In the Media

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 1:08pm
The Bellingham Herald

Friday’s earthquakes that rocked Alaska do not have a direct connection to the fault lines near Whatcom County, but it does serve as a reminder about the importance of being prepared.

That’s the message from Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, a professor in the geology department at Western Washington University. She spent five years in Alaska studying seismic activity at the Alaska Volcano Observatory before coming to Western in 2006.

While earthquakes are not uncommon in Alaska, the quakes measuring 7.0 and 5.7 just north of Anchorage Friday morning do have unusual aspects that will give seismologists new information worth studying, Caplan-Auerbach said in an interview Friday.

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 10:04am
The Bellingham Herald

It should also be noted that plenty of new restaurants have been opening and many popular places are changing hands, said CJ Seitz of Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center. Simmering Tava recently opened in downtown Bellingham, for example, while Skylark’s Hidden Cafe in Fairhaven was recently purchased by Brad Haggen.

The key for restaurant owners to handle the changes is planning, said Seitz in an email. That includes looking at the financial impacts and what can be done to offset the new costs. That could include raising prices, cutting staff hours or trimming menu items.

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 10:02am
The Bellingham Herald

“I was originally a junior high science teacher and a camp counselor,” Wolfson says. “I saw how I loved seeing changes in kids when they gained confidence.”

Thus, she returned to college and obtained a master’s degree in exercise science from Western Washington University. The result has been untold thousands of kids gaining confidence at Bellingham Bay Gymnastics and Pre-School.

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 9:53am
The Bellingham Herald

“From 2000 to 2007, there was a gradual increase in the level of people in need in the county. But in 2008 (as the Great Recession unfolded) our need to serve people doubled,” she says. “It has never gone back (to pre-2008 levels). The housing (price) situation is horrendous and eats up everything (with the costs of rent, utilities and food). There are a lot of hurting people in the community,” says Woolsey, who earned a degree in human services from Western Washington University.

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 8:54am
Everett Herald

Small businesses are much more likely to be negatively affected than larger, more diversified businesses, which typically have deeper pockets and more flexibility to change their product mix, said James McCafferty, co-director of the Center for Economic and Business Research at Western Washington University in Bellingham.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 10:23am
The Northern Light

The most striking trend across the U.S.-Canada border since 2000 is a “severe reduction in passenger traffic.”

That’s one change outlined in the “Border Barometer,” a recent report on the U.S./Canada border crossing corridor Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute was one of the report’s authors.

The report looks at the three busiest crossing regions: Detroit-Windsor, Buffalo-Niagara Falls, and the “Cascade Gateway” – the reports name for the Peace Arch and Pacific Highway crossings in Blaine.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 10:20am
Seattle Times

Western Washington University’s Title IX Coordinator Sue Guenter-Schlesinger said administrators are committed to a fair process, but want to make sure they are following federal policy and are closely reviewing the proposal.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., ranking member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee called on DeVos to withdraw the proposal at a Wednesday news conference in WashingtonD.C.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 10:00am
Seattle Times

A week after hate-filled graffiti was splashed across the Western Washington University campus, Bellingham police arrested a 20-year-old male student Sunday in connection with the crime. While the racist and homophobic hate speech rattled students at Western, it’s become all too common on campuses across the nation.

Western students awoke on Nov. 18 to racial slurs posted outside nine dormitory doors and scrawled elsewhere on campus, including on one of its notable outdoor sculptures.

The FBI reports the number of incidents like this are growing shockingly fast, with hate crimes on the rise in Washington and across the nation.

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 2:00pm
The Seattle Times

A trio of Washington researchers wondered if the mentors who helped student teachers learn the ropes made a difference in student outcomes. They found it does, especially in math.

Note: WWU's John Krieg, professor of economics and director of Western's Office of Survey Research, is one of the researchers in the study. 

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 1:54pm
The Bellingham Herald

A Western Washington University student from Gold Bar has been arrested in connection with last week’s string of on-campus vandalism that included racist and homophobic slurs and a threat of sexual violence.