Faculty and Staff News

Hilary Schwandt, assistant professor in WWU's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, recently published a new article about family planning methods in urban Nigeria in the journal BMC Women's Health titled "Inadequate birth spacing is perceived as riskier than all family planning methods, except sterilization and abortion, in a qualitative study among urban Nigerians." The article was co-written with Joanna Skinner, Luciana Estelle Hebert, Lisa Cobb, Abdulmumin Saad
and Mojisola Odeku.

Troy Abel, associate professor of Environmental Policy at Huxley College on the Peninsulas, has co-authored a chapter in Routledge’s Handbook of Environmental Justice along with WSU-Vancouver Political Science Professor Mark Stephan. The chapter’s title is “Streams of toxic and hazardous waste disparities, politics and policy.”

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From July 31 – August 2, 2017 Jiasong Yuen from Western Washington University will participate in the U.S. Department of State’s eighth annual EducationUSA Forum in Washington, D.C.  More than 570 U.S. university representatives from 46 states, 60 EducationUSA regional coordinators and advisers from around the world, and U.S. and foreign government officials will convene to discuss international student recruitment and retention strategies.

Casey Mullin, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at Western Libraries, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) Policy Committee. The PCC, headquartered at the Library of Congress, focuses on creating and refining library metadata that meet user needs for effective resource discovery in a global context. Western Libraries is a longtime participant in several PCC programs, contributing high-quality authoritative metadata to internationally-shared databases, including OCLC WorldCat.

Journalism's Brian J. Bowe has authored a new journal article, "Permitted to Build? Moral Foundations in Newspaper Framing of Mosque-Construction Controversies,” which was published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly this week. 

Daniel Larner (emeritus, Fairhaven), served as a faculty member for the seventh annual Chuckanut Writers Conference, June 23-24, 2017.  Larner gave a workshop on "Developing Material," appeared on a panel entitled "Finding that Unexpected Spark:  A Conversation on Unusual Inspiration," and read a scene from his play in progress, "Taking Liberties."

WWU Professor of Management Joe Garcia has been named thew 2017 David L. Bradford Outstanding Educator by the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (OBTS). The award acknowledges one person or teaching team with consistently demonstrated achievement over a lifetime.

Erika McPhee-Shaw, director of Western's Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes, is vice chair of the Gordon Research Conferences on Coastal Ocean Dynamics from June 11-16 at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, joining co-chairs Ruoying He of North Carolina State University and Jack Barth of Oregon State University. Funding for the Gordon Conferences is provided by NASA, NOAA, the National Science Foundation, and private and corporate donors.

Kaitlyn Teer (MFA 2015 and current NTT Faculty) has had her awarding-winning essay “Drawing a Breath” reprinted in the collection Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays. Kaity’s essay was first published in Prairie Schooner and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her essay won Prairie Schooner’s 2016 Bernice Slote Award for best work by a beginning writer

The essay collection has been added to the hallway display case that features publications by Department alumni.

Brenda Miller, Professor of English, has received the Bronze Medal in the Essay category for her book "An Earlier Life" (Ovenbird Books, 2016), in the 2017 Independent Book Publishers Awards.

More at http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=2172&urltitle=2017%20Independent%20Publisher%20Book%20Awards%20National%20Medalists.

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