In the Media

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 9:26am

BLAINE, Wash. — Blaine officially has a new police chief.

Mayor Bonnie Onyon swore in Donnell Tanksley as Blaine Chief of Police on Monday.

The Oregonian reports that Tanksley was assistant chief at Western Washington University for several years before being hired by the Portland State University Police.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 10:29am
Runner's World

On June 11, James Jasperson, a junior at Western Washington University and a volunteer firefighter, went on an especially difficult run: Dressed in full firefighter gear, as well as a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), he completed a mile around his home track in Washington in a time of 6:33.

The challenge, however, was no easy feat—even for Jasperson, who runs on the WWU cross-country and track teams.

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:18am

Jeff Carroll had been married for six months when he and his wife decided not to have children. Carroll, 25 years old and a former corporal in the US Army, had just found out that he had the mutation that causes Huntington’s disease, a genetic disorder that ravages the brain and nervous system and invariably ends in an early death. He had learnt that his mother had the disease about four years earlier, and now he knew that he was all but certain to develop it, too.

Faced with a 50% chance of passing on the same grim fate to their children, the couple decided that kids were out of the question. “We just kind of shut that down,” says Carroll.

But he had begun studying biology in the army in the hope of learning more about the disease. He found out about a process called preimplantation genetic diagnosis or PGD. By conceiving through in vitro fertilization (IVF) and screening the embryos, Carroll and his wife could all but eliminate the chance of passing on the mutation. They decided to give it a shot, and had twins free of the Huntington’s mutation in 2006.

Now Carroll is a researcher at Western Washington University in Bellingham, where he uses another technique that might help couples in his position: CRISPR gene editing. He has been using the powerful tool to tweak expression of the gene responsible for Huntington’s disease in mouse cells. Because it is caused by a single gene and is so devastating, Huntington’s is sometimes held up as an example of a condition in which gene editing a human embryo — controversial because it would cause changes that would be inherited by future generations — could be really powerful.

But the prospect of using CRISPR to alter the gene in human embryos still worries Carroll. “That’s a big red line,” he says. “I get that people want to go over it — I do, too. But we have to be super humble about this stuff.” There could be many unintended consequences, both for the health of individuals and for society. It would take decades of research, he says, before the technology could be used safely.

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 9:25am
Downtown Bellingham Partnership

Our city is about to elect a new mayor, so join us at our 2019 Mayoral Forum! Find out what each candidate has to say about Downtown; from continuing the positive changes happening in the district to their plans to address challenges related to economic development, social issues and housing.

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 12:00pm
The Bellingham Herald

(WWU student athlete) James Jasperson shatters the Guinness World Record by three minutes for the fastest mile run in full turnouts with air pack June 11, 2019, at Western Washington University

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 11:02am
Q13 Fox TV

She’s been called a teacher, an icon and a survivor; 96-year-old Noémi Ban survived the Holocaust and eventually settled in the North Sound with her family.

After decades of sharing her story of survival and legacy of acceptance and love winning over hate, Ban died earlier this month.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 11:00am
The Bellingham Herald

Nearly 400 people gathered Tuesday at Congregation Beth Israel to honor the memory of Noémi Ban, a Holocaust survivor who lived through the darkest of nights to teach tens of thousands of people about the power of love over hate and bigotry.

“Our hearts are broken,” Rabbi Joshua Samuels said during her memorial service at the Bellingham synagogue. “Noémi’s life was simply remarkable. We will miss her sorely.”

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 9:53am
The Bellingham Herald

Noémi Ban, the Bellingham survivor of the Holocaust who won awards, respect, and love for her effort to educate people, especially children, about that hateful era, died Friday, June 7, according to the website for the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at Western Washington University. She was 96.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 11:22am
The New York Times

Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks are increasingly polluted and warmer, and nearby glaciers are melting at an alarming rate that is likely to make it more dangerous for future climbers, a U.S. scientist who spent weeks in the Everest region said Tuesday.

Professor John All of Western Washington University said after returning from the mountains that he and his team of fellow scientists found there was lot of pollution buried deep in the snow, and that the snow was surprisingly dark when they processed and filtered it.

"What that means is there are little pieces of pollution that the snow is forming around, so the snow is actually trapping the pollution and pulling it down," All said in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:11am
Seattle Times

Recent developments in Canada’s Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion saga remind us yet again of the inevitability of energy infrastructure debates in the West. By ruling that British Columbia’s government does not have the authority to restrict shipments of oil sands crude from neighboring Alberta, B.C.’s top appeals court has further advanced the petroleum pipeline ambitions of politicians in Alberta and Ottawa, including Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. And just last Thursday, Alberta’s government launched a $1 million advertising campaign in downtown Vancouver to sway public opinion and pressure B.C.’s government to get on board with the pipeline program.