http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/topics/72/0 en Input needed on sustainability direction for Western http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/input-needed-on-sustainability-direction-for-western <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/SustainabilityBanner.jpg" length="254109" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>During Earth Week, the Sustainability Advisory Committee at Western Washington University invites the Western community to share ideas for the future of Western Sustainability. As campus initiates its first long-range sustainability plan, public input is needed. What does a sustainable campus look like? What should our goals be? What programs are important?</p> <p>The &quot;Envisioning Western Sustainability 2025&quot; discussion will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April&nbsp;21,&nbsp;in Viking Union Multipurpose Room.</p> <p>All students, staff and faculty are invited to comment on several areas of activity, including:</p> <ul> <li> Climate and Energy</li> <li> Curriculum &amp; Research</li> <li> Student Life</li> <li> The Built Environment</li> <li> Diversity</li> <li> Dining Services</li> <li> Purchasing</li> <li> Transportation</li> <li> Waste</li> <li> Affordability</li> <li> Community Engagement</li> </ul> <p>Free pizza will be available for commenting attendees. Please share your thoughts on how to make Western a national leader in campus sustainability.</p> <p>Those who are not able to attend may provide comments by emailing <a href="mailto:sustain@wwu.edu">sustain@wwu.edu</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> environment Office of Sustainability sustainability upcoming events Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:59:56 +0000 Western Today 25621 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Upcoming forums to address marijuana http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/upcoming-forums-to-address-marijuana <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/MJFORUM.jpg" length="295278" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <enclosure url="http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/Campus%20Community%20Coalition%20logo.jpg" length="107530" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Campus Community Coalition will present &ldquo;Marijuana &ndash; Get the Facts: An Open Forum from Multiple Perspectives&rdquo; from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, and Wednesday, May 13, at the Mount Baker Theater Encore Room, 112 Champion St. in Bellingham.</p> <p>In light of recent marijuana legalization and legislative changes in the state of Washington, many community members aren&rsquo;t clear on precisely what the new laws state. Additionally, legalization has created the need for new conversations and a new lens through which to view marijuana. The purpose of the forums is to present facts from multiple perspectives, increase people&rsquo;s knowledge about legal marijuana, and provide attendees the information they need to have informed conversations with family, friends, neighbors and policy makers.</p> <p>The April 22 discussion, subtitled &ldquo;Can Legal Be Safe,&rdquo; features Jason Kilmer, a University of Washington researcher and marijuana expert, who will cover the physiological effects of marijuana, and how these can be different based on your age, health and other conditions. Additionally, a legal marijuana retailer will discuss how the new legislatively permitted industry works. An enforcement agency representative will also discuss how legal marijuana distribution is regulated and overseen.</p> <p>The May 13 event, subtitled &ldquo;Communities and Marijuana,&rdquo; includes a panel discussion that will feature: an explanation by law enforcement about the specifics of the marijuana legislation and how it is being enforced in communities; a prevention/intervention expert who will discuss addiction and the problems that can arise for some populations who use marijuana, even legally; and a representative from NORML, who will discuss how marijuana legalization can be viewed through the lens of being a social justice issue.</p> <p>The CCC has deliberately worked to make this a respectful and open sharing of multiple, sometimes differing perspectives. The goal of the event is not to promote a particular viewpoint, but to expose attendees to a variety of sources of information and then to encourage further dialogue within the community.</p> <p>For more information about the event, email the Campus Community Coalition at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:CCC@wwu.edu">CCC@wwu.edu</a>.</p> Campus Community Coalition community Health safety upcoming events Thu, 02 Apr 2015 17:13:34 +0000 Western Today 25560 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Connecting Communities Service Day is April 17 http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/connecting-communities-service-day-is-april-17 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/Connecting%20Communities%20Service%20Day.jpg" length="880645" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 2014, the <a href="http://www.library.wwu.edu/tla">Teaching-Learning Academy </a>at Western Washington University proposed the creation of a trust-building event in response to the BIG question, &ldquo;How do we ignite individual passion, purpose, and potential to co-create a culture of trust?&rdquo; The TLA welcomes students, staff, and faculty to participate in the upcoming events as part of Active Minds Changing Lives Week.</p> <p><strong>Connecting Communities Launch (Monday, April 13)</strong></p> <p class="rteindent1">Faculty and staff may drop by Wilson Library 270 anytime between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn how they can volunteer with various organizations within Whatcom County. Individuals will also have an opportunity to sign up for a service event on Friday, April 17. Light refreshments will be served.</p> <p><strong>Connecting Communities Day of Service (Friday, April 17)</strong></p> <p class="rteindent1">On April 17, faculty and staff may join their colleagues in a day of service. Service projects are available on- and off-campus, and folks have a variety of volunteer sites to choose from. Projects for April 17 range from creating a short film for the Family Meals Project to assisting Tara Perry&rsquo;s class with assembling backpacks for the homeless. For the list of service projects, please see the <a href="http://www.library.wwu.edu/tla_events">TLA events page</a>. This is also a wonderful opportunity to use Community Service Leave available for <a href="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/professional-staff-community-service-leave-day-to-be-available">Professional staff</a> and <a href="http://www.onlinefast.org/wwutoday/blogs/hr-today/hr-today-for-may-30-2013">classified staff</a>.</p> community faculty staff Teaching-Learning Academy upcoming events volunteers Mon, 30 Mar 2015 22:27:30 +0000 Western Today 25521 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Lizard Field School http://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 Science and Engineering Mon, 24 Feb 2014 23:40:41 +0000 Western Today 22815 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Seattle Times’ Ron Judd to Discuss the ‘Red Scare’ Firing of Former Western President Charles Fisher May 5 at WWU http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/releases/seattle-times%E2%80%99-ron-judd-to-discuss-the-%E2%80%98red-scare%E2%80%99-firing-of-former-western-president- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tamara.Belts@wwu.edu </div> </div> </div> <p>Veteran&nbsp;Seattle Times reporter Ron Judd will discuss the successful 1939 &lsquo;Red Scare&rsquo; political campaign&nbsp;to remove former Western Washington College of Education President&nbsp;Charles H. Fisher&nbsp;from office from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Wilson Library Reading Room on Tuesday, May 5 as part of Western&rsquo;s ongoing Heritage Resources Speaker Series.</p> <p>The event is free and open to the public.</p> <p>Judd&rsquo;s talk, &ldquo;The Liberal Arts on Trial in Bellingham: The Inside Story and Legacy of the 1939 &lsquo;Red Scare&rsquo; Firing of College President Charles H. Fisher,&rdquo; will explore Fisher&rsquo;s ousting in the context of local and national anti-communist, &ldquo;super-patriot&rdquo;&nbsp;political trends of the times which placed Fisher squarely in the crossfire&nbsp;of a prolonged, bitter political war&nbsp;between New Deal liberals and old-guard conservatives in Bellingham. Judd will also examine whether the forced removal of Fisher by radical&nbsp;political operatives could happen in Washington state today.</p> <p>Judd&rsquo;s original historical research was based extensively on primary documents which survive in Western Libraries Heritage Resources&rsquo; collections. The University Archives, Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, and Special Collections each house archival collections of pamphlets, news stories, detailed notes, letters, transcripts, and other accounts of assemblies, lectures, and college events documenting Fisher&rsquo;s career and demise &ndash; including what may be the only known copy of a typed transcript of a 1935 closed-door meeting in which Fisher, his accusers, and the Board of Trustees met face-to-face.</p> <p>Ron C. Judd is a Journalism instructor at Western Washington University, a Western alumnus, and a 2015 James W. Scott Research Fellow at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (a program of Western Libraries Heritage Resources).</p> <p>Author of several works of nonfiction, Judd&rsquo;s work includes outdoor guides and a history of the Winter Olympics. Judd has 25 years of experience as a journalist and currently writes a news column, called The Wrap, for The Seattle Times<em>.</em>&nbsp;He lives with his wife in Bellingham.</p> <p>For more information on this event, contact Tamara Belts at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Tamara.Belts@wwu.edu">Tamara.Belts@wwu.edu</a>&nbsp;or call (360) 650-3193.</p> events Mon, 20 Apr 2015 21:59:24 +0000 john.thompson 25697 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday OU research team creates new molecule http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/ou-research-team-creates-new-molecule <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Oklahoma Daily </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.oudaily.com/news/ou-research-team-creates-new-molecule/article_e57b09e8-e540-11e4-a3af-4bb96f37d42f.html" target="_blank">http://www.oudaily.com/news/ou-research-team-creates-new-molecule/article_e57b09...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An OU physicist is leading a research team that has created a new molecule, resulting in an article in Science magazine and a possible pathway to quantum computers. James Shaffer, a professor of atomic, molecular and optical physics, led a team that included Hossein Sadeghpour of Harvard University; Seth Rittenhouse, assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Western Washington University; and OU graduate students Don Booth and Jin Yang. </div> </div> </div> faculty Physic and Astronomy Department research Seth Rittenhouse College of Science and Engineering Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:10:49 +0000 Western Today 25695 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Three WWU athletes break records at Mt. SAC Relays http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/three-wwu-athletes-break-records-at-mt-sac-relays <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bellingham Herald </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.bellinghamherald.com/2015/04/17/4247261_donigian-and-milbrandt-break-records.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/04/17/4247261_donigian-and-milbrandt-break-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Western Washington University sprinter Alex Donigian, hurdler Travis Milbrandt and steeplechaser Katelyn Steen set school and Great Northwest Athletic Conference records on Friday, April 17, at the 57th Annual Mt. SAC Relays taking place in Walnut, Calif. </div> </div> </div> Athletics students track and field Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:44:49 +0000 Western Today 25694 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday WWU hosts two talks related to World War II http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/wwu-hosts-two-talks-related-to-world-war-ii <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bellingham Herald </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.bellinghamherald.com/2015/04/19/4246191/lectures-wwu-hosts-two-talks-related.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/04/19/4246191/lectures-wwu-hosts-two-talks-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Western Washington University’s Western Libraries hosts Lisa Marcus and Kirsten Christenson from Pacific Lutheran University in a two-part talk, “Collaborating Across Disciplines: Holocaust and Genocide Studies at PLU,” at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in Viking Union room 565. </div> </div> </div> community upcoming events Western Reads Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:43:34 +0000 Western Today 25693 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Bellingham Festival of Music hosts cellist Joshua Roman http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/bellingham-festival-of-music-hosts-cellist-joshua-roman <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bellingham Herald </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.bellinghamherald.com/2015/04/19/4246227/music-bellingham-festival-of-music.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/04/19/4246227/music-bellingham-festival-of-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cellist Joshua Roman performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, at Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center, hosted by the Bellingham Festival of Music. </div> </div> </div> Bellingham Festival of Music community upcoming events Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:42:22 +0000 Western Today 25692 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday SBDC director talks changes to Bellingham business since 2009 http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/sbdc-director-talks-changes-to-bellingham-business-since-2009 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bellingham 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://bbjtoday.com/blog/sbdc-director-talks-changes-to-bellingham-business-since-2009/30984" target="_blank">http://bbjtoday.com/blog/sbdc-director-talks-changes-to-bellingham-business-sinc...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> C.J. Seitz, interim director of Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center, is a familiar face to many local businesses. Seitz worked as a business advisor at the center from 2005 until 2009. Since then, she has worked in administration in the private sector and served as a regional director of the state’s Employment Security Department. She returned to the Small Business Development Center(SBDC) in February to continue her love of advising business owners. She shared her thoughts on how local business has changed since she left the center in 2009. </div> </div> </div> community Small Business Development Center staff CJ Seitz Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:25:39 +0000 Western Today 25691 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday The weak loonie’s impact on the local economy http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/the-weak-loonie%E2%80%99s-impact-on-the-local-economy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Bellingham Herald </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.bellinghamherald.com/2015/04/19/4246373_whatcom-economy-the-weak-loonies.html" target="_blank">http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2015/04/19/4246373_whatcom-economy-the-weak-loon...</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Feelings run strong in our community when it comes to our northern neighbors. Much has been said in the past two years about traffic, parking and the impacts of the traveling shopper. The question is, with the loonie in a slump and available parking at our area stores and malls becoming easier to find, should you be concerned? Could fewer Canadians mean lower tax revenues which impact public services? Could your taxes rise? </div> </div> </div> Canada Center for Economic and Business Research research students Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:18:26 +0000 Western Today 25690 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Deadline approaching for 2015 Rwanda program http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/deadline-approaching-for-2015-rwanda-program <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/FIERCE%20-%20from%20Rwanda%20blog.jpg" length="662329" type="image/jpeg" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Center for Service-Learning at Western Washington University facilitates two faculty-led international programs in Kenya and Rwanda that promote engaged partnerships between students, faculty, and local and global communities.</p> <p>The deadline to <a href="http://www.wwu.edu/csl/International-SL.shtml#gallery/International1.jpg" target="_blank">apply for the 2015 Rwanda program</a> is May 1.</p> <p>The goal is to develop sustained and long term partnerships with multiple community partner organizations to meet the stated goals of international communities while also providing a rich interdisciplinary learning experience for students.</p> <p>The Center for Service-Learning&#39;s courses offer students community-based learning that takes place in the classroom of other cultures, and challenges assumptions about what it means to live in the age of globalization. Much of the learning is centered on the knowledge of local experts and through field experiences and service activities.</p> <p>The program is based on the guiding principle of reciprocal and respectful partnerships and is designed to address the community goals of our international community partners. WWU students and faculty are invited into their communities, and they are invited to be a full participant in the service-learning project design. This is not an academic tourism model or a &quot;feel good&quot; experience for our students, but a commitment to social responsibility and change, authentic intercultural relationships and deep personal learning.</p> <p>For more information about the Rwanda program, <a href="https://2014rwanda.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">read the blog from last year&#39;s team</a>.</p> Center for Service-Learning students Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:21:05 +0000 Western Today 25688 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday New version of WWU App features on-the-fly menu info from campus dining halls http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/new-version-of-wwu-app-features-on-the-fly-menu-info-from-campus-dining-halls <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <enclosure url="http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/sites/onlinefast.org.wwutoday/files/imagefield_default_images/westernlogo_onblue.png" length="9121" type="image/png" /> </div> </div> </div> <p style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Muli, Helvetica, 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);">The newest version of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wwu.edu/webtech/wwumobile.shtml" style="color: rgb(0, 131, 214); font-weight: bold;">WWU Mobile app</a>&nbsp;for smartphones and tablets has been released and is available for free download via the&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wwu-mobile/id855315641?mt=8" style="color: rgb(0, 131, 214); font-weight: bold;">App Store</a>&nbsp;for Apple devices and&nbsp;<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.wwu.mobile.wwumobile" style="color: rgb(0, 131, 214); font-weight: bold;">Google Play</a>&nbsp;for Android users; search the relevant app store for &ldquo;WWU&nbsp;Mobile.&rdquo;</p> <p style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Muli, Helvetica, 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);">The app has features such as a campus map, a feed of campus news and events from Western Today, a campus calendar, feeds from Western&rsquo;s various social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook, a faculty and staff directory, class schedules, online bill pay, athletics schedules and news, and campus photos.</p> <p style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Muli, Helvetica, 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);">The newest version of the app adds:</p> <ul> <li style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Muli, Helvetica, 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);"> Complete menu information for each day&#39;s offerings at campus dining halls, such as the Viking Commons, Ridgeway&nbsp;Commons, and Fairhaven Commons, so users can see what is being offered around campus that day before their meal.</li> <li style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Muli, Helvetica, 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);"> Canvas functionality, allowing students and faculty to access Western&rsquo;s course-management system via their mobile device</li> <li style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Muli, Helvetica, 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);"> For Android users only, a &ldquo;Western Wheels&rdquo; app in the Links section with full WTA bus schedules.</li> <li style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Muli, Helvetica, 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);"> The newest version also includes a fix for Apple users; in older versions, launching some of the features in the app would take you off the app with no way to get back except to re-launch it, but this has been remedied in the new version.</li> </ul> <p style="color: rgb(52, 52, 52); font-family: Muli, Helvetica, 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, 'Lucida Grande', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; background-color: rgb(252, 252, 252);">The majority of the coding work for the app was done by Bob Finch in Administrative Computing Services; the app&rsquo;s icons and graphic interface were provided by Marie Raney and her team in Web Communication Technologies and graphic artist Derek Bryson from University Communications and Marketing.</p> WWU app Mon, 20 Apr 2015 16:48:38 +0000 john.thompson 25687 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday WWU Students Receive $75k Grant from EPA for Solar Window Design http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/news/releases/wwu-students-receive-75k-grant-from-epa-for-solar-window-design <div class="field field-type-text field-field-contact"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> David Patrick, Western Washington University Department of Chemistry, at (360) 650-3128 or david.patrick@wwu.edu; and Ed Love, Western Washington University College of Business and Economics, at (360) 650-4614 or ed.love@wwu.edu </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-author"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rachel Ronquillo </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-authortitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Office of Communications and Marketing intern </div> </div> </div> <p>A team of Western Washington students and one University of Washington student were awarded a $75,000 first-place grant Sunday, April 12, at the Environmental Protection Agency &ldquo;P3: People, Prosperity and the Planet&rdquo; competition in Washington, D.C.</p> <p>The team of Chemistry, Engineering, Design and Business students presented a prototype of a Smart Solar Window at the competition. Their design is the first completely transparent window that harnesses energy from the sun, converts it to electricity and cuts down on a building&rsquo;s heating, ventilation and air conditioning costs by 10 to 30 percent. The window can be operated wirelessly through a phone, computer or a building&rsquo;s ventilation system, and automatically opens and closes to provide cooling and ventilation. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Western&rsquo;s team competed against teams from across the country, from other universities such as Cornell, Stanford and John Hopkins.</p> <p>The team was awarded $15,000 earlier in the year by the EPA to develop the prototype and bring it to Washington D.C. for the P3 competition. The team will use the $75,000 grant to further develop the prototype. Western student and project manager, James Mayther, said that the team&rsquo;s goal is to receive the much-needed funding that is necessary to take the solar window to the market scale.</p> <p>The P3 team:</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Team leader James Kintzele, Michigan City, Ind. - WWU Department of Engineering and Design</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; James Mayther, Olympia - WWU College of Business and Economics</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ryan Sumner, Ridgefield - WWU Chemistry Department</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Sarah O&rsquo;Sell, Kenmore - WWU Engineering and Design</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Hannah Bouscher, Spokane - WWU College of Business and Economics</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Adam Slater, Ravensdale - WWU Engineering and Design</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ashley Loper, Redmond - WWU Engineering and Design</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Tyler Dawson, Bellingham - WWU Engineering and Design</p> <p>&bull;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Christian Erickson, Seattle - Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington</p> <p>&ldquo;The team has prepared for this competition through staying organized, constantly communicating with one another with our individual progress, and most importantly we all have a passion for participating in solving the world&rsquo;s contemporary energy sustainability challenges,&rdquo; Mayther, a Business and Economics major, said in a press release before the trip.</p> <p>For more information on the P3 team and the Smart Solar Window contact David Patrick at (360) 650-3128 or <a href="mailto:david.patrick@wwu.edu">david.patrick@wwu.edu</a>, or Ed Love at (360) 650-4614 or <a href="mailto:ed.love@wwu.edu">ed.love@wwu.edu</a>.&nbsp;</p> College of Business and Economics College of Science and Engineering Fri, 17 Apr 2015 20:55:27 +0000 john.thompson 25686 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday Man exposes himself to student near Western campus http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday/inthemedia/man-exposes-himself-to-student-near-western-campus <div class="field field-type-text field-field-media"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> KGMI Radio </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://kgmi.com/news/007700-man-exposes-himself-to-student-near-western-campus/" target="_blank">http://kgmi.com/news/007700-man-exposes-himself-to-student-near-western-campus/</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-quote"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Police are looking for a man who exposed himself to a Western Washington University student near campus. The man drove by the female student in a gold or tan SUV fondling himself earlier today just before noon. It happened close to campus near Cedar and Forest streets. </div> </div> </div> community Health safety students University Police Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:46:24 +0000 Western Today 25685 at http://onlinefast.org/wwutoday