Faculty and Staff News

Keep track of news and information about Western’s faculty and staff here. Have a news item to submit, from a professional milestone to a conference to a new publication? Send it to Western Today editor John Thompson.

Cornelius Partsch, Professor of German in the Department of Modern & Classical Languages, published the 7th edition of Treffpunkt Deutsch, an elementary-level German textbook (Pearson, 2019; co-authors Margaret Gonglewski and Beverly Moser).

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Derek Moscato, an assistant professor of journalism and public relations at Western Washington University, has published a new article in the Journal of Public Interest Communication. The study, “Clearcut Persuasion? Audience Cognition of Mediated Environmental Advertising through the Lens of the Elaboration Likelihood Model,” analyzed the outdoor billboard campaign by Oregon Wild to limit the practice of clearcut logging on Oregon’s publicly-owned lands. The campaign’s contentious advertisements, which were banned from Portland International Airport, garnered significant media coverage.

Conference Presentation: November 16-19, 2017 -  I delivered two presentations at the National Communication Association (NCA), in Dallas Texas, I delivered the first presentation about how my interest in homelessness came about and the many ways that my students are engaged in service-learning projects related to our community experiencing homelessness. I discussed each project that I created from 2015 to current. My presentation was titled "Homelessness the Invisible Made Visible."

Liberal Studies' Lynn publishes three articles on early modern Inquisitions

Kimberly Lynn (Associate Professor and Department Chair, Liberal Studies) had two articles published in one edited collection: “Judges and Shepherds: Inquisitions,” and, with Gretchen Starr-LeBeau, “Tribunals and Jurisdictions: Inquisitions,” in Judging Faith, Punishing Sin: Inquisitions and Consistories in the Early Modern World, ed. Charles H. Parker and Gretchen Starr-LeBeau (Cambridge University Press, 2017), 52-65 and 116-27. 

May 1 marks the release of “Anti-Cancer Living,” ghost written by WWU Senior Instructor Stephen Howie for Dr. Lorenzo Cohen, director of Integrative Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and his wife, educator Allison Jefferies. Published by Viking, the book has been translated in 10 different languages with more than a dozen foreign contracts. 

Carolyn Nielsen, an associate professor in the Department of Journalism, has been awarded the University of Washington Department of Communications Faculty Award for Outstanding Dissertation of 2017. Her doctoral dissertation, "Moment or Movement: U.S. News Coverage of Racial Issues in a Digital Era," is the foundation for her forthcoming book under contract with the University of Missouri Press.

WWU Music Librarian Marian Ritter is one of the co-editors of the new book, "Information Literacy in Music: an Instructor’s Companion." Madison, WI: A-R Editions, 2018.

WWU Assistant Professor of Geology Sean Mulcahy has had his paper, "Early Onset of Franciscan Subduction" published in the journal Tectonics.

Librarian Robert Lopresti (Western Libraries) is the recipient of this year’s Lane/Saunders Award for his book "When Women Didn’t count: The Chronic Mismeasure and Marginalization of American Women in Federal Statistics."  

Erika McPhee-Shaw, a professor in the Environmental Science Department, has been invited to spend two days at Cornell University’s College of Engineering as a Distinguished Speaker starting April 26.

An expert in her field of wave physics and coastal circulation, McPhee-Shaw will speak to faculty and students about environmental fluid mechanics, wave-driven mixing in ocean and lakes, and environmental water resources systems.

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