In the Media

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 9:32am
The Bellingham Herald

The new trade deal, reached late Sunday night, will be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. If approved by all three countries it will replace the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement.

While the trade agreement helped strengthen the loonie, rising oil prices and other factors also have boosted the Canadian dollar, said Steven Globerman, an international business professor at Western Washington University, in an email to The Bellingham Herald.

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 10:35am
Daily News-Miner

The ability to conduct this procedure on a ship such as Sikuliaq, to isolate these cells and preserve them quickly after they have come out of the ocean, allows researchers such as Western Washington University’s Suzanne Strom to make some pretty radical observations about life at the bottom of the food web in the Gulf of Alaska.

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 10:29am
Everett Herald

If you’ve relied on The Daily Herald for your diet of national and international news over the years, you know the work of John McCartney.

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 9:48am
Business Insider

Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court nominee, has been accused of sexual assault. The alleged assault occurred at a party when Kavanaugh was in high school. The victim, Dr. Blasey Ford, told no one when it happened. How reliable is memory after 35 years?

Memory is a critical aspect of this assault allegation. One the one hand, some have argued that traumatic memories are indelible. As described by Dr. Blasey Ford, the assault would have been traumatic since she feared she might die. And the memory continues to traumatize her years later; apparently having been discussed in therapy within the last 10 years.

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 9:32am
Bothell-Kenmore Reporter

Natalie Dierickx didn’t always play soccer between the goalposts.

While growing up, she was one of her team’s top scorers until the squad was short of a goalkeeper one season. She was taller than her junior high teammates and agreed to give the position a shot.

“I ended up being good at it and stuck with it,” said Dierickx, now 21, with a laugh over the phone as she traveled with her Western Washington University team on the bus from Bellingham toward a match against St. Martin’s University in Lacey on Sept. 27.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 9:16am
Langley (BC) Times

During the height of the forest fire season, when hundreds of blazes were sending thick clouds of smoke rolling across the province, a researcher at the University of Western Washington in Bellingham decided to take a closer look at the particles people were breathing in.

In August, when the pollution from the burning B.C. forests drifted into Washington state, Dr. Mike Kraft, a research associate at Western Washington University (WWU), collected some samples and ran them through the university’s new Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM).

At the time, there were advisories on both sides of the border for people with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, lung or heart disease, as well as infants and the elderly, who were advised to avoid strenuous exercise or spending long periods of time outside until the smoke lifted.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 8:52am
Seattle Times

Gregory was a local guy, through and through. A 1962 graduate of Roosevelt High School, he went to Western Washington University on a basketball scholarship (he stood 6-foot-7) and earned a degree in Education.

But he had been enthralled by radio since childhood, listening to the legendary DJ Pat O’Day on KJR.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 8:48am
The Bellingham Herald / New York Times News Service

If the trade agreement changes, it could impact Whatcom County in a variety of ways, including labor mobility, a weaker Canadian dollar and fewer goods crossing the border Laurie Trautman, director at Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute, told The Bellingham Herald for a story in June 2018.

According to that story, there’s a wide variety of products and commodities going through the Whatcom County border each day, according to a study based on data from Whatcom Council of Governments and put together by the Port of Bellingham.

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 4:19pm
WNYC New York Public Radio

The National Park Service has embarked on a 3 to 5 year plan, in collaboration with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the National Forest Service, to remove all mountain goats from Olympic National Park in Washington state.

As part of that plan, more than 75 mountain goats arrived in Washington's North Cascade mountains by refrigerated truck in recent weeks, before being transferred to helicopters for the ride of their lives.

The mountain goats came from Olympic National Park, where they are a non-native species that has wreaked havoc on the fragile alpine ecosystem and harassed hikers.

"This translocation effort isn't going to solve the problem," said David Wallin, a professor in the environmental sciences department at Western Washington University. "But we figure we can move 300 to 400 goats over and that's a 10 percent bump in the population [in the North Cascades]. Our hope is that will help jump start the recovery." The infusion of goats will boost the genetic diversity of the dwindling North Cascades population.

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 8:30am
The Bellingham Herald

If it seems like there’s less elbow room at your favorite bar, more unfamiliar faces in the grocery store and more traffic just about everywhere you look, there’s a good reason why — Western Washington University students are back in town.

Approximately 4,100 students were expected to move into WWU’s residence halls, with the majority arriving over the weekend. Thousands more will be moving or have already moved into off-campus housing, in preparation for first day of classes on Wednesday.