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.

Carolyn Nielsen, an associate professor in the Department of Journalism, has been awarded the University of Washington Department of Communications Faculty Award for Outstanding Dissertation of 2017. Her doctoral dissertation, "Moment or Movement: U.S. News Coverage of Racial Issues in a Digital Era," is the foundation for her forthcoming book under contract with the University of Missouri Press.

WWU Music Librarian Marian Ritter is one of the co-editors of the new book, "Information Literacy in Music: an Instructor’s Companion." Madison, WI: A-R Editions, 2018.

WWU Assistant Professor of Geology Sean Mulcahy has had his paper, "Early Onset of Franciscan Subduction" published in the journal Tectonics.

Librarian Robert Lopresti (Western Libraries) is the recipient of this year’s Lane/Saunders Award for his book "When Women Didn’t count: The Chronic Mismeasure and Marginalization of American Women in Federal Statistics."  

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.

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.

https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/oceanic-histories/7BDD2F35C5E019DB8D3228DE4380B457

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.

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:

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:

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. 

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