In the Media

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 10:09am
Inside Higher Ed

WWU's Johann Neem discusses his new book about the need to affirm -- and strengthen -- the liberal arts at a time when reformers are doubting their value and that of higher education.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 10:07am
Everett Herald

 The city of Arlington is enlisting college students to create a downtown corridor plan and bring a fresh perspective to the look and feel of its main street.

The City Council last week voted to contract with Western Washington University’s Sustainable Communities Partnership for a year of courses and community-engaged learning aimed at helping develop a plan for downtown that will lean on business owners and others for support.

Monday, September 23, 2019 - 11:37am
Seattle Times

State biologists selected 19 priority restoration areas around Washington — from Drayton Harbor near the Canadian border, to Budd Inlet near Olympia — by searching through old reports and records from archaeological digs to find out where the oysters used to be most abundant.

“The best places to start are the places they existed prior to European contact,” says Marco Hatch, an ecologist at Western Washington University and member of the Samish Indian Nation.

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 11:44am

A new list from has named Bellingham as the best college town in western Washington. released the best college town in each state and only considered cities with fewer than 250,000 residents. 

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 11:41am
SciTech Europa

WWU's Marina Kounkel used data from Gaia’s second release to trace the structure and star formation activity of a large patch of space surrounding the solar system, and to explore how this changed over time. This data release, provided in April 2018, lists the motions and positions of over one billion stars with unprecedented precision.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 8:45am


We gathered a list of college towns and narrowed it down to cities with fewer than 250,000* residents. We kept in mind that the metro areas surrounding the smaller towns would also include the student population.

Using data from the United States Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we analyzed overall population, student population, rental costs, college education rates, transportation access, unemployment rates, and bar availability.

From there, we narrowed it down further by weighing the cost of living, unemployment rates for 20–24 year olds, and easy access to the city.

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:30am
Miami Herald/Associated Press

Students at Western Washington University can minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies with a new program that will be offered starting this fall.

The Bellingham Herald reports the university announced Wednesday that in conjunction with the program officials will honor Nazi concentration camps survivor Noémi Ban of Bellingham in October.

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:25am
Q13 Fox TV

A new study out of Western Washington University found restored wetlands stored a significant amount of carbon from the atmosphere, showing promise in the efforts to mitigate climate change.

Dr. John Rybczyk and his research assistant Katrina Poppe compared the rate of carbon being captured and held in restored wetlands to unrestored wetlands.

They partnered with The Nature Conservancy in 2011 to restore a 150-acre estuary in the Stillaguamish. They removed a levy that was once in place for farming and let the restoration begin. Within a year, the estuary responded positively with thriving wildlife and habitat. They then took dozens of core samples, a meter long, and analyzed how much carbon they contained. They found the carbon was sequestered at a rate twice as fast as the adjacent natural marshes.

"It's a small area of 150 acres, but once the restoration project is maxed out, we estimate that it will store the equivalent of removing 7,000 to 10,000 cars for one year," said Dr. Rybczyk.

Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 9:08am
The Bellingham Herald

Students at Western Washington University can minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies with a new program being offered starting this fall quarter, the university announced Wednesday, Sept. 4.

At a promotional event Thursday, Oct. 17, WWU will honor Noémi Ban of Bellingham, who died June 7 at age 96.

Ban survived Nazi persecution and the concentration camps, but her family was murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators.

Monday, August 26, 2019 - 4:06pm

“We know so little about the seafloor,” said Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, a seismologist and volcanologist at Western Washington University.

It’s often said that 70 or 80 percent of the world’s volcanism happens on the seafloor, but this number is sketchy guesstimate, Caplan-Auerbach said. We actually don’t know how much volcanism is going on down there, but our knowledge of plate tectonics and seafloor surveys suggests that it’s a lot. Sadly, unless we stumble on it by chance, it’s often never caught in the act.