In the media

07 16 14
The Bellingham Herald
Western Washington University's Intensive English Program invites people to break Ramadan fast from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16. The free event is open to both Western students and members of the community who want to learn about and participate in the Muslim Ramadan tradition.
07 16 14
The (Everett) Herald
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency investigators prompted by a resident's concern in late 2012 tested rocks near a housing development in Burlington and found evidence of naturally occurring asbestos. Prolonged exposure to the substance found inside the rocks has been shown to cause lung cancer, and investigators recommended in a draft report that signs be posted “alerting people to the dangers of asbestos exposure.”
07 15 14
Skagit Valley Herald
Shannon Point Marine Center’s new director has officially joined the team of researchers tucked away on a 78-acre forested campus with a 3,000-foot stretch of undisturbed shoreline. The Western Washington University facility in Anacortes drew director Erika McPhee-Shaw from her former post as an associate professor in California because of the intricate level of research and coordination between scientists. “I’m looking at this group thinking, ‘They are doing things that are very, very unique from what everyone else is doing,’ ” McPhee-Shaw said of Shannon Point scientists.
07 15 14
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Nichele L. Pollock felt like she was moving through college in slow motion. In seven years, she had gotten about halfway through her bachelor’s degree. But recently she’s been racing forward, racking up 50 credits in just eight months at Northern Arizona University, more than most full-time students earn in three semesters. She’s done it while holding down a full-time job coordinating clinical trials at a medical-research facility in Tucson. She has no classmates, no classroom, no lectures, and no professor-led discussions with fellow students. And she’s the model for how competency-based learning could transform higher education.
07 14 14
Pratt
With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pratt is proud to announce this summer’s Artist-in-Residence, Tyna Ontko. Tyna will be developing new work for her upcoming showing at Davidson Galleries in October. She plans to take advantage of Pratt’s unique multidisciplinary facilities to create work using stone lithography, cyanotype and cast plaster.
07 14 14
The Bellingham Herald
Lawyers for state government on Friday cautioned restraint on the Washington State Supreme Court. The state’s latest legal brief in the McCleary case raises the issue of separation of powers, pushing back delicately against a high court that has grown increasingly bold in pressing for more state money for Washington schools.
07 14 14
The Washington Post
People with bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and math are more likely than other college graduates to have a job, but most of them don’t work in STEM occupations, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released Thursday. Nearly 75 percent of all holders of bachelor’s degrees in STEM disciplines don’t have jobs in STEM occupations, according to a survey that reached 3.5 million homes, said Liana Christin Landivar, a sociologist with the Census Bureau. The bureau’s American Community Survey is the largest household survey in the nation.
07 14 14
The Bellingham Herald
A long-held impression in Whatcom County is that wages here are lower than those in other parts of the country. The real answer is much more complicated. On the surface, economic data suggests workers are being paid less in Whatcom County. A recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates the average hourly wage in Whatcom County was $21.08 in May 2013, nearly 6 percent lower than the national average of $22.33 an hour.
07 14 14
The (Spokane) Spokesman-Review
The 6th Legislative District is bound for another expensive campaign season, as Democrat Rich Cowan challenges incumbent Republican state Sen. Mike Baumgartner in November. Although they are the only two candidates in the race, making the Aug. 5 primary election almost inconsequential, they have already raised over $400,000 combined.
07 14 14
The Seattle Times
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) investigators prompted by a resident’s concern in late 2012 tested rocks near a housing development in Burlington, Skagit County, and found evidence of naturally occurring asbestos. Prolonged exposure to the substance found inside the rocks has been shown to cause lung cancer, and investigators recommended in a draft report that signs be posted “alerting people to the dangers of asbestos exposure.”