In the Media

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 12:04pm
The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine
The emerging science of gene drives has the potential to address environmental and public health challenges, but gene-drive modified organisms are not ready to be released into the environment and require more research in laboratories and highly controlled field trials, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. To navigate the uncertainty posed by this fast-moving field of study and make informed decisions about the development and potential application of gene-drive modified organisms, the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report recommended a collaborative, multidisciplinary, and cautionary approach to research on and governance of gene drive technologies.
Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 11:54am
National Science Foundation
With a grant from NSF’s Education and Human Resources Directorate, tribal college students living on the Salish Sea coast in Washington State are researching their local ocean ecosystem, combining the Lummi Nation’s traditional ecological knowledge with STEM learning and skills. Since 2014, Northwest Indian College (NWIC) and Western Washington University (WWU) have collaborated to bring their students out to the Salish Sea Basin to study local clam species, inter-tidal ecosystems, and the processes of ocean acidification and other changes to these natural resources so vital to local livelihoods and culture.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 11:31am
The Phoblographer
Photographer Jordan Stead cites that the art of the pitch helped him to do a portrait project on the Seattle PI’s police dogs. It’s an art that many professionals and semi-professionals understand–and one that is backed by a creative vision. Luckily, Jordan loves giving back to the visual community through eduation. He started out in video; but later on stills went on to pay the bills after becoming obsessed with photography. He’s a photojournalist and has witnessed life, death, Super Bowls & nudist culture through his career. He’s worked with clients such as Microsoft, Amazon, The New York Times, Chevron & CreativeLive.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 9:27am
The Bellingham Herald
Western Washington University employees practiced patient triage and surveyed simulated building damage Tuesday morning, June 7, as part of a region-wide, four-day earthquake preparation exercise. The drill, which began around 9 a.m., was part of Cascadia Rising, a series of exercises from Tuesday to Friday, June 10, that aims to prepare officials for “the really big one,” an imminent 9.0-magnitude quake that experts predict could kill and injure tens of thousands in Washington and Oregon.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 11:48am
Los Angeles Times
It was here before anyone made a map and called this corner of it the Pacific Northwest. “To me,” said David McCloskey, waving an aging hand toward tidelands formed millenniums ago, “it’s an energy field.” McCloskey, a retired sociology and ecology professor who has spent a lifetime exploring the region’s mountain ranges and waterways, was standing here near the southernmost stretch of Puget Sound. He was trying to explain not just the view in front of him, but all of Cascadia, an elusive realm he helped conceive decades ago that stretches from Northern California to the coast of British Columbia, and deep into the imagination.
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 12:12pm
Skagit Valley Herald
A group canvassed parts of a beach near Cap Sante Marina last week. While some walked slowly back and forth with their heads down, looking for out-of-place items, others sat in groups with buckets and strainers, sifting sand as if panning for gold. “We’re picking up anything on the surface that doesn’t belong,” Salish Sea Steward Kim McCary said. “We’re getting mostly plastic and glass.”
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 12:10pm
Lake Oswego review
For the better part of two decades, Floyd McKay was a familiar face in Oregon households, first as a reporter and then as a news analyst for Portland television station KGW. That position has a storied history in Oregon, as it was once occupied by Tom McCall, who went on to be governor. Together with Bob Straub — a frequent ally and sometime rival who became governor himself — McCall helped shape the groundbreaking environmental changes that transformed the state and resulted in the “Oregon Story.”
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 12:03pm
Skagit Valley Herald
For every refinery worker who lives on Fidalgo Island, an additional job on the island is created, according to a recently released Western Washington University study. The study, commissioned by the Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, reviews how the Shell Puget Sound Refinery and Tesoro Anacortes Refinery impact the island’s economy.
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 11:04am
The Bellingham Herald
You’ve probably heard or read about the “really big one” — the monster earthquake off the Northwest coast that could kill more than 14,000 people and injure more than 20,000 in Washington and Oregon. Well, the quake is going to hit Tuesday, June 7, but the exact time is a secret.
Monday, June 6, 2016 - 11:02am
Bellingham Business Journal
Erik Martin and his three roommates knew the house they rented wasn’t in pristine condition, but they never expected it to start bleeding. Martin, a Western Washington University student, and his three roommates live in a house on State Street. Not long after they moved in, they started noticing serious problems. Last winter, after heavy rains, the roof began leaking, dripping reddish-brown liquid down the former chimney stack that now serves as a ventilation shaft for the house.