In the Media

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 10:12am
The Bellingham Herald

Western Washington University is receiving its largest donation ever from two business entrepreneurs that will go a long way to bringing a new science building to campus.

Business partners Fred Kaiser and Grace Borsari are giving a $10 million gift to WWU for its new science building, which will house the electrical engineering, computer and energy programs, according to a news release. The university is currently holding a $20 million fundraising campaign to pay for about half the building. That total is expected to be matched by the Washington State legislature.

Monday, December 16, 2019 - 9:09am
The Bellingham Herald

An increase in acidity has shown to hurt some shellfish species, such as those found in Whatcom County, according to Brooke Love, who holds a doctorate in chemical oceanography and is an associate professor at Western Washington University.

“If you like to eat seafood, as many of us do, (acidification) threatens all seafood,” Love said.

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 10:26am
The Bellingham Business Journal

A recent seminar hosted by Western Washington University's Small Business Development Center helped Bellingham businesses prepare for a hike in the minimum wage. The change will account for a 12.5 percent increase in the cost of doing business and could propose challenges for small businesses.

Effective on January 1, 2020, the minimum wage will increase across the state of Washington from $12 an hour to $13.50 an hour. Currently, the national minimum wage is $7.25. 

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 10:18am
KPUG Radio

The Western Washington University women’s soccer team will play for the national championship Saturday morning in Pittsburgh.  The Vikings won their semi-final game Thursday beating Flagler College 2-0.  Western got goals from Grace Eversaul and Karli White.

The Vikings will play #1-ranked Grand Valley State out of Michigan for the title at 9:00 Saturday morning.  The game will be streamed live on

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 10:05am
American Rivers

As the carrying capacity for eagles declines on other rivers in the Pacific Northwest, the Nooksack River continues to become an increasingly rare and important place of refuge for eagles during the winter. By protecting the Nooksack River under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, we can help ensure that this beautiful river will continue to support the extraordinary salmon runs and bald eagles congregations that characterize the Pacific Northwest.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 8:58am
Sea Change Radio

For many, along with all that good cheer, the holidays bring a bunch of food-related conundrums: what to bring to the pot luck, what to eat and not eat at the company party, what gifts to buy for our culinary-focused friends and family, and how to be ecologically responsible without compromising taste. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak with a food expert who can help solve these holiday food puzzlers. Gigi Berardi is a professor of food studies and geography at Western Washington University. Her new book, FoodWISE lays out ways to make better decisions about what we eat. We discuss the differences between frozen and canned foods, take a look at “Big Organic,” and examine how the food industry’s misuse of the word “healthy” has warped its meaning.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 1:55pm
Washington Post

“Even if you believe, as I do, that trade is part of the problem, renegotiating trade agreements isn’t really going to fix it,” said Edward Alden, author of “Failure to Adjust: How Americans Got Left Behind in the Global Economy” and a professor at Western Washington University. “He vastly over-promised in terms of the benefits the tougher stance on trade could bring. These tactics have not come close to delivering the results he promised.”

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 1:52pm
CityNews 1130, Vancouver BC

As officials in New Zealand continue to search for missing people after a volcano erupted and killed at least five people, some are wondering if Mount Baker could be next.

Bernie Housen with the geology department at Western Washington University says Mount Baker will erupt at some point, but it’s very difficult to say when.

“The volcano in New Zealand has a little smaller vent but it was in a more active stage, so it had a lot more steam and gas activity,” he says.

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 1:36pm
The Bellingham Herald

An 18-year-old Western Washington University student was arrested Sunday after he allegedly ingested hallucinogenic mushrooms and assaulted another student.

Jackson Stephanos Regas was arrested Dec. 1 and has been charged with felony second-degree assault (strangulation). Regas’ first appearance and arraignment in Whatcom County Superior Court are scheduled for Dec. 6.

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 11:18am
Forward Reviews

This week, we’re pleased to introduce Gigi Berardi, a Fulbright scholar with more than thirty years experience in food and farm studies. More importantly for our purposes, Gigi is a sane and knowledgeable voice about how to take ownership of your relationship with food. Her new book, FoodWISE: A Whole Systems Guide to Sustainable and Delicious Food Choicesearned a starred review from Tanisha Rule in the November/December issue of Foreword Reviews, so we worked quickly with North Atlantic Books to set up this compelling FaceOff interview.