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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Professor Brent Mallinckrodt, Department of Psychology, is recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Lifetime Contribution award from the Section for the Promotion of Psychotherapy Science of the Society of Counseling Psychology, American Psychological Association. The citation award citation reads: For exceptional scholarship in the areas of application of attachment theory to psychotherapy process and outcome, stress buffering effects of social support in cancer patients, and coping resources available to racial/ethnic and sexual minority persons.

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