http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/topics/472/0 en Lizard Field School http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/lizard-field-school <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Oregon Public Broadcasting </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://watch.opb.org/video/2365183865/" target="_blank">http://watch.opb.org/video/2365183865/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Student biologists learn the how-to&#039;s of wildlife research by studying the life and death of lizards in Oregon&#039;s Alvord desert. For 15 years Dr. Roger Anderson has been leading students on a three-week immersion into lizard ecology and behavior. Students cope with the primitive conditions of life in a desert encampment while enduring the blazing sun and harsh desert conditions. </div> </div> </div> Biology Department research students Roger Anderson College of Sciences and Technology Mon, 24 Feb 2014 23:40:41 +0000 Western Today 22815 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Staff asked to answer survey about international commitment at Western http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/staff-asked-to-answer-survey-about-international-commitment-at-western <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/imagefield_default_images/westernlogo_onblue.png" length="9121" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The One World committee, which is charged with investigating the level of commitment to international course content, faculty research and service at Western Washington University, is <a href="https://surveys.wwu.edu/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=139830228513" target="_blank">surveying all staff</a> about their international experience and connections.</p> <p>The committee comprises faculty, staff and students from throughout the university. <a href="https://surveys.wwu.edu/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=139830228513" target="_blank">This survey</a> is part of its effort to investigate the level of international content at Western and explore to what extent internationalization could be implemented within departments and university-wide.</p> <p>The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. Individual responses will remain anonymous, though folks may identify themselves at the end if they choose to.</p> faculty staff Mon, 14 Jul 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Western Today 23797 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Fighting the stereotype: female students start Women in Physics club http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/fighting-the-stereotype-female-students-start-women-in-physics-club <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Western Front </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.westernfrontonline.net/news/article_ce998048-0679-11e4-9308-001a4bcf6878.html" target="_blank">http://www.westernfrontonline.net/news/article_ce998048-0679-11e4-9308-001a4bcf6...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A group of physics majors at Western recently formed a club oriented toward a longtime minority in their field: women. The Women in Physics Club has objectives to combat stereotypes that have prevented women from entering heavily math-based fields such as physics, astronomy, engineering and computer science, lecturer and club adviser Dr. Barber DeGraaff said. </div> </div> </div> Associated Students Physics and Astronomy Department students College of Sciences and Technology Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:57:05 +0000 Western Today 23796 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday From spaceship to ship: 'Sally Ride' under construction in Anacortes http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/from-spaceship-to-ship-sally-ride-under-construction-in-anacortes <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Puget Sound Business Journal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2014/06/from-spaceship-to-ship-sally-ride-under.html" target="_blank">http://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/blog/2014/06/from-spaceship-to-ship-sally-rid...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> There&#039;s a research vessel under construction in Anacortes harbor with a very Jet City kind of name. The Sally Ride, named after the first female U.S. astronaut in outer space, is a 238-foot ship being built by Dakota Creek Industries. The research vessel is a sister ship to the Neil Armstrong, also named for a famous astronaut. </div> </div> </div> higher education Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:48:32 +0000 Western Today 23795 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Guest: STEM education relies on innovation from all disciplines http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/guest-stem-education-relies-on-innovation-from-all-disciplines <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Seattle Times </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://blogs.seattletimes.com/educationlab/2014/07/10/guest-stem-education-relies-on-innovation-from-all-disciplines/" target="_blank">http://blogs.seattletimes.com/educationlab/2014/07/10/guest-stem-education-relie...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> As a former engineer and current high-school teacher, STEM is a frequent buzzword in my lexicon. But, like many others, I have found myself thinking that the STEM acronym is somehow incomplete. What about art? What about English? Many other disciplines play a vital role in developing our next generation of innovators. Outside of the education world, STEM does not exist in a vacuum. Like a true engineer, I couldn’t shake the riddle. So I approached it as an engineering problem, taking a systems approach: looking at all the inputs and outputs. At that point I realized the source of confusion. Your definition of STEM depends on whether you are talking about the input or the output of the system. When looking at STEM as the output, to ensure economic development and global competitiveness, everything makes complete sense, and science, technology, engineering and math are the key disciplines of concern. </div> </div> </div> higher education STEM Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:45:59 +0000 Western Today 23794 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Hot stuff: Volcanoes populate Ryan Molenkamp exhibition http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/hot-stuff-volcanoes-populate-ryan-molenkamp-exhibition <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Seattle Times </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://seattletimes.com/html/thearts/2024040814_molenkampvolcanoesreviewxml.html" target="_blank">http://seattletimes.com/html/thearts/2024040814_molenkampvolcanoesreviewxml.html</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Volcanoes have fascinated Northwest Coast artist Ryan Molenkamp since Mount St. Helens erupted when he was a small boy in 1980, frightening and amazing him. He read about them, visited natural-history museums and hiked their peaks as he got older. So it’s not surprising that when he went off to college, it was to study geology. No art classes had been offered at his high school, and he had no idea when he entered Western Washington University that anyone could major in art or make it a career. His first painting class changed his academic history: He began college to find out what was going on in the planet and he ended college learning how to portray it. </div> </div> </div> alumni art Art Department College of Fine and Performing Arts Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:45:06 +0000 Western Today 23793 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Summer science course helps bridge generation gap http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/summer-science-course-helps-bridge-generation-gap <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kitsap Sun </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2014/jul/10/summer-science-course-helps-bridge-generation/" target="_blank">http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2014/jul/10/summer-science-course-helps-bridge-gen...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vickie Cordell drove up from Portland to look at sizable octopuses and a collection of jellyfish. Truth is, that wasn’t the real reason she took part in the special Western Washington University two-day environmental science program. “Time with her,” she said, pointing to granddaughter Katie Barry. Katie, whose official age is “almost 11,” particularly liked the jellyfish, but said the main draw in attending was “to spend time with my grandma.” </div> </div> </div> Extended Education Olympic College Poulsbo Summer Programs for Youth Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:39:46 +0000 Western Today 23792 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday High Street to close in evenings from July 21 to 23 http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/high-street-to-close-in-evenings-from-july-21-to-23 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/imagefield_default_images/westernlogo_onblue.png" length="9121" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>To facilitate excavation in the crosswalk in front of the Associated Students Bookstore, High Street will be closed to the general public in the evenings from July 21 through July 23. One lane will remain open for emergency access, and&nbsp;WTA buses will run on their usual schedules (the last evening bus runs at 11 p.m.; morning bus runs begin at 6:15 a.m.).</p> <p>This work is part of the ongoing north campus utility upgrade project.</p> <p>For more information, contact Josh Kavulla, project manager, at 360-650-3260 or&nbsp;josh.kavulla@wwu.edu.</p> construction Office of Facilities Development and Capital Budget transportation Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:46:25 +0000 Western Today 23791 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Commedia in the Park http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/commedia-in-the-park <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Western Front </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.westernfrontonline.net/features/article_ea530ebe-06b8-11e4-a1ff-001a4bcf6878.html" target="_blank">http://www.westernfrontonline.net/features/article_ea530ebe-06b8-11e4-a1ff-001a4...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Students’ sweat drips onto the floor of Western’s Performing Arts Center main stage. The summer heat has engulfed the rehearsal space as students complete their warm-up exercise before slipping on their masks and stepping into the role of their characters. Screaming, yelling and gibberish can be heard from the students as their voices reverberate through the hall as each of their characters come alive. Theater professor Rich Brown checks in with the students, coaching each one making sure each is bringing their highest energy to their respective characters. “Be the mask!” he said. “Be the mask!” </div> </div> </div> community faculty students Theatre and Dance Department Rich Brown College of Fine and Performing Arts Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:42:30 +0000 Western Today 23790 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Students, professor donate art for young patients http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/features/students-professor-donate-art-for-young-patients <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/WWU_art_for_Peds3-CROPPED.png" length="740374" type="image/png" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/WWU_art_for_Peds4-CROPPED.png" length="636871" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A doctor&rsquo;s examination room can be a scary place for a child, even with kind and compassionate caregivers. Gaye Green, chair of the Art Department at Western Washington University, understands that. So when an appeal for &ldquo;kid friendly&rdquo; art went out, she and her students responded.</p> <p>There will be a public celebration of that collaboration at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 16, in Conference Room 2, downstairs at PeaceHealth Medical Group, 4545 Cordata Parkway in Bellingham.</p> <p>Professor Green&rsquo;s own son has spent time in the PeaceHealth pediatric clinics, so when Carol Brumet at PeaceHealth reached out to Green, she understood the need &ndash; and didn&rsquo;t hesitate.</p> <p>&ldquo;I understand the enormous impact that one&rsquo;s surroundings have on a child&rsquo;s psychological well-being, especially in times of stress and illness,&rdquo; Green said. &ldquo;The Western Art Department, consistent with our college&rsquo;s mission, provides a dynamic learning environment that nurtures critical inquiry, creative problem-solving and innovative ideas. This was a wonderful opportunity to share what we do, and at the same time expose children to the beauty and joy of art.&rdquo;</p> <p>Brumet was working with PeaceHealth pediatrics to make the &ldquo;going to the doctor&rdquo; experience as pleasant as it could be for the 50,000-plus young patients who visit each year. PHMG Pediatrics is also active with &ldquo;Reach Out and Read,&rdquo; introducing its youngest patients to reading, to help prepare them for success in school. As part of that program, each child from six months to six years of age is given a book to take home after his or her well visit. According to Dr. Maryanne Scott, VP of PHMG for the PeaceHealth Northwest Network, it&rsquo;s all part of the PeaceHealth mission to relieve pain and suffering, and treat each person in a loving and caring way.</p> <p>&ldquo;We treat the whole child,&rdquo; Scott said. &ldquo;We want each child&rsquo;s experience here to be compassionate and nurturing, as well as healing.&rdquo;</p> <p>More to know:</p> <ul> <li> Prints are illustrations from books by Gaye Green and Bellingham author&nbsp;Rosanna Porter.</li> <li> &ldquo;Children respond to brightly colorful, engaging images&rdquo; (Professor Green) such as those in books by Green and Porter.</li> <li> The authors, Green and Porter, as well as illustrators Tessa Asato and Lynda Porter, will be at the July 16 event at PHMG.</li> <li> One of Rosanna Porter&rsquo;s books &ndash; &ldquo;Tofu Ling and the Angel&rdquo; &ndash; is dedicated to three children who have, or have had, a life-threatening illness. The book raised money for children&rsquo;s cancer research.</li> <li> &ldquo;I believe [that] being able to provide an opportunity for children to escape from their illness into a story provides relief. I hope the stories feed their imagination, creativity, and perhaps even spark a love of reading,&rdquo; said author Roseanna Porter.</li> <li> Students from Green&rsquo;s WWU summer course Art 398 &ndash; Integrated Arts for Elementary Educators &ndash; developed activities that correspond to the framed illustrations that can be used by children while waiting in the exam rooms.</li> <li> Use of illustrations from children&rsquo;s books supports the PHMG Pediatrics&rsquo; &ldquo;Reach Out and Read&rdquo; program, as books from the Raisykinder Publishing and Chartreuse Press were sources of the imagery.</li> <li> &ldquo;Since both the College of Fine and Performing Arts and the Art Department are committed to the importance of community collaborations and arts-based service learning, it is my hope that projects such as this will exemplify my belief that the arts can address community needs and that imagery is a significant part of our lives,&rdquo;WWU&#39;s Gaye Green.</li> </ul> art Art Department community donations faculty Health students upcoming events Gaye Green College of Fine and Performing Arts Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:41:37 +0000 Western Today 23789 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Western launches inaugural Grandparents 'U’ program in Poulsbo http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/western-launches-inaugural-grandparents-u%E2%80%99-program-in-poulsbo <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/Grandparents%20U%20Poulsbo.jpg" length="305730" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Western Washington University&rsquo;s Youth Programs today launched its first session of Grandparents &quot;U,&quot; consisting of six pairs of grandparents and their grandchildren, at the Western Washington University Center at Olympic College in Poulsbo.</p> <p>Based on a signature Western program in Bellingham, the Kitsap offering of Grandparents &quot;U&rdquo; is a unique intergenerational program that gives youth ages 7-14 an opportunity to work side-by-side with a grandparent. The two-day summer program facilitates a strong bonding experience for grandparents and their grandchildren as they enjoy hands-on enrichment in a college atmosphere. With two course offerings, participants had the opportunity to explore intertidal marine life and invertebrates in Liberty Bay as well as discover the ecology of owls through pellet dissection and Google Earth habitat exploration.</p> <p>&ldquo;We are excited to be collaborating with Olympic College in the sharing of a program that will create memories for Kitsap County participants,&rdquo; said Diana Bakkom, assistant director of Summer Programs at Western. &ldquo;We look forward to continuing this collaboration and building upon our Youth Program offerings on the peninsulas.&rdquo;</p> <p>Western Youth Programs&rsquo; course offerings are taught by Western faculty with rich backgrounds in various fields of study. Through Western Youth Programs, students have been inspired for over three decades to explore their educational and creative passions in a safe and lively college atmosphere. In addition to personal growth, Western Youth Programs encourages youth of all ages to consider higher education as a possibility for their own future.</p> <p>For more information about Grandparents &quot;U,&rdquo; visit <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/grandparentsu" title="www.wwu.edu/grandparentsu">www.wwu.edu/grandparentsu</a>, email <a href="mailto:youth@wwu.edu">youth@wwu.edu</a> or call 360-650-3308.</p> community Extended Education Olympic College Poulsbo Summer Programs for Youth Diana Bakkom Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:15:19 +0000 Western Today 23788 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Larner helps evaluate interdisciplinary studies degree program at Walden University http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/notes/larner-helps-evaluate-interdisciplinary-studies-degree-program-at-walden-university <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/Dan-Larner-mug_7.jpg" class="imagecache imagecache-feature_main_small_view imagecache-imagelink imagecache-feature_main_small_view_imagelink"><img src="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/imagecache/feature_main_small_view/Dan-Larner-mug_7.jpg" alt="" title="" width="120" height="130" class="imagecache imagecache-feature_main_small_view"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Daniel Larner (Fairhaven College) was one of two external reviewers evaluating the B.S. in interdisciplinary studies degree program at Walden University, Minneapolis, Minn., June 30 to July 1.</p> faculty Dan Larner Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:23:10 +0000 Western Today 23787 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Larner presents paper on Eugene O'Neill at conference http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/notes/larner-presents-paper-on-eugene-oneill-at-conference <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/Dan-Larner-mug_6.jpg" class="imagecache imagecache-feature_main_small_view imagecache-imagelink imagecache-feature_main_small_view_imagelink"><img src="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/imagecache/feature_main_small_view/Dan-Larner-mug_6.jpg" alt="" title="" width="120" height="130" class="imagecache imagecache-feature_main_small_view"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Daniel Larner (Fairhaven College) gave a paper titled &quot;Hunted, Haunted Home: Family Tragedy in O&#39;Neill&#39;s Late Plays,&quot; at the Ninth International Conference of the Eugene O&#39;Neill Society, New London, Connecticut, June 18 to 21, 2014.</p> faculty presentations Dan Larner Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:21:21 +0000 Western Today 23786 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Larner appointed to chair Eugene O'Neill Society committee http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/notes/larner-appointed-to-chair-eugene-oneill-society-committee <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/Dan-Larner-mug_5.jpg" class="imagecache imagecache-feature_main_small_view imagecache-imagelink imagecache-feature_main_small_view_imagelink"><img src="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/imagecache/feature_main_small_view/Dan-Larner-mug_5.jpg" alt="" title="" width="120" height="130" class="imagecache imagecache-feature_main_small_view"/></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Daniel Larner, a professor at Fairhaven College of the Environment, was appointed to chair a committee of the Board of Directors of the Eugene O&#39;Neill Society, to review the society&#39;s scholarly journal, The Eugene O&#39;Neill Review. Larner submitted the committee&#39;s report to the board at the Ninth International Conference of the Society, New London, Connecticut, June 18 to 21, 2014. Larner also chaired this committee in 2008.</p> appointments faculty Dan Larner Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:11:51 +0000 Western Today 23785 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday Abundant Demand – How can Public Policy Help Keep Energy Affordable? http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/abundant-demand-%E2%80%93-how-can-public-policy-help-keep-energy-affordable <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Energy Magazine </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.energymag.ca/usa/abundant-demand-how-can-public-policy-help-keep-energy-affordable/" target="_blank">http://www.energymag.ca/usa/abundant-demand-how-can-public-policy-help-keep-ener...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> On January 8, the Peterson Institute for International Economics here in Washington D.C. launched a new study by Trevor Houser and Shashank Mohan on the oil and gas production boom in the United States.1 Houser and Mohan use a general equilibrium model to assess the effects on the rest of the U.S. economy and, since the U.S. economy is so large, find the impact to be significant but not overwhelming: between 2010 and 2020 the total impact of oil and gas production growth is estimated at 2.1 per cent of U.S. GDP, roughly the boost provided by the Recovery Act stimulus spending in 2008-2012, but spread over a longer period. Still, in the case of oil, increased U.S. production was enough to offset production declines in Europe and supply reductions due to sanctions on Iran. </div> </div> </div> environment faculty sustainability Christopher Sands Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:34:26 +0000 Western Today 23784 at http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday