Mount Everest and its surrounding peaks are increasingly polluted and warmer, and nearby glaciers are melting at an alarming rate that is likely to make it more dangerous for future climbers, a U.S. scientist who spent weeks in the Everest region said Tuesday.
Professor John All of Western Washington University said after returning from the mountains that he and his team of fellow scientists found there was lot of pollution buried deep in the snow, and that the snow was surprisingly dark when they processed and filtered it.
"What that means is there are little pieces of pollution that the snow is forming around, so the snow is actually trapping the pollution and pulling it down," All said in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital.
Recent developments in Canada’s Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion saga remind us yet again of the inevitability of energy infrastructure debates in the West. By ruling that British Columbia’s government does not have the authority to restrict shipments of oil sands crude from neighboring Alberta, B.C.’s top appeals court has further advanced the petroleum pipeline ambitions of politicians in Alberta and Ottawa, including Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. And just last Thursday, Alberta’s government launched a $1 million advertising campaign in downtown Vancouver to sway public opinion and pressure B.C.’s government to get on board with the pipeline program.
Cindy Brune first walked through the halls of Mary Purcell Elementary School in 1963.
“As a first grader (the school) seemed big,” she recalled. “I could hardly wait to get to school so I could learn how to read.”
This month, after 40 years of teaching at the school she attended as a child, Brune will walk through its halls one last time before retiring.
Western Washington University
Last summer, Elizabeth spent over 20 days on the south side of Mt. Baker, gathering data to test a new method of measuring glacial change. Traditional glacier monitoring methods require researchers to drill long poles called ablation stakes into the ice at different elevations. Researchers then return to collect measurements from these points throughout the season. Elizabeth collected data from the Easton Glacier using this standard method and is comparing her results with a new, more efficient method that uses drone imagery.
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.
The range of calcified-looking objects in Ruby Jones’ “Compost” photograph are unsettling. Pale porcelain hands stained with a dark-blue substance hold a range of jawbones, shells, spore-like objects and other unidentified subject matter. Tendrils of grass or moss can be spotted here and there—the vibrant green standing out among the bleached expanse.
The feeling that something isn’t quite right in the world isn’t just relegated to Jones’ offerings. In “Fever Dreams,” the exhibit currently showing at Western Washington University’s Western Gallery, graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts students embraced a certain ambiguity when they chose the title to the art show that was a year in the making.
Show features WWU's Ross Distinguished Visiting Professor Edward Alden.
A big table rests at the center of the studio holding two 100-year-old pointed windows taken from Western Washington University’s Wilson Library. They’re both pulled apart in various stages of repair. Crosby was commissioned to fix all of the library’s old panes.
“The windows were broken in multiple places,” he says. “Every window had at least one panel that needed fixing; I’ve been repairing them for a couple of months. This is 100 years’ worth of damage.”
Student journalists, with support by the Student Press Law Center, announced a lawsuit that has been filed against Western Washington University, alleging it has violated the state's Public Records Act.
The lawsuit aims to compel the university to release the names of students found responsible for sexual misconduct. It was filed in Whatcom County Superior Court.
Five years ago, educators in the Burlington-Edison and Mount Vernon school districts, at Skagit Valley College and at Western Washington University set out to solve a problem: how to get not only more teachers, but teachers of color.
“All students benefit from having a more diverse teaching population,” said Nat Reilly, diversity recruitment and retention specialist at Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education. “Especially students of color.”
On Tuesday, those involved in what is now the Maestros para el Pueblo (Teachers for the Town) program celebrated not only the graduation of 11 students from Skagit Valley College who will now head to Western to become teachers, but the hiring of one of its graduates at a local school.