In the Media

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 9:12am
The Wakhiakum County Eagle

“The first time students come to our campus should not be the first time that they are hearing about affirmative consent, especially with the issues that campuses across the country are having with sexual assault right now,” said Henry Pollet, legislative liaison for the Associated Students of Western Washington University.

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 8:39am
KEXP Public Radio

Brian J Bowe, Author of The Clash: Punk Rock Band

I think The Clash should matter to the kids of today for a couple of main reasons. The first is that they give a really good example of taking lots of elements of different kinds of music – so, classic punk, rockabilly, reggae, rhythm and blues, funk, hip hop, elements of jazz – and not just copying it, but taking these pieces and creating something new that was really very much their own. I think that kind of creative process is really beneficial for young people to be exposed to. It's a bit of a musical education. So there's that musical side that I think is really important. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 9:57am
The Bellingham Business Journal

The costs up front are minor — only a fraction of a percent of the payroll.

However, Eric Grimstead, advisor at Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center, says there could be costs for businesses later on.

If business don’t begin planning now, they could be in trouble if their employees begin taking that leave once they’re eligible in 2020.

“The first step would be to try and develop some financial forecasting models,” Grimstead said.

He, and the other advisors at the SBDC, give free business consulting, and can help small businesses develop these models if they need it.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 9:55am
Vice News

Sorting through the data of the dead — their pots, their knives, and the rocks they cooked on — in order to reconstruct how they once lived, is not so different from tracking the Special Counsel investigation.

On a Friday in February, Adrienne Cobb, 29, lab assistant in the archaeology department at Western Washington University, was trying to do both. She was digitizing data on artifacts found on a farm in Washington state that were about 3,000 years old, and keeping track of what was happening on Capitol Hill, where the House Judiciary Committee grilled Matthew Whitaker — then, acting Attorney General — about his involvement in Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign and its links to Russia.


Monday, February 25, 2019 - 10:10am
Seattle Times

It might seem like just yesterday that an avowed Pacific Northwesterner wrote: “I hate this many-headed thing called Civilization that is tearing away from us Westerners the things we love!”

And it would be easy to find people today who would unequivocally agree with this plaintive cry, who have glumly observed the vestiges of old Seattle torn down and replaced by gleaming angular towers, who have witnessed Microsoft, Starbucks and Amazon occupy Puget Sound like bristling corporate military camps, who have been backed up in the traffic that chokes our roads, and who have seen the spectacular beauty of the Northwest gradually transformed beyond recognition and rarely for the better.


Note: By Laura Laffrado, Western English professor

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 9:35am
Pleasanton (Calif.) Weekly

A San Ramon native studying at Western Washington University was killed in a solo-vehicle crash amid snowy conditions earlier this week while traveling to Mount Baker near the U.S.-Canada border.

Madeline "Maddie" Hurd, a 2015 California High School graduate and the daughter of San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education President Rachel Hurd, was in her senior year working toward a bachelor's degree in recreation at the university in northwestern Washington. She was 21 years old.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:44am
The Bellingham Herald

A 21-year-old Bellingham woman was killed when the 2003 Subaru station wagon she was driving Wednesday morning along the Mount Baker Highway left the roadway just west of Glacier, rolled and struck a tree. A 21-year-old female passenger in the car, who also was from Bellingham, was transported from the scene with injuries.

According to a Washington State Patrol release on the incident, Madeline R. Hurd was killed in the crash, while Gina L. Heuscher was injured and transported to St. Joseph hospital in Bellingham. An email to The Bellingham Herald from Rene Heuscher said her daughter had been released from the hospital without serious injury.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 9:53am
King 5 TV

Scientists have learned a lot about how Southern Resident Orcas catch fish at the surface during the day, but what happens at night or deep down in Puget Sound has remained a mystery.

"We wanted to know how they catch fish underwater. They go on these deep dives to find salmon that are 100 to 600 feet underwater," explained Jennifer Tennessen, a NOAA Researcher, WWU Research Associate, and contractor with Lynker.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 9:35am
The New York Times

Yesterday, it echoed in my mind when I saw a tweet responding to a sentence in my story referring to a Columbia University administrator’s conclusion that “progress would hinge partly on majority-group faculty members’ adjusting their personal behavior.”

“That’s us,” Kevin Covey, a white astronomer at Western Washington University, said. “Things won’t change unless WE change.”

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 10:57am
Mount Baker Experience Magazine

The birds chirp a dawn chorus and the winter rain has diminished. The disparity between the snowy alpine and the verdant lowlands is increasingly stark. Stubborn patches of snow make the rugged forest road impassable and the snowmobile crew has jerry-rigged a winch system to pull their burly trucks and sled trailers across. We giggle at their innovation as we attach skins to our skis, complete a most unusual gear check (Duct tape? Steam drill? PVC pipes? Avalanche gear? Snacks?) and finish our coffee.

We are here to begin the fieldwork for my master’s thesis at Western Washington University. For my research, I am comparing the decades old “ablation-stake method” against a new method for quantifying glacial change. By combining aerial drone imagery and new software, this method could drastically increase the spatial extent and resolution of these measurements, as well as the ease of data collection. I am also linking the retreat of the Easton Glacier, on the south side of Mt. Baker, to streamflow dynamics in its two outlet creeks. In short, my study has the potential to substantially improve our ability to monitor glacier changes and understand downstream effects.