In the Media

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:50am
KOMO TV

Cleanup efforts continued Wednesday at Western Washington University (WWU) after this week's frigid temperatures caused mechanical equipment to burst inside two buildings.

Large vacuums and fans transformed several classrooms into work zones Wednesday on the 4th floor of the university's Environmental Studies building.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 9:27am
The Bellingham Herald

Another winter storm is heading toward the Puget Sound lowlands this weekend and meteorologists are more confident that it could carry moderate to heavy snowfall.

Wednesday morning forecasts indicate that rain or a mix of rain and snow will move south across Whatcom County from British Columbia on Friday.

On its heels is another Fraser Outflow of strong northeast winds and possibly heavy snow, the National Weather Service in Seattle said in its morning forecasts.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 9:11am
KGMI Radio

After seven years in office, Mayor Kelli Linville is retiring.

Linville announced she will not seek a third term and plans to retire in December 2019.

Linville was born and raised in Bellingham, graduated from Bellingham High School and Western Washington University, and became the City of Bellingham’s first female mayor in 2012.

She also served in the Washington House of Representatives for one term in 1992, and then again from 1995-2010 before losing her re-election bid to Vincent Buys in the 2010 election.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 11:27am
The Olympian

The evidence is overwhelming: higher education is the single most reliable path to economic success for individuals, as well as to the prosperity of communities and of our state.

As the leaders of Washington’s six public universities, it would be reasonable to think we are biased in this regard. Yet the benefits of the “college dividend” are clear and undisputed. College graduates earn an additional $500,000 to $1 million — or more — in their lifetime over those who only graduate from high school, and they are more likely to be engaged in their communities and to pass on prosperity to the next generation. And yet each year, we find ourselves with less core educational funding to serve our students.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 1:07pm
KGMI Radio

Suspicious circumstances and drugs have been ruled out as causes of death after a 23-year-old passed away at the Western Washington University rec center.

The University sent out an advisory to students and staff on Friday stating the man was found unresponsive in a hot tub.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 12:51pm
Seattle PI

The man who sold the Seattle SuperSonics out of town is facing a landslide of hostile comment as he raises the trial balloon for an independent run for president in 2020.

Ex-Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is getting exactly the opposite reaction on the home front than California Sen. Kamala Harris, who announced her bid for the presidency before 20,000 people Sunday in her hometown of Oakland, Calif.

"The guy who sent the SuperSonics to Oklahoma," wrote Todd Donovan, Western Washington University elections expert and member of the Whatcom County Council.

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 9:49am
Fox 40 TV (Canada)

“The federal government is potentially on a path that will limit access of Canadians to new life-saving drugs, while further discouraging the discovery of new medicines,” said Steven Globerman, professor emeritus at Western Washington University, Fraser Institute senior fellow and study co-author.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 12:50pm
Cascadia Weekly

Although the powers that be at Western Washington University are thrilled that the printed posters comprising the “Hello, Dear Enemy! Picture Books for Peace and Humanity” exhibit will be on display at three of the school’s library galleries from Jan. 23 through March 22, they admit to being dismayed by the traveling exhibit’s continued relevance.

A look at the exhibit’s themes provides clues as to why there might be mixed feelings related to the indelible images Western Libraries, Woodring College of Education, Western’s Department of English, and the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity worked together to bring to Bellingham.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 12:20pm
Skagit Valley Herald

wo recent studies by researchers at Western Washington University evaluated the carbon content in eelgrass meadows in Skagit County.

One published in November in the research journal Northwest Science focused specifically on a portion of Padilla Bay, which is the site of the largest eelgrass meadow in the Salish Sea. That study was authored by Western Washington University research associate Katrina Poppe and professor John Rybczyk.

The other, a master's thesis completed by student Mira Lutz in August, examined Padilla, Samish and Skagit bays.

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 9:46am
MinnPost

Minnesota legislators will make another push to require those who want to talk on the phone while driving to use hands-free devices.

Similar bills have fallen short in the recent past. But even those who once opposed such measures now say they think horrific crashes caused by distracted drivers have become too prevalent to vote no again. Gov. Tim Walz says he will sign a bill if he reaches his desk.

But to get to passage, supporters of the legislation have to either ignore or rationalize the research behind distracted driving. Research done by psychologists and others shows that calls made with hands-free systems are not, in fact, significantly safer than calls made while holding a cellphone.

“It is as distracting to have a hands-free conversation as to have a hand-held conversation,” said Ira Hyman, Jr., a professor of psychology at Western Washington University. “It’s really not about what your hands are doing. It’s about where you head is, where your mind is. When it is occupied trying to hold a conversation, you can fail to see things that pass directly in front of you.”

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