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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WWU's Mart Stewart publishes edited volume, Water and Power: Environmental Governance and Strategies for Sustainability in the Lower Mekong Basin
Mart Stewart (History) publishes edited volume, Water and Power: Environmental Governance and Strategies for Sustainability in the Lower Mekong Basin (https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319903996)
Christopher Wise's nonfiction travel narrative À la recherche du Yambo Ouologuem has been published by Les Éditions de Philae in France. His book recounts his journey to Sevaré, Mali to speak with the reclusive marabout-novelist Yambo Ouologuem. Wise's book was published in Paris on November 27, 2018 on the 50th anniversary of the publication of Ouologuem's Le devoir de violence, also coinciding with Ouologuem's recent passing. Wise has been a professor of English at WWU since 1996.
WWU Assistant Professor of Journalism Derek Moscato was recently at the National Communication Association conference in Salt Lake City and his paper won the Top Faculty Paper Award in the Public Relations division. His paper, "All the City’s a Stage: Urban Activism and the Dramatistic Pentad," examines the role of urban spaces in environmental public relations and advocacy, drawing from theorist Kenneth Burke and Greenpeace’s 2011 #DarkSide campaign.
Professor Brent Mallinckrodt, Department of Psychology, is recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Lifetime Contribution award from the Section for the Promotion of Psychotherapy Science of the Society of Counseling Psychology, American Psychological Association. The citation award citation reads: For exceptional scholarship in the areas of application of attachment theory to psychotherapy process and outcome, stress buffering effects of social support in cancer patients, and coping resources available to racial/ethnic and sexual minority persons.
Western Washington University’s Joseph Trimble has won the University of Oklahoma 2019 Distinguished Alumni of the College of Arts and Sciences award.
Trimble, a distinguished university professor of Psychology and a research associate at Western’s Center for Cross-Cultural Research, will be honored during University of Oklahoma’s Kaleidoscope Evening on March 8, attended by students, faculty and alumni. He will also be invited to speak briefly on the importance of his educational experience.
Jonathan Miran, professor of Liberal Studies at WWU, was appointed to serve as General Editor of the journal "Northeast African Studies" (see http://msupress.org/journals/neas/) for the next five years.
WWU Professor of Psychology Jeff Grimm's research lab team recently published an article in the journal Scientific Reports. The study identified the expression level of DARPP32, a protein that mediates signalling in neurons that appears to be related to neuroplasticity, in 9 brain regions of rats that were responding for a cue previously associated with sugar availability. Some rats had also been exposed to environmental enrichment (housing with toys and friends), an experience the team had previously documented to reduce motivation to seek and consume sugar.
WWU Associuate Professor of History Jennifer Seltz recently had an article published in the Journal of Women's History:(co-authored with Flannery Burke, St. Louis University) titled "Mothers' Nature: Feminisms, Environmentalisms, and Childbirth in the 1970s," JWH 30/2 (Summer 2018).
See the article here.
Cornelius Partsch, Professor of German in the Department of Modern & Classical Languages, published the 7th edition of Treffpunkt Deutsch, an elementary-level German textbook (Pearson, 2019; co-authors Margaret Gonglewski and Beverly Moser).
The text is available here:
Derek Moscato, an assistant professor of journalism and public relations at Western Washington University, has published a new article in the Journal of Public Interest Communication. The study, “Clearcut Persuasion? Audience Cognition of Mediated Environmental Advertising through the Lens of the Elaboration Likelihood Model,” analyzed the outdoor billboard campaign by Oregon Wild to limit the practice of clearcut logging on Oregon’s publicly-owned lands. The campaign’s contentious advertisements, which were banned from Portland International Airport, garnered significant media coverage.
Liberal Studies' Lynn publishes three articles on early modern Inquisitions
Kimberly Lynn (Associate Professor and Department Chair, Liberal Studies) had two articles published in one edited collection: “Judges and Shepherds: Inquisitions,” and, with Gretchen Starr-LeBeau, “Tribunals and Jurisdictions: Inquisitions,” in Judging Faith, Punishing Sin: Inquisitions and Consistories in the Early Modern World, ed. Charles H. Parker and Gretchen Starr-LeBeau (Cambridge University Press, 2017), 52-65 and 116-27.
May 1 marks the release of “Anti-Cancer Living,” ghost written by WWU Senior Instructor Stephen Howie for Dr. Lorenzo Cohen, director of Integrative Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center, and his wife, educator Allison Jefferies. Published by Viking, the book has been translated in 10 different languages with more than a dozen foreign contracts.
Carolyn Nielsen, an associate professor in the Department of Journalism, has been awarded the University of Washington Department of Communications Faculty Award for Outstanding Dissertation of 2017. Her doctoral dissertation, "Moment or Movement: U.S. News Coverage of Racial Issues in a Digital Era," is the foundation for her forthcoming book under contract with the University of Missouri Press.