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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.
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.

WWU Associate Professor of Journalism Brian J. Bowe and Assistant Professor of Journalism Derek Moscato's paper, “An Appeal to Shared Values: Faith, Advocacy, and Persuasion in the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Public Relations,” co-written by Mariam Alkazemi of Virginia Commonwealth University and submitted to the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication's PR division, has won the Doug Newsom Award. 

Elizabeth Joffrion, Western Libraries Director of Heritage Resources, was elected to a two-year term as the President of Whatcom Museum Foundation Board of Trustees beginning April 2019.    The museum, operated jointly by the City of Bellingham and the Whatcom Museum Foundation, has more than 200,000 artifacts and art works of regional importance, including a vast photographic archive. The Whatcom Museum is accredited nationally by the American Alliance of Museums and is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate.

Journalism's Brian J. Bowe, who is teaching in Amman, Jordan as a Fulbright Scholar, recently went north to Yarmouk University in Irbid to guest lecture in Naheda Makhadmeh's classes and take part in Yarmouk's World Press Freedom Day celebrations.