In the Media

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 8:21am
The Washington Post

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has been a loyal proponent of school choice. In her home state of Michigan, DeVos advocated both public school choice and vouchers to empower parents to send their children to private and religious schools. As secretary, she argues that “parents no longer believe that a one-size-fits-all model of learning meets the needs of every child.” They “know other options exist, whether magnet, virtual, charter, home, faith-based or any other combination.”

Now President Trump is proposing devoting unprecedented amounts of federal money to expand school choice nationally. Both Trump and DeVos argue that families, not the public, should choose their schools. As DeVos recently proclaimed, “School choice is about recognizing parents’ inherent right to choose what is best for their children. That’s the manifestation of expanding human liberty in America.”

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 9:48am
Canadian Investor

The U.S. administration tipped its hand ahead of this week’s NAFTA negotiations in Washington, D.C.

A report released by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative last month set out, in broad strokes, the administration’s negotiating strategy.

Not surprisingly, the overriding objective is to improve market access for U.S. exports in the agriculture, manufacturing and services sectors. It also seeks to do away with what the administration sees as trade and investment barriers maintained by its North American Free Trade Agreement partners.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 10:08am
The Atlantic

 If the Age of Algae had never dawned, we wouldn’t be here.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 11:04am

The new building, said Western Washington University President Sabah Randhawa, acknowledges that moving to a four-year university campus isn’t possible for many students and that “we can meet them where they are.” Western has had a presence in Everett since 1986 during which time it has worked closely with EvCC.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 10:52am

Emma Place moved from Colorado to Northeast Portland in 2008, when her dad, Kent Place, became lead pastor at First Covenant Church.

That year Emma Place met Emily Lang. The two would become best friends at Laurelhurst Elementary School then go on to St. Mary's Academy, graduating in 2016.

And while they would travel their separate ways after high school -- Place to Gonzaga University and Lang to Western Washington University – their friendship endured freshman year at college. They were to have gone on an overnight backpacking trip at Mount Hood on Saturday and return Sunday – 6 miles out, 6 miles back.

Instead, at 5:46 p.m. Saturday, another hiker called 911 to report seeing two bodies at the bottom of a rocky slope below a waterfall near the Timberline Trail/Pacific Crest Trail. The pair are believed to have set up a tent off trail, near Paradise meadow. The 911 caller descended to the victims, one of whom was dead, authorities said. Soon after, the other died.

On Tuesday night, the St. Mary's community came together for a memorial for Place and Lang, both 19.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 10:49am

Groundbreaking solar panel technology developed at two Washington universities has been licensed by a company out of Los Alamos, N.M., and could signal a shift in the way energy is collected from the sun.

The luminescent solar concentrator (LSC) technology panels were created at Western Washington University’s Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Center in partnership with the University of Washington. Nanotechnology development company UbiQD has signed an exclusive agreement with the schools.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 10:48am

Ruth Steele, archivist for the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, said Funk’s impact as a photojournalist stretched far and wide.

“There is a lot to learn with what Wallie did and how engaged he was,” Steele said.


The center, which has about 50,000 prints and negatives of Funk’s, had a hard time deciding which photos to display during a Western Washington University exhibit of his work last year, Steele said.

“You have the whale capture images that are haunting,” she said. “You also have the ordinary images of people in the community like a young boy and a bird cage that are also stunning ... It was hard to choose.”

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 11:18am

Guangyu Meng says he arrived in the U.S. from China eager to begin studies at Western Washington University. But he was unsure how to start academic life. So, he joined the university's first-year interest group, a program that helps new undergrad students ease into their studies.

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 12:32pm
KNKX radio

One day nearly a decade ago, a Canadian-born colleague came knocking at cartographer Stefan Freelan’s door.

Bert Webber, a professor of Geography and Environmental Social Sciences at the time, was trying to spread the word about a newly-named body of water. He asked Freelan to help him by making a map of the Salish Sea.

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 12:18pm

As waves rocked the boat, a group of citizen scientists watched lines take shape on a computer screen.

The blue, red and black lines represented temperature, salinity and depth, which were measured by a device called a CTD as it was lowered into the water from the back of the boat.

The group aboard Western Washington University’s research vessel Magister on Aug. 1 was getting a look at how scientists gather data used to study the marine environment.