Worthy of Note

Welcome to Our New Liberal Arts Faculty!

 
Tenure-Track Faculty Non-Tenure-Track Faculty

Christopher Arigo (English)
William Brecher (foreign languages and cultures)
Zachary Hays (criminal justice)
Crag Hill (English)
Michael Hubert (foreign languages and cultures)
Kirk McAuley (English)
Matthew Nobles (criminal justice)
Stacy Rasmus (anthropology)
Reza Safavi (fine arts)
Jennifer Sherman (sociology, WSU Tri-Cities)
Jennifer Thigpen (history)
Joel Tishken (history)
Brendan Walker (psychology)
Matthew Weidenfeld (political science)
 

Joshua Bonzo (foreign languages and cultures)
Jie Chai (foreign languages and cultures)
Jacqueline Lyons (English)
Nathaniel Nicol (philosophy)
Kayo Niimi (foreign languages and cultures)
Jeneve Parrish (fine arts)
Ray Pritchard (theatre arts)
Linda Russo (English)
Laurie Smith (psychology)

Faculty Awarded Professional Leave 2008–2009

Martha Cottam (professor, political science)
Brigit Farley (associate professor, history, WSU Tri-Cities)
Michelle Forsyth (associate professor, fine arts)
John P. Garofalo (associate professor, psychology, WSU Vancouver)
Noriko Kawamura (associate professor, history)
Otwin Marenin (professor, criminal justice)
Lisa McIntyre (associate professor, sociology)
Laurie Mercier (professor, history, WSU Vancouver)
Nella Van Dyke (assistant professor, sociology)

Fall semester only
Meredith Arksey (associate professor, music)
Richard Hume (professor, history)
David Leonard (associate professor, comparative ethnic studies)

Spring semester only
Andrew Appleton (associate professor, political science)
Candice Goucher (professor, history, WSU Vancouver)
Will Hamlin (professor, English)
David Jarvis (associate professor, music)
Julie Kmec (associate professor, sociology)
John Streamas (associate professor, comparative ethnic studies)
Raymond Sun (associate professor and cochair, history)

Internal College Grant Recipients

Support for Major Extramural Grant Development: Awarded to Michael Morgan (professor, psychology, WSU Vancouver), to prepare a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant proposal to study intracellular signaling mechanisms underlying morphine tolerance, and to Jeanne Johnson (associate professor, speech and hearing sciences), to prepare an NIH grant proposal to study children with cochlear implants.

Edward R. Meyer Grant Development Awards: Awarded to Andrew Duff (associate professor, anthropology), to develop a National Science Foundation proposal, and to Travis Ridout (assistant professor, political science), to develop a Knight Foundation proposal.

Edward R. Meyer Projects: Awarded to Maria DePrano (instructor, fine arts) and Douglas Gast (assistant professor, fine arts).

Faculty Travel Grants: Awarded to Nancy Bell (assistant professor, English), Donna Campbell (associate professor, English), Maria DePrano (instructor, fine arts), Jason Farman (assistant professor, English, WSU Tri-Cities), Colin Grier (assistant professor, anthropology), Michael Hanly (professor, English), Jeannette Mageo (professor, anthropology), Laurie Mercier (associate professor, history, WSU Vancouver), Amy Meredith (assistant professor, speech and hearing sciences), Vilma Navarro-Daniels (assistant professor, foreign languages and cultures), Matt Nobles (assistant professor, political science), Io Palmer (assistant professor, fine arts), and Ray Sun (associate professor and cochair, history).

Anthropology

Bill Lipe (professor emeritus, anthropology) received the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center's Distinguished Service Award at its 25th annual meeting in October. From 1985 to 1992, Lipe helped develop the center's research program while serving part-time as its director of research. He has continued to collaborate on research and educational projects with the staff and has been a member of the board of directors since 1993. The Crow Canyon Center is a nonprofit organization located in Cortez, Colorado, devoted to archaeological research, public education, and collaboration with Native American communities. It employs more than 50 staff members and is headed by Ricky Lightfoot, a 1992 WSU Ph.D. whose degree program was supervised by Lipe.

Colin Grier (assistant professor, anthropology) was appointed "International Scholar" at Kyung-Hee University in Seoul, Korea, an affiliation that will have him spending time there each summer collaborating on research with Korean archaeologists working on East Asian complex hunter-gatherers.

Stacy Rasmus (assistant professor, anthropology) is participating in a grant awarded to the Lummi Nation worth up to $6.5 million over 6 years from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She is working with the Lummi Nation on their Lummi System of Care Initiative, which will utilize the concept of lineage to develop culturally based, wrap-around services for children with serious mental health needs and creating an infrastructure change that results in a culturally based system of care.

English

Jana Argersinger (publications editor, English) presented a paper on June 14 titled "Editing Sophia Peabody's Cuba Journal: Anticipations" at the 2008 Hawthorne Society Conference, held at Bowdoin College. She also copresented a paper titled "Sophia Peabody's Unpublished Cuba Journal" as part of a panel she proposed, "Traveling Texts: Women's Travel Journals and Letters," at the annual meeting of the Association for Documentary Editing in Tucson, Arizona. Argersinger is in the early stages of a collaborative scholarly edition of Peabody's over 700-page journal, which is housed at the New York Public Library.

Kristin Arola (assistant professor, English) recently received an advance book contract from Utah State University Press for her coedited collection Composing(Media)=Composing(Embodiment). On October 17, she presented "On Being and Playing Indian: Digitally (Re)Composing American Indian Identities" at the Thomas R. Watson Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. She has also been accepted to the Conference on College Composition and Communication (San Francisco, March 2009), where she will present the paper "Digital (Un)Intentional Passing: Reading the Online Indian" in the panel "Passing: Mixed-Bloods, Invisible Indians, and Perception."

On September 6, Boyd W. Benson (instructor, English) facilitated a class on the prose poem at the Orcas Island Writers Festival and read from his work alongside poets Peggy Shumaker and Washington State poet laureate Samuel Green. In January, his poem "Owl" will appear in The Poet's Guide to the Birds, an anthology of bird poems edited by Ted Kooser and Judith Kitchen and printed by Anhinga Press. Benson now serves as poetry editor for A River & Sound Review, an intrepid (and/or insipid) venture in Internet publishing. A sister publication to A River and Sound Review's live show, which has featured writers David Huddle, Rick Barot, Brian Doyle, Marvin Bell, Fleda Brown, and Judith Kitchen, to name a few, the journal seeks to create a platform or ambiance where Internet reading does not equate to skimming, nor writing conform to the "flicker & flash" at times associated with art.

Kim Burwick's (instructor, English) second manuscript, The Norway Tree, was recently named as a finalist for the National Poetry Series. Her first book of poetry, Has No Kinsmen, was published by Red Hen Press in 2006.

Bill Condon (professor, English) gave the keynote address May 22 for Colorado State University's annual Faculty Development Conference. Together with Carol Anelli (associate professor, entomology) and Ray Jussaume (professor and chair, community and rural sociology), he also led a daylong workshop on critical thinking across the curriculum. In May, Condon co-led a workshop on developing Writing Across the Curriculum programs at the National Writing Across the Curriculum Conference in Austin, Texas. He also presented a paper as part of a session on the University of Minnesota's new Writing-Enhanced Curriculum Project, to which he acts as a consultant. He also led a 5-day (June 13–17) summer institute in Seattle for secondary-level English teachers engaged in the Higher Education Coordinating Board's College Readiness Project.

Paula Coomer (instructor, English) facilitated a discussion of Bitterbrush Country by Diane Josephy Peavey in Priest River, Idaho, for the Idaho Library Commission's "Let's Talk about It" series on September 17. On October 4 and 5 she taught workshops on memoir writing and contemporary poetry at the 23rd annual "Write on the Sound" writers' conference in Edmonds, Washington.

Michael Delahoyde (clinical associate professor, English) was filmed and interviewed by a crew from KWSU for a short piece on the Shakespeare authorship controversy.

Patricia Freitag Ericsson's (assistant professor, English) presentation "The First Communication Classroom: The Family as Micro-distributed Communication Network" has been accepted for presentation at the 2009 Conference on College Composition and Communication. This presentation will be part of a panel entitled "'Invisible Classrooms' Revealed: Digital Technologies as Hidden Teachers." Ericsson is also chairing a CCCC's preconvention workshop, "Assigning and Assessing: Multimodal Composition and Classroom Practice." Facilitators in this workshop include Kristin Arola (assistant professor, English).

Diane Gillespie (professor emeritus, English) presented a paper entitled "The Hogarth Press and 'Religion': Logan Pearsall Smith's Stories from the Old Testament" at the 18th annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, held in June 2008 in Denver, Colorado. It is part of a longer essay, "'Woolfs' in Sheep's Clothing: The Hogarth Press and 'Religion'," accepted for publication in a collection of essays on the Hogarth Press currently being edited by Helen Southworth (University of Oregon).

Dene Grigar (associate professor, digital technology and culture, WSU Vancouver) and John Barber (visiting assistant professor, digital technology and culture, WSU Vancouver) attended the National Science Foundation CPATH workshop held at Wake Forest University Department of Computer Science in July 2008. The topic for the workshop was "Digital Sound for Music, Theatre, and Film: A Computer Science/Art Collaboration." They also have a coauthored essay in Going Wireless, entitled "Winged Words: On the Theory and Use of Internet Radio" and will be coediting a special issue of Leonardo Electronic Almanac, entitled "Visionary Landscapes: Electronic Literature on the Edge of Time and Space." In November, they gave a paper entitled "Foundations for a Program in Digital Media: A Case Study" at the International Digital Media Arts Association in Savannah, Georgia.
   Grigar gave a paper at the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts' 2008 conference held in Charlotte, North Carolina, in November. The title of her talk was "Kinesthesia and Virtual Environments." She also gave a paper at Hypertext 2008 in June entitled "Hyperlinking in 3D Multimedia Performances."

Debbie Lee (professor, English) was a keynote speaker at the Nez Perce National Forest Centennial Celebration July 1. Her talk was titled "Wilderness Lives." Lee, Andrea Mason (instructor, English), and Caroline Pechuzal of the Palouse–Clearwater Environmental Institute led a women's writing and backpacking weekend in the Eagle Cap Wilderness on Labor Day weekend. Trip participants read from their work on October 25 at BookPeople of Moscow (Idaho). Andrea Mason (instructor, English), Susan Ross (professor, English; associate dean for research, liberal arts), Lee, and Emily Moore (M.A. '08, English) were among those reading. In October, Lee participated in 2 conferences at the University of Colorado (UC), Boulder: "Fashion Thoughts," sponsored by UC's Center for British and Irish Studies, and "Western Collaborations," sponsored by UC's Center of the American West and the Western Literature Association. Her paper for the latter conference was entitled "Wilderness as Living History."

Buddy Levy's (clinical assistant professor, English) latest book Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs, released nationwide on June 24, received a strong review from Michael Hill of the Associated Press, and the review was picked up in the San Francisco Chronicle, Yahoo! News, and hundreds of other papers across the country as well as internationally. The book was also reviewed in the July 10 issue of the Wall Street Journal by noted historian Arthur Herman [read review]. The book has been nominated for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award in nonfiction.
   During the week of September 8, Conquistador was a featured iTunes Audiobook selection, with clickable cover illustration, appearing on the front page of iTunes Audiobooks (next to Stephen King and Stephen Colbert). On September 10 Levy was interviewed about Conquistador by Dennis Prager, whose radio program is nationally syndicated.

Jacqueline Lyons (clinical assistant professor, English) received a 2009 Nevada Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award.

Barbara Monroe (associate professor, English) gave a workshop session entitled "YubeTube in the Classroom" at the Fall Literacy Conference at the University of Idaho October 3.

T.V. Reed (professor, English) took part in an hour-long interview and call-in discussion on Minnesota Public Radio, the Minneapolis affiliate of NPR. The topic was the history and current status of social protest. He will also be going to Japan in mid-December to give a paper on cultural studies approaches to peace studies at an international conference in Tokyo.

Camille Roman (professor emeritus, English, American studies, and women's studies) chaired 2 panels for the Robert Frost Society at the 2008 American Literature Association meeting in San Francisco in May. Panelists included such well-known biographers and scholars as Scott Donaldson and Thomas Travisano. During the summer, she completed her tenure as president of the Robert Frost Society. Roman will deliver a paper on Ernest Hemingway and Elizabeth Bishop for the Ernest Hemingway Society at the 2008 MLA conference in San Francisco in December.

The UNESCO/Fulbright Sr. Scholar program has named Susan Dente Ross (professor, English; associate dean, College of Liberal Arts) to serve as the expert consultant to UNESCO Field Office staff, media professionals, and Ecuadorian government representatives. She will spend 3–6 weeks in Quito, Ecuador, in 2009 conducting an assessment of the Ecuadorian legal and regulatory frameworks and developing policy recommendations in support of an "Enabling Environment in Support of Freedom of Expression." She has previously served as Fulbright Scholar in Mytilene, Greece, and Tel Aviv, Israel. Ross has also been named the 2008–09 University of Calgary Consortium for Peace Studies Research Fellow. She will spend 2 months (mid March to mid May 2009) in residence in Calgary.

Linda Russo (clinical assistant professor, English) gave papers at the American Literature Association (in May) and the National Poetry Foundation/Poetry of the 1970s Conference (in June). The former was titled "Joanne Kyger: Feminist/Epic/Buddhist Selves"; the latter, "Bernadette Mayer's Memory: Disturbance and the Experience of Lived Space." Russo's creative-critical essay "Writing Within: Ecopoetics as Spatial Practice" was included in the feature on women and "ecopoetics" published at HOW2. She presented "'From the inside': Joanne Kyger's Changes of Mind" at the Beat Studies Association Conference in Chicago in October.

In October, Leslie Jo Sena (instructor, English) presented on a panel she proposed, "Explicit and Meaningful: Sustaining a Broad Based First-year Living Learning Community," at the annual meeting of the Association of College and University Housing Officers—International, Living Learning Programs Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Victor Villanueva (professor, English) has been named the National Council of Teachers of English's first recipient of the Advancement of People of Color Leadership Award, in recognition of his contribution to the development of the English studies professional community and the NCTE.

Fine Arts

Michelle Forsyth (assistant professor, fine arts) currently has work included in Cutting Fine, Cutting Deep at the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum at Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia, and a wall installation at Woolworth Windows, Tacoma Contemporary, Tacoma, Washington. Her solo exhibition in Lisbon, Portugal, opened November 7. Her work will be included in the forthcoming book Carte Blanche Volume 2: Painting, a survey of the current state of Canadian painting.

Kevin Haas (associate professor, fine arts) was included in the Convergent Topologies exhibit at Davidson Gallery in Seattle June 6–28. Convergent Topologies was an exhibition of 8 diverse artists from the Northwest and both coasts whose work combines the analog elements of printmaking and drawing with digital media including photography and appropriated images from the internet.

Carol Ivory (professor and chair, fine arts) was invited to deliver a 'highlight' address at the Pacific Arts Association–Europe conference held October 29–31 in Brussels, Belgium. Her talk, "Hehe Mata / Face-to-Face: The Body in Marquesan Art," helped introduce the theme of the meeting, the role of the body in Pacific art.

Found Missing ad

Found Missing, an exhibit at the Esvelt Gallery at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, showcased work by Nickolus Meisel (assistant professor, fine arts) and Zachary Mazur (M.F.A. '06; assistant curator, Museum of Art) September 29 through October 23. Both artists begin by focusing on what is not there—or at least what is not at first apparent—in a landscape or written text and create works that find and distill the essence of their missing or abstracted subjects. Mazur's photographs of cultural and historical landmarks throughout the rural Palouse region were made by literally turning away from what is considered the monumental subject in order to bring attention to the unobserved details within a distinct public space. This perspective encourages a critical examination of social, cultural, and hierarchical issues and a questioning of the authenticity of how we label the landscape in response to its cultural or historical significance. Meisel's sculptural objects redefine the properties of everyday notes, receipts, magazines, newspapers, and books by subtracting what is known, in many cases text or imagery. What evolves is a purely visual abstraction that uncovers a meaning that was there all along, but was too difficult to see through the distractions of language and/or presumptions about image.

Foreign Languages & Cultures

Rachel Halverson (associate professor, foreign languages and cultures) received an EIKK grant from the American Association of Teachers of German and the German Transatlantik-Programm (European Recovery Program [ERP] of the Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie) to participate in a seminar on intercultural learning at the Herder Institut, Universität Leipzig, Leipzig, June 7–21, 2008. She was also invited to conduct a one-day workshop on teaching literature and culture on July 28, 2008, at the Deutsche Sommerschule am Pazifik at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

On October 24, Vilma Navarro-Daniels (assistant professor, foreign languages and cultures) gave a presentation entitled "Pedro Almodóvar, 'Designer' of Religious Stamps: Religion as Spectacle in Dark Habits" at the third International Conference on Latin(o)American and Iberian Cinema: "Sound and Vision." The conference was hosted by the University of Hawaii at Manoa. During the week of October 6–10, Maria Serenella Previto (instructor, foreign languages and cultures) and Navarro-Daniels organized a 4-day film series focusing on the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet and the Chilean transition to democracy that followed the dictatorship. The event was held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the October 5, 1988, plebiscite, which overturned the dictatorship. Participants who collaborated in presenting the program included guest speakers Sandibel Borges (senior, Spanish and women's studies) and Tracy Redondo (senior, Spanish and humanities) as well as instructors Previto and Navarro-Daniels. The event was open to the WSU university population and the community at large.

Word has recently been received of the death on August 16, 2008, of Robert Knox, longtime member of the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures until his retirement in 1980. Word was received earlier of the death of David Benseler, a member of the department for several years in the 1970's.

History

Steven Kale (professor, history) presented a paper entitled "Three Royalist Versions of England during the Bourbon Restoration" at the 2008 meeting of the Western Society for French History, held in Quebec City November 6–8. The paper examined 3 divergent conservative interpretations of British political institutions. The panel also included papers on British Protestant missionaries in France in the early 19th century and French constructions of elite sociability during the same period.

Rob McCoy (assistant professor, history) and Travis Ridout (assistant professor, political science) received a $4,000 Program Enhancement Grant from the Canadian government to promote Canadian studies at WSU.

Matthew Sutton (assistant professor, history) was featured as a "Top Young Historian" on the History News Network.

The Hiroshima–Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition was on display November 10–24 in the Terrell Library Atrium. In August 1945 the United States dropped 2 atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. What happened under the mushroom clouds in Hiroshima and Nagasaki? The photo images of the 30 posters donated by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum conveyed the horrors of the atomic weapon more eloquently that any word can describe. Two films were shown in conjunction with the exhibition, Barefoot Gen (1983) and Barefoot Gen 2 (1986). The films were originally created by Keiji Nakazawa as a cartoon story of a young boy named Gen who survived in the wake of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. The exhibition and film screenings were sponsored by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, WSU Asia Program, ICU–WSU Peace and Security Research Partnership, College of Liberal Arts, Foley Institute, International Programs, Department of History, and Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures.

Music

The German Embassy in Washington, D.C., presented a concert by the Chamber Orchestra of the Young German Philharmonic in May that featured Charles Argersinger's (professor, music) Quintet for Trumpet and String Quartet alongside works by Mozart and Brahms. Additional support for the concert was provided by the Goethe-Institut.

Kyle Chandler, instructor of choral music education, presented research at the 2008 College Music Society's national conference. The study was "A Comparison of Contracted and Ideal Music Education Faculty Workload” and included a national sample of colleges and universities accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the chief governing music institution in higher education. Chandler explored teaching, research, and service contracted and ideal workload for tenured and tenure-track music education faculty according to institution type (private/public), enrollment, mission (liberal arts, teaching/comprehensive, or research), and community (rural, suburban, or urban).

Heidi Jarvis

Heidi Jarvis guest conducts the Royal Hawaiian Band.

In June, Heidi Jarvis (instructor, music) guest-conducted the Royal Hawaiian Band at the Iolani Palace in Honolulu. The ensemble was founded in 1836 by order of King Kamehameha III and is one of the last living links to Hawaii's monarchy. Concerts include standard symphonic repertoire and the best of the islands' musical heritage. In November, the Pullman Community Concert Band, conducted by Jarvis, joined the WSU Symphonic Band, conducted by David Turnbull (professor, music) for a concert featuring composer Carl Strommen's work "Haleakala," named for a volcano located on the Hawaiian island of Maui. The performance featured the WSU Hawaii Club with speaker Makanani Antonio presenting the story of Haleakala in English and the Hawaiian language. A rousing chant by the Hawaiian performers followed, introducing the first 'volcanic' brass fanfare of the piece.

Lori Wiest (associate professor, music) was the guest conductor of the high school honor choir in Florida held at Stetson University October 3 and 4. The 150-member choir represented high schools from around the state of Florida and included a 2-day workshop and musical preparation culminating in a choral concert on the second evening of the event. This fall, she was also guest conductor of honor choirs in Idaho and Oregon composed of select students from specific regions of Idaho and Oregon.

Ann Marie Yasinitsky (clinical assistant professor, music) and Greg Yasinitsky (regents professor, music) were featured at the 13th International Festival of New Music for Orchestra and Chorus held in Vienna, Austria, in July. Greg's Concertino for Flute and Orchestra [listen to excerpt], written especially for Ann, was recorded and performed at the festival by the ÖGZM Orchestra, conducted by Andreas Hérm Baumgartner, with Ann as soloist. ÖGZM is an acclaimed musical organization that specializes in the performance of new music.

Political Science

Lance T. LeLoup (professor, political science; vice provost for international programs) was one of the featured invited speakers at the 60th anniversary celebration of Corvinus University in Budapest, Hungary, formerly the Budapest University of Economic Sciences, held October 2–5, 2008. His address was titled "Global Challenges to World Universities." LeLoup was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Public Policy at the university in 1995.

Travis Ridout (assistant professor, political science) and Rob McCoy (assistant professor, history) received a $4,000 Program Enhancement Grant from the Canadian government to promote Canadian studies at WSU. In early October, Ridout was interviewed via videoconference about the U.S. presidential elections by 6 journalists from Bahrain. This exchange was arranged by the United States Embassy in this Middle Eastern country. Jenny Holland (M.A. candidate, political science) and Ridout presented a paper titled "Candidate Strategies in the Presidential Nomination Campaign" at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association in Boston in late August. Ridout served on the committee that selected the best graduate student paper in political communication presented at the American Political Science Association's 2007 annual meeting. Ridout presented this award at the Political Communication Section's business meeting at APSA's 2008 meeting in Boston.

Bryan Vila (professor, criminal justice, WSU Spokane), director of the Critical Job Task Simulation Lab in WSU's Sleep and Performance Research Center, received a $282,551 grant from the National Institute of Justice to develop metrics for evaluating the performance of police officers in deadly force encounters. Once developed, these metrics will make it possible to measure the impact of sleep, workload, or different training regimes on officer performance in both laboratory simulations and field encounters.

Psychology

Lisa Fournier (associate professor, psychology) and Matthew Wiediger (Ph.D. candidate, psychology) presented "An Action Sequence Held in Memory Can Delay Execution of Some Visually Guided Actions" at the 49th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, held in Chicago in November.

A poster by Sharon Sowell (M.S. candidate, psychology) and Michiyo Hirai (assistant professor, psychology), "Gender Differences in Disgust Sensitivity," was presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, held in Orlando, Florida, in November.

Psychology faculty Brendan Walker (assistant professor), Rebecca Craft, and Jay Wright (both professors) received a shared-equipment grant from the WSU Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Research Program for $25,822 to enhance the addiction neuroscience research facilities in Johnson Tower.

Sociology

Gene Rosa (professor, sociology) was one of 6 of the world's leading environmental sociologists invited to make keynote presentations at a special session, "Key Challenges to Environmental Sociology to Sustainable Societies Research," of the First World Forum of Sociology in Barcelona, Spain. Rosa's presentation was titled "Assessing the Human or Anthropogenic Threats to Sustainability: Risk, Structural Human Ecology (SHE), and STIRPAT." It was a summary of his collaborative research program in Structural Human Ecology and STIRPAT and focused, in particular, on theoretical and empirical advances. The presentation of STIRPAT, an acronym for an analytic approach that combines social and environmental variables, is the most recent indication of the growing recognition of the approach around the world.
   Rosa will give the invited address "The Two Sides of the Human Coin: Anthropogenic Drivers and Citizen Actions on Climate Change and Other Global Ecological Changes" to the Council of Science Society Presidents, an organization of "presidents, presidents-elect, and recent past presidents of about 60 scientific federations and societies whose combined membership numbers well over 1.4 million scientists and science educators." The council session and Rosa's presentation will take place in Washington, D.C., in December.

Speech & Hearing Sciences

Frank Musiek and Gail Chermak (professor and chair, speech and hearing sciences) presented an invited 2-day conference, "(Central) Auditory Processing Disorder: Foundations for Practice and Research in Norway," sponsored by the Moller Resource Centre, Norwegian Support System for Special Education, and St. Olavs Hospital of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway, October 13–14.

Ella Inglebret (assistant professor, speech and hearing sciences) is part of a research team examining the educational achievement of Native American students in Washington State (K-12). Other members of the team from the College of Education are CHiXapkaid [D. Michael Pavel], Laurie McCubbin, and Susan Rae Banks-Joseph. The team received funding of $131,000 from the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs to complete the study.

Women's Studies

In spring 2009, WSU Vancouver will kick off its first 10-week faculty-led study abroad to Cuba, spearheaded by Luz María Gordillo (assistant professor, women's studies, WSU Vancouver). This U.S. government–licensed program will highlight local perspectives on the history of Cuba–U.S. relations, Spanish language proficiency, and contemporary Cuba in the context of gender and sexuality studies. A WSU delegation went to Cuba 2 years ago to establish the partnerships with educational institutions necessary to develop the study abroad program; the delegation included Gordillo, 2 WSU regional campus chancellors, 2 Pullman faculty members, and a WSU Vancouver graduate student.

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