In the Media

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 10:47am
The Spokesman Review (Spokane)

Eastern Washington University and Western Washington University anchor both sides of our state. While each university is distinctive, our mission and values are similar. Founded as colleges for teachers in the 19th century, our universities have evolved into institutions that transform the lives of students and work with employers and other partners to serve our growing state economy.

Each year as we graduate thousands of students, most of them Washingtonians, our universities help to ensure that our state continues to thrive with a knowledgeable, professional workforce and an informed citizenry. Our universities are significant engines for the economy and the well-being of the state.

Monday, March 18, 2019 - 9:18am
Whatcom Talk

The Bellingham Youth Media Project (BYMP) is an innovative educational outreach organization aimed at encouraging middle and high school students to use digital media to tell their stories. Media educators Lauren McClanahan (a professor in the Secondary Education Department at Western Washington University) and Lucas Holtgeerts work closely with teachers to help create curricula that infuses technology in creative and meaningful ways. 

McClanahan’s interest in photography and storytelling began at an early age, as she learned the media business from her father, who worked at a local television station in Columbus, Ohio. She has long been interested in exploring what media can do and its impact on people and society.

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 9:11am
Auburn Reporter

Open to two- and four-year colleges and universities in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, the Pacific Rim Competition serves as the regional competition for the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. This year’s national championship is scheduled for April 23-25 in San Antonio, Texas.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 12:55pm
American Press Institute

Journalists have a reputation for dismissing data about their stories. But it’s undeserved.

After all, the axiom “if it bleeds, it leads” describes a newsroom practice driven by the metrics of newsstand sales and broadcast ratings. Pulitzers and Emmys are qualitative data that indicates a reporter’s work is respected by her peers.

Journalists don’t hate data. They just prefer data that’s easy to understand (because they’re busy), gives them immediately useful information about how to serve their audiences (because they’re still busy), and confirms that their work makes a difference to their newsrooms and communities (because that’s the mission).

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 11:28am
The Bellingham Herald

Two people were treated and released at the Western Washington University Student Health Center after reportedly eating pasta that included marijuana at an on-campus protest Friday, according to the school.

University police are investigating the incident, which occurred at the planned “Boycott Aramark” protest in Red Square hosted by the WWU Shred the Contract student group, WWU communications director Paul Cocke told The Bellingham Herald.

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 1:57pm
KGMI Radio

The Western Washington University women’s basketball team gave everything they had against one of the top teams in the nation, but fell short of the upset in an 83-78 loss to nationally-ranked No. 9 Northwest Nazarene Friday afternoon in the semifinal round of the 2019 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships.

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 1:56pm
The Bellingham Herald

 Samish Station is under construction on Samish Way, near Walgreens. According to its website, the project is geared toward those wanting to live near Western Washington University and consists of two five-story buildings, one a mixed-use building and the other an apartment structure. The website indicates that it is pre-leasing residential units for fall 2019.

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 1:53pm
KGMI Radio

A new million-dollar grant will support low-income students interested in engineering.

The National Science Foundation awarded Western Washington University a STEM grant intended to help students pursue a bachelor’s degree in one of the university’s three engineering programs.

It’s aimed at addressing challenges in recruiting and retaining academically talented, low-income students from diverse backgrounds.

It will provide scholarships of up to $10,000 a year to nearly 50 students, known as the BEES Scholars, over the next five years.

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 9:27am
Science News for Students

The results of the new study don’t bode well for these fish, Williams says. Already, he notes, these fish and their ecosystems face a host of other pressures. Dams on some rivers, for instance, make it difficult for coho to return to spawn in their home streams. And even should they make it upstream to spawn, dams might kill young coho as they tried to migrate downstream to the sea. Polluted storm water flowing into Puget Sound is also proving toxic to these fish.

James Helfield agrees that the study is bad news for coho. He is a fisheries biologist at Western Washington University, in Bellingham. Helfield studies salmon ecology but was not involved in the study. “This study illustrates another way that climate change might harm salmon populations,” he says.

In many waters, salmon are more than just another fish in the sea. In the ocean, they provide essential food for other species, including seals, orcas, other fish species and, of course, people. In rivers, they have a trickle-up effect on the food web and the ecosystem. Once salmon die in those rivers, their decaying bodies add nutrients to the forest.

And what’s bad news for salmon is probably bad news for other marine species, too. In fact, says Helfield, the study’s findings are not unexpected. “Other recent studies,” he notes, “have shown that some marine fish become ‘drunk and disoriented’ when exposed to too much carbon dioxide in sea water.”

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 10:06am
State Scoop

But not all collaborative cybersecurity efforts need to come from mandates. Curtis said that while the semi-annual visits from state officials are helpful, his county benefits from participation in a program in which computer-science students at Western Washington University conduct security monitoring for five rural counties and cities. The program, known as the Public Infrastructure Security Collaboration and Exchange System, or PISCES, was launched last year by Michael Hamilton, a former chief information security officer for Seattle.

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