In the media

07 16 15
The Bellingham Herald
“A Standing Still,” an award-winning feature film by Bellingham native and Western Washington University graduate Scott Ballard, will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 19, at Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. The film was shot in Bellingham; Portland, Ore.; various locations in the Willamette National Forest; and the Oregon Coast.
07 15 15
Great Falls Tribune
McLaughlin Research Institute on Friday will host speakers who will discuss two inherited, rare and fatal diseases. The seminar will be held at 11 a.m. at the MRI auditorium, 1520 23rd St S. Jeff Carroll, Ph.D., of Western Washington University, will present "My Life in Huntington's Disease." Carroll studies the systemic metabolic effects of Huntington's disease and is exploring gene silencing as an HD therapeutic. Huntington's disease is a neurodegenerative genetic disorder caused by a mutation in a gene called Huntingtin. Symptoms of Huntington's disease include uncoordinated, jerky body movements and dementia.
07 15 15
The Bellingham Herald
An out-of-state developer has purchased the 2.87 acres where the old Seventh-day Adventist Church stands for $3.25 million and will tear down the church to build apartments for Western Washington University students. Rael Development Corp., or Raelcorp, with offices in California and Texas, plans to demolish the 1957 church and a community center on the same lot on North Forest Street in coming months, with construction of the 142-unit student apartment building expected “in late summer,” according to a press release issued Friday, July 10, by Raelcorp.
07 15 15
Bellingham Business Journal
The week following the study’s release, a panel of export terminal proponents discussed lagging wages in Whatcom County. Hart Hodges, an economist with Western Washington University’s College of Economics and Business Research, was on that panel. Hodges questions whether the shift in the local economy in relation to the rest of the state has anything to do with the export terminal. He said that pattern of rural counties growing slower than the state average since 2010 is playing out in other areas and not unique to Whatcom County.
07 14 15
The (Everett) Herald
The early summer, with its unusually hot days and low snowpack, offers a window into the future for local scientists. Researchers have turned their attention to Port Susan and the mouth of the Stillaguamish River. Important tidal ecosystems there have been dwindling over the past two decades, and a team is studying how tide marshes and estuaries can adapt to a warming climate. Other researches are investigating how changing river flows affect the way sediment is spread, and how that could harm fish and increase flood risks.
07 14 15
The Seattle Times
MONEY magazine’s college planning calculator, published this week, once again anoints the University of Washington Bothell as the top school in the state for value — besting UW’s main campus in Seattle, which is ranked 56th. UW Bothell, ranked 36th overall, beat out a number of top-ranked national schools, including Carnegie Mellon University, Pomona College, University of California-Davis and University of Notre Dame. (Stanford University was ranked number 1, followed by Babson College, MIT and Princeton.)
07 14 15
The Bellingham Herald
While Pluto has not been an official planet since 2006, it will be stealing the spotlight when a NASA spacecraft makes the closest-ever encounter with it on Tuesday, July 14. The Spark Museum of Electrical Invention will be hosting Pluto Revealed, a free event from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday to watch video and discuss the New Horizons spacecraft when its first message about Pluto is expected back on Earth.
07 14 15
The Bellingham Herald
Brazilian-born pianist Arnaldo Cohen performs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, at Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center for the Bellingham Festival of Music. He will perform the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor. Also on the program: J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, featuring Richard Roberts on violin, Christina Smith and Todd Skitch on flute.
07 14 15
SETI Institute
You must not remember this. Indeed, it may be key to having a healthy brain. Our gray matter evolved to forget things; otherwise we’d have the images of every face we saw on the subway rattling around our head all day long. Yet we’re building computers with the capacity to remember everything. Everything! And we might one day hook these devices to our brains.
07 14 15
The Western Front
Friends and community members gathered in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bellingham on Thursday, July 9, to mourn the death of Western senior Meagan Elizabeth Smith. Western students had a large presence at the prayer service, as many recalled memories of her that had taken place throughout Western’s campus.