Dozens of Western Washington University students pitched their best ideas for new recreation programs in Edmonds to city staff at the Edmonds Library Plaza Room on Wednesday, March 8.
The groups of students presented their ideas as part of the Sustainable Cities Partnership program between the university, the city and the Association of Washington Cities.
A new local company is making use of technology that may be helpful to those buying and selling a home.
Pine Tree 3D was started last month by three Western Washington University alumni, Robin Dittrich, Tim McEuen and Rory McMahon. It offers three-dimensional, virtual reality productions as a better way to show spaces and depth for people who can’t visit in person. Instead of seeing many photos of a home online, potential buyers can see the house stitched together to show room size and flow.
“His stuff is everywhere,” said Bill Boyd, recently retired chief of Bellingham Fire Department. “I was in Hawaii on the beach with my wife and the lifeguard was driving around, there were Conterra kits in that.”
Boyd and Lipke were friends at Western Washington University in the 1980s. They love to describe how they perfected one of Lipke’s signature products, the Trauma Pro EMS/radio holster, while riding a chairlift at Mt. Baker Ski Area a decade later.
His interest in mountaineering and emergency medicine dates to high school in Anacortes where he worked as a lifeguard and scaled rock faces across Skagit and Whatcom counties for fun. He became an EMT instructor, teaching continuing education courses to firefighters around the area. He has a BA in psychology from WWU, and has worked as a counselor in a psychiatric hospital. But it’s his love of the outdoors that’s driven his career focus.
Some of the biggest supporters of human-embryo editing today are people who carry genes for serious disorders like beta thalassemia, the disease the Chinese scientists were working on. Jeff Carroll, a Western Washington University neuroscientist who inherited the mutation for Huntington’s disease — which can cause people to lose bodily control and slowly go mad, like his mother did — has been outspoken in favor. “I am saying, please, please do mess with our DNA,” he told the MIT Technology Review.
Everywhere one turns, the idea of disruptive innovation continues to spread, even as academics have cast doubt on the theory’s validity. Put on the agenda by scholars such as Clayton M. Christensen and Henry J. Eyring, the idea presumes that old institutions, including colleges and universities, will be hard-pressed to change fast enough to meet new external environments. Instead, new technologies and organizations will outcompete the old, even if -- and, in fact, because -- the new ones offer a subpar but cheaper product.
College students from throughout the Pacific Northwest (including WWU) will have the chance to practice thwarting hackers during the annual Pacific Rim Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Highline College.
In 1972, the court heard Branzburg v. Hayes regarding a journalist who refused to testify about drug crimes he had reported on in Kentucky. The court ruled that compelling the reporter to testify before a grand jury did not violate the First Amendment.
The problem with Branzburg is the decision came down 5-4 — a split decision with a total of four written opinions. Any precedent set by the case was not binding and up to each circuit court to interpret.
That was exactly the issue when Carolyn Nielsen was subpoenaed seven years ago.
Nielsen was already teaching journalism at Western Washington University when she was subpoenaed in 2010 for notes about a 15-year-old murder case she covered while she was a student in Chicago.
"It was really shocking to me," Nielsen said. "I can't say that I expected it at all."
As for where you attend college, Dave Miller, a recruiter at Artefact, put together a short list of American schools from which he always sees standout recruits. While by no means exhaustive, it provides a good sense of the schools that are training for the design challenges of the future:
- University of Washington
- California College of Arts
- University of Cincinnati
- Carnegie Mellon University
- College of Creative Studies (CCS)
- Rhode Island School of Design
- Western Washington University
- School of Visual Arts
- Parsons School of Design
From a community garden program aimed at teaching people how to grow their own food, to an open mic night that encourages teens to get moving to live music, a group of 60 Western Washington University students gathered in the Edmonds Library Plaza Room Wednesday afternoon to unveil their ideas for parks and recreation programming in Edmonds.
The visit by students in Western’s Recreation Program was part of the Sustainable Cities Partnership between the university and the City of Edmonds, which was approved by the Edmonds City Council in summer 2016. During the 2016-17 academic year, staff have been receiving a helping hand from WWU students and faculty on a range of projects. n January, a different student group presented sustainability-enhancing ideas for the Edmonds Marsh.
Big changes begin soon on bus routes across Whatcom County, including expanded Sunday service in rural areas, consolidation of routes serving Western Washington University, and added service to Bellingham International Airport.
“It affects every single route we have in one way or another,” said Rick Nicholson, director of service development for the Whatcom Transportation Authority. He said the changes beginning March 19 are the product of years of ridership studies, public forums and rider surveys.