In the Media

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 10:27am
Whatcom Talk

Imagine building an affordable home that also meets sustainable requirements. Imagine outfitting this affordable home with solar energy and going beyond Net Zero. According to local green designer and builder Ted Clifton (of TC Legend Homes), with the right priorities in mind, we can build Positive Energy homes here in Bellingham.

But wait a minute. Can we reap the rewards of solar energy in a region that is dark and cloudy for half the year?

“Solar power works well here with the long days of spring and summer,” Ted tells me during an interview at the Power House he and his four-person crew built in the Roosevelt Neighborhood. “Panels work better at 70 degrees.”

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 11:45am
The Seattle Times

College student Adam Schaefer has seen the posts all over social media — friends and classmates writing that they’re not voting for either GOP nominee Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton. They’re casting a ballot for Libertarian Gary Johnson or Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Schaefer, for one, doesn’t believe it.

“That’s a Facebook phenomenon,” says the Western Washington University student, dismissively. “Everyone I talk to — they say, ‘I’m voting for Hillary.’ ”

But sometimes they also tell him, “I’m not enthusiastic about it.”

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 9:10am
Anacortes American

While Olive, 6, colored in the purple of the sea star, Andrew Fisher, 6, perfected the spikes on the sea cucumber and Cynthia Zimmerman, 8, chose the right colors for the shell of a different creature.

“I like seeing all the beautiful colors and stuff,” Olive said.

A dozen or so kids gathered after school last week to take a scientific illustration class. The class, at Island View Elementary School, was open to elementary kids across the district and was presented in partnership with Shannon Point Marine Center and Western Washington University.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 9:07am
KUOW radio

So how could Bush have handled it differently? Western Washington University psychology professor Alex Czopp has studied this, and he says there are strategies you can use to push back against people who say something offensive.

"Depending on the person and how well you know them, something slight like changing the subject and hopefully relying on that person's emotional intelligence to read this as a cue of disapproval," Czopp said. 

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 8:48am
Financial Buzz (Canada)

"Stronger patent protections would encourage the development of new drugs and medical devices, which could improve and even save the lives of Canadians," said Steven Globerman, Fraser Institute senior fellow, Kaiser Professor of International Business at Western Washington University and editor of Intellectual Property Rights and the Promotion of Biologics, Medical Devices, and Trade in Pharmaceuticals.

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 9:12am
The Seattle Times

From Fairhaven, look out across Bellingham Bay to Lummi Island. Pulitzer Prize- winning author Annie Dillard lived there when she served as Western Washington University’s writer-in-residence in the 1970s.

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 9:03am
The Northern Light

Washington State Representative Luis Moscoso speaks at a meeting held to discuss regional transportation options. Washington state advocacy group All Aboard Washington hosted the meeting, which lasted from noon to 4 p.m. on October 8 at Western Washington University’s Viking Union facility. The prospect of increasing services through Amtrak Cascades, including a stop in Blaine, was discussed with local stakeholders and interest groups.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 1:22pm
New York Times

Then the researchers, under the guise of fellow participants, push back. “We confront them in a variety of ways, sometimes harshly – ‘That’s racist!’ – and sometimes much less so, appealing to equality: ‘Shouldn’t everyone be treated the same?’” said Alexander Czopp, director of the Center for Cross-Cultural Research at Western Washington University. “Depending on how the confrontation is done, the participants might show different levels of defensiveness and anger right away; but they usually show less race-based attitudes on tests we do later.”

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 10:49am
The Bellingham Herald

Western Washington University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts has planned a diverse lineup of musical guests and challenging theatrical productions.

Here a few selections; for a full lineup, go to

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 11:18am

Following a dinner with policymakers and alumni in Tacoma on November 4, 1987, the president of Western Washington University, G. Robert Ross, boarded a small plane. Two of the school’s vice presidents, Jeanene DeLille and Don Cole, joined him. As they made their way north to Bellingham, home of their university, the pilot dipped low for reasons that are still unknown. The plane became lost in the fog, and that was the last anyone heard from its occupants. A later news report would say it “disintegrated” as it hit a forest, killing everyone on board.

The university of roughly 10,000 students was thrown into disarray and grief following the crash. And as WWU worked through the tragedy, the school turned to Martha Choe — then a banking executive in her early 30s and member of the college’s board — to play a key role in guiding the institution into its next chapter, chairing the search committee for Ross’ replacement.

For Choe, this event was the start of her career in leadership.