In the Media

Monday, October 29, 2018 - 8:22am
The Bellingham Herald

Fuel blending is something that can make good business sense and provide some environmental benefits for oil companies, said Joel Swisher in an email. Swisher is the director of the Institute of Energy Studies at Western Washington University.

Using a short-cycle (not-fossil) biomass could be carbon neutral, particularly if it is waste material that would otherwise decompose and release carbon dioxide, Swisher said.

“If the biomass fuel use offsets the use of fossil fuel, there can be a benefit in terms of CO2 emissions,” Swisher said in the email.

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 12:06pm

At the start of the spawning season in July, it is common to see up to several thousand sockeye swarming the mouth of the creek, their ruby-red bodies jostling in water less than 2 inches deep.

“At some point they just go for it,” Quinn says. “They are basically swimming over what’s little more than wet rocks, powering through the mouth of the stream and up the creek.”

Additional coauthors are from the University of Washington, Western Washington University, and the University of Maine.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 10:43am
Kent Reporter

The No. 4 nationally-ranked Western Washington University volleyball team continued its winning ways, recording its 19th consecutive victory, with a 3-0 road sweep at Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday afternoon in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action at the Alaska Airlines Court.

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 11:12am
The Bellingham Herald

Whatcom Transportation Authority is proposing several changes to its routes and schedules, with major adjustments aimed at bus riders who live in the Birchwood neighborhood and eastern Whatcom County — areas with no supermarkets nearby.

Other revisions seek to make routes around Western Washington University more efficient, said Rick Nicholson, WTA’s director of service development.

“Most of the routes serving Western are affected,” Nicholson said Tuesday in an interview, adding that WWU’s main route through campus frequently runs late.

“It’s just taking longer and longer,” he said.

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 11:10am
Seattle Times

“I think they’ve got a good shot,” said David Wallin, a professor of environmental sciences at Western Washington University. “Get through the first few weeks and their survival rate is going to be comparable to native goats.”

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 11:04am
The Bellingham Herald

One reason the national chain store closures have been relatively modest here is this market is relatively unique, said Hart Hodges, director at the Center for Economic and Business Research at Western Washington University.

This retail market is not too close to other major markets and Whatcom County gets a boost from Canadian shoppers.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:54am
Facing the Future

The only piece missing in the project was the consumer – major consumers to be specific – so PSE reached out to Western Washington University as well as other large organizations and corporations to get on board with the renewable energy venture about to take place.

Western Washington University was contacted by PSE regarding the Skookumchuck Wind Project and was asked if they would opt-in to run the campus entirely on renewable energy. Western’s Office of Sustainability, Institute of Energy Studies, and Facilities Management then evaluated the PSE proposal and ran life-cycle cost analyses to determine long-term feasibility of the program.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:07am
The Tyee (B.C.)

Moreover, anonymous online commenters may enjoy a deeper sense of equal participation because they are not judged by their race, gender and other personal information that could potentially be deduced from a name.

Yet according to a study by Western Washington University journalism professor Carolyn Nielsen, members of the media themselves loathe online comments. In a survey of 583 journalists at daily newspapers in the United States, journalists’ contempt for online commenters appears widespread, originating in journalism school and reinforced throughout their careers via workplace culture.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:02am
The Bellingham Herald

With recreational marijuana now legal in Canada, officials are warning travelers: Make sure there is no cannabis in the car when you try to cross the international border — in either direction.

Canada legalized the use of marijuana across all provinces Wednesday, allowing sales for recreational use within the country. With Washington state already allowing cannabis sales, it may create some confusion for people who keep recreational amounts with them, said Laurie Trautman, director of the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University.

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:00am

Paul Meeks, veteran technology investor and professor at Western Washington University, discusses technology stocks with Mike Santoli.