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Western Washington University invites the community to join the virtual celebration of summer and fall graduates Saturday, Dec. 12, at noon for an online ceremony featuring video clips from family and faculty, an address by a student speaker, and personalized slides for graduates who made reservations.
The prerecorded ceremony will be online at commencement.wwu.edu Saturday at noon. A 6-minute preshow begins at 11:54 a.m.
Western Washington University Professor of Global Humanities and Religions Jonathan Miran has been awarded a research grant from the Gerda Henkel Stiftung in Germany allowing him to devote time in 2021 to pursue his book project The Global Red Sea: Histories of Space, Circulation, and Exchange.
Established in 1976, the Gerda Henkel Foundation primarily supports research in the historical humanities.
Western’s Mike Etnier Using Clues From the Past to Look Into the Future of Alaska’s Pacific Cod Fishery
What can looking into the past tell us about the future? Western Washington University Anthropology Research Associate Mike Etnier and his colleague, Boston University Research Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology Catherine West, are hoping that digging deep into Alaska’s past can shed light on how to move forward to conserve and protect one of the region’s most important commercial fisheries: the Pacific cod.
WWU student chapter of Society of Professional Journalists named Outstanding Campus Chapter of the Year
The Western Washington University student chapter of Society of Professional Journalists was named 2020 Outstanding Campus Chapter of the Year for Region 10, which includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.
The announcement was made at an online event, the SPJ Student Summit, on Nov. 19. The Western SPJ chapter was last recognized as Outstanding Campus Chapter for Region 10 in 2016, and the chapter celebrated its 40th birthday in 2019.
Western's Neuroscience Research Driven Students club, more commonly known as the NeRDS, is making the most of the pandemic, and while its efforts to teach local elementary-school children about the wonders of the human brain can't currently happen in the classroom, like all other educators in the state, they are continuing to teach remotely.
On Oct. 28, Western lost an important member of our campus community, Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Linguistics Shaw Gynan. Shaw came to Western in 1986 as a professor of Hispanic Linguistics. He was a sociolinguist and his work on bilingualism and language policy is widely recognized, and he became the preeminent scholar of Guaraní, a language of Paraguay.
Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Global Humanities & Religions Ethan Bushelle's essay "The Green Bamboo is the Dharmakāya: Waka Poetry and the Buddhist Imagination in Heian Japan" is one of the entries in a volume of essays, "Buddhist Literature as Philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy as Literature" recently published by SUNY Press.
History's Ricardo López-Pedreros awarded a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship at University College London
Western Washington University Professor of History Ricardo López-Pedreros have been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship at University College London's Institute of the Americas. While at UCL-IA, as Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor, he will explore the contested histories of democracies in the Americas. In particular, he will present his recent research on the historical formation of the middle classes in Latin America.
Modern & Classical Language's Shannon Dubenion-Smith awarded Goethe Institut/AATG Certificate of Merit
Western Washington University Associate Professor of Modern & Classical Languages Shannon Dubenion-Smith will be awarded the Goethe-Institut/AATG Certificate of Merit on Nov.21.
Western Washington University Professor of Philosophy Ryan Wasserman recently had his book, “Paradoxes of Time Travel,” published in paperback by Oxford University Press.
Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Health and Human Development Kristen Chmielewski has won the History of Education Society’s 2020 Eggertsen Dissertation Prize.
Her dissertation, “’In Any Way Physically or Mentally Unfit to Teach’: City Teachers and Disability, 1930–1970,” takes on the notion of how ideas and norms about disability shaped the experiences of teachers.
Western's Center for Cross-Cultural Research (CCCR) and Psychology Department will host a webinar titled "Using Racial Protective Factors to Cultivate Resilience Among Black Youth" with Virginia Commonwealth University's Shawn C. T. Jones from 4-5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9.
The presentation will be hosted via Zoom and is free and open to the public and campus community.
The annual Munro Seminars, hosted by Western's Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education, will be held online on Oct. 27 and 28.
Mart Stewart (history) has published an essay, "Marking the Boundaries of Contagion: Vietnam and Covid-19," in the October issue of Environmental History. The essay is part of a collection of 20 reflections by environmental historians from around the world in this issue.
Linguistics to host 'Pragmatic Detachability of English Discourse Markers in San Diego Spanish' Oct. 29
WWU's Department of Linguistics will host the webinar, “Pragmatic Detachability of English Discourse Markers in San Diego Spanish,” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 via Zoom, featuring the research of Assistant Professor of Modern and Classical Languages R. Mata.