Publications, Grants, Conferences, and Awards

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 10:37am

Christopher Wise (English) was a plenary speaker at “Global Africa, Migration, Literature, and the Arts,” a symposium at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey on March 28, 2019. The symposium focused on the black diaspora experience. He spoke at a panel that was entitled “In Honor of Kassahun Checole and Africa World Press: A Conversation with Christopher Wise on The Manuscripts of Timbuktu.” In addition to honoring Kassahun Checole for his many important contributions to African studies, the session launched Wise’s recent translation of Jean Michel Dijan’s …

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 10:18am

English's Christopher Wise has been awarded a Research and Travel Fellowship to Jerusalem and Palestine, and will study on the West Bank this coming June.  While there, he will attend the Palestinian American Research Center's 10th annual Faculty Development Seminar (FDS) on Palestine for U.S. faculty members from June 12 - 25. The program will host 10 to 12 U.S. faculty members to participate in roundtable discussions; visits to Palestinian universities, research institutes, and cultural institutions; tours of historic cities; as well as meetings with…

Monday, March 4, 2019 - 8:46am

Casey Mullin, Head of Cataloging & Metadata Services at Western Washington University Libraries, has been selected by the Music Library Association (MLA) as a winner of the Richard S. Hill Award for the best article on music librarianship or of a music-bibliographic nature for his co-authored article,  “Faceted Vocabularies for Music: A New Era in Resource Discovery.”  

In making the award, the MLA commended Mullin and his coauthors for detailing the development of several Library of Congress music thesauri.  Specifically, MLA noted that the authors’ important…

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:48am

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has selected Casey Mullin, Head of Cataloging & Metadata Services at Western Washington University, as the recipient of the 2019 Esther J. Piercy Award. The award will be presented on Saturday, June 22 at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2019 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference & Exhibition in Washington D.C.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 8:36am

Professor Mart Stewart (History Department)

Mart Stewart (History) publishes edited volume, Water and Power: Environmental Governance and Strategies for Sustainability in the Lower Mekong Basin (  

The volume has been published by Springer Scientific in their Advances in Global Change Research Series.  It includes a chapter authored by Stewart, "The Mekong Imaginary: From Apocalypse Then to Anthropocene Now."

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 11:44am

Casey A. Mullin, head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at Western Washington University Libraries, recently published “An Amicable Divorce: Programmatic Derivation of Faceted Data from Library of Congress Subject Headings for Music,” in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly.  The article describes efforts to adapt legacy library metadata for music resources, repurposing traditional “subject” headings as faceted descriptors, which are more granular and amenable for filtering on search results in the library catalog and other discovery environments. The faceted approach is slated…

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 10:39am

WWU Professor of Environmental Sciences Ruth Sofield has been appointed ot the Science Panel of the Puget Sound Partnership. The Science Panel's expertise and advice are critical to the Puget Sound Partnership’s efforts to develop a comprehensive, science-based plan to restore Puget Sound. The members, appointed by the Leadership Council, were chosen from the top scientists in Washington State.

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 9:13am

Christopher Wise's nonfiction travel narrative À la recherche du Yambo Ouologuem has been published by Les Éditions de Philae in France. His book recounts his journey to Sevaré, Mali to speak with the reclusive marabout-novelist Yambo Ouologuem.  Wise's book was published in Paris on November 27, 2018 on the 50th anniversary of the publication of Ouologuem's Le devoir de violence, also coinciding with Ouologuem's recent passing. Wise has been a professor of English at WWU since 1996.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 9:19am

WWU Assistant Professor of Journalism Derek Moscato was recently at the National Communication Association conference in Salt Lake City and his paper won the Top Faculty Paper Award in the Public Relations division. His paper,  "All the City’s a Stage: Urban Activism and the Dramatistic Pentad," examines the role of urban spaces in environmental public relations and advocacy, drawing from theorist Kenneth Burke and Greenpeace’s 2011 #DarkSide campaign.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 11:08am

WWU librarian and associate professor Sylvia Tag presented “Emergent Information Literacies In Our Digital World,” in Alexandria, Egypt, on Monday, Oct. 15 as part of the annual meeting of the International Friends of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Tag’s talk explored the dynamics of the digital information environment and how people are reading, writing, speaking, and learning in new ways.

Tag discussed questions around the creation, access, and distribution of information, noting that complexities arise around notions of ownership of ideas as traditional…