Three graduate students have been selected to receive grants in support of their geologic research on Mount Baker, according to Dave Tucker of the Mount Baker Volcano Research Center. Dave writes:
The grants, awarded by Bellingham-based Mount Baker Volcano Research Center, will go to Mai Sas and Ricardo Escobar at Western Washington University's Geology Department, and Ian Delaney of the Department of Geoscience at Central Washington University.
Delaney's study will focus on the role of atmospheric dust (including soot) on rates of glacier melt at Mount Baker. This project could serve as a baseline study for possible environmental impacts of the Gateway Pacific Terminal. Sas and Escobar will each investigate lava flow chemistry at Mount Baker or Glacier Peak with the goal of better explaining the source and evolution of the erupted magma. Each student will receive $667.
The center's grant selection committee chose Delaney's study for funding because it may prove relevant to the debate over environmental effects of the Gateway Pacific proposal.
Dave explains that dust accumulating on glacier surfaces accelerates snow melt by absorbing sunlight and heat. The study will analyze the current composition of dust on Mount Baker's glaciers. Should the coal terminal be built, it is possible that windblown microscopic coal dust could increase on the surface of these rapidly thinning glaciers. Repeat studies in future years could determine whether coal dust from Gateway Pacific is present and if it has contributed to the melting rate of glacial ice.
The non-profit Mount Baker Volcano Research Center is an all-volunteer organization that raises money for scientific research on Mount Baker and provides information history and hazards of the volcano. Funds come from donations, T-shirt sales, and fees paid to attend the organization's public geology field trips. For information, go online to mbvrc.wwu.edu.
EVERSON MARINE WINS PHOTO AWARD
Marine Cpl. Reece Lodder of Everson won the 2013 Sergeant Major Dan Daly Award for photos he took while in Afghanistan in 2012. He is currently stationed at Marine Corps Base, Hawaii.
The award, named for a double Medal of Honor winner, recognizes photos that capture life in the Marine Corps.
BALLET WINS VOTED DONATION
Northwest Ballet was recently presented with a $1,500 donation by Bob Wallin Insurance of Bellingham after community voting.
More than 5,000 votes were recorded at bwicares.com. , which was the voting forum, received OVER 5,000 votes total and Northwest Ballet won with the most votes. Whatcom Humane Society placed second in voting and Royal Family Kids Camp was third.
WASHINGTON RECYCLERS HONOR LOCAL GROUPS
The Washington State Recycling Association has announced two local organizations will be honored May 14 for outstanding recycling achievements.
Western Washington University, Office of Sustainability, will be honored at Higher Education Recycler of the Year and the RE Store REvision Division will be honored as Reuse Recycler of the Year. Here's what the organization said about the honors:
Western Washington University's student-run Recycle Center collects 3,800 pounds of recyclables from Western's campus daily and almost one million pounds annually. Western's campus-wide Zero Waste Western campaign includes composting all pre and post-consumer waste at all three Western dining halls, and all but one retail location. At one "Go Green" athletic event each quarter, Western provides waste reduction tips during half-time, and guidance in front of sorting stations as students exit. In 2012 three water bottle refill stations were installed to reduce plastic waste. Western's waste reduction efforts have inspired other city actions such as "landfill" container labeling, and a recycling color scheme for public recycling receptacles to make visual identification easy between campus and city parks.
In October, 2011, the RE Store launched its REvision Division to create affordable, quality furniture from reclaimed materials and encourage the community to reuse and recycle. The long-term goal of this project is to create a market for used building materials that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Strategies include hosting monthly in-store demonstrations that feature the REvision Division coordinator building items on the sales floor, providing written material in the store and online for customers, and hosting workshops for those individuals who need hands-on instruction and inspiration.
LOCAL CPA SET TO RUN BOSTON MARATHON
Diana Duggan sent me this note about Kathy Herndon running the Boston Marathon:
"While her colleagues are racing to get all their clients' tax returns filed this Monday, April 15, Kathy Herndon, partner of VSH CPAs, will finish her 25th tax season as a CPA as a Boston Marathon finisher.
"As her busy season comes to a close, Kathy, an avid marathoner and 'Marathon Maniac' will travel to Boston instead of spending her last weekend before tax day, signing, reviewing and preparing tax returns for her clients. She's not only been training with 20-mile plus training runs, she's been finishing her clients' tax returns ahead of time, to meet the deadline.
Kathy "participates in numerous marathons every year and qualified for Boston this year by coming in second place in her division at the Bellingham Bay Marathon in September, finishing the 26.2 mile race in 3 hours, 54 minutes.
"The entire crew at VSH wishes Kathy the best of luck while we watch one of our partners and leaders finish the race to tax day, and the race of a lifetime.
The VSH CPA firm is in Bellingham's Barkley neighborhood.
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