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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.

Christopher Wise (English) recently published an essay entitled "Deconstruction, Zionism, and the BDS Movement" in Arena Journal, Issue No. 47/48 (2017): 272-304.  Wise's article responds to Cary Nelson's and Gabriel Noah Brahm's criticisms of the BDS movement and shows why it is more urgent now than ever before to support BDS (Boycotts, Divestment, Sanctions). 


English Dept. Professor Brenda Miller's essay, "The Wayward Daughter," appears in the October issue of The Sun:


Her essay, "The Shape of Emptiness," which describes a memorable student's final project, appears in the Fall issue of Brevity Magazine:


Daniel Larner, Fairhaven College of Interdisicplinary Studies emeritus, presented a paper entitled “The Comic Understructure of O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms:  Opening the Depths of the Tragedy,” at the Tenth International Conference of Eugene O’Neill Society, in Gallway, Ireland, July 19-22.  Larner serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Society.

Hilary Schwandt, assistant professor in WWU's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, recently published a new article about family planning methods in urban Nigeria in the journal BMC Women's Health titled "Inadequate birth spacing is perceived as riskier than all family planning methods, except sterilization and abortion, in a qualitative study among urban Nigerians." The article was co-written with Joanna Skinner, Luciana Estelle Hebert, Lisa Cobb, Abdulmumin Saad
and Mojisola Odeku.

Troy Abel, associate professor of Environmental Policy at Huxley College on the Peninsulas, has co-authored a chapter in Routledge’s Handbook of Environmental Justice along with WSU-Vancouver Political Science Professor Mark Stephan. The chapter’s title is “Streams of toxic and hazardous waste disparities, politics and policy.”

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From July 31 – August 2, 2017 Jiasong Yuen from Western Washington University will participate in the U.S. Department of State’s eighth annual EducationUSA Forum in Washington, D.C.  More than 570 U.S. university representatives from 46 states, 60 EducationUSA regional coordinators and advisers from around the world, and U.S. and foreign government officials will convene to discuss international student recruitment and retention strategies.

Casey Mullin, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at Western Libraries, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) Policy Committee. The PCC, headquartered at the Library of Congress, focuses on creating and refining library metadata that meet user needs for effective resource discovery in a global context. Western Libraries is a longtime participant in several PCC programs, contributing high-quality authoritative metadata to internationally-shared databases, including OCLC WorldCat.

Journalism's Brian J. Bowe has authored a new journal article, "Permitted to Build? Moral Foundations in Newspaper Framing of Mosque-Construction Controversies,” which was published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly this week. 

Daniel Larner (emeritus, Fairhaven), served as a faculty member for the seventh annual Chuckanut Writers Conference, June 23-24, 2017.  Larner gave a workshop on "Developing Material," appeared on a panel entitled "Finding that Unexpected Spark:  A Conversation on Unusual Inspiration," and read a scene from his play in progress, "Taking Liberties."

WWU Professor of Management Joe Garcia has been named thew 2017 David L. Bradford Outstanding Educator by the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (OBTS). The award acknowledges one person or teaching team with consistently demonstrated achievement over a lifetime.