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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.

Mart Stewart (history) has published an essay, "Marking the Boundaries of Contagion: Vietnam and Covid-19," in the October issue of Environmental History.  The essay is part of a collection of 20 reflections by environmental historians from around the world in this issue.

WWU Associate Professor of Global Humanities and Religions Michael Slouber was interviewed for a New Books Network podcast on his upcoming anthology 

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WWU Professor of History Mart Stewart has been awarded the Inaugural James C. Giesen Teaching Excellence Award in Agricultural and Rural History by the Agricultural History Society, awarded to a nominee who has achieved distinction in the teaching of agricultural and rural history.  The colleagues and students who nominated Stewart and the Giesen Award Committee cited several features of his teaching record as distinctive. 

WWU Professor of History Ricardo López-Pedreros has won Honorable Mention for his paper," Makers of Democracy: A Transnational History of the Middle Classes in Colombia," as submitted to the Alejandro Ángel Escobar Foundation awards in the category of Social and Human Sciences.

Western faculty Meg Warren (College of Business and Economics) and Samit Bordoloi (Woodring College) just published a Special Issue on COVID-19, Wellbeing, and Inequities in the International Journal of Wellbeing. See the abstract here.

Western Washington University Associate Professor of Journalism Brian J. Bowe, Professor of Journalism Carolyn Nielsen, and Assistant Professor of Journalism Joe Gosen and their L'Institut de Presse et des Sciences de l'Information colleagues Arwa Kooli and Rafia Somai presented their research, "After the Revolution: Tunisian Journalism Students and a News Media in Transition," on Aug. 7 at the virtual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference.

WWU Assistant Professor of Journalism Betsy O'Donovan and Professor of Journalism Carolyn Nielsen presented their research, "Curious Citizens: Whose voices are heard in 'people-powered' reporting," on Aug. 7 at the virtual Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference. 

Journalism Professor Carolyn Nielsen's article, "Send her back: News narratives, intersectionality, and the rise of politically powerful women of color," has been published in the Summer 2020 edition of the International Symposium on Online Journalism, which is also available online: 

While on professional leave in Spring 2020, Jason Kanov (Department of Management, College of Business and Economics) completed and published a paper entitled “Why Suffering Matters!” in the Journal of Management Inquiry. The paper describes how workplaces not only harbor but also cause significant human suffering, yet this suffering tends to be largely overlooked, ignored, or suppressed.

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