In the Media

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 10:20am

Memes do come true.

Josh Cashman’s meteoric rise from football fan to Twitter video star took another turn on Monday as the college student officially became a part of the creative team promoting Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Wilson tweeted that Cashman — or @CableThanos_ on Twitter — would be joining the productions family at his West2East Empire, the branding agency he runs out of Seattle.

Cashman replied that he was “unbelievably pumped to be able to create with such an awesome group of people.”

“I’m going to work with him and West2East as part of his creative team to make cool/unique videos that you won’t see anywhere else,” Cashman told GeekWire on Monday. “I’m currently still at school, but we’ll see what the future holds. For now I’m just trying to work as hard as I can every day to make something that people will like.”

Cashman, a 23-year-old student at Western Washington University in Bellingham, had been making plenty of content that Wilson and lots of other people liked during the 2018 Seahawks season. He quickly gained celebrity status on “Seahawks Twitter,” an online universe with a unique collection of characters and team analysis, thanks to his humorous, meme-filled video posts.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 9:54am
Bellingham Herald

Western Washington University can check one project off its list of what will be a busy year for construction.

Earlier this month construction crews finished the main portion of the multicultural center at the Viking Union/book store complex. The $20 million project will create a new home for the Ethnic Student Center and other programs, according to Western’s website.

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.