Faculty and Staff News

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Portrait Shot of Asche Rider

Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is pleased to announce that Asche Rider has completed the Washington State SBDC Network certification process.

Brian J. Bowe, an associate professor of journalism at Western, recently published with Jennifer Hoewe of Purdue University "Magic words or talking point? The framing of 'radical Islam' in news coverage and its effects" in the academic journal Journalism.

Redemption in ’64: The Champion Cleveland Browns

Associate Professor of Journalism John M. Harris' book, "Redemption in '64: The Champion Cleveland Browns" was published Oct. 15, 2018, by The Kent State University Press/Black Squirrel Books. 

The book follows  the Browns' road to the 1964 National Football League championship by focusing on four people: owner Art Modell, head coach Blanton Collier, running back Jim Brown and quarterback Frank Ryan. That year's championship game is still considered one of the greatest upsets in the history of professional football. 

NEAS coverJonathan Miran, professor of Liberal Studies at WWU, was appointed to serve as General Editor of the journal "Northeast African Studies" (see http://msupress.org/journals/neas/) for the next five years.

WWU Professor of Psychology Jeff Grimm's research lab team recently published an article in the journal Scientific Reports.  The study identified the expression level of DARPP32, a protein that mediates signalling in neurons that appears to be related to neuroplasticity, in 9 brain regions of rats that were responding for a cue previously associated with sugar availability.  Some rats had also been exposed to environmental enrichment (housing with toys and friends), an experience the team had previously documented to reduce motivation to seek and consume sugar. 

WWU Associuate Professor of History Jennifer Seltz recently had an article published in the Journal of Women's History:(co-authored with Flannery Burke, St. Louis University) titled "Mothers' Nature: Feminisms, Environmentalisms, and Childbirth in the 1970s," JWH 30/2 (Summer 2018).

See the article here.

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).

The text is available here:

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."