Publications, Grants, Conferences, and Awards

Monday, April 16, 2018 - 10:54am

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.

During her time at Cornell, McPhee-Shaw will lead conversations on her research and discuss possible future research…

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 2:03pm

Jonathan Miran (Associate Professor, Liberal Studies) had a book chapter published, “The Red Sea” in David Armitage, Alison Bashford and Sujit Sivasundaram (eds.) Oceanic Histories (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018): 156-181.

He also had an article published, “The Testamentary Waqf as an Instrument of Elite Consolidation in Early Twentieth-Century Massawa (Eritrea).” Islamic Law and Society 25, No. 1-2 (2018): 78-120. [co-authored with Aharon Layish].


Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:18pm

In the mid-19th century, al-Hajj Umar Taal launched a jihad in West Africa that forever altered the course of the region's history. Taal was a Tukulóor Fulani who was born in Alwaar, Senegal in 1794 (or 1795). After taking the hajj to Mecca, he returned to West Africa and established Tijaniyya Sufism throughout the region. Taal's jihad was directed against non-Muslim "heathen," especially the Bambara. It was also undertaken in opposition to French colonialism. But, after destroying the Segu Empire of the Bambara, al-Hajj Umar became embroiled in a bloody sectarian and inter-ethnic conflict…

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 1:11pm

Geology's Liz Schermer has published "U-Pb and Hf isotopic evidence for an Arctic origin of terranes in northwestern Washington" in the scientific journal Geosphere.

In her research, Schermer and her colleagues (including several WWU undergrads and graduate students) have found that rocks in the Yellow Aster Meadows complex in the North Cascades has rocks that originated in Greenland. For more information on her research, the paper is available online here:…

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 9:41am

Washington Leadership Institute, a collaboration between the UW School of Law and the Washington State Bar Association  is pleased to announce the 2018 class of Fellows. Selected from a large pool of qualified applicants, the class reflects the wealth of diversity and talent from communities across the state. The WSBA Leadership Institute welcomes  to the 2018 class of  Fellows:

Ana Cecilia “Ceci” Lopez - Assistant Professor and Director of the Law, Diversity, and Justice Center at Western Washington University's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary …

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 5:16pm

Keith Russell's recent work was published in the journal Child & Youth Care Forum. 

Click here for a link to A Pilot Study Examining Outcomes Associated with the Implementation of Progress Monitoring at a Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program for Adolescents. 

Russell is a professor of recreation in the Health and Human Development Department. 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 1:28pm

John All, director of Western's Mountain Environments Research Institute, is scheduled to speak Jan. 29, 2018, at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on "Studying Climate Change on Mt. Everest - Integrated Mountain Environment Research Systems in Peru and Nepal." 

The talk is part of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Climate Sciences Department's "Climate Conversations" lunchtime lecture series. 

An abstract of the talk: From 1996 to 2006, civil war engulfed Nepal. The insurgents used the Himalayan national parks as their bases and this had severe…

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 10:24am

Hope Corbin, an associate professor of health and community studies at Woodring College of Education, recently curated a virtual issue of Health Promotion International to highlight work published in the journal on partnership and intersectoral action. 

Corbin also wrote the introduction and one of the articles. All the articles are available for free at

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 10:17am

Norway's University of Bergen Alumni Network recently profiled Hope Corbin, associate professor of health and community studies, who earned a master's and doctoral degree in Norway.

Corbin is spending the year at her alma mater, working with the Refugee Resilience Network and studying the experiences of young adults had who migrated to Norway at a young age. 

Click here to read the story. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 12:42pm

Sandra Alfers, Western Washington University professor of German and director of the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity, joined colleagues from across the U.S. in the first national summit of the Higher Education Leadership Initiative organized and hosted by United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in early December. 

Since the 1990s, there has been a surge in the opening of Holocaust and genocide studies centers and human rights centers at colleges and universities throughout the…