, said Bellingham Police Sgt. Claudia Murphy.

Murphy, who heads the family crimes unit, said Pequeno-Contreras was identified from video of the 10:30 p.m. Saturday incident at JJ’s Food Stop, 2219 Douglas Ave.

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 9:48am
Velo News

Ironically, McFadden came to cycling because of her hip pain. She entered college as a runner but began to notice pain in her right hip in 2010. She was just getting into cyclocross at this point and found she had much less pain when she rode. So, she moved to full-time cycling as part of the Western Washington University cycling team.

Athletes know their bodies extremely well, but McFadden is on another level. She earned a masters degree in exercise science from Western Washington. So, when she started physical therapy in February 2016, she hoped her right hip would begin to feel better. It didn’t.

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 9:40am
Salon magazine

Remembering is a social activity, connecting us to one another as well as to the past.

“This is what memory is for,” said Ira Hyman, a psychologist at Western Washington University. “By sharing memories and having memories in common, it identifies us as having a shared background, as being friends or family members, to make us part of a social group and help us bond as a social group.”

Memories are the glue that keeps our families and communities and our sense of self together, and for children in particular, the sharing of memories, good or bad, is critical to their development. What they know of the past — where they came from and what came before them — and being able to connect themselves to their family’s history helps them navigate their future.

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 9:31am
The Bellingham Herald

Bellingham Police have arrested a suspect in a recent indecent exposure case, but it was unknown if that suspect is connected to other recent crimes.

“I have just been informed by our Investigations Division that an arrest has been made in the JJ’s Food Stop indecent exposure incident, the one with the surveillance image we sent out,” said Lt. Don Almer.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 9:49am
i News

Finding a cure for any disease is a complex process. The first goal has to be ensuring any potential drug does not have toxic side effects. Therefore, the main aim of the UCL study was determining whether the experimental drug – given to the majority of the 46 men and women from the UK, Germany and Canada with early stages Huntington’s who took part – is safe. Around a quarter were given a placebo. The results showed the drug lowered the level of the toxic disease-causing protein in the nervous system and did so safely. Anyone wondering just how excited scientists were should read the account by Dr Jeff Carroll, a neuroscientist at Western Washington University, on the HD Buzz website. “Both editors indulged in a little bit of happy dancing when they saw the press release,” he said. “It’s really big news!”

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 10:08am
The Bellingham Herald

Another instance of indecent exposure, the third in four days, was reported overnight in a neighborhood near Western Washington University.

A description of the suspect in the Monday night incident roughly matches the description of a suspect from early Friday morning.

Both occurred north of the Western campus, but Bellingham Police have not said if those two recent crimes are related, or if they can be linked to the more than two dozen instances of voyeurism and lewd conduct over late summer and fall that they believe were committed by the same man. Most of those crimes occurred on campus or in surrounding neighborhoods. Police sketch below:

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 11:19am
Columns Magazine

Two alumni have written the first fresh Northwest history textbook since 1989. Don't doze off yet: “Contested Boundaries” isn’t a catalog of facts for students to memorize—it’s a compilation of riveting, high-stakes stories.

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 10:49am
Scientific American

“Kepler has spent all its time looking for planets like Earth,” says James Davenport, a postdoctoral researcher at Western Washington University and co-founder of the #waveatkepler outreach effort. “One of the last things it will do is turn around and happen to capture a picture of home—of the thing it was looking for the whole time.”

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 10:48am
The Bellingham Herald

Bellingham Police arrested a man Tuesday after he allegedly exposed himself.

Now detectives are determining whether he’s connected to the numerous recent lewd conduct incidents happening around Western Washington University.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 4:29pm
The Seattle Times

Veterans who are trading helmets for mortarboards bring skills and experiences to the classroom that often surpass those of typical college students, but financial challenges can make success after service even more elusive, according to some veterans.

“Veterans are very focused, and now their mission is to get an education,” says Ann Beck, assistant director of Veteran’s Services at Western Washington University. “They also have a really good perspective on things. They may get frustrated or tired, but they know what they are capable of because they’ve been pushed to the limit and have seen a lot more.”

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