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Sue Guenter-Schlesinger, vice provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity was invited to make a presentation at the “National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities, and Service Academies,” hosted at the United States Naval Academy Annapolis, Maryland, on April 4 -5. 

Petra S. Fiero was awarded the Max Kade Prize for Best Article in the Journal of Austrian Studies for 2018. The board considered her article "Transnationale Erinnerungen in Vladimir Vertlibs Stück ÜBERALL NIRGENDS lauert die Zukunft (2016)", which appeared in Issue 51:4 (Winter 2018) to be an outstanding work of scholarship worthy of the journal's highest prize.

Becky Kellow, manager of Treasury Services, was presented the Distinction Award for Innovation for Western Washington University at the Transact annual users’ conference, Spring Training, in San Diego, California, in March. Winners were presented with their award and recognized for their achievements on stage.

Christopher Wise (English) was a plenary speaker at “Global Africa, Migration, Literature, and the Arts,” a symposium at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey on March 28, 2019.

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.