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.

Daniel Larner (Fairhaven, emeritus) has published a review of The Story of Drama: Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present, by Gary Day (Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2016). The review appears in The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism (Fall, 2017), 136-138.

John All, director of Western's Mountain Environments Research Institute, will present "Climate Change and Civil War on the Mount Everest Massif" on Nov. 18 at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC. The event is co-sponsored by the Explorers Club and the Circumnavigators Club. For more info, see:




Assistant Professor John Gialanella of the Design Department recently participated as a keynote speaker at AIGA Phoenix’s Method+Madness Conference. Along with fellow team members Jen Duran and Eric Torres, Gialanella and the team spoke to conference attendees about their grant-funded AIGA Innovate project. The project attempts to reach underserved middle and high school students and encourage them to become designers and creative professionals.

WWU University Architect and  Director of Facilities Development and Capital Budget Rick Benner has been chosen to be on the jury of the AIA Washington Council Civic Design Awards.

WWU Assistant Professor of Geology Brady Foreman has published "Autogenic geomorphic processes determine the resolution  and fidelity of terrestrial paleoclimate records" in Science Advances magazine, along with Kyle Straub of Tulane University.

The full article can be viewed here: http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/9/e1700683.full



Daniel Larner (emeritus, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies) presented a paper, "Reframing the Central Objectives of General Education:  An Approach to Teaching Civic Engagement Through the Study of Drama," for the Association of Interdisciplinary Studies conference, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Oct. 19-21.


Daniel Larner (emeritus, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies) has published an article, “Lessons from the Bloody Rain:  The Young Vic Production of View from the Bridge, and Miller’s Tragic Form,” in The Arthur Miller Journal, Vol. 12, #2 (Autumn, 2017), pp. 102-114.

Tim Costello, Director of the Center for Service-Learning, has been accepted to participate in the Social Justice Training Institute's four day training in San Diego in December. The Institute provides professional and personal development for social justice educators and practitioners to enhance their skills for creating greater inclusion for all members of the campus community. 

Geology's Liz Schermer has co-authored a new article in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America titled "Holocene Earthquakes of Magnitude 7 during Westward Escape of the Olympic Mountains, Washington."

The article was co-written by Alan Nelson, Ray Wells, Nadine Reitman, Lee-Ann Bradley and Stephen Personius of the US Geological Survey and Jason Buck of SHN Consulting Engineers & Geologists.