Deborah DeWees, executive director of the Western Washington University Alumni Association, appeared on Entertainment NW with Deb Slater recently on KVOS TV-12. DeWees was on the show to discuss the upcoming Back 2 Bellingham and Showtime Family Weekend events on campus and throughout Bellingham.

Anne Mosness, a former Alaska fisherwoman, is president of the Women's Maritime Association, a Food and Society Policy Fellow and co-producer of the Bluefestival. She spoke at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies' World Issues Forum on April 21.

Mosness explores the impacts of industrial production of fish, shrimp and shellfish on coastal ecologies, communities and economies. Similarities to factory farms on land should increase our concerns, yet too often politicians embrace corporations that are replacing small and sustainable family businesses.

John Miles, a professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University, talks about his book "Koma Kulshan" on the television show "ENW with Deb Slater," aired on KVOS TV-12 in Bellingham.

Western Washington University freshman John Place demonstrates what it's like giving blood during the recent blood drive held on campus April 20 to 22. During the drive, the Puget Sound Blood Center registered 453 donors and collected 354 units of blood. This will benefit up to 1,062 patients.

Each weekday, according to the blood center, 900 people must donate blood to meet the needs of patients in Western Washington hospitals.

Students from Western Washington University's Vehicle Research Institute took Viking 45 to the test track this week, cruising the roads at Pacific Raceways in Kent. WWU is one of just two universities still in the running for the Progressive Automotive X-Prize, the first stage of which begins Monday, April 26, in Detroit, and runs through May 7.

Western Washington University faculty member Arunas Oslapas, a professor of engineering technology, made this video of the ReMade project in Lithuania during his sabbatical fall quarter. Oslapas' 28 Lithuanian students made products from trash in the capital city of Vilnius and sold them in a design boutique called The Hotel of Things. More than 200 people went to the opening night, and it was picked up by national television.

Western Washington University Web developer and graphic designer Rochelle Parry, an avid riverboarder, aims to get faculty, staff and students involved in riverboarding through the WWU Outdoor Center. Riverboarding is a sport in which participants cruise through river rapids on a small body board.

Two short films by Western Washington University Associate Professor of Industrial Design Jason Morris will be shown at the Northwest Projections Film Festival occurring Friday through Sunday, April 16-18, at the Pickford Cinema in Bellingham.

One of Morris’ films, “Form Function,” shows how the industrial design creative process starts with an abstract sculpture and ends with a functional object. The film features the Western Washington University Industrial Design class of 2010.

Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard appeared on TVW Thursday evening on the show "Inside Olympia." Shepard recently was interviewed by host Austin Jenkins for the show.

In addition, Bill Lyne, a professor of English at WWU, also was interviewed for another segment in the same program for his role as a faculty member and as the president of the United Faculty of Washington State. A third guest on the show is Mike Bogatay, from the Washington Student Association.

Western Washington University students involved in the Progressive Automotive X Prize competition have been furiously preparing for the kickoff of the competition, which is set to take place in late April. The first stage of the competition, the Shakedown Stage, is set for April 26 to May 7 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.