In the Media

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 3:16pm
Chicago Sun-Times

Journalism Department Associate Professor Carolyn Nielsen, whose reporting played a role in overturning the conviction of a Chicago teen for a murder he did not commit, was featured today on the podcast "Motive." The Chicago Sun-Times/WBEZ podcast chronicles the case of Thaddeus "T.J." Jimenez who was jailed at age 13 and later sentenced to 45 years in prison. Jimenez was 30 when he was released and exonerated in 2009. Jimenez is now serving time for shooting an acquaintance in the legs in 2015. "Motive" explores the journey of Jimenez's life in and out of the prison system. 

Friday, October 4, 2019 - 1:41pm

Seattle’s First Mode team and Western Washington University say they’ve won a NASA contract to advance the technology for sizing up rocks on Mars.

The project, funded under NASA’s Solar System Workings program, will support the development of an automated tool known as a goniometer. Such a tool could be used on future Mars missions to measure angles precisely in three dimensions.

“If you used a protractor in grade school to measure angles, you used a simple version of a goniometer,” First Mode’s Kathleen Hoza and Rhae Adams explained in a blog posting about the project.

On Mars, such a device should facilitate spectral observations of rock samples at different angles, opening the way for more detailed chemical analyses. One of the cameras on NASA’s Curiosity rover has been used to make goniometer measurements in Mars’ Gale Crater.

Melissa Rice, a planetary scientist at Western Washington University, is principal investigator for the newly announced project.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 2:23pm

Officials at Western Washington University say they are condemning racism after they say a white nationalist group reportedly spread propaganda around campus last weekend.

At least four stickers from the white nationalist group Patriot Front were posted across campus Sunday before they were discovered by the university.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 8:41am
WWU Athletics

The No. 2 nationally-ranked Western Washington University volleyball program looks to continue its hot start to the season with a pair of Great Northwest Athletic Conference matches this week.


WWU is 12-0 overall and off to a 4-0 start to the conference season. The Vikings continue a busy stretch that will have the team play four matches over an nine-day stretch, with three of those on the road. WWU is coming off a road sweep in Oregon defeating Western Oregon (3-0) and Concordia (3-1) and will host Simon Fraser (6-6, 2-2 GNAC) on Tuesday in a home match in Carver Gym at 7 pm.


The Vikings then conclude the week with a rare Friday road contest at Montana State Billings (7 pm MT/6 pm PT).

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 8:31am
The Bellingham Herald

Western Washington University warned students and staff Monday about on-campus activity by a white supremacist group that has been recruiting across Whatcom County and other areas of Western Washington.

University Police are investigating the incident involving posters placed on campus Sunday by the group Patriot Front, said WWU spokesman Paul Cocke.

“Western Washington University strongly condemns the white nationalist beliefs of the Patriot Front,” Cocke said in a statement. “Hate will not be tolerated in our community. University officials are on heightened alert for these posters and stickers, which will be removed as soon as possible in accordance with university policy.”

Monday, September 30, 2019 - 10:00am

Food Wise—Gigi Berardi

To be released in January of 2020, this guide to ‘sustainable and delicious  food choices’ points to the value of the home garden and kitchen, and questions the benefits of popular diets. Berardi is a professor at Huxley College in Western Washington University, where she focuses on topics that include rural ecology.

Monday, September 30, 2019 - 8:36am
UW Daily

According to Klinger, the center conducts research in collaboration with scientists from the UW, Western Washington University, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 9:58am
Cascadia Weekly

IT USED to be you could tell the students had returned to Bellingham when moving vans—or family vehicles that serve that purpose—would arrive in front of dorms, apartment complexes and rental houses, disgorging young folks and their possessions alike, typically in the company of wearylooking parents. These days, the signal that the students are on their way comes in the form of lights. A whole lot of them—$150,000 worth. If you’ve been anywhere in the downtown core during the past couple of weeks, you’ve seen the strands of lights wrapping of the trees on the sidewalks, making downtown look like a blue-tinged fairy realm of sorts. Those blue lights are a harbinger, but not one of evil. Instead, they’re part of the effort to “Paint B’ham Blue,” which also happens to be the name of the event they signal.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 8:14am

Repressing one’s feelings when they might threaten relationships or one’s security, and appearing outwardly agreeable “while inner feelings grow angry and resentful is what is meant by self-silencing,” said Dana Jack, a professor of psychology at Western Washington University who has pioneered research on this theory.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 8:12am
ReWire News

When Hilary Schwandt, an associate professor at Western Washington University, reviewed these policies in 2016, she found very little concrete information. “Most hospital reproductive health policies, regardless of Catholic affiliation, provided more confusion than clarity in terms of abortion and contraception service provision,” Schwandt and her colleagues wrote in a report.