In the Media

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 11:44am
Atlas Obscura

“Snow algae have an interesting life cycle, with the ability to modify their pigmentation in order to adapt to changing seasons and environmental conditions,” says Alia Khan, an assistant professor in environmental sciences at Western Washington University. The algae is green during its reproductive stage, and then looks pink or red when it’s dormant.

Monday, March 2, 2020 - 11:37am
KPUG Radio

Actor/comedian Jim Carrey is coming to Bellingham.

Carrey and his co-author Dana Vachon will present their new book “Memoirs and Misinformation” at Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center on May 17th.

“None of this is real and all of it is true” Carrey says of the semi-biographical novel.

Village Books is presenting the event.

Tickets are on sale now through the WWU box office.

The Village Books site has more information and online ticket sales.

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 11:47am
Inc. magazine

Who got more done this week, you or your co-worker down the hall? I'm guessing you think it's you. And you could be right. But you also could be wrong because of skewed perception caused by the weird way our brains retain the things we do, compared with the things other people do. That insight comes from Ira Hyman, professor of psychology at Western Washington University.

In an post at Psychology Today, Hyman described what happened when he asked his two sons whose turn it was to wash the dishes. Each son was absolutely certain that he was the one who did them last time. Neither was lying, Hyman was sure. Instead, he believes they were affected by something called egocentric bias in memory. That is, it's much easier for us to remember something we've experienced ourselves, as opposed to something we know someone else has experienced. Which isn't surprising, when you think about it.

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 11:46am
Mother Jones

In separate studies, Frank Stephenson, an economics professor at Barry College, and Todd Donovan, a political science professor at Western Washington University, both concluded that Limbaugh’s “Operation Chaos” in 2008 had little to no impact on the race.

“Analysis of exit poll data from 38 states suggests that Republicans may have been voting strategically in Democratic primaries, but there is little evidence that March 4 was unusual in the scope of strategic behavior,” Donovan explains in the abstract of his paper. Stephenson, who looked at voting in four states, reached a similar conclusion. 

Friday, February 28, 2020 - 11:27am
Western Legislative Review

The House and Senate released each chamber’s supplemental operating and capital budget proposals this week.  The Senate operating proposal includes $1.8 million per biennium to transition Western on the Peninsulas degree programs from a self-supported funding model to a state-funded model.  This funding would align tuition rates for students attending WWU on the Peninsulas with tuition rates for most other resident undergraduate degree programs at Western. The Senate operating budget proposal also includes funding for the Washington State Institute for Public Policy to conduct a study that identifies the extent to which employees or students at postsecondary institutions in other states have access to peer-reviewed journals, pursuant to ESSB 5504.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 10:55am
The Bellingham Herald

A Western Washington University student lost nearly $2,500 through an internet job scam last week.

On Feb. 21, a student contacted University Police to report a possible fraud incident. The student told police she applied for an internet job on Jan. 27 and received a cashier’s check for $2,450 made out to her with a return address out of Georgia, according to Paul Cocke, a WWU spokesperson.

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 9:52am

Dr. Robin Kodner regularly goes to extremes in the name of science. That’s because the microscopic algae she studies live only on glaciers and snowfields high in the mountains. At 2 billion years old, these single-celled colonies predate plants, animals and even fungi. By observing these archaic creatures, Robin can learn how all life evolved in the very beginning — and how it might survive into the future.

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 9:22am
Skagit Valley Herald

Snow School instructors Olivia Finley (center) and Vivien Zoller, both students at Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment, taught Concrete eighth-graders Feb. 14 about algae that live in the snow and how to collect samples for research.

Monday, February 24, 2020 - 9:05am
Los Angeles Times

“It sends the signal that your culture, your community, your food, is American too,” Ramakrishnan said. “It suggests that immigrants don’t need to assimilate, that the candidate is comfortable with the prospect of a multicultural nation.”

And research shows these gestures do help garner votes, said Rudy Alamillo, assistant professor of political science at Western Washington University.

In an analysis of 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s appeal among Latino voters, Alamillo and his coauthor Loren Collingwood found that Bush’s identity-based strategy was one of the most influential factors. Cross-racial mobilizations — things like speaking Spanish, emphasizing that he has a Mexican American wife, and commercials depicting Bush eating Mexican food — were a more powerful factor than even party identification or ideology.

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 9:21am
KUOW Public Radio

SAM isn’t the only lucky recipient of Virginia Wright’s love for the visual arts. In the 1970s, she set up the Virginia Wright Fund, which essentially bankrolled a significant outdoor sculpture collection at Western Washington University in Bellingham. Wright also shepherded Seattle’s 1976 acquisition of “Adjacent, Against, Upon,” the monumental stone sculpture sited at Myrtle Edwards Park on the Seattle waterfront.