In the Media

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 9:50am
Native News

Montoya-Lewis, 51, has more than 20 years of judicial experience, including five on the Whatcom County Superior Court. She spent years working with tribal communities in Washington and elsewhere, and is uniquely familiar with the challenges that tribal and rural communities face. She also worked on issues to protect children from exploitation, and received the Children’s Advocacy Center Community Leadership Award in 2018.

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 9:47am
Lewiston Tribune/AP

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee named Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis to the state Supreme Court on Wednesday, saying the appointment of the first American Indian justice to the state’s highest court marked a historic day. Montoya-Lewis, 51, was a Whatcom County Superior Court judge since 2015, previously served as chief judge for the Nooksack and Upper Skagit Indian Tribes in Washington and worked as an associate professor for Western Washington University. She also has served with the Lummi Nation Tribal Court and as a judge for the Northwest Intertribal Court System.

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 9:45am
The Bellingham Herald

Before her appointment to the superior court bench, Montoya-Lewis served as the chief judge for the Nooksack and Upper Skagit Indian Tribes and worked as an associate professor for Western Washington University for more than 12 years. She also previously served with the Lummi Nation Tribal Court, and served as a judge for the Northwest Intertribal Court System.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 8:26am
New York Times

This summer, the 235-foot research vessel Marcus G. Langseth set out into the ocean off the Pacific Northwest. Trailing the ship were four electronic serpents, each five miles in length. These cables were adorned with scientific instruments able to peer into the beating heart of a monster a mile below the waves: Axial Seamount, a volcanic mountain.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 10:27am
The Express (India)

“A significant fraction of Earth’s volcanism happens at places like Axial,” said Rubin, referring to the mid-oceanic ridges, which collectively represent a spine of volcanism stretching about 40,000 miles around the world.

But it won’t be a breeze to finish this work. Years of processing and analysis lies ahead.

“There really is both a science and an art to processing and interpreting seismic data,” said Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, a seismologist and volcanologist at Western Washington University. Compared with 2D profiles, “3D seismic data is an order of magnitude more challenging.”

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 1:30pm

There are a small number of programs with inclusive field opportunities for students with disabilities, such as the University of Arizona’s Accessible Earth and the Enabling Remote Activity (ERA) project at the Open University. Building on the technology-based approach of the ERA project, the University of Florida is developing a lending library of tech tools to improve accessibility of existing field courses. Some geoscience programs are developing alternatives to on-location fieldwork, such as the University of Leeds’s Virtual Landscapes and Western Washington University’s Lab Camp.

Monday, December 2, 2019 - 11:02am
Kitsap Daily News

t’s important to understand, first and foremost, what is cybersecurity?

“It’s basically protecting our computers and our communications from people that are trying to do bad things with them,” says Erik Fretheim, the director for the cybersecurity program at Western Washington University (WWU).” Everything from hacking to social engineering and phishing and everything else that you can think of.”

Hacking is one of the skills that many people working in cybersecurity are interested in learning, it’s this intense interest, coupled with the rapid growth of the field and a lack of interest in teaching these skills that are causing the hiring gaps, Fretheim says.

Monday, November 25, 2019 - 10:25am
The Columbian (Vancouver, WA)

The college basketball season is just a few weeks old, but Trevor Jasinsky is already making an impact.

The senior from Camas scored 30 points in Western Washington’s 90-80 loss to Azusa Pacific on Saturday. The 6-foot-8 forward also scored 24 points against both Cal Poly Pomona and Concordia Irvine.

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 8:55am
San Juan Islander

Western Washington University associate professor of Engineering and Design John Misasi and a team of his undergraduate students are working to understand how the world could best use these discarded plastics in the hope that proving their commercial viability could create a robust market for them that, at least as of now, doesn’t exist.

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 12:11pm
Inside Higher Ed

Irwin said Memphis chose to offer the leadership degree because it is a flexible program that could accommodate credits from other colleges as well as experiential credits. It blends business, communications and public administration courses. The degree is expected to take six years to complete if employees stay on pace to complete six credits per term.

Some worry this approach threatens academic freedom. Johann Neem, a history professor at Western Washington University, said he doesn’t think the degree offering is a “good college education.”

“A good college education should bring people into a true academic environment where students can explore interests,” Neem said. “It should not be a narrowly constructed degree to simply provide a credential. That’s not college.”