In the Media

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 2:25pm

Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling welcomed a group of eager Western Washington University students and professors at the Edmonds Marsh Saturday morning as they embark on a series of projects to help restore and enhance the marsh environment.

“This is all part of the Sustainable Cities Partnership between the City of Edmonds and WWU,” explained consultant Keeley O’Connell, who is overseeing the project for the city. “The agreement provides for students and professors to partner with the city to identify and work on an array of sustainability projects.  It’s a great opportunity for both parties. The students get hands-on experience with real issues, and the city gets the benefits of enhanced sustainability.”

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 2:23pm
The Bellingham Herald

An economic development agency will soon be moving to a different downtown space.

Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center is moving to 1616 Cornwall Ave., near the Bellingham Athletic Club.

The office, now at 115 Unity St., will be closed Oct. 24-28 during the move. The Cornwall Avenue office is expected to open Wednesday, Nov. 2.

During the transition, the Barkley office at 2200 Rimland Drive, Suite 250, is open.

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 2:21pm
The Olympian

Mah earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in sociology at Western Washington University. His undergraduate degree had an emphasis in criminology, while his graduate degree had an emphasis in demography.

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 1:31pm
FastCo Design

It doesn't matter where or what you study. Just go. This might seem head-slappingly obvious—except that, for some people, it isn't. No design leader Co.Design spoke with advocated dropping out of college. Design has always drawn on a range of subjects, from art to literature to science—and that will be true 15 years down the line. A traditional liberal arts education will not become obsolete.

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
  • Art Center
  • 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

For most jobs, of course, it doesn't matter where you go to school. "At the end of the day, it’s the quality of the work in your portfolio that gets you hired, not the school you go to," Miller says.

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 10:27am
Whatcom Talk

Imagine building an affordable home that also meets sustainable requirements. Imagine outfitting this affordable home with solar energy and going beyond Net Zero. According to local green designer and builder Ted Clifton (of TC Legend Homes), with the right priorities in mind, we can build Positive Energy homes here in Bellingham.

But wait a minute. Can we reap the rewards of solar energy in a region that is dark and cloudy for half the year?

“Solar power works well here with the long days of spring and summer,” Ted tells me during an interview at the Power House he and his four-person crew built in the Roosevelt Neighborhood. “Panels work better at 70 degrees.”

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 11:45am
The Seattle Times

College student Adam Schaefer has seen the posts all over social media — friends and classmates writing that they’re not voting for either GOP nominee Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton. They’re casting a ballot for Libertarian Gary Johnson or Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Schaefer, for one, doesn’t believe it.

“That’s a Facebook phenomenon,” says the Western Washington University student, dismissively. “Everyone I talk to — they say, ‘I’m voting for Hillary.’ ”

But sometimes they also tell him, “I’m not enthusiastic about it.”

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 9:10am
Anacortes American

While Olive, 6, colored in the purple of the sea star, Andrew Fisher, 6, perfected the spikes on the sea cucumber and Cynthia Zimmerman, 8, chose the right colors for the shell of a different creature.

“I like seeing all the beautiful colors and stuff,” Olive said.

A dozen or so kids gathered after school last week to take a scientific illustration class. The class, at Island View Elementary School, was open to elementary kids across the district and was presented in partnership with Shannon Point Marine Center and Western Washington University.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 9:07am
KUOW radio

So how could Bush have handled it differently? Western Washington University psychology professor Alex Czopp has studied this, and he says there are strategies you can use to push back against people who say something offensive.

"Depending on the person and how well you know them, something slight like changing the subject and hopefully relying on that person's emotional intelligence to read this as a cue of disapproval," Czopp said. 

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 8:48am
Financial Buzz (Canada)

"Stronger patent protections would encourage the development of new drugs and medical devices, which could improve and even save the lives of Canadians," said Steven Globerman, Fraser Institute senior fellow, Kaiser Professor of International Business at Western Washington University and editor of Intellectual Property Rights and the Promotion of Biologics, Medical Devices, and Trade in Pharmaceuticals.

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 9:12am
The Seattle Times

From Fairhaven, look out across Bellingham Bay to Lummi Island. Pulitzer Prize- winning author Annie Dillard lived there when she served as Western Washington University’s writer-in-residence in the 1970s.