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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.

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.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) will honor Bentley University Dean of the Business School & McCallum Graduate School of Business Donna María Blancero and Western Washington University’s Professor Emeritus of Management Joseph E.

Huxley faculty member Erika McPhee-Shaw invited to be the keynote speaker for the international Canyon symposium in China. ​

Western Washington University’s Joseph Trimble has won the University of Oklahoma 2019 Distinguished Alumni of the College of Arts and Sciences award.

Trimble, a distinguished university professor of Psychology and a research associate at Western’s Center for Cross-Cultural Research, will be honored during University of Oklahoma’s Kaleidoscope Evening on March 8, attended by students, faculty and alumni. He will also be invited to speak briefly on the importance of his educational experience.

Portrait Shot of Asche Rider

Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is pleased to announce that Asche Rider has completed the Washington State SBDC Network certification process.

Brian J. Bowe, an associate professor of journalism at Western, recently published with Jennifer Hoewe of Purdue University "Magic words or talking point? The framing of 'radical Islam' in news coverage and its effects" in the academic journal Journalism.

Redemption in ’64: The Champion Cleveland Browns

Associate Professor of Journalism John M. Harris' book, "Redemption in '64: The Champion Cleveland Browns" was published Oct. 15, 2018, by The Kent State University Press/Black Squirrel Books. 

The book follows  the Browns' road to the 1964 National Football League championship by focusing on four people: owner Art Modell, head coach Blanton Collier, running back Jim Brown and quarterback Frank Ryan. That year's championship game is still considered one of the greatest upsets in the history of professional football. 

NEAS coverJonathan Miran, professor of Liberal Studies at WWU, was appointed to serve as General Editor of the journal "Northeast African Studies" (see http://msupress.org/journals/neas/) for the next five years.

WWU Professor of Psychology Jeff Grimm's research lab team recently published an article in the journal Scientific Reports.  The study identified the expression level of DARPP32, a protein that mediates signalling in neurons that appears to be related to neuroplasticity, in 9 brain regions of rats that were responding for a cue previously associated with sugar availability.  Some rats had also been exposed to environmental enrichment (housing with toys and friends), an experience the team had previously documented to reduce motivation to seek and consume sugar. 

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