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We're enjoying the sunny, breezy weather on campus today. Have a great Fourth, everyone!
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The Power of Resilience: Some of us grow stronger after the unthinkable happens. Western’s disaster researcher tells us why.

http://www.windowmagazine.org/window/index.php?section=Stories&id=363
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Twenty-nine-year-old Adam Roberts can't imagine spending hours in stop-and-go traffic. It would kill him to sit behind a desk from nine to five. Roberts has carved out a space for himself beyond the humdrum world of making money and paying rent. He has built a custom home on the truck bed of his Toyota Tacoma so he can live where he truly feels alive - on the mountain. Roberts lives out of his truck, which you can often find on in the parking lot of the Mount Baker Ski Area 50 miles east of Bellingham. He hikes up the mountain on skins and skis down through massive powder. He cooks and sleeps in his self-made gypsy wagon. Living off the grid has its challenges, but Roberts willingly sacrifices convenience to be among the trees, deep in the snow.

This video profile was shot, edited and produced by Western Washington University students Jasper Gibson, Hannah Leone, Elliot Reid and Annika Wolters for a Digital Media in Journalism class taught by Stephen Howie. They shot video of Roberts performing day-to-day activities and skiing on Mount Baker, and they interviewed him in his natural environment.
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Today is the last day to pet a dog in Wilson Library.

The dogs, members of the Pet Partners program, have been in Wilson Library since June 2. Students, faculty and staff may stop by to say hi and de-stress when they feel the need for a quick break from studying for finals or writing those last few papers.

This marks the two-year anniversary of Western Libraries' affiliation with this unique, beneficial and very popular program.
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"In ways like this, we're at the forefront. No other department I know about is doing this."
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Brady Olson, a scientist at Western's Shannon Point Marine Center, holds a flask of seawater and stares intently at the tiny creatures called copepods swimming inside it. They dart about like frenzied boatmen, through water altered to reflect what climate scientists call "the worst case scenario:" that in 100 years, the ocean could become so acidic that seawater literally scours the calcium skins from some of the tiny creatures at the foundation of the oceanic food web.

This scenario -- projected as the coming reality by the more than 2,000 scientists worldwide serving on the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- drives researchers like Olson and his peer at Shannon Point, Brooke Love. It's why they spend so many hours on the water collecting specimens and analyzing data from their experiments in the lab. At the heart of their passion lies the central question: What does this mean for our planet?

Brady Olson has so many questions, but every answer he gets from his research into ocean acidification seems to spawn five new lines of inquiry.

"The scope of what we're researching -- the implications of what this could mean for the planet -- can feel pretty daunting, pretty important," said Olson, a marine scientist at Western's Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes, where many scientists and students collaborate on ocean research. "We understand what is at stake."
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From dopamine-producing sea lettuce to sea star wasting disease, there's a lot in our oceans to study. Check out what WWU faculty are learning.
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We try not to cry on Mondays, but...
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Panorama of the PAC Plaza. View more: http://www.youvisit.com/tour/panoramas/wwu/80312/.
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For ambitious, open-minded learners, Western is the premier undergraduate-centered university. We foster a dynamic, collaborative environment at an intimate scale, where students fully engage, reveling in the freedom to develop their intellectual potential and achieve their personal goals.