Local literature lovers are being handcuffed, flying planes, shooting arrows, spraying Silly String and skateboarding – all while balancing books on their heads – as part of a whimsical online effort to promote Whatcom County Library System as a modern, tech-savvy place.
New research aims to help reverse decades of failed efforts to increase the percentage of women in engineering in the United States by studying nations where the disparity is not as severe: Jordan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.
"The U.S. engineering shortage weakens the country's position as a leader in the global market and restricts the country's capacity to solve key infrastructural challenges," said Jennifer DeBoer, a principal investigator of the study and an assistant professor of engineering education at Purdue University. "For decades, the U.S. government, industry and professional societies have contributed billions of dollars to increase women's participation in engineering with minimal impact. If you look at overall women's participation in engineering it's on the order of 15 to 20 percent. Identifying factors that inhibit the participation of competent and interested women in engineering fields is a precursor to the nation gaining a competitive edge in sectors reliant on science and technology."
One strategy to more effectively attack the problem is to learn from Jordan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia, where the percentage of women in engineering careers ranges from 24 to 50 percent.
The project is a collaboration involving researchers from Purdue, Washington State University and Western Washington University Professor of Sociology Karen Bradley. The other principal investigator is Julie Kmec, a professor of sociology and the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor in the Liberal Arts at Washington State. The team also includes three co-principal investigators.
The No. 14 Western Washington University volleyball team rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat No. 25 Cal Baptist 3-2 (25-15, 14-25, 15-25, 25-17, 15-9) Friday evening in the second day of the D2 West Region Volleyball Showcase.
The Vikings (4-3) won their fourth consecutive match after opening the season with three consecutive loses vs. ranked opponents, including a pair vs. top-ranked Concordia-St. Paul. Four of Western’s first seven matches this season have come against ranked opponents, and six of seven vs. teams that are either currently ranked or receiving votes in the AVCA Division II poll.
A few downtown blocks are about to turn blue – Viking blue – as Western Washington University gears up to start classes Wednesday, Sept. 21.
That afternoon, the university’s alumni association will host Paint B’ham Blue for WWU. The new freshmen orientation event aims to bring students downtown to get to know the city they will call home for the next four years (or so). Chris Roselli, director of young alumni and student programs for the WWU Alumni Association, said he hopes it will be the first of an annual event.
“We want to make this a new tradition,” Roselli said Wednesday, Sept. 7.
According to the U.S. News & World Report's annual, occasionally flawed list of college rankings, Washington is home to five of the top 20 of the best regional universities in the Western United States. The publication defines a regional universities as institutions that offer "a full range of undergraduate programs and some master's programs but few doctoral programs." (This means heavy-hitters such as the University of Washington and Washington State University were not included in this round up.)
U.S. News & World Report graded these regional universities on a scale out of 100. Here's who made the cut in Washington:
#4: Gonzaga University in Spokane, 86/100
#8: Seattle University, 75/100
#11: Whitworth University in Spokane, 71/100
#15: Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, 66/100
#18: Western Washington University in Bellingham, 61/100
The Western Washington University Men’s Golf team finished in 13th place at the season-opening Itani Quality Homes Collegiate played Monday and Tuesday at Palouse Ridge Golf Club.
The Vikings combined for a 54-hole total of 42-over-par 897, finishing in 13th place in the 14-team field comprised primarily of NCAA Division I teams. Tournament host Washington State University ran away with the team title with a 10-under-par 842, 19 strokes better than second-place Utah. WSU’s Nick Mandell won individual medalist honors finishing the two-day tournament with a 3-under-par 210.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau left Ottawa on Monday for his first official visit to China. The trip is an important one for both governments, each eager for an improvement in bilateral relations. The United States, the largest economic and strategic partner for both, has an important stake in the outcome too.
There are some, such as Georgetown’s Anthony Carnevale, who worry that the liberal arts model of “intellectual exploration” has become an unaffordable anachronism, unsuited for a democratized higher-education system in which 18 million students are educated each year at an annual cost of more than $400 billion. But I tend to side with Johann Neem, a historian at Western Washington University, who finds it “incredibly elitist to say that the masses cannot have the intellectual leisure and curiosity of an elite education.”
The major is grounded in fundamentals and a student chooses one or more areas of specialization: Acting, Dramatic Writing, Educational Theatre, Technical Theatre, Theatre Management, Stage Management, Costume Design, Lighting Design and Scenic Design.
Facilities include their Performing Arts Center, a fully equipped 1,040 seat proscenium theater with a 40' x 35' performance area and generous wing space; a 40' x 21' arch; full counterweight rigging system; large automated orchestra pit; balcony; loading dock; ample dressing rooms; updated lighting; state-of-the-art sound and projection systems.