Western People

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.

Associate Professor of Journalism Maria McLeod has been announced as the winner of the 2019 Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest. She won $1,008.15 and her prose poem “The Meaning of Marriage” will be published in Quarter After Eight, an annual literary journal put together by the Creative Writing Program at Ohio University and supported by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council.

Huxley's Gigi Berardi will be the keynote speaker at Sustainable Connections’ annual “Farm to Table Trade Meeting” on Feb.

Joan M. Hoffman (MCL: Spanish) has published the following article:

"'Una señorita de Figueras' with a 'temple verdaderamente varonil': Ángel Guerra  and the Tortured Marketing of Víctor Català." Espacios de encuentro e identidad: Actas del XXXV Congreso Internacional de ALDEEU (Spanish Professionals in America) [Selected Proceedings], 2019, pp. 241-55.

Andrea Gogröf 

While on a quarter-long professional leave Winter 2019, Andrea Gogröf  of Western's Department of Global Humanities and Religions edited a special volume of Pacific Coast Philology entitled Ways of Seeing: Visuality, Visibility and Vision.

WWU’s Professor of Environmental Studies Nicholas Zaferatos was honored as the recipient of the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Associations’ 2019 Myer R. Wolfe Award for professional achievement for his contributions to the advancement of the planning profession.

Penny Hutchinson, Dance Associate Professor, has been rehearsing with Chamber Dance Co. from UW this summer and fall, on a Mark Morris choreography, “Canonic Studies in ¾ time” and recommends this wonderful concert coming up on Oct 10-13. 

Chamber Dance Company Concert, Falling 

Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. to Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.

Scientists using an experimental treatment have slowed the progression of scrapie, a degenerative central nervous disease caused by prions, in laboratory mice and greatly extended the rodents' lives, according to a new report in JCI Insight. The scientists used antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs), synthetic compounds that inhibit the formation of specific proteins.

Regina Barber DeGraaff

STEM Inclusion and Outreach Specialist Regina Barber DeGraaff is among 17 fellows selected from over 650 applicants for a fellowship to attend the Jackson Wild Media Lab, a rigorous filmmaking workshop in Grand Teton National Park. 

Joan Hoffman, MCL (Spanish), has published an article:  “On Tragedy and Triumph: Further Comparisons of Yerma and Burning Bright.” Hispanic Journal, vol. 40, no. 1, Spring 2019, pp. 101-12.

Western Washington University Professor of Theatre Arts Rich Brown has received the Distinguished Leadership Award for the Region 7 Devising Initiative from the Kennedy Center’s National Awards Committee.

Rich BrownBrown is the devising coordinator for the region as well as the national devising coordinator. He has been teaching acting and devising at Western for 13 years.

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