“Because China went through such a tumultuous period of time, Chinese people are very resilient, sensitive, attuned to events around them,” says Luo Baozhen, a sociology professor at Western Washington University.
“It’s what has allowed them to survive and thrive.”
Since 2013, student headcount at other four-year public universities in Washington has been rising slowly at Western Washington University and Central Washington University and vacillates between steady to down slightly at Eastern Washington University.
Standing on a rocky outcrop some 16,000 feet above sea level, mountain ecologist John All stares intensely at the glacier that leads up to the summit of Mount Maparaju, another 1,500 feet above us.
It should form a gentle convex arc from where we stand all the way up to the peak, perhaps half a mile away. For an experienced mountaineer like him, heading to the summit ought to be nothing more than a 90-minute stroll.
Instead, the glacier surface, ravaged by climate change, has sunk so dramatically that going straight up now would entail a technical climb up a 70 degree slab of ice.
All, who since 2011 has been conducting annual surveys of the effects of global warming here in Huascaran National Park, in the heart of the Peruvian Andes, estimates that the glacier surface has dropped around 170 feet just since he was last here 12 months ago.
In other words, the volume of ice lost just over the last year would be more than enough to fill an NFL Stadium.
“What is surprising is that the rate of melting is changing so quickly,” said All, a research professor at Western Washington University and head of the American Climber Science Program. “We always knew it was not going to be linear but now it feels exponential.”
After a successful start in Lynden, the idea of drinking a beer while supporting a global effort has expanded to Bellingham.
Nine kayaks and a trailer, worth about $39,000, were stolen from the Western Washington University Associated Students Outdoor Center between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
The theft may have happened sometime between 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to John Thompson, a WWU spokesman.
Western Washington University students mapped the city of Stanwood this week to determine which areas are vulnerable to flooding.
Using ground-level home elevation measurements, the students will build an online map, and Stanwood residents can see the flood risk to their homes.
Students will process the data during winter quarter, and the flood map should be available to the public by March 2018.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been a loyal proponent of school choice. In her home state of Michigan, DeVos advocated both public school choice and vouchers to empower parents to send their children to private and religious schools. As secretary, she argues that “parents no longer believe that a one-size-fits-all model of learning meets the needs of every child.” They “know other options exist, whether magnet, virtual, charter, home, faith-based or any other combination.”
Now President Trump is proposing devoting unprecedented amounts of federal money to expand school choice nationally. Both Trump and DeVos argue that families, not the public, should choose their schools. As DeVos recently proclaimed, “School choice is about recognizing parents’ inherent right to choose what is best for their children. That’s the manifestation of expanding human liberty in America.”
The U.S. administration tipped its hand ahead of this week’s NAFTA negotiations in Washington, D.C.
A report released by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative last month set out, in broad strokes, the administration’s negotiating strategy.
Not surprisingly, the overriding objective is to improve market access for U.S. exports in the agriculture, manufacturing and services sectors. It also seeks to do away with what the administration sees as trade and investment barriers maintained by its North American Free Trade Agreement partners.
If the Age of Algae had never dawned, we wouldn’t be here.
The new building, said Western Washington University President Sabah Randhawa, acknowledges that moving to a four-year university campus isn’t possible for many students and that “we can meet them where they are.” Western has had a presence in Everett since 1986 during which time it has worked closely with EvCC.